How to get tailor-made package holidays right

Singapore at night

When you think of a package tour what comes to mind? Being stuck on stuffy buses with noisy travellers? Always rushing and never having enough time to take in the sights?

Tour packages have come a long way in recent years, especially in the tailor-made sector. In fact, planning a holiday with an independent streak is probably best done with the guidance.

Singapore at night

An Asian dream

Fascinating history, culture, architecture customs and cuisines meet in stunning Asian destinations like Thailand, China and Malaysia making them eternally popular with visitors from the West. With so much choice on offer, the question is where to start? A combination of your imagination and a travel pros practicality will answer that question.

Tour types

Think for a minute about the kind of holiday you want. Do you want to focus on food? Are you after something romantic? Are you tempted by the excitement of Asian cities or would you like to combine town and country in a single trip? These days, you start with the ideas and, with a little bit of guidance, a tailor-made tour is created.

Choosing the right place

Asia has so many vibrant capitals that many visitors decide to focus on travelling to a selection of these urban centres. With the right advice, you won’t need to waste time exploring (unless you want to, of course) because the nightlife and attractions that appeal to you will be included in the itinerary. Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, here we come!

Islands

Thinking about a tailor-made trip to an Asian destination wouldn’t be complete without a mention of beaches. The white-sand beaches of Bali, Thailand and Malaysia are amongst the most beautiful in the world. Who wouldn’t want to spend days on end in the shade of a palm tree with cocktail in hand while listening to the waves?

The honeymoon option

Asian destinations are full of remote islands which are one reason why it is a popular choice for special romantic trips like honeymoons or anniversary celebrations. You have to walk hand-in-hand with your loved one along a beach while the sun is setting at least once in your life so why not check out the numerous options in Asia?

Once in a while a family decides to make an extra-special trip to bring them together and to create wonderful memories. Asian countries offer all sorts of possibilities in family island resorts and on nature treks. Think elephants!

The possibilities for a tailor-made tour are almost endless with the exploration half the pleasure, so why not book your trip today?

Volunteering as a teacher with uVolunteer

Volunteering as a teacher abroad

Many of us wish we could travel more, but so often, making a journey is considered a luxury. As a result, we may deny ourselves the benefits of travelling to other places and experiencing different world views, philosophies, and cultures. Another activity that seems to have fallen by the wayside is that of service. As a volunteer, we facilitate a reconnection with our fellow human beings, and nurture an essential understanding of our sameness. When you give of yourself, offering your time and your attention, you give a gift far more precious than a donation of funds or goods. Moreover, you are giving to yourself as well, a priceless gift of experience that can only happen when you are fully engaged with the wonders of the world around you.

Volunteering as a teacher abroad

Feeding or teaching others?

While volunteering to feed those who are hungry or to build homes for those without are worthy pursuits, perhaps the most rewarding service is that of teaching. Any teacher you meet will tell you that it’s not just about instruction in the classroom. Teaching offers a wealth of learning experiences to the teacher – endless opportunities to grow as a human being. So, why not take the unique opportunity to have both the rewarding experiences offered by travel and the enrichment of helping others at the same time? Travel to Thailand and help teach English to bright, enthusiastic students.

Day to day tasks as a volunteer

In the Trat province of Thailand, schools often go underfunded, which can place strain on the teachers. As a volunteer in schools in and around the provincial capital of Trat, you would serve as a teacher’s aid to help ensure that each child receives the best possible instruction in the basics of the English language. Since Thai pedagogy centers around fun as a primary teaching tool, it’s vital to be an enthusiastic, encouraging helper to these children, so they soak up everything they possibly can. You’ll help to develop and implement engaging lesson plans for classrooms of between 20 and 40 students. During the week, you’ll work a maximum of six hours in the morning, Monday to Thursday. With your time off, you are free to travel to nearby tourist attractions, soak up the local culture and cuisine, or take photographs of an exotic new land.

Getting ready

As exciting as travelling abroad can be, it’s always best to prepare yourself physically and psychologically for the journey. While you will be based in Trat, a regional city, be sure to consult with your GP a minimum of several weeks before you plan to travel. Most GPs will recommend a Hepatitis B vaccination, and possibly a yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis treatment as well. The latter two complications are carried by mosquitoes, so pack your bug spray. Also, it’s generally advisable to be up-to-date on all your standard vaccinations, from polio to tetanus, and to plan ahead for over-the-counter needs; medication for issues such as diarrhea, menstrual cramps, headache, indigestion, and sunburn should be purchased in advance of travel. Enjoy the street market food that is freshly prepared, wear a helmet if you hop on a motorcycle taxi, and keep your valuables in a safe place. And most importantly, remember to have fun! This is a journey that can be as rewarding for you as it is for the fun-loving Thai children you’ll help educate – and that’s a truly wonderful thing!

