Travel Information Guide

Mexico travel information guides enable Miguel Hidalgo for taking them to the heights of Mexicanos for making a struggle throughout the land on Independence Day. All these slogans do not go a waste and Mexico is bubbling with activity and life.

While most countries spend their lives for work Mexico resorts to the opposite form of maintenance of lives. These wonders will be in a position to bring the importance of family and friends of various mother’s as well as their honors who are duly respected together with all children regardless of their locals or visitors status for making you enjoy the city up to the brim. The city is also ripe with the memory of tradition and history with various churches such as San Diego as well as 20th century outfits. In such a situation even the dead people become alive at least once a year by virtue of a celebration.

There are plenty of hotels which offer gourmet food, continental and intercontinental food and cuisine for the purposes of making you enjoy the pleasure of eating. By also leading a life of abundance which is replete with various sightseeing trips throughout the city for enabling you to enjoy the color of Mexico in its true spirits, the travelers enjoy up to the brim.

These hotels make you enjoy the immaculate services which are offered by various restaurants, travel desks, reception desks, business centers which drive home the advantages of travel with pleasure and luxury. This city also has been the most favored places for many Hollywood movies which have been produced without any limitations for the purposes of driving advantages of growth of travelers businesses and pleasure. You also have limousine facilities as well as travel desk facilities which will ensure a proper methodology for the purposes of blending cultural and business ensembles.

To conclude, there are plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants and top class hotels which enshrine your tastes in myriads of ways which will involve satisfaction levels up to the brim for various avid travelers and businessmen. Various international travelers can go on through enjoy the facilities of visa, passports, foreign exchange facilities including casino facilities like the city of Las Vegas which enable you to enjoy the splendor of the city. All these facilities and amenities can be supplemented by a plethora of magnificent locales on the back drop of coral reefs of turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean by a provision of Mexico travel information guide.

Top Things to Do in Bangkok

When in Bangkok make sure you don’t miss these Bangkok highlights:

National Museum is on Na Phra That Road walking distance from Khao San Road.

National Gallery is opposite the National Museum on Chao Fah Road within walking distance of Khao San Road and displays classical and contemporary Thai art, including paintings by the King.

Royal Barge Museum is located near the National Museum on the Chao Phraya river at the entrance of the Bangkok Noi Canal. The museum houses the royal barges that are used on ceremonial occasions.

Wat Pho is located next to the Grand Palace and is one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. The temple houses the famous Reclining Buddha, 46 m long and 15 m high, making it the largest Reclining Buddha in Thailand.

Grand Palace is in the old city, walking distance from Khao san Road, and is a wonderful palace complex of buildings and golden temples where the King use to live. Visitors must be properly dressed with long trousers, long skirts and long sleeves to visit the Grand Palace.

Jim Thompson’s House – Jim Thompson was a famous American who revived the silk trade in Thailand after World War II. In 1967, while on holiday in the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, he went for a walk and mysteriously disappeared and no trace of him has ever been found. He built a traditional Thai house on the bank of a canal in Bangkok and that house is now a museum showing his collection of Asian antiques and handicrafts.

Siam Ocean World is an aquarium complex located at the Siam Paragon shopping mall in the centre of Bangkok, near Siam BTS Station. Shows include Shark, Sting-ray, Sea Otter and Penguin feeding. Visitors can take the opportunity of a lifetime and dive with the Sharks.

Dream World is a theme park to the North of Bangkok on Rangsit Nakornnayok Road by Bus 188 from the northern bus terminal or Bus number 538 at the Victory monument.

Safari World and Marine Park is 25km east of Bangkok and houses natural habitats for African and Asian animals. There is a wildlife feeding show, Orangutan boxing show, white tiger show, water ski show, Hollywood cowboy show and a lot more.

Wat Saket (Golden Mountain temple) is an artificial hill with a towering gold chedi (pagoda), built around 1850, and is located within walking distance of Khaosan Road. Visitors can climb the 318 steps to the top and obtain a great view of the city.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) is a 17th century Buddhist temple named after Aruna, the Indian God of the Dawn. The central Khmer-style pagoda is about 80m tall and symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is an impressive sight and major landmark on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.

Wat Traimit (temple of the Golden Buddha) is a temple, on Tramit Road near Hualampong Railway Station on the edge of Chinatown, which houses the 900 year old world’s largest solid-gold Buddha, nearly 10 feet high and weighs over 5 tons.

