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Shop till You Drop! Five Popular Markets in Penang, Malaysia

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Also known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Penang is a beautiful island state off the northwest coast of Malaysia. Featuring a wide coastline and beautiful landscape, the city is a world renowned holiday destination. While most people visit Malaysia for its beaches and nightlife, few others like to enjoy and explore the colourful markets and bazaars in Penang. Take a look at some of them.

Little Penang Street Market

Open only on the last Sunday of every month, Little Penang Street Market is a famous flea market in Penang. Often referred to as a shopper’s paradise, the market is flooded with goods and antique items from the country and beyond. Homemade jewellery, dolls, pottery and painted tiles are among the popular items available here. Art works of prominent visual artists are also put to display at some of the shops. Interestingly, there are music and dance performances throughout the day. Food lovers can enjoy a sumptuous range of authentic cuisines and delicacies at the nearby restaurants and bars. Furthermore, there are designated spots here for hourly book reading and interactions.

Lorong Kulit Flea Market

Lorong Kulit Flea Market was established in 1992 and offers a wide range of electronic goods and items at terrific prices. Along with electronics, you can buy watches, shoes, used goods, antique items and other knick-knacks. On weekends the market is usually flooded with tourists and locals, so you may want to avoid the place if you are not too fond of big crowds. Most of the items sold here are available in limited quantities, so it makes sense to reach early and grab the best deal.

Pasar Chowrasta

Pasar Chowrasta is a well stocked marketplace in Penang and one of the best places to buy groceries, fish, meat etc. Besides groceries, the market is stacked with Indian spices, Chinese goods and other products like dry fruits, and cheap clothing and fashion accessories. There are several bookstores as well as old shops selling paintings and furniture. Interestingly, several shops and stalls here are over 100 years old.

Macallum Street Night Market

Operating every Monday from 7 am to 11 pm, Macallum Street Night Market is a remarkable night market in Penang. Having earned the reputation of offering some of the cheapest products and goods in the region, the market sells clothes, fashion accessories, homeware, decoratives, bamboo table mats and several other items of daily use. A few stalls and shops even offer electronic items at dirt cheap prices.

Batu Ferringhi Night Market

With an extensive range of items and goods on sale, Batu Ferringhi Night Market is one of the finest road markets in Penang. There are a total of over 100 stalls selling a range of classic and beautiful handicrafts and antique goods. Home ware and decorative items like lacquer plates, embroidered pillow cases and bejewelled accessories are sold here. The market is open from dawn to dusk.

It’s Time for Urbanscapes 2017 in Kuala Lumpur

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It’s time to welcome the 2017 edition of Urbanscapes. The largest Live Music and Creative Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the annual festival will kick off on the 5th of May and continue till 21st May. Promising many days of power-packed fun and entertainment, the festival has a lot in store for its visitors. Take a look.

Introduction

Originally started in 2002 with an aim to bring together Malaysia’s heterogeneous communities in the field of music, dance, arts, design and other creative disciplines, Urbanscapes is one of the longest running arts festivals in Malaysia. It is known for hosting talent from different genres and disciplines from across the world. Offering the best of both the worlds, the festival hosts amazing local talent as well as internationally acclaimed artists. Numerous workshops and exhibitions catering to different age groups are held at the festival including terrarium, tote bag painting, calligraphy, and photography.

Location

Head to the heart of Kuala Lumpur and catch all the action live! The events will take place all over the city. Chinatown, Urbanscapes House, KL Live, The Row, and The Bee Publika are among the venues hosting the festival. The festival is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful cityscape with a flavour of creativity.

Featuring Artists

The 2017 edition of the festival is all set to host a series of live performances, theatre shows, comedy periodicals and art exhibitions. Opening the show is the popular artist Hoax Vision along with the band members. Other artists performing this year at Urbanscapes include Paras Bunyi, Filamen, Cigarettes After Sex, Stars and Rabbits, The Venopian Solitude, Ulrich Schnauss, Clean Bandit, Mylets and Yellow Fang. The famous rock band Mew will also be seen performing at the festival.