3 cultural differences to know before travelling to China

The Great Wall of China

China and the West have distinct cultures in many ways. Some of these differences are very obvious while some are subtle. You should better understand them before you travel to China otherwise you are going to be annoyed and confused when encountering an “unbelievable” situation. Here I am going to discuss three cultural differences which would easily make a Western traveller go crazy.

The Great Wall of China

Queuing – The Ordered Chaos

Queuing with pushing and shoving is normal in China. Actually you are not going to see any queues in banks, shops, stations, etc. Instead of queuing one-by-one in the western way, Chinese people like to make a crowd and “fight” for it. It sounds terrible, and it is really terrible when you are in those situations. Although the Chinese government is promoting a better culture and people are improving, you still see people who are not queuing properly in some places. If you are waitng for a service or waiting to get on train or bus, you’d better bump into to the crowd and fight for it.

Direct Answers – Getting Blood from a Rock

In Western countries, when you are asking for an opinion for your work, people are likely to tell you how good or horrible it is. It’s not the case in China. When you ask a Chinese person to give you his opinion on your work or proposal, he will just give you indirect answer. They will beat around the bush without ever quite answering your question in a way a politician would be proud. Chinese people do that just because they do not want to cause conflict. They tend to avoid arguing with others by not giving their direct and personal opinion to others. That’s why you may feel frustrated when asking a Chinese for an opinion.

Restaurants – The Noisiest Place

Would you prefer a noisy place or a quiet place when dining? I would prefer both, depending on whom I am dining with. Most Western people are used to eating in a quiet environment. However, when you are travelling in China, you can hardly find a good place with a low noise level. In the point of view of Chinese people, the noisier, the better. People like to talk in a loud voice and they tend to talk non-stop when they are having their meals. Actually, you can easily find your ear booming not only for dinner, but also during lunch and breakfast. It is part of Chinese culture, but if you want to avoid this, you can try room service. However, you’ll miss one of the best parts about Chinese culture.

There are many things to learn about Chinese culture and many of them are really interesting. However, I’d like to leave it to you. Discovering a new culture itself is already an interesting and fun activity. You’d experience more if you are discovering the culture differences for yourself. Learning basic Chinese is also recommended before you go to China because most Chinese are not familiar with English. What do you think about the cultural differences?

Road trippin’ in Thailand

Exploring Thailand by car

One excellent way to visit Thailand is to hire a car and explore by yourself. Since most of the highways are well maintained and are in good condition, Thailand can be a great place to drive. By driving yourself, you will not only have a greater chance of seeing things off the beaten track, but you’ll also get to have the adventure of navigating and exploring on your own. You’ll be able to visit all of the gorgeous tropical beaches, mountain villages and traditional monasteries with your own set of wheels.

Exploring Thailand by car

Hiring a Car: The Logistics

The big car hire brands operate out of the airport in Bangkok and have offices in the major cities. There are also local agencies that will rent to foreigners. However, before you plan to hire a car, you should make sure that your car insurance covers accidents abroad, just in case. If you plan to spend less than six months in the country, then you can use your regular driver’s license. For longer stays, you should get an international license or a Thai driver’s license.

In terms of road safety and etiquette, cars drive on the left side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the car, the same as in the UK. Outside major cities, driving can be quite pleasant due to the lack of traffic, while driving in Bangkok can be hellish. Expect to deal with tailgating and other drivers cutting in front of you. If you are uncomfortable with this type of aggressive driving, you can arrange to pick up your car near the city’s outskirts and use the car to only explore the countryside, with only a short trip back into the city to return the car at the end of your trip.

Suggested Routes

With no shortage of interesting sites and activities, there are thousands of different routes you can take in Thailand. For example, you can drive from Bangkok to Phuket, exploring beaches and seaside villages along the way. Or, take a trip up north to the hill country and explore the mountainous tropical rainforest. With a car, you’ll be able to set your own schedule and see things usually left off the tour company itineraries, such as secluded beaches, isolated villages and little-known ruins.

