Friday, January 31, 2014

Kauai - The Garden Isle of Hawaii

Kauai
About:
Kauai is 4th main largest Island and oldest one in the Hawaiin Islands. It’s also known as the Garden Isle. It’s the largest populated city ever. The following link provides you the details of Kauai. http://www.gohawaii.com/kauai. Rivers, Waterfalls and evergreen Tropical forests are of great scenery beauty. These islands due to their natural beauty has been featured in almost 70 Hollywood films including the Animated film Lilo& Stitch.

Located at: Northwest of O’ahu across the Kauai channel.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Hawaiin tradition says that the name origin was due to a Polynesian navigator who first discovered these islands. He named it after his favourite son. Kauai means “place around the neck” where he would carry his son usually. Also there exists another possibility for the translation namely “Food Season”.

In 1778, Captain JamesCook arrived at Waimea Bay who was the 1st European who arrived at Hawaiian Islands.

Geogarphy:

Origin of the islands is Volcanic. The island is formed due to the passage created by the Pacific Plate over the Hawaiian Hotspot. The island is approximately estimated to be 6 million years old. Highest peak is said to be Kawaikini. And the second highest peak is Mount Wai’ale’ale which exists at the centre of the island.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.

Climate:

Capital climate exists is tropical but it experience different changes in the climate due to the Altitudes. Oct-Apr: Winter May-Sep: Dry conditions Jul-Nov: Tropical storms and Hurricanes occur.

Tourist Spots:

Poipu Beach Park: This is one of the most safest and popular beaches in the world. Poipu beach is said to be the “America’s Best Beach”. From December to May it’s a common thing to spot Humpback whales that spouts on shore. And if you’re lucky you can also see Monk Seals that take a sunbath on the shore. Snorkeling gives you a new experience about viewing the colourful fish. Additionally there’s a wading pool for youngsters and Toddlers.

Wailua River: Located to the east side of the island is one of the famous rivers in Hawaii which extends for about 20 miles. It has 2 famous waterfalls namely Opaekka Falls and Wailua Falls. Boat tours are available. This serves as a romantic area and is a popular wedding venue. There exists a mountain ridge between the Wailua and Kappa that looks like a human figure that lies on its back. Also there are 7 different temples present at the center of the island (Mount Waialeale)

Kokee State Park: Located north to the WaimeaCnyon is the Kokee state park. Kokee state park serves as the home place of various kinds of flora and fauna and it supports the endemic species too. Hiking through this forest gives you quite the adventure. And there’s a Natural History Museum where you can see the trails of the forest because you don’t want to get lost in the forest do you?

There are 2 lookouts namely the Kalalau and Puu O kila which stretches over to the sea. The glimpse of this view is highly exceptional.

Other than these places there are a variety of places to view such as the Northern Shore, Napali Coast, Waimea Canyon, Old Koloa town, Hanapepe town, Hanalei town etc.

Adventure Sports:

Also water sports such as Snorkelling, Scuba Diving and Kayaking are highly encouraged for the tourists. Also Ziplining is also available for the Tourists (For the bird view of the forests). A thrilling, yet a wonderful experience for the challenged ones.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Great Nicobar

Great Nicobar
About: 

Nicobar Islands are the largest islands in India and north of Sumatra. Great Nicobar is sparsely inhabitant with dense and thick forests suitable only for maintaining Reserves.

Located at: South-east Asia;located as a chain of islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Indira point the southern tip of Great Nicobar is the southernmost tip of India.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. These islands refer to the Sri Lankan Pali Buddhist chronicles. The modern name is derived from the Chozha dynasty (Nakkavaram) inscribed in Thanjavur. This was under the Danish East India Company during the Colonization period. And during World War 2 these islands were occupied by Japan.

Geography: 

It consists of 3 divisions each having both habitant and inhabitant places. The population is about 42,000 alone and consists of various indigenous tribes. But the major disadvantage is that Non-Indians are not allowed to visit these islands. A special permit should be required from the government.

Tribes: 

Shompen are the indigenous people of the interior Nicobar Islands. They belong to the Scheduled Tribes. They live on the western side of the islands and call themselves “Kalay” and those who live on the eastern side are known as “Keyet” with both groups referring each other as Buavela.

Divisions: 

It consists of 22 islands approximately.

Northern group: Consists of Car Nicobar & Battimaly. Central group: Consists of 9 islands.

• Chaura

• Teressa

• Bompuka

• Katchal

• Camorta

• Nankowry

• Trinket

• Laouk

• Tillangchong


Southern group: 

Consists of 5 areas namely:

• Great Nicobar

• Little Nicobar

• Kondul

• Pulo Milo

• Meroe

Local Languages spoken: Nicobarese language is the local language spoken by tribes.

Climate: The climate is typically tropical but is moderated by sea breezes. Heavy showers occur due to the southwest monsoon from May to September. And during October to November Tropical cyclones occur.

Tourist Spots: 

Indira point:
 
Named after Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India. It’s the southernmost tip of Nicobar Islands. Formerly it was known by many names such as Pygmalion point, Parsons Point& sometimes India Point. It’s locates 540km from Port Blair. It takes a day sea voyage to reach here. Kanyakumari (southernmost tip of India) is located slightly north of Indira point.

The lighthouse stands as a beacon in not only for the ships but also to Nicobar. It’s the biggest landmark on the International shipping lane. It also has a helipad.

Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve: 

It has 2 National parks of India namely the Campbell National park in the north and Galathea National park in the south. This reserve is the home for many species of Flora and Fauna. And still the endemic species are also preserved here. The non-biosphere parts have been set for agricultural purposes.

Campbell Bay: 

Campbell bay is a part of the Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve. One can reach Campbell Bay from Port Blair by PawanHans helicopter service.

