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Thailand is one of the top destinations of tourists all over the world. The most popular places that experience mass tourism are Bangkok, the capital City, Phuket, Pattaya and other islands that boast of crystal clear waters. However, there are places that have not been discovered by foreign tourists like Rayong. You can easily book at holiday inn hotel in Rayong to enjoy a few days of peaceful relaxation in the quiet coast.
Most of the visitors inRayong are urbanites that drive from the city of Bangkok to experience a peaceful environment and Thai families that crave for a weekend escape. Usually, the reasons for visiting Rayong include its accessibility to Bangkok and the lack of Pattaya-like crowds. However, foreigners have started to discover Rayong because of word-of-mouth recommendations on the big advantages of the quiet beach.
Rayong is 3 hours drive from Bangkok with traffic. Without traffic, it might take you 2.5 hours. During Saturdays and Sundays, you will notice that there are few people on the beaches because most people are in the crowded beaches that are closer to the city. Those who remain loyal to Rayong are people who prefer a peace and quiet environment when they want to relax and de-stress.
Those who do not like solitude can go the beaches in Hua Hin, Cha Am and KohSamet that offer a weekend escape for millions of local Thais and tourists. However, not all foreigners would like to share space with Thai families having beach picnics. The option is Rayong with its peaceful and tranquil beaches.
Rayong offers visitors a taste of the real Thailand, not a tourist resort. Of all beach destinations in the country, Rayong has retained its identity although you can expect changes in the years to come. Rayongis now being advertised as a retiree’s paradise with better prices than Pattaya or Hua Hin.
If you want to experience luxurious accommodations for an affordable price, try holiday inn hotel in Rayong, the only internationally branded hotel in the city centre. The hotel has a modern design with the advantage of magnificent views from the window of your room.
This article is intended for men who are currently dating a Latina. It might be early on in your relationship and you wonder what things you should know about Latin women in order to be prepared. Latin wives are generally the best. This may come as a bias observation for someone married to a Latina but the following points below will further prove my point.
- Her body clock is set on LST or Latino Standard Time which means she will always be late an hour from your agreed meeting time. If you are planning to have dinner at 8, make sure to tell her to come at 7 if you wanted her to arrive on time, or close to it. When it is the other way around and you are attending something in the Latin community, you don’t have to rush because you can always arrive late and no one will bother you about it. Dating a Latina means that schedules are flexible and can change at any time without warning.
- If you are going to meet and she tells you that she is already on her way, be cautious because most of the time it means that she is still in bed and about to get ready for your date.
- They take dating very seriously thus she will take her time when getting ready. Do not worry though because your will not be in vain when you see her all dolled up for you. One undeniable fact is that red lipsticks look better with Latinas.
- Do not refer to her as feisty and do not describe her as spicy either. Wait for her to say these words as a sign that you can safely call her those. Also, be aware not to use food as comparison to her because she wouldn’t like it one bit despite being a good cook and eater.
- Do not be surprised if you meet her family after a few dates. This is common in Latin culture because they wanted to see if they are Latin wives material to the person they are introducing to their relatives.
Barely three months ago, were bombs detonated in popular resorts in Phuket and Hua Hin on successive dates. It inevitably raised concern and panic, especially among the hospitality and tourism sector. But most importantly they are worried that it will stain the beautiful image of the country as a crowd puller among tourists. After all, Thailand has consistently attracted millions of tourists on a yearly basis, and consistently for decades now. Many golfers that were in the area on a Golf Tour were worried when the incident happened, but organizers in several golf club in Thailand were professional and quick to appease them.
It was a short-lived anxiety and within a few days, there was business as usual, even in the tourism industry. Thailand gets 10,000 golfers per year just from one gold tourism organizer alone. The catch? ‘Golf in a Kingdom’, a golf trail so elite that links the country’s top courses together. A total of seven of these golf club in Thailand, particularly in Hua Hin and Chiang Mai are linked together in ‘Golf in a Kingdom’.
When the bombing incident happened, the golfers just went on golfing. They were assured that the golf course is the safest place at that point, which is true, as the security was tight. The golfers stuck to their golf itineraries because the staff in the golf tour industry were all very professional and reassuring. Aside from the golf tour staff, there was immediate action from the authorities as well. Nothing is more reassuring than the authorities making it feel safe and sound, as per a tourist visiting from Australia. Justin Brown who is from Melbourne also added that if he had visited Thailand few days after the bombing and nobody told him about it, he wouldn’t have noticed such an incident have happened as the police were doing a great job. Paul Dean, who was from Perth, also agreed with Brown. Mark Siegel, an American who moved to Thailand in 2005 and owned a golf tour business, said that in the last decade that he stayed in Thailand, he noticed that the people are always resilient and quick to shrug off unfortunate events to move on. The country set itself a steep goal of 33 million Tourist visit for 2016, and as of this writing, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said they are still on track to meet the projection.
Comic-Con International is one of the biggest cosplay conventions held annually. This convention is full of visual treats. Famous celebrities grace their presence during Comic-Con, and studios start promoting upcoming movie releases, etc. However, the most significant part of a convention is the attendance of fans who take part in cosplaying and dressing up.
Cosplay is shortened from costume play. This simply refers to persons dressing up as superheroes or characters. Movie Costumes are the most commonly used form of costume play. Other costumes are taken from video games and comic books. The popularity of cosplay escalated when Japanese manga became popular in the United States in the 90s.
Anyone is welcome to cosplay. Cosplayers are everywhere but they usually go out in multitude during conventions like Comic-Con. In conventions, these cosplayers get to show off their amazing costumes to fans who can recognize their characters.
