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Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

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As far as tourism destinations, the Maldives is not only one of the more remote destinations for many vacationers from the West, but also relatively new to the tourism scene. While the infamous stilted luxury huts over the water, private island hotel resorts get all of the attention, there are some 1190 islands which make up the Maldives, and the local islands are starting to embrace tourism as well.

No matter if you are staying on a luxury private island or a local island, you will be either boarding a small seaplane or a ferry once you land at Male International Airport, as the airport itself is a small island, a quick 2 minute ferry ride to Male, the actual capital city, the smallest capital city on the world.

Our trip to the Maldives was quite last minute, and while the idea of a luxurious private island was of course appealing, the idea of spending out week long holiday on a local island had its perks as well, the least of which was the reduced cost. We chose the small (and we mean tiny) local island of Maafushi, a 90 minute ferry ride from Male. The island home to some 3,000 locals in an area you can walk around in about 15 minutes. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and picturesque scenes, Maafushi is as close to paradise as you can get.

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Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

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The locals are strict Muslims who has embraced the tourism trend and made Maafushi home to about 10 small boutique guest houses and bungalows. While alcohol is prohibited on the island, they have made nearly every amenity you would desire available to all guests who visit the island. With only sand roads, no stoplights and only bikes or golf carts to get around, Maafushi really is an island paradise. We chose to stay at the Beachwood Hotel, a 4 star boutique hotel located just a short 5 minute walk from the boat dock.

Remember that this is a Muslim island and while there isn’t much that will affect you there are a couple things to remember. Friday is a day of rest and few of the handful of shops will be open but most importantly the twice daily ferry to Male does not run on Fridays, so make sure to plan your travel around that. The Beachwood does have a speed boat you can reserve to pick you up from the airport, however the cost is quite a bit higher than the ferry. Also, the is no alcohol of any kind on the island, and although we mentioned it before it is worth repeating. Do not attempt to bring alcohol to the Maldives as it will be taken from you when you land. Also, be modest and respectful when on a local island.

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Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

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The locals have done gone out of their way to welcome you to their home so be extra respectful. The island has set up a long stretch of gorgeous beach with small barriers for tourists to swim in bikinis while making the locals feel comfortable as well.

The staff  of the Beachwood was incredibly warm, welcomed us with a drink, showed us around the property, which not only sports a spa and delicious restaurant but also a game room and Maafushi’s only swimming pool. The hotel, opened in late 2013, is shockingly up to date and hip, someone was clearly familiar with Pinterest before designing the hotel, and it shows. The rooms are simple but elegant, with everything you would need in a luxury hotel stay. The Beachwood brand, logo and colors are everywhere, making you feel you are in a larger resort while still in a boutique setting.

Free wireless internet is available in the rooms and throughout the hotel and while it might not be as fast as you are used to, you are seriously on an island in the absolute middle of nowhere, and were shocked there was internet at all. The restaurant serves delicious Western and Maldivian food, and while the Western food is better than we expected, you’ve got to try the Maldivian food, it is such a delicious cuisine. You’ll recognize items on the menu from other Asian countries, but all are done with a local flare, which is fantastic.

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Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

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Beachwood offers a complete list of local excursions as well, including night fishing, dolphin watching, island hopping, etc. We opted to try out the night fishing and it was so much fun that I went again a second night.

Maafushi is new to tourism and the Beachwood is as well, and it shows. While still working out all the kinks dealing with tourists from around the world, the Beachwood staff is learning how to run their hotel like any other luxury hotel and within no time at all we believe they will be the number 1 hotel on Maafushi as they have the perfect mix of location, luxury settings, a good restaurant and a dedicated staff.

The Maldives are truly one of the most beautiful places we have ever been, and one of the only places that really does look exactly like the postcards we’ve all seen. While one could easily spend a fortune on a visit to these beautiful islands, it really is easily possible to have a luxury stay for a very decent price, without giving up any of the comforts you are used to, and to do it all on a local island with more culture, color and vibrance than a secluded private resort. While we all dream of staying on a private island we are excited to book a return trip to the Maldives and think we know exactly where we’ll be staying, we miss Maafushi already – and I’ve got to go night fishing with the boys from Beachwood again!

