A Private Tour of Turkey: Worth It or Not?

Traveling is a part of our life. We travel to places and get to experience the culture, climate and people. If you are an independent traveler and you wish to plan your own itinerary and add a touch of luxury to your trip, then a custom personal tour guide is the best.

Turkey is one of the breath taking Mediterranean countries that offers the best to tourists. It is laced with beautiful beaches, coves, mountains, waterfalls, bays, peninsulas and islands. Turkey’s location and the attractions there make it the best destination for individuals and families.

Turkey

Turkey by Mr Hicks46

 

Advantages

 

Though there are many tour operators who conduct group trips to Turkey, you can opt for a private tour to enjoy the holidays in the exact way you wish. Combining your breaks, short stays in huge hotels, customizing your trip schedule, planning your own sightseeing agenda and more is possible with private touring.

 

A personal tour guide offers you the flexibility and freedom to choose the places you want to visit and plan your trip as you desire. If you are looking for the best hotels, guides, cuisine and anything different from what group visits offer, then custom touring is for you.

 

A private tour is a tailor-made package created to suit you and your family. It can include your close knit friends and affiliates too. Packages for private tours in Turkey are created depending on your convenience and requirements.

 

Why?

Basically, there are 3 main reasons why you must choose a private tour package for your family. First, you can choose the hotels, places of interest, mode of travel and other activities, including the number of days you stay, without any restrictions. You can revise or modify your schedule as per your preferences. Also, you can create side trips and itineraries yourself.

 

Your interests might vary from what the group packages include. If you love sports and adventure, then you must go in for a customize package to Turkey. Also, if you are inclined to a specific cuisine and food, you can always take the liberty of choosing your hotel based on the food you would like to enjoy during your stay. Also, you can choose activities and events as per your interests. The tour operator will have the details of the hotels, festivities and other things going on in Turkey at the time of your visit, cuisines served in various inns and so on. You can find more information on the Internet before deciding where you will stay.

 

Thirdly, they offer you professional and well qualified guides. You can know and understand the places you visit while they guide you through the tour. Furthermore, they are certified. They can, at times, go beyond guiding and help you to get a feel for the real Turkey by telling you about certain areas related to the place.

 

Bottom Line

Although private tours of Turkey cost more than group trips, there is something special you get through such a route. It is you who creates the tour based on your interests and preferences making it a highly personalized one. So go order your Turkey Visa right now for a hassle-free, friendly and professional service – the money you spend is worth it.

Visiting Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa in Palawan is known as the City in a Forest and has many natural wonders.

Photo by IronChefBalara (Creative Commons)

With populations increasing all over the world, areas once left untouched are fast becoming targets for housing developments. Fortunately, there are still a few places where Mother Nature’s beauty is left untouched; and one of these places is Palawan in the Philippines.

Located in the South Eastern part of the Philippines, Puerto Princesa literally translates to “Port of the Princess” and is known as the City in a Forest because of its abundant natural beauty. It is home to several natural wonders such as the El Nido Marine Reserve, Honda Bay, Kayangan Lake, and the Tubbatah Reef. It is also where the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, can be found.

Based on data collected by the Department of Tourism in the Philippines, the country was visited by about 4.7 million tourists in 2013, representing an almost 10% growth rate from 2012. For East Asian visitors, Korea provided the majority. And as far as Europe is concerned, the United Kingdom was at the top of the charts.

Traveling to Puerto Princesa

While Puerto Princesa is home to several natural wonders, it is far from being an isolated group of islands. The Puerto Princesa International Airport services several carriers such as AirAsia, Cebu Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and Tigerair. With the exception of Malaysia Airlines, all flights take place between Palawan and Metro Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

For people coming from the United Kingdom, travel advice at the government’s website states that Philippine Airlines is the only certified carrier authorized to travel to the European Union. British nationals will need to board a flight at Heathrow Airport headed for the Ninoy International Airport in Metro Manila before taking a connecting flight to the Puerto Princesa International Airport.

Those intending to stay for a week or longer may prefer to park their own vehicles to the airport due to a larger amount of luggage they will be taking with them. Unfortunately, research found in the Telegraph indicates that a week’s worth of parking can cost as much as £377 and can still be unsafe for vehicles. The Heathrow airport page on parking4less provides information on which of the three airport car parks offer the best options so long-term travelers can get on with the business of enjoying their trip.

Puerto Princesa is home to several natural wonders of Mother Nature and is becoming very popular. Apart from an international airport, the city has many comfortable places to stay in so visitors can enjoy all the natural wonders the place has to offer.

