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Barbados Island Guide

Barbados is a popular coral island located in the Caribbean Sea. There are many arguments regarding the origin of the name Barbados. Different people have different opinion regarding this. No concrete proof is there for anything yet. Barbados is always a great place to visit.

However it is always better to plan your trip with your agent much before going there. If you do not make a proper plan then there is a possibility that you miss some of the nice places to visit there. You can opt for helicopter ride there; you will get to see the bird’s eye view of whole Barbados then. It will surely be a great experience for you to see the whole island from the helicopter. This is one of the exciting things the tourists do.The sea shores are beautiful in Barbados. You can also visit the beautiful and serene countryside.

There are many places to visit in Barbados. The beaches are exotic and stunning. You won’t get tired even after sitting there for long. There are cruise trips that you can opt for. This is a great option where you can enjoy with others. It is always great to enjoy your holidays. In the cruise trip you will enjoy with others while eating, drinking and dancing. The people of Barbados are full on fun and that is why you won’t really get bored at all. Scuba diving is another attraction of Barbados. You must take part in this sport. There are tropical creatures under the sea and you will get a chance to explore that world. You need not worry as there will be experts to guide you. They will be with you so that you do not face any trouble. Overall Barbados trip will surely be a great trip for you. thinking of travelling to Barbados, Don’t forget to look for cheap travel insurance as accidents may occur at any time.…

Jedkod-Pongkonsao Wildlife Sanctuary

Jedkod-Pongkonsao Wildlife Sanctuary (130 km from bangkok) is a small wildlife reservation area, located at Mu 5, Tambon Tha-ma-prang, Gang Koy District, Saraburi Province- west-end of Kaoyai National Park, occupying 13,750 Rais (approx. 23 Sq. Km.).

Background

Initiated by former Minister of Agriculture Ministry, Mr. Pongpol Adireksarn, in 1997 aiming to keep natural resources environmental, researching, and serve as Ecotourism in Saraburi provincial area.

Attractions

Waterfalls : There are more than 11 waterfalls such as Hin dad, Khao Kab, Grok E-dok, Grok Pha-panang, Jed Kod, Jed Kod Nua, Jed Kod Klang, Jed Kod Tai, Khab-pa-wan Waterfalls, etc. Every waterfalls in the Park located in the natural environment, good for resting under cool wind. The Khab-pa-wan waterfalls height 11 levels water flow from the lakes in the Park itself.

Lakes : 2 big lakes in the Park for feeding wild animals live in the area. A lot of water-birds. The lakes in a cool climate and natural environment are good for resting not only for animals but for visitors as well.

Elephant Camp (Pang Chang) : An area for about 20 elephants living with training area of 1,100 sq.metres, elephant trainers’ houses and other facilities for keeping elephants in the natural environment. The visitors can observe how the elephants live in their wild life.

Forest Trails : There are 6 trails routes (see the map) to choose. Each route offers knowledge of natural plant type, wild animals in the real wild forest.

Animals Observation : Since the project belongs to the National Park Department and close to Khao Yao National Park, various type of wild animals can live in here with peace. Animals observation is therefore most attractive for the visitors. Deer, wild pig, rabbit and all kinds of bird are easily found in the Park.

View Point : The most beautiful view point is located here in this Park. You will see Saraburi town from the West side of view point, it is very attractive at night time with a bright of million stars in the sky. Don’t forget your headphones (หูฟัง bluetooth) and dream yourself away with some tunes.

Attractions outside the Park by walking distance

Buyaikoa : A lot of wild animals live in the area.

Giant Jackfruit Tree : The wild giant Jackfruit tree located in the area near Buyaikoa.

Facilities in the Park :

Adireksarn Tourists Center Office located in the Park to facilitate in offering information, coordination in the Park with 24 hours service.

Accommodation : There are country-style cottages and camp ground with convenience facilities, toilets, activity area provided.…

Stranded No More

All but one of the pod of false killer whales that beached on a Phuket islet have successfully been assisted back to sea.

It’s believed to be the first mass beaching of whales in Thailand.

Rescue workers have been trying to get the mammals back to open waters since Thursday. They say none of them now appears to be returning to the shallows.

Locals on Racha Yai reported the unprecedented 30 beached whales on the west of the islet on Thursday evening.

Weighing at least 300 kilograms each, they were unable to refloat themselves.

