ETW #100 Celebrating the Podcast’s 100th Episode!

ETW #100 Celebrating the Podcast’s 100th Episode!

This week we celebrate the 100th episode of the Explore the Travel World podcast with a fun retrospective.

You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher.

hot air balloon napa valley

It’s hard to believe that the podcast is already celebrating 100 episodes! It feels just like yesterday when I sat down to figure out the mechanics of podcasting, not to mention the actual programming. I am so happy to have started it though, it’s been one of the most enjoyable new projects I’ve tackled in a long time. This week I chat all about the podcast, where we’ve been and where we’re going with frequent co-host and good friend Patrick Kozicky.

About Patrick

Patrick Kozicky lives in Minneapolis, MN. He is an Ensemble Member with DalekoArts, a theater company based in Minnesota. He is also co-host and co-producer of Gays Do the D, a Disney podcast with an LGBTQ+ point of view. He loves traveling, reading, dogs and popcorn. Passions include, volunteerism, social justice, and arts education. When he’s not busy saving the world (or at least saving the world from himself) he loves reading up on mysteries or true crime, and staying up late, watching horror movies. (with popcorn of course).

Hit The Road Tours – Great Ocean Road Review

Hit The Road Tours – Great Ocean Road Review

Post Last Modified – June 21, 2021

Great Ocean Road Reverse Premium Group Tour

One of the “Must Do” tours we had previously arranged prior to our recent visit to Melbourne Australia, was the Great Ocean Road Tour. Before leaving our home in Canada, we booked the very popular Great Ocean Road Reverse Group Day Tour with Hit The Road Tours.

A full day driving tour visiting the scenic Twelve Apostles and much more.

A Review Of Our Great Ocean Road Reverse Premium Group Tour

Great Ocean Road Monument

Be prepared, this is a very long full day tour leaving from Melbourne early in the morning.

There’s lots of driving to do on this tour, as you make your way out of the city and towards the Great Ocean Road scenic drive.

Great Ocean Road Sign Post

The Great Ocean Road Tour is known to be one of the most scenic drives in all of Australia. This coastal route is so popular and scenic, that it is listed as a piece of Australian National Heritage.

The most famous along this stunning scenic drive is the famous “Twelve Apostles” limestone rock formations jutting from the sea.

About Hit The Road Tours

Hit The Road Tours Minibus

What I really like when traveling, is to book tours with small independent operators and business owners. We find them so much more personal, informative and have a real passion for what they are doing.

Hit The Tours did not disappoint in this regard, knowing we had made the right choice at the start of our day.

Hit The Road Tours Award

They have excellent TripAdvisor reviews and have won tourism awards for their ongoing efforts in customer service and satisfaction.

What To Expect On The Premium Day Tour

Hit The Road Tours Guide

What we really liked about this special tour is that it goes in reverse, to that of other typical Great Ocean Road Tours you can book. Get the driving done early in the morning straight to the famous 12 Apostles and other scenic vistas.

We then enjoyed a leisurely tour back along the Great Ocean Coastal road, making numerous stops along the way.

For the small extra charge, your Premium tour includes;

✔ Hotel Pick Up / Drop off in Melbourne CBD area;
✔ WiFi on board your minibus;
✔ A more spacious 12 seater minibus (Renault Grand Master).

Our guide/driver for the day (Jack) arrived at our pick up location exactly at the predetermined time listed on our email booking confirmation.

Once we completed picking up our fellow companions for the day, we were on our way.

Twelve Apostles Welcome Sign

As previously mentioned, instead of heading directly to the Great Ocean Road, we hit the highway traveling directly to the famous 12 Apostles. An excellent idea and we did arrive before most everyone else.

Especially beating the large tour buses filled with loads of people!

First Stop – Colac Town

Colac Australia Google Map

Be prepared for a few hours drive, but it’s worth it! There’s a brief rest stop along the way in the small farming town known as Colac. You have time to stretch the legs and get some fresh air. You also have an opportunity to buy a coffee, snacks and more if so desired.

