Have a day to spend in Bangkok but don’t want to spend too much? No problem at all, even if you throw in a meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant!
Earlier this year, I flew into Bangkok at 6 in the morning and had the entire day in the city before taking an overnight train (I travelled first class. SO GOOD. Video coming soon on the TravelAndy YouTube channel) out around 7.30 in the evening.
So, here’s how I went about it. Continue reading How to spend 12 hours in Bangkok
August 14 (TravelAndy): The popular Perth Festival is returning in February next year, with the free opening event – Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak – supported by the state government, through Tourism WA.
This amazing light and sound production will showcase Perth’s iconic Kings Park, and two streams of understanding about our land: Noongar knowledge and Western science, within the beauty of our unique natural environment.
Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak is exclusive to Perth and was a highlight of the 2017 Festival. Continue reading Perth Festival 2019 first shows revealed
July 13 (TravelAndy): It’s that time of year when the sun sets late, temperatures are mild, and it’s perfect weather to watch an outdoor sound and light show.
Here is a list of some awesome show on in Normandy this summer.
Every summer, hundreds of thousands of spectators line the square in front of Rouen cathedral to watch the facade come to life. This season, your eyes are sure to light up when you see the spectacular visuals narrating the story of William the Conqueror. The second show features the myth around Joan of Arc, Rouen’s most iconic figure.
From 15 June to 22 September 2018 at nightfall. Free! Continue reading Sound and light shows to see in Normandy this summer
July 9 (TravelAndy): If you’ve already managed to face your fears while crossing Vancouver’s iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and are looking for a new challenge, you’re in for a treat! This summer, a new 427-ft-long (130 metre) suspension bridge will be opening at the peak of Whistler Mountain.
This suspension bridge is located at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level, making it one of the highest elevated suspension bridges in the world. Located a 2-hour drive away from Vancouver, it may be worth the day trip!
Vancouver and the surrounding areas are no strangers to suspension bridges. If you want to make a day of it, consider making an effort to complete the “suspension bridge trifecta” complete with a trip to Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Sea to Sky Gondola Suspension Bridge, and now – the suspension bridge at the peak of Whistler. Continue reading New suspension bridge opening at Whistler
It’s natural to worry about travelling when you have a disability.
There’s more to take into consideration when you’re putting your plans together, which can make your holiday feel like hard work before you’ve even left the house!
Here, we’ve split the process into simple steps — having a disability doesn’t mean missing out.
Following are seven tips to help you master travelling with a disability. Continue reading 7 tips to master travelling with a disability
Japan is a different world and if you are thinking of going somewhere but haven’t decided where, consider Japan.
I’ve talked about Japan so much [Check out my Japan guide by clicking here] that my parents decided to go there next. My dad is 65, and mom, 57, and they prefer to travel by themselves together rather than going with a tour operator.
Earlier, this year they went to Bali for three weeks and had a great time and now they are looking forward to Japan. Indonesia is visa-free for Indians but Japan isn’t. So, I took care of their Japan visa application. Continue reading Japan visa for Indians: The importance of a detailed itinerary
July 2 (TravelAndy): A new railway line between Kunming and Dali in China has reduced travel time from more than five hours to less than two hours, Xinhua reported.
Kunming is the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province and the touristy Dali is popular for its beautiful scenery, historical heritage and vibrant nightlife.
The first bullet train of the 328km line operated between the two cities on July 1. Trains on the route run at 200kmph, the China Railway Kunming Group said, according to Xinhua. Continue reading China: New railway line cuts travel time by 3 hours
June 30 (TravelAndy): People travelling to Monkey Mia and Carnarvon will benefit from discounted airfares offered by Regional Express (Rex), from July 2, 2018.
The Perth-Monkey Mia-Carnarvon air route will be serviced by Rex after a five-year agreement to provide regulated air services was signed between the state government and Rex earlier this year.
An innovative approach to reducing airfares on the route has resulted in Rex engaging with the owner of Shark Bay Airport (commonly referred to as Monkey Mia Airport), RAC; the Shire of Carnarvon, owner of Carnarvon Airport; and Perth Airport, to implement the Rex Community Fare scheme. Continue reading Reduced fares for Monkey Mia and Carnarvon flights
June 24 (TravelAndy): A total of 12,000 tourists from China visited Tunisia till May this year, a 56.8 per cent rise as compared to the number last year, said Xinhua, citing Tunisia tourism ministry figures.
Holidaymakers are returning to Tunisia three years after two terrorist attacks hit the industry hard. Around 2.3 million tourists visited Tunisia between January 1 to May 20, 2018, an increase of 21.8 per cent from the same period last year.
Chinese tourists are travelling to the country either as part of group tours or as self-guided travellers. Continue reading China push to Tunisia tourism revival
June 18 (TravelAndy): The troubled north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir organised a familiarization trip for five foreign travel writers earlier this month, Greater Kashmir reported.
The writers from Australia and the UK visited Leh and Srinagar during their trip.
At the end of their trip, the visitors met the state’s tourism minister who told them about the wonderful experiences that the mountainous state had to offer. They were also made aware of the steps the authorities were taking to ensure safety of tourists. Continue reading Trouble-torn Kashmir seeks to attract foreign tourists
July 16 (Notintown.net): The mosques of Sharjah are distinctive for their eye-catching aesthetic architecture and the tourism authorities are wooing the visitors with a new focus on these beautiful monuments. Tourists and believers alike visit Sharjah for the tranquil and hospitable nature of the cultural hub of the UAE.
The cultural ethos of Sharjah has made it the emirate for visitors looking for an experiential journey. It is an emirate routed in tradition, while opening its doors to the contemporary world, thereby offering the best of all worlds. Those seeking greater knowledge of and connection to Islam will certainly find it in this emirate graced with over 600 mosques.
The largest house of worship is the King Faisal Mosque. The complex geometric design and the likeness of the massive structure to a multi-pointed star make it the most recognizable landmark of Sharjah. The charm of this mosque is that it is very well-suited for worship with admirable acoustics, a very useful audio guide and the captivating voice of the Imam in the vast but quiet space, it all comes together to create a very special atmosphere. Continue reading Sharjah attracts visitors with its gorgeous mosques
June 11 (TravelAndy): Celebrity chefs Adam Liaw and Marion Grasby will headline this year’s Shinju Matsuri (festival of the pearl) to be held August 25 – September 2 in Broome – the pearling capital of Australia in WA’s North West.
Shinju Matsuri is the much loved festival which encapsulates everything that is Broome and the surrounding areas of the Kimberley region. Featuring an incredible kaleidoscope of events, Shinju Matsuri pays tribute to their heritage and culture.
Celebrating four diverse cultures that have come together in Broome for pearls – Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese and Indigenous Australian – Shinju Matsuri features a unique dining program in extraordinary locations. Continue reading Broome in Western Australia gears up for Shinju Matsuri