Where to stay in Guadeloupe

Where to stay in Guadeloupe — The Butterfly Islands

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Guadeloupe is an archipelago that consists of more than 12 islands, several of which are inhabited. Sometimes referred to as the Butterfly Islands, due to the shape, Guadeloupe is a French overseas region, with the largest city being Pointe-à-Pitre, but the capital is Basse-Terre.  

Tourism, along with agriculture and light industries, is one of the most important sources of income for this archipelago. Over the years, they have been working on further developing the tourism industry and attracting more visitors.

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5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe

The two largest islands, which also create the butterfly shape of the archipelago, are Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre. Pointe-à-Pitre, the largest city and the economic capital of Guadeloupe, is located on Grande-Terre. Some of the other cities include Baie-Mahault, St Anne, Le Moule, Le Gosier, and St François.

Here are our top 5 picks for places to stay in Guadeloupe:

  1. St Anne
  2. Le Gosier
  3. Pointe-à-Pitre
  4. Le Moule
  5. Basse-Terre
5 best places to stay in Guadeloupe 
St Anne A city situated on Grande-Terre, one of the most tourist-oriented area in Guadeloupe, an excellent place for first-time visitors.
Le Gosier  The hub of nightlife in Guadeloupe, this is where you are most likely to have a great night out.
Pointe-à-Pitre As the financial capital and largest city, Pointe-à-Pitre is our pick for the best place to stay for an extended period of time.
Le Moule A great place for people who enjoy visiting museums and exhibitions. This place is also a bit quieter and not so action-packed like some other areas.
Basse-Terre Basse-Terre is our selection for a place to visit for travelers on a budget.

Getting around Guadeloupe

There is public transport in Guadeloupe in the form of buses, however, they are quite unreliable, unpredictable, and not so safe. Your best option for getting around and exploring everything that Guadeloupe has to offer is by renting a car. There are quite a number of rental car companies, so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Where to stay in Guadeloupe for the first time — St Anne

St Anne has focused, in recent years, most of its attention on developing tourism, but agriculture is still equally important and prominent which is evident in the famous market Marché de Sainte-Anne. Other great places include Plage de la Caravelle, Plage de Bois Jolan, and Karaib Rider’s Park.

Things to see and do in St Anne

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do:

  • Shop at Marché de Sainte-Anne
  • Relax at Plage de Bois Jolan
  • Have fun at the Karaib Rider’s Park

Marché de Sainte-Anne

This small and charming local market sells fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, souvenirs, arts and crafts, and a lot more. It is located really close to the beach.

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Plage de Bois Jolan

Enjoy your stay in St Anne by visiting the Plage de Bois Jolan. This beach is known for its glistening white sand, tall palm trees, and beautiful and calm blue waters.

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Karaib Rider’s Park

Karaib Rider’s Park is a water park suited for all ages. Head out to this park and have fun in the water.

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Where to stay in St Anne

St Anne offers a number of places close to the beach with the average price per night being about $92 with some being lower than that but most above that price range. These are our suggestions:

Affordable: Hotel Gli Gli

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: an apartment surrounded by the beautiful and alluring nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: La Toubana Hôtel et Spa

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Guadeloupe for nightlife – Le Gosier

Le Gosier is considered to be the best place to stay if you are looking for bars and clubs. A lot of them are located near the beach or even on it. Our suggestions are based on the atmosphere, music, and drinks.

Things to see and do in Le Gosier

Here are some of our picks:

  • La Rhumerie
  • Le Petit New-York
  • Zoo Rock Cafe

La Rhumerie

La Rhumerie is a bar that serves excellent cocktails accompanied by fantastic live music. A guaranteed way to have a great time.

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Le Petit New-York

This club comes alive during the night with the neon lights and great music provided by the DJ. Here you can hear everything from hip-hop to rock.

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Zoo Rock Cafe

Head out to this restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal with some tasty drinks and great music playing in the background.

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Where to stay in Le Gosier

One particularly noticeable feature of apartments in Le Gosier, and in Guadeloupe in general, is that they are decorated with interesting objects and painted in vibrant colors. The prices for a night in an apartment in Le Gosier go from about $25 to around $80, on average. 

Here are some suggestions for where to stay:

Affordable: a vibrant and colorful apartment with a pool.

Mid-range: this bright and modern studio is located in an ideal location – right next to the beach. 

Luxury: an apartment with a beautiful view of the blue sea, close to shops, bars, and restaurants.

For other options in Le Gosier check out Airbnb

Where to stay in Guadeloupe long term—Pointe-à-Pitre

As the largest city in Guadeloupe, as well as being the economic center, Pointe-à-Pitre has a number of things to offer to people who are thinking of making this their home for a longer period of time. The main international airport, Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, is located in this city. Pointe-à-Pitre consists of 7 communes: Les Abymes, Baie-Mahault, Petit-Bourg, Le Gosier, Pointe-à-Pitre, Lamentin, and Goyave.

Things to see and do in Pointe-à-Pitre

Pointe-à-Pitre has some great attractions to offer. Some of those include Pavillon de La Ville, Victory Square, Saint-John Perse Museum, and Memorial ACTe. There are also two local markets, Market Darse and Spice Market.

