Archive: February 2013 » Worldly Traveler's Guide

Koh Phi Phi Travel Tips & Recommendations

Before we start sharing our usual travel tips and recommendations, let's take a look at the Phi Phi island group first. The Phi Phi Island that we usually talk about is actually the biggest island of the group which is composed of 6 islands. When you go to Phi Phi island, you stay at Koh Phi Phi Don because that's the only island with permanent inhabitants. Koh Phi Phi Ley is a pretty popular island in the group as well. The rest of the islands are very small. Phi Phi islands Map (Source: Wikipedia) ------> Travel Tips There are no cars, no tuk-tuks, no scooters on the island. Everybody...

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Phuket to Koh Phi Phi By Boat

In this post, we are going to share with you how we went to Koh Phi Phi island from Phuket and return from the island to go to Phuket International Airport. The website we used to book our ferry tickets is http://www.phiphi-ferry.com/, they also offer land transportation. The boat operator is Andaman Wavemaster which is an experienced boat operator established in 1999. You can also book directly from their website for basic transportation and maybe you will be interested in their diverse tours as well. This is certainly not the only way to go between these two islands. There are some other...

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Deep Water Solo

See what we experienced on the Fantastic 3 in 1 tour organized by IBEX Climbing and Tours??? Then you know we signed up for Deep Water Solo with them for sure! I think I need to tell you guys something before going more in depth about our experience. Han and I love rock climbing. We both have a good amount of rock climbing experience by working out at a rock climbing gym in Shanghai regularly. But that was a year ago though... But rock climbing at the gym is very different from rock climbing on a real rock which is actually easier since you can just grab whatever you feel comfortable...

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Fantastic 3 In 1 Tour

After four days experiencing nothing active in Phuket, the moment we set our feet on Koh Phi Phi island, we were fully ready for action! Our boat arrived at Tonsai Pier at 10 am on time. We followed the hotel location map downloaded on my phone and headed directly to our hotel Phi Phi Chang Grand Resort. Checked in, changed into swimming suits underneath T-shirts and shorts, grabbed a towel, put on some sun block and headed back out for lunch, just like how we planned. We arrived at IBEX's office a little after 1:30 pm. Louise explained the whole itinerary of Fantastic 3 in 1 tour to us in great...

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The Epic Plan With IBEX Climbing & Tours

"What do you want to do on Koh Phi Phi island?" I laid on my stomach holding Nexus 7 and asked Han in our hotel room close to Patong beach in Phuket on a raining day. It was two days before we left for Koh Phi Phi island... "I definitely want to do some snorkeling! How about you?" Han was on his Mac working. (He enjoys working everywhere. Computer and internet are his basic requirements wherever we go. This is the beauty of a tech guy's world! haha...) "Snorkeling for sure! I want to do some rock climbing too!" That's when I started digging deeply into the things to do on Koh Phi Phi island...

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VAT Refund and Money Exchange in Thailand

Let's talk about money now! Haha, it's not going to be the big topic like what you think. We are just going to cover some money related points here, which is enough for you to travel peacefully and conveniently in Thailand. Maybe this can save you some money too!  :-) VAT Refund As a tourist, you don't have the responsibility to pay for VAT when you are shopping in Thailand. If you go to places like MBK, Central World, Siam Paragon in Bangkok where there are VAT refund sign (see the image on the right), make sure to keep your receipts in order to claim the refund. Here are 3 easy steps...

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Phuket Travel Tips and Recommendations

If you have followed along, you know we stayed in Phuket for 4 day, which was considered to be WAY too long and the biggest mistake we made during the whole Thailand trip. Seriously think 2 days would be enough. You can find out the reason by checking out what's fun and what's not fun in Phuket. As usual, we have some travel tips and a few recommendations for you. Travel Tips  Phuket Airport Transportation Phuket International Airport (HKT) is located at the north of the island. The total area of 7,257 square meters for the international passengers terminal 1 is relatively small. After...

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Phuket Is Fun For Only 2 Days – What’s Fun?

Let's straight get down to business. What funsies to do on the biggest island in Thailand? Let me show you - Beach Hopping Via A Scooter As there are so many different beaches on the west coast of Phuket, we decided to check out some of them. It's impossible to rent a bicycle in Phuket. We wanted to take the advantage of beach hopping to do some exercise since the food in Thailand was just irresistible and we were eating a lot every day. But bicycles were nowhere to be found whereas scooters were literally everywhere. In order to conveniently get around on the island, renting a scooter...

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Phuket Is Fun For Only 2 Days – What’s Not Fun?

All right! Finally hit the beach! Our second part of the 2-week Thailand trip started from Phuket which was like a dream place to me before I landed there because it's kinda hard to find fine beaches in China. However, it turned out that the dream place wasn't that perfect, especially when you stay there for more than 2 days. Well, don't get me wrong. In general, there are some very nice beaches, beautiful views and definitely some funsies to do in Phuket. Will break down the pros and cons shortly. Sunset at Patong Beach I know I didn't really write all the post regarding the first part...

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3 Ways To Go To Chiang Mai From Bangkok

There are multiple ways to get around when traveling in Thailand. Flight is certainly the most common one. However, there are a couple of other alternatives available which can increase your travel flexibility. In this post, we are going to talk about 3 ways to go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. #1 By Airplane The quickest way to go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai or the other way around is definitely by airplane. The one-way flight only takes a little over an hour. Other than Thailand domestic airlines such as Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways etc, AirAsia usually offers pretty good deal...

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