General Discussion: Official holiday thread

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swede avatar

10372 posts since 21/3/09

posted 12 Oct 2018 09:59, edited 12 Oct 2018 09:59
for Caribbean;

barbados > st lucia > cuba > jamaica
TROYBOY avatar

1090 posts since 28/2/12

posted 12 Oct 2018 11:48, edited 12 Oct 2018 11:48
barbados is the one!
but if you want the carib on a budget, the dom republic was quite cheap when i went last a good few years ago
abagnale avatar

862 posts since 6/1/14

12 Oct 2018 14:00
Cheers, it's a bit of a last minute thing so we are on a budget, no Barbados me thinks.

saxonheights avatar

362 posts since 17/8/11

16 Oct 2018 13:24
Any reccomendations for Marrakech? We have a hotel sorted just restaurants/stuff to do.
MoB avatar

37338 posts since 31/8/04

16 Oct 2018 13:33
saxonheights wrote: Any reccomendations for Marrakech? We have a hotel sorted just restaurants/stuff to do.

If it's open you have to go to the & for food, Barometre
crutch avatar

493 posts since 22/11/12

16 Oct 2018 13:35
+1 on jardin majorelle
Heath avatar

2555 posts since 26/7/06

17 Oct 2018 09:47
How long you there for?

We did a few trips outside the city - a tour of the Atlas mountains and Berber culture which was really good -

And we also did a trip to the Agafay desert to ride camels over the dunes at sunset and have dinner under the stars which was pretty good, I'll try and remember the name of the place.
Double SS
Double SS avatar

122 posts since 10/5/07

17 Oct 2018 11:26
If you're going with your partner, I recommend going to the Amal cooking school. it's a non-profit organisation assisting disadvantage women
doug. avatar

1698 posts since 12/6/10

17 Oct 2018 13:19
Anyone got recommendations for Thailand?

Plan is to arrive Bangkok, spend couple nights, go down to Phuket, few nights there, do a bit of island hopping and stay a couple nights on one island, then north to the River Kwai before heading home.

Anything in specific we should do in Phuket?
For the islands which ones to avoid if we don't want to be around dickhead traveller types? (already ruled out Phang Nga).

swiftus avatar

1809 posts since 1/7/09

17 Oct 2018 14:11
Phuket is seedy and shit, avoid
illwill avatar

4163 posts since 17/5/04

17 Oct 2018 14:40
Been 10 years since I last went but at the time I found that Koh Tao attracted an older crowd that were mostly there for the diving rather then the parties. Island seemed a bit more up market as a result.
ginner avatar

348 posts since 15/4/14

18 Oct 2018 22:43
Krabi is nice, more high end tourist than phuket. Islands are good if you pick right. Koh Lanta is nice, quiet though.

In bangkok, go to namsaah bottling trust. Not the local streetfood stuff, but a bloody good place and certianly one to go on first night and adjust to the smog/smell/heat/general wild nature of bangkok.

Flower market by the river is worth a shot, go in the evening about 10 and the place is very lively. Wat Pho is definately worth a stop and a boat down the river is too. Just get the cheap water taxi.

Road where the mikkeler bar is on is a good night out. Jim Thompson house is a good stop. Mall at siam centre (there are 4 there) with the chanel shop on ground floor has interesting higher end menswear on the upper floors. Good stuff from brands you have never heard of and will never make it out of asia. Some good food in smaller cafes there too, but again expensive and orientated to Chinese shoppers.

velvet avatar

9573 posts since 12/6/06

19 Oct 2018 07:26
anyone know any decent villas for 11 people in ibiza?
looking to book something for next summer. area isn't really an issue but wouldn't want it on san an/play da boss strip
joeyjojo avatar

4712 posts since 24/8/06

2 Nov 2018 12:07
Anything decent to see / do in Marbella or Puerto Banus ? Or any recommendations for a restaurant nice but not too $$$$
swede avatar

10372 posts since 21/3/09

2 Nov 2018 15:06
weird name but Bar California is a great tapas bar. haven't been in years mind
illwill avatar

4163 posts since 17/5/04

2 Nov 2018 15:25
velvet wrote: anyone know any decent villas for 11 people in ibiza?
looking to book something for next summer. area isn't really an issue but wouldn't want it on san an/play da boss strip

Stayed here in the summer. 15 minute walk from Amnesia but fuck all else around. Need car/taxi for food shops or bars. Isolated location is actually quite handy if you're planning on getting rowdy at the yard. Cops don't play with noise complaints.

Photos make it look a lot nicer than it actually is. Clean and tidy but def needs a coat of paint.

Was absolutely fine for a group wreck-up but don't expect 5*.
eazypz avatar

3585 posts since 16/4/10

15 Nov 2018 10:11
Any recommendations for Reykjavík in December?

Going to book the usual blue lagoon, golden circle, northern lights etc. Can’t do the inside of the Volcano in Dec which is a bit of a shame.

Anything I’m missing out on? And good places for food would be good. One topper for our anniversary night and then just regular priced for the rest will do. Am staying in Reykjavik 1 area.
joeyjojo avatar

4712 posts since 24/8/06

15 Nov 2018 10:26
I went to this place on Friday and was really nice.

Resto which was nearby was nice too and both not too expensive for a Nordic country.

101 is perfect, some really nice bars and cafes around there. Reykjavik is an awesome city to walk around, so many nice parts and really charming houses etc but small enough so see so much.

I spent 5 days last week travelling down the south coast to Hof and absolutely loved it so if you’re able to head at least some of that way and are that way inclined it’s awesome for natural wonders like glaciers, tundra, waterfalls, black sand beaches.
You’ll see a lot of that on the Golden Circle drive mind.
All in all my favourite country hands down.
joe6886 avatar

950 posts since 16/11/08

15 Nov 2018 13:39
We ate here which was a nice place for a casual meal, also we stayed in the apotek hotel and the bar and restaurant area seemed fairly topper for a nice place to eat. We only went for drinks so can’t comment on what the food was like.

I know it’s a must but I didn’t rate the blue lagoon, just too busy and didn’t really get the fuss. I think there is smaller ones around that are meant to be a nicer experience but I get that you prpobably won’t want to miss going to the main one. We hired a car one day and did a drive around the golden circle, nit sure how much tours are but it was good to just get out and suit ourselves.

As joey said, it’s a great place to just walk around. Super expensive so it’s worth scouting out the happy hours at bars, but all the people are dead nice, always good service etc. Just full of loud Americans as well!
illmurray avatar

587 posts since 18/4/12

15 Nov 2018 16:14
Finally going to Lisbon for the first time in December. Completely off season I know, but I'd be very grateful of any recommendations of neighbourhoods to stay in, general things to do/places to go, and, of course, food and drink recs of any level. Pretty buzzing about it.