Thursday
Dec112014

Family travel to Southern California – What are some of the best places to stay?

Los Angeles needs no introduction. It is the home to Hollywood, Disneyland, Universal Studios, beaches and many other attractions that kids are sure to love. These, plus the fact that they are spread out across a large city, means that the hardest thing about planning a trip to LA with a family is deciding where to stay.

To make the task easier, here’s  a list of some the main areas to stay in Los Angeles. Public transportation is generally not very good here, so this is something to take into account when picking a destination if you don’t plan on renting a car.

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Thursday
Nov272014

Visiting Taipei’s delicious night markets with kids

 

Taipei has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best places to eat in the world. Many visitors arrive with an empty stomach and plans to fill it up as quickly as possible — plans that rarely go unfulfilled. But traveling with children presents a challenge: will they enjoy eating strange food in strange places? Thankfully, Taipei’s many food choices present few problems for children. In fact, they may even end up eating more than their parents!

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Thursday
Nov132014

Five Great Things to do in London for Free

 

 

London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but if you’re in the know, a visit to the English capital doesn’t have to be costly at all. There are so many amazing free activities, events and sights in London. You’ll have no problem indulging in the city’s many offerings while sticking to your budget! Even a simple stroll along the South Bank of the Thames rewards you with iconic London sights including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.

We’ve compiled a list of five fantastic things to do in London, and all of them at our favorite price – free!

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Thursday
Nov062014

#SunsetSnaps Instagram Photo Challenge

Get your cameras up as the sun goes down and share your best sunset snaps with us on Instagram. Each day we’ll feature one of your photos on our Instagram and the three best will receive US$50 credit to use on Agoda.com.Simply tag your best sunset photos with #SunsetSnaps and mention @agoda to enter. Make sure to submit your photo before the contest ends on November 20! Good luck and happy snapping!

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Thursday
Oct302014

Phuket with kids: what beaches are best?

Like it or not, Phuket is often associated closely with its infamous Patong area, one of the most famous party spots in Asia. But thankfully, there is much more to Phuket than Patong. In fact, there are many beach areas that are perfect for children, where the whole family can relax and enjoy the sun, sand, and warm, blue water.

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Thursday
Oct232014

Five Great National Parks: France

Whether you’ve come to admire the view, brave the slopes or simply burn off those extra calories from the wine and cheese, the French countryside boasts some spectacular and challenging landscapes. The country hosts a total of ten national parks, though three of these are found offshore in the country’s overseas departments. We’re going to take a look at five particularly captivating parks within the country itself.

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Thursday
Oct092014

Agoda: Top 10 Things to do in Osaka

Three million residents make up Osaka, Japan’s third largest city and definitely one of its most colorful. Visitors are treated to a bustling landscape of action, bright flashing lights, and surprises around most corners. Famous as an electronics center, Osaka also blends in traditional sites and values, making it one of the country’s more pleasing metropolises to visit. Here are a few spots you’ll want to be sure to include on your trip (in alphabetical order):

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Thursday
Sep182014

Agoda: Top 3 People Watching Spots in Florence


 

Originally a Roman city, Florence captivates the imaginations of visitors as few European cities do. It is the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Florence is known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ due to the staggering number of churches, monuments and works of cultural significance that are seemingly around each and every corner.

Roughly 1,500,000 people call greater metropolitan Florence home, 400,000 of them live in the city itself. But that’s nothing compared to the tourist population. Visitors outnumber locals from April to October. During this time, spotting a local is a feat in and of itself. But with plazas and squares in abundance, and tasty, locally made Chianti wine available for purchase, there’s good reason to simply sit back and observe the city’s diverse crowds. So grab your beverage of choice, find a seat at one of our favorite spots for people watching, and then watch the people go by.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Hip Neighborhoods: Yogyakarta

The heart-and-soul of Indonesia, Jogja, as it’s known to locals, boasts a thriving art scene, wonderful architecture, nearby beaches and a heady shopping scene, all in the shadow of the sultan’s palace. It’s a mash-up of old and new, from ancient temples to brand-new shopping malls. If you’re preparing to visit this vibrant city, plan on spending some time in the following neighborhoods:

Malioboro

Jalan Malioboro is the Main Street of Yogyakarta, and it approaches, though doesn’t quite arrive at, the sultan’s palace. This is one-stop-shopping at its finest, and the sidewalks are lined with merchant stalls hawking souvenirs, batik and silver. A lot of tourists are keen to skip Malioboro and purchase handicrafts from the artisan workshops on the outskirts of town. By all means, buy from the source, but that doesn’t mean you can’t browse the wares on Malioboro first. If you do decide to purchase gifts from a street stall, be prepared to bargain. It’s part of the experience, after all.

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Thursday
Aug072014

Big City Transit: Paris, France

Getting around is a pleasure in Paris—especially if you’re into cycling or cruising the River Seine. But in even more practical terms, this is a city that knows how to organize public transport. Between the metro, light rail, tram and bus lines, you’re able to get anywhere in the city center on relatively short notice. And in all honesty, even walking is a pleasure in a city that’s as chock full of attractions as this. 

For transport purposes, the city is divided into six different zones (though you’ll probably be spending most of your time in Zones 1 and 2). Metro tickets can purchased from vending machines in the stations and also provide access to buses and trams. Save money by buying them in bundles of ten (called a carnet), or you can even pick up daily or weekly passes. The Paris Visite pass is intended especially for tourists.

Without further ado, here’s a breakdown of Paris’ public transit options:

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