Events Line-up

The entertainment segment of the festival is packed with popular events like Levi’s® presents: 501® rock & rivets, #Uncagemusic block party, and live performances by some of the famous artists from different genres. Don’t miss the AHM Remix party presented by Pestle and Mortar Clothing and Urbanscapes. Be a guest to Creative Morning’s 1st birthday celebrations at the Urbanscapes House on the 20th May. Other festival highlights include the Komic Kon Road Tour, Art for Grabs, Chinatown Chowdown and Musika Vinyl Market. The #THISISKUALALUMPUR photo exhibition is another must visit at the festival.

A Look at Some of the Popular Beaches in Langkawi, Malaysia

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Officially known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’, Langkawi is a famous Malaysian archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Comprising of around 104 islands off the Malaysian coast, the city is home to some of the most beautiful beaches, sandy bays and attractive corals. And these are the beaches that are among the best in the region.

Datai Bay

Also known as ‘Pantai Teluk Datai’, Datai Bay is a popular crescent shaped beach in Langkawi. Located in the north western end of the island, the beach is home to beautiful white sand, crystal clear ocean water and attractive corals. For the site is a quiet and a secluded one, the tourists can enjoy a calm and peaceful holiday away from the city. The shallow waters and low ocean currents create favourable conditions for the tourists to enjoy swimming, surfing or even snorkelling. The nearby forested foothill is an apt spot to explore the island’s rich flora and fauna.

Tanjung Rhu

Located to the north, Tanjung Rhu is another famous public beach in Langkawi.  Featuring clear white sand and picturesque vistas, the beach is perfect for a quick getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life. Swimming is one of the most popular activities here.  The area around the beach is covered with beautifully casuarinas trees, making for an impressive view.

Pantai Kok

Located along the western coast, Pantai Kok is a secluded public beach in Langkawi. Known for its beautiful white sand and aqua blue ocean water, the beach is a must visit for the ones seeking an idyllic beachside holiday. Although, the beach lies on the outskirts of the island, it is well connected to the mainland through local transport and regular boat services. The shallow water around the area creates conditions favourable for water activities like swimming.

Burau Bay

One of Langkawi’s hidden treasures, Burau Bay is located on the western end of the island. Known for its beautiful white sand and crystal clear blue water, the beach is ideal for those hunting for a quiet beachside holiday away from the hustle bustle of the city. Several migratory birds can also be seen wandering in the surrounding areas.

Black Sand Beach

Known as ‘Pantai Pasir Hitam’, Black Sand Beach is another popular beach in Langkawi. Located on the northern shoreline, the beach is famous for its black coloured sand and aqua blue waters. There are several interesting myths related to the colour of the sand. You will have to visit the place to learn about them!

Pantai Cenang

Located on the western shoreline, Pantai Cenang is one of Malaysia’s prettiest beaches. Featuring velvety white sand and crystal clear waters and attractive corals, the popular beach is a must visit in Langkawi. Coconut and palm trees surround the area. The water here is perfect to enjoy water sports such as swimming, surfing, snorkelling and underwater diving.

Songkran Festival in Thailand – All You Want To Know!

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It’s time for Songkran, time for you to take out those water guns, fill in those water balloons and buckets with icy cold water and start hunting for your targets!

Songkran is one of the most fun annual festivals celebrated in Thailand. The popular 3-day festival, Songkran is all set to begin on 13th April. For those of you willing to know more about it, here is a quick guide.

About the Festival

Also known as ‘Thai New Year’, Songkran is an exciting festival celebrated in several parts of Asia. Annually celebrated in mid-April, the traditional 3-day fest marks the beginning of the solar year and the start of the summer season.

Popular Festive Traditions

Traditions and practices of Songkran have come a long way. As an ancient cultural festival, Songkran is celebrated differently in different parts of Asia including Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.  Popular traditions attached to the festival include visiting the local temples and monasteries, offering prayers, and honouring the elderly members in the family. Pouring scented water mixed with other ingredients on the statues of the Buddha is another ritual of the festival.

Water as a festive symbol

Most festival rituals and ceremonies are centred on water. Traditionally, a small bowl of water was poured on the elder members of the society in order to wash away bad luck. With time the bowl took the form of bucket filled with icy cold water to be splashed on people! The symbolism of water washing away the bad luck remains the same.

