Top tips for an out of the ordinary holiday in Phuket, Thailand

Phuket and its islands are ideal for sailing, diving and snorkelling, golfing and all kinds of sports and entertainment you can wish for. You can take trips to the islands on private boat charters, laze on pristine white sand beaches and get great discounts when you go shopping. However, if you’d like to try something out of the ordinary, here are some ideas for excursions within striking range of Phuket.

Snorkeling in the Phi Phi Islands
Famous for their numerous appearances in Hollywood films, no trip to Phuket is complete without a visit to the Phi Phi Islands. These two stunningly beautiful limestone islands rise out of the warm turquoise sea and are just under an hour speedboat trip away from Phuket. Their shallow coral gardens and crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling.

Rock Climbing in Krabi
The sheer limestone cliffs of Railay Beach in Krabi provide a perfect climbing experience with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Several climbing schools offer personalized instruction and all equipment. Only a three hour car trip from Phuket, Krabi has dozens of white powder beaches and is well worth a visit.

Sail Phang Nga Bay in a Chinese Junk
Cruise from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay in a traditional Chinese junk, with stops at the famous James Bond Island and the Sea Gypsy village, a village built over the water on long legged stilts. Phang Nga Bay is glassy smooth and provides a blissful sailing experience.

Khao Lak Trekking and Rafting
Just an hour away from Phuket is the Khao Lak Elephant Trekking and Bamboo Rafting experience. Spend the morning enjoying the sights and sounds of the cool, green rainforest by elephant back, then after a waterfall swim, the afternoon is spent tranquilly gliding down river by bamboo raft.

Sea Cave Kayaking by Starlight
The magical limestone sea caves of Phang Nga bay can only be entered by canoe and only when the tide is just right. You can skip the crowds by taking the starlight tour and discover an awe inspring world of hidden, majestic caverns in total silence, allowing you to completely absorb the fantastic splendor of your surroundings.

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Great value holidays to tropical Kerala, India

Kerala is a state on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India. Kerala Tourism walked away with four of the top honors at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Awards 2011 for outstanding achievement. Kerala Tourism won three Gold awards making it the largest haul ever by a state government in the history of the PATA awards.

The awards were announced in Bangkok in February. Kerala, the only Indian state to figure in the PATA awards this year, also picked up one of the four PATA Grand awards in the environment category for its ‘responsible tourism’ efforts in Kumarakom. Prominent Kerala resort chain CGH Earth won the PATA Gold award in the corporate environmental program category for best eco-friendly practices. Kerala is famous especially for its eco-tourism initiatives. Its unique culture and traditions, coupled with its varied demography, has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in India and the world.

Nature Nest also offers accommodation on the tree Houses in Kerala. These tree houses are inside the forest, with an excellent view of forest landscape, and is perfect for animal & bird watching. These are above 30 to 100 feet from the ground. When you are with Nature Nest, we take care of traveling (A/C Cars, Jeep’s & SUV’s etc), Accommodation at star hotels and local houses, with all modern facilities, guides security & food.

So, come visit tropical Kerala, which has such beautiful and diversified tourist locations. That is why Kerala is know as “God’s own Country”. We will truly help you to see Kerala as a Nature’s Nest.

We are ready to make your trip a wonderful vacation in Kerala.

Visit France for a family holiday to suit everyone

The problem has always been balancing what each family member wants; what if there were holidays with enough variety to suit all tastes?

Alpine family adventure holidays can provide just such a wide range of activities, with something for every one!

The French Alps make the ideal location for many family adventure holidays because they have the best of almost every summer holiday, even sunbathing! Superb scenery, the cleanest of air, bright sunshine, and a warm welcome.

With typical flair, the French have realised that they have the ingredients for the perfect summer family adventure holiday cocktail. From Mountain Biking to White Water Rafting, Ice Skating to Hang Gliding, Hill Walking to Ice Climbing, they really do seem to have all bases covered. If you are the kind that would prefer to sit by the water, reading a book and taking in the rays, fear not. With fresh water lakes, swimming pools and a marvellous sun record, you can be busy doing nothing whilst the others are hurling them selves down water falls, abseiling into gorges, negotiating rapids, all in the name of another activity: ‘Canyoning’.

Adding to the ease of this holiday experience is the French alpine resorts have some of the very best infrastructure. Their winter hotels and chalets are just as ‘chocolate box’ in the summer as they are during the skis season. The lift system, capable of whisking thousands of skiers up the mountains and above the pistes, can be adapted to carry mountain bikes. Morzine and Les Gets open twenty five lifts in the summer, more than anywhere else, giving access to areas that would have required overnight stays in mountain refuges.

For a family adventure holiday with a difference, look no further than the French Alps.