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5 hours ago, Mel81x said:

If you're down in this part of the world give me a shout would love to say hi and if you want a beach place you can always do Goa or Pondicherry (French colony mixed with Tamil Nadu). If you want a serene experience however, hit the Andamans. Its gorgeous and I go there once every two years.

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On 22/01/2020 at 23:56, Toinho said:

Cocos Islands. Remote. Scarcely touched by humanity (in comparison) and utterly beautiful. One of the best places I’ve ever been. I’m also a snorkel convert. Snorkelling with reef sharks? Tick. 

 

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Well, this is going to make my normal trudge to work in the morning just that little bit more depressing now isn't it...  I have often thought that if I had no responsibilities that I could just mooch off somewhere isolated and mostly untouched and live a life less money orientated... be a simple fisherman or a hut builder maybe... 

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1 hour ago, Mel81x said:

Its actually a really good dive spot if you're into diving. They have a place called Jackson's Reef and its gorgeous in the early summer (about a month from now). Also, they have a strict policy about how they go about treating trash and other waste so its stayed rather nice. Havlock is a bit messy just because its touristy but I go there often enough to know that I am not interested in the tourist spots.

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That's a pic of the reef and its really pretty. The other place I recommend is the Maldives as well and its also not touched by too much touristy influence.

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I stayed on a house that sits on the reef and its really quite something else. 

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@Mel81x, are you minted?

Looks like I'm gonna have to do some overtime :ph34r:

 

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3 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

 

Well, this is going to make my normal trudge to work in the morning just that little bit more depressing now isn't it...  I have often thought that if I had no responsibilities that I could just mooch off somewhere isolated and mostly untouched and live a life less money orientated... be a simple fisherman or a hut builder maybe... 

Didn't you used to do that prior to the industrial revolution ? :ph34r:

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35 minutes ago, Inti Brian said:

I once saw a comment saying "you can live 100 years in India and still not see everything they have to offer".

If I go to India it'd probably be a seperate trip to Asia unless I have some more money to spare. Although yeah I'd be keen on some of the places you've mentioned. What can you tell me about the Himalayas region though? That's the one I'm most interested in :) 

So, theres two sides to that particular question one is based in India the other is based in Nepal and both are equally pretty.

India

  • Hit up Markha Valley it is gorgeous in the late summer time when the fields are green. 
  • Do the glacier trek near the Gangotri and I'd say before this do about two days of field trekking because its a bit nuts in terms of a trek and will require a bit of stamina. However, the guides will ensure that you get time to rest. It's a seasonal thing though and right around October all the way to Jan they shut it down
  • Himachal Pradesh Treks
    • If you want to see the Himalayan range but not really do much of a trek in that are you can head down to Places like the following
      • Mcloedganj - Medium to High Diff
      • Tosh Valley - Medium Diff
      • Dharamshala - This is superb for group trekking and has a river camp too
      • Spiti Valley - The view, the water and the air oh my god the air. It makes you wish that you didn't have to go home. This is one of my favorite places in Himachal and the road there is also very pretty
  • Kanatal - Good for light trekking and they have a nice view of the valley in the night and during the day. The trek goes up to a temple where you can look all around and you get a nice view. Early morning treks only before winter as there are problems with the winds which face the Himalayan side. You can also see the big mountains on a clear day and if you're very lucky you'll start to see what they call snow shine down in the forests that surround the area. If you meet the locals and they challenge you to cricket play them and then laugh when you beat them, of course buy them some tea and biscuits post it. Good folks.
  • Mussoorie - Tram rides up in the little city, nice views of the valley and its on the way to Kanatal.

Nepal

  • Everest Base Camp - Might as well go trekking in a trash dump when you start because its filthy. But, once you get past the regular stuff it gets really pretty and is a big strain so I'd train before I go there.
  • Mustang - Pretty nice and takes a toll on your body but its well worth the view. I lost my camera on this trek because someone thought it was a good idea to take selfies and forgot it somewhere. Never again.

Whatever you decide to do plan about a day ahead because you're going to have to deal with travel time, stopping at places, etc. The roads are a bit windy and if anyone offers you to sit in an older jeep up the road say no if you get car sick easy. IMO both sides of the Himalayas are pretty it all depends on what you want to see. If you want to see gorgeous hill-side houses with mountains and drink some very nice and strong beer along with enjoying some good local hospitality theres also Tibet which can be reached from India via a place called Sikkim and that ride across the border is also a super journey.