Island Wars: Where to Stay in Thailand

White sand beaches. Crystal blue waters. Green hills. Insane parties every night. Sound like paradise? It is, kind of.

The islands in Thailand’s south are notorious as romantic getaways and places to party until you drop. This is a gorgeous part of the world and most islands do offer, in one form or another, a bit of serenity, luxury and relaxation.

But a lot of other things go on there, too.

Koh Phi Phi is a particularly big draw for the backpacker set and it’s easy to see why. It’s fairly inexpensive – usually less than $15 a night for accommodations, the beaches are gorgeous (and going topless is allowed here, if you’re into that kind of thing) and there are plenty of day trips and booze cruises to keep you occupied during your stay. The bar scene is almost overwhelming, with establishment after establishment offering up drink deals and promoting their nightly parties, whether you’re looking for live rock music, a rave on the beach, or a beer pong tournament.

Photos of Ko Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi Don
This photo of Ko Phi Phi Le is courtesy of TripAdvisor

But all the tourism has affected Phi Phi. Yes, it’s still pretty but it’s disheartening to hang out and see people littering the shoreline with empty beer and wine cooler bottles or seeing them bob along in the water. It takes just a little bit of the charm off of this paradise to see litter being thrown everywhere and be perpetually surrounded by drunk partiers.

Koh Phi Phi has its good points, including Monkey Beach, where you will find yourself surrounded by monkeys who are not shy about trying to steal away your food and drinks when you’re not looking. But for a more versatile island experience, Koh Phangan is a better bet.

The island is most often associated with the Full Moon Party and that certainly is a draw. But Koh Phangan is big enough that you can fully indulge in all the partying and debauchery, but still find quiet beaches to hang out on instead.

Haad Rin and Haad Yuan are two of the best known beaches on the island. Haad Rin is where the Full Moon partying takes place and is packed around the time of the full moon. It’s not the best place to stay, because while it is convenient for stumbling home at night, the odds of getting your things stolen from your guest house are high and you don’t want to find yourself in that position – puts a bit of a damper on the stay.

You can go diving and snorkeling on quieter parts of the island and find that balance of getting crazy and relaxing that everyone hopes a Thai island vacation will bring.

Koh Samui is another popular island, though it’s often described as being over developed and over commercialized. Many people stay at a resort on Samui and take a boat over to Phangan for the night of the Full Moon Party.

An alternative to the extreme tourism on these lovely and lively islands is Koh Samet. This island is only two hours from Bangkok, and is popular among Thai travelers. There’s a relaxed vibe here, with less crazy nightlife and more getting back to basics.

Whatever you choose, it’s hard to go wrong with a vacation on a Thai island, right? Decide for yourself, then come see what all the fuss is about!

Beautiful Boracay

Boracay Island resort in the Philippines has one of the best beaches in the world. Boracay is a lush tropical resort visited by many tourists throughout the year. The island was the home of the Ati tribe before it became popular with tourists from around the world. It is a dream land for those who are looking forward to beautiful beaches and relaxation.

If you are really interested in full adventure and fun in your vacation, you must not miss the White Beach and Bulabog beach areas. The hills to the south and north of this water spot make beautiful conditions for kite boarding and wind surfing. SCUBA diving is very popular here, and divers from around the world journey here for the clear water and abundant marine life.

Enjoy beautiful Boracay

Those who prefer to stay on land will have plenty to do, as well. Multiple hiking trails and nature hikes are stretched across the island, and many hotels offer guides to accompany the guests into the jungles.

White Beach is the most popular area, and has numerous hotels that cater to every budget. The area is also home to numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, and sweet shops, as well as many shops selling souvenirs, clothing and art.

Bulabog Beach also has many cheap accommodation facilities and is the secondary tourism spot after White Beach. As we said before, this part of the island receives a lot of wind. This is great for wind surfers, but not great if you don’t like sand blowing in your face.

If you are so keen on visiting Boracay islands, it can be done anytime of the year but the best time would be during the ‘Amihan’ season. This is during the northeast monsoon season in the months of March to May when the place has a beautiful climate and a peaceful environment to relax and enjoy.

Shop Til You Drop in Beijing

The ancient city of Beijing is also the capital of China. It is thriving metropolis that not only boasts of beautiful and scenic spots and a vast array of monuments, it also promises exciting shopping expeditions. After enjoying the sights of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, The Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, a visit to the numerous shopping areas in the city are a must. Even if you are holidaying in some other part of China, you can always take cheap flights to the Chinese capital to embark on an exhilarating shopping expedition.