The White pasty powdery substance

The oldest Songkran tradition includes applying a white powdery substance. Mostly applied to the elder members of the family on the face, neck and torso, the paste is a sign of protecting the family from the evil. It is often believed that the substance has to stay on the face until it washes off on its own!

Songkran in Thailand

If you happen to be in Thailand during the water festival, get ready to have a time of your life! The central region is packed with beautifully dressed people offering prayers at the temples or offering gifts to the monks. People in the northern region celebrate the festival differently. In order to repel back luck, crackers are burnt and gunshots are fired. The eastern region of Thailand enjoys most with the water.

Songkran in Bangkok

As far as the festivities and celebrations are concerned, the capital city of Bangkok has lots on offer for all. The entire 5 km stretch of Patpong is packed with Thais carrying anything and everything to spray water! Be well prepared before entering the street. Those of you who prefer a traditional Songkran, the Phra Pradaeng District is the perfect place to be. There will be no water fights here, but you can enjoy a wide range of cultural activities including ‘saba game’, Thai-Ramn Flag, boat races, traditional music and dance.

Songkran in Pattaya

Popular streets such as the Beach Road are packed with hundreds and thousands of people splashing water on each other. Live music and dancing is an integral part of the celebrations. If you happen to spot monks walking on the streets, remember to offer them something and take their blessings.

Songkran in Phuket

Water fights in Phuket start early and go till late. With streets filled with people, all splashing water on each other, it can be an enjoyable time for the tourists in the city. One can even spot children spraying water on each other with their water guns!

Popular Religious Sites In and Around Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. A former Chinese tin-mining village, KL, as it is popularly known, is now home to a diverse population of people belonging to different ethnicities including Malays, Chinese and Indians. Usually referred to as ‘a melting pot of cultures and traditions’, the city is home to some of the country’s well known religious sites. Read on to know more.

Thean Hou Temple

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Located in Lorong Bellamy, Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and the largest temples in Kuala Lumpur. Officially opened in 1989, the 6-tiered temple is dedicated to Guan Yin, the Chinese goddess of Mercy. Featuring elements of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism, the popular temple is an ideal combination of modern architecture and traditional design. The prayer hall of the temple houses 3 different sculptures of the deity in various forms. Every year thousands of tourists visit the holy shrine to offer prayers to the goddess and seek her blessings.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Located a few miles from Petaling Street, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is the oldest Taoist structure in Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1864 by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, the temple is dedicated to the deities of Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. Today the temple functions as a popular Chinese Cultural Centre in the city with thousands of devotees flocking around during the Chinese New Year. The two hanging carved panels, and several beautiful paintings and sculptures are among the popular attractions at the temple. Interestingly, most tourists visit the shrine for the famous ‘fortune telling sticks’ offered at the main entrance.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Located in Jalan Petaling, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Built between 1897 and 1906, the elaborate structure is known for featuring some of the most beautiful paintings and decorations dating back to the Buddhist Era. The interiors of the temple are packed with gold-painted lions, and dragons and other mythical creatures. The specially crafted terracotta frieze is one unique attraction of the temple.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Situated on the edge of the Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Founded in 1873, the popular structure was built in the style of South Indian temple with the ornate ‘Raja Gopuram’ tower. The dramatic 75 ft tall temple is known for featuring a total of 228 idols on the gopuram along with the main prayer hall and a silver chariot. Every year on the occasion of Deepavali, the temple is packed with devotees offering prayers to the lord and seeking his blessings.

Sri Kandaswamy Kovil, Brickfields

Sri Kandaswamy Kovil is one of the most prominent Ceylonese temples in Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1902, the popular structure is dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Muruga. The beautifully crafted royal entrance (gopuram) is often referred to by the deities as the distinction between material and spiritual world. Photography and videography is strictly prohibited here.

Masjid Negara

Originally known as ‘National Museum’, Masjid Negara is a prominent religious site in Kuala Lumpur. Built between 1963 and 1965, the mosque is a symbol of Malaysia’s unity and multi-cultural harmony. Featuring a 73 meter high minaret and a 16 point concrete dome, the popular structure was constructed over a period of 3 years taking inspirations from popular mosques in India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and the UAE.  The Grand Hall, with verses of Quran engraved, is undoubtedly the most beautiful part of the structure.