Beaches: 

Beaches are sparsely populated give a way to an ocean brimming with interesting marine life and many beautiful Coral gardens are also present.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Beautiful Car Nicobar Islands

Beautiful Car Nicobar Islands
About:
Car Nicobar is often referred as Pu in the local language. It’s the important town.There are two main festivals held at Car Nicobar. They are conducted with immense enthusiasm.

They are:
SubhashMela festival 

Island Tourism Festival 

Subhashmela:

SubhashMela is a very famous festival that occurs throughout the island of Car Nicobar. This is celebrated every first month of the year i.e. January. This festival marks the birth anniversary of NethajiSubhashChandr Bose. The festival lasts for a week and various cultural events are organized during this festival.

Island Tourism Festival: This festival is especially for the tourists. It’s a 10 day continuous festival and is held during the onset of winter season i.e.from December. This is a worldwide popular festival where all sorts of dance and cultural festivals will be held. Tourists from all over the world come and enjoy this show. The main aim of this festival is to promote tourism in Andaman& Nicobar by expressing their culture.
Located at: Northernmost to the Nicobar Islands. It is one of the two local administrative divisions of Indian district of Nicobar.

History: Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It’s a land of Natural beauty. If you are interested in learning about the area so much then this article might interest you. http://anglicanhistory.org/india/srinivasan1962/. This tells you a lot about the Nicobar Islands.

Geogarphy: Car Nicobar lies between Little Andaman and Nancowrie. Some cliffs in the north and small hilly areas in the interior and are bordered by the silvery beach. It is a small island compared to Middle & South Andaman. There are 15 villages where the largest of them is called Urekka often referred as “Malacca” by the tourists. Area of Car Nicobar is well suited for agriculture and Plantation crops. Places surrounded by beaches and Coconut trees.

Local Languages spoken: Car-Nicobarese

Climate: 
If you’re planning to spend your holidays at Car Nicobar is the winter season and the onset of summers.

Favourable months to visit the islands are between November to April. Climate is pleasant during these periods.

During the months of April to July Summer seasons are hot and humid with a temperature of 20-30°C. And coll breezes often occur.
A winter is pleasant and occurs during the period of November to February with a temperature range of 12-23°C.

Tourist Spots: There aren’t specifically tourist spots in the Car Nicobar region. But these are the known and famous tourist spots in and around the Car Nicobar region

Corbyn Cove It’s a quiet and clean beach with lots of lush and green thriving Coconut trees. And the most exciting thing about the beach is all kinds of Water sports such as Scuba diving, surfing and Boating are encouraged.

Samudrika Marine Museum It’s located in the Andaman Islands and the main aim of this is to spread the awareness regarding the different Oceanic environments. It consists of 5 parts dealing with the Archaeology, History, People, Geographical information and Marine life.

• Baratang Island The famous and the most tourist attractive Mud volcano can be seen from here. It’s just 4kms away from the island and 90kms from Port Blair. It’s of the highest tourist attraction ever.

Other than this Havelock Island and Barren Island are also famous here.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Great Andaman Islands

Great Andaman
Planning to go for a vacation and thinking about going somewhere. Do you have Andaman & Nicobar Islands in your mind? This article guides you through the islands. Andaman & Nicobar Islands are one of the most important Union Territories in India.

Located at: Juncture of Bay of Bengal & Andaman Sea.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it best for travelling purpose. The Kings like Rajendra Chozha (Tamizh Chozha Dynasty) have created a naval base. Marathi admiranKanhojiAngreused these islands as a base and fought against British army.

One of the best history in the islands is that an American photographer John S Callahan with the help of SEAL (UK owned dive charter company) crossed the Andaman sea in a yacht “Crescent” with a few professional surfers where they proceeded to Little Andaman where they stayed for about 10 days surfing spots like Jarawa point for the first time. This was mentioned in the article named as “Quest for fire” in SURFER magazine

Geography: 

Andaman & Nicobar are a large group consisting of nearly 600 islands in the Bay of Bengal. Closer to Myanmar and Thailand, ranges in length of about 500km with Andaman in the north and Nicobars in the South. Comprises of 5 major islands:

• North Andaman

• Middle Andaman

• South Andaman

• Baratang

• Rutland island

Local Languages spoken: Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, English & Hindi.

Climate: 

Islands are preferred best for their climate. They are typically tropical. During the months of Oct-Feb are the climate is comfortable and we can sit back and relax at the beach. Nights are cool. A walk during nights gives you a peace of mind. From June to August all the tourist activities are closed due to heavy rains.

Tourist Spots: 

• Port Blair: Capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Chief community of the island and the Administrative centre of Union Territory. It’s known as the “Veritable Garden of Eden” by the tourist department. Flight Live Tracker is one of the best things you should try when you are at Port Blair. Estimated Fares are between Rs. 1,510 Rs.5880. Transportation available is Auto-Rickshaws, Local busses, Scooters, Hire cars, Boats.

• Cellular Jail: Also known as “KaalaPaani(Black water) was a prison used by the British to exile political prisoners who strived for India’s independence”. And it has 7 wings with a tower at the centre for keeping an eye on the inmates.

• Barren Island: Located eastern to the Andaman Islands. And it has the active volcano in all of South Asia. 1steruptionoccurred during 1787. Recent eruptionoccurred during 2005-2007.

• Havelock Island: Named after the British general. Most of the population comprises of Bengali people. Lies 57km north to Port Blair. Elephants are used to entertain the tourists. Time magazine has mentioned the beach as “Best beach in Asia”.

