Orangutans, Borneo, Palm Oil and that Banned Iceland (Greenpeace) Ad

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Originally created for Greenpeace, the Iceland advert “banned” from UK’s TV stations is spreading around the net as it deserves to be.  On visiting the Malayan side of Borneo the anticipation and excitement centred around seeing the variety of wildlife.  Getting closer to the wildlife hot spots of Sepilok, Kinabatagan, and Danum Valley it was eerie to see the vastness of the Palm tree plantations everywhere.

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Best London Sightseeing Tours by Public Bus

Take a London bus tour and go sightseeing on London’s public red buses!  London has a fantastic public bus network passing through many of London’s famous landmarks and tourist sights.  Mix with the locals and catch the proper London red buses for a day of sightseeing.

London’s public red buses have more frequent services than the hop-on hop-off tourist buses and cost only £1.50 per bus trip (or a maximum of £6.80 for a day’s use of London’s buses, tube and trains within zones 1 and 2).  If you don’t have the Oyster TFL smartcard, don’t worry, any major contactless debit/credit card will work (cash is not accepted).  Why pay £20 for a day’s pass on the touristy Big Bus London or the Hop-on Hop-off London bus tour ?

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Most London buses are double deckers and many are new Routermasters that enable you to hop on and hop off the bus easily.  Over 8,000 buses serve more than 700 routes and 19,000 bus stops in the city , we have selected some excellent bus routes to help you decide which is the best London bus tour for you to enjoy the sights, scenery and major landmarks of London.

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It’s almost ski season and St. Anton am Arlberg is definitely a resort to consider with its vast area, great off-piste options and fun bars.   Whatever your standard or demands Arlberg has it all.  We loved spending a season there, not only enjoying the slopes of St Anton but the nearby Lech, Zurs, Warth, Sonnenkopf, and Schroeken.

Who can forget the apres of Krazy Kangeroo, Mooserwirt, Taps, and Basecamp to mention just a few.  Oh St. Anton we miss you.

Look out for our guide to St Anton am Arlberg coming soon.

St Anton Photo Gallery – One of the Best Ski Resorts in the World

Solo Travel in India – Home truths about what to be aware of

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Deservedly or not, India still has a reputation that means solo female travellers still have to consider if they want to go to India or not.  Unlike other destinations where travellers jump at the opportunity to visit, sporadic news reports of gender inequality and crime can temper anyone’s desire to visit the colourful and unique country.

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Experiencing Varanasi, The Ganga and Ghats

A Guide to the Holy City of Varanasi

Varanasi, the holy city of the Ganga (Ganges) and ghats is an easy place to get lost and maybe even lose yourself.  As with most busy cities in India, bazaars and shops are everywhere.  Whilst the lanes and bazaars near the Ganga are a nice place to amble around, the holy river of the Ganga and the many ghats that line its banks are the main draw to this photogenic Indian city.  In North India this is one of the cities that visitors to really feel India.

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Top 6 Things to do in Jaipur

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Rajasthan and Jaipur conjures up images of the mighty Mughals that ruled much of India from the 16th to 19th century. Today we can still see their influence on Indian culture in Jaipur in the form of art, architecture, food and dance.  One of the many great reasons to visit India is due to its cultural diversity and regional differences.  Whilst you may need to venture out of Jaipur to see more traditional and authentic Rajasthani culture it’s still a great place to get a taster.  Our top 6 things to do in Jaipur: 

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3 days in Delhi – A Guide to What to See and Do

A Guide to Delhi

Staying at a budget hotel called Smyle Inn meant that we were right in the middle of Delhi’s main bazaar, albeit on a street off the main road. With only a short 3 day stay in the capital of India, location was important to squeeze in many things to do in Delhi.

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The convenient location meant that we battled our way up and down the main bazaar a few times a day. It proved to be a good training ground for what should be a simple task: walking down a busy street in India.

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Visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra

A day trip to Agra from Delhi to see The Taj Mahal

Agra is just a 2 hour train ride away from Delhi. Agra can easily be done as a day trip. Once there you can discover the wonders of the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jahal Masjid, Jahangir Mahal and many other historic buildings.

Getting to Agra

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Landing in Delhi: Metro Airport Transfer, What to Expect and Shams not Scams

Crash bang – Landing in Delhi

Bang! It’s a cliche but as soon as we land in Delhi all our senses are smacked hard by the hustle and bustle of the Indian capital. Tuk tuks honking, the blazing sun hitting your neck, Honda Heroes darting in and out of traffic, colourful saris flowing along, cows meandering down the street, and the sweet and spicy smell of street food is a busy Indian city.

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The hustle and bustle of the streets of Indian cities means that it’s not a place to chill (if you’re a tourist anyway). It’s easy to get distracted with everything going on around you and right in your face.

We landed right in the middle of it all at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Getting from Delhi Airport into the City by Metro

The Delhi Airport Express Metro gets you to New Delhi after landing in Delhi in about 20 minutes, it runs every 10 – 15 minutes with trains running from 04:45 – 23:30. It’s clean, fast, and efficient and only costs 60 Rupees to get you into the heart of Delhi.

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The Paradise Island of Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is Thailand’s second largest island and arguably the most beautiful with its stunning beaches and temples.  Thailand has long been a backpackers favourite and Koh Samui draws in all sorts of travellers especially the luxury traveller.  Koh Samui now has amazing high end restaurants, bars, spas and resorts to complement the more traditional temples, family run restaurants, and local towns towards the south-west of the island.

Koh Samui Attractions

Big Buddha and Wat Phra Yai 

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