From here, we carried on with Jack driving us directly to the Twelve Apostles.

Hit The Road Tours – Twelve Apostles National Park

Twelve Apostles Australia Coast

Upon arrival and after walking down the pathway to the view points, it was pretty clear why this is a major attraction in the Victoria Region of Australia.

The view was breathtaking!

We live on the west coast of Canada on picturesque Vancouver Island, but this was far different from our coast and scenery.

Twelve Apostles Australia

The limestone rocks and shapes along the coastline were spectacular, as you can see in some of my photos. This is definitely something you want to experience other than in pictures, especially for outdoor and nature enthusiasts.

A site to behold!

Twelve Apostles Boardwalk

Jack gave us plenty of time to explore the vistas here at 12 Apostles Marine National Park.

Twelve Apostles Coastal Vistas

You are never rushed on this tour, giving everyone lots of time to relax and soak in the views of each stop along the way.

This is definitely something you would not experience on a big bus tour!

Loch Ard Gorge

Loch Ard Gorge Map Sign

It was then on to Loch Ard Gorge and beach, just a few minutes down the road for our second stop on this route.

This was another beautiful scenic location, with a small beach.

Loch Ard Gorge Australia

Named after the Clipper Lock Ard, which sailed here and became shipwrecked back in 1878. There were two young survivors that made their way to the shores of this site who were eventually helped by locals, making for quite a story that lives on today!

We had a nice leisurely stop once again, continuing to enjoy the view and the opportunity to take the steps down to the beach.

A great time to just sit back, relax and soak in the fresh air, sunshine and the view!

London Bridge Port Campbell National Park

London Bridge Port Campbell National Park

Hopping back into the van after thoroughly enjoying our previous stop, Jack drove just a short ways down the road once again, to our next scenic location; London Bridge.

Now known as London Arch, this natural rock formation collapsed in 1990 and has become one of the four most popular photo opportunity points in Port Campbell National Park.

Port Campbell Town

Port Campbell National Park Australia

After some amazing viewing along the coast in the National Park, time to grab a bite to eat after a long morning.

We headed into the very picturesque and tiny village of Port Campbell, to one of Jack’s favorite eateries.

Alcove Cafe Port Campbell Australia

Here, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch (fish & chips) in a small local and very tastefully decorated restaurant.

Port Campbell Foreshore Park

After lunch, we had time to stroll the touristy shops along the main street. There’s also time to head down to the town’s main beach area to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air before heading on.

Great Otway National Park Rainforest

Great Ocean Road Rugged Coastline

Leaving Campbell Valley National Park, we traveled into the Great Otway National Park Rainforest.

As we pressed on, Jack knew the exact spots to stop and as luck had it, to catch a glimpse of some Koala Bears in their natural habitat.

Great photo opportunities! 🙂

The Town Of Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Australia

Continuing to make our way down the Great Ocean Road coastline, we made a quick stop at the coastal community of Apollo Bay.

This is a very popular seaside town where many Australians head to for their summer vacations. Apollo Bay is also a favorite among tourists as well!

Apollo Bay Australia Coastal Trail

Even though the rains started falling, it was nice to get out and stretch and take a stroll down the Apollo Bay Coastal Trail. There’s also public facilities available for use, before hopping back into the minibus.

Kenneth River

Colorful Parrot in Australia

Onward to Kenneth River down the road, for another short break and walk. A chance to spot and photograph the beautiful colorful parrots of Australia.

Hit The Road Tours Travel Guide

Seems like our guide Jack, has become quite acquainted with these parrots! 🙂

Kangaroos Anglesea Golf Course

We even got to grab some photos of some Kangaroos or “Roos” hanging out at Anglesea Golf Course!

The Town Of Lorne

Lorne Australia Beachfront

Our last stop of the day before heading back to Melbourne, is another popular and picturesque seaside community known as Lorne.