Phuket Marine Biological Centre staff went to the whales’ aid.

“Such a mass stranding has never happened in Thailand before,” Kanjana Adulyanu-kosol, head of the centre’s Rare Marine Animal unit, says.

Helped by staff of a nearby resort, the centre managed to get 20 whales back to sea almost immediately.

Brought back to health

However, 10 were considered too weak to swim in the rough seas off the exposed and rocky coast.

Cranes and lorries were used to transport the whales to the sheltered eastern side of the island.

Veterinarian Sonthaya Manawattana administered sedatives and nutrition. Nine recovered.

“Their breathing was normal, and they no longer showed signs of stress,” Kanjana says. “We were able to get these whales back to sea by midnight”.

One whale died. The centre will conduct a post mortem to discover the cause of death, although Sonthaya says shock is the likely cause.

Kanjana says the whales may have been forced ashore by the heavy seas or they may have become disoriented. Other causes for the beaching are viruses or marine survey signals.

“But the most likely scenario is that the pod leader misled them into shallow waters. With strong winds and their enormous weight, it was impossible for them to retreat,” Kanjana explains.…

Thailand Vacations Preparation Tips

Planning a vacation in Thailand is pretty basic. After all, the country is geared towards tourism. You can expect to have your needs addressed beforehand without so much preparations. However, making the most of Thailand’s cultures, history, attractions, sceneries and whatnot may still require you to fix your schedule so you won’t miss out on the most important things on your first visit.

Decide before you book your flights and hotels.
Thailand’s culture and landscape offer a variety of attractions that is fit for all types of traveler – from backpacking adventurists to package holiday for groups or families and to the most experience of travelers among us. But all that could be spoiled if you would book your flight and hotel before choosing the places you would like to go to. That just takes away a lot of fun.

Instead, decide first which places you would like to visit and how long you will stay in each area. Only after then should you book your flights and decide on where you are staying. This guarantees that you will have a good time. We recommend BangkokAttractions “Top 10 Things To Do In Bangkok“.

Don’t stick with what the travel agencies tell you.
As with traveling in other countries, it is always best to allow the adventurer inside you to dictate the phase and the places you’ll visit. Sure, you might be familiar with Chang Mai, Phuket, and Bangkok but real Thailand experience happens in the smallest of village, and even in the remotest of islands. You would be surprised at the selection of places – excellent places – in the small villages of North Thailand. There are superb 5-star resorts and hotels in some of the forested mountains as well as hotels in hill tribe villages. If you are after the culture of Thailand, spending a night or two in the hill tribe villages could be a good decision.

Expect to have less decent accommodations, though. Unlike the hotels in the cities, accommodations in the outskirts of Thailand are more or less ethnic. You may have to share the shower and toilet with the locals. Of course, there are always those beautiful mountain resorts with first-class hotel accommodations.

Also, try visiting places where the tourist crowd doesn’t normally go. But try not to miss out on tourist spots because most of them are truly eye pleasers.

Don’t pass up on a guide.
Though this may cost you some, it is important that you get yourself a guide. For one, you may find it difficult conversing with the locals. Although English is spoken in Thailand’s modern cities, the countryside is still on its way to learning the language. You will need someone who can talk with the locals for you and to arrange your accommodations, your schedule and other things in between that can enhance your travel experience.

Research on the sights you want to see.
Thailand showcases plenty of glorious beaches and islands, modern cities and ancient temples. But what most tourist love with Thailand are the beautiful ancient cities that define the country as a kingdom.…

Krabi

Brief History

Krabi is a southern province on Thailand’s Andaman seaboard with perhaps the country’s oldest history of continued settlement. After dating stone tools, ancient coloured pictures, beads, pottery and skeletal remains found in the province’s many cliffs and caves, it is thought that Krabi has been home to homosapiens since the period 25,000-35,000 B.C.

At the start of the Rattanakosin period, about 200 years ago, when the capital was finally settled at Bangkok, an elephant kraal was established in Krabi by order of Jao Praya Nakorn (Noy), the Rajah of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, which was by then a part of the Thai Kingdom. He sent his vizier, the Pra Palad to oversee this task, which was to ensure a regular supply of elephants for the larger town. So many emigrated in the steps of the Pra Palad that soon Krabi had large community in three different boroughs: Pakasai, Klong Pon, and Pak Lao.

