Monday, 2 May 2011

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Gold Coast

What and Where is the Gold Coast?

If your planning on travel in Australia and not sure where to go or where is the best place this is perfect reading. The Gold Coast is a city which is on the south east coast of Queensland in Australia. It is argued as the most popular tourist attraction in all of Australia. 

So, why visit the Gold Coast? Here are my top 10 reasons

5. The Rainforest

Within 30 minutes of the coast there is Gold Coast hinterland the location full of farmland, vineyards, quaint villages, sprawling national parks and various rain forest reserves. The landscape completely changes from the surfy coastline to a rural farmland and rainforest area where a diverse eco-system of animals live.

Some main places to visit include
• Tamorine Mountain
• Lamington National Park (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat)
• Springbrook National Park

These places and many others offer a tonne of activities like 4 wheel driving, bushwalking, hang gliding, abseiling, wine tasting and much more!

4. Food

The abundance of restaraunts located within The Gold Coast offer some of the best Seafood you can eat. If your looking for some succulent lobster or a nice piece of fish fillet you have so many choices.

Such restaraunts as:

• Yellowfin
• Omeros Brothers
• Sage
• and Shuck

are all big names when it comes to Seafood. Gold Coast's speciality in food is by far food derived from the sea and within Surfer's Paradise these top restaraunts are not far to go.



3. Theme Parks

There 5 huge main theme parks situated on the Gold Coast and most being within half an hours drive of Surfer's Paradise Beach


Movie World boasts 17 rides with various ongoing performance and stunt shows going on within the park. On top of this there a various additional attractions within the park such as the costumed cartooned characters which create a distinct touch to the park.

Wet N Wild is a water theme park in which is has various water slides and tunnels. It does well to combat Queensland heat and provide a wet adrenaline rush ;)

Some other main theme parks include:

• Whitewater World
• Seaworld
• Dreamworld

Lastly is Infinity a laser mirror smoke maze which the people have to navigate their way through trying to tell if the wall is real and where is the door. Infinity was created by an astronomer who mimic'd space lights to create specific maze which leaves all the customers trippin balls/


2. Nightlife

You can't mention the Gold coast without mentioning the large array of Nightclubs which are situated all closely right next to Surfer's paradise.

Some of the most popular ones include:

• Vanity
• Shooters
• SinCity

To be honest, its not really going to matter what NightClub you go to they all go off. Even the RSL!


 1. Beaches

The number one and best reason to visit the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is the name for a whole bunch of beaches and suburbs which are situated on the sub tropical climate coast of Queensland. The humid temperature mixes quite well the salty ocean.

Both first time surfers and professional alike can find a swell which they are most suited to. The beaches offer a place to play sport, bbq, swim and learn to surf. Personally I think the beach captures part of Australia's culture and is a must see for both domestic and international tourists.


Saturday, 30 April 2011

                                 VietNam - The Hidden Charm

   Vietnam is an S-shaped strip of land, located in the heart of Southeast Asia. That is the one of the most beautiful asian countries I’d like to recommend to you to travel in you life

    Vietnam is called a country of sea, along the coastline of 3,260 km, longer than the length of the country you can discover the beaches in Vietnam with more than 20 famous beaches.

    In the North of Vietnam is Tra Co, Ha Long, Do Son... there are four seasons in the north Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, the different weather will make traveler fall in love with Vietnam, even though in the Winter is a little bit cold for swimming. In the contrast, the Southern Ocean is still warm and bright sunshine as the sea of Da Nang, Nha Trang, Vung Tau and Ha Tien...  Here, you can swim for four seasons.

Here are some beautiful places you should never miss in your long trip through Vietnam from Northern to Southern of Vietnam.

                                                            Sword lake in Ha Noi Capital

Ha Long Bay, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is truly unique for its many limestone islands, islets, mystical grottoes, and hidden white-sand beaches. It seems that all skilful masterpieces of the Creation and of nature are here. Thousands of islands look strong and magnificent. Some islands were named according to their shapes and forms, including Hon Dau Nguoi (Human Head Island), Hon Rong (Dragon Island), Hon Canh Buom (Sail Island), Hon Trong Mai (Male and Female Chicken Island), and Hon Lu Huong (Incense Burner Island).