Here are some of our suggestions for things to do and see while in Pointe-à-Pitre:

  • Visit Memorial ACTe
  • Visit Saint-John Perse Museum
  • Visit Victory Square

Memorial ACTe

Learn about the dark and unpleasant history behind this archipelago. This is a museum dedicated to commemorating the slave trade and slavery. These unfortunate events shaped Guadeloupe into what it is today and it’s important to educate ourselves about it.

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Saint-John Perse Museum

A museum dedicated to Alexis Léger who is perhaps better known as Saint-John Perse. He was a French poet and Nobel laureate.

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Victory Square

A once historical location, now it serves as a public park where people gather to meet, walk or dine. There are a bunch of restaurants nearby. This park is also close to some of the aforementioned attractions and sites.

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Where to stay in Pointe-à-Pitre

Our suggestions for places to stay were based on price, comfort, and location. On average, a night in an apartment in Pointe-à-Pitre is about $77.

Here are some suggestions:

Affordable: a large air-conditioned studio in the heart of Pointe-à-Pitre, easy access to other places and shops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: a blue apartment with simple and clean interior design, at an excellent location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a spacious and luxurious hotel.

 

Where to stay in Taipei

Where to stay in Taipei, the city of fireworks

Located in the northern part of Taiwan, Taipei is the capital and the largest city. Divided into 12 districts, Taipei represents the cultural, educational, political, and economic center of Taiwan. Originally, there were 16 districts but during the 90s they were merged into 12. 

These are the 12 districts of Taiwan:

  1. Songshan
  2. Xinyi
  3. Beitou
  4. Nangang
  5. Neihu
  6. Datong
  7. Shilin
  8. Wanhua
  9. Daan
  10. Zhongshan
  11. Wenshan
  12. Zhongzheng

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Nowadays, Taipei is gaining traction among tourists from all over the world thanks to its numerous attractions, shopping malls and stores, delicious food, and rich history. 

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Taipei

Before you head out to explore and enjoy Taipei and its numerous attractions, here are some tips and tricks to help you navigate your journey.

Exchange your currency

Make sure to have some New Taiwan Dollar in your pocket in order to be able to buy things since most places accept cash only. Only banks can exchange your money. Banks in Taipei typically work until 4 PM and are closed on weekends, so that’s good to keep in mind.

Transportation

Taipei has one of the best transportation systems in the world. There are two airports: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport. The best way to get around the city is by metro and train.

For more information check out this website.

Here are our suggestions for the 5 best neighborhoods to visit.

Zhongzheng This district is the cultural center of Taipei. Here you will be able to find an abundance of museums, theaters, cinemas, as well as the national library.
Xinyi This district is home to the world-famous Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center. An excellent place for first-time visitors, with its numerous shopping malls, department stores, and restaurants.
Shilin The home to numerous expats from all over the world. Shilin has a strong international feel to it. Here you will also be able to visit numerous parks and museums.
Songshan Great for travelers on a budget. It’s close to the Taipei Songshan Airport, and there are a lot of great attractions and parks to visit.
Daan Best known for being the cultural and commercial center of Taipei. In this district, you will be able to find a great number of bars and clubs.

Where to stay in Taipei — bohemian edition

The Zhongzheng district, being one of the most important cultural centers in Taipei, has to offer some of the most interesting places for those who like to immerse themselves in different cultures and learn about them in the process of doing so. In Zhongzheng, you can visit numerous art galleries, bookstores, museums, and other cultural sites.

Things to see and do in Zhongzheng

  • Visit an art gallery
  • Visit the National Library
  • Visit the Taiwan Film Institute

Visit a contemporary art gallery

Nunu Fine Art is an art gallery in the Zhongzheng district which exhibits art from contemporary artists from the whole world. Spend a fun and relaxing day enjoying beautiful and interesting art.

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Visit the National Central Library

The National Central Library is the only national library in Taiwan. Here you can see various publications of Chinese literature that have been preserved. You can also find publications from famous international writers. An ideal spot for a quiet, introverted person.

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Visit the Taiwan Film Institute

Opened in the late 70s, the goal of this institute is to preserve Taiwanese and Chinese films. This is a great place to visit for cinema enthusiasts.

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Where to stay in Taipei for the first time — Xinyi

The Xinyi district is known as one of the best and biggest shopping areas in Taipei. However, it is maybe known even better for the amazing feat of architecture that is Taipei 101, as well as the imposing Miramar Entertainment Park.

Things to see and do in Xinyi

  • Shop at the Miramar Entertainment Park
  • Visit Taipei 101
  • Visit the Fengtian Temple

Miramar Entertainment Park

The easiest way to recognize and find this shopping mall is to just search for an enormous Ferris wheel. During night time this huge shopping mall and the giant Ferris wheel come to life thanks to the bright colors.

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Taipei 101

Head to the observatory deck of Taipei 101 and enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire city.

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Fengtian Temple

Pay a visit to this magnificent temple that has stood the test of time. Throughout its several-century history, it had to be rebuilt a few times. Today it stands proud at the foot of the Tiger Mountain.

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Where to stay in Xinyi

When it comes to finding an entire house or apartment to stay in during your visit you may face some difficulties, however, you shouldn’t be discouraged because of that. The average price for a night is around $80.