In 1872, King Chulalongkorn graciously elevated these to town status, called Krabi, a word that preserves in its meaning the monkey symbolism of the old standard. The town’s first governor was Luang Tehp Sena, though it continued a while as a dependency of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, This was changed in 1875, when Krabi was raised to a fourth level town in the old system of Thai government. Administrators then reported directly to the central government in Bangkok, and Krabi’s history as a unique entity, separate from the other provinces, had begun.

During the present reign, the corps of civil servants, the merchants, and the population generally of Krabi and nearby provinces have together organized construction of a royal residence at Laem Hahhg Nak Cape for presentation to Her Majesty the Queen. This lies thirty kilometres to the west of Krabi Town on the Andaman coast.

Geography

Krabi’s mountainous physical geography is broken by highlands and plains on the mainland; the provincial administration also covers more than 130 islands big and small in the Andaman, include the world famous “Phi Phi” and “Lanta” islands. Natural forest cover is chiefly mangrove and Cassia trees. Krabi’s sandy clay soil conditions are perfect for a variety of agricultural products, including: Rubber trees, palms, oranges, coconuts, and coffee. The Krabi River flows 5 kilometres through the city and falls into the Andaman at Tambon Pak Nam. There are other streams as well: The Klong Pakasai; the Klong Krabi Noy; these have their source in the province’s highest range of mountians, the Kao Panom Benja.

Climate

Weather in Krabi is typical monsoon, providing the province with just two seasons, the hot season from November to April, and the rainy season from May to October. Monsoon winds, which change according to season, blow from the southeast, the southwest, and northeast. Temperatures for the year range between 16.9 and 37.3 degrees Celsius; yearly rainfall averages 2,568.5 millimeters.

Attractions in Muang District

Khao Panom Benja National Park : Khao Panom Benja is the tallest mountain of Krabi (1,397 meters above sea level) that has ancient forest with high humidity, moss, fern, and many tropical plants. It is the origin of streams for maintaining Krabi people such as Klong Ton, Klong Bangsan, Klong Krabi Yai, etc. The park headquater locates at moo 4, Muang district, Krabi province. It covers 3 districts; Muang, Khao Panom, Ao Luk.

Nopparat Thara Beach : In times past villagers in the area called this three kilometers long beach Haht Klong Haeng, meaning Dry Stream Beach, because when the tide ebbs the stream flowing from the northern mountains almost disappears, so that the beach has no shore and stretches all the way to Koh Kao Pak Klong Island. In the vicinity of the beach are many places to stay serving tourists. Details and further information may be obtained by writing to Nopparat Thara Beach National Park, P.O.Box 23 Muang District, Krabi 81000, Tel: (075) 637436 or call National Park Headquarters, The Royal Forestry Dept., Tel: (02) 579-0529

Shell Cemetery : The shell graveyard at Ban Laem Poh was once a large freshwater swamp, home to a kind of snail. Over eons dating from the Tertiary Age, about 40 million years ago, these snails lived and died by the million, to the extent that the dead snails formed a layer upon which existed the living. Eventually, weather changes precipitated the swamp’s disappearance, but by then the layer of fossilized snail shells was forty centimeters of lignite below which is the subsoil, Because of geographic upheaval, this shell limestone is now distributed in great broken sheets of impressive magnitude on the seashore at Cape Laem Poh.

Ao Nang : This bay is beautiful and at the same time very strange to the eye because of its limestone mountains. Its famous beaches include Rai Ley, Tahm Pra Nang (where the Tahm, or cave, is sacred to local villagers). And Nam Mao; none of these can be reached by road. However, boats leave regularly from the accessible part of Ao Nang to take visitors to them. There are also other islands to visit as well: Kai island. Tap Island, Mor Island, and Podah Island, where there are clean sandy beaches, clear water and schools of colourful fishes in abundance – perfect for diving, snorkeling, or swimming. Boats to the islands are boarded Ao Nang.

