I have to admit I am not the adventurous type of person especially when the activity involves some physicality for the fear of getting hurt or injured. I am just not the sort of person who can withstand physical pain. A coward, I am such and no other! :-/
You may say I have missed quite a lot of beautiful adventures, including that of the Water Tubing/ Rafting that the Boss and myself organized right after the First Automated Elections in 2010. This was a sort of a get-away for the COMELEC- General Santos personnel. They wanted something different so we deemed it best to have it their way.
Wali, Maitum, Sarangani Province have recently been known to some local tourists for their white water tubing. It is for a fact that Sarangani Province have been well known for paragliding activities and for its untouched white sand beaches; sands much finer than that of Boracay.
It took us two (2) hours to reach Maitum from General Santos City. We stayed overnight in one of the cottages owned by the police security personnel of my Boss. We felt at home. We settled for the night peacefully and prepared for yet another exciting day.
The group was thrilled to their bones for the adventure of their lives. I felt excited for them! Afraid that I might incur some injuries or that I will have a spike in my blood pressure for getting too nervous or excited, I refrained from going with them.
I settled being an onlooker and simply took photographs of them.
Off we all went to the Pangi River which took about 15- 20 minute drive from the resort we stayed in for the night.
The wild welcome of the river to the group was extreme. It was a pretty, bouncy, amazing ride of their lives!!!
I can only hear the screams and yells from where I was brought about by total thrill! I so admire their guts! I wish I had the same thing in my bones!
I have to mention that each of them have river guides who was keeping an eye on them. The river guides were so used to the strong torrents of water. White water tubing uses recycled rubber tires to chase the rapids. These huge tires are specially designed by the river guides, making these seats very fit for the rough rapids of Pangi River. Each of the tires got rubbers tied at the middle for the bums’ comfy position; it also has handles for the hands to grip and to provide balance.
The unique tubing experience obviously pumped up the adrenaline rush to the maximum.
They all felt victorious after they survived the raging big torrents. Some complaint they’ve incurred some mild bruises but further retorted that it was all worth the wild and extreme experience!
Indeed, this extreme adventure is never meant for the fainthearted like me
Photo Credit: Myrna Paidumama
Just like the Italians have Pizza and the French have Bouillabaisse, the true test of Thai authenticity is the famous Pad Thai. While it hasn’t always been this way, Thailand’s newfound signature dish is favourably sought after by touristseveryday. The history of the Pad Thai is undecided upon, some call it a bit of a joke dish and others say it’s has a distinct Chinese element and only because of the name do people think it’s Thai. Whatever you believe, one thing is for sure, Pad Thai is a much loved dish not only by the people of Thailand but all around the world.
To try and find a good Pad Thai, can prove a bit tricky. The combination of flavours has to be accurate. The condiments of lime, crushed peanuts, sugar, chili flakes and cilantro, a must. Especially for holidaymakers in Thailand, you know you want the Real McCoy, but where do you find it? Here’s some of the top places in Thailand where you will find bonafide Pad Thai.
On The Streets
Some travellers can be a bit intimated by street food. The whole lack of refrigeration thing gives people the idea that the food they are eating will make them sick. Obviously, street food is cooked out on open areas surrounded by traffic and people, but in actual fact, you’ll find that the food in a street stall is often safer than what you’ll buy in a supermarket back at home. Want to know why? The meat that you are eating at a food stall was still mooing, clucking or swimming in the ocean only a day or two again meaning that it has less bacteria. The spices that are used in Thai cooking also have a myriad of anti-bacterial properties making it almost impossible to get sick. A tip for finding the best stalls are usually in fresh seafood market places, in there you can usually pick up a Pad Thai for AU$1 and the flavours will dance on your tongue. Another tip from fellow travel site Regin’s Travels, strongly discourages the Pad Thai inKhaosan road ‘It’s hurriedly done without the right ingredients. Bland, tasteless, fake Pad Thai and is one of the biggest tourist traps.’
