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Looking for the Nicest Koh Samui Villas?

by on May.01, 2013, under Vacations

Koh Samui is a well preserved island haven rich in natural splendor. The beautiful lagoons, amazing coral reefs as well as white sand beaches are only a some of the natural treasures you can experience during your vacation. Plenty of holidaymakers prefer to rent private villas instead of booking regular resorts. Koh Samui villas tend to be located on serene beaches or on hills with spectacular ocean views, offering a lot more space and privacy combined with all the service a five star accommodation can provide.

Find your luxury koh samui villas

This island is the perfect remedy against the drudgery of wintertime because of its island’s life style, and the calm, crystal clear sea off the coast of the island give chances for tranquil reflection as well as fun frolicking. This is the ideal destination for vacationers mainly because it provides them with an experience that is nothing like what they are able to find at home. Koh Samui Villas are recommended greatly to travellers who would like to enjoy the finest in luxury and leisure throughout their stays on the island.

Villa the View is positioned on a cliff right over the beach, with direct beach access. It boasts superb sea views and blends in nicely with its’ attractive tropical location. If you’re planning enjoyable vacations in Thailand, this excellent property is definitely a great choice! Perfect venue for weddings, corporate or private celebrations, this is a perfect accommodation for a family or small group. It consists of spacious outdoor and indoor living areas, four magnificent double bedrooms and a large individual pavilion for kids with a nice dormitory and a single bedroom. Additionally there is a gym, a cinema paradiso, picturesque gardens, and a pool with a jacuzzi. The View brings together all the comfort and lavishness of the finest chic hotels, and has qualified staff on hand to take care of your every single need.

A wonderful choice amongst koh samui villa rentals , is Villa Hibiscus, a private, 4 bedroom pool villa that is designed as a collection of individual pavilions. It has a splendid location on the beach side of the north coastline of the island. Every invitee will undoubtedly be amazed with its magnificent setting and the panoramic view of Koh Phangan Island. Villa Waterlily is part of the same Miskawaan villa estates as Hibiscus. Situated on Mae Nam Beach, it’s a large, five bedroom property. It displays contemporary, tropical architecture. The decor definitely shows Thai influence. A lawn, three pavilions and palm trees borders the L shaped swimming pool. This villa is beautiful and well-designed with an atmosphere of tranquility and relaxation.

The christmas season is is certainly one that is good spent with family and friends. Unfortunately, the conditions at home are not perfect in this time of the year. That is why a lot of families and other groups decided to bring the xmas celebration to Thailand. Visitors can experience some unforgettable moments with their loved ones by renting serene and private luxury villas. These Koh Samui villas offer everything visitors need with great service, ensuring a fantastic home away from home experience.

If you are searching for Villas in Koh Samui, we have some Luxury Villas. Let us show you these good Koh Samui Villas right now.

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    How to get from Argentina to Paraguay

    by on Mar.01, 2013, under Travel

    Do you want to successfully cross the border between Argentina and Paraguay?

    So there are various ways to cross the border between Argentina and Paraguay – I went from Puerto Iguazu, ARGENTINA to Ciudad del Este, PARAGUAY. Back in December 2010. Although looking back, this border crossing seemed easy compared to others I’ve passed through, there is still a need to be careful, read on and I’ll tell you exactly what I did. This was one of the strangest border crossings I have ever done, for the reason that in the space of 45 minutes I was in three countries!! Confused? Yes it confused me a bit…this is the first of a series of reports on crossing world borders from my travels…

    To start with you should board a bus at the bus station in Puerto Iguazu – the bus will have Paraguay as the destination on it. The bus is yellow and says El Practico on it. They leave quite often during the day. I went early Sunday morning. I’m not sure if you can buy tickets in advance, but check out of your hostel or hotel in Puerto Iguazu the town and head to the bus station – the main bus station in Puerto Iguazu. I would say do this early morning – as I’m not sure if the border is open at night – nor if it would be safe to risk.

    I was on my own and I was basically wanting to get across into Paraguay and then onwards to Asuncion.

    Ciudad del Este, the current name for this Paraguayan city, which is The City of The East, is on the other side of the river to Argentina. The river is the border, and the bridge is the most common crossing. As this is a post about the border crossing, I won’t talk about other stuff but I had already been to the triple border of Tres Fronteras (the point where you can see all three countries). It gets confusing when you realise that your bus to Paraguay goes VIA BRAZIL.

    So the cost is 5 Argentine Pesos for the bus and I asked the driver to tell if he would stop at the border for me so I could get my passport stamped. I was the only traveller on the bus that wasn’t from either Paraguay, Argentina or Brazil. Those 3 countries have some kind of visa agreement with each other that means they don’t require visas (or in some cases passport stamps) to cross the border.

    I actually thought that a lot of “backpackers” (I don’t like that term, but I guess I probably am one…) would be going on the route from Iguazu across the border into Paraguay next to see Ituapu Dam and the famous Jesuit Ruins at Trinidad. But I spoke to lots of people at the hostel (the wonderful Hostel Inn Iguazu Falls) and none of them were going to Paraguay. A few of them even said to me “why are you going there?”! That kind of statement that makes me realise that some of us are made to be travellers and some are just not. An avid traveller will always go anywhere, anytime and often for no reason. Someone who is not an avid traveller will be more fussy about where they go. I am not – I will go anywhere. In any case there were no other “backpackers” on my bus or in the station that morning.