Safety First

While a road trip around Thailand may be the adventure of a lifetime, it’s also important to take steps to ensure your own health and safety while you’re away, and it’s important to read up on important and relevant travel information. In some parts of rural Thailand, medical care may not be readily available, and you should make sure you carry basic first aid supplies in the car, take medication to prevent malaria if necessary, and receiving all necessary vaccinations before your trip.

Additionally, driving in some parts of Thailand can be dangerous, particularly in Bangkok. Make sure you have insurance before you go and try to drive as cautiously as possible. Be aware that even a minor accident can result in a whiplash injury that can cause significant pain and discomfort. If you are involved in an accident, seek medical attention immediately.

Nevertheless, travelling by car is a fantastic way to see Thailand. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime and experience the open Thai road.

Backpacking in Asia – Where to Go and Why

Bangkok at night

The world is your oyster and all you need is the funds to make it happen. Saving up for a long travelling excursion may be a difficult process and one which will have to see you at your most frugal and disciplined best, but it will also deliver you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you are preparing for your overseas adventure, it makes sense to compare travel exchange rates in advance and get some extra value for that hard earned cash.

Many currency exchange providers offer very competitive exchange rates and low commission charges and putting in the extra time to find the best deal can be beneficial in the long term.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Mesmerising Ha Long Bay

Asia has an abundance of amazing destinations and to omit certain ones from this list is very difficult as so many offer their own unique qualities. Halong Bay is a world heritage site, and it is a strong part of Vietnam’s history. In Ancient times it was a historic battleground and it has definitely contributed to the evolution of the Vietnamese culture. It is populated with large limestone karsts and mini islands which cover a total area of 932 sq. miles. Its periods of cultural and geological changes have created a diverse mix of wildlife, particularly sea-based species. The Thien Cung Grotto is one of the more famous caves which dominate this inspiring landscape.

Bangkok, Thailand

A full tour of backpacking through Asia wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Thailand’s capital. Full of fervency and character this bustling city delivers flavourful food, interesting people and spectacular beaches. Khao San Road is known for its colourful culture and tourism, with many people calling it the ‘Backpackers Ghetto’. It is easy to find a cheap hotel or an even more primitive and cheaper form of accommodation if need be. It’s generally a great spot for other backpackers to meet, discuss their journeys so far, and where they plan to head next.

Bangkok at night

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s capital is one of the most visited south eastern destinations in Asia, and although it has a more of a commercial appeal than many other large Asian cities, its interesting history, extraordinary architecture, and vibrant art scene, make it a must see for all backpackers. If you are someone who loves to shop and you feel like you can fit a few more items in your backpack, then the extravagant malls will keep you entertained for hours. It is influenced by a mix of Asian cultures such as Filipino, Indonesian, Malay and Chinese. The food is exquisite and the broad range of Asian influences is reflected in the many different meals available at very affordable prices. It may be useful to learn a handful of Arabic terms as Islam is the dominant religion of the country.

Five Great Holiday Destinations in Perth, Australia

Sunset on the beach in Perth

Perth, the largest city in Western Australia, is a favorite holiday destination for visitors looking to get a taste of what Australia is really like. The area is filled not only with a number of famous historic sites, but it also is home to many natural wonders that can be found nowhere else in the world. The sheer number of things to do in Perth can truly be overwhelming, not only to people new to the area, but even for more seasoned visitors. However, there are a few sites that visitors will want to be sure not to miss on their trip.

Sunset on the beach in Perth

The top five holiday destinations in Perth are:

  • Kings Park & Botanic Garden;
  • Cottesloe Beach;
  • Perth Zoo;
  • Penguin Island;
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

One of the not to be missed stops on a trip to Perth for nature lovers is Kings Park & Botanic Garden. Kings Park & Botanic Garden is unique in that over half of the land is conserved for native bushland, a sight not to be seen anywhere else in Australia. In addition, the park is home to hundreds of native plant species and a number of bird species that are guaranteed to delight visitors.

Cottesloe Beach

More for nature lovers is Cottesloe Beach. The beautiful white sand beaches are perfect for visitors looking to relax and the water is wonderful for those interested in swimming or other water sports. Bike paths are also available along the beach for individuals who are more interested in being active on their beach holiday.

