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Daydream in Portofino

Since I was a little girl I have always dreamt of Portofino and imagine being one of the most beautiful places on earth and at the same time so exclusive. But time passed and barriers disappeared and the world became a smaller place. So, after 30 years, finally, I was visiting the famous Portofino. Portofino is an Italian village in the north of the Italian Riviera. It used to be a quiet fishing village but because of its natural harbor supported a fleet of fishing boats, it became an important village and part of Republic of Genoa, Republic of Florence and Kingdome of Sardinia. Later on, the small fishing village became the place to be for European aristocracy. With its colorfully painted buildings that follow the small golf line and its green pines became an important touristic and famous place. We decided to visit the Italian Riviera for a few days…

Amman

Many people simply don’t visit Amman. They are going directly to the more famous Petra or the Red Sea, not knowing that Amman has so many things to offer. Amman is the gateway for all tourists who choose to visit Jordan and you should spend at least a few days here. The city lays over 19 hills and has over 3000 years of history behind it. It will “strike you” from the first sight with a contrasting image between new and old: the western part of the city is undergoing a spectacular development with imposing buildings, malls, and modern districts, but just a few streets away you can enter in another world: the old city, with its maze of streets, old buildings, markets, spice shops, street vendors and crazy traffic. Total madness! Ok, the city doesn’t have the luxury of the Emirate or the history of Jerusalem or Damascus, nor…

Thailand Two Weeks Itinerary – How to spend the Perfect 14 Days in Thailand

The two weeks in Thailand will be the most memorable and incredible journey! You will have pristine and perfect beaches, delicious cuisine, wild adventure, authentic communities, impressive sky bars, and so many more things. You only have to be ready for the adventure. We have put together this itinerary for you to visit as much as possible the amazing things that Thailand has to offer in a maximized time. We only hope that this itinerary will take your stress away and it will be on your taste. Here is a quick summary of this itinerary for Thailand in two weeks: Bangkok: 3 days Phi Phi Islands: 1 day Krabi/Ao Nang: 4 days Chiang Mai: 4 days Bangkok: 1 day Day 1 Flying to Bangkok Most probably, your adventure will start in Bangkok. Being the capital city most of airlines company have good connections at good prices. In general, we use…

Most Amazing Things to do in Thailand

Thailand, also known as the Land of Smiles, is one of the most touristic places on the planet. Even so, it is a country that offers you once in a lifetime experiences. Most of the people think that Thailand is only about white sand beaches with palm trees and paradisiac pristine golf. Well, Thailand has so much more to offer. Here are some of the most amazing things to do in Thailand. Chat with a Monk In Chiang Mai, there is an opportunity to chat with Buddhist monks due to an exchange program that takes place in various temples. Discussions usually involve young priest during the training period. It is an excellent way for you to understand the culture and religion and also how they see life and its values. And in return, the monks improve their English. Don’t lose moments like this in your travels, because you can learn…

Harvesting Green Tea in Northern Thailand

Did you know that tea is the second most popular drink after water? I always wanted to learn about tea, about the way it is harvested and prepared. And Northern Thailand gave me this opportunity. The origins of tea in Thailand probably go back well over 1000 years, in the far North of the country. Chiang Mai has one of the best tea areas in the country, so I made some research and I found out about Araksa Tea Garden, which is one of Thailand’s oldest tea plantations. Due to the height of the farm, the quality of soil and water, the land is ideal for planting tea. Araksa Tea Garden is one of the fewer ecological and chemical-free tea plantations. If you want to plan a visit, you have to book one of their tours available mornings and afternoons. We booked a morning session and we were eager to enjoy…

Mae Klong Railway a unique market near Bangkok

Maeklog Railway Market is perhaps one of the most unique markets in Thailand and a must-do if you are visiting Bangkok. Maeklong Railway Market is a small market right on the railway tracks next to Maeklong Railway Station where the train passes several times a day. When everyone hears the traffic signal, they move the umbrellas and the stalls waiting for the train to pass, then in less than a minute, you can find yourself again in a middle of a busy market. We rented a Grab car for 8 hours that picked us up from our hotel in Chiang Mai early morning. First stop was at the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, and then we rushed to Mae Klong Railway. We arrived at about 10:30 right on time to stop at one of the market terraces for mango sticky rice and a coffee. Trains pass through this market about eight times a day and…

Visiting the Floating Markets of Damnoen Saduak

For centuries, rivers and canals were the main transportation network system in Thailand. People, goods, information.. all traveled the country by boats. So the floating markets were a common thing back then. The Damnoen Saduak canal was ordered to be built in 1866 by King Rama IV to facilitate water travels between Ratchaburi and Samutsakhon Provinces. Damnoen Saduak floating market is now a very touristic place but you can still feel the old-time vibes. Vendors sell their products directly from their narrow wooden boats. Many sell fresh products directly from their farm, others sell cooked food right there on the sport on their mobile hotplates and stoves. Usually, the banks are lined with stalls selling more of the same: clothing and souvenirs. In one of our days in Bangkok, we decided to visit this floating market, so we rented a Grab Car for 8 hours. The car came very early in…

Day Trip to Hong Islands

Hong Islands are a small group of tropical islands close to Ao Nang coastline, which can be visited by private longtail boat, speed boat or day tours. There is also part of the National Marine Park. These little islands have breath-taking scenery, white beaches, turquoise water and are like the definition of true paradise. They are considered to be among the most beautiful in Krabi province. During our stay in Ao Nang, we wanted to visit some less touristic islands. Of course, there are so many to choose from, unfortunately, most of them are pretty touristic. We heard that Hong Island was a wonderful choice and it was not so busy compared to the others.  We booked a day tour by a speedboat that was taking us around these paradisiac islands. The regular tours take you to Hong Lagoon, Pak Boa Island, Lading Island and Hong Island. We left very…

Lay back on Railay beach

Railay area is one of our favorite destinations in Thailand. The pristine beaches, the incredible scenery, the jungle, the laidback vibe is everything that you may wish for. Actually, Railay isn’t an island, but since you can only access it by boat, it feels like one. This amazing place is very close to Krabi so if you are in the area, don’t miss it. You can choose to have accommodation here or have a simple day trip to Railay. We loved to spend a few days here but unfortunately, due to the lack of time, we were forced to settle with a day trip. We booked a boat from Ao Nang early in the morning that took us directly to Railay. We arrived at around 8:00 and the beach was almost empty, so we had time to enjoy the beauty of the place and get a coffee with a sea view. It was absolutely…

Phi Phi Islands

50 years ago the area of Phi Phi Islands was an undiscovered paradise having only small villages of Muslim fishermen living their quiet lives here. Everything started in the ’90s, with some curious backpackers exploring the area, but tourism really exploded after the famous movie “The Beach”. Everyone wanted a piece of paradise, so after 2000, tourism grew here so fast and all islands were expanding exponentially for tourism. Everything was interrupted by the force of nature in 2004 when a tsunami destroyed 70% of the islands. The place was quickly restored and became touristic once again. Everybody is allured by the tropical beaches, warm waters, and amazing places. We really wanted to see this place, so the best way was to book a night in Phi Phi Don Island, the only inhabited island of the archipelago. Day 1 We landed in Krabi early morning and the first thing that we did…

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