 • Other than these famous tourist spots places

> Carbyns Cove beach

> Limestone Caves

> Little Andaman

> Cutbert Bay beach

> Long, Neil,Parrot islands

> Samudrika Marine Museum

> Forest Museum and

> Anthropological Museum is quite the tourist spots to hit.

Important Note: Mondays are holiday in Andamans and all the places except the North Bay, Ross Island Tour & Havelock.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Big Island of Hawaii - The Orchid Isle

The Orchid Isle
About: 

Hawai island also known as the Island of Hawaii is also called the Big island officially nicknamed as “The Orchid Isle”.

Located at: Hawaii state is located in the middle of North Pacific Ocean extends from about 3200kms from the coast of Continental USA.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The island of Hawaii is made by 6 volcanoes where 5(Mauna Kea,Mauna Loa, Kohala, Hualalai& Kilauea) of them remain above the sea and one Mahukona is submerged under the sea.

Among these Kilauea is the active volcano. It has been erupting non-stop since 1983. This led to the creation of Black sand beaches. Agriculture is the major occupation and the crops are fed to the finest restaurants in the region of Hawaii.

Geogarphy: 

Hawaii is approximately estimated to be one and half a million years old. Maunakea is the tallest sea montain in the world. Maunaloa is the most massive mountain in the world which covers half of the island. But Hawaii is famous for Kilauea which is the active volcano that is erupting from 1983.

Hawaii has a distinct and different geography in different regions ranging from the lush green region that exists to the east side town of Hilo which receives 130cm annual rainfall to Kawaihae that receives not less than 5 inches rainfall per year. Fern forests of Puna are cool whereas Waimea has misty breeze, Kona has sunny lava plain and Kau has a dry climate.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.

Climate: 

Climate also varies from region to region. In the overview, It has a tropical and semi-arid climate with warm temperature throughout the year. February is said to be the coolest month & these islands are wrmest during August. Mornings are clear and bright enough.

Tourist Spots: 

Hawaii Volcano National Park:

This place is regarded as sacred to the natives of Hawaii and it’s the most popular visitor attraction in all Hawaii. Here you get a chance to witness the creation and destruction. It involves 150km of hiking through which you cross the rainforests, museum, volcanic craters, and scalded deserts. You will also get a chance to walk in a lava tube. Kilauea is the “world’s drive in volcano”

Punaluu black sand beach: 

This is the famous black sand beaches in Hawaii. The view is extravagant and it lies between the Hawaii volcano national park & small town of Naalehu. With turtles coming to the shore you can sit back and relax and have a fun time in watching it. You’re not allowed to touch the turtles and not allowed to take the sand too.

Waimea: 

These Waimea leads to the Paniolo(Hawaiian Cowboy). A horse ride will give you the historic details about the Cowboy’s entry into the Hawaiian Islands. Other than these there are loads of places to visit at Hawaii. Some of them are World Botanical gardens, Akaka falls, Hamakua heritage corridor, Wapio valley lookout and plenty other more. The following link provides you with further more details.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Beauty of Goa, India


Goa
Goa is one of the famous beaches known in India. It’s the best place to party all day. It’s all we know. In this article you’ll get about the beauty of Goa.

About Goa: 

Goa is one of the main Union territories of India and is the richest state with a GDP per capita 2 and a half time greater than the country as a whole. Panaji is the capital and “Vascodagama” is the largest city.

Located at: West India, also known as “Konkan”in the Western Ghats range.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of Portuguese.

 Goa was a former Portuguese province. After Independence, Portuguese did not negotiate with the orders of India. And hence India planned “Operation Vijay” which resulted in the annexation of Goa.

Geography: 

The coastline extends upto 63miles. It rises upto the range of Western Ghats which separate’s from the Deccan Plateau. The highest point is Sonsogor. 5 rivers Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol,Chaporakushavati and Sal flow through Goa.

Of these Zuariand Mandoviare the lifelines of Goa. The rocks are classified as Trondjemetic Gneiss is estimated to be around 3,600 million years old.

Local Languages spoken: Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese.

Climate: 

Features a Tropical Monsoon climate and is generally Hot and Humid all over the year. May month is said to be the hottest month. And the Monsoon rain arrives early by June and lasts upto September. It has a short winter season during mid-December and February.

Divisions: 

North Goa: 

Comprises Panajias their headquarters. It’s subdivided into 4 divisions and 6 taluks.

South Goa: 

Comprises of Margao as their headquarters and it is Subdivided into 3 divisions and 6 taluks.

Tourist Spots: 

Tourism is quite concentrated in the coastal areas of Goa whereas the inland has decreased Tourist Activity.

Official website for Goa tourism is in the following link. http://www.goa-tourism.com/ where you can get almost all types of booking facilities and rates for each place where you wish to travel.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls: 

Dudhsagar Waterfalls are one of the most spectacular sceneries and it adds to the natural beauty to Goa. A large volume of water is falling from several hundreds of feet and creating a milky mist appearance and hence the name “Dudhsagar” came. It is a best place for Trekkers and Hikers. Spa resorts are also available.

Backwater Thrills: 

These are the famous cruises that are on the banks of MandoviRiver. The cruise helps you to enjoy the natural beauty of Goa. Sceneries like thick and green lush Mangroves or if you’re lucky enough you can even spot a crocodile on the banks. This cruise might thrill the bird watchers. It takes you close to the Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary where you can see all the types of Migratory birds. Dinner cruises are also available with lot of entertainment on deck.

Naval Aviation Museum: 

Naval Aviation is one of a kind among the 3 Aviation museums that are located in India. It is a military museum where it consists of the evolution of Indian Naval Air Arm over the decades. It Consists of Outdoor exhibits and two-storeyed Indoor gallery exhibit. Timings to view are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Closed during Mondays.

