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Phuket Travel and Vacation Tips

Phuket is a world renowned island that can be accessed by stopping over Bangkok and getting on a plane, train, or bus. People stopping by Bangkok may spend a while in the capital city and stay at some of the popular hotels like the Peninsula Bangkok, Banyan Tree Bangkok, or Mandarin Oriental. While Bangkok has majority of the country’s wonders and sights, it doesn’t have the pristine attraction that only Phuket has. If this popular island is your next destination from Bangkok, follow these tips.

Find a suitable means of transportation to Phuket.

That depends on the time left for you. If you urgently need to get to the popular island, you can go by plane. Thai AirAsia and Thai Airways International offer flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the island. You can book tickets online, or you could go to a travel agency, especially if you are looking for cheaper prices and package deals. Trains and buses offer land transportation from Bangkok to Phuket, and this is ideal for those who have more time to spare. You also get to see the countryside if you travel by bus or train.

Another means of travel is by car. Rent-a-car services are available at Suvarnabhumi and in central Bangkok. The ride along Highway 4 to the beach paradise is about ten hours. But, you can only rent a car if you have a Thai or international driving license. If not, you have no choice but to go for the other options already mentioned.

Book your hotel beforehand.

It’s inconvenient to spend the whole day finding a hotel on the island. Find one before getting there. Some of the popular choices are Banyan Tree Phuket, Safari Beach Hotel, Karon Sea Sands Resort, and Sugar Palm Resort.

Respect the people and their traditions and way of life.

Thailand has its own customs, which many locals still observe. Foreigners should respect these customs and be sensitive when making remarks about the country. Generally, you will meet people who are friendly.

Dress appropriately when you are in Thailand. If you are at beach resorts in Phuket, it’s OK to wear your bikinis, but avoid showing too much skin when you are walking into and around any Buddhist temple. Do not wear sleeveless tops and shorts, and remove your shoes when entering any Buddhist temple.

The Thai people have high regard for monks. It is unethical for a woman to touch a monk or give anything to him. Images of Buddha are also sacred and should not be touched.

Tourists can also walk into mosques, provided no religious ceremony is going on. Proper clothing should be worn when entering mosques. Revealing outfits for women are strictly prohibited in mosques. Shoes should, again, be taken off before entering. Women should don a scarf on their heads, while men should wear hats.

Being nice to people puts you in a good place. Locals like nice foreigners, and you will likely get help and favors if you are nice to locals. There may be instances of trouble when you feel like being aggressive, but keep your cool. Keeping calm is important, especially when dealing with Thai police and authorities.

Beware of thieves.

Although the number of petty crime rates in Phuket is relatively low, random cases of thievery happen. Pickpockets usually target tourists, as they know little about the place and are quite gullible. Be on guard when seemingly friendly Thais approach you late at night. Men should also watch out for lady boys (transvestites) who are notorious for hoodwinking people and stealing their cash, jewelry or other valuables.



Travel and Holiday Tips

In my line of work, I pick up some great tips about holidays and travelling. Here are some of the tips that I think are most important if you want to make the most of your holiday and avoid both total disasters and minor mishaps.

    1. Tell your bank before you go or your card might not work abroad.
    2. Make sure your mobile is set up for use abroad; you can’t set it up once you’re there.
    3. If hiring a car, you will need to take both your photo driving licence and your counterpart license.
    4. If travelling alone, youth hostels are not only cheap places to stay but great places to meet like-minded people.
    5. Make sure your passport is in date before booking your holiday.
    6. If staying in one place for the duration of your holiday, research and choose your accommodation carefully, it will make or break your stay.
    7. Renting privately owned holiday apartments can be a cheap way to find great self-catering accommodation.
    8. If you are unsure about the water quality of your holiday destination, never have ice in drinks because ice cubes are made with tap water.
    9. Put all lotions and potions (shampoo, sun cream, etc.) in a plastic bag in your luggage in case they burst during the flight
    10. Research your destination to make the most of your time away. It’s annoying to hear about an amazing attraction on the way home
    11. Learn the language – well, a few words anyway. This will help you more than you think when you’re away from home
    12. Don’t forget your chargers – phone, laptop, tablet.
    13. Don’t forget your travel plug
    14. Always pack something to cover up with. Some religious landmarks won’t let you in if you’re not covered up so don’t miss out!
    15. Eat where the locals eat. Head away from tourist hotspots for cheaper restaurants with better food.
    16. If you have friends living in exciting locations, visit them! The best guide you will have is a local!
    17. Consider travelling around rather than staying put on holiday. It’s great fun to travel in a campervan or on a motorbike.
    18. Consider organised trips abroad to do charity work. You will do some good and experience the reality of the location.
    19. When travelling to countries that could potentially be politically turbulent, always check advice on the foreign office website before you book and again immediately before you travel.
    20. Make a note of the phone number for your holiday insurance and keep it somewhere safe in case you need it, along with any other emergency contact numbers.



Ten Convention Travel and Attendance Tips

Whether you are planning to attend a Convention for business or for personal, a little pre-planning before you leave will help you manage your time so you can get the most out of your event.

Ten Convention Travel and Attendance Tips:

Before you leave for your Convention, there are some fundamental basics you should consider.

1. Are you flying to your Convention? If so, have you looked into the rules and regulations about the amount of luggage you are allowed to travel with. If you plan to shop while at your Convention, remember to consider duty, taxes and how your shopping items will contribute to increased luggage on your way home.