Lorne is well known as an arts community and a very popular surfing destination as well. It is well known among Australian’s for hosting the Lorne Festival of The Performing Arts and the popular Falls Music and Arts Festival each season.

Australia Parrots

Just another lovely seaside community to discover along the Great Ocean Road in Australia!

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Recommendations

What a long but wonderful day and experience we had with Jack and our fellow travelers. This tour is a must when visiting this part of Australia!

To miss out on a part of Australia’s spectacular coastline with breathtaking vistas and so much more, would be a shame.

I highly recommend you take a day and add this tour to your Victoria travel plans, you won’t be disappointed.

Below, I’ve added the Official Website link where you can access more detailed information on this tour and the others Hit The Road Tours offers. There’s online booking and more for your convenience.

Hit The Road Tours Logo

🚌   Hit The Road Tours

I’ve also listed the Official Victoria Australia Tourist Board’s link below to their website and page for Melbourne, for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information to assist in your travel planning to the “Land Down Under!”

Visit Victoria Logo

🌅   Visit Victoria – Melbourne

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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Although our tour was in collaboration with the Hit The Road Tours, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.

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Hello Singapore Food Tours Detailed Review

Hello Singapore Food Tours Detailed Review

Post Last Modified – June 19, 2021

Our Hello Singapore Group Food Tour

I keep on writing about how we absolutely love taking walking cultural food tours when we travel to new destinations. This time and perhaps our best ever experience, was with Hello Singapore Food Tours.

What an amazing time we had with our local guide, sharing his lovely city with us on a beautiful afternoon in Singapore.

This tour is a great opportunity to learn about the culture, customs and taste some outstanding local delicacies!

A Detailed Look At Our Outstanding Food Tour

Singapore Arab Street

I did have the pleasure of joining Hello Hong Kong Food Tours a couple of seasons ago when traveling to Hong Kong, and it was outstanding.

As soon as we had our travel plans set and knew we would be visiting Singapore, I contacted them right away to arrange another tour with them.

We chose Hello Singapore’s 5 ½ hour Group Food Tour, one of many tours they offer visitors to Singapore. Yes I said it right, this tour lasted a full 5 ½ hours! This select tour had us traveling to different districts of the city by public transit, sampling from 10 eateries along the way.

So if you’re thinking of taking this tour, then you better arrive hungry! 🙂

Be prepared to sample and enjoy delicious high quality food in select popular local eateries, and learn about Singapore’s food culture along the way.

About Hello Singapore Tours

hello singapore brand logo

I really like this style of small business that employs local residents only, creating employment and offering first hand knowledge of the city these tours are offered in.

“We are a small team of Singapore local residents working as professional tour guides with a huge passion for sharing our in-depth knowledge about Singapore and its culture, customs and history.”

Hello Singapore Tours

This small business specializes in both private and small group tours of Singapore. All tours combine some of Singapore’s most popular sites, hidden gems and its back streets.

Their walking tours will give you an opportunity to mix with the locals, learn about their culture and visit different parts of the city using its public transit, just like locals do everyday.

At the same time, the tour gives you an opportunity to learn about Singapore’s culture, customs, history and the local way of life. What an outstanding way to really experience a new destination, especially when traveling abroad.

Eateries We Visited On Our Food Tour

Gr8 Travel Tips Author

I’ll do my best to recall what we sampled on our tour but remember, we stopped at numerous locations on this wonderful food tour.

Mango Tree

First, we met our excellent guide (Gee Soo) at a predetermined location and time, as indicated in our tour email confirmation that we previously received after booking.

Hello Singapore Tours Guide

Our tour guide (Gee Soo) was superb, and a pleasure to spend our afternoon with. What a fun and knowledgeable individual we were so lucky to have had this day!