6 Of the Finest Beaches in Phuket, Thailand

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With beautiful sandy beaches and long coastline, Phuket, a splendid Thai island, offers a perfect escape from the chaos of city life. While every beach on the island has its own characteristic feature, here’s a list of some of the most popular and beautiful beaches from the lot.

Bang Tao Beach

Also known as ‘Laguna Beach’, Bang Tao is one of the most prominent beaches in Phuket. Located on the northwest end of the city, the beach is famous for its white sand, and beautiful landscapes. A former fishing village, Bang Tao today is a fishing, farming and rubber tapping hub in Phuket. With the ocean current around the beach being less harsh, conditions for swimming and snorkelling are favourable. There are also some jet skies available on rent at the beach.

Surin Beach

Popularly known as the ‘Millionaire’s Row’, the Surin Beach is a well-known beach area of Phuket. Featuring a long stretch of golden sands and crystal clear waters, the beach is an ideal place for sun loungers and those hoping for a quiet beach holiday. Although the beach is less crowded, there is no dearth of resorts, restaurants and hotels in the vicinity. Banana boat rides, water skiing, parasailing and jet skiing are some of the exciting activities one can enjoy here. Swimming and snowboarding are risky on the beach for the high waves and the strong nature of the ocean current.

Laem Singh Beach

Nestled in a hidden bay amidst Kamala and Surin beaches, Laem is yet another beautiful beach in Phuket. Featuring bright yellow sand and crystal clear waters, Laem Singh is best to enjoy a quiet beach holiday with family. For the seabed is sandy and packed with rocks, conditions for swimming are favourable. Visitors can spot several tall palm trees all along the beach.

Patong Beach

Located on the west coast, Patong is one of the most famous beaches in Phuket. Featuring numerous restaurants, beer bars, and go-go bars, Patong is an ideal party place for the visitors. It could be a crowded place as scores of tourists visit the island to enjoy the nightlife or indulge in water sports such as swimming and snorkelling. Surrounding the beach are hills and mountain slopes which offer trekking opportunities to all.

Banana Beach

Sometimes referred to as the ‘Banana Rock Beach’, Banana beach is one of Phuket’s lesser known beaches. It has a sandy seabed, clear waters and beautiful slopes, and is ideal for sunbathing and swimming and snorkelling. There is a small restaurant on the beach which serves authentic Thai cuisine. Do try it!

Kamala Beach

Located just north of Patong, Kamala Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Phuket. Known for its fine white sand and beautiful landscape, Kamala is a perfect destination for visitors looking for a serene, scenic beach. The low tides and weak ocean currents in the area create favourable conditions for snorkelling and sea boarding.

Brief Travel Guide to Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai is the largest and one of the most culturally rich cities in Northern Thailand. The wide range of attractions and warm welcoming hospitality wins one over in no time! Sounds interesting? Perhaps, you would like to know a bit more about the destination. So, here goes.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October and April. The weather during these months is cool and pleasant with light breeze flowing simultaneously. This is the peak tourist season! For outdoor activities, the period between November and February is believed to be the ideal time. Monsoon arrives in the month of June and lasts till October.

Food

Many delights await foodies by way of delectable preparations such as Khao Soi, Khan Toke, Sai Oua, Gaeng Hang Lay, Miang Kham, and Gaeng Hoh. They are truly lip-smacking and are created in an interesting manner. People who love to cook must try observing the preparations. They’ll be amazed, undoubtedly! Restaurants that have made a mark here include David’s Kitchen, Favola, Le Grand Lanna, Farang Ses and many others!

Accommodation Options

You can choose your accommodation according to your budget. Dorm rooms and hostels are relatively inexpensive. Most of them are located within the older part of the city. As expected, budget hotels are slightly costlier than hostels. Service apartments are offered by certain commercial brands (Airbnb). Luxury travellers can opt for sophisticated hotels such as Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, Shangri-La Hotel, Rachamankha, and Four Seasons Resort.