Junks gathering in Ha Long Bay

Do Son Buffalo fighting Festival in Hai Phong City

Sapa is one of seven most beautiful and grandiose rice terrace fields announced by Travel and Leisure Magazine (USA). Sapa had one of the most attractive sites of Vietnam, with “the wonderful landscapes look like a ladder to climb into the sky of the Rice Terrace Fields”. Visitors will feel calm in rural life here.
Sapa Rice Terrace Field

Nha Trang is known as the world’s most beautiful bay. Visitors come here not only to swim and enjoy the beauty of pristine beaches but also take part in variety of activities. Nha Trang is Vietnam’s one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Nha trang beach

Ho Chi Minh City  commonly known as Saigon is the largest city in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City is the heart and soul of Vietnam. It's a bustling, dynamic and industrious centre, the largest city in the country. Yet within the teeming metropolis are the timeless traditions and beauty of an ancient culture. Saigon was officially renamed Ho Chi Minh City on May 1st 1975. However, the old Saigon moniker is still very widely used by both Vietnamese and foreigners -- especially when referring to the most central part of the city, to which most tourists flock. 
Ho Chi Minh City :)

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Beaches in KOREA!!


If you are a beach bunny, check out the wide selection of beaches Korea has to offer. Take a "sand bath" at Gyeongpo Beach in Gangwon-do province, watch the splendid sunrise at Naksan Beach , or you could head out to Daecheon beach  for a bath in it's thick, mineral rich mud. Jeju-do's Jungmun beach is the place for extreme sports athletes, as the clean water and powerful current make it perfect for sports like waterskiing and windsurfing

1. Jeungdo Ujeon Beach

Ujeon Beach stretches 4km in length on the southwestern coast of the island of Jeungdo-myeon, the biggest natural salt producer in Korea. The silvery white sand as well as the view of the sealine dotted with over 90 desert islands make Ujeon Beach one of the most attractive destinations. Visitors on Jeungdo Island can explore the sites of salt production and Haetae (a type of seaweed) farming, or go fising at nearby islands, including Nae•Oegaldo Island, Myeongdeokseom Island, Daeseom Island, Bunamdo Island and Myeongseom Island.

2.Daejin Beach
Daejin Beach, located in the north of Yeongdeok, Gyeongsanbuk-do in the small coastal village of Daejin-ri, is the longest beach on the east coast. The beach is popular among family vacationers for its clean and shallow waters. The area is surrounded by a lush pine forest creating beautiful scenery. There are also facilities such as shower booths and restrooms for the convenience of beach-goers.

A major attraction of Daejin Beach is Songcheon Stream which flows across the white sands of the beach. Vacationers may enjoy a dip in the freshwater stream while fishing both freshwater and sea fish. In addition, the Gangchuk Coastal Road connecting Daejin Beach to Chuksan Harbor and Ganggu Harbor is one of many scenic driving tours in Korea.

3.Nanjido Beach
Nanjido Beach  in Dangjin-gun, Chungcheongnam-do has 700m-long, 50m-wide soft white sand beaches. The water is shallow, clean and warm (20-23°C), and a pine grove nearly 1,000 pyeong wide surrounds the beach.

Nanjido Beach offers various convenience facilities such as campsites, showers, drinking fountains and bathrooms. The rocky coast in the northwest is a great spot for catching popular fish, such as rock cod and spotty belly greenling. By taking a boat, visitors can enjoy scenic ocean views as they pass beautiful islands, such as Yeongheungdo, Palmido, Seonjaedo, Gukhwado, Yukdo and Pungdo.



My fellow readers and travellers alike, today I wish to explore the wonders of Italy with you. Im not gonna give you population facts and demographics, you want that information, get your dicovery on with the Discovery Atlas: Italy movie, very interesting I must say. These are the facts as experienced by yours truly. Italy is a true gem that can only be descibed by one word, passione. Thats passion for my non italian speakers out there, the people of Italy live and breath passion, from driving to sport to interaction with one another, its all in the hand gestures and tone and even body language. On my travels throuh Italy I wound up in Pisa, the famous city of the leaning tower where you can take a picture of you holding the building up. I was with the family at the time and I went into a ticket booth to purchase a ticket to go up the leaning Tower of Pisaa, this lady and man beind the booth were engaged in argument and it got so heated that she straight up shut the booth down, no more tickets for you. I was taken back by this, the line was 20 deep with people and she just said im taking 5 and you get your tickets when you get them. That in itself could describe Italy but no, im not done.