Here are some of our suggestions:

 

Affordable: Star Hostel Taipei EastStraightforward dorms & private rooms, plus a shared kitchen, a lounge & free Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: this 3-bed, 2-bath studio is at an amazing location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a bright, spacious and luxurious apartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Taipei long term

Shilin has been a consistently popular district with expats and that is thanks to a large number of foreigners living there, the beautiful and soothing nature, and a lot of international schools. Thanks to these factors, it has become very popular to move to Taipei and start a new life there. Another factor that gives reassurance to freshly-arrived expats is how safe Taipei is. Taipei has one of the lowest crime rates in Asia.

Things to see and do in Shilin

This district has a large number of parks, several museums, an amusement park, and great street food. The place that is most often associated with the Shilin district is the most famous market in Taiwan — the Shilin Night Market.

Here are some suggestions for things to do and places to see:

  • Visit the Shilin Shennong Temple
  • Visit Yangmingshan National Park
  • Visit the Taipei Astronomical Museum

Shilin Shennong Temple

Visit this splendid temple during your time in Shilin. Some even suggest to do it at night in order to experience a more magical ambiance.

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Yangmingshan National Park

Take a relaxing stroll through this enchanting park. One of the best times to visit is during spring — that’s when you witness the beautiful cherry blossom.

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Taipei Astronomical Museum

A recognizable landmark thanks to its large golden dome made out of identical geometrical pieces.

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Where to stay in Shilin

On average, the price per night for an entire apartment or house is around $80. Of course, you can find places for a lower, or higher price.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: Star Hostel Taipei Main Station – streamlined private rooms & dorms in a modern hostel with free breakfast & a restaurant/bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: an apartment located close to all the shops and restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei – Refined hotel with a casual cafe, a sushi venue & an upscale Cantonese restaurant, plus a bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai

Where to stay in Shanghai, the magic city of China

One of the most popular travel destinations in China is the magic city of Shanghai. This growing metropolis is a tourist paradise thanks to the amazing mix of modern and traditional. The economic growth and contemporary comfort that Shanghai offers pairs great with the remnants of the city’s colonial past. Shanghai is a huge city, which is why looking where to stay can easily get overwhelming. To make things more manageable for you, we have picked out the top 5 neighborhoods that will allow you to experience Shanghai to the fullest without breaking your bank.

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Transportation in Shanghai

Even though Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, the transportation system is well developed and efficient, allowing you to get from one area to another without much issues and delays. There are public buses and bus tours, as well as the Maglev Train and 12 subway lines. You can also get a taxi just by calling out for it on the street. Ferry boats offer transport across the Huangpu River. It would be best to purchase the Shanghai Jiaotong Card, which is useful for taxis, metros, and buses. Learn more about transport in Shanghai here.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai

Shanghai can easily be called the most modern city in China. It’s located on the East China Sea coast. The city is divided into many neighborhoods, with something for everyone, from modern buildings and tall skyscrapers to traditional houses, great nightlife, and lovely museums. When looking where to stay in Shanghai you really can’t go wrong with choosing any neighborhood, but we decided to round things up for you to make things less challenging. These are the factors we considered for our top five neighborhood picks:

  1. Neighborhood vibe and atmosphere
  2. The cultural and historical importance
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Cost of accommodation
  6. Ease of transport
Best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai
Xujiahui For first-time visitors
Jing’an For a budget-friendly stay
People’s Square For nightlife fun
Former French Concession For the cool and boho vibe
Pudong For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Shanghai for your first visit – Xujiahui

Xujiahui is located at the very center of Shanghai, which makes it well connected to all other areas you could be interested in visiting. This is one of the main reasons that makes Xujiahui ideal for first-time visitors looking for where to stay in Shanghai. It’s also a great shopping area, with plenty of international and Chinese brands to enjoy your shopping fun.

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Where to go in Xujiahui

From shopping to outdoor fun, Xujiahui has got you covered.

  • Xujiahui Park to relax and get away from the urban craze
  • The Shanghai stadium for sports enthusiasts

Best for outdoor lovers: Xujiahui Park

If you need a break from Shanghai’s urban hustle and bustle, take a stroll through the Xujiahui Park or relax on one of the benches. Beautiful greenery with an artificial lake and black swans will leave you breathless. And there’s a nearby Starbucks for all your caffeine needs.

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Best for sports lovers: The Shanghai stadium

The Shanghai Stadium is the third-largest sports stadium in China. You can watch many football matches here as Shanghai’s SPIG football team plays on this stadium regularly. This is also the stadium that will host League of Legends World Championship in 2020, so if you’re planning a visit soon and love gaming, you might want to check it out.  

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Where to stay in Xujiahui

It’s possible to find proper accommodation in Xujiahui from $24, but the average price per night is usually around $70. These are our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely mid-range place

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing lux home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai on a budget – Jing’an

Named after the Buddhist temple in the area, Jing’an is a great budget-friendly option for tourists interested in experiencing both the modern and traditional aspects of Shanghai. This is a great neighborhood to enjoy a cool vibe and nightlife as well but without the higher prices common for Former French Concession. Kerry Centre also provides great shopping fun, especially if you’re into high fashion brands.

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Where to go in Jing’an

Colonial architecture and natural beauty will make your stay in Jing’an truly enjoyable.

  • Jing’an temple to learn more about ancient China
  • Jing’an Park to relax and admire sculptural art

Best for history buffs: Jing’an temple

Jing’an temple is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai. It has three main halls: The Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the ThreeSage Hall. Take a tour around the temple to see painting and calligraphy by Yangzhou’s Eight Eccentric Painters, a bronze bell from the Ming Dynasty, and many other historical and cultural Chinese treasures.