Perth Zoo

Next on the list for adults and kid alike is Perth Zoo. The zoo is divided into three main areas: Asian Rainforest, Australian Walkabout and African Savannah. It’s home to many species like dingoes, chameleon dragons and a variety of crocodiles and is a fabulous place to spend a day for the young and young at heart.

Penguin Island

Penguin Island is easily reached by ferry or private boat. Visitors to the island can see… penguins in their natural habitats and also enjoy the beautiful scenery that the island is known for. Take a trip there for R&R even if penguins don’t mean much to you.

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

For culture vultures interested in the art and history of Australia is the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The gallery plays host to over 15,000 works of art that cover a wide range of subjects. This particular gallery is especially special because of its large collection of native art, second to none in all of Australia.

Hiring a car lets visitors see the many sites Perth is famous for at their own pace and keeps them from missing out on the wonders that this breathtaking area has to offer.

Exploring northern Thailand

Sleeping buddha in Chiang Mai

Most trips to Thailand centre around the bustling capital of Bangkok or the nation’s paradise islands, like Koh Samui, but I think there’s a lot to be said for visiting the north. It’s here that you’ll find some of the nation’s most incredible scenery, great locations for trekking, and cities brimming with cultural attractions.

If the idea of exploring Thailand’s lesser-trod north appeals to you, read my brief introduction to the region – hopefully, it’ll give you a little inspiration when creating your itinerary!

Chiang Mai

 

Sleeping buddha in Chiang Mai

Ask most travellers to name a destination in northern Thailand and you can pretty much bank on them saying Chiang Mai. Once upon a time, this city acted as a convenient base for hikers planning on trekking through the northern hills and, while it still acts in this capacity to a certain extent, it’s also become a destination in its own right.

The genius of Chiang Mai lies in its juxtaposition of old and new. Here, you can see historic temples standing side-by-side with swish hotels – and this really does reflect the culture of the place as a whole. There’s so much traditional culture to discover, but Chiang Mai is also, in many ways, a very modern city.

Among the top things to do while you’re here is head into the mountains to trek among rice paddies and meet hill tribes, visit some of its 300-plus temples, explore the old city and hit the Night Bazaar. A sprawling market, the Night Bazaar provides an unforgettable experience, comprising shops and stalls selling everything from designer goods to traditional hill crafts.

Chiang Rai

Not yet as popular as its larger neighbour, Chiang Rai is nonetheless slowly becoming known to more and more travellers. Part of Chiang Rai’s appeal is that it’s a quieter place to experience the history and culture of the north (compared to Chiang Mai), while it is also home to amazing natural landscapes.

The mountains lining the north of the city are loaded with brilliant treks, so this is every bit as good a base for walkers as Chiang Mai. Plus, Chiang Rai is fantastic for tackling jungle hikes and wildlife spotting. One thing you should remember, though, is that you ought to visit the Population Development Association’s Hill Tribe Education Centre before planning a hike to a hill tribe (unless you’re travelling as part of a tour group, that is).

Sukhothai

Translating as ‘dawn of happiness’, Sukhothai is famous for its spectacular ruins, which have been so well restored that it’s easy not to think of them as ruins at all. Dating back to the 13th century, this city experienced its heyday under the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng and these days is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A visit here is a real must during your time in the north, since the number of temples and monuments to see is pretty unbelievable. If you can, go at night to view them lit up in all their glory; that said, the area is usually open from 08:30 to 16:30 local time, so you need to check whether there will be any late openings during your stay.

Lesser-known gems

While stunning, Sukhothai can get very busy. Kamphaeng Phet, however, is much less so. The ruins here date back to around the 14th century and, as this is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you should expect to be just as awed here as you would be at Sukhothai.

The ruins are not far from the modern city, with some just north of it. The bulk of them, though, are a few km away – but they’re well worth the trip!

The city of Phayao, meanwhile, is a real hidden gem, with its pretty lakeside setting and traditional wooden houses. The star of the show, however, is Kwan Phayao – northern Thailand’s largest swamp. Yes, I realise ‘swamp’ doesn’t exactly sound appealing, but it’s actually very pretty, and the sunsets here are to die for. So, add it to your to-do list!

Discover India’s amazing mountains

The Himalayas - highest peaks in the world

It can be easy to forget that India is home to some of the most impressive peaks in the Himalaya range, as its neighbour Nepal is often in the spotlight due to its various trekking routes. However, travellers should not discount heading to northern India to discover the delights of its mountains too.

