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A 7 days Thailand Travel Guide for Couples Travelling from India!

When it comes to unwinding at the exotic locales of Southeast Asia, there can be few compared to the country of Thailand. Southeast Asia has always been an attraction for backpackers around the world, with Thailand being its most visited region. With its pristine beaches, dense jungles, rich culture and food, it has a lot to offer to travellers. And, the best part about a 7-day trip to Thailand – it does not burn a hole in your pocket!

Through this travel guide, we will tell you about what to see (or avoid), the cost of commodities, what to eat and where to stay, we will attempt at putting down everything to the last detail.

So, without any further hum and haw, let us get down to business!

First things first – did you get your visa?

Since Thailand is one of the most travelled-to destinations from India, acquiring a visa for your travels will be a cakewalk. There are two types of visa that you can avail if you are travelling to Thailand – visa before you travel or a visa on arrival.

Thousands of sky lanterns were released into the night sky during the festival of light celebration in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The visa on arrival facility is beneficial if you plan to stay in the country for not more than 15 days. It can be availed from various international airports in Thailand like the Phuket International Airport, Samui Airport, Don Muang Airport, etc. and will cost you 2,000 baht (Rs. 4,700 approximately). If you need more information about Thailand Visa, check this Visa guide about Thailand Visa for Indians.

Further, make sure you keep the following documents handy –

  • Passport.
  • Airline boarding pass.
  • Visa application form.
  • Photograph.
  • Arrival-departure card.
  • 20,000 baht (THB) or $500.

The visa before you travel is applicable only if you plan on staying for more than 30 days in the country, thus making it redundant in this case.

Know the currency exchange rate and set your budget!

Currently, the currency rate for 1 Thai baht = Rs. 2.35.

When we break down the estimated expenses for a trip to Thailand, you will find that travelling to the country is quite reasonable when it comes to expenses.

For instance, the airfare to Thailand can range from somewhere around Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 17,000, depending on where you are travelling from.

Suitable accommodations in cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, good guesthouses can be found at a range between Rs. 700 to Rs. 1,200 per night. But if you are looking for hotels, it will cost you around Rs. 2,000 – Rs. 3,000 for each night.

Next, when it comes to food, street food in Thailand costs as less as 20 THB. You can easily have a filling meal if you spend about 30-50 THB. This will amount to Rs. 200 – Rs. 400.

So going by the current exchange rate, your daily expense in Thailand can be pegged at Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 20,000.

Places you must absolutely visit in the country

  1. Visit the Grand Palace at Wat Pho – the 18th-century royal palace surrounded by numerous temples.
  2. Spend a day nestled with nature at the Khao Sok National Park.
  3. History buff? Do not forego a trip to the three ancient capitals of Thailand – Lopburi, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya.
  4. Unwind on the numerous tropical islands like Ko Samet, Ko Chang, Ko Jum, Ko Tao, etc. around the country.
  5. Go scuba diving at the Similan Islands.
  6. Take the boat to the Golden Triangle, marked by the confluence of the Rivers Mekong and Ruak.
  7. Shop at the floating markets of Damnoen Saduak or the Taling Chan Weekend Floating market.

Can’t finish a travel guide without talking about food, can we?

Following are a few cheap and delicious meals you must absolutely not miss –

  1. Pad thai.
  2. Pad krapow moo saap – a dish prepared with pork and fried basil.
  3. Larb – a delicacy prepared from minced meat.
  4. The famous Thai red curry or Gaeng Daeng.
  5. Khao Soi – a curry-based noodle soup.
  6. Mango sticky rice – one of the more popular snacks and dessert in the country.

Don’t forget to get your travel insurance!

While we understand your excitement about your trip to Thailand, you must not forget about one of the essentials of the trip – travel insurance.

From medical emergencies to lost baggage, ticket cancellations to a thousand other liabilities, these incidents can hamper even the most carefully chalked out travel plans. A travel insurance policy acts as a safeguard to reduce your financial liabilities under such circumstances.

It helps you to safeguard yourself financially against –

  1. Loss or theft of baggage.
  2. Emergency medical expenses including hospitalisation.
  3. Accidental treatment and evacuation.
  4. Travel scams.
  5. Loss of important belongings like phone, licenses, passport, bank cards, etc.