2. Do you need a passport to travel to your Convention? There are new rules these days about travelling to other countries. As an example, effective January 23, 2007, Canadians will need a passport to travel to the US. At the moment the date for needing a passport to drive into the the US from Canada is January 1st, 2008. As well, US citizens travelling outside the US may need a passport to get back into US. So whatever your situation is, ensure you’ve examined your passport requirements. Getting a passport can be a lengthy procedure, so plan ahead and allow the time you need to acquire your passport before your scheduled trip.

3. Are you traveling outside your own country with health coverage protection? Ensure you have purchased any additional health travel insurance you may need. Understand exactly what you have purchased, and what you are obliged to do should you have to use this insurance. As an example, you may be required to contact you health insurance provider within a 24 hour period of an incident occurring. Know the details ahead of time.

4. Have you thought about your need to get office work done while you’re attending your Convention? Although we don’t pre-plan to sit in our hotel room doing office work, there may be an instance (or two) when the office wants or needs you to resolve a matter (or two). Technology today allows you to remotely access your PC from anywhere in the world. Although your work or home PC won’t physically be with you, you can still access your PC files, databases, networks and emails from your convention, either from your own laptop or other PC. Remote PC is a service offering you a free trial to judge whether it’s a tool suitable for your needs. Just don’t forget to have it in place before you leave.

5. Have you Pre-registered for your Convention and Convention Classes? Some conventions allow you to do this. By pre-registering for your convention classes you not only save time, but you also ensure yourself a spot in classes that most interest you. The intangible element to this little tip, is the time you save by knowing your schedule.

6. Do you have Maps of where Events, Classes, and the Hotel are? Yes, I know this sounds so “basic”. But how many people actually think ahead to how their time will flow from the point their alarm clock goes off in their hotel room to the next event, and the next event, and so on. One of the biggest wastes of time is trying to depend on someone else for directions, times, or even “what’s next”. Don’t let this convention be a convention controlled by someone else’s knowledge of “what’s going on”. If the convention you plan to attend has a website, visit that site and map out your event BEFORE you leave. Yes if you have your laptop with you, you can do it while you’re there, however how much time will you take to “get organized” while at your event if you actually didn’t do it before you left? Sorry, chances are you’ll continue with the last minute mentality while there as well. So, take control of your time and map-out your event schedule.

7. If your Convention Classes are not being held in the same hotel you’re staying in, do you know how you’re getting there? Will you be renting a car, taking a cab, bus or car pooling with friends? Know this before you leave. Have a map of direction to these classes, in your hands, before you leave for this trip. By pre-planning your convention schedule, you have essentially respected your own time. Also, get ready, others at the convention may get wind of your efficient pre-planning, and ask you “what’s going on”.

8. Do you know where you will be eating while at the Convention? You may not want to eat in the hotel the entire time, so have a map of restaurants that are close by your hotel, as well as restaurants close to your convention classes. Again, don’t count on the knowledge of other people to steer to you to places to eat. Planning your eating locations not only provides you with the convenience of knowing ahead of time where you could eat your meals, but it also gives you a measure of control over your food budget.

9. Alrighty then, what supplies are you taking to attend these Classes? You may require books, writing tools, markers and of course your maps. Consider using a small briefcase that pulls on wheels. There’s nothing worse than hauling heavy supplies around all day. Also remember you may purchase items while there, so having a slightly larger briefcase on wheels is an even better idea.

10. Are you planning to immediately review new ideas with your work team back home? If so, Online Meetings may be a useful service for you. Often times the excitement of something new is better expressed at the time your feeling it’s impact. You can pre-schedule online meetings, or run them “spur-of-the-moment”. They are easy as pie as to hold, and this service is very affordable. Use the free trial to determine if it’s a tool you need.



Some Tips for Renting Cars

There can be lot of different reasons for renting a car. It can be any special occasion like wedding, function, business trip, or it can be a vacation holidays. Renting a car at another place can be very exciting and adventurous rather than to rely on public transport because, you have freedom to go at some of those exciting place which you might miss by using public transport. But before getting car for rent few of things should be kept in mind rather than getting in any of the problem later. And here are few of the tips which can be used while renting car.

1. There’s lot of option are available in car nowadays, from different models to different size of cars. So, it’s advisable to know in advance that what kind of car you are willing to hire rather than ending up by getting wrong car. If there are 2 people travelling small sized car is a good option, and if someone is travelling with family than some what bigger size of car is good.

2. As per the rule of renting cars 25 is the minimum age for renting a car. And if the person who is renting a car is under 25 than that person might have to pay some extra fees as compared to that regular fees. But, at some of the place it’s accepted if the person is under 25. So, it’s better to check it that what the rule of that place is.

3. It’s better to ask it that whether any other person of your group can drive the car you rent or not. Because, generally the person who is signing the document is the only person who is liable to drive the car. So, it’s better first to get to know that can any other person can drive it or not because, if any problem happen later like any accident occur than the person who is driving is liable for it. And if the person who is driving is not the one liable for driving car as per rental agencies than it can create problem.

4. It’s better to check all the necessary documents before renting a car. If you are at foreign country than they will ask for the international driving license and a photo identity proof like your passport. So, it’s better to keep all this things handy. And the rental agencies will check all this to know that whether the person is legal to drive the car or not.

5. Before signing the agreement do make the routine service of your car like, to check the air in tyres, clean and everything like, to get to know where the extra tyre and all is available.

6. It’s better to ask in advance that what will be the extra charge, because as per the rule if you exceed after certain mileage you have to pay some of the extra fees. And to return the car with that much amount of fuel as you got at time of signing the agreement. So, if you don’t bring the car back with tank full you might have to pay little extra fees on that too.