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Five Must Dos in Southern Thailand

Thailand is a traveller’s spiritual home and a rite of passage for backpackers. The mantra goes something like this: for trekking, temples, and culture – head north. For beaches, parties, and the ultimate paradise – head south. Ok, it’s not a massively catchy mantra, but it works.

Read on for 5 must dos in Southern Thailand. We’re hitting some of the big highlights here so, if off the beaten path is more your thing, make sure you check out out classic guide to Thailand’s best kept secrets!

Jump head first into southern Thailand

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Fiji FAQ

Today’s blog comes from STA Travel’s Sarah Hickey who can be found either curing her wanderlust in various parts of the world, or wishing she was back in the backpacker bubble.

I went to Fiji on a wing and a prayer! I booked it a couple of days before and all I was expecting were desert islands, excellent snorkeling and blue skies. Even though I was right about all of these things, if I’d have known what else was on offer I would have been more prepared, and I may have had a more exciting experience. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I left.


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5 reasons to visit the Cook Islands

When my fiancé and I were planning our pretty epic honeymoon back in 2013, it’s safe to say we didn’t have a clue what we were doing. We had 2.5 months and we knew we wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand. But that was it. So we decided to speak with one of STA’s Travel Experts (hi, Adam at London Victoria!).

Turned out for the price of a return to Auckland via Melbourne, we could get a Round the World ticket and head home via LA. Score. Then came the suggestion that made our honeymoon: “Air New Zealand do a twice weekly flight from Auckland to Rarotonga and on to LA – you guys could spend a week in the Cook Islands”.

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Reel Philippines – Island Hopping

This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Adelaide film-maker Ben Dowie off to The Philippines to hop around some of the 7000 islands and bring back stories of early morning misty haze, back-lit by soft sun rays through lush palms on white beaches. It’s a tough life isn’t it?

Watch Ben’s director’s commentary below, read about his amazing experiences, and discover why you should probably hop over there yourself (spoiler alert – because it’s beautiful).

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Skyscrapers, Souqs and Sweet Milk – Emirates Insider Dubai

Today’s blog comes from Alistair Lee – a Travel Expert from our UK Contact Centre who headed out to Dubai in February as our Emirates Insider.

When I was asked to go out on a trip to Dubai and be followed by a camera crew for a few days I was, well, apprehensive to say the least! Not because of the destination, I’ve been to Dubai 6 or 7 times so I was confident that I could find my way around and show off the best things to do, but being filmed on the beach in my green shorts was a different matter entirely. They are mine by the way, and I know they look great.

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