Wat Suthat is a large complex covering 10 acres located near the Democracy Monument. It houses a beautiful 13th-century bronze Buddha over 8m (25ft) tall.

Khaosan Road is north of the old city and is within walking distance of the Grand Palace and Wat Po. Khaosan road and the adjacent roads are packed with shops, restaurants, travel agents, market stalls and cheap accommodation which makes the area attractive for backpackers.

Floating Market is a market on boats floating in the canals and river. The floating market at Klong Dao Kanong in Thonburi is the closest to Bangkok. The market at Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province is larger and is located 110 km west of Bangkok. It’s an attractive place for tourists to see the old style and traditional way of selling and buying fruits, vegetables, etc., from small boats. Many tour operators are available to take visitors to the floating markets.

Snake Farm is on Rama IV Road and is operated by the Red Cross. Every day snakes are milked for their venom to produce anti-venom serum. Visitors can watch a snake milking demonstration.

As you can see there is a lot to do in Bangkok – one visit will not be enough!

Travel Pre And Post Internet

Travel Pre Internet:

I’ve been travelling for over 40 years – by thumb in my early days, by boots in the Scouts, a Lambretta came next and then my first old banger followed by newer old bangers to the beaches of the Costa Brava.

My thumb, boots, bikes and bangers took me all over Europe and the UK before finding that a charter flight to Spain on an old ‘Connie’ could get me to the beaches and bars a lot quicker and allow more time to enjoy the local travel opportunities by horse and cart and the occasional bus and train.

‘Go West and Prosper’ seemed to be a good idea so instead of taking an 8 hour flight I took an 8 day transatlantic crossing from Tilbury to Montreal on the Stephan Batory of Polish Ocean Lines ensuring that jet lag did not trouble my travel plans. Some years later I crossed the pond again on a ship but this time it was 5 times bigger and I travelled in style on the QE2 and dined in the Queen’s Grill somewhat removed from my earlier experience. I highly recommend ocean voyages but cannot see myself on one of the modern cruise ships going from port to port with constant line-ups to get on and off to buy t-shirts. However, I have done 10 Windjammers and a Star Clipper cruise in the Caribbean which were all memorable (let’s hope Windjammer Barefoot Cruises recover from their woes). But I digress.

I had read that Canada is a spectacular country, from sea to shining sea, and my entrance into the St. Lawrence River to Montreal and then heading west in an old Econoline van from the Great Lakes, across the Prairies to the Rocky Mountains before ending up whale watching off of the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island was a trip of wonder to a bloke from London. Today the scenery is still spectacular and the best way to go is still by road so rent or buy a car, motorhome or motorbike, take the train or tour bus but remember the maps, a fly rod, good boots and take your time.

My favorite part of Canada / USA for adventure travel has to be Northern BC / Alaska, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in the steps of the goldseekers of 1898. The Northwest Territories to canoe the Nahannie River and the Yukon to drive from Dawson City to Chicken, Alaska. If you like the outdoors and can put up with a few bugs, cast a fly and scale a few hills or drive on endless dirt roads sharing the space with moose, caribou, elk, bears and eagles, then these are the places to put on your list. The pleasures and experiences in driving to Inuvik on the Dempster Highway or to Prudhoe Bay on the Dalton Highway or even the Canol Road can only be felt by doing them. I would have mentioned the Alaska Highway but now it is an easy drive unlike the aforementioned.

Today the costs of driving these distances may mean that sharing the journey with others is required, but RVing or simply vanning and camping is a great way to see beyond the horizon. Some enroute adventures now need to be booked in advance whereas when I hiked Denali and the Chilkoot Pass it was just a case of turning up, registering with the local ranger office and heading on out. A little more forward planning is needed for today’s traveller and cost considerations of lengthy flights or drives have to somehow be countered with more careful planning. In the days of reasonable gas prices I would not even consider the driving or flying costs and have driven to Key West from the northwest coast, down the west coast to the Baja and to the west coast from New York. I once even flew my 1946 Fleet taildragger from the Pacific to the Atlantic and back using around 5 gallons an hour of avgas. Before the oil and credit crisis I drove from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, down to Tierra del Fuego and back to Rio covering over 15,000 miles of spectacular scenery and with no consideration about the cost of gas. South America should be on your itinerary too! Some other memorable drives that may now require a mortgage with the gas companies include London to The Nordkapp, Norway, Skippers Canyon in New Zealand and the loneliness of the far north of Australia and the amazing coast of Western Australia stopping by at Monkey Mia and Wave Rock.