In The Malls
The shopping malls in Thailand are larger than life and are decked out with multiple stories of food outlets, tech stores, brand name clothes and cinemas. What’s more common is the large restaurants situated amongst the levels providing genuine Thai cuisine.The best? Café Chilli in Siam Paragon Mall is an excellent place to experience the bold herbs, intense spices and biting citrus flavours of this region.
Why find the real deal when you can learn to make it yourself? Cooking schools in Thailand are plentiful and give students an in-depth education into the history of Thai cooking. If you’re staying in Bangkok, one of the top schools is Sompong Thai. Here, you can wrap off your Thailand holiday with a one day class or dedicate an entire week to learning the craft. Ms Koy (teacher) will take you to the local market, teach you how to source fresh produce and give you the tricks of the trade with how to make a perfect Pad Thai from scratch. Delicious!
If you’re planning a trip to Thailand, search the web for restaurants, places to eat and things to do before you go. Websites like Trip Advisor and My Adventure Storewill make travelling to Thailand all the more easier. Good luck on your quest for the most authentic Pad Thai!
Going overseas with your new partner can seem like the most exciting thing in the world. On the other hand, it may be daunting if you’re unsure as to whether you’re ready to take the plunge. Taking a trip together, especially overseas, is a big commitment, and it’s important that you both feel ready before you pack up and go.
Spending Long Amounts of Time Together:
If you’re still in the early stages of a relationship, it’s worth considering how comfortable you would feel spending large amounts of time with your partner. For a trip overseas, you’ll be together almost constantly. Consider how much time you’ve spent together in the past, and how comfortable you felt. Remember that plane trips are long, so if you’re still at an awkward stage, it may not be the best idea. Have a discussion with your partner and talk about these things. Discuss whether you’ll be sharing a room, and how long you’re wanting to go away for. If you’re able to be open and honest about your feelings, the chances are you’re ready. Either way, going overseas together will be an exhilarating experience, and allow you to get to know each other in a way you never have before.
Talking about money is always awkward, especially with your new partner. If you’re unsure about who’s paying for what, you need to talk about this first. Having a discussion about money will help you enjoy your trip, and feel more open with each other. Even if your partner is happy to pay for the trip, it’s nice to cover the cost of other things here and there. Maybe you can offer to pay for tours or food while you’re away.
It’s vitally important that you trust the person you’re going overseas with. If not, you could be in for an interesting experience. If you’re not sure whether you trust someone enough to go overseas with them, don’t do it. You will know the right person when they come along, and instantly feel safe with them. If you have any apprehensions about trust, it’s best to get them out in the open and see if they can be resolved before making any decisions. Be sure to make sure you trust someone 100% before you go on an overseas trip with them.
Going overseas with your partner can be an amazing experience. But before you go, make sure you’re ready for the trip. There would be nothing worse than realising you’re not ready once you’ve already left, so it’s best to have everything out in the open before you leave. If you’re happy to talk with your partner about these things, you’re probably ready. Being open and honest with one another is the most important thing. TravelSIM provide information on how to prepare for an overseas holiday, so be sure to visit their site for more information.
The Moroccan city of Marrakech is the fourth largest in the country but it is particularly popular with tourists and travellers. The name Marrakech originates from the Amazigh words mur (n) akush, which means “Land of God.” Understandably the weather in Marrakech is very warm, the western tip of the Sahara Desert is not too far away, but that doesn’t detract from the cultural buzz that Marrakech gives off.
Undoubtedly worth seeing while in Marrakech, the Djemaa el-Fna is a square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). The square is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site after locals became worried for the future of the market, it is known for its concentration of traditional activities by storytellers, musicians and performers, but it was threatened by economic development pressures.
In fighting for the protection of traditions, the residents called for action on an international level, to recognize the need for the protection of such places — termed “cultural spaces” and other popular and traditional forms of cultural expression.
