Ultimate Mini Guide: 24 Hours In Bangkok

The crowded, bustling city of Bangkok is rarely described as beautiful or scenic, but what it lacks in aesthetics it certainly makes up for in atmosphere, buzz, and thrills. The city is forever moving, with crowds of people adorning every street corner, every bar, and every shop. The hot and stifling nature of the city can be overwhelming at times, which is probably why people spend little more than a couple of days in the city at any one time. Maneuvering around the city, seeing the sights and experiencing the humidity is an experience in itself and will be one that stays with you for many years to come. Take a look at some of the things you might want to do if you find yourself with 24 hours to kill in this eclectic city.

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Grab a Patongo

Nearly every jaunt into the world of Thailand travel begins in Bangkok before you move onto the serene beaches of Koh Samui or the cultural wonders of Wat Rong Khun. Fuel the start of your day in Bangkok with a patongo, a Thai sweet treat to give your body a sugar kick ready for the day ahead. Ensure you’re stocked up on plenty of fluids and head out onto the streets with your trusty itinerary. There’s no excuse not to be prepared.

Head To The Flower Market

To fully immerse yourself in the culture of any city you have to make an effort to travel to a market. The Pak Klong Chalat market sees stallholders opening up before the crack of dawn to await the fresh shipments of exotic flowers of all colors, shapes, and sizes arriving from all over Thailand. You could embark on a mini two-hour tour of the market, learning about its history as you allow the intoxicating aromas of sweet smelling jasmine and roses to invade your senses.

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit New Zealand

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am from New Zealand. My travel philosophy is to go somewhere new every year – whether it’s a new country, city or even suburb in the city I live in. You can check out my blog at https://kiwiontheloose.com/ or find me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/kiwiontheloose/) or Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kiwiontheloose_/)

 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Visit New Zealand

1. The scenery

Let’s face it New Zealand is gorgeous. Seaside towns neighbouring a colourful patchwork of plains leading up to snow-capped mountains, and that’s just on the South Island! New Zealand is known throughout the world has having an abundance of natural beauty and even some of its cities can hold their own – Wellington anyone? Whenever I see New Zealand featured in films or TV shows (think Lord of the Rings), I get a real buzz knowing that is my country being showcased and feel excited that other people are seeing what my country has to offer.

Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura
  1. There’s loads of stuff to do

Want to surf in the morning and climb a mountain in the afternoon, no problem.

New Zealand has so many activities that I couldn’t possibly list them all here. No matter what you want to do, New Zealand has it. Want adrenaline based adventure? Then Queenstown is your place. Want to experience some of the best wine in the world? There are not many regions in the country that don’t produce wine – such as Wairarapa in the North Island, Marlborough at the top of the South Island or Canterbury. Want some cosmopolitan city life? Give Auckland’s Viaduct area a try. Or maybe you just want to relax and leave the stress of life behind, then Hamner Springs is the place for you.

There is so much to do in New Zealand that you need to take your time to fit everything in. People often ask me how long they should spend in New Zealand and I usually respond that at least two weeks on each island will give you just a taste of what the country has to offer.

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Monthly blog overview: August 2017

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babymoon weekend in Gorski kotar region of Croatia

August. Time flies. It’s been already a year of these monthly blog overview posts. And 2 years of my travel blog! Thanks for sticking around 🙂 Also, I celebrated 3 years of marriage to a wonderful man. So it was a month of anniversaries. The entire summer was so hot and spending weekends on island Krk was a welcoming relief because I did a lot of swimming. My husband and I also did a weekend babymoon trip to Gorski Kotar area of Croatia which has a nickname Croatia’s Switzerland because of its mountains and forests (there are bears and wolves too!). And now the only thing left to do is to wait for the baby to come 🙂

Published posts in August

Monthly blog overview: July 2017

Guest Post: Brazil Beyond Rio de Janeiro

Throwback Thursday Photo:Oslo

My English memories: Bath & Stonehenge

Wordless Wednesday: Pena Palace, Sintra

4 Incredible Wildlife Parks You Should Visit in Sydney

My 2 year of travel blogging+giveaway 

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Guest Post: Bay Area, California

“I am Wesley, I am a university student born and raised in California and love to travel the world. My blog documents my trips and experiences and is intended to be shared with the world.”

Bay Area, California

The Bay Area, known for its plethora of tech start-ups and its hippie history, is the place I call home. I live in the city of San Jose, the city south of the San Francisco Bay. It’s one of the cities that make up the famous Silicon Valley. The other cities include Palo Alto, Mountain View, and San Francisco. San Jose has always been about technology. Apple, Tesla, and even Google have a spot in downtown. Growing up, I didn’t like San Jose much because there weren’t that many things to do as a child. If I wanted to go somewhere, I needed a car because there is no public transit system that takes people around the city. The city was mainly for aspiring workers looking for opportunities. But going away to university has made me appreciate my hometown for what it is.

sunset in San Jose

The city itself is so diverse being the new home of immigrants. A lot of Vietnamese people (including my family) sought this city as their new home after escaping Vietnam in 1975 during the war. There’s also a good population of Mexican, Indian, and different Southeast Asian cultures living together. San Jose is one of the few cities where the minority population outnumbers the majority (White people) population. This diverse culture also brings about a number of awesome foods. The Asian population increased the popularity of boba( milk tea or bubble tea) and my personal recommendations include Pho, Korean BBQ, Bun Bo Hue (A beef-infused soup), Chinese Dumplings, Hot Pot, and Cajun/Vietnamese seafood. There’s also awesome Mexican restaurants such as Iguanas and La Victoria’s where their sauce is the most captivating feature. There are traditional Mexican restaurants that I recommend, one of which being La Chingada. My advice is to take the risk of trying new ethnic foods and experience the wonderful flavors that they bring to San Jose.