Further, they also help you avail emergency cash in case the need arises. You can choose to avail a basic travel insurance policy, which usually covers common mishaps during trips, or opt for the more comprehensive option according to your needs.

So, with this travel guide at your disposal, all that you need to do is make the bookings, pack your bags and take off!

Happy journey!

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Visiting Carlsbad? 4 Things to Have in Mind Before Booking Your Accommodation

Carlsbad

Travelling is often the most fun a family can have away from home, yet it can also be a stressful experience if the right accommodations are not obtained. Families don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a lot of value when booking a hotel for a getaway.

When searching for places to stay in Carlsbad, CA, there are a number of items you want to include in your hotel criteria. Here are 4 things to keep in mind when booking your accommodations. 

 

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Asian Korean Steamboat & BBQ BUFFET at Seoul Garden in Malaysia

You might have found yourself in situations where you pay huge amounts of money for a nice and wholesome dinner for your family but you end up disappointed. It happens so often that the quality of food is not up to the mark or falls way below our expectation levels. Perhaps this has something to do with the popularity of Seoul Garden. They are always committed to ensuring the highest quality of food and maintain the standards when it comes to taste. The ingredients used are all high quality and the taste is always the same. No matter which day of the week you visit, you will find food at Seoul Garden just as lip-smacking as it’s on any other day.

Seoul Garden Buffet

Seoul Garden is a well established and hugely popular brand of restaurants. It primarily serves the Asian Korean style buffet and steamboat BBQ. The food at Seoul Garden is so amazing that your stomach will always compel you to keep coming back for more. This is a brand that is also high on innovation. Seoul Garden uses smokeless grills which are really appreciated by its customers. Before we discuss their menu items let us inform you that you can even order their food right at your home by FoodPanda Malaysia delivery service. Seoul Garden delivery is always on time and the food is hot and freshly prepared.

   

Another point that goes in the favour of Seoul Garden is the fact that it is simply affordable. Anyone can afford to eat at Seoul Garden. It’s not just for the elites but for everyone who wants to have good and high-quality food. You will be surprised that they even give away a cake worth RM30 for free if you visit on your birthday. But you need to make a reservation for these seven days in advance. All you have to do is call them up and make a reservation and tell them that it’s your birthday and they will offer you a delicious cake for free.

People just love their marinated meats. They offer a lot of variety when it comes to marinated meat. You can have beef, chicken, lamb, pork, fish and a few more options. The meat is well marinated and the flavors are really dominant. They also offer the same kind of meat in different marinated flavors. You can have your beef in Teriyaki, coffee, curry, Satay sauce, and Bulgogi flavors.

   

Since it serves the Korean style of buffet and steamboat BBQ, you can be sure that there will be a lot of seafood and you won’t be disappointed by the variety of seafood on offer. Whether it’s prawns, bamboo clams, cockles or mussels, you will find almost ever-popular seafood item on the menu. Again the taste is simply awesome. There is simply no match for Seoul Garden when it comes to the variety and taste.

   

Meat and seafood cannot be properly discussed without the mention of sauce. We have dined at various restaurants and found that not everyone is paying due attention to their sauces. This is not the case with the Seoul Garden. You will find an assortment of different sauces to try. Our personal favorite is the SG Korean Sauce. We found its thickness and taste just perfect for dipping the meat and seafood. It wraps around the seafood nicely and enhances the flavors. You can also try their Thai Garlic Chilli Sauce and Seafood Soya Sauce. Another popular sauce is the Chicken Rice Sauce. It tastes perfect when consumed with chicken-based dishes.

So what are you waiting for, pick up your phone and order your buffet from Seoul Garden today!!!

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Things To Do In Sabah, Malaysia

Sabah

Borneo is the largest island in Asia and the third largest in the world. The island is divided between the countries of Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia. The southern part of the island is a part of Indonesia, whereas Brunei takes up a small section in the northern part of the island with the majority belonging to Malaysia. In the Malaysia side of Borneo is a hidden gem of a region, Sabah. There are lots of things to do in Sabah, such as trekking, canoeing, rafting, exploring Rafflesia and more.   Continue Reading

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dublin

Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, offering an endless number of museums, attractions, amazing food dishes and entertainment options. Since it adorns the east coast of Ireland, day trips and excursions to the mountains or cliff sides, where you can witness some of the vastest and beautiful sceneries in all of Ireland, are also something you’d want to see and believe or not they are just a taxi or bus ride away.