Beijing

Beijing by Sam Sherratt

Thankfully, there are cheap flights to Beijing and this means that people can save a lot of money, which can be spent on buying beautiful Chinese silk, artifacts, pearls and much more. The city is teeming with markets and malls that offer great bargains, as long as you know where to go.

The Silk Alley Market is the most popular shopping area in the city. Until 2005 it was an open-air market, but now it is housed in a 5-storeyed building in Xiushuidong Jie. This place offers famous brands, such as Nike, Puma and Northface. The building is also popular for cashmere sweaters, linen, clothes, traditional Chinese toys, precious stones, shoes, luggage, and handicraft. Once you finish shopping, you can relax at the food court that the building has.

People should then head to Hongqiao Market. This market is located in Chongwen District and has several shops that sell seawater, cultured, pink, black, ivory and freshwater pearls. It is best to check a couple of shops before purchasing the pearls, as the price and quality vary from one shop to another. In addition, you can also pick up knockoff handbags in the market, if you cannot afford the actual brand.

Flea market lovers will get enchanted with Panjiayuan Market, which is located in Chaoyang District on the Third Ring Road. This market houses around 3,000 stalls that open at dawn and continue selling their wares until 4 pm. The market is popular for selling antiques and you can pick up beautiful Buddha statues, silk screen, porcelain vases and jade bangles. At times, you may be lucky enough to pick up genuine products back to the Chinese Cultural Revolution that took place in the 1960s.

Mall lovers should head to the Oriental Plaza, which boasts of an area of 12,000 square meters. Located at Wangfujing Street, the Plaza promises an exciting experience in dining, shopping and entertainment. The mall is categorized into six-themed sections, namely the Market Square, the Metro City, the Garden Court, the International Boulevard, the Wonderful World and the Sky Avenue. Here you can find original products from famous brands, such as Valentino, Burberry and Max Mara. It offers a completely different perspective to shopping in the capital city of China. There are numerous flights to Beijing and if you manage to get a cheap plane ticket, you will be able to save a lot of money, which can be spent in buying the beautiful and wonderful wares that this metropolis has to offer.

The Land of the White Tiger

Rewa is located in the district of Madhya Pradesh, which lies in central part of India. This place is famous for museums, forts, waterfalls and historical villages. Govindgarh Palace is one of the major tourist attractions of the place, which is popular for protecting the first white tiger, who was called Mohan. Travelers can also visit the Baghael Museum, which reflects the life of the Maharaja of Rewa. Other than historical places, the Royal Museum, Rewa Fort and Venkat Bhavan can be visited by travelers to admire the history of Rewa Kingdom.

White Tiger

White Tiger by Ted

The other spectacular sightseeing places of this destination are temples like the Chowandi Temple and the Ram Govind Temple. Other than these, tourists can also visit the Raipur Karchulian, which is situated 15 km from Rewa and is connected through Rewa-Allahabad Road.

Visitors can also look into other places like Baikunthpur, Guhr and Sirmour, that are located here. Hujur and Teonthar are the other places that can be visited by travelers while traveling to Rewa.

On the north-east side the district is bounded by the state of Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, the south is encircled by Sidhi District. While on the west, there is Raghurajnagar and Amarpatan tahsils of Satna District. This place corresponds an isosceles triangle in its shape, with its two longer arms broadening in the east direction towards Mauganj, whereas the base of the triangle lies along the border of Satna District.

Rewa District got its name from its district headquarters that is Rewa town. Primitively, Rewa is other name for River Narmada. According to history, it is believed that in the third century BC, the regions which are now the part of this district, were under the sovereignty of the Maurya Dynasty.

Other than its rich history, Rewa is also best-known for white tigers, as the first white tiger was caught in this district. In addition while hiking through the tiger reserve, tourists can also find several fascinating places which include Royal Museum, Rewa Fort and Pili Kothi.

The good time to visit this place is during the months of monsoon season, which includes the months of July, August and September.

With the accessibility of flights, buses and trains, visiting Rewa is not challenging. Those people who are traveling by air, can board flights to the nearest airport in Rewa district. In addition, people traveling from international places can use Jabalpur Airport. Tourists can also head towards other places by trains, which are served by Rewa Railway Station, that is situated about 5.8 km from Rewa. Buses are also available to Rewa, and many of the bus companies operate from Khajuraho.

Do you fancy a glimpse of a white tiger? Then a visit to lovely Rewa may be for you!