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Little Vagator - Goa

Anjuna, India


All,

I'm currently holed up in a quiet town just south of my previous abode in Arambol, its travelling population is made up primarily of Israelis and Russians ... so well chosen by me. Luckily the customary jokers and merkers are still here so it still feels like an authentic Goan experience.

No much to add on the town except that the beach isn't as nice as Arambol and seems to be slightly more expensive food/drink wise, although there are some lovely bars to watch sunset at... I popped down to the beach on Monday for a quiet day reading the Kite Runner (very highly recommended) but was confronted with a beach full of Indians as it was their national holiday, a few good games of cricket ensued with the Indians taking a no holds barred approach.

Today I went to the famous Anjuna flee market where lots of 'wily' vendors attempt to sell you rugs, t-shirts, jewellery, smoking pipes and all the usual sort gunk that you desperately need. Bizarrely there are lots of Nepalese trying to flog winter clothing in 35C heat.

My future plans are a sleeper bus to Hampi 2mro to visit some ruins of some sort and then onwards to Bangalore and Mysore, this should keep me busy for the next 2 weeks.

And finally... Monsieur - not sure if you can subscribe but you can add the page to your feed on Igoogle.. if you don't have a feed already then I recommend that you start one up!

Hope everyone is well
x

permalink written by  Michael Russell on January 28, 2009 from Anjuna, India
from the travel blog: Escape from Blighty
tagged Beach, Goa and LittleVagator

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Kata Beach Phuket aka Paradise

Phuket, Thailand


I'd read a lot of good and bad things about Phuket. The good had to do with how beautiful it was and the bad had to do with being overpriced and overdeveloped. Consequently I spent a lot of our free time over the previous week researching where to stay. For the most part this research was an exercise in frustration as I could always find something bad about every place I wanted to stay. In the end we settled on Mom Tri's Boathouse on Karon Beach.

It was absolutely incredible. The walls of our suite were all windows, overlooking the beach:


In front of Mom tri's at sunset:


My other concern had to do with fighting other tourist for a sun chair and/or a bit of beach, especially since this was the high season for tourists. Mom Tri's was an oasis on an otherwise crowded beach. They seemed to have the exclusive right to provide sun chairs on the strip of sand in front of their hotel. When we went out to the beach they would set up a chair and umbrella for us on demand. If you looked left or right down the beach you would see rows and rows of sun chairs crammed together like coach seats on an airplane. But for us there was plenty of elbow room to the left and right, and nothing but ocean in front.

Red umbrellas in front of Mom Tri's:

Everyone Else:

As soon as we settle into our chairs they rushed over multiple towels and glasses of ice water. And if that wasn't enough, every few hours they would bring complimentary fruit skewers. We were truly in paradise.

For the first few days we did nothing but sit on the beach or swim, with myself indulging in a daily thai massage. On day 3 or 4 we did a dive(me)/snorkelling(michelle), which included visiting the famous beach(The Beach) on ko phi phi.

Diving near ko phi phi:

Miscellaneous views from the dive boat:


'The Beach' from the boat:


On 'The Beach':

We finished up the week with a night in patong, the super party district at patong beach.

permalink written by  soloshell3 on January 26, 2009 from Phuket, Thailand
from the travel blog: Solomon and Michelle's Southeast Asian escape
tagged Beach, Phiphi, Phuket and Kata

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Perth

Perth, Australia


Perth is one of Australia's best tourist spots which is also the capital of Western Australia. Perth is also considered Australia's sunniest capital. On the West Bank of the Swan River, one can see the beautiful city.

Perth was discovered in 1829 by convicts heading to the area around the labour shortage. Then, Perth grew and bloomed during the 1890's due to discovery of gold. Today, the modern Perth has many stunning buildings, museums, churches, and skycrapers. Perth also offers great nightlife. The most popular nightlife area in the city is Northbridge which contains several nightclubs, restaurants, and bars.

Perth is also known for its beaches. One can find surfing excitement in Floreat, Leighton, Scarborough, Port, and Trigg Island, to name a few. Perth also has calmer beaches located in Peppermint Grove, Como, or Crawley.

As summer is fast approaching, Perth remains a superb tourist destination. Perth is undeniably a city to simply relax and enjoy.

permalink written by  On Foot on February 10, 2007 from Perth, Australia
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Australia, Perth, Port, Floreat, Leighton, Scarborough, TriggIsland, PeppermintGrove, Como and Crawley

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Sampaguita Beach

Batangas, Philippines


Whenever I visited the Philippines, I would always visit its beaches. There was one particular beach located South of Luzon in Batangas, that was simple yet beautiful. They called this the Sampaguita Beach, with its letters painted on wood..something you would normally see in sari-sari stores, a term coined by Filipinos which referred to a small convenience store.

I will always remember the Nipa Huts (native houses constructed out of bamboo tied together wih a thatched roof using Nipa leaves), the long tables made of long bamboo trunks under it were you can eat or sleep on, and the clear waters. The place is ideal for snorkeling since corals are already visible just a few meters from the shore. When I go snorkeling, I wear protective diving boots since there are lots of sea urchins sitting on the corals.