The Himalayas - highest peaks in the world

In fact, there’s one particular region that should be at the top of the list for an adventurous and cultural walking holiday – Ladakh. Before it became part of India, Ladakh was an independent kingdom and you can still see remnants of this time in the form of the monasteries and palaces that are hidden among the hills.

Should you decide to go trekking in this area of India, you can find more information here, or read on for a few of the highlights you should not miss.

Leh

Leh was the capital of Ladakh and is where you will begin your tour of the region. There are numerous sights to discover in the town, so allow at least one day to fully explore. Among the monuments you should take the time to view are the Leh Monastery, which houses a golden statue of Buddha, the Leh Mosque that is located in the middle of the main bazaar and the Leh Khar Palace.

This last building stands on a hill overlooking the town. If you have the time, it is worth heading inside, as there are old wall paintings detailing scenes from the life of Buddha adorning its interior.

Zanskar Valley

Zanskar is another ancient kingdom that has now become part of India. It is close to Ladakh and is therefore often included on tours of the region as well. There is plenty of interest in the area, including its many Buddhist monasteries and chortens (places of worship for the religion).

The walk from Padum, the biggest town in the valley, to the village of Karsha is particularly stunning, with a 15th century monastery awaiting you when you reach your destination. En route, you’ll cross the Doda River, which runs through the valley, and walk across plains surrounded by mountains, eventually climbing to the village and its monastery, which is perched on a hill above the settlement.

Water from the mountains

Trek to the Singe-la Pass

At over 5,000 m above sea level, the Singe-la Pass is the highest point you’ll reach on your trekking adventure in India. The day before you ascend to the pass, you’ll have amazing views across the Zanskar Valley as you reach Mugum La at 4,000 m and continue on towards the base camp of Singe-la in preparation for your climb on the following day.

When you reach the pass itself, you’ll be greeted by spectacular vistas of the mountains and glaciers that line the valleys before you descend into the Photang Valley and continue on towards your next challenge – the Sniugutse-la Pass, which is also around 5,000 m high.

Zanskar Gorges

You’ll already have caught glimpses of the Zanskar gorges earlier on in your walking holiday, although you will get the opportunity to fully appreciate this impressive entrance to the Zanskar Valley.

In places, the gorge is no more than 5 m wide and has almost vertical cliffs around 600 m tall towering over the river as it flows down from the mountains. As you can probably imagine, the views across this landscape are truly awe-inspiring.

If you’ve been trekking in India’s Himalayas, what were the best parts of your trip?

What to visit in Brisbane

Brisbane skyline in the sunset

Brisbane skyline in the sunset

Brisbane is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the capital of the state of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia. There are many exciting things you can do on a trip to  Brisbane so I decided to share a list of some of the places I visited on my trip that I want to recommend to everyone if they travel to Brisbane.

Bribie Island

One of the best holiday destinations Brisbane has to offer is Bribie Island. This area is about half an hour’s drive away from the city centre. I decided to list this destination first because of its amazing beaches which are one of the main reasons so many people visit Brisbane.

Bribie Island is a relaxing getaway that covers just less than 150 square kilometres. The Queensland government has made environmental conservation of the island one of its chief priorities. and many experts say that the area will remain beautiful for decades to come.

Bribie Island also has some of the safest beaches in the country. The beach offers the best of both worlds for travellers. You can visit the beach on the same side as the Pumicestone Passage if you want to experience the tranquil waters. The other side of the beach is more turbulent and is perfect for surfing.

Southbank Parklands

The Southbank Parklands has something for everyone. You can visit a number of great shops and cafes in the area.

The parklands also has a great man-made beach called the Streets Beach. A fair amount of the area sits on top of a lagoon that was formed after a large section of the Brisbane River started to dry up nearly 100 years ago. The Parklands have been a favorite tourist destination for families, singles and holidaymakers of all ages for over 20 years.

One of the places that almost anyone would recommend is the Suncorp Piazza. This destination greatly resembles one of the coliseums in Rome and a number of great events are held there year round.

Mount Coot Tha

The Mount Coot Tha is the highest mountain in Brisbane and can be spotted from almost any spot in the city. The area is a historical landmark and tourists throughout the country (as well as the rest of the world) all like to check it out.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to visit Mount Coot Tha on my recent trip, but I would like to make up for that next time I go to Australia. The two biggest reasons people visit Mount Coot Tha are the Brisbane Lookout and the majestic gardens.