Soon Soon Huat

Soon Soon Huat Restaurant

Our first stop was just down the block from our meeting place to a pleasant small eatery specializing in local Curry Puff and Kaya Toast. The curry puff was delicious with a delicate and tasty pastry.

Along with another local favorite; kaya toast together with coffee or tea, it made for a great start to our tour. It also gave us a chance to sit and get acquainted with one another.

Rumah Kim Choo

Joo Chiat neighbourhood

It was time to move on and make our way down the street, walking down one of the cities most historic areas known as Choo Chiat. The Joo Chiat neighborhood is known for being one of the first heritage towns in Singapore.

Today, Joo Chiat is a mix of old and new, with historic heritage buildings, homes, colorful combined residential shops, restaurants and more.

Rumah Kim Choo

Rumah Kim Choo is a Peranakan boutique shop and museum gallery all in one. An absolutely beautiful place, where we sampled traditional Nonya Bak Chang (rice dumpling) & Nonya Kuih (the little cakes).

This part of Singapore and this beautiful shop/museum is definitely not to be missed when visiting the city.

Kim Choo Kueh Chang

You can purchase items from the retail outlet on the ground floor, take them upstairs and enjoy your meal in the museum’s dining room.

What a perfect historic setting to enjoy these freshly prepared delicacies!

Rumah Kim Choo Museum

Katong Laksa

Katong Laksa Restaurant

On we go down the street with our entertaining tour guide to our next local favorite eatery. It was time to taste some Katong Laksa soup!

This local eatery has been around since 1950, with Gee Soo telling us they make some of the best of this type of soup in the city.

Katong Laksa Soup

This local dish is a slightly spicy soup stock, flavored with coconut milk and dried shrimp. Main ingredients may include; cockles, prawns, fishcake. noodles and more.

This soup will definitely activate your taste buds and the more you try, the more you’ll begin to like and acquire a taste for it!

No problem finishing my bowl! 🙂

Old Airport Road Food Centre

Singapore Transit Bus

Time to hop on our first transit bus and make our way to the Old Airport Road Food Centre, one of the busiest hawker food stalls in the city.

These hawker stalls are very popular inexpensive eateries found throughout the city, and where locals go for their meals each day.

Singapore Hawker Stalls

Gee Soo had us sample Fried Carrot Cake (radish cake omelette), Sugar Cane Juice (with Lemon) and Kuih Pie Tee (the crispy cups with veggie inside).

Some more outstanding samples of what locals eat on a regular basis, and that you would be hard pressed to find and know about when visiting your traditional tourist establishments.

Excellent choices for us to try once again! 🙂

Hello Singapore Food Tours – Kampong Glam District

Kampong Glam Singapore

Hopping onto another bus, we then traveled to Kampong Glam. This is Singapore’s Muslim Quarter. A very popular and now very touristy Arab section of the city.

Its historic buildings are now filled with specialty Arabian shops, restaurants and more.

As well, the beautiful golden domed Sultan Mosque and the Malay Heritage Centre are located in this district.

Malay Heritage Centre

There’s clothing boutiques, street art, cafe’s and more that line busy Haji Lane, which is part of Singapore Tourism Board’s Heritage Trail.

Kampong Glam Singapore Shop

Minang Indonesion Restaurant

Minang Indonesion Restaurant

Time to head into another well established local gem eating establishment in this part of the city named Minang. This local favorite has been in business since 1954, and specialize in Indonesian Minangbakabau cuisine.

Gee Soo ordered Beef Rendang, Fried Kang-kong (Morning Glory / Water Spinach) and Sambal Goreng (fragmented tofu with beans).

Indonesian Minangbakabau cuisine

Excellent choices and just another sample of some outstanding local cuisine offered in the city, by the cities most diverse and varied ethnic groups to be found in Singapore.

Kampong Glam Wall Art

It was great to see this part of the city, walk down it’s street and picturesque artistic lanes. It definitely has become a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.

Excellent shopping, restaurants and more!