Public Transportation

Elaborating on public transportation, the city transport is dominated by red minibuses known as songthaews. They are tourist friendly and found everywhere! Tuk-tuks (tempos) are also available in every vibrant corner. Haggling skills can come in handy, while negotiating fares! Scooters can be hired for discovering places with absolute freedom. You also may want to consider taxis for your trip from the airport to the hotel!

Places of Interest and Activities

Chiang Mai is a precious gem waiting to be explored by countless travellers! Some of its prominent hotspots are Doi Pui, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Doi Inthanon, and Chiang Mai Gate Market. Prospective visitors should check out the opening and closing times. Thrill seekers can participate in activities such as morning Buddhist almsgiving, city tours, elephant experience, and sampling the delicious Khantoke dinner.

Top 10 Draws of A Vacation In Langkawi

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Langkawi is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty and offers endless adventure opportunities to travellers. Some of the best attractions here are beaches, sprawling parks, iconic structures, and popular sites for water sports. If you haven’t already been to the island, here are the top 10 draws of a vacation at the Jewel of Kedah, Langkawi.

Jet Ski Island Tour

For some travellers, this is the highlight of their vacation in Langkawi. There are a lot of local companies offering Jet Ski rides to as many as 8 islands from local beaches. Travellers can see many notable natural attractions at once during these rides.

Tanjung Rhu Beach

Marvel at the beauty of Tanjung Rhu beach, which is located at the northern tip of the island. This isolated fine sandy beach offers stunning views of the islands in front of it. Its beauty is increased many fold by the surrounding limestone cliffs and rain-forests.

Parasailing

Get a nice dose of adrenaline rush as you indulge in parasailing and also enjoy a bird’s eye view of the natural beauty of the beaches of Langkawi. Enjoy excellent views of the 99 islands that make up Langkawi, the white sandy beaches, and the various shades of blue in its waters.

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Enjoy swimming at the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, which literally means Seven Wells Waterfalls. The Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is a series of seven linked natural pools, which receive water from seven separate waterfalls in Gunung Mat Cincang.

Langkawi Cable Car

Experience the thrilling vertiginous 15-minute ride on the Langkawi Cable Car, which will transport you to the top of Mount Mat Cincang. The ride is famous for offering awe-inspiring views of surrounding rainforests, islets, and waterfalls.

Pulau Payar Marine Park

Visit the enchanting Pulau Payar Marine Park, which is a popular spot for snorkelling and diving. Get mesmerised by the stunning Coral Garden, an isolated part of the park that is home to colourful corals.

Langkawi Sky Bridge

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A must-visit attraction, the Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125 metre-long curved pedestrian bridge built at heights of around 700 metres above sea level. Enjoy magnificent views of the Gunung Mat Cincang, Telaja Tujuh waterfalls, and numerous islets from the SkyBridge.

Langkawi Arts in Paradise 3D Museum

A great attraction for families, especially with kids, the Langkawi Art in Paradise 3D Museum is an interactive 3D museum containing over 200 almost lifelike artworks. Have fun getting photographed at the museum, which is said to be the biggest 3D art museum in Malaysia and second biggest across the world.

Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise

Another popular hangout for families and animal lovers, visit the Langkawi Wildlife Park & Bird Paradise to discover more than 2,500 exotic birds belonging to around 150 species. Enjoy spotting canaries, ducks, parakeets, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills, and flamingos among others.

Underwater World Langkawi

Yet another attraction for families and animal lovers, the Underwater World Langkawi is home to over 500 species of sea creatures. Explore the place to spot harbour seals, rockhopper penguins, seahorses, and mandarin ducks.

Top 7 Things to Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand located amidst a stunning natural backdrop of spectacular mountains, lush greenery, cascading streams and charming hill tribes.

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An important cultural hub in Thailand, the city is full of historical temples, street markets and lovely restaurants serving delectable cuisine. Take a look at some of the best things to do in Chiang Mai.

Visit Historical Temples

Chiang Mai is home to numerous historical temples, which reflect ancient architecture and designs. Visit the revered Wat Pra Singh of the Lion Buddha fame and the tall Wat Chedi Luang that once housed the Emerald Buddha. Also visit the Doi Suthep located near the top of a mountain and the magnificent pure White Temple.

