Having visited about 50 countries to date, Thailand has been for the past few years top of my bucket list as the country I most yearned to visit – and boy was it worth it. To get a great flavour of this magnificent destination it’s probably best to spend a few days firstly in Bangkok, before going exploring elsewhere. Most Irish holidaymakers flock to the likes of Koh Samui or Phuket, but for my trip I will eventually head to lovely Koh Chang island in the east of the country, but more about that later. Bangkok is the nation’s capital and with an urban population of some 12 million people it’s certainly a bustling and heaving place. The Centara Watergate Pavillion was my base for three nights in the city. This homely four star hotel – which has a relaxing spa centre – is located near the main shopping district, which includes street bazaars as well as giant malls. Prices depend what you’re looking for, ranging from expensive imports to … [Read more...] about Thailand: Boy, it is worth a visit this bucket list country
Koh chang grand view resort
Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!