Phuket is often over-looked as a gap year destination but that hasn't stopped Rob Kay. He's written about 5 things to do in Phuket to change your mind about the place.
Was your supersoaker your favourite toy as a child? Songkran is the time for your love of water and travel to meet, on the drenched streets of Thailand...
There are some parties that you just have to go to. That's why we've put together the top 5 celebrations around the world. The question is, how many will you do?
Where do you want to go on your gap year? Struggling for ideas? That's why we’ve come up with 10 gap year destinations that you just have to see on your travels.
Need inspiration? Brain melting from travel research? Don't go through the hassle of planning - do an 'all-in-one' GapWrap and get the complete experience.
If you're about to take a gap year to Australia or Asia then you're going to want to know about visas, which is why we've put together this information.
That tingle of excitement, anticipation and nervousness was the exact feeling I had when I first arrived in Thailand on a very hot and humid day back in April 2003. My friends and I had done a little bit of reading on the country, but we decided that we wouldn't do too much research as we just wanted to have a mad experience where we knew nothing except the hostel we were staying in! This added to the excitement and as soon as that plane landed, the magic we had imagined duly followed...
There's a few things I wish I'd known before I went to Thailand. Like don't be afraid to try any method of transport, but make sure you cling on tight! Thai driving is crazy! Driving the wrong way down a street, on the pavement and reversing down an expressway were just some of the experiences we 'enjoyed'!
If bargains and beautiful, unusual things are what you're looking for, then Thailand has to be one of the best places in the world to go shopping. Polish up your haggling skills - vendors actually get offended if you don't barter with them - and get shopping! Shopping in Thailand is so much fun. Here are a few hints and tips.
Drop all preconceptions (not to mention hang-ups) you may have when getting ready for a trip to the sprawling, steaming asylum that is South East Asia. Simply be ready for a good time, a muggy time and a weird time. Oh, and when an entire village starts pointing and yelling 'Farang!' ('Foreigner!') at you, don't take it personally. Not everybody gets out as much as you do.
This summer Thailand was my destination. Before I knew it I'd got my plane ticket, my bag was packed and I was off - but I knew nothing about what to expect and looking back, there were a few things I wished I’d been told. In case anybody else find themselves in the position I was in, I’ve put together a few tips which you should find pretty useful if you are heading towards the land of smiles anytime soon...
For me, taking a gap year was one of the easiest decisions I've ever made. I was fed up of learning facts just to regurgitate them all in exams. I wanted to learn about people, the world, and get a grasp of the bigger picture. So I set out looking for a way to fulfil my dreams.
A quick overview of Thailand covering the key facts, visa requirements, getting there, safety information, what do whilst you are there and much more.