Chat With a Monk

Some temples or wats of Chiang Mai offer a unique experience – a ‘Monk Chat’ programme. One may chat with the monks and use this opportunity to learn about their lifestyle, beliefs or Buddhism. A couple of such temples are the Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Suan Dok.

Experience Wildlife

Blessed with raw natural beauty, Chiang Mai has many places where wild animals can be seen at close quarters. Visit Chiang Mai Zoo to see penguins and pandas, Mae Sa Elephant Camp to see elephants doing circus acts in the vast lands and the night zoo Chiang Mai Night Safari.

Trek to Tribal Villages

Visit the village of Mae Klang Luang, which is a popular tourist attraction and provides an insight into local tribal life. Explore the lives of more exotic tribal communities by visiting the Hmong Tribal Village and the Padung Village. The latter is home to the ‘Long Neck Karen’ ethnic hill-tribe.

Hire Floating Houses

Spend a day or at least a night at the Eakachai Houseboat, or the floating houses, at Mae Ngat Dam. These are like small bungalow-shaped houseboats on water and can be reached only by long-tail boats. Relax on the deck or dive and swim in the dam waters – have a serene experience in the peaceful environs!

Visit the Local Markets

Chiang Mai has numerous bustling local markets offering a variety of essentials as well as knick-knacks and foot massages at reasonable prices. Some of these popular markets are Chiang Mai Gate Market, Sunday Walking Street or the Night Bazaar.

Learn Local Skills

Chiang Mai has a fantastic vacation learning scene for travellers – cooking classes, massage schools and even Thai language classes. There is a plethora of schools offering such short courses at reasonable rates to tourists here.

A Look at 8 of the Top Beaches in Thailand

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Thailand is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.The country has a fantastic climate that remains almost constant throughout the year, which makes the seaside here even more tempting for tourists.Here is a list of some of the top beaches to visit in Thailand.

Koh Nang Yuan, Surat Thani Province

Koh Nang Yuan is actually a small island with a coastline all through its length. Koh Nang Yuan is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. Apart from its scenic beauty, the place is mainly popular for water sports such as diving, snorkelling, zip-lining and even trekking.

Kluai Beach, Koh Kood

Kluai Beach on the Koh Kood Island makes for a perfect getaway for those seeking some quite time away from the maddening crowds. The island is quite big but it is still undeveloped for tourism, which is why it is not crowded like the other popular islands of Thailand. The beach is tranquil and rocky and is lush with mangroves.

Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi

The gorgeous Maya Bay on the Koh Phi Phi Island is a must-visit for travellers. The Maya Bay is famous for being the site of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film ‘The Beach’. The bay is beautifully surrounded by tall cliffs on three sides and has a vibrant marine life. The bay is popular for diving, snorkelling and is a great party destination. The beach can be visited as a day trip since there are no hotels here.

Main Beach, Ko Kradan

The Main Beach at the island of Ko Kradan is a 2km long stretch. Around 50 meters offshore, travellers can see a coral reef swarming with fish all along the beach. Kayaking is a popular activity here and it is possible to kayak around the entire island within around three hours.

Railay Beach, Krabi

The Railay Beach in the Krabi province is one of the best known beaches of Thailand. The beach has huge limestone cliffs that are popular spots for rock climbing. In addition to the spectacular scenery offered by the beach, it is also popular for active sports including snorkelling and kayaking.

Long Beach, Koh Lanta

The Long Beach in Thailand’s Koh Lanta province is known for its unending golden sands, wavy and clear waters and cool winds. The beach is a favourite with tourists as it is considered a safe destination for children.

Patong Beach, Phuket

The Patong Beach on the island of Phuket is one of the largest and the most popular beaches of Thailand. Being a popular beach destination, the Patong beach is surrounded by a number of attractions such as numerous hotels, restaurants, shopping spots and a vibrant nightlife. The beach is always teeming with tourists and is a great spot for sunbathing, jet skiing and parasailing.

Phra Nang, Krabi

The beach at Phra Nang in Krabi is said to be one of the most photogenic beaches of Thailand. The beach is just a short walk away from the Railay beach and can even be reached by kayaking from Railay. It is a good spot for enjoying activities including snorkelling, caving and rock climbing.