Phi Phi Islands :The name is derived from Malay, and the original was Pulao Pi ah Pi, where in pulao is the Malay word for island, and pi, pronounced with only a half p sound, was very close in pronunciation to the English word be; the ah was eventually dropped, so the name was said something like Bi Bi. Later the p was pronounced with a stronger aspiration and the name became the Pi Pi we know today (the h with which it is usually spelled is confusing and superfluous). The name refers to mangrove wood found there. Six islands are in the group; Phi Phi Don, Phi Phi Le, Biddah Nok, Biddah Nai, Yung, and Pai; total area is 42 square …

Kaoyai National Park

Kaoyai National Park , southeast of Saraburi and 200 km northeast of Bangkok, is a world of rich and diverse flora from evergreen and rainforest to rolling hills of tropical grasslands. The park has been established in 1962 as the first national park in Thailand. Its area of 2,172 square kilometers spreads across 4 provinces (Saraburi, Nakorn Rachasima, Nakornnayok, and Prachinburi) and a variety of ecological zones including marshlands, tropical forests, and the sandstone mountains that form the Dongrak Range. Kaoyai is regarded as one of the world’s leading parks and has been nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is also a gigantic natural reservoir that produce fresh water resources to the downhill inhabitants. It is the origin of regional major rivers and creeks(Huay) such as Huay Lamtakong, Huay Lampraploeng, Huay Lamprayatharn or Huay Yang, Hanuman River, Sai Yai River, Prachatakham River and Nakornnayok River.

Geography

The park is situated near the most westerly part of the Dongrak Mountain Range, with its highest peak, Kao Rom, rising to 1,351 meters. The highest region is located in the north and west of the park, but much of Kaoyai is sandstone plateau with elevations between 600 and 1,000 meters. The plateau slopes gently towards the south and east. By far the largest percentage of the park, from its foothills to altitudes of 1,000 meters, is covered by tropical broadleaved evergreen forest, much of it dense and interspersed with deciduous species. Between 1,000 and 1,500 meters is found submontane broadleaved evergreen. There are also small areas of lowland and submontane scrub.

Climate

One of Kaoyai’s great assets is cool, fresh air. Average temperatures range from 28’C in the hottest months of April and May, when daily temperatures may often rise to the mid-30’s. In the coolest months of December and January average temperatures are as low as 17’C but frequently drop much lower. Rainfall is heaviest between May and October during the southwest monsoon. The driest months are December and January, with rain averaging no more than 15 milimeters per month. At park headquarters, the annual rainfall has been measured at 2,270 milimeters, more than 84 percent of which falls during the monsoon, But rain in other areas of the park may average around 3,000 milimeters a year.…

Opium Hill

Also known as the Opium Hill, Bukit Chandu, Singapore is a site where tourists can get a deep insight into the tumultuous history of Singapore.

Bukit Chandu is primarily known for Reflections at Bukit Chandu, an interpretative war center that commemorates the sacrifice of countless warriors who chose death over dishonor and fought for their country till the end.

Bukit Chandu is a trip down memory lane, to February 1942 when 1,400 soldiers of the Malay Regiment stood up against 13,000 Japanese soldiers to defend the western sector of Singapore during the second world war.

Bukit Chandu has many galleries that have photographs, dates, maps and other information about life in the Malay Regiment, and the Defense of Malaya. A true delight for historians, Bukit Chandu takes you back to the Battle of Pasir Panjang as you ponder about the ramifications of war.

Reflections at Bukit Chandu, Singapore was opened in February 2002 by the then Minister of Defense. A visit to this attraction of Singapore will remind you of the heroes of war of your own country, and you’re sure to have a strange nostalgic feeling.

For a slight dose of patriotism, do not miss a visit to Bukit Chandu when you travel to Singapore this time around. It’ll be a truly heart-wrenching experience.

The center at Bukit Chandu is open between 9 am and 5 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. Admission charges are SGD 2 for adults and SGD 1 for students and senior citizens.

Singapore Thailand Malaysia provides information on Bukit Chandu, Singapore and online booking for Singapore Tours. For more information or tour booking, please fill up the query form provided below. …

Fountain of Wealth

The largest fountain in the world, Fountain of Wealth, Singapore is one of the most popular Singapore attractions. Housed in the commercial complex of Suntec City the Fountain of Wealth is a true exhibit of architectural excellence.

Made of bronze and weighing 85 tonnes, the Fountain of Wealth in Singapore comprises a circular ring that is supported by four huge slanted columns. The ring has a circumference of 66 meters and the base area of the fountain is 1,683 square meters.

The Suntec City Mall, Singapore has five tower blocks representing the five fingers of a hand. The Fountain of Wealth, built in the center of the mall, represents the palm of the hand.

