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Dubai Sightseeing During Flight Layover

What to See in Dubai in 4 Hours?

Dubai is an interesting amalgamation of deep-rooted traditions and aspiring modern vision wrapped into distinctly reminiscent desert magnificence. I and Richie – my craziest travel buddy – were planning for our Eurotrip to the Netherlands and Spain, when it clicked our mind to make a 8-h stopover in Dubai so that we can get around the city briefly. If you consider the time for clearing the immigration and departing from and arriving at the airport on time for the next flight, you would be left with only 4 hours to explore the city, and we made good use of that time. This was our first-time experience in a Middle-East country and it was splendid.

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Weekend Getaway in the Rajbari Bawali, India

Day 1 – Classic Accommodation in the Rajbari

Spending a weekend in the Rajbari Bawali where once the Zamindars of Bengal, India led lives of wealth and privilege sounds interesting. The Zamindars, also called as Nawabs or Thakurs, were elite people who lived in finest luxury. Their lives were an unique fusion of battles, conspiracy, art, love, music, literature, dance, and also business. The Rajbari, meaning a mansion or palace, at Bawali, near Kolkata – the former capital of India. It dates back to more than 250 years ago, which ruined after India’s independence in 1947. But lately, this almost dilapidated mansion has been restored to a heritage hotel and now open to guests. I and Richie had a wonderful time spent over the weekend in the lap of history, in a world away in time.

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Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days – Itinerary and Expenses

Itinerary of Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days

Cities Covered in 7 Days

  • Koh Nang Yuan
  • Koh Pha Ngan
  • Chiang Mai
  • Bangkok

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24 Hours in Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in Days – Day 6

Every few months, I end up spending a full day in Bangkok en route to some other destination. Richie had his flight on Sunday, so we thought of spending a night in Bangkok on Saturday and get our city fix. Though you can cover distant places in Bangkok and visit the must-sees, but we decided to stick to Sukhumvit only –  a popular district in Bangkok filled with hotels, restaurants, malls, nightclubs, and also the naughty Soi Cowboy and Nana Entertainment Plaza.

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Songkran Celebration in Chiang Mai

Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days – Day 4

Songkran is the festival of Thai New Year celebrated from April 13-15. The word “Songkran” means transformation, which marks the change in weather – the arrival of spring. It marks the new year for many other South and South-East Asian countries, for example, many parts of India, also Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Burma, and Laos. In Thailand, Songkran is celebrated with splashing water and putting dry powder on others all across the country, but the maximum fun takes place in Chiang Mai – so we are here!

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Lunatic Full Moon Party in Koh Pha Ngan

Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days – Day 2

Koh Pha Ngan is known as party island. Its infamous full moon parties have made this island very popular, but you must know that you can still attend a beach party there even when it is not a full moon, because there may be a half-moon party going on or a no-moon party or just any party for any excuse! But madness of a full moon party is incomparable, which is why I and Richie are here.

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Overnight Stay in Koh Nang Yuan

Surviving the Ultimate Full Moon Party and Songkran in 7 Days – Day 1

I and Richie plan to hit the craziest party of all in South-East Asia. Have you heard of the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan? Also, we want to experience the crazy water festival during Songkran at Chiang Mai. Before these, we want to spend a buffer day at Koh Nang Yuan, one of my favorite islands of Thailand. I always recommend everyone to pay a visit to this beautiful island of Gulf of Thailand. You can also visit it as a day-trip from Koh Tao. Koh Tao is a nearby island only 15-20 min away from Koh Nang Yuan. It can be reached by longtail boat or ferry. Koh Nang Yuan looks like three scoops of tiny lands joined by white sand bars – it is a paradise for kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba-diving.

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Koh Kood and Khao San Road in 3 Days

Day 1 – Relax in One of the Best Resorts of Koh Kood

Trat is the easternmost province of Thailand, which borders Cambodia and is located around 400 km away from Bangkok. It consists of around 50 mostly uninhabited islands in the Mu Ko Chang National Park, among which, the most popular ones are Koh Chang and Koh Kood. Koh Chang is famous for its white sandy beaches, and its vicinity to great places for snorkeling, diving, and jungle hiking; while, Koh Kood, also known as Ko Kut, is all about relaxing in resorts with private beaches – a great place for family vacation, but note that there is no nightlife. I took my parents and my bestie Sayantika, who also joined us from India, to Koh Kood.

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A Weekend in Pattaya

Day 1 – Different Colors of Pattaya

I have been living in Thailand for almost 2 years now, but have always disliked the idea of visiting Pattaya, mostly because of the overhyped rant of sex tourism and not-so-beautiful beaches. But in real, Pattaya has a lot to offer to singles, couples, friends, and families too. As my parents were flying in from India this weekend, I decided to take them to Pattaya.

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Khao Sok National Park, Koh Lipe, and Bangkok in 9 Days – Itinerary and Expenses

Itinerary of Khao Sok National Park, Koh Lipe, and Bangkok in 9 Days

Cities Covered in 9 Days

  • Bangkok
  • Khao Sok National Park
  • Koh Lipe

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