Goa State Museum: 

Lies at Panaji. The museum has 8000 artefacts for display purpose. Well known for collection of Hindu & Jain artefacts and sculptures. Admission is free. And is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m

Clubs: 

Goa is all time famous for 24x7 parties held at clubs. Tito’s club are the famous in clubs at Goa. These form the biggest entertainment in Goa. Tito’s club gives you a platform which is big enough for a large crowd to party. With private tables and pubs are present at the first floor.

Apart from this beaches are the best places to enjoy the scenery beauty. Goa is the best place to sit back and relax.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

KoSamet of Thailand

KoSamet of Thailand
About: 

It lies southeast of Bangkok. KoSomet is the sub district of Rayong province, largest and the westernmost of a cluster of islands. It lies in the Phesubdistrict named asMueang district. Generally KoSamet is a national park and entry fee will be levied for each tourist at the time of arrival during the village.

Located:in the Gulf of Thailand along the coastline of Thai in the province of Rayong.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Until 1981 there was a law stating that outsiders shouldn’t stay overnight. In that year the island was declared to be a National Park. It is believed that once this island of KoSamet was homeland for the Pirates. Thestory of the classical epic, “The Princess Saga, Mermaids & Giants” were based on these islands. Who might know if you’re lucky enough you might hit a treasure.
Geography:

There are 3 small rock islands at the southern tip of the island.

• Ko Chan

• Ko San Chalam

• HinKhao

KoSamet is one of the driest Archipelago’s in Thailand and gets less rainfallthan the other areas of the Rayong province. May to July is the rainy season. On the contrast the KoSametIsland has lush forests covered with green and deciduous forests.

Local Languages spoken: Thai & English

Climate: 

The climate in the island is pleasant and enjoyable. In spite, this is the driest Archipelago in Thailand the climate gives you a soothing relief from all your stresses. It receives less amount of Rainfall compared to the other islands. And the rainy season is from May to September. Occasional storms also occur during the rainy season.

Tourist Spots: 

KhaoLaemYa-Mu KoSamet National Park: It’s a pleasing tour around the National park. There are 96 national parks in Thailand and this is also one of them. The main objective is to protect the wildlife. So the tourists on their way will be requested to be as much responsible as possible. The natural beauty inside the park is admirable and is of pleasure and mind relaxing.

Beaches: All the islands in Thailand are famous for its beaches. Likewise KoSamet also has some of its popular beaches such as Hat SaiKaew, AoVongDuan etc.

Other than this there aren’t many places to roam about. If you wish to roam around the interiors hire a motorbike from reputable dealers and go and make some rounds in the nearby villages.

Adventure Sports: 

Boat trips &Snorkelling are best sports that are enjoyed around here. Rent a motorboat or a private boat and just go around the island and take a look into the natural beauty. Some Boat owners offer you private tours to the nearby islands such as Plai Tin, Kruai, Kham and Kudi. But the prices are high when compared to renting a boat.

Also Spa’s and Health centres are available along the coastal side where you can relax yourself for a Thai massage. The nightlife at these beaches is also enjoyable. There’ll be fire Jugglers to entertain you round the clock. With Music & food it will be a fantasy fiesta for you.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ko Phi Phi of Thailand

Ko Phi Phi of Thailand
About:
The Phi Phi islands are located in Thailand. It consists of two Krabi provinces namely Ko Phi Phi Don (most populated island) &Ko Phi Phi Lee (visited by many people). Phi Phi Don originally populated by Muslim Fishermen but later it became a Coconut Plantation.

Ko Phi Phi Lee was used in the film named “The Beach” (British-American film). But they have devastated the location to make it suitable to the Novel.

Located: Between Phuket & Western Strait of Malacca.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. These islands are said to be the oldest province in all of Thailand and is said to exist from pre-historic period. Krabi means Sword. Phi Phi originated from the original Malay word PulauApi-Api (The Fiery Isle).

Geography: 

There are 6 islands in the group known as Phi Phi and lies 50km south east to Phuket. Among them Phi Phi Don & Phi Phi Lee are the most famous and largest islands. The Hadnopparattara-Koh Phi Phi National Park serves as the home for many corals and is the mother of Marine Life. And there are also Limestone Mountains with Cliffs, Caves with Long and White Sandy Beaches.

Local Languages spoken: Thai Language

Climate: 

The weather is usually Tropic. There exists only two seasons. Hot season from January to April & Rainy Season from May to December.

Tourist Spots: 

Maya Bay: 

Maya Bay is popular for Diving. And after the advent of the Hollywood film “The Beach” in these beaches have gained more popularity for Diving. The Tsunami that strike during 2004 has improved the look of Maya Bay. These high waves have cleaned up the beach landscaping it.

Ko Phi Phi Don: 

Largest of Phi Phi islands and it consists of the large towns and Resort Areas. These islands were formerly of Ultimate scenery beauty, but due to the over-population of the Tourists and also the improvement of Restaurants, shops and Internet Cafe the place has been exploited.

The view of the twin bays with the curved areas of the Sandy Beaches gives a spectacular view. Boat trips and Snorkelling are encouraged for visualizing the Coral Reefs inside the shallow waters.

Ko Phi Phi Lee: 

2ndLargest of the Phi Phi islands and it consists of a Ring of steep of Limestone hills which is surrounded by Maya Bay, LohSamah (shallow Bays). There’s one large shallow called Pi Ley with a coral reef as the entrance. Gives spectacularscenery vies of the bays Ao Pi Le, Ao Maya, Ao Lo Sa Ma. Lies to the Northern East part the Tham Viking Cave. The cave was renamed as ThamPhayaNak (or) Naga Serpent Cave by the King BhumibolAdulyadej because it resembled a mythical creature.

