Visiting Koh Phangan

One of the things that put people off going to Koh Phangan is the lack of stylish accommodation. In Koh Samui there are several such places to choose from. It is not simply a matter of ‘stars’ when it comes to accommodation but a whole ethos to luxury that defines the best resorts. The dearth of style has now come to an end in Koh Phangan with the inception of Rasananda Resort and Spa.

In Chaweng in Koh Samui there is The Library and Buri Rasa Village. In Bophut there is B1 Villa and Spa and at Big Buddha there is Punnpreeda Hip Resort. The list does not stop there. There are many unique resorts to stay at all over Koh Samui.

All these places are different but what they have in common is a clever theme that produces an interesting architectural effect. Minimalism, Mediterranean, traditional Thai are all ways to capture a unique style that makes a place special and worth the premium for a room.

Boutique is a movement in hotel accommodation which shuns the mass replication of units; the notion is to make something personalized and small. Rather than 100 rooms maybe a boutique resort will have only 20 rooms each with its own nuance.

On Koh Phangan for the first time are the traces of style in accommodation. Hotel architecture in Koh Phangan has tended to be functional in the past – the function being to maximize profit per square meter. Now 1 resort on Koh Phangan has bucked the trend and made something unique.

That is Rasananda on Thong Nai Pan Noi beach. The concept is 5 star completely beachfront villas. It is the best beach on Koh Phangan and the prime land is now dedicated to 44 villas and suites. Each place has a private pool and sala. Inside the villas have plasma TVs and iPod docking centers as well as all the other amenities you’d expect from a 5 star room.

Each villa also has its own garden and outdoor rain shower. The main resort building has some stylish features including a glass wine display and art piece chairs. There’s also a pool with swim up bar on the beach. The restaurant serves food that combines ‘local techniques and Michelin trends’ and also stocks a wide selection of wines and champagnes.

The theme of the resort is defined by the traditional Chinese colors of black and deep red. The villas are Thai minimal. In short the style emanates off Rasananda and sets it apart from other places to stay on Koh Phangan.

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Consider Vacation Loans When Planning an Affordable Vacation

When planning a vacation it is important that you do diligent research and planning to make sure you get the best deal for your money. Below are some tips that will help you achieve your vacation goals without breaking your wallet.

Create a budget
Consider the cost of travel, transportation (to and from the airport and any sightseeing you want to do that involves traveling), hotel, drinks and food, recreational activities, etc.. Understanding all of the potential expenses of your vacation will enable to you get a solid understanding of what the cost of your trip is going to be and more importantly whether or not you will be able to cover these expenses.

Select a date
What time of year you choose to travel is critical. If you select to travel during peak travel times like Thanksgiving and Christmas you can expect much higher prices across the board (hotel, airfare, etc.). You should attempt to travel during the off-seasons and during the week. Also, enroll for travel deal alerts with some of the Internet vacation booking companies like Orbitz and Travelocity.

Choose the type of vacation
Are you looking to take a cruise? Maybe you want to go to the islands for an all-inclusive vacation? Perhaps a sight-seeing trip to Greece is what you are looking for. The type of vacation you choose and where to is going to differ greatly in cost.

What are you going to do on your vacation?
Will you be partaking in a lot of sight-seeing? Or will you be vegging out by the pool or beach? When you go away do you like to buy a lot of souvenirs? Do you like eating at fancy restaurants? Perhaps you like to party all day and night? Determine before you go away what you are going to be doing  for fun while vacationing.

Do lots of online research
As discussed above, visit sites like Orbitz and Travelocity. The online travel industry has become the number one method for consumers making their travel plans. There are so many different sites, all of which provide a wide variety of packages and deals to all over the country.and even the world! Usually, these online booking sites not only offer discounts on hotels and airfares but also car rentals, meal plans, sightseeing excursions and many other things related to your travel.

Get ideas from family and friends
A good idea would be to have conversations with anyone you know that has recently gone on vacation and find out about their complete experience. Ask where their destination was, what airline carrier they used, what hotel they stayed at, how was the food, what did they do for fun, etc.. And don’t forget to ask about costs and if they feel their vacation was worth the price. Ask as much as you can to find out if their trip may be something that fits your needs and budget.

Never limit yourself
There are so many places all around the world to choose for your vacation. If you do your due diligence and utilize all the info made available to you, you should be able to find a vacation destination that fits your needs and budget. If you are strapped for cash and are going to have a hard time covering your traveling expenses, consider applying for a small loan.

Air Travel Tips

Air travel is a fantasy for many and it is important to have the air travel tips handy. Packing is important and not having the right items in that suitcase can make the trip disastrous. These include toiletries, travel documents, money and attires suitable for the destination. Breakable items also require careful packaging to ensure that they get to their destination intact. It is also important to pick an airline that does not have too many limitations on space especially if you have a lot of luggage.

Another of the air travel tips is on the choice of seat since some can be quite uncomfortable. Aisle seats are ideal for those who are very tall since they have enough stretching space for the legs. A bulk head seat also serves the purpose and the bait here is to make an early booking that enables you to get the seat you want. Travelling with a friend is a great idea since this lessens the miles as you will keep talking and this takes focus from the aspect of distance. Other than good company, the invasion of sharing a seat with a total stranger is cut out and you will definitely enjoy your personal space.

Air sickness is common with many travellers and it is important to get a motion sickness drug. The air travel tip here is to take the drug before take off and this means before you start feeling unwell. This is because its efficacy reduces if someone is already experiencing the air sickness. These drugs require the prescription of a health professional though Dramamine works just fine and can be got over the counter. Other recommended drugs include scopolamine and Bonine, though they do not fail to come with side effects. These include a blurry vision, a dry mouth and one may loose memory too though this is temporal.

An air travel tip that works all the time is choosing to fly non stop. Direct flights may not be direct as per se since they tend to have several stop over and this causes a lot of delays. This means that you will spend more hours on your flight than you expected. Ensuring that you are using the exact names in your ID is a must since a deviation can cause problems. Security officers at the airport are always on their toes checking for such discrepancies. It is also important to ensure that you have all the required documents to avoid delays.

Another of the important air travel tips is to carry some earplugs due to the noise emitted by airplanes. This noise is easy to ignore but believe me by the time you get to your destination you will be completely worn out. Many planes lack built in sound systems and this explains the extreme noises. It is however important to clear with the airline since some have restrictions on the usage of earplugs. The food served by the airlines may not be pleasant to many people especially those with allergies. Ensure that you bring your own food and clear it in the plane since many countries do not allow food imports.