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant

Singapore Zam Zam Restaurant

Off to North Bridge Road in the city. Another local and tourist hub filled with restaurants, bars and more shops.

This is a fun and uniquely decorated side street that surely we would have missed if not for taking this tour.

Singapore-Tourist-Attractions

We made our way to a small hidden eatery to try Murtabak. This is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread which was commonly found in the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia.

Gee Soo had us sample their Chicken Murtabak along with a tasty dipping sauce and sliced sweet cucumbers alongside.

Chicken Murtabak

Gee Soo’s food choices for us to sample could not have been better. At this point of the tour, to say we were getting stuffed was an understatement.

You will get plenty to eat on this tour! 🙂

Time to walk off a few calories and make our way to Little India. Before heading to our last eatery in this district, Gee Soo took us on a stroll into the colorful Indian garment shopping plaza.

India Garment Plaza Singapore

An amazing array of colors found on the beautiful garments worn by the people of India.

India Garment Shopping Plaza Singapore

Kamala Restaurant

Kamala Restaurant Singapore

Our final stop of the day was naturally, to a local Indian restaurant. Here, we sampled Paper Dosai. A Dosa is a cooked flat very thin layered rice batter, then rolled and served with masala.

This is a very popular South Indian dish eaten at any time of the day.

Paper Dosai

I must say, we could barely scratch the service of our very large Dosa at the end of this incredible food tour. A simple cup of tea or similar would have been plenty to finish off this outstanding food tour experience!

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Recommendations

If you are traveling to the city and want to experience some local dishes, learn about the culture and people of Singapore and see some wonderful sites of the city, then this half day group food tour is a “Must Do” experience you will not soon forget! 🙂

We had a wonderful time with our guide Gee Soo and fellow traveler on this tour. Be sure to check out my post and review on my 🍲 Hello Hong Kong Food Tour.

This was another outstanding food tour experience during my short visit to Hong Kong a few seasons ago!

Below, I have listed Hello Singapore Tours official website for your convenience, where you can access much more detailed information on their tours offered. You can also check availability and make online reservations as well.

Hello Singapore Logo

🍲   Hello Singapore Tours

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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Princess Cruise Planning Tips Guide Book

Princess Cruise Planning Tips Guide Book

Post Last Modified – June 15, 2021

The Princess Cruise Planning Tips -Answer Book

If you are thinking about or starting to plan a cruise vacation, then be sure to check out this excellent Princess Cruise Planning Tips Booklet. If you’ve already booked or thinking of booking a cruise with Princess and have a number of questions regarding your cruise, then definitely check out this free downloadable booklet first.

One of the premier cruise lines in the industry known as 🛳 Princess Cruise Lines, has put together a very helpful downloadable Answer Book, which answers pretty much every question most commonly asked .

This brochure is especially helpful for those that are new to cruising!

I thought this was definitely something of value, very helpful and worth sharing here with you. First, have a look at this short but very informative video illustrating some helpful cruise travel tips from a travel expert.

A few things you should know before you take any cruise holiday.

Cruise Travel Tips – YouTube Video

Some very handy tips from a leading travel expert. 🙂

Princess Cruise Planning Tips Guide Book

Download Your Cruise Planning Tips Answer Book

Princess Cruise Planning Tips Booklet

For your convenience, I have added a direct link below for you to download and save this booklet to your computer. It’s their latest addition and well worth checking out.

Just click on the link below and it will open a (pdf file) for you to view or download if you choose.

Princess Cruise Answer Book

You can open it now or download and save it to your computer and then browse through it at your leisure. I think this is a wonderful guide which will answer most all of your questions that may come to mind.

A great resource for planning your dream cruise vacation!

The guide book is filled with helpful tips and advice for both pre-cruise and post-cruise.

For example, you will learn how about;

✔  Necessary travel documents needed for your holiday;

✔  Pre-cruise preparation;

✔  Clothing suggestions for your chosen destination;

✔  Travel and Transportation assistance;

✔  What to expect while on board ship;

✔  Dining options;

✔  Information for using Mobile devices.

and so much more.