Rooms start around $70 and include free internet, welcome drink, free transportation to and from ferry and breakfast.

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Hotel Review: Beachwood Hotel, Maldives

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

The Complete Guide to Phi Phi Island, Thailand

Last year over 10 million tourists flocked to Phuket, Thailand in search of the perfect beach, delicious food and the perfect exotic vacation. And while Phuket has the beaches, the food and the feel of paradise, it has also developed tremendously fast in the past few years and is struggling the keep up with the constant horde of visitors it receives.

Only a two hour ferry ride off the east coast of Phuket lays the Phi Phi Islands. Made up of Phi Phi Don (the main island) and Phi Phi Lay (a smaller national park), they boast some of the more iconic Thai scenes anyone could imagine. Littered with gorgeous white sand beaches, the water is always that extra bright shade of blue and the snorkeling; diving and water activities are top notch.

In our “Complete Guide to Phi Phi Island” we will give you all the information you need for a complete trip to the islands  and all you need to know to maximize your time in paradise.

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The Complete Guide to Phi Phi Island, Thailand

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How to Get There:

First things first you will need to get transportation from Phuket or Krabi out to Phi Phi Don. Boats leave daily from Phuket, most days at 9am and 2:30pm. A one way ticket will cost you just 250 baht, which a round trip ticket costing 400baht (around $13USD). Tickets are sold on almost every single corner in Phuket and you will have no problem purchasing one. Any hotel will be able to get you one, or any street stand selling tourist activities, as trips to Phi Phi are among the most desired. Your ticket will include a transfer via mini bus from your hotel to the Rassada Pier.

Make sure to buy your ferry tickets BEFORE you arrive at the ferry. If you wait until you arrive at the pier to buy your ticket, you will pay 1,000 baht round trip, almost double what it would cost to get a round trip ticket and transfer to and from your hotel. We got burned by this once, it stings.

The ferry ride itself can vary from day to day as there are about 10 ferries of differing shapes and sizes that sail daily. Some have complete mini bars, comfortable inside seats and generally comfortable accommodations. Others are more bare bones and while they will still get you there, offer less inside seating, no chairs on the deck and less than desirable toilets.  But not to worry, the ride is only about 2 hours and then you are there.

TIP: Stop by one of the many pharmacies around Phuket and ask for Dramamine, or any other pill for motion sickness. A blister pack of 10 pills will cost you around 150B and often really help with the varying degrees of rough seas. Remember to ask for the non-drowsy kind, learn from our mistakes! 

Once you have landed at the pier in Phi Phi Don you will be required to pay a 20baht island tax. This money is collected by the local government to keep Phi Phi clean and beautiful and is hardly a hassle to keep the islands looking as beautiful as they do. Does the money actually go to keeping the islands beautiful – who knows.

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Where to Stay:

As you walk down the pier you will undoubtedly be bombarded by Thai locals displaying laminated signs showing pictures of every type of accommodation from high scale resorts (there are only a few) to simple island bungalows (there are tons). A simple fan room can go for as little as 400baht with a private double room with AC for around 900baht. If traveling with a group of friends, try finding a dorm room option. These rooms generally offer between 4-8 beds and can cost as little as 250baht per person (around $10USD).  If you are searching for a nicer hotel, you can find a handful of “luxury options” on the island complete with swimming pools, room service and a gym.

TIP: There are no roads or cars on the Phi Phi Islands so wherever you stay just remember you will have to walk there. The lack of cars make the island experience much more enjoyable and bicycles are available everywhere. However, Phi Phi is small enough to walk anywhere, just remember you will have to carry your luggage or stay in a place that will wheel it around for you. 