Other than this the tourist attractions are the Stone beaches at Koh Yung, Coral spots at Ao Maya &Ao Lo Sama. Also there exists marvellous beaches along the coast that stretches from north to south of the island at Ko Mai Phai.

Adventure Sports: 

Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Diving, Kayaking and other Marine recreational activities have been encouraged for the tourists.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Koh Samui of Thailand


Koh Samui of Thailand

About: 

Koh Samui often referred as Samui by the locals is the 2nd largest island after Phuket. And it is located in the SuratThani province. Annual population is estimated about 1.5 million round the year. Natural resources, Coconut trees & Coral reefs are abundant.

Located at: The east coast of KraIsthumus in Thailand.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. 15 centuries ago the island was inhabited by fishermen from the Malay Peninsula & southern China. During the 70’s there weren’t any roads and people have to trek throughout the island to reach a place.

At present the economy of the island is purely upon by the tourists. But during the 70’s the island served as a self-sufficient community. But due to the increased tourists there are many quarrels between the tourists and the locals.

Geography: 

The island is surrounded by 60 islands which composes the Ang Thong Marine National Park. At the centre of the island lies the great uninhabitable tropical jungle called the KhaoPom has an altitude of 635m. Nathon is said to be the major port for transportation & it acts as the centre of fishing industries.
Local Languages spoken: Thai & English

Climate: 

Koh Samui Island has a tropical monsoon climate. The city has one dry season month that starts during February. Climate is warm & humid throughout the year. October to November months is recorded to have the highest precipitation in the year. The duration of these rains last only from 20 to 60 minutes maximum.
Divisions: It’s subdivided into 7 districts namely:

  •   Ang Thong  
  • LipaNoi  
  • TalingNgam  
  • Na Mueang  
  • Bo Phut  
  • Mae Nam
Tourist Spots: 

• Beaches: Like other islands this island also has loads of Beaches to visit and relax. Some of the famous beaches are Chaweng, Lamai, Choeng Mon, Samrong Bay & Silver Beach (Ao Thong Takian).
 
• Big Buddha Temple: It’s the most popular temple here. It consists of a 12m Buddha. For that you’ve to climb 73 steps. It is the cheapest place to go for shopping. There are many small shops that sellsouveneirs, arts & crafts at a cheap price. 
 
• Grandfather & Grandmother rocks: In their language it is referred as Hin Ta &HinYai. These are granite boulders that are located south to the Lamai Beach. It’s a well-known tourist attraction. These rocks resemble the Male and Female Genitalia organs. 
 
• Namuang Safari Park: Namuang Safari Park consists of Namuang Waterfalls inside the Jungle where safari rides on elephant reveals you animals like Crocodiles, Monkeys & tropical birds. It is located between HuaThanon&Nathon. It sure is a fun & exciting ride. 
 
• KhaoYai: It’s also known as Magic Garden (a) Paradise Park farm where this forms the highest in peak in the entire KoSamuiIsland. Here Magic Gardens are must to visit. They are also known as Buddha’s secret Garden. 
 
Other than this there are underdeveloped areas in the SamuiIsland’s southwest regions where you can discover the real and Natural island beauty. These are far away from the Major tourist centres and quite peaceful too with unspoiled white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

KoTarutao of Thailand

KoTarutao
About: 

KoTarutao is the largest island present at the Satun province in Thailand. This island is famous because it’s the most unspoiled islands in the Andaman Sea.

Located:Close to the Malaysia border

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The word Tarutao in Malay means old and primitive. As the name says, the island is of major historical importance. 3000 criminals were held there during 1938-1948. Food and water resources were depleted from the mainland during WorldWar 2. Therefore the prisons rotted to death due to Malaria.

It is said that the survivors from this catastrophe became Pirates in the Strait of Malacca. Also the film Survivor: Thailand has been taken in these islands.

Geography: 

The word Ko means island. The islands whose interiors are rocky are covered with forests. The beaches provide you with an exquisite experience with its fine white powdered sand and crystal clear water. Few broad plains and valleys also exist here and there. 60% of the islands are the forest and there are mangrove swamps too.


Climate: 

The island experiences a monsoon climate. From the months of May to October you might see the downpours but the rainfall aren’t that much as you expect. It’s more like showers than downpours. These monsoon winds make the boat travels hazardous and hence it’s the boating are also closed during the season. From November to April the visitors are encouraged to visit the island.

Tourist Spots: 

• Tarutao National Park: It’s a famous and most popular national park in Thailand. These national parks preserve almost all kinds of animals and plants including the endemic species.

• TaloWao Bay: It’s the other main prison site. The history says that these were tortured over here by caging them in several cages and they were forced to work from inside these cages. The places reveal you the buildings the prisoners were maintained. These buildings are of high ruins at present. And at present it serves as a cemetery for the thousands of prisoners who died.

• Beaches: All the islands in Thailand are famous for its beaches. Likewise KoSamet also has some of its popular beaches such asAoJak Bay, AoLue See, AoMakham&AoMolae etc. Also crocodile caves are also available here.

• TaloUdang: TaloUdangwas place originally built by the prisoners. It follows the old prisoner’s road. In some places you can still see the remains of the bridges and the stonework can also be seen. This gives a hiking experience since the ways are difficult to go on. The walk lasts for around 4 to 5 hours approximately depends upon the speed you walk. On the way you may see the evergreen forests with rubber trees and you also cross over the agricultural lands.

Other than this there aren’t many places to roam about. If you wish to roam around the interiors hire a motorbike from reputable dealers and go and make some rounds in the nearby villages.