The Brisbane Lookout is located on top of the mountain. You can look out from the lookout’s observatory and see landmarks throughout Brisbane.

Many tourists who visit Australia only think of travelling to Sydney but there are literally hundreds of wonderful places you can experience on a trip to Brisbane. I was only able to share some of the most popular destinations. If you could only visit one place, I would suggest you visit the Southbank Parklands. As I said, there is literally something for everyone there!

 

The Wild Wildlife Experience in Port Douglas

Seductive blue water of Cooper creek in Daintree Forest, Port Douglas

Seductive blue water of Cooper creek in Daintree Forest, Port Douglas

Port Douglas, close to both Cairns and Palm Cove, is a happening place along the Australian coast where visitors bask in the sunshine, bake to perfect bronze on the beach and enjoy all the amenities of a small, close-knit resort village that’s brimming with vitality and fun. The fancy resorts, luxurious spas and boutique shopping are just one side of the story, however. You should experience Port Douglas as a veritable destination for the native wildlife and natural wonder that makes Australia such an incredibly unique place to visit; the area is known as the place “where the reef meets the rainforest,” and it is home to several significant, thriving ecosystems which are open to the public and provide ample opportunities for unique accommodations juxtaposed with exploratory excursions.

Daintree Rainforest

There are myriad tours into the Daintree Rainforest, one of Port Douglas’s most popular tourist attractions. Consider visiting the Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, a section of land set on two hectares (eight acres) where visitors can get incredibly close to the native animals and the abundance of plants and trees. It’s an open and interactive habitat that has been specially built with guests in mind, while maintaining the integrity of the sacred rainforest (the likeness of which is disappearing all over the world). Breakfast with the Birds is a favorite morning ritual at the habitat, as well as the follow-up Lunch with the Lorikeets, which offers a sumptuous spread of fresh meats, cheeses, breads, soups, fruits, salads and even Australian wines, all in a wildlife-friendly environment where vivid birds hop along the table among diners.

Great Barrier Reef

Even schoolchildren all over the world have heard of the Great Barrier Reef, and for good reason. Considered by some to be one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the 2000 km long reef is home to an astonishing array of aquatic wildlife and underwater plants, making it a must when visiting Port Douglas. There is any number of tours with whatever activity you might want to try, from scuba diving and snorkeling to simply enjoying the view on a glass-floor boat. Port Douglas’s stretch of the reef is considered among the cleanest and purest ocean water in the world, giving you unprecedented visibility of the school of fish and other marine life.
If you’re thinking about visiting in June or July, consider that during those months it is possible to swim with Dwarf Minke whales, some of whom make their home in the warm waters off Port Douglas.

Barron or Russell Rivers

If you seek something a little more adrenaline-fueled and physical, try white water rafting on either the Barron or Russell rivers, where different expanses of rushing water give rafters of all skill sets a unique and exciting challenge.

Mossman Gorge

Keep your swimsuit handy for a day trip to Mossman Gorge, about 30 minutes from Port Douglas and located in the southern part of Daintree Rainforest. Self-guided walks take you through towering, ancient trees; hike until you reach the spot where the Mossman River pours over granite boulders, creating swimming holes in the cool, pristine water. Bring a picnic lunch for much-needed sustenance between hours of water playtime.

Where to Stay

Imagine waking every morning to the sounds of exotic bird song, the tranquil rustle of trees and scent of lush greenery. The Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa effortlessly merges comfort and luxury with nature’s splendor; a great example of this is one of the Lodge’s Rainforest Houses, where Spa Villas come equipped with Jacuzzis on a screened balcony which overlooks the forest. The Daintree Spa is the last word in relaxation, where the aim is to heal the spirit and rejuvenate the mind and body with massages, body wraps and facials.
For a more budget-friendly option, the Daintree Crocodylus Village is a cost-minded hideaway perfect for backpackers or low-maintenance folks, with rates starting as low as $25 per night for dorm-style rooms. It’s located in Cow Bay, just north of the Daintree River, giving its guests the perfect starting point for new adventures. Equipped with a pool, internet, board games, the Kingfisher Café (which is conveniently open 24 hours a day), the Gecko Bar, a general store and a self-catering kitchen there’s enough to do onsite during a relaxing evening, after a long day of exploration.