Cosplays are done since participating in them is fun. This is just like any other hobby or form of leisure. The main reason is that cosplayers enjoy it.
There is also a term called crossplay where a person dresses up of a different gendered character. An example is below.
There are also varying levels of commitment. Some will go to extreme lengths to personalize and prepare their costumes by hand. Some people see cosplaying as a performance art, and some design their costumes for weeks to compete in competitions.
There are competitions for cosplaying. In San Diego Comic-Con, it is called Masquerade. The cosplayers showcase their costumes in front of judges and audiences to win prizes.
Other people have made this a career. They start by showcasing their skills at events in order to get jobs in costume designing.
There has been some controversies in relation to this especially for women cosplayers. Women characters in comics are depicted unrealistically in terms of body proportions. Some are also scantily dressed. Aside from this, women are bullied due to weight as being too fat to partake in cosplays. There are also harassment happening in conventions. This is an ugly downside when cosplaying is made for fun. The good thing is there are movements against these issues which are gaining popularity.
Book a night train from Hanoi to Sapa when time is limited to squeeze in trekking in the rice terraces of Sapa in the Lao Cai province. Although there are many other activities that can be done in Sapa, trekking is a way to experience the real Sapa and interact with the locals.
Taking the night train from the Hanoi train station is not a hassle since there are a lot of schedules starting from 8 in the evening. The train ride usually takes 7-8 hours in average and stops in the Lao Cai station. From there, you can hire a taxi or ride a minibus to Sapa for 1 hour. Even before you reach Sapa, you will be greeted by a beautiful landscape of mountain ranges with rice paddies.
Once in Sapa, you can now start with the trekking. There are full day and half day hikes depending on your preference. It is best to hire a local guide from the hill tribes. These hill tribesmen have lived in the mountains their whole lives and it is like them showing you their homes. They also know the best spots to go since they know the place too well.
After meeting up with a tour guide, the trek will begin with an hour journey up the beautiful green mountains of Sapa. Below, you can see rice paddies along the hills.
The gorgeous views of the rice paddies in Sapa might overwhelm you but that is the point of the trip.
The descent through muddy hills can be tricky but with proper trekking shoes and attire, there isn’t anything challenging you can’t face. You will pass through farm houses and some villages. You will meet a lot of friendly locals along the way. Don’t forget to smile!
You can even have an encounter with water buffalos along the way.
To make the most out of the experience, be sure to come prepared. You should pack light and not bring unnecessary things during the trek. Make sure to bring snacks and water. Lastly, take a lot of pictures.
The best part of traveling is opening your heart and mind to new experiences. You will meet different people and you will experience various cultures. Travelling however can also become a challenge because you have to ensure that you do not get lost during your tour around a city.
I arrived in Japan on a Friday afternoon and after the long flight I was just too eager to get out of the airport and experience the city of Tokyo. My friend James was patiently waiting for me and we quickly got out of the overcrowded airport to take a bus to where he lives. All around us were thousands of cars and people and it was simply overwhelming.
James accompanied me on the tour around the city. I don’t think I am prepared to face the challenge of visiting Tokyo alone because I would surely get lost in the huge crowd. We walked to the Imperial Gardens and then to the Ginza Shopping Market where we ate a late breakfast at a tiny Ramen Noodle restaurant that tasted authentically Japan.
From there we took a bus to the other side of Tokyo that looks almost like New York Times Square at its busiest. There we met with some of James friends so that we can try the hundreds of vending machines that we found in almost every corner of the arcade. We also tried some of the video games and paid for an hour at a private karaoke booth.
Afterwards, we ate at one of restaurants that serve authentic Japanese cuisine. The meal was typical Japanese with sushi, oysters, rice with miso soup and tempura. Without much hesitation, I grabbed my chopsticks and started on the sushi. It tastes different from the sushi served in Japanese restaurants back home.
It was my daughter’s birthday wish to visit Disneyland Hong Kong. We arrived on a hot sunny Wednesday afternoon at the Hong Kong International Airport and decided to take a taxi to our hotel. There was public transport everywhere but I was uncertain if the bus will pass by our hotel at Disney Resort. I certainly do not intend for the family to get lost on our first day in Hong Kong.
Disneyland is a must see in Hong Kong even for adult travellers. The park is quite huge with exciting rides and lot of activities. It took us more than 20 minutes to travel from the airport to Disneyland Resort. There are two hotels inside the resort that are decorated in the typical Disneyland theme. The kids were obviously ecstatic with happiness and anticipation at finally seeing Mickey Mouse in person.
As we walked through the streets of Disneyland, we had the opportunity to meet some of the well-loved Disney characters. Everything was so beautiful and breathtaking. We proceeded to Tomorrow Land where there were long queues to enter the halls. It seems that Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster is a crowd favorite as well as the Space Mountain with its famous indoor roller coaster.
Our next stop was Fantasy Land where we enjoyed the 3D movie of this colorful mini world of Donald Duck and the Golden Mickeys. We also tried the famous “It’s a Small World” where we took a boat ride to see the moving statues of different Disney characters.
The food inside Disneyland restaurants is actually good and it is not as expensive as expected. The security guards at the gate informed us that we are not allowed to bring in food and drinks. All sorts of food including snacks were available and but the attention of the kids were on the stuffed toys and Disney costumes.
Overall, Disneyland is one of those good places to experience being a child all over again. However, the family has other plans because we intend to go and visit Victoria Peak tomorrow. Friends have been telling us to visit Victoria Peak so that we can view Hong Kong and its twinkling lights after dark.