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5 minutes ago, Lucas said:

@Mel81x, are you minted?

Not really haha, we plan these things for a year and then hit them up. I did all my dive certs when I was very young so now I just pay a nominal fee to go dive. Plus, its actually not as expensive as it seems and we spend so much time out of the places we're at that sometimes we'll stay closer to the beaches and save money that way. Do about two big trips in a year as theres just so much to see and its good to have friends who either live in these places or you get invited to go there because someone wants to fill a band for some local house event so they pay for accommodation and you just show up and have a lot of free time on your hands. 

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12 minutes ago, Bluewolf said:

Well, this is going to make my normal trudge to work in the morning just that little bit more depressing now isn't it...  I have often thought that if I had no responsibilities that I could just mooch off somewhere isolated and mostly untouched and live a life less money orientated... be a simple fisherman or a hut builder maybe... 

If you come to India and want to fish I know a place you can stay for very cheap and just relax. Even the phones dont work properly there which is why I visit it when I go home. No fishing rods though, just nets and catamarans.

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6 minutes ago, Azeem said:

Didn't you used to do that prior to the industrial revolution ? :ph34r:

Didn't have the skills back then mate.. it was just up one chimney after another to earn a crust... even in them days all the women loved a cutie like me with my cheeky chappy banter.. 

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I've only been to the Thai side of the coast but the Andamans are amazing. 

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Other pictures from Madrid. A fine city. 

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I'd encourage anyone who ever visits Madrid to go to the Spanish Royal Palace. Absolutely huge and phenomenal place

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Off to Dublin for the first time this weekend. Excited!

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Toulouse booked for long weekend in June. Stag do. Seeing a rugby match there as part of it. 

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On 17/02/2020 at 17:32, Stan said:

Other trips from Madrid. A fine city. 

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I'd encourage anyone who ever visits Madrid to go to the Spanish Royal Palace. Absolutely huge and phenomenal place

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Did you choose to do the Atletico tour over Real? Or just a preference? 

I went to Madrid in 2016. Was decent to be fair.

Probably would plump for Barcelona over the two though, just my opinion though.

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11 hours ago, Pyfish said:

Off to Dublin for the first time this weekend. Excited!

Brilliant place. Temple Bar is obviously class. Atmosphere in all the pubs is best I've experienced. No one wants any trouble, just a good time. Live music, can't go wrong.

Good time to go over also as the pubs will be rammed Sunday for the Rugby as it's England v Ireland.

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Just now, Lucas said:

Did you choose to do the Atletico tour over Real? Or just a preference? 

I went to Madrid in 2016. Was decent to be fair.

Probably would plump for Barcelona over the two though, just my opinion though.

Yeah various reasons:

- Done the Bernabeu tour before
- Real were playing at home on Sunday so no tours allowed that day, plus we had other plans Friday/Saturday.
- New stadium I'd never been to so had to pick Wanda - very impressive. 

Barcelona remains one of my favourite European cities but this was 3rd time I'd been to Madrid and I love it even more than the last 2 times put together. It's a fine place and will obviously now be much more memorable anyway!

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Great pictures Stan. :congrats:

I personally (a very unpopular opinion perhaps) dislike Madrid and Barcelona for a few reasons.

@Pyfish Dublin, on the other hand, I'm a big a fan of, a class city for a weekend away.

 

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1 hour ago, Stan said:

Yeah various reasons:

- Done the Bernabeu tour before
- Real were playing at home on Sunday so no tours allowed that day, plus we had other plans Friday/Saturday.
- New stadium I'd never been to so had to pick Wanda - very impressive. 

Barcelona remains one of my favourite European cities but this was 3rd time I'd been to Madrid and I love it even more than the last 2 times put together. It's a fine place and will obviously now be much more memorable anyway!

Ah, didn't realise you'd been before. Fair do's, looks a decent ground.

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Going to do the Philippines trip later this year for a month or two. Visiting friends in one of the smaller islands and then the usual tourist destinations like Palawan and Boracay. Also a few nights in Manila and Angeles City for sure. 

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