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How to travel the Phi Phi Islands

How to travel the Phi Phi Islands

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The Phi Phi Islands are a group of picturesque islands in Thailand, located between the large island of Phuket and the west coast of the mainland. The islands are reachable by speedboats or Long-tail boats from the main island. Originally, the islands were populated by Muslim fisherman during the late 1940s, only to become a coconut plantation - yum! Are you looking for an escape to this tropical island? We've compiled a list of things to do to really make the most of this luxurious destination.

 

Ko Phi Phi Le

Boasting the title of second largest of the islands, Ko Phi Phi Le is a must-do when exploring this part of the world. The open beach cove allows you to sit back and relax while tourists fish, swim, eat and wind down. You can visit this island via many of the advertised boat trips on the main land.

 

Bamboo Island (Ko Phi Phi Don)

A lot less populated and crowded than Ko Phi Phi Le, is the small island called Bamboo Island. Wondering where the name came from? Well, there is in fact a Bamboo forest that inhabits the middle of the island. If you're not exploring the Bamboo Forest, you can go snorkelling, animal watching and just generally enjoy the sun! Bamboo Island is famous for its crisp white sand and beautifully clear blue ocean waters. This island is also accessible via boats from the main island.

 

Viking Cave

Viking Cave is one of the most notable sites of the islands. It is located on the north-eastern side of the island, and takes roughly 20 minutes to access from the main island. The cave owes its name to paintings that we found on the walls of the cave. These paintings represent various types of boats, and are believed to be quite recent, possibly realised by sailors that were taking shelter in the cave during a storm.

 

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5 Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

5 Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

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India is one of the largest countries in Asia, and with an area of over 3.3 million km there's a lot to explore! Before you travel through some of the usual tourist-filled cities across India, try some of these cities which will give not only an authentic Indian experience but will keep tourist activity at a minimum.

 

Kausani

Blessed with 300 km-wide panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, the village town of Kausani is nestled amongst pine forests and endless valleys in the Bageshwar district of India. Mahatma Ghandi even called Kausani the Swizterland of India due to its similarly of landscapes and picturesque views.


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Velas


If you're after a beach destination for your trip in India, Velas ticks all the right boxes. This seaside village lies within the Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra and is home to a plethora of turtles! Many citizens of Velas often grant themselves the task of protecting the native turtles and even host an annual event which is known as the turtle festival.

 

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Devikulam


According to legend, a goddess by the name of Sita Devi is believed to have bathed in the pristine waters of Lake Devikulam. Although the lake, now known as Sita Devi Lake draws a considerable amount of travellers each year, it's definitely one destination which is worth the crowds.

 

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Magnetic Hill

Located near Leh in Ladakh, Magnetic Hill is comprised of winding hills and structures to give the illusion that uphill roads are actually downhill. As a result, objects and cars often look as if they're rolling 'uphill' due to the position of the mountains.


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Ponmudi

If you're a lover of chai, then Ponmudi (also known as the Golden Peak) is a must-see if you're travelling through the Western Ghats of Kerala. Home to rolling tea plantations and various hiking tracks, Ponmudi serves the modern traveller the best location to relax and recharge.


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5 things to do in Japan this February

5 things to do in Japan this February

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Although February is generally a lower season for travel to Japan, this doesn't mean your trip won't be full of exciting adventures! Plus, there are generally lower prices and fewer crowds especially around most notoriously touristy areas. Even though it is quieter season, there are still many festivals and events for you to explore around this beautiful country.

 

1)      Asahikawa Winter Festival


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This large winter festival is in the city of Asahikawa, Japan's second largest city on the northern island. The festival showcases various ice and snow sculptures, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest snow sculpture - a 20 metre high replica of Sumon Castle built in 1994!

If you're travelling with children, Asahikawa provides many activities to keep the kids entertained. From giant ice slides, to snowman making competitions, the kids will always have something to do.



Otaru Snow Light Path Festival


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Otaru is a small fishing village that is located about 30 minutes on the train from Sapporo. Throughout the year, Otaru is a very picturesque town and is even more so in the month of February when the streets are filled with small snow-covered lights. Held from February 9-18, this event lights up the city of Otaru with snow lanterns and small snow statues.


1)      Tokyo Marathon


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This world-famous marathon attracts around 1.7 million spectators and 35,000 participants every year. Initially, the Marathon invites elite international competitors as well as Japanese runners that qualify into the field if they can demonstrate a minimum time. The marathon also accepts applications from anyone who wants to participate, however those applications are selected through a lottery. If you're wanting to witness some of the world's greatest athletes compete as well as seeing some outrageous costumes, the Tokyo Marathon is an event that you wouldn't want to miss. 


1)      Japanese Valentine's Day


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In Japan, women buy chocolate and gifts for men! Men are expected to reciprocate with a gift of their own exactly one month later, on March 14th (White Day). 


1)      Skiing and Snowboarding


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Last but not least, skiing and snowboarding are one of Japan's biggest attractions in the colder months. You better get in quick though as February produces the last of the ideal snow conditions at ski resorts throughout the country. Some of the mentionable ski slopes and resorts in the country include: Nozawa Onsen, Niseko Moiwa, Rusutsu, Sahoro and Hakuba Cortina. What are you waiting for? It's time to hit the slopes!

 

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Discover Suzhou: The Venice of China

Discover Suzhou: The Venice of China

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There are so many places to travel to within China, that it's impossible to tick each city off your bucket list in just one trip. The city of Suzhou, often referred to as the Venice of China is one of the hidden treasures when it comes to visiting this majestic country.

 

The Grand Canal, also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the largest canal or artificial river in the entire world! The canal itself runs for 1,794km and connects to various other bodies of water including Hai River, Yellow River, Huai River, Yangtze River and the Qiantang River. Construction began by the Sui Dynasty and the oldest parts of the canal even link back to the 5th century BC. As a result of general conflict throughout history, the Yuan and Ming dynasties had to rebuild the canal for maintenance purposes and also altered its route.

 

For the earlier dynasties such as Tang to Qing, the canal was traditionally used to connect northern and southern China, and would aid in the movement of grain. At its height, more than 8,000 boats would use the canal to transport upwards of 240,000 gallons of grain per annum.

 

Since the unification of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the canal has been primarily used to transport various goods such as bricks, gravel, sand and coal. Over the last few years, the Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal serves primarily as a tourist attraction, transporting travellers up and down the various water canals for an unrestricted view of Suzhou and surrounding provinces.

 

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