Princess Cruise Lines makes your cruise planning simple, stress free and most of all … enjoyable!

A Great Cruise Planning Tips Collection

Princess Ship Leaving Victoria BC

Princess Cruise Ship

There are many helpful guides and websites located on the internet to assist in holiday planning.  Be sure to check out the other great cruise lines official websites as well.

They all offer excellent brochures and tools to assist in your search for that perfect cruise vacation!

I would certainly recommend Princess Cruise Lines along with the other major cruise lines in the industry. They all have fabulous cruise deals and booking incentives that are second to none!

Once you and your family have experienced the joy of cruising, I am sure like most, you will be hooked for life!

Princess Offers Great Cruises On Great Ships

Regal Princess – Victoria BC

Regal Princess Cruise Ship

I was back in 🍁 Victoria British Columbia – Canada recently, the city where I grew up in. I was lucky enough to be down at the Cruise Ship Pier when Princess Cruise Lines newest ship was in port – the Regal Princess.

A beautiful new state of the art ship that takes your breath away!

Here are a few testimonials that I’ve gathered from a few satisfied past Princess passengers who recently enjoyed an Alaska Cruise with Princess;

➡ “(Nearly Diamond) Princess to Alaska.”

➡ “Great Alaska cruise of the inner passage.”

➡ “Overall, for the purpose, this was a wonderful experience. The smaller Island Princess is a perfect ship for this cruise.”

➡ “Alaska is simply amazing .I was pleasantly surprised by Princess.”

➡ “The ship itself was wonderful. The attention to detail was incredible. Your stateroom is cleaned twice a day; room service delivered exactly at the time requested; and the dining room was wonderful!”

Cruise Planning Tips For That Perfect Cruise Vacation

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Taking a cruise vacation is fun and exciting and planning your cruise can be equally as exciting! 🙂  Planning your holiday is something that the whole family should take part in as well.

It really does add to the overall excitement and anticipation of the upcoming family holiday!

I have listed below a few of the more popular and reputable websites of major online cruise travel agencies to assist you in your search for that perfect cruise.  These websites give you ideas, itineraries, special offers and are also very reputable online booking sites.

These companies also offer very competitive pricing to be found most anywhere.

Cruise Direct

Cruises.com

Cruiseshipcenters

Princess Cruise Line, the right choice for ⚓ Finding All Inclusive Cruise Deals and stress free, worry free cruise planning!

Below, I’ve listed Princess Cruise Lines Official link to their website and Brochure Page. Here, you can download all their latest cruise brochures at your leisure!

Princess Cruises Dream Destinations

📰   Princess Cruise Lines – Cruise Brochures

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ETW #99 Luxury Road Trip Through the American Southwest

ETW #99 Luxury Road Trip Through the American Southwest

This week on the podcast we’re talking all about the amazing road trip I took through Arizona and New Mexico, hitting some incredible natural wonders and stunning luxury experiences along the way.

You can listen to the podcast here on this page or on any of these services: iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher.

Three years ago I drove the entirety of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Even today I still consider it the best trip I’ve ever undertaken, and I find myself actually missing the experience. Perhaps that’s what fueled my desire to return to the American Southwest, at least in part. The real reason why I decided to go on the road trip we’re talking all about on this episode is that it was on that drive across country when I was first introduced to this remarkable part of the country and almost instantly I fell in love. Sadly on Route 66 I didn’t have the luxury of dawdling, so that was why I planned this first “real” trip since COVID. On the podcast we’re talking with a few people about the experiences I enjoyed and places I explored so please enjoy as we explore the high desert, incredible canyons and vibrant communities on this week’s episode.

This Week’s Guests

Jim Root

Jim is a passionate and often-quoted voice for Spa and Wellbeing as a personal lifestyle, a multi-billion-dollar international industry and a community of possibilities.