Just like my other excursions in the Philippines, the end of the day would be spent just drinking and chilling with the gentle sounds of the ocean. I will always treasure Sampaguita Beach.

permalink written by  On Foot on February 19, 2007 from Batangas, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Batangas, Sampaguita, Philippines and SeaUrchins

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Crocodile Island

Panay, Philippines


There was a time when I visited Panay in the Philippines where I discovered Crocodile Island. From afar you can see that the Island is shaped like a crocodile (or alligator, but it doesn't matter). It was hours away from the main island, and it was a very beautiful place.

Upon arrival, I glanced at the crystal clear waters that rocked the boat gently. The sand was white, and consisted of tiny shell particles. Lots of trees also existed, and there were different kinds of plants as well. We walked inside the island, and I was surprised to find a nice swimming pool with cozy outdoor sofas. There were also great seafood and fruit drinks. The Island itself was a club with great beaches. The people were very hospitable and nice. I spent the rest of the afternoon swimming, eating and sleeping. It was a very refreshing place.

Crocodile Island is one of the simplest but most relaxing places I've ever been too.

permalink written by  On Foot on February 22, 2007 from Panay, Philippines
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Diving, Beach, Islands, Panay and Boracay

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Bora Bora

Papeete, French Polynesia


Being in Bora Bora Island is about experiencing nature's beauty at its best. I can never forget the captivating view of the Island on our way going there.

The Island is perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. The crystal blue lagoon is just so alluring that you want to immerse in its waters. The cozy overwater bungalows and huts make its a perfect place to relax. Diving and snorkeling activities are perfect, with colorful coral reefs and abundant marine life.

Travelers around the world including celebrities frequently visit this perfect vacation spot, and is definitely an solid attraction for future visitors.

This beautiful place just feels like heaven.

permalink written by  On Foot on February 26, 2007 from Papeete, French Polynesia
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Island, Tahiti and FrenchPolynesia

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Placencia Belize

Belize City, Belize


Placencia is one of the most pleasant places for relaxation. The name is a Spanish term for “Point Pleasant”.

Placencia, Belize has one of the most exhilirating beaches in the world. Only consisting of a small community of less than 500 people, the place is perfect for tranquil vacations. The place is also known as “barefoot perfect” because the streets which are just the width of sidewalks, encourage people to walk due to lack of paved roads. The main street sidewalk is also amazing as it is the Guinness Book World of Records' narrowest street. Diving and snorkeling are a must as the second largest barrier reef in the world is just situated a few meters from the shore. The place is peaceful, wherein the breeze gently sways in the coconut palms, and the waves slowly break in the shore.

Relax your mind and your body at the most pleasant Placencia.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 1, 2007 from Belize City, Belize
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Belize, Placencia and PointPleasant

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Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Whenever I hear Barry Manilow's “Copacabana”, I always remember the happy beach located in Rio de Janiero Brazil. As the song connotes, Copacabana is one of the most laidback and joyful places I've ever been too.

One of the most famous beaches in the whole world is Copacabana. The life of this beach is in the numerous people who visit this place. The number of people here are enormous that they occupy 4 kilometer stretch of sand annually. People come here for relaxing, sunbathing, and people watching. The place is just a large eclectic mix of people and cultures. Despite the scattered crowd, you can still relax in little cozy places such as the huts and bars. It's also great to see a fascinating place that has a pleasant beach. Dining and nightlife is wonderful as well.

Copacabana is truly an overwhelming festive atmosphere.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 2, 2007 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, Brazil, RioDeJaniero and BarryManilow

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Oxwich Bay

Llangennith, United Kingdom


I used to have a diffcult time locating fine beaches in Britain. However, when I saw Oxwich Bay, I was fascinated with its simplicity. Oxwich Bay is situated on the Grower Peninsula in South Wales, and is undoubtly the most beautiful beach in Britain.

The beach has a refined quality. Aside from its nice location, Oxwich Bay is an eco-friendly place with Arcadian quality. The beach consists of 2.5 Miles of fine sand and safe shallow waters. The beach is also very solemn even on very hot days. Popular activities in this place are swimming, windsurfing, and sailing. The good thing about this beach is also the cleanliness and maintainance of the water quality. The Penrice Castle overlooks the beach, and is surrounded woodlands, which is also a great travel attraction.

I would recommend anyone in Europe, especially Britian to visit Oxwich Bay. This place makes it a reason why people in Britain do not necessarily need to go out of the country searching for a great beach.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 7, 2007 from Llangennith, United Kingdom
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Beach, UK, Surf and OxwichBay

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Harbour Island

Dunmore, The Bahamas


Have you ever heard of Harbour Island in The Bahamas? Believe it or not, it is one of Bahamas' best places to go for a vacation. It is a small island that is less than 4 Miles long and a half mile wide. It is only an hour away from Florida.

Harbour Island is also called “Briland” by its inhabitants. The pale pink sand greatly distinguishes it from other beaches. The hotels, vacation homes, and restaurants are very relaxed and comfortable, making it a famous tourist destination. Some of the interesting activities in the island are snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and fishing. The weather in Harbour Island is very pleasant. Late winter and Spring are the most favorable since rain is less likely to happen. This also makes the island a great place to relax or sleep with the gentle breeze sounds.

Now that you heard of this Island, I would suggest that you visit this very wonderful island.

permalink written by  On Foot on March 9, 2007 from Dunmore, The Bahamas
from the travel blog: On Foot
tagged Diving, Beach, Fishing, Bahamas, Island, Pink and Harbor

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