For budget accommodations Latitude 34 suggests either Marine House or Ban Thai Guest House.  Both can be easily found off of the main walkway when you enter the island.

Marine House offers a quiet environment with private rooms and dorm rooms available. The kindly provide beach towels, which is super helpful when you forget yours and don’t want to spend the 300baht to buy one on the island. The staff is friendly, helpful and can do your laundry overnight if dropped off by 11am. Just remember to ask for bug spray for your room, sometimes a mosquito or two will find their way in.

Ban Thai is a very popular backpacker guest house run by Miss Lee, an energetic woman who will remember your name from the second you meet her until the minute you leave. Offering more rooms than Marine House, Miss Lee’s Ban Thai Guesthouse is a great place to stay with a group of friends as she has an abundance of twin rooms and is quite used to groups of young friends staying with here. Miss Lee has a row of computers available for those traveling light and without internet connection from day to day. 1 baht per minute.

Miss Lee is also very knowledgeable about all the local tours that are offered around the island. Whether you are looking to visit Maya Bay on Phi Phi Lay (the same beach made famous in the movie “The Beach”), take a day snorkeling trip on a long tail boat, an overnight scuba trip or a day long fishing trip, Miss Lee can set it up, reserve you a spot and make the planning effortless.

Our Recommendation: Both Phi Phi Charlie and Phi Phi Princess are owned by the same people and offer the perfect mix of location, comfort and amenities. While nothing fancy, their rooms are comfortable, have free wifi and aircon. An average double room will cost about $50 a night and adding an extra bed will cost you around $15. They also offer a family room which can sleep 4 people comfortably. Easily the best bonus to staying here is their amazing infinity pool looking out over the amazing Tonsai bay. Many chose to spend their hungover mornings and rowdy afternoons in the pool by the swim up bar, easily the best pool on the island and a great place to mingle with other travelers. The cost of the room includes a great breakfast buffet, thai and western food and both sets of rooms (Charlie and Princess) are a short 1 minute walk down the beach from Slinky Bar and Woodies, where you will most likely be ending you night.

TIP: Unless you are staying at a high-end hotel make sure to bring soap and shampoo with you, as many of the budget options do not provide them.

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What to Do:

As for activities and things to do on Phi Phi Don in the sun, the list is pretty endless. There are gorgeous beaches all over the place and its up to you how far you want to walk to find your perfect spot in the sand.  The twin beaches at the heart of Phi Phi Don are pretty spectacular but are always crowded with tourists from sun up to sun down. We suggest paying 100baht for a short 5 minute trip on a local long tail boat to drop you off at Long Beach, one of our favorite beaches on the world. Just as beautiful as the rest, Long Beach boasts way less tourists than many of the other beaches and is well worth the time to get there. You can walk to Long Beach from the main drag, but it will take about 20 minutes and is very hilly.

TIP: If you go to Long Beach visit the small restaurant on the sand and try their Penang Curry sandwich, its delicious!

The majority of visitors to Phi Phi are young backpackers and many are inspired to visit Phi Phi to visit Maya Bay and say they have been to “The Beach”. Speedboats and longtails make the trip all day long and you can rent them by the hour. The longtail boats seat about 6 comfortably and can be had for 1,000Baht an hour. The speed boats vary in size and how many people the can hold, and can go for up to 5,000baht an hour.

TIP: Bring snacks with you on any day trip to Phi Phi Lay. Remember, it is a national park and almost completely undeveloped. There is nothing more than a small set of bathrooms and a shack that sells overpriced canned beer and potato chips. Stop in one of the many mini marts before you leave and grab a back of goodies for the day.

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The Complete Guide to Phi Phi Island, Thailand

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If you want to maximize your time, or only have an afternoon to fit in all you can, we suggest taking an afternoon trip which will include a boat out to Phi Phi Lay for afternoon snorkeling (fins and masks included), a trip past the famous Viking Caves, a sunset trip to Maya Bay (so much nicer once all the tourists have left), a complete Thai meal on the boat and some include night snorkeling with phosphorescent plankton.  We recommend making sure it is NOT a full moon if you want to do the plankton snorkeling as the light, even at night, makes them almost impossible to see.