Capitola, a small town near Santa Cruz

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Korčula , Croatia

10 photos to inspire you to visit Croatia

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Korčula town on Korčula island

It was rather difficult to choose just 10 photos of different areas of Croatia to inspire you to visit my country. I’m fed up with too many blog posts with titles such as 5 cities you must visit in Croatia or 10 places to see in Croatia and such which only feature seaside towns and mainly those on the southern Croatian coast called Dalmatia, e.g. Dubrovnik and Split. There are many other gorgeous seaside towns and islands apart from the already mentioned Dubrovnik and Split. Besides, Croatia has many amazing places far away from the sea too. There are castles, mountains, plains, forests, wheat fields, forgotten villages and sleepy continental towns. I know, I haven’t exactly written much about those either but I’ll get around to it eventually 🙂   However, you can find posts about several Croatian islands on my blog that aren’t as heavily featured as Hvar island for instance.

Hopefully, this post will make you want to visit Croatia if you haven’t already been. I know, who hasn’t heard of Dubrovnik after watching the Game of Thrones? FYI, Dubrovnik was a powerful merchant republic in its past much like Venice and anyone visiting it should be aware of that. Also, I strongly suggest to visit Istria and Kvarner regions for a beach holiday+culture, not just the southern Croatian coast. 🙂 Furthermore, the next time you’re imagining a hot mug of mulled wine in your hand and Christmas lights why don’t you consider visiting Zagreb and its magical Christmas markets? Or see the biggest carnival parade in Croatia in Rijeka in February? Or go castle-hunting in Zagorje? What about tasting some delicious Croatian food in Slavonija region?

Anyway, let the photos do the talking and convince you to visit Croatia!

Zagreb (the capital of Croatia)

Zagreb, Croatia

Osijek (the biggest town in Slavonija region)

Osijek, Croatia

Vukovar (Eltz castle)

Vukovar

Plitvice Lakes National Park 

Plitvice Lakes

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My 2 year of travel blogging+giveaway

in Trieste, Italy this year

I launched the Red Phone Box travels blog on 31st August 2015. I needed a distraction, a new hobby, a new audience for my travel stories. I am most grateful for all my followers and subscribers and new blogging friends. It was a wonderful experience to see my little travel blog grow over the past 2 years. I’m not an expat or someone who quit her/his job to travel the world. I’m just an ordinary person who is mad about travel and who despite somewhat limited resources manages to travel. Even if it’s just around Europe. Whether it’s a weekend break or one week holiday I always make the most of my trips. I try to cram in as much sightseeing as humanely possible and prefer to spend my money on attraction entrances and souvenirs than on fancy meals or luxurious hotels. I’d rather take two trips than stay at a really expensive place on just one trip. I prefer city travel to outdoor adventures even though as I grow old I find the countryside and the smaller towns more appealing. My travel history includes: backpacking trips, train journeys across half Europe, boat voyages that lasted over 30 hours and many other crazy things when I was slightly younger. Moreover I’ve stayed at cheap&dinky hostels but I’ve also experienced some luxury accommodation too. I travelled with my best friend, with a boyfriend, with a group of friends, with my husband and alone. Solo travel is great and I’d recommend it to everyone but I do find travelling with my best friend or my husband more fun. It’s always nicer when you can share your new experiences with someone else.

I’ve had a rough 2016 but still enjoyed immensely my trips to Stockholm and London and various other day trips  and local trips. There weren’t a lot of travel plans for 2017 apart from a week in Germany visiting München and Neuschwanstein Castle. Those plans fell through and Germany is now still just another item on my bucket list. You see, we decided to cancel our travel plans because of my long-awaited pregnancy which finally happened. We couldn’t be more happier! Of course, we’ll need to focus now on the baby. But there are some travel ideas for the next year already on my mind! I want to travel as a family but I also want to travel just as a couple too. And there’ll be more work related travel once our baby turns 1. I didn’t quit blogging or had a break when I found out that I was pregnant. I continued to blog but I published more photo posts and shorter posts. There will definitely be a short blogging pause once I give birth (which could be within a month and a half ) but hopefully after a month or two I’ll have the time/energy to post something. I haven’t turned this blog into a baby/mummy blog and I won’t do that later on. It’ll still be a travel blog but I won’t be writing about any new trips for some time. However, there will be a couple of baby posts too :).

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4 Incredible Wildlife Parks You Should Visit in Sydney

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Without a doubt, Sydney is one of the most traveled destinations in Australia. It is known for its outstanding food and wine, stunning scenery, radiant shorelines, and awesome tourist attractions. All travelers from everywhere love to visit and explore this city because it has a lot to offer. Spending your vacation here is absolutely worth it!

However, Sydney is not simply about its beautiful views and beaches, it is also an animal lover’s sweet haven. This vibrant city offers different wildlife attractions that everybody will surely adore. Guests of any age and from over the globe are astounded by the Australian wildlife.

You can easily check all of them if you take a car hire in Sydney which will give you comfort and convenience when visiting these wildlife attractions. There are also campervan rentals if you prefer camping and exploring national parks. Here, animals roam freely and you can watch them on their natural habitats.

Want to see the animals that can be found in Sydney? Here’s a roundup of the best places to see distinctive animal creatures when in Sydney:

Taronga Zoo
Your Sydney wildlife trip won’t be complete without visiting Taronga Zoo. Animal lovers will surely appreciate this place, for it is said to be the most popular zoo in the city. It is a nonprofit organization that totally supports wildlife conservation. There are also 4,000 animals from more than 350 species present here and some are the world’s most awesome ones. Amazing!

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