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Best for outdoor and art lovers: Jing’an Park

The Jing’an Park is located at the former Bubbling Well Road Cemetery. If you want to enjoy beautiful nature and take a break from the modern vibe of the city, don’t miss your chance to take a stroll or relax at Jing’an Park. In Jing’an Sculpture Park, you can also admire Chinese modern art.

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Where to stay in Jing’an

You can find great places in Jing’an for as low as $14, with the average price per night of around $50. Check out our favorites:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chic mid-range condo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lux hotel – The PuLi Hotel and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for nightlife – People’s Square

Tourists looking where to stay in Shanghai to experience the best nightlife should definitely check out People’s Square. This neighborhood is centrally located in the city and well connected to other areas and main attractions with efficient metro lines. The iconic riverfront called the Bund is close to People’s Square, so don’t miss your chance to take a nice walk along it. There are plenty of food stalls and shops along the Nanjing East Road, too.

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Where to go in People’s Square

Aside from many bars, clubs, and restaurants that make People’s Square a hotspot for nightlife fun, you can also make the most out of your days during your stay in this neighborhood.

  • Learn more about the city’s history at the Shanghai History Museum
  • Work on your fitness and mindfulness at tai chi practice on People’s Square

Best for people interested in history: Shanghai History Museum

If you want to learn more about Shanghai and its rich history, you should stop by the Shanghai History Museum. Their oldest relics are around 6000 years old. You’ll get a sense of the city up to the communist take-over in 1949. There are plenty of other exhibits focusing on art, culture, and industrialization, too.

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Best for fans of fitness and spiritual growth: tai chi practice

Every morning on People’s Square you can watch and even join the tai chi practice. This is a great way to experience such an important part of Chinese culture yourself. It’s also a beneficial exercise to help you connect with your inner self.

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Where to stay in People’s Square

You can book great apartments in People’s Square, going as cheap as $14 per night, but the average price is around $60. See our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment – Hao Du Hotel Shanghai – a 10-minute walk from People’s Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely luxurious apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for bohemian fun – Former French Concession

Former French Concession was a French colonial area until 1943 and is known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the entire Shanghai. Due to its popularity, this is also one of the most expensive areas in the city. The European feel is still very much present, with tree-lined streets and small colonial houses. A lot of these houses have been transformed into cool bars and cafes, art shops and unique restaurants, making Former French Concession a true hotspot for bohemian souls.

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Where to go in Former French Concession

Fashion, art, shopping, charm, breathtaking natural scenery, and much more await you in the coolest neighborhood in Shanghai.

  • Check out Maoist propaganda at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Suit up at Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

Best for art lovers: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is a museum that features propaganda posters from the Maoist period of communist China. The two rooms of the apartment building have plenty of collections, especially from the Cultural Revolution period.

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Best for fashion enthusiasts: Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

There aren’t many opportunities to get handmade tailored suits for a bargain price these days. By heading over to the Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market, you can get yourself a custom-made suit you can brag about. Tian Ze Fang alleys are also great for shopping.

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Where to stay in Former French Concession

There are many options in Former French Concession, with an average price per night around $50. Check out our top picks:

This budget-friendly home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cute mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This luxurious option

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai long-term – Pudong

Pudong is a great neighborhood for people looking where to stay in Shanghai for a long time or those traveling with their families. The most popular area is closest to the Huangpu river and full of modern buildings and skyscrapers. This is the location of Shanghai’s huge attraction that consists of four towers: the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai Tower (the second tallest in the world), the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

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Where to go in Pudong

Even though it’s family-friendly, Pudong won’t leave you wishing for more fun and adventure.

  • Climb the towers for a unique experience
  • Enjoy a fun day in Disneyland

Best for unforgettable sights and experience: Pudong towers

If you want to see the whole city of Shanghai from the bird’s point of view, definitely head to the Shanghai Tower and climb to the 118th floor. The Oriental Pearl Tower Observatory will amaze you with its glass walkway. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a refreshing drink at Grand Hyatt Cloud 9 bar by climbing to the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower.

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Best for families and Disney fans: Shanghai Disneyland

The first Disneyland theme park in mainland China is located in Pudong, Shanghai, and will let you experience some great Disney fun with amazing rides and cool recreational facilities. The park is the biggest in China (three times bigger than the one in Hong Kong), which allows for a full day of entertainment. You can learn more about it here.

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Where to stay in Pudong

Pudong offers some amazing options with an average price of $50 per night. These are our favorite places:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

This modern mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

This lux art hotel – Hotel Westin Bund Center

 

 

Where to Stay in Koh Samui

Where to stay in Koh Samui – our guide to this city-like island 

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Both an island and a city, Koh Samui is an attractive travel destination in Thailand. It is well-known for numerous sandy beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear sea. Once a Thai fishing community, Thailand’s second-largest island has quickly developed and now has to offer something for every type of tourist. 

Whether you are interested in snorkeling, fishing, diving, visiting cultural and historical landmarks, or just laying on the beach and enjoying the sun, Koh Samui is the perfect island paradise for any of those activities. On your arrival to this stunning island, the first, and the most prominent, landmark you will see from the plane is the gigantic gilded statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai. This is not the only site worth visiting during your stay on Koh Samui since this island-city has many landmarks and activities to engage yourself in and make your visit to this heaven on earth an unforgettable one. 