As the Enchantment Group Director of Wellbeing and General Manager of Mii amo, he stewards the concept and focus for the companies various spa offerings including The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia and in the Bahamas at The Cove Eleuthera as well as daily leadership of the company’s flag-ship and award winning Mii amo Destination Spa in Sedona, Arizona.

Mii amo has been consistently acknowledged for operational excellence and co-creating transformative experiences for guests since opening in 2001. Under Jim’s leadership, Mii amo has returned to the top of many “Best List’s” and Acknowledgments.

Jim is invested in Spa and Wellbeing as more than just a business or industry but as an integrated community of possibility and a personal lifestyle.

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Sam Langner

Sam Langner is the VIP Sales & Community Relations Manager for Grand Canyon Railway and has lived in Northern Arizona for over four years (three of which he spent at Grand Canyon National Park as property Graphic Designer). He currently serves as spokesperson for Xanterra Travel Collection’s Arizona-based properties (including Grand Canyon Railway, Grand Canyon South Rim, and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan). Sam additionally oversees Grand Canyon Railway’s exclusive Rail Baron Charter program.

Ed Pulsifer

Edward Pulsifer is the Director of Sales for La Fonda on the Plaza. A native New Mexican, Ed was born and raised in Albuquerque and has over thirty-five years of hospitality experience entirely in New Mexico.

Family Holidays To Thailand Budget Travel Tips

Family Holidays To Thailand Budget Travel Tips

Post Last Modified – June 11, 2021

Discover Amazing Family Holidays To Thailand

Yes you can travel to and enjoy affordable family holidays to Thailand! With some careful planning we did just that and it was amazing!  Thailand is a unforgettable travel experience like no other to be found elsewhere in the world.

The people of Thailand are among the friendliest I have ever come across in all my years of travel!

The country has so much to offer and there are so many places and things to see. You can access pretty much every part of the country quickly and easily.   Choose your mode of transportation and arrive at your destinations either by plane, train, ferry or bus.

If you prefer luxurious 5 star resorts, modest bungalows or simply backpacking your way around in search of adventure, this beautiful country known as Thailand has it all! 😐

First, check out the short video below offering a preview of Thailand.

Thailand Tourism YouTube Promotion Video

Visiting The Beautiful Country Of Thailand

Get To Know Thailand

Affordable Family Holidays to Thailand

Located in Southeast Asia in the center of the Indochina Peninsula, Siam is the former name of the Kingdom of Thailand.  The current population is just over 66 million people spread out over an immense area.

Cheap Thailand Family Holidays

A Few Facts

Thailand – Explore The History & Culture

Thailand Vacations

Bangkok

This is the capital city of Thailand, where over 12 million people reside. Bangkok is an amazing City with new and old infrastructure mixed together.  This is definitely one of the great places in Thailand that simply must be experienced!

Thai

Is the official spoken language in the country, but not to worry, the English language is very common, especially among the younger Thai people.  The English language is taught in most schools.

Currency

The form of currency used most everywhere in Thailand is the Baht (THB)

Buddhism

This is the dominate religion where you will find many Monks and Temples scattered everywhere in your travels. The Thai people form one of the largest groups of Buddhism in the world.

Thai culture

The Thai culture is filled with history and includes an assorted mixture of Indian, Burmese, Lao, Chinese and Cambodian.

Thai Sports

Sports fans flock to Thailand to watch and partake in Muay Thai or Thai Boxing.  This is the country’s National Sport and can be watched in many parts of Thailand.  A Thai Boxing match is one of the unique things to see in Thailand! 😀

Driving

Driving in the country is done on the left, so for North Americans … Be careful!

Facts

Thailand is the 51st largest country area wise and 21st largest in population in the world. This huge country would easily fit into the State of Texas.