Fountain of Wealth has its base under the ground, and on this base rest many popular underground restaurants of Singapore. On ground level, you can see the circular ring of the fountain spilling water into a reservoir at the base. Meanwhile, in the middle of the fountain, water shoots up to 30 meters.

The Fountain of Wealth is turned off for certain periods in the day, to enable visitors to take a walk around the mini fountain in the center. According to Feng Shui, the water flowing inwards brings in riches, and hence people touch the water for good luck.

In the evenings, the Fountain of Wealth, Singapore looks absolutely spectacular, and becomes the setting for a small laser show. Do not miss admiring the beauty and touching the waters of Fountain of Wealth when you travel to Singapore.

Singapore Thailand Malaysia provides information on Fountain of Wealth, Singapore and online booking for Singapore Tours. For more information or tour booking, please fill up the query form provided below.…

Adventure Tours

Malaysia is a land of diversities, both cultural and natural. Adventure tours to Malaysia will help you discover and explore the natural abundance and zealousness associated with this nation.

When tourists undertake tours to Malaysia, they look forward to bustling cities, shopping malls, unblemished beaches, uninhabited islands, scenic coral reefs, age old rainforests and lot more.

A Malaysia adventure tour gives you the opportunity to add that thrill factor to your vacation. Have unlimited fun as you try your hand at all kinds of crazy adventures. Malaysia and its people will help you make the most of it.

There are so many options available to you on adventure tours to Malaysia that you will be confused about what to do and what to leave out.

Golf is one of the greatest passions of people of Malaysia. There are numerous local and international golf courses present in the country. Once here, tourists just cannot stay away from indulging in golfing in Malaysia.

Water sports lovers will have the time of their lives in Malaysia, the country with countless beaches and isles. Scuba diving, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, surfing, swimming, fishing, sailing, canoeing, yachting, the list is quite long.

Adventure tours of Malaysia will be incomplete without trekking on the mountainous ranges in the country. Enjoy the excitement of hiking and camping in the dense forests here.

Most hotels of Malaysia provide the necessary equipment to their guests. It can be procured from private retailers in the cities.

Motor sports are another popular adventure sport for tourists here. Biking and motor racing are followed and played on an international level in Malaysia.

Adventure tours to Malaysia will entail unforgettable memories that point out to unrestrained amusement and adventure.

Singapore Thailand Malaysia offers online booking for Adventure Tours to Malaysia. To book a tour or for further queries, fill up the following form.…

Discovery Center

The perfect showcase of Singapore’s technological brilliance, the Singapore Discovery Center is the place where you can feel the pulse of Singapore. Tourists get a great chance of exploring what keeps the city ticking, with inimitable vivacity and passion.

The Singapore Discovery Center, one of the most-visited Singapore attractions, claims to be a center for ‘edutainment’ – a place where education effortlessly fuses with entertainment. At the Singapore Discovery Center, you get to hear the past, see the present and touch the future – a thrilling experience indeed!

The Singapore Discovery Center was initially supposed to be a museum showcasing the history of Singapore. However, later the idea was evolved into the concept of a discovery center.

Eventually, in October 1992, the setting of Singapore Discovery Center (SDC) was approved and a budget of $70 million was set aside for the same. SDC was officially opened on 23rd November 1996. Since then, the center has been redeveloped many times to suit changing needs, and to make it more entertaining.

The Gateway at Singapore Discovery Center uses the elements of fire, earth and wind to present the turbulent part of Singapore in a user-friendly manner, in the style of ultramodern television shows.

iWERKS is that place of Singapore Discovery Center where you get to see the present, jammed between 2D and 3D. At the Shooting Gallery, you can actually use hi-tech rifles and try your hand at shooting. At the Airborne Rangers, do not miss the thrill of a virtual sky dive.

Visit the Singapore Discovery Center on adventure tours to Singapore and you will be stupefied by the wonders of technology.

The Singapore Discovery Center is open all days of the week except Mondays. From Tuesday to Sunday, the visiting hours are 9 am to 6 pm, while on Saturdays, the center is open till 8 pm. The basic entry fee is SGD 10 for adults and SGD 6 for kids. Admission fee is separate for each adventure undertaken.

The Singapore Discovery Center is located at Upper Jurong Road and is about 30 minutes from the city center.

Singapore Thailand Malaysia provides information on Singapore Discovery Center and online booking for Singapore Tours. For more information or tour booking, please fill up the query form provided below.…