Adventure Sports: 

Boat trips &Snorkelling are best sports that are enjoyed around here. Rent a motorboat or a private boat and just go around the island and take a look into the natural beauty. Some Boat owners offer you private tours to the nearby islands too.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Party Bus Services

Party Bus Services
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The Party Bus is the best and exciting way of spending the night out with family, colleagues or a group of friends and these are available at affordable prices. Clients could also request a quote by furnishing the desired information at their site, on their various transportation services available with them and book as per their requirements. Their Limo features iPod hookups, MP3 players DVD players with super sound system and are most appropriate for bachelor parties, bachelorette parties, proms, weddings, airport transportation etc. Besides this, they are also an apt choice for wine tours, brewery tours, the casino, Las Vegas, corporate events, concerts and much more. Booking a limousine provides the clients with services and luxury transportation which is beyond the industry standards where they are equipped with services team who are well experienced in providing their clients with luxurious transport experience and fully customized to their requirements. They also offer full bar service which can be sorted out as per one’s choice. Clients could also take advantage of their specials which may come up from time to time and benefit from the same.

Koh Tao of Thailand


Koh Tao
About: 

Koh Tao was named by the first settlers where the geographic location was like a Turtle. At first this island was uninhabited. Later people started to move on to the island due to Storms. The economy of the island is centered on tourism. These are natural breeding grounds for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. It’s a great centre of attraction for the tourists.

Located at: At the Central Gulf Coat of the Southern Thailand.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. It has a great big history behind it.

During 1933 these islands were used as Prison land as they were at a great distant from the Mainland. During 1980 the popularity of the island has increased, since this was discovered by Young Tourists. From that time it became a popular Tourist spot.

Geography: 

Koh Tao is the 3rd largest island. And the translation means “Turtle Island” where large number of sea turtles has been settled. Due to the “Biorock project 2008” (an environmental project) an artificial reef off the Sairee beach has been created. This added to the beauty

Local Languages spoken: Thai language

Climate:The year can be split into 3 seasons namely hot, dry and rainy.

Hot season: March- August Humidity increases with increase in rainfall and it creates a sticky condition where the temperature of sea gets up to 30°C.

Dry season: December-February This is the coolest time of the year where the average temperature is 22 to 29°C and the temperature of the sea will be 28°C

Rainy season: September to November. During this season the weather is totally unpredictable with heavy and intense downpours.

Tourist Spots:

Sairee beach: The white Sandy beach that lies to the West coast that extends upto 1.7km is the Sairee beach. This long beach is often interrupted by Boulders and Resorts. You can loosen up either playing in the beaches or having fun at the adventurous sports or you can take a day off by relaxing in any of the resorts.


Mae Haad: The sunset view from the beach gives a pleasant view. Hiring Motorbikes and enjoying a ride in them is the ultimate best journey you’ve ever made. Ofcourse there are many other options for transportation. But hiring Motorcycles are the best choices you can make.

Shark Bay: Shark Bay is the wonderful and most preferred spot for Snorkelling. Don’t fear about the name there aren’t sharks in the beach it’s the reefs that look like sharks.

Other than these Ko Nang Yuan Freedom Beach,Mango Bay, LaemThian, Hin Wong Bay, Tanote Bay are good spots for one day excursions. Other than these there are several viewpoints such as John Suwan Mountain viewpoint in the south and Fraggle Rock in the north.

Adventure Sports: 

Sports like Snorkelling, Free diving, Scuba Diving, Boating, Water Bikes, Hiking, Rock climbing and Bouldering are highly encouraged. Tourists might find themselves highly entertained by all these adventurous sports.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Little Andaman

Little Andaman


About: 
 
Little Andaman is the 4th largest island in the Andaman Islands. Lies at the Southern end of the Archipelago. In great Andaman it is separated from Rutland Island by the Duncan passage. Tourists season are between the months of November to April. It consists of Palm Oil plantations. And it consists of 4 graampanchayats.

This island is said to be a virgin i.e. the island has quite very low tourist attractions compared to that of other parts of Andaman & Nicobar.

Located at: It is located at the southern end of the Archipelago and is located at a distance of 120km from Port Blair.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. Cultivation & Fisheries are the jobs of people since several decades. Due to the advancement in the technology Oil plantation Industries are also setup. This is the home of Onge aboriginal tribe that existed in little Andaman. They named the island as “Egu Belong”. Also settlers from Bangladesh are also present there.

Geography: 

The low lying island has very few attractions but it has a widespread rainforest and serves as a home place for many species of Marine turtle. The island has white sandy beaches and excellent waterfalls. The areas offer and entertain with Surfing, boating through the creeks, elephant safaris; Elephant Lumbering & Elephant caves training.

Local Languages spoken: Tamil, Bengali,

Tourist Attractions: 

• Waterfalls: Waterfalls are of the ultimate attraction in Little Andaman. But the tourists are advised not to swim in Waterfalls due to the existence of Crocodiles. 

White Surf Waterfalls is located in the midst of a tropical forest. Also elephant Safaris are available. 

Other waterfall that attracts the tourists is the Whisper wave waterfalls. It’s located in the midst of Jungle surrounded by Bamboo grass. The trip to these waterfalls is like going on a hike.

Bala Reef: Bala reef is a reef that consists of multiple coral gardens and one can spot various types of fish. Adventures like Scuba diving are highly encouraged.

Beaches:There are 2 famous beaches in Little Andaman. They are Butler Bay Beach &Netaji Nagar Beach 

Butler Bay Beach: It’s a virgin beach that offers a long sandy shore. ANIFPDCL maintains the beach and it offers Nicobaree style cottages to the Tourists at a reasonable payment. But the sea is quite rough with crocodiles wandering. It’s a place to take rest. There’s also a Boat ride from Butler Bay to Palm Oil factory is quite interesting. It’s an excellent place for sun basking, coral viewing and surfing.