If you want to book a taxi in advance or reserve an airport transfer to Dublin, we’d recommend www.viptaxis.ie. You can reserve a taxi using their mobile app or their website or what we like the most about them is that you can also book a taxi via their website chat system. All you need is a good wi-fi connection and you are good to go.

And once you’ve sorted that out, it’s time to dive in and read on our top places to visit in the Irish capital.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral – the most sought-after attraction in Dublin

One of the most scenic spots to visit also happens to be a highly rated monument in Dublin. The stained colorful glass is the first and the most notable thing at the cathedral that would get your attention. If you want to get inside the cathedral you will have to buy a ticket.

You can escape the queue by just taking a walk around the periphery and attending the mass that goes on throughout the week. The fact that St. Patrick’s is the tallest and the largest church in all Ireland puts it atop the list of must-visit places in Ireland.

What else you can see while visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral: The burial site of Jonathan Swift – the literary great and one of the deans of the cathedral in the early 18th century.

The Little Museum of Dublin

A must-see for those interested in how Dublin and its people lived their lives and evolved over the past century. James Joyce once famously said, ‘in the particular is contained the universal,’ which neatly sums up the ethos of this treasure trove. In the minutiae of people’s belongings, history is indeed writ large. Opened in 2011 following an appeal for mementoes and artefacts, the museum has gone from strength to strength and now hosts an array of temporary exhibitions and events as well as permanent installations, including a U2 retrospective with exhibits donated by band members.

Other treats include The lectern used by John F. Kennedy when he addressed both houses of the Irish Parliament (Oireachtas) in June 1963.

Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo

The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed urban park in Europe, some 1,750 acres, which is surprising given that Dublin is a relatively small capital city. Hundreds of deer roam the parkland, the President of Ireland’s official residence (Áras an Uachtaráin) is here along with Deerfield, a beautiful 18th-century property home to the American Ambassador to Ireland.

For those wishing to find out more about the park and its environs, there’s a Visitors Centre located close to a 17th-century tower house, Ashtown Castle.  At the far Castleknock Gate end and on some 78 acres stands stately Farmleigh House dating from the 1800s and purchased by the Irish state from the Guinness family in 1999.

For generations of Dubliners and those coming from abroad, the main draw is Dublin Zoo, which attracts more than one million visitors annually, dates back to 1830, and is the second oldest zoo in Europe. A trip to the zoo is a day out in itself.

Amongst other rare and exotic animals there are: Asian lions, Asian elephants, a Reptile House, an orangutan enclosure, sea lions, tigers, hippos, bats, and penguins. Facilities also include restaurants, kids play areas, and a family farm.

And last, but not least – Have fun like the Irish at Temple Bar

The Temple Bar is quite possibly one of the most iconic bars in all of Dublin, with tourists flocking from all over the world to have a drink inside its famous walls. Although the history of the bar dates back to the early 1300s, it still remains popular to this day due to its famous red exterior, the great location in the heart of the city, as well as being a huge part of Dublin’s central nightlife scene.

At present, The Temple Bar is the most popular bar frequented by young tourists – and even some locals alike – looking to have a glass (or two, or three) of strong Irish whiskey and enjoy a hell of a night.

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Benefits of Vitamin E for Frequent Travelers

As a travel blogger, days can get very hectic: 15 hour days coupled with a choc-a-bloc itinerary, we are always on the lookout for healthy supplements that can improve our overall health. Erratic sleeping and food eating patterns are always an issue for us, hence relying on protein bars is not always a healthy option. We were researching some vitamins to keep with us while travelling when we chanced upon..drumroll…Vitamin E.

Vitamin E

If you’re a skin-care enthusiast or fanatic, you must have read about the many benefits of Vitamin E for the skin. It decreases roughness, reduces wrinkles and keeps your skin firm and free from dark spots. This makes it the top vitamin for frequent travellers.

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