We tend to forget that the real cost of travelling is often less today than over the 40 years of my travels. In 1977 my round-trip airfare from Canada to Australia cost over $1700 in 1977 dollars so today it is far cheaper to fly, even with the airlines gouging for fuel, extra baggage, no service and no pleasure. The ‘Big Mac’ method of price comparison as developed by The Economist newspaper gives us a good gauge for most expenditures of today compared to yesterday but my $1500 cost to get a private pilots licence in the 1970’s seems cheap by comparison to today, but obviously not when using this Big Mac principle. Other travel costs are also far cheaper today but this should not mean that travellers should disregard the many methods of saving costs that can then be put to extended or improved travel experiences

Travel Post-Internet:

In my 40 years of travel I have had to use travel agents to make even the simplest of reservations and buy tickets, not even thinking to ask them if they had “been there, done that?” It was just a case of there being no other options to buying travel. Now we have unlimited choices and can seek out better travel agents, better prices, better selections and information about anywhere in the world for our travels – without even leaving home.

The Internet now gives travellers ideas and options of Where to go, When to go, Why to go, What to do, Who to book with and How to save money and offset costs. We can search and find experts for every travel option. If we are comfortable with the Internet we no longer have to go to a travel agent to make reservations and buy tickets except to book with some of the larger travel companies that still produce glossy brochures and offer all inclusive packages or tours that only sell through the agency system. The Internet also allows those of us who are smart enough to know when to seek out a top travel agent with knowledge, experience and expertise (KEE skills) of destinations and activities about where to find them. There is no longer any need to only use our local agents when we can find one somewhere else in the world. When we do not need ‘the knowledge’ and can do it ourselves we simply surf the web so that we can book directly with tour and travel operators wherever we have decided to go.

Some travel agents operate their own tours, some are both wholesale and retail, some limit consumer selection by only selling their ‘preferred’ suppliers and some have professional consultants with years of experience invested in gaining knowledge, experience and expertise and are worth their weight in gold to the savvy traveller. Beware though, as some are also called destination specialists and some of these designations merely require the agent to take a rudimentary test offered by tourism offices, destination marketing groups or even tour operators and in my opinion can harm the reputation of the travel industry. A specialist is not necessarily an expert.

Travel is probably the most used commercial aspect of the Internet and if retail agents want to harness this exciting medium to offer ‘the knowledge’ and their ‘kee’ skills to a global audience, not just their local community, they must embrace the changes that are happening. Travellers now have the ability to seek answers to the 5 W’s of travel and the important ‘How to’ save money and offset costs by having information just a click away.

And then it occurred to me that even internet travel prices often include a commission element even when sold directly to the consumer. If we book directly with operators we should not have to pay full retail prices as we are doing for ourselves what a retail agent would normally do for us. A dilemma for the operator is that to show a both a retail and a cost price option could deter many agents from selling the services as travellers could use an agent for free advice and book directly with the operator to get a ‘net of commission’ price. Obviously this two tier pricing is not often available but travellers who do not need advice should also not be penalized by retail pricing. A new way had to be found and I think I have found it!

The need for fairer fare prices is why I developed the Top Travel Voucher program at The Top Travel Club and I even found a dot com for it. All travel selections on the site are at ‘net of commission’ prices for members who handle there own travel arrangements directly with the operators linked on the club website using our voucher program.

I am inviting travel operators from around the world to join this program, from B&B’s, Motels, Hotels, Luxury Lodges, Eco Resorts, Beach Resorts and Tour and Adventure Operators who want to promote their products and services to travellers who are comfortable with direct bookings and reservations.

I am also inviting Travel Agents with knowledge, experience and expertise of destinations and activities to showcase their skills to a global audience of travellers and to the members of this new travel club. I am leery of ‘specialist agents’ and only want experts to showcase their services.

This opportunity is available to the travel trade at no cost except for them to offer net, wholesale or outlet prices to club members and visitors to the website using top travel vouchers. I believe this program offers fairer fare prices to direct-booking travellers. The operator would normally be paying commission anyway but now travellers get the savings because they make their own arrangements.

