Ao Nang - Thailand
AMAZING AO NANG
Whenever we go on holiday, we like to venture away from the really touristy parts of the country. Don’t get me wrong, I like touristy and the kids like touristy. Hubby, on the other hand likes it less. He wants to do more authentic things like camping in the desert, hiking up active volcanoes or trekking through the jungle with each person carrying their own gear (despite the fact the girls have a hard time carrying a single shopping bag, never mind a backpack). Unfortunately for him, these ideas are more fantasy than reality. But as much as I love touristy, I enjoy an adventure, getting off the beaten track and experiencing the culture of a place.Read more...
Recommended Travel Vaccinations for India
The best way to protect yourself when you go to India is to ensure that you are vaccinated against a few nasty viruses. The following vaccines are recommended if you are travelling to India but check with your local travel clinics for up to date advice:
HEPATITIS A VACCINE: Hepatitis A is a virus that can cause liver infections and damage.
Spread: Usually spread through food or water that has been contaminated with infected feces. The virus can survive food kept at room temperature and even on hands.
HEPATITIS B VACCINE: Hepatitis is a virus that can cause infection, scarring, cancer, liver failure and death.
Spread: Usually spread through contaminated blood or bodily fluids (sexual contact, needle sharing, injections with unsterilized needles, blood transfusions), tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, pregnant mother to baby upon birth. It is not spread by contaminated food or water or through casual or social contact (kissing, hugging, coughing, or eating food prepared by person with Hepatitis B)
CHOLERA VACCINE: Cholera is an infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. It causes diarrhea and vomiting.
Spread: Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person.
TYPHOID VACCINE:Typhoid fever is caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. Symptoms include poor appetite, headaches, aches and pain, fever, lethargy, diarrhoea.
Spread: Usually spread through water or food that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected person.
TETANUS VACCINE: Tetanus is a disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles.
Spread: Usually occurs through wound contamination and often involves a cut or puncture wound.
ANTI-MALARIA TABLETS (NO VACCINE): Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease causing fever, fatique, vomiting and headaches.
Spread: Usually transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito.
Eat Your Heart Out
My kids are always hungry. They have an insatiable appetite and eat all the time. During school holidays, they eat from dawn until dusk. Fortunately, when they are at school, they can only eat their provided morning tea and lunch. But when they get home from school, the frenzy begins. After demolishing copious amounts of fruit, drink and whatever else is provided, one would think their appetite for dinner would be gone or at the very least, diminished. But to my amazement, they are able to eat their dinner with as much gusto. When we visit friends, I am often embarrassed because I am sure the hosts think that I don’t feed my children. Despite warning my children in advance to restrain themselves when they are out, they never seem to hold back. I think their tummies overrule their brains. They have a primeval instinct to eat.Read more...
Family Friendly Kata
One of the best places to base yourselves in Phuket is Kata. Kata is extremely family friendly and offers a good mix between bustling Patong and sleepy Karon. Its spectacular beach, great restaurants, boutique shopping, fun activities and varied accommodation make for a great family holiday.Read more...
Don't Leave Home Without It
I know Trip Advisor has been around for a long time and I have used it on ocassion. What many people don’t realise is that Trip Advisor offers more than just reviews on accommodation. On our most recent trip to Thailand, my family and I (well to be honest, my teenage son) discovered the benefits of using Trip Advisor for choosing local restaurants and cafes. On our first night in Thailand, my son, (who by the way has his mobile phone permanently attached to his hand and thinks there is nothing better in life than free wii-fii), announced that the restaurant literally across the road from our resort had been rated highly on Trip Advisor. I am constantly surprised by how unpredictable teenagers are. They can be so helpful at times when you least expect it. Most times, they walk around in a haze pretending to be useless and incompetent on the off chance you might ask them to do something. Whatever possessed my son to google best restaurants in Kata on Trip Advisor, I’ll never know. What I did know was that it was a no-brainer where to eat that night, especially as we were all a bit tired from the flight and hadn’t gotten our bearings yet.Read more...