Many half and full day trips like this are available all over the island and range in price from 400b for a half day to 1,2000b for the plankton version.

Once the sun sets on the island, everything gets a bit more exciting. The volume gets turned up, and the main area of the island becomes the ultimate party playground. But before you go too crazy you’ve got to eat, and we have a couple places we would suggest to fill your stomach before you enjoy too many buckets on the beach.

Where to Eat:

Consistently rated number one is a small restaurant called Anna’s. It is located up the first side street off the main drag you find yourself on when you walk off the pier. Anyone who has been on the island more than 10 minutes will be able to show you the way. Despite its popularity, it is a small place, maybe 10 tables or so, and remains authentic, friendly and offers delicious western and Thai food. Free internet, delicious shakes and a wonderfully knowledgeable staff make this a great place for a quick bite to eat or a place to hang out for hours and relax.

The latitude 34 complete guide to phi phi, thailand

Breakers is as close as you are going to get to a true sports pub. Located next to the world famous Reggae Bar (which we’ll talk about next), they offer large comfortable wooden tables, an open atmosphere for anyone walking up off the street and have a wide selection of beers on tap. Their food is both delicious and fairly priced and an excellent place to meet friends, hang out and people watch or catch a game on TV.

TIP: Along with the sit down restaurants are endless rows of stalls selling all varieties of street food and no trip to Thailand would be complete without trying a few random things.  Meat on sticks is a great way to go, whether you are trying fried fish balls, spicy beef, chicken, pork, who knows, but it all tastes delicious. The kebabs and samosas are amazing as are the banana pancakes. Trust us, after a couple drinks you will try some street food, no matter how much of a stomach ache you think it will give you.

At this point we have covered getting to Phi Phi, where to stay, what to do in the sun and where to eat, so now comes the most exciting part… what to do at night!

 

Night Life:

Phi Phi is a constant party when the sun goes down, 7 days a week 365 days a year, and even if you are not a big partier, some things are not to be missed.

Most people coming to Phi Phi have come from Phuket, where the idea of going to a bar swarming with bar girls and lady boys has lost its charm (if it ever had any).  Phi Phi provides a much needed relief as there are no lady bars, bar girls or stripper poles in sight while offering some awesomely entertaining events in their place.

Before you head down to the beach for the real fun, make sure you stop into Reggae Bar, located right next door to Breakers. Offering anyone who wants to the chance to Muay Thai fight, you are sign up to fight a friend, your grandpa (yes, we’ve seen this), or a complete stranger. If you put your life on the line and enter the ring you are given the necessary safety equipment (headwear, gloves, shorts) and you will be given a free bucket of booze upon the completion of your 3 rounds in the ring. Buckets at Reggae Bar are 2 for 1, and are 400b each.

TIP: Buckets are popular all over Thailand as the fun and exciting way to drink your alcohol. The literally take a bucket, the kind you built sandcastles with on the beach when you were a kid, and load them up with an abundance of the alcohol and mixers of your choosing. Complete with multiple straws, it’s a fun way to share a drink with friends, but be warned, they are strong, you are drinking a literal bucket of alcohol after all.

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It’s wildly entertaining to watch two liquored up backpackers go at it in the ring, with rarely any idea what they are doing between them. Every 5 fights or so real muay thai fighters enter the ring and show off some amazing moves. Part acting and part real boxing it is some of the most entertaining muay thai we have seen as it is as hard hitting as the real thing with added excitement. We have seen muay thai fighters get thrown out of the ring as well as the poor ref getting a swift kick to the nuts.