The Top Travel Club opened in mid-April 2008 offering thousands of top travel vouchers for travel in over 70 countries with around 150 travel operators onboard. Every week we add more travel operators with more choices for members. Currently you can get savings on accommodations, adventure travel, boat charters, culinary tours, hike, bike and dive tours, auto and RV rentals fishing lodges and guides, safaris, vacation rentals, single travel, women only and dude ranches. Members get the vouchers free of charge by paying an annual membership fee and non-members can buy the vouchers on the internet at Top Travel Sites at deeply discounted prices to the face-value. The future growth will include restaurants, travel clothing, travel insurance and the opportunity to access air ticket consolidators who want to deal directly with consumers.

The way I have travelled and the way I see travel is that consumers should have unlimited access to every travel opportunity with the ability to do their own due diligence or to find a professional who can offer quality advice and services at fair prices, and to find all of this without needing endless hours of searching.

To find out more about the new way of cost offsets for travel please go to The Top Travel Club and my apologies for some of the spelling (traveller / traveler) but that is what I was taught. As long as we all understand the meaning, vive le difference!

Create Own Travel Discounts

Hotel and rental car owners don’t just offer you discounts at random, you have to ask for it work for it, and sometimes, these discounts aren’t even worth it, well unless you’re looking to traveling during off peak season where there is at most a 50% discount. So aside from waiting for your favorite hotel’s tirade of discounts during off peak season, why not take the initiative and find your own ways to cheap travel, make your own discount. Here some tips to make your own discount.

– Check detour flights other than the straight one you’re bound to get when you inquire. You can get cheaper overall prices if you choose to book two flights instead of one

– It is always better to buy food at the grocery and cook it yourself rather than eating everyday at a restaurant.

– Travel to places which boast of natural beauty but have lower costs of living, prices here tend to be lower. Take the Bali or Malaysia for example, both have great views and tourist spots but come without the hassle of overpricing.

– If you’re planning to stay for more than a week, call the hotel that you’d want to stay in and ask for week long stay discounts, these can range for percentages off your room price or even a “free day.”

– Find web-only discounts or coupons which some hotels and airline owners provide especially for those willing to reserve online. You can save as much as 50% on your travel costs by going this way.

Fiji Travel Guide And Restaurants

Fiji restaurants usually serve continental cuisine as many chefs that work in these places come from Australia and New Zealand. Resorts and hotels generally have themed menu focusing on certain cuisine on a certain night.

There are a number of restaurants in island resorts, hotels, and coffee shops that serve Japanese, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. Most restaurants offer steaks and seafood while there are also those that serve a wide array of Fijian food.

Chefs The Restaurant

The specialty of the house include the pakapaka, charcoal-grilled king prawns, rack of lamb, and grilled beef tenderloin. Established by chef Eugene Gomes, the place is considered as one of Fiji’s leading restaurants because of its attentive service and well presented-cuisine. The food may vary each season except for the rack of lamb and grilled beef tenderloin, which are a hit to Australian and New Zealand customers. It also serves breakfast while lunch offers fish and chips, burgers, and salads.

Bullacino

Opened in 2007, it is known for its rich coffee and freshly baked pastries. Its lunch menu includes roasted chicken and mesclun greens salad. Customers are impressed with its vegetarian ratatouille, yellowfin tuna, and grilled swordfish. The place is air-conditioned and has ceiling fans giving customers comfort while overlooking the Nadi River.

Coconut Grove Restaurant

This oceanfront restaurant allows guests to dine in their own private verandah or by the beach on candlelight. The place is set on a spot overlooking the ocean where in some nights people come to play their ukuleles and perform some local songs. People come and try their fish and seafood, organic vegetables, and homemade pastas. It also serves curries and Fijian food and it is a great place to try New Zealand’s finest beef.

Indigo

Started by chef Eugene Gomes, this restaurant offers outdoor dining experience. It serves authentic Indian menu including mangrove crab masala, Goan pork curry, and buttered chicken. It also features Asian dishes such as Thai crab and Rendang curry as well as a list of vegetarian dishes.

Nadina Authentic Fijian Restaurant

Opened in late 2007, this place is set in a small wooden cottage and serves traditional cuisine such as kokoda and kovu walu. It serves miti, crunchy shoots from a wood fern, which tastes good when served with coconut milk. A nice place to try a few Fijian dishes, where they are spiced to accommodate varied tastes and it is also a good dining spot to get some good curry.

Fiji restaurants are great places to take a break, recharge, and try the country’s exotic food after a long day shopping and exploring the islands.