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Thailand is one of our fav destinations, home to fascination culture, scenery, beaches, people and food. Thailand has plenty of island paradises and one of our favourites is Koh Phangan. Christine spent a few days here and loved it!
'I was on a trip around Thailand and spent some time on Thailand east coast. Koh Phangan, just to the north of Koh Samui, is renowned for its monthly Full Moon parties,
but away from the partying there’s a beautiful island that makes a perfect
Adjacent to Koh Samui, Koh Phangan is reached by boat from
her neighbour, taking around 90 minutes in total to travel from the main areas
of Koh Samui to the resorts of Koh Phangan. Koh Samui airport has regular
flight connections from around Thailand.
With over half the Island being a national park there’s plenty to explore with
a hilly interior and coastline dotted with fishing villages, plus it’s a great
spot for diving too. Koh Phangan makes an ideal destination for total
relaxation, and twins perfectly with nearby Koh Samui.
I spent a few days exploring the island and have to say it I found it to be a great island to chillout and get away from it all. If you're a party animal, then schedule your stay on the island to coincide with one of the Half or Full Moon parties, personally they sound all too lively for me!
Escape Worldwide can offer plenty of holiday ideas to Koh Phangan. Combining Koh Phangan and Koh Samui is easy, and we’d
recommend at least a night on Koh Samui before visiting Koh Phangan.
There are some stunning resorts on the island and I was fortunate enough to stay at the stunning Santhiya Koh Phangan which is set on a stunning beach, with good quality accommodation and a couple of stunning swimming pools!
Koh Phangan is well worth a stay for a few nights and also
including Bangkok in to your itinerary is easy, while other
areas of Thailand such as Chiang Mai and Phuket are possible, via Samui.
We love Kenya here at Escape Worldwide and Karen is a massive fan:
'I was lucky enough, again, to spend two nights on safari on the amazing Masai Mara in Kenya recently and every game drive you go on is a different experience, you always see something new, as even if it’s the same animal they are doing something different.
This time we saw a leopard, one of the cats I have never seen so I was very excited! Usually people see them up a tree keeping out of the way, but this one was just wandering in an out of the trees and it was amazing. It wasn’t bothered by us sitting in the safari vehicle watching him – in fact, he was showing off a bit and quite enjoying himself! I had to remember to stop taking photos and just sit back and watch the show – quite difficult to be honest!
Although we saw elephants, cheetah, giraffe and all sorts of other things, this was definitely the highlight of the trip, and for some of my fellow passengers with me it was their first time on safari so they were incredibly lucky. I was staying at the Ashnil Mara Camp which is extremely well located on the Masai Mara and has a fire pit which we all sat round after dinner with a glass of beer or two - a great place to discuss the day’s game drives!
Safaris really are one of the best experiences I have had, watching these amazing creatures in their own environment, doing all they can to survive and look after their children at the same time, is awesome.
I simply love Kenya and a safari here is a truly magical and memorable experience.'
Darren was recently in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and whilst there visited Ferrari World and the amazing Formula Rossa, the worlds fastest roller coaster..... certainly not for the faint-hearted as you can see!
Ferrari World is located on Yas Island, close to the Formula 1 Grand Prix race track, which is also well worth a visit!
Mark was in Bali recently and spent a few days in
Seminyak staying that the Desamuda Village. Located in the heart of Seminyak,
Desamuda Village is 5 minutes' walk from shopping, restaurants and
entertainment options and a 20 minutes walk from the beach. The resort is a
20-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The Desamuda Village boasts a spa, gazebo and 2 outdoor
free form swimming pools. There’s a restaurant and bar are also available.
Guests enjoy free shuttle service to Kuta area and free Wi-Fi access. The Rice
Table Restaurant serves a wide selection of Indonesian and European dishes.
This beautiful resort offers traditionally styled deluxe
rooms, and a select of impressive pool villas. However the highlight of this
resort are the amazing Deluxe Pool Villas. Mark opted for one of these for a
few nights and was very impressed.
“On arrival I loved the lovely Balinese feel of the
resort and also the friendly staff. I was swiftly checked and taken to my room.