When you have seen all there is to see at Reggae Bar, follow the crowds down to the beach and find yourself a seat on the sand in front of one of the many, many beach lined bars, each displaying their own fire show. “Poi” reigns king of late night activities and it is never boring to watch people play with fire. We recommend “Slinky Bar”, directly to your left as you walk on to the beach. Music pounding from all the bars, the stakes are quite high as performers juggle flaming torches, spin sparkling spools soaked in petrol and even balance on wires balancing flaming wheels on their heads. The shows start each night, 7 days a week, around 8:30pm and last late, late into the night.

If watching the performers isn’t entertaining enough for you, just wait until they bust out the flaming jump rope and flaming limbo pole, both designed for crowd participation. Those brave enough are welcome to try their hand at jumping a flaming jump rope and the super brave can even try the double flaming jump rope, or try going doubles with another brave friend.

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After the crowd has gotten their thrills from the jump rope of death, they will bring out the flaming hoop and flaming limbo pole. If you are sensing a theme here, its high stakes drinking.

Egged on by friends and a free shot for attempting either, sit back and relax watching dozens and dozens of wobbling kids jump, swerve, stumble, fall and fling themselves through the burning obstacles and dance the night away.

TIP: Once the tide goes out, it goes OUT. When you arrive at the beach past dark you will not be able to see the water at all as it has gone out sometimes up to 100 yards. (if you aren’t American and speak in meters, that’s the length of a football field… real football, American football.) Take a stroll out as far as you can walk, enjoy the striated beach below your feet and watch the pulsing lights and listen to the conflagration of music from way out in the wet sand, it’s a very cool experience.

So that’s it! You’ve got all you need to know for a complete trip to Phi Phi. You know how to get there, where to stay, places to eat and how best to enjoy yourself. If you find yourself in Phuket or are planning a trip to Thailand in the future, we highly suggest taking a trip to Phi Phi and enjoying one of the coolest beach communities we have come across. Whether you want to party til the sun comes up, relax at a quiet beach or finally conquer your fear of scuba diving, Phi Phi offers it all, all while preserving that perfect image of paradise you’ve had in your head for years.

So have fun, be safe, bring your sunscreen and take the leap!

Cheers!


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Why You Should Never Swim in a Motel Pool

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I know, I know, there is nothing nicer than getting to a hotel in the middle of the summer and taking a dive in their swimming pool, but maybe take a second next time to think about just how clean that pool is – and if it is worth jumping into.

While the majority of high end luxury hotel options will no doubt provide a sparkling clean swimming experience, you can never be too careful, and if you are staying at a small motel or roadside hotel on a road trip, this info might be of interest to you.

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Ice Swimming above the Arctic Circle

VIDEO: Ice Swimming above the Arctic Circle

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It’s not every day that you get to jump into a mostly frozen lake between Northern Finland and Russia, but when you do, you better be ready to jump in. And so goes the story of how Marina and I ended up doing just that. While on a trip to Finland a few weeks ago, we found ourselves well above the arctic circle, in the Lapland region in a small town named Salla. Neither of us had ever been anywhere so magical, we felt like we were in a snow globe the entire time.

While we enjoyed some of the most amazing snow activities during our time in Salla, easily the most extreme experience was ice swimming. We knew a couple days ahead of time that we would be partaking but sincerely did not know exactly what we were in for. As we drove through the heavy snowfall and deep into the Finnish woods, we came upon a small wooden building with a single lamp outside, perched on the side of a massive lake. What we were in for was one of the most invigorating evenings we’d had in awhile.

The Finns have a passion for their saunas, as each house is built firstly around the sauna, and in the winter months they pair this traditional activity with its extreme opposite, ice swimming. Quickly jumping from the icy cold waters to the pipping hot (167F) sauna, we were shocked by how alive, invigorated and healthy the whole experience made us feel.

While many Finns do this up to twice a week during the winter months, and many children are raised doing variations (ie. rolling in snow if there is no lake), we might not be up for going ice swimming weekly, but much to our surprise we both would be very open to ice swimming again and there could be no better place than Salla, Finland.