 Netaji Nagar Beach: This is another beach that attracts fewer tourists and located along the roadside of the village.

Dams: There are two dams in Little Andaman namely Ramakrishnapur and Vivekanadapuram. These are not yet explored by the tourists but these are the potential attractions of Little Andaman. • Travel around the areas in bikes. Also Buses, Auto-rickshaws are also available for the transportation of Tourists. And the people are also friendly. You can get free lifts too if you’re lucky. 

Important: Entry to Little Andaman is only from Port Blair where 7 to 9 hours voyage is required. Stay facilities are also limited in Little Andaman.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Maui - The Valley Isle of Hawaii



Maui
About: 

Maui is the 2nd largest island in the Hawaiian grounds. Maui is voted as the “Best Island” by the readers and travellers for the past 19 years.

Located at: It is located in the Hawaii state which is present in the middle of North Pacific Ocean extends from about 3200kms from the coast of Continental USA.

History: 

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. According to the legend Hawai’iloa named the island Maui after his son Maui, a demigod. The “Valley Isle” for the large isthumus that exists between northwest and southeast volcano and the large valleys are carved in both mountains.

Geography: 

The islands are rich in iron rich rocks due to the settlement of highly fluid lava that has been condensed over millions of years.Maui is referred as volcanic doublet formed from two shielded volcanoes. During the periods of reduced sea level these islands are joined together due to the shallowness of the channels between them.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.

Climate: 

It has mild and uniform temperature everywhere except at high elevations. Maui has a unique and different set of climatic conditions for different regions.

Divisions: 

The island is divided into 5 regions namely West Maui, South Maui, Central Maui, Upcountrt Maui & East Maui.

  •  East Maui: consists of Oheo & Hana town.
  • Upcountry Maui: consists of Haleakala National park, Makawao, Kula & Paia. 
  • Central Maui: consists of Wailuku & Iao valley state park.
  • West Maui: consists of Kannapali beach, Honolua bay, Kapalua & Lahaina. 
  • South Maui: consists of Wailea, Makena beach state park, Molokini &Kihei. 
Tourist Spots: 
 
Haleakala National Park: Haleakala means “House of the sun” in Hawaiian language. It stretches from southern coastline and extends to the eastern coastline. It consists of 30,000 acres of public land and has 3 separate visitors. Haleakal visitor centre is the best spot to watch the sunrise. Similarly the bright starry nights are also revealed at these visitor centres. Hiking adventures reveal the endangered species that are preserved here. Camping facilities are also available. There are 2 separate campgrounds.

 • Lahaina: It was once known as Lele which means “relentless sun”. It’s a historic town that has 55 acres for historic districts and has multiple art galleries. This town can be chosen during winter seasons because there is Whale watching tour at the Lahaina harbour. Humpback whales are the populr ones that are present here.

 • Hana: Along the rugged east coastline there exists a peaceful town called Hana. With rainforests, waterfalls, pools and dramatic seascapes the island is a highly spectacular view. Hana Beach Park and Hanoa beach are the most beautiful beaches in the entire Pacific Ocean. Snorkelling at Waianapanapa State park with the beautiful black sand beach is highly exquisite. Also Kahanu one of the largest botanical gardens is found in the city.

Royal Holiday

Royal Holiday


Perhaps Royal Holiday is on to something. Christmas is Paris could be a vacation dream come true. Paris earns its nickname as The City of Light during the holiday season. If you take a trip to France's capital city around Christmas, you will find that everything is illuminated.

All the streets, shop windows, historical monuments in Paris are adorned in lights. The Avenue des Champs-Elysee is has 200 trees highlighted with glittering garland, sparkling beads, and showers of light. The trees change color every hour and half-hour, giving a new perspective on the decorations. The display is mounted near the end of November and stays in place until after the first week in January. A tradition for 26 years, the lights on Champs-Elysee draw more than 600,000 visitors to dazzle them. Other streets that participate in the lighting show include: Place Vendome, Rue Saint Honore, Avenue Montaigne, and Quatier du Haut Monmarte.

Not to be upstaged by the parade of lights, city markets in Paris are brimming with holiday festivity and special foods. The markets in Paris have become so popular the tradition has spread across Europe and has been growing as a family occasion since the 1990s. Vendors set up decorative wooden cabins and allow groups of families to shop and explore regional foods and handmade goods. Some families use the marketplace to shop for food gifts or find unusual decorations for the family Christmas tree.

Of particular note among the marketplaces is the 'Noël Gourmand' trade show that happens from December 20-22 at the Palais Brongniart. France's best artisans showcase upscale food products and regional specialties. Visitors get a taste of salted meat, farmhouse cheeses, foie gras, rich chocolates, oils, wines and more. These delicacies are not just for pleasurable consumption. It is a way families get the best ingredients to make their most memorable Christmas and New Year's meals.

Travelers who are ice skaters get their choice of ponds for skating during the Christmas season. The best thing about the outdoor ice rinks is that they are open until March. The ice rink at the Hotel de Ville in Paris is a double rink on the square just in front of the hotel. Along with wintry decorations, skaters can move to music that plays in open air. A special small rink is set up for small children to keep them safe on the ice.

At the Jours de fêtes au Grand Palais, travelers can enjoy a real French monument. This is an especially exciting stop for families with children. Here they can enjoy the Ferris wheel, carousel ride and confection treats. Children all over Paris look forward to this event. Because the festivities go on into the night, they get to stay up far past their bedtimes. Just in case the little ones still have a lot of energy after attending Jours de fêtes, there is a Disneyland in Paris amusement park.