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Safety alert!

Like in other cities in Thailand, the greatest concert of the visitors to Koh Samui are the scams. Whenever you decide to take a cab to drive you somewhere, make sure that the taximeter is turned on from the very start of the ride, and if possible, discuss the fare beforehand with the driver. Also, think twice before you rent a jet ski as the owners like to trick you into paying large amount of money to fix the supposed damage that you have done to the vehicle during your ride. To prevent this from happening, simply resist your urge and don’t rent the jet ski in the first place.

Five fantastic neighborhoods to stay in Koh Samui 

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Koh Samui has plenty to offer to thousands of tourists from all over the world. However, you should always carefully select the area for your base according to your interests. You don’t want to come to Koh Samui for wild parties and then accidentally base yourself in a family-oriented area and ruin your long-awaited holiday. 

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No matter what your interests may be, Koh Samui has got you covered. Every area offers something different and unique whether you are looking for wild nightlife, complete isolation and relaxation on the beach, or exciting adventure. Also, there is no need for you to worry about accommodation either since there are plenty of options available for every budget. We recommend the following neighborhoods: 

  1. Big Buddha
  2. Chaweng
  3. Maenam
  4. Lamai
  5. Bophut

Although these areas contain plenty of activities, they may not suit everyone’s taste so we have prepared a list organized according to the general interests of the tourists who visit Koh Samui:

Area Ideal for: Why?
Big Buddha  First-timers Close to main attractions and activities
Chaweng  Nightlife Most lively area with wild nightlife, restaurants, shops, and bars
Maenam  On a budget A cheerful atmosphere with cheap accommodation and activities 
Lamai  Bohemians Less crowded with many things to do and see 
Bophut Long-term stay  Village community feel 

Where to stay in Koh Samui for the first time – Big Buddha 

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If you are visiting Koh Samui for the very first time, then you should consider finding a place to stay in the Big Buddha area. It is conveniently located near the Koh Samui Airport and the ferry to Koh Phangan. Many cultural and historical landmarks, as well as restaurants and shops, are situated in this area so if you decide to stay here then you will experience the best Koh Samui has to offer. The beach is usually less crowded than the others, and the water is very clean. 

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Things to see and do in Big Buddha 

This area is rather a peaceful one and not as hectic as Chaweng Beach. Still, there are some activities and attractions you should visit such as:

  • Wat Phra Yai temple/Big Buddha statue
  • Wat Plai Laem temple
  • Big Buddha Pier
  • Ang Thong Marine National Park

Wat Phra Yai Temple

This beautiful Buddhist temple is home to the largest statue on the island, and its main symbol as well, the Big Buddha. This 12 meters high statue is the favorite sight of the tourists so the steps leading to it are usually crowded.

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Wat Plai Laem 

This temple was built in 2004 and today represents one of the most majestic temples in Koh Samui. It is widely popular among tourists who like to take pictures of the temple’s most iconic statues ‘’fat’’ Chinese Buddha and Kuan Yin with 18 arms. A huge lake with fish and turtles is surrounding this temple complex. 

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Big Buddha Pier

Although most tourists visit this pier to catch a ferry to nearby islands, it is the perfect spot for watching the sunset over Koh Samui. 

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Ang Thong Marine National Park

The tour of the Ang Thong Marine National Park starts at the Big Buddha Pier. A day trip to this park will allow you to discover the other side of Koh Samui, with amazing beaches and great diving spots. 

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Where to stay in Big Buddha 

Big Buddha area offers plenty of accommodation options since this area is the typical choice of the tourists who visit Koh Samui for the first time.

Our top recommendations are:

Affordable option – This simple hostel

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Moderate price –  This Serviced apartment with beautiful sea view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis high-end heavenly hotel

Where to stay in Koh Samui for nightlife – Chaweng 

Map

Chaweng is Koh Samui’s the place to go for nightlife. The most prominent place is Chaweng Beach where most tourists seek relaxation during the day, and as the night falls, they are moving to the streets along the Beach Road in search of the ideal bar or pub to party. Aside from many beach bars and modern clubs, this area is also home to various restaurants and the huge shopping complex on the whole island. 

Chaweng Image source: jrmhui

Things to see and do in Chaweng

As Koh Samui’s Party Central, Chaweng has numerous restaurants and bars to suit every tourist’s taste. Whether you prefer some relaxing beach bar or a modern dance club, Chaweng has plenty of options to choose from. 

Here are our recommendations: 

  1. Soi Green Mango 
  2. Soi Reggae 
  3. Ark Bar
  4. Bar Solo 
  5. Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Soi Green Mango 

This is the most prominent street in Chaweng and home to the city’s nightlife symbol The Green Mango Club, the most iconic club of Koh Samui. 

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Party Image source: vishalzala1

Soi Reggae

Similarly to Soi Green Mango, Soi Reggae is a place where many pubs and bars are aligned one after another with Reggae Pub as the highlight. 

Bar Image source: ms.viktorrriya

Ark Bar

An energetic beach bar/restaurant has been one of the coolest places for partying on the beach for a couple of years now. 

DJ Image source: barkoviz

Solo Bar 

A quite modern place for starting the night out or watching major sporting events shown on the six plasma screens.