Above, I’ve listed just a few helpful Thailand facts. I’ve also added a link to Wikipedia’s website page on Thailand for your convenience to check out. It offers a more detailed look at its history, geography, government and much more.

Wikipedia -Thailand

Also, simply Google – Thailand Travel on the internet and you will come up with many interesting and informative websites and blogs to browse through.

Wonderful Places To Visit In Thailand

Beautiful Attractions in Thailand

Thailand Attractions

According to Thai statistics gathered, I have listed their Top 5 Thailand Holiday Travel Destinations below.

But as you begin your search for your favorite location, you will soon discover there are many more wonderful and exciting places to visit in this beautiful country!

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Bangkok …

The capital of Thailand and the largest urban area in the country.

Phuket

A very popular beach destination for tourists from all over the world.  Phuket is located on the south west coast of the country.

Phuket is actually an island that can be reached very easily by vehicle, plane or ferry.

Hua Hin

This is one other very famous beach resort, which is located to the south of Bangkok, situated in the Malay Peninsula.

Chiang Mai

A large and vibrant city is located north of Bangkok and receives over 5 million visitors every year. Chiang Mai is intriguing, savoring its true Thai culture. Perfect for those in search of a more authentic Thai experience.

Samui

Thailand’s third largest island situated in the Gulf of Thailand.  A beautiful tropical beach resort island making Samui a major tourist attraction.  It is especially ideal for those traveling with families.

This island is growing in popularity rapidly and fast ferries come and go at this location to outer islands and the mainland.

You can learn much more about each of these destinations in Thailand by visiting their official tourism website below.

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Prepare A Travel List For Your Thailand Family Holidays

Beautiful Destinations in Thailand

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Choosing where to go for your vacation in Thailand can be a bit overpowering at times, because of the size of the country and number interesting places to visit.

So just how do you choose where to visit? 😯

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What are family has done for many years is to prepare what we call a 📖 Creating A Travel Packing List. A fun way to get each family members insight on what they would like to see and do and where to go on our chosen holiday destination.

It pretty much works the same way as a travel packing list, as not to forget anything when packing your bags for holidays.

Here is a short point form list of questions and answers we try to follow for each vacation.  Let’s use Thailand as an example;

✔ What would you like to do on your Thailand Family Vacation?
✔ Does the destination choice fall within your budget?
✔ Is it safe to travel to Thailand?
✔ Are there specific tours in mind?  For example … Elephant and Tiger tours.
✔ How much traveling around the country do we want to do?

Just a few tips and suggestions on how our family decides on a where to go and stay on holidays.  I strongly suggest also visiting your local travel agency or visit online tourism websites for your particular chosen destination.

Speak with others and/or visit online forums for reviews to get an idea of what to expect.

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I always check out the Trip Advisor website for great tips and suggestions. From dining, accommodation, tours to transportation, find  pretty much everything discussed for travel most anywhere in the world.

Join Us On Our Adventures to Thailand

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We enjoyed a wonderful 25 night adventure visiting Thailand for the first time a few years ago.

After completing our travel list, checking reviews, websites and discussing with others that have previously visited Thailand, we came up with a lovely tropical island destination located in the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Samui Holidays

The island is called Koh Samui, the third largest island in the country.

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Our first stop for a few days was Bangkok visiting this amazing metropolis with some exciting adventures included as well.

With careful planning, we were able to successfully put together an affordable vacation package that fit nicely into our vacation budget.

I’ve added a quick website link to TripAdvisor’s page on Thailand to check out.

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A travel list has always worked well for our family over the years and we have always come up with combined ideas and choices that make everyone happy most of the time. Give or take a few grunts and groans from a few family members each year! 😀

The Beautiful Beaches of Koh Samui

Koh Samui Thailand

The island is called Koh Samui, the third largest island in the country.  We will also be stopping in Bangkok visiting this incredible city taking in some interesting tours and adventures while there.

Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂

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“There Are Over One Thousand Islands Throughout Thailand.”

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