Ali ben Youssef Medersa
The Ben Youssef Madrasa was an Islamic college named after the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf 1106–1142, he expanded the city and its influence considerably. It is in fact the largest Medrasa in all of Morocco. The delicate intricacy of the gibs (stucco plasterwork), carved cedar, and zellij (mosaic) are on display in the central courtyard. As many as 900 students from Muslim countries all over the world once studied here, and arranged around the courtyard are their former sleeping quarters – a network of tiny upper-level rooms that resemble monks’ cells.
The Majorelle Garden is a twelve-acre botanical garden and artist’s landscape garden in Marrakech. It was designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle in the 1920s and 1930s, during the colonial period when Morocco was a protectorate of France. The garden also houses the Islamic Art Museum of Marrakech, whose collection includes North African textiles from Saint-Laurent’s personal collection as well as ceramics, jewellery, and paintings by Majorelle.
Water is an important feature of the garden – there are channels, lily-filled ponds and fountains to enjoy and generally this is a great place to visit if you want a moment of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
There are many routes to Marrakech but for the best prices on the net visit cheapflights.co.uk to find great deals on flights to Marrakech. The city has an international airport with direct scheduled flights coming in from London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris and Madrid and many charter flights arriving from all over Europe.
The tombs were discovered in 1917 and were restored by the Beaux-arts service. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction for visitors of Marrakech. The mausoleum comprises the interments of about sixty members of the Saadi Dynasty that originated in the valley of the Draa River. Outside the building is a garden and the graves of soldiers and servants.
Things To Do In Phuket This Summer
Phuket has so much to offer the typical tourist, however if you’re the alternative type who likes to explore off the beaten track, then this island is the one for you. Millions of people visit Phuket every year, whether it’s just to pass through to other islands like Phi Phi, or to stay for a holiday. No matter what your plans are, you’re going to want to know what there is to do in Phuket, from activities to evening entertainment.
If you’re thinking of holidaying in Thailand this year, then Phuket is a great island to begin your journey of adventure. Why not fly direct to Phuket by booking your vacation at cheapflights.com.au, and save yourself time and money in the process!
Let’s take a look at what Phuket has to offer tourists of all types this summer.
The Phuket Fantasea Show
At over five hours long, this is an experience you’re not going to forget easily. Thai culture is rich and traditional, and this is portrayed throughout this wonderful exercise of dance, theatre, live music and cabaret. The show itself is housed under a 140 acre theme complex, with beautiful gardens all around and traditional decoration inside and out.
All over the area you’ll find entertainment villages, market stalls, food stands and street performers, and once that has tired you out its time to make your way in for the grand finale! The history of Thailand is explained through amazing pyrotechnics, and you can see that the cast of the show put every ounce of effort into making your night special.
John Gray’s Sea Canoe Day Trip
The caves and coral reefs around Phuket are some of the best and most beautiful in the world, and they become even more attractive at night time. The John Gray Sea Canoe trip is the perfect opportunity to see the warm Thai waters in all their glory, including the limestone caves that you can only enter when the tide is low. Not only will you get lunch before you start canoeing, but you’ll also enjoy a slap up seafood evening meal too on the beach.
There’s a reason why this tour has won so many awards, because the instructors know where to find the tranquil beauty of Phuket’s caves and tropical fishing spots when the sun goes down. Especially if you’re travelling with your loved one, this tour will provide you both with a memorable moment from which you can build the rest of your holiday in Thailand on. If there’s one thing you need to experience in Phuket, it’s the John Gray Sea Canoe Trip!
White Water Rafting and Elephant Trekking
Elephant trekking is very popular amongst tourists in Phuket, however white water rafting is another activity that people are looking to try out too. The tour is situated in the head of Tone Pariwat Wildlife Sanctuary, in Phang Nga Province, and lasts a minimum of four hours. You’ll start your day riding elephants, as well as feeding and washing them, as they take you up some of the highest viewing points on the island. Once you’ve come back down and had lunch, you’ll be taught the important manoeuvres used in white water rafting, putting them to the test in pulse-pumping rapids that venture through the jungle.