Solo Bar Image source: kaew_kapi

Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Located at Chaweng Beach, this multifunctional place will leave you speechless since it is a great combination of the sandy beach and disco party. 

Night Out Image source: matthiasseibert

Where to stay in Chaweng 

Although Chaweng offers a wide range of accommodation options, it can be hard finding the perfect place to stay since the area can be quite crowded and packed with tourists. 

The most popular are: 

 

Affordable option – This Stylish and modern hostel with the private beach 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moderate priceThis Corner Lake View Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis lux hotel

Where to Stay in Hakone

Where to stay in Hakone – a guide to ideal places for relaxation

Map of Hakone

Less than one hundred kilometers from Tokyo, in Kanagawa Prefecture, the small resort town Hakone is located. This town is becoming more popular among tourists owing to the abundance of hot springs, natural beauty which can be enjoyed all through the year, and the amazing view of the nearby Mount Fuji. As a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this town will leave you breathless with the stunning landscape and diverse events. 

Safety alert!

Towards the end of the last year, there was a severe volcanic activity near Owakudani, the area located around the crater formed during the last eruption of Mount Hakone. As many tourists decide to visit Hakone by train, it is useful to know that as a result of this event, a part of the route Hakone Tozan Railway linking Sounzan and Togendai had been restricted as they pass near Owakudani. Consequently, these restrictions had then been lowered to Level One, with expectations of being removed in the near future. From late October, Hakone Ropeway has been operating along its full length. Still, if you are planning on visiting Hakone anytime soon, make sure to double-check whether this route is still safe to travel.

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Hakone

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As a popular travel destination, Hakone is rapidly developing and expanding, aiming to satisfy the needs of the quickly increasing number of tourists that decide to visit this resort. As a relatively small town, it is neatly divided into neighborhoods where everyone can find some activities for everyone’s liking. Finding accommodation in Hakone is not an easy endeavor since the prices tend to be high sometimes. Based on the cultural and historical values, outdoor activities, and the budget, we have made a list of areas where you can find a place to stay and get to experience the best of Hakone such as:

  1. Hakone-Yumoto
  2. Gora
  3. Miyanoshita
  4. Motohakone
  5. Tonosawa 

To find out more details about why we recommend these particular areas, check out our table breakdown below.

Area

Ideal for: 

Why? 

Hakone-Yumoto

First visit to Hakone

Beautiful hot springs, many museums, and historical landmarks

Gora

Nightlife

Numerous restaurants, cafes, shops are located in this area

Miyanoshita

Travel on a budget 

Cheap accommodation

Motohakone

Bohemians 

Hakone’s most famous sights

Tonosawa 

Long-term stay

Traditional Japan, peaceful and secluded

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Where to stay in Hakone for the first time – Hakone-Yumoto 

Map Image source: hakonenavi.jp

The Hakone-Yumoto area can be easily reached from Tokyo via Romancecar. This area is full of landmarks and interesting activities. There are numerous shops, hotels, museums, and restaurants to keep you entertained. Also, you can find the well known hot springs of Hakone in this area. 

Water stream Image source: rururaa

Things to see and do in Hakone-Yumoto

As there are many things you can see and do in this area,  we have made a careful selection and these are our recommendations: 

  • Tenzan Onsen 
  • Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Kumano Shrine
  • Glass Art Experience Workshop
  • Old Tokaido Road and Hakone Checkpoint
  • Hydrangea Train 

Tenzan Onsen 

Tenzan Onsen is a huge complex with many bath-onsens, courtyards, restaurants, cafes and tatami areas used for resting. 

Onsen Image source: ashionpathfinder.tokyo_kazu

Water stream Image source: gabrielanachos

Hakone Open-Air Museum 

This is Japan’s first museum of this kind. It spreads across 70 000 square meters with many collections of artworks and sculptures of famous Japanese as well as international artists. For instance, Picasso Exhibition hall occupies the central place where more than 300 his artworks are located. 

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Kumano Shrine

Kumano Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in the Hakone-Yumoto area with multiple smaller shrines, gates, and the main shrine as well where you can pay your respects. 

Shrine Image source: natulflower

Glass Art Experience Workshop

One of the most popular hands-on activities in Hakone is glass blowing which you can learn in this workshop, later apply what you have learned, and produce your glass blown souvenir.

Glass Image source: afan_62

Old Tokaido Road and Hakone Checkpoint

Old Tokaido Road was the famous road linking Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period. During that period, Hakone was a significant checkpoint on that road. Today, the section leading to Hakone has been reconstructed as well as the Hakone Checkpoint so tourists can acquaint themselves with the rich history of Hakone.

Tokaido Road Image source: willyyilly

Checkpoint Image source: japonismo

Landscape Image source: retroboyastro

Hydrangea Train

From the middle of June to late July, you can take a ride on this train which passes along the hydrangea flowers. Also, you can also see the illuminated flowers in the nighttime since this train operates during the night.

Train Image source: mamikoooo_yo

Where to stay in Hakone-Yumoto 

Since this area is at a convenient location, there are plenty of accommodation options, although they can be quite expensive. The most traditional place to stay in is the onsen ryokan or the Japanese style inns. However, you can find some Airbnbs where the average nightly price is $119.