Folow me no my readers to Roma, the largest and most famous ciyt in Italia, where Ceasar himself once dwelled and the Pope resides in the Vatican. Roma, a city of history and culture that is unrivalled, where else can you stay in a nie hotel across the street from the Colloseum. Roma is one of my favorite cities in the world and for many different reasons. Obviously the history is big for me, getting to see the Vatican and St Peter Basilica ( the worlds largest church) will stay with me forever. The thing I found most fascinating was the traffic and how romans drive, this is a city where traffic is always there and lights mean jack. Its about space, you see a gap, you go for it, red lights are just a place where people ield to cross a busy street, not stop. As a pedestrian in this great city I found this a bit unsettling for the first couple hours I was there, but when in Rome, you adapt to what everyone else does and so we did. Now readers consider this piece of advice as it could save you one day, when you cross the street in Rome, you dont worry about the cars, you look straight ahead, walk normally and dont worry about the cars going around you, they dont stop for you, they will just drive around you so just maintain walking speed and course and all will be fine.

I was sitting on the steps of the Piazza Venezia and I witnessed a man pull up in his car, take his girlfriend out of the car and place on the steps an walked to the middle of one of the busiest streets in Rome, take a picture, put his girlfriend back in the car and drive off, all while signalling an oncoming bus to slow down for him. I watched it all happen and even got a picture of it (unfortunatley its not a digital photo). I've travelled to a few places and seen a few things but never  something quite like that, truly unique and only in Rome!

I hope this finds you my fellow citizens and I hope you get to enjoy the wonders that Italy has to offer, Its a great country with great people, great food, and great atmosphere. Live well and travel better.

Chris Wilson

A bit of Beirut

Hey Peeps as promised my insight on Beirut

A bewildering composition of cultures and faiths, perched on a breathtaking sweep of Mediterranean coastline. Known to be the commercial and busiest city in Lebanon, Beirut also has several night clubs, restaurants and other entertaining places. Not to mention the famous markets at the Martyr's Place known as Souk el Barghout. However you could find me down at the powdery white beaches

I know you must be wondering who this man is...... (No its not my dad hahaha) His name is Wadih el Safi, he is one of the great Lebanese singers and I was privileged enough to see him in concert. His voice is amazing and he knows how to entertain a crowd.

Cutting out of the Mediterranean Sea is one of the city's most recognised landmarks, Pigeon Rock

There is still a lot more to explore in Beirut but I have to run

Bye for now xx Rima

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Manly, Sydney's Most Popular Seaside Destination


Manly is a beach side tourist attraction along the shores of Sydney its famous for surfing, dining or clubbing :)
Source (Myself)

Manly is situated on the northern beaches next to freshwater and curl curl and contains a whole combination of beaches. The centre of Manly is the corso where various restaurants, shops and bars are located.


If you were coming to Manly the first thing you would need to know is where to stay?

Source (Picture of the Sebel Hotel)

 Well theres various types of accommodation which contains quite a large price range.

    The Sebel
    From $209 per night
    Manly Pacific
    From $229 per night
    Bella Vista
    From $189 per night
    Manly Backpackers
    From $40 per night
    Boardrider Backpacker
    From $100 per night
    Manly Beach House
    From $110 per night

    All price quotes from

    Going Out!

    Manly has quite a range of bars, pubs, clubs to go out and friday and saturday night the corso is filled with various beer and kebab lovers to have one massive party.

    The five main clubs/pubs are:

    1. The Steyne
    2. Ivanhoe
    3. Shore Club
    4. Manly Wharf Bar
    5. Manly Boatshed

    The Steyne is one of the oldest pubs in Manly and contains a bad reputation for violence and other crimes, that said they serve cheap $5 dollar meals on a Monday so it's still ok to go there :D
    Source (the party there is so good it goes out to the street)
    The Ivanhoe is probably the best all round club in Manly because of the crowds it pulls on Friday and Saturdays. On both days the downstairs floor is dedicated to the cougars and old fucks who listen to 80s shit. Whilst the middle floor has the purpose of pool and casual drinks, whilst the top floor is the club floor.
    Source (check out that playa getting some action yeah dawg)

    The Shore Club also has three levels and mainly only uses 2, its quite small in size but has huge crowds. The two floors play different music and Shore Club pulls a tonne of tourists participially Brazilian.



    Source (his about to make his move)

    Manly Wharf Bar contains overpriced drinks but its location of being next to the wharf allows itself to be an optimal meeting place for casual drinks.
    Source (retirement village outing)
    The Manly Boatshed is the only club in the whole of Manly to have a covercharge and I have no idea why. It has a whole bunch of shitty comedians on a friday night or some shithouse band no one has ever heard of. On Saturdays it is cougar central and where the young guys go for something different.