    When you travel in South America you should have some kind of knowledge of Spanish at least (I actually studied in Montevideo but my Spanish is still shocking) so you can chat to locals and bus drivers. Once I saw the “queue for Paraguay” developing, I joined it, bag laden to the core and sweaty. But I had my passport in hand and had already all of my money changed into Paraguayan Guarani. This is important – make sure you change ALL your Argentine Pesos (except for the price of the bus) over into Paraguayan Guarani in Puerto Iguazu. You can do this anytime in daylight hours, even on a Sunday morning – I found a small bank/exchange place in town open around 9am to got mine changed in there.

    After boarding the bus you head out of the town of Puerto Iguazu to the border bridge into Brazil. Brazil? Yes! don’t be worried at this point as you are still on the bus to Paraguay! At the Argentina exit customs place you have to ensure you ask your driver to let you out to get your passport stamped. Most of your fellow passengers on the bus won’t need to get off – on my trip they were mostly locals.

    Get off the bus, grab your bags and get your passport stamped and straight back on the bus. Then the bus will cross the Iguazu River into Brazil. But the bus will not stop at the Brazilian border control. The driver of the bus does this route all the time and the sign on the front of the bus tells you that you are heading to “Paraguay Directo” (directly to Paraguay). You have arrived officially in Brazil, but with no proof of it as you are in transit on a bus!

    We drive through the city of Foz Do Iguacu, you can read many more of my reports on the actual waterfalls and my first trip across into Brazil. By the way, it’s safe to assume that by taking this route you’ll most likely have just seen the amazing Iguazu Falls!

    After 20 minutes or so in Brazil on the bus you arrive at a crazy bridge. Again you see a border checkpoint here, but we by pass it. It’s the Brazilian border point. Your eyes will remind you that your were in Brazil for 20 minutes, your passport will not. There is no need to get your passport stamped at either Brazil passport checkpoint, BUT once your bus gets onto the bridge, Keep your eyes peeled for the Paraguay entrance border checkpoint. Why? Because the driver won’t stop there, but you need to tell him to stop there for you.

    Unfortunately when you tell the driver to stop and you get out, he won’t wait for you as the passengers onboard Don’t want to hang around waiting for a gringo to get their passport stamped. You get out and are immediately in the madness of Ciudad del Este, while your bus continues on its route.

    It is not recommended to cross this border by foot by the way, mainly because of robberies and safety issues. For the sake of 5 Pesos you might as well get the bus. I had to run to the front of the bus and yell at the driver to stop, this was a few kilometres ahead of the checkpoint. I had assumed he was stopping soon. SO I had to get out on my own. I asked him if he would wait and when I realised he wouldn’t, then I had to grab both my bags. This was my arrival into Paraguay!

    OK so I was now in Paraguay but I still had to find the place to get my entry stamp on my passport – and it was far from obvious – at the back of a building site on the Paraguayan side of the bridge. I actually wish I had made a video of my trip that morning – looking back it was just madness!. It was hot, busy, stuffy and I was bag laden, lonely, lost and inspired! Luckily within a few minutes I arrived in the passport immigration place and obviously I was the only person in there. They stamped my entry quickly and it was easy here I was in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay! In the previous hour I had now been “in” three countries. Though I had no proof of my Brazilian bus journey (save for a video I took!).

    I can’t promise you that this is the simplest way across the border into Paraguay from Brazil (or Argentina) but I loved it partly because I was the only real traveller about. I could tell instantly that Ciudad del Este was a crazy city. Lots of locals asked me if I wanted to buy stuff. You can stay a night or two in this border city known as Ciudad del Este if you want but I had no time to linger as I wanted to get to Asuncion fairly quickly.

    I got a taxi from opposite the Immigration Office – the driver may even have ripped me off but he took me to the bus station in Ciudad del Este for a fee of a few US Dollars (thousands of Guarani by the way). This huy was just hanging around beside his car for a tourist like me. Agree a price first. You can normally trust these guys.

    I hope my new series of border crossings will be useful for my fellow travellers. I’d love to know if others have done the same border crossings as me and had similar experiences.

    Safe travels!

    If you want more amazing tips on crossing world borders and popular travel tips and stories, check out Jonny Blair’s awesome travel and lifestyle website Dont Stop Living Happy travels and don’t stop living!

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      Why People Need Backpacker Travel Insurance

      by on May.27, 2012, under Travel

      Backpacker travel insurance is needed today more than ever. This is because more and more people are travelling to all areas of the world. Along with the beaten path that lot’s of tourists go to, people are visiting more remote places and it seems that everywhere in the world is travelled to by somebody.

      When going away for these sort of trips it is important to have cover that is adequate for whatever adventure is being planned. Many companies are in this business and they need to know what sort of activities will be taking place. Cover needs to be there for what is expected and what is not. People will not know what is in store for them completely.

      The first thing people need to think is what will they want to do while they are away. Normal activities should always be covered but some people will want to do something a bit different so they need to keep this in mind when filling in an insurance form. Anything health related needs to be planned for.

      The companies require lot’s of information so they can give an adequate and correct quote for each person. They take into consideration any risk taking activities and evaluate the cover based on this. If you are going to do something particularly dangerous then they may offer separate specialist cover.

      The person needs to tell the company all they know before they go because if they don’t and a problem occurs then their insurance may not stretch to this and the policy may not be valid. They know that you do not know everything that you are likely to encounter but it is best to tell them all you know.

      The basic policy would cover things like, lost passports, medical cover for emergencies, stolen property and luggage problems. All the policies should tell you what you are covered for so you know what you are getting. If you are not sure them just ask the company for more clarity.

      When backpacker travel insurance in got then it is a good tip to make copies of the policy and leave one at home and email one to yourself. This way if you loose the documents on route you will have copies so it won’t be that much a a problem. A little bit of planning goes a long way.

      Finding the right insurance policy can make or break your backpacking travels. Find out more about backpackers travel insurance to make sure you’re Finding the best deal available.

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