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.H . jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

Webloyalty Predicts your Travel Plans for 2014

Webloyalty Predicts your Travel Plans for 2014

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With so many people struggling with the economic struggles of the last few years, we are excited to speak with Webloyalty about their predictions for travel trends in 2014. We actually ended up moving abroad for a full time life of travel instead of cutting back our holiday time each year. The fact is, that while many countries are struggling financially, the vast majority of people still find the time and the money to travel. So what are the trends suggesting people will do with their vacation in 2014 and where will they go? We were interested in what Webloyalty found and where people were most likely to go this year. So, where are you going in 2014?

 

Webloyalty research reveals that 68% of people in the UK plan to take some sort of holiday or break this year. Here are the most popular choices:

  • Beach holiday abroad (26% of us are planning one of these)
  • Day trips in the UK (20%)
  • City break abroad (17%)
  • Staycation in the UK (17%)
  • Active holiday abroad (6%)

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Webloyalty Predicts your Travel Plans for 2014

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The Webloyalty study clearly shows the change of behaviour between 2013 and 2014. For example, more people are going abroad, and less people are staying in the UK. This may reflect a change in attitudes towards disposable income following the recession, but could also indicate more flexibility around travel deals and cheaper flights.

How much are you planning to spend?

People are clearly inclined to splash out on travel this year, as 35% of respondents said they would be spending more on their holidays in 2014, compared to 2013. 27% of us will be spending more on flights and 21% of people will be spending more on accommodation.

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Webloyalty Predicts your Travel Plans for 2014

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Holiday Irritations

When it comes to complaining about their trips, UK travellers came up with some gems when Webloyalty compiled this research study.  Some results were to be expected, for example 16% of us dislike airport queues and 14% of people complain about lack of leg-room on a flight. However the more unusual complaints included “bad weather” (11% complained about this), “insects” (7.5%) and also “rude waiters” (3%) and “over-attentive waiters” (2.5%).

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Thoughts about Flying

When asked about flights, a whopping 47% of respondents agreed that “flying is a means to an end so I try to save as much money as possible on flights”. On the other hand, 13% of us are planning to use more high priced airlines such as British Airways over the next year.

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This Webloyalty research study looks at Travel and Leisure Habits in 2014, investigating what we’re planning for the holiday season:  Travel & Leisure 2014: A Webloyalty Research Report

For more travel and retail research, follow Webloyalty’s blog www.webloyaltyuk.com or Twitter: @WebloyaltyUK

Swimming Phuket’s Largest Waterfall

The northern part of Phuket is often overlooked as the much more quiet and laid back area of Phuket, compared to the madness and tourist fueled beaches of Patong, Karon and the rest. If you have the time to explore Phuket more in depth and would like to get away from the popular areas, take a journey up to the Paklock area of northern Phuket and spend the day hiking to and swimming in Phuket’s largest waterfall.

The Bangpae waterfall is located in a national park, which is also home to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Center, also well worth the visit. it will cost you 200B to get into the park, which includes free parking and entrance to the Gibbon Center as well. The waterfall is only a short 10 minute hike up a fairly easy trail. Watch out for slippery rocks and streams that flow across the trail though. We were hiking up to the falls in flip-flops and slipped a couple times.

Thai families and groups of friends love to visit the falls and have picnics along the banks of the small stream up and down the trial. Once you get to the falls throw your bags down, take your clothes off and jump in! The water is incredibly cool and refreshing and the powerful mist and roar from the waterfall is exciting and thrilling to me in the midst of. If you are adventurous, climb the slippery rocks up the left side of the fall, grab on to the attached rope and jump down into the base of the falls!

So bring a snack, plenty of bug spray, a change of clothes and you won’t be disappointed. One of the more fun activities we have done in Phuket and a fun way to get away from the more touristy scenes if you get the chance.

Cheers!

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jeffjohnsheadshotJeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to forget them all.

A graduate of the Visual Journalism program at the Brooks Institute, his true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh.

Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you have a comment or suggestion, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!


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