For many years, the Mediterranean has been the holiday destination of choice for visitors from all around the world, in particular Britain and Northern Europe. However, in recent years its popularity has declined somewhat. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most significant is the current economic crisis in Europe and particularly its effect on the Euro and exchange rates. The exchange rate imposes an extra burden on travellers from countries outside the Euro-zone, as the rates have been anything but favourable for some time now. With spending money becoming increasingly tight, this is an additional expense few can afford. But there is an answer, and it is extremely simple! Just look for resorts that offer everything you want, but are not tied to the Euro. Among the destinations that have gained a lot of notice in this regard, Northern Cyprus has particularly benefitted and has seen substantial growth in tourism. Unlike the Republic of Cyprus to the south of the island, Northern Cyprus remains outside the EC and has not adopted the Euro as its currency. This can make north Cyprus hotels extremely good value for visitors from mainland Europe. The north (or the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to give it its formal title) remains tied to the New Turkish Lira (YTL). Once the subject of many jokes, the YTL has in reality remained extremely stable for many years and is a reflection on the growing economic success of Turkey. Choosing a Northern Cyprus hotel for your Mediterranean holiday will not only offer you a superb break, but can also save you a great deal of money compared with other resorts. Of course, the money-saving aspect is only one thing. North Cyprus hotels and the country as a whole offer a great deal more. The resort has been described as 'The Jewel in the Mediterranean Crown' on more than one occasion and has some of the most stunning scenery and the most gloriously-preserved historical sites in the entire region. Steeped in history, yet with one foot firmly in the modern world, the island offers almost anything you could dream of to make the perfect holiday. Whether your preference is for lazing in the sun, or for a break crammed with activities, you will find much to enthral and entertain you. For the sun-worshippers, north Cyprus offers miles of wonderful beaches and even the smallest hotel inevitably have pools and sun terraces to make the most of the island's fantastic climate. For the active, there is everything from mountain walks to paragliding and countless things in between. And for the watersports enthusiast, there is every joy of the Mediterranean. At least three, major, PADI diving centres are based on the north Cyprus coast, and for those who prefer to remain on the water's surface, there is everything from windsurfing to a lazy day relaxing on a coastal cruise. Try Northern Cyprus and you will enjoy a holiday that you will remember for afetime. And for all the right reasons! If you are contemplating your first visit, then one of the Northern Cyprus hotels around the Kyrenia area is probably the best place to start. Kyrenia is located on the northern coast of the island and has been a favourite holiday spot for decades. It's beautiful, ancient harbour is an absolute 'must see' for any holiday here and its colourful streets and alleys are full of restaurants, shops and places of interest. To get the best out of it, you are probably wise to look for a hotel attle distance from the town itself. There are many smaller north Cyprus hotels to be found in the villages and countryside just a few miles from Kyrenia and most are of truly excellent standard and offer everything you could imagine, plus the peace and relaxation the island is famed for. Whether or not value for money is important to you (and let's be honest, it is for almost all of us), then Northern Cyprus should be on your holidayst. And it should be on thatst for many other reasons as well!
Pattaya (Thailand) and How to get there Pattaya, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Thailand, is situated 150 km south of Bangkok (the capital city of Thailand). You can go to Pattaya by cars, buses and trains. There are also domestic flights from Samui and Phuket to Utapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport, operated by Bangkok Airways. Goting to Pattaya from Bangkok By Train There is daily train from Hua Lamphong Railway Station (Bangkok) to Pattaya. It departs Bangkok at 6.55am and arrive Pattaya at 10.34am. The cost is around 140 Baht for first class, 72 Baht for second class and 31 Baht for third class. Address: Rong Mueng, Patumwan, Bangkok To get to Hua Lamphong Railway Station, you can take subway and get off at Hua Lamphong Station. The train journey may take almost 4 hours to arrive Pattaya; but what you'll get from traveling by trains in Thailand are the unique atmosphere and Thai culture together with beautiful scenery along the way to Pattaya. By Bus from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya There is Airport Pattaya Bus service running from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to North Pattaya. You can find the service at Airport Bus Terminal or just go down to level 1 at the Airport (Arrival Terminal) and the bus service can be found between gate number 7-8. The ticket price is 124 Baht per person and the service runs everyday from 6.45am to 10pm. The Airport Bus takes around 1.5 hours to arrive Pattaya. By Bus from Bangkok's Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal. You can get to Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal by Bangkok's sky train (BTS) and get off at Ekkamai Station. The bus terminal is right at the Ekkamai Station and opposite Sukhumvit 63. The buses leave every 30 minutes from 5am to 11pm and the ticket price is around 113 Baht per person. By Bus from Bangkok's Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal 2 to Pattaya You can go to Bangkok's Mo Chit Northern Bus Terminal 2 by Bangkok's sky train (BTS) and get off at Mo Chit station. This station is near famous Jatujak Weekend Market. The buses leave every 30 minutes from 4.30am to 10pm and cost between 113Baht to 121 Baht per person. By Bus from Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal (Sai Tai Mai) to Pattaya This bus station is situated quite far away from Bangkok's city center. It's located on Borommaratchachonnani Road and you have to go there by taxi or buses. Unlike the other two bus terminals, buses at Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal leave approximately every hour from 5am to 7.30pm. The ticket price is 113Baht per person. For me, I don't recommend you to catch the bus here unless your accommodation is close to its location or you want to travel around there before going to Pattaya. No matter which bus terminal you choose, there are two types of buses going to Pattaya, First Class and Second Class buses. The first class bus generally has a toilet inside and goes straight to North Pattaya without or a few stops on the way and it takes around 2 hours for the first class bus to arrive Pattaya. The second class bus stops to pick passengers up at some points along the way, so it takes more time to arrive Pattaya. However, if you'dke to go to Jomtien Beach, you may want to catch a second class bus, as many of them offer to drop passengers off at Jomtien Beach and continue on to the South Pattaya road. You might need to ask the staff first when buying ticket if the bus goes to Jomtien Beach. By Taxi from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to Pattaya Make sure you know the average rate before asking for Taxi to drive you to Pattaya; otherwise it can cost you a fortune. The normal rate could be around 1,500 Baht plus express way fee. However, the rate is negotiable and you can get as low as 1,000 Baht. Tips: Taxi on level 1 in front of the arrival terminal at Suvarnabhumi Airport may cost you more. A better choice is to go to the departure terminal (4th Floor) and you'll find many taxis there that just dropped off prior passengers. They are more negotiable. By rental car from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya This might be the most convenient mode of transportation, but costs you the highest as well. There are plenty of car rental services at Suvarnabhumi Airport you can choose from. The advantage is Suvarnabhumi Airport is closer to Pattaya than Bangkok's city center and so it's easier to drive there. You can ask for the direction from the car rental services; but I recommend you to go on Bypass Route in order to avoid traffic at Chonburi's city center. It should take around 1.5 hours to arrive Pattaya.