Our top 3 picks are the following ones:

Affordable optionPrivate Onsen Designer House 

Room

Moderate price Lakeside Villa with Mt.Fuji View

Room

Luxury optionOnsen modern guest house in mountains

Room

For more Airbnbs in Hakone-Yumoto area, click here

Where to stay in Hakone -foodie edition – Gora

Map Image source: hakonenavi.jp

Since Hakone is a resort town where locals and travelers come to relax after the crowded Tokyo, nightlife as such doesn’t exist here. Still, there is an area in Hakone with many dining and shopping options. Gora is an attractive onset neighborhood which apart from beautiful hot springs and stunning landscape, you can find shops, restaurants, and cafes if you are in search of the more vivid side of Hakone. Arriving in this area is a real adventure since you can take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway and enjoy the view of Mount Fuji from afar. 

Fuji Image source: panina_84

Things to see and do in Gora

In this area, you can enjoy the countryside and the beautiful landscape but also relax and try some local food or traditional tea. Take a look at our favorites:

  1. Visit Hakone Gora Park 
  2. Gora Brewery & grill
  3. Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei
  4. Cafe de Meissen
  5. ISSHIKIDO

Hakone Gora Park

This park with amazing nature is located above Gora Station. It is a great place for relaxing and unwinding. 

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Autumn Image source: pedrojuan81

Gora Brewery & grill 

This is a great place where you can try some of the most famous Japanese dishes such as sushi or grilled steaks.

Restaurant Image source: brutal_wolfgal

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Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei

One of the most attractive restaurants in Gora where you can try the famous dish called Tofu Katsuni.

Dish Image source: justonecookbook

Cafe de Meissen

A wonderful and cozy cafe near Gora Station where you can enjoy some freshly baked pizza or soft and fluffy pancake along with freshly brewed coffee. 

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ISSHIKIDO

This restaurant is located near Gora Park and it is most famous for a wide array of different sandwiches. They pride themselves in selecting only the best and freshest ingredients for their dishes. 

Sandwiches Image source: maki_mouse0827

Where to stay in Gora

Gora is quite an attractive area for tourists and the hotels are usually booked well in advance. However, it is possible to find other accommodations such as Airbnbs where the average price for a night is the pricey $212. 

Our top 3 picks are:

Affordable option – Twin room near Gora Station

Twin room

Moderate pricePrivate hot-spring in the Japanese tatami room

Room

Luxury optionHakone Villa with Private Onsen

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Gora here

Where to Stay in Osaka

Where to Stay in Osaka – a vibrant city with superb cuisine

Map of Osaka

Osaka is the second-largest city of Japan after its capital Tokyo. As a significant financial and economic center, this metropolitan area is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. The city is quite popular among tourists who praise its citizens for being spontaneous, friendly and approachable, unlike their compatriots in Tokyo and Kyoto. 

Okonomiyaki Image source: Pinterest 

Apart from the people, Osaka stands out for its food and history as well. With its special culinary style, the food found in this city is characterized as delicious, savory but above all, very affordable. It is the home to okonomiyaki, a mouth-watering type of a pancake, and takoyaki, a snack in the form of small batter balls containing octopus chunks. 

The highlight of Osaka’s history is certainly Osaka Castle built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who intended it to be the center of the government of unified Japan. Unfortunately, his plan fell through but the castle still represents one of the most majestic buildings in Japan. Tourists love to visit this place in the early spring as it is one of the most famous hanami spots when the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Osaka Castle Image source: Pexels

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Osaka

Map of Osaka

Osaka is roughly divided into two large areas known as Kita, downtown, and Minami, uptown. These areas are further subdivided into a large number of districts. The most popular neighborhoods among the tourists are:

  1. Umeda
  2. Shinsekai
  3. Dotonbori
  4. Tennoji
  5. and Abeno owing to the abundance of historically significant and attractive places to visit.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose to stay in or visit one of these districts.

Neighborhood Ideal for: Why?
Uptown Osaka (Kita) 
Umeda  First-timers Home to Osaka Station and Umeda Sky Building among many other landmarks. Very well connected to other areas.
Downtown Osaka (Minami)
Dotonbori  Nightlife  The busiest and most crowded area famous for energetic nightlife
Honmachi  On a budget  Great location and affordable accommodation
Shinsekai  Bohemians Lively area with numerous activities 
Tennoji  Long-term stay  Far from the crowd

Where to stay in Osaka for the first time – Kita (Uptown Osaka/Umeda) Map of Umeda

If you are visiting Osaka for the very first time, look for a place to stay in Kita, or the uptown Osaka, and its Umeda district. This district is a great place for the people who have never been to Osaka before because JR Osaka Station is its central hub. This allows you to move around the city easily and without any fear of getting lost because you can catch any train from the Midosudji subway line. Also, you can visit other cities nearby such as Kyoto and Nara as well.

Umeda district Image source: jntonn

Umeda district is a peaceful and uncongested one as opposed to other districts, which will allow you to rest and relax after spending a day outside walking and exploring the city. Being a famous shopping, dining, and entertainment district, it has a lot to offer, and even the most demanding tourists will manage to find something here to suit their taste. For those who are planning to visit Osaka with their family and small children, you will be relieved to know that this neighborhood is family-oriented, given the fact that there are wide and clean sidewalks, and it is one of the safest districts in Osaka.