The nativity scenes in Parisian churches, winter sports, cabarets and temporary bars, and seasonal restaurant menus give a new meaning to the holiday season. In Paris, the Christmas holiday truly becomes a grand festival. Parisians and their visitors from all around the world come together to celebrate the best of food, culture, music and holiday rituals. You can get to it all on a cruise ship.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Oahu - The Gathering Place


Oahu

About: 

Oahu in the Hawaiian language is called as “The Gathering place”. It is the highly populated island ever compared to other Hawaiian islands. Honolulu is the state capital that lies along the southeast coast.
Located at: It is located in the Hawaii State which is present in the middle of North Pacific Ocean extends from about 3200kms from the coast of Continental USA.

History: 

Every place has its own History which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The island is the result of two shielded volcano Wai’anae&Ko’olau with a saddle between them. During World War 2, the Japanese army attacked US at Pearl Harbour which is located at Oahu. That made a quite a destruction. An earthquake that occurred at 2006 caused a damage of $200 million. It took millions of dollars to get the island back to the original position.

Local Languages spoken: Hawaiian language.
Climate: 

Oahu’s north shore is famous for its tremendous waves during winter. Winter and summer are hard to differentiate. From May to October there is least amount of rainfall. The months of June & July are the driest.
Divisions: Oahu is divided into 5 regions namely:

  •  Honolulu 
  • Windward coast  
  • Central Oahu  
  • Leeward Coast & 
  • North shore.
Tourist Spots: 

Aulani: If you plan a trip with children then this is a jackpot for your family. It’s a beachside Disney resort & Spa. There are many activities and Programs especially for the children. And it’s the 3rd largest Disney resort outside Disney theme Park. There are various entertainers such as grand villas, lazy river, swimming pool & an artificial snorkelling Lagoon. A huge spa which is occupies 18,000 square feet with conference centres and outdoor venues.

Kailua Beach: This beach is located in the Windward coast and is the favourite beach for the locals. Natives of Oahu Island call themselves Locals. Sports like Windsurf, Kayak, Body board, Parasail are famous in these beaches. Kayak and other water sports related accessories are available at the stores in the seashores.

Iolani Palace: The palace was built by King David Kalakua, “The Merrie Monarch” during the period of 1882-1893. He was quite impressed by the European architectural styles and built the palace in the same way. It had the features like first electric light system, flush toilets, Intra-house telephones. The palace interiors were also quite decorativesuch as beautiful Koa staircase, ornate furniture and there were royal gifts and ornaments from all over the world.

Pearl Harbour: The world famous Pearl Harbour was named as for the pearl Oysters. It’s the largest natural Harbour in Hawaii. There’s a USS Arizona memorial quotes the historic event that occurred during December 7th,1941. Also there’s a visitor centre that showcases a film regarding the attack. A Floating memorial is also present that is present over the sunken hull of the Battleship.

Waikki: Located in the south shore of Honolulu. Waikki is famous for its beaches and every room is only two or three blocks away from the sea. The biggest attractions are Honolulu Zoo and Waikki aquarium. Waikki is the place to party all day and the fun extends till Waikki sunset with amazing nightlife and Live Music.

Other than these spots Aloha Tower, AlaMoana, Diamond Head, Kaena point, Pearl Harbourare other sites of attraction.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ritchie's Archipelago

Ritchie's Archipelago

About:

Ritchie’s arcipelago are a cluster of small islands present that lies to the east coast of South Andaman and Baratang. It consists of 4 large islands 7 smaller ones and several islets. However, only 3 islands are allowed to visit by the foreigners, whereas most of the islands remain inhabited. They are Havelock, Neil & Long islands.

Located in: The Bay of Bengal borders the Andaman Sea, Located North east to Port Blair.

History:

Every place has its own History and Geography which makes it more interesting and makes it the best reason for travelling purpose. The place has been named after “Ritchie” a British marine surveyor. He spent almost 2 decades documenting in and around Andaman. These details helped the British colony to set up a colony at the Andamans. Later these islands were annexed by the British rulers.

Geography:

These islands in the Ritchie’s Archipelago are closely spaced which extends for about 60km. The island interiors consist of Hills and plains above the sea level. There are a few rocky coastal cliffs often interrupted by long sandy beaches, Lagoons and estuaries. There are also coral reefs present.
Local Languages spoken: Bengali, Tamil, English.

Climate:

These islands have a tropical, warm, moist and equable climate. Due to the proximity of sea and abundant rainfall it’s impossible to feel the extreme heat from the sun. Here winter is unknown.

December-February: Has a cool effect due to the north east monsoon. March-April: Typically warm.

May-October: Southwest monsoon breaks resulting in precipitations.

Tourist Spots:

Sports like Snorkelling, Game fishing and elephant rides are also encouraged.

Havelock Island:

Havelock islands are the famous among the tourists. The island is most visited by foreigners. Due to the long and white pristine beaches, Cycle rides are also available but the journey is quite tough. Due to the increased tourist attraction many hotels and resorts have been established. Elephant beach are often preferred as the best spot for Snorkelling adventures. But Sand-flies are a major problem over here. Better go out with any kind of lotions applied on your body.

Neil Island:

Neil Island is the smallest island and the tourists are permitted to stay on. Here Bharatpur is the best beach if you want to swim. Other than this Snorkelling adventures are also carried out. Bicycle rides also add a feather to the cap. There’s a natural bridge found in Sitapur. The curve of Bay at Sitapur serves as the home foe various kinds of birds such as Hawabill birds. The tiny island of Chota Neil is visible from the beach. Good restaurants are also available.

Long island:

It’s a beautiful island with a long sandy beach Lalaji. You can walk around the beach or go boating that costs you only about Rs.200. This is a small island lined with coconut trees at the shore. There’s not much of fun over here. The roads are not proper and there might only be a couple of places to roam about. So a two day sty is more than enough in this area.