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Shakedown, Bangkok

Bangkok is probably the world biggest, most bustling traveller hub. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed by the craziness so our CRM Excutive Carmen steps forward to create this handy city guide to help you make the most of your stay. Here’s our shakedown of Bangkok.

The first thing you should know is that Bangkok is a mega-city of multiple personalities. With over 6 million people living there, you can pretty much find anything at anytime of day or night; the city is peppered with corner shops called 7Eleven.

It’s got a fearsome party reputation – Hangover II was filmed here – and that’s no exaggeration, there’s everything from Ping Pong shows, down somewhat suspicious side streets (don’t google it), to super plush sky bars. The city is a natural hub for all travellers/explorers landing in Southeast Asia as it’s connected to, well, just about everywhere. So if you are looking to start your trip here, it’s a great place for meeting like minded people, going in your direction.

Markets pop up like umbrellas in the rain, all over the city throughout the week, so the shopping is great – especially if you like to haggle. Of course, as Thailand’s capital city, so there is also a wealth of historic, religious and modern cultural sites to see. So let’s get down to it, here’s what to do in Bangkok and how to do it…

Visit Bangkok's famous Floating Markets.

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6 of the Best Wildlife Adventures Waiting for You in Asia

Asia is without a doubt the most diverse, most exciting, most crazy continent in the world, there are adventures to be had around every colourful corner and a trip here will leave you mesmerised, energised and hungry for more, and the good thing is – there’s always more to be had.

One of Asia’s crowning glories? The huge array of amazing wildlife, so we’ve listed our 6 favourite wildlife adventures in Asia below, and we can get you there, to see the kind of sights usually reserved for those must watch Attenborough documentaries for yourself.

Pandas in China.

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Soaking Up (or Just Getting Soaked) at Songkran

Songkran, the famous Thai New Year festival, is upon us once again. From Monday, this infamous festival where thousands of Thais celebrate the end of the dry season by ‘cleansing’ themselves with water… in open warfare! Not only is it one of the most celebrated Buddhist festivals in Thailand, Songkran is also the world’s largest water fight.

Although Songkran is celebrated in most Thai cities, Chiang Mai and Bangkok are the two best places for the super-soaking festivities. We asked two STA Travel staff to give their personal accounts of this crazy, wet and seriously interactive festival.

I had a blast at Songkran, Thailand.

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Cruising the winding backwaters of Kerala, Southern India

Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.

This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.

Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…

Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

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My Whirlwind Tour of India’s Golden Triangle and the Highlights of Rajasthan

This month, we’ll be introducing you to Tailor Made India trips, born from our vast knowledge of India itself and the understanding that, while an adventure here is without a doubt one of the best travel experiences you could ever wish to have, putting a trip together, can be hard work and pretty confusing.

That’s why we’ve spent that past few months training 3 of our best Travel Experts in all things India. It’s safe to say, Alyce, Thomas and Nick were all completely India obsessed before and are now ready for the challenge of helping you create a specific and completely personal trip to India that ticks every single one of your boxes.

This week on the blog, Alyce is here to share the experience of one of her trips there, and explain why she has fallen completely under it’s spell.

Alyce (L) at the Amber Fort, Jaipur.

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