Things to see and do in Umeda

If you decide to seek accommodation in this district during your visit, there are some important places you need to visit, such as:

  1. Osaka Station 
  2. Umeda Sky Building
  3. HEP
  4. Nakanoshima Museum of Art
  5. Techno Bar D floor
  6. Pokemon center 

Osaka station 

One of the most attractive buildings in this part of Japan is the newly renovated railway station with its adjacent large shopping and dining areas.

Osaka Station Image source: Pixabay

Umeda Sky Building

Only a 10-minute walk away from the Station is this majestic skyscraper found. If you are not afraid of heights, then you should not miss a chance to visit this building as it has a floating observatory on the 39th floor. You will be amazed by the view.

Umeda Sky Building Image source: umeda_skybuilding

HEP (Hankuyu Entertainment Park) 

Despite being an immense multipurpose complex, it is not the main reason why people visit this park. The large HEP 5 Ferris Wheel is found on the roof of this complex and if you decide to hop and take a ride, you will get a view of the Osaka skyline.

HEP 5 Ferris Wheel Image source: Pixabay

Nakanoshima Museum of Art 

If you are an art lover and want to see what the art scene of Osaka has to offer, then do not miss visiting this museum which contains 5,700 famous pieces.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art Image source: hakoohakoohakoo

Techno bar Dfloor 

At the very heart of the Umeda district, there is a well-known bar in which only techno music is played. Everything from the design of the bar to the drinks served was arranged to match this type of music.

Techno D bar Image source: shintanisaki

Pokemon Center

If you find yourself wandering around the Umeda Department Store, you will stumble upon the land of the Pokemon. Here you can find everything with that Pokemon swag such as toys, school supplies and even unique pieces of clothing that you can buy and take home to remind you of your favorite anime. Moreover, you can participate in numerous video-games and win yourself a rare Pokemon.

Pokemon Image source: tamyamspam

Where to stay in Umeda

In contrast to other districts in Osaka, hotels in Umeda are a bit pricier but they offer much better service and accommodation. Selecting a place to stay mostly depends on your budget. The average price in Airbnbs is $53 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs:

Affordable optionThis apartment in Umeda with luxury bath

Apartment

Moderate price – This apartment 3 min from Juso station and 1station from Umeda

Apartment

Luxury optionThis apartment at Umeda Station

Room

For more Airbnbs in Umeda districts, check here

Where to stay in Osaka for nightlife – Dotonbori 

Map of Dotonbori

Dotonbori is the most vibrant and energetic part of Osaka. Home to many symbols of Osaka such as the giant Glico Running Man, moving Kani Doraku Crab sign and bright neon lights, Dotonbori is the nightlife tourist attraction with many restaurants, bars, clubs, and markets where you can enjoy the true atmosphere of the city at any time during the day or night.  The best about this area is that when the hunger calls after the whole night partying, there are numerous awesome places with great local food to satisfy it. 

Dotonbori Image sourcing: Pexels

Things to do and see in Dotonbori 

As such a cool place and popular among travelers, Dotonbori sure has plenty to offer. Check out our recommendations: 

  • Chinese Cafe 8
  • Konamon Museum 
  • Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
  • Club BAMBI
  • Club Cheval 

Chinese Cafe 8

This place serves the most delicious Chinese food but the decor of this restaurant is simply amazing since there are red lanterns on the ceilings and the giant statue of Buddha in the corner. The menu of this restaurant has more than 300 entries. 

Cafe 8 Image source: ccafe8

Konamon Museum 

A place where you can learn how to make great takoyaki, and eat it afterward. 

Konamon Museum Image source: linapiwat

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

The most famous street in the whole Dotonbori where many bars and pubs are located. It is called the ‘’Drinking Street’’.

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley Image source: saktak_jp

Club BAMBI

One of the most popular clubs among tourists with great music and parties that last all night long. 

Bambi Image source: bambi_monster_club

Club Cheval 

Very glamorous club providing unique mature clubbing experience. 

Cheval Image source: nobafoods

Where to stay in Dotonbori 

Dotonbori offers accommodation for every budget. Also, since tourists love this area, the prices are slightly higher than in Umeda. The average price in Airbnbs is $65 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs: 

Affordable optionThis apartment close to Dotonbori and Namba 

Room

Moderate price – This apartment 2mins away from Dotonbori 

Room

Luxury option – This studio 30sec away from Dotonbori 

Room

Find more Airbnbs in Dotonbori here

Where to stay in Sayulita

Where to stay in Sayulita, a hidden pearl on the Mexican coast

Want to experience authentic Mexican culture and enjoy gorgeous beaches and, at the same time, stay away from the tourist crowds? If so, Sayulita may be the destination of your dreams. This little town on the Pacific coast is a gorgeous place for both vacations and permanent stays. 

Although tiny, Sayulita has a lot to offer. This picturesque town prides itself on its wonderful nature, beautiful beaches, and friendly lifestyle. It has been the main surfing destination for decades, so beach activities are one of its strongest points. In Sayulita, you can spend your days learning how to surf and scuba dive and enjoy your evenings sipping cocktails and eating local specialties. Sayulita is also known as a wellness retreat as yoga and meditation are an important part of the local culture. Its location is fantastic and you can take daily trips to larger cities such as Puerto Vallarta, explore the Marieta islands, or even go whale watching. Whatever your needs may be, you can rest assured that your stay in Sayulita will be one