My Deluxe Pool Villas was huge and started with a grand Balinese double door
entrance that lea into it’s own private oasis. Off to the left there is a full
kitchen offering everything from a large fridge / freezer, hob and all the
crockery you could need (though I had the room service a couple of times which was
really good value and the food amazing so probably didn’t really need any of
There was a large partly outdoor living area with a large
L-shaped sofa, coffee table and large flat screen TV. The bedroom itself had a
large king sized bed with all the usual trimmings, safe, dressing table etc.
The spacious bathroom was partly open with a large bath
and good sized shower. However the jewel in the rooms crown was the amazing
private swimming pool. Flanked by two comfy sun loungers, the pool was of a
good size and depth with a beautiful waterfall to one side.
The room was just stunning and also great value and it
would make for a perfect honeymoon or special occasion holiday. The only
disappointment was that I was only there for a couple of nights.”
Mark has seen and stayed at a number of resorts and
hotels in Bali and found the Desamuda Village to be one of his favourite and
would highly recommend their Deluxe Pool Villas.
Bali is a great holiday or honeymoon destination and
twins very well with the likes of Hong Kong, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
Japan is a simply amazing destination and a visit to
Hiroshima is a must.
For most people the city of Hiroshima is synonymous with
one thing - the dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb, however today
Hiroshima is a modern, friendly city, with the Peace Memorial Park being a
constant reminder of what happened here.
A highlight in the area is nearby Miyajima which is one of
Japan’s primary sites with it’s beautiful shrine gate seeming to float on the
water. It a short train ride and boat trip and a must go see.
What to do in Hiroshima
In central Hiroshima there is the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park and the sites
close by are the main draw here - allow yourself a time to take in this area of
the city, as its very moving. There is also an excellent museum and the eerie
Atomic Bomb Dome close by. The island of Miyajima with the Itsukushima Jinja
Temple and its iconic ‘floating’ torii gate is one of our top sights in Western
Honshu, and a half day trip from the city is straightforward and very
worthwhile - the main areas of the island can be explored on foot easily, or
allow a full day if you want to go hiking.
Where to stay in Hiroshima
Central Hiroshima is fairly compact so hotel location isn’t too important -
although being close easy to use tram network is handy. There’s a good range of
hotel options available in the city, with the area around Nagarekawa-Dori being
ideal for restaurants and bars too. It’s also possible to stay on Miyajima
Island, although options are limited and prices are high, but well worth it if
you want to stay in a magical part of Japan.
Holiday ideas to Hiroshima
A day or two will allow you time to take in Hiroshima’s key sites and
atmosphere, along with nearby Miyajima. This area of Japan has easy rail
connections to Osaka, Kyoto and other areas of Japan making Hiroshima and
Miyajima easy to include in to any rail itinerary of the country - have a look
at our suggestions http://www.escapeworldwide.co.uk/far_east/japan_holidays.html for some excellent ideas
We are asked a fair bit, I want to go on safari in Kenya, but don’t want to keep moving around?
Well Karen has the answer:
I did a safari in Kenya last year and what I did was to fly from Nairobi straight into the Masai Mara by light aircraft, I then spent 3 nights at a camp before flying back to Nairobi.
I found this worked really well as the light aircraft was a FAB way of seeing the Masai Mara from the air and it only took about an hour and a half to get from Nairobi, Also it landed close to the camp so didn’t have to go too far to get to the camp, though on saying that the drive to the camp was amazing, littered with giraffe and zebra.
Whilst at the camp I did a couple of game drives a day, which I have to say were simply amazing. I saw the big five plus tons of other animals. I was pretty amazed when we came across a herd of elephant; I counted 20 with a couple of babies, which were so sweat. There is some much to see on the Masai Mara and the local driver/guide, David, was simply fantastic and it was really interesting hearing how he grew up on the Masai Mara.
I love big cats and wasn't disappointed, I same plenty of lions, cheetahs and we even lucky enough to see the elusive leopard, simply amazing!
OK you don’t get to see the full diversity that Kenya has to offer by flying just in the Masai Mara, but it was a great way to experience some of the most amazing wildlife I have ever seen.
The only thing that was a little disappointing was that my luggage allowance was restricted to 15kg because of the light aircraft, it wasn’t be biggest problem, but it would have nice to have had a bit more.
The landing strips are right in the middle of the Mara, so sometimes you need to clear the runway of Zebra and Wildebeest, all a bit off, but great fun!