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Sangkhlaburi Thailand

Get Off the Tourist Trail. See the Real Thailand in Sangkhlaburi

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Sangkhlaburi Thailand

Are you the kind of tourist that hates other tourists? For example, if you went to New York City would you rather walk some of the grittier avenues of the Bronx rather than bask in the bright lights and crowded streets of Times Square? Are you willing to sacrifice postcard-worthy sight-seeing for true authenticity?

If you answered yes to those questions, then forget about Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai when planning your trip to Thailand. Instead, set yourself enroute to Sangkhlaburi to see how the Thais really live. Sangkhlaburi is a five hour drive northwest of Bangkok located on the Burmese border. Here are some places worth a visit in Sangkhlaburi that will give you a chance to mingle with the locals and see what makes Thailand, well, Thailand.Read More »Get Off the Tourist Trail. See the Real Thailand in Sangkhlaburi

Hot Water Beach by frischifresh on Flickr

Dig Your Own Spa Bath at Hot Water Beach, New Zealand

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Hot Water Beach by frischifresh on Flickr

Hot Water Beach, located on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand’s North Island, is a place like no other. Underground hot springs filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches, giving visitors the unique experience of being able to build their own spa bath right there in the sand.

Bring a shovel and come within 2 hours of low tide (a guide to when low tide occurs during different times of the year can be found here), then just dig in the sand and the natural warm waters, with temperatures as high as 64°C will rise from the underground. There it is: your very own personal hot tub. It’s as soothing as it is fun. Soaking in these thermal waters is sure to relieve any aches or muscular soreness you may have. And surf shops in the area that carry shovels in the case you forget to bring your own!Read More »Dig Your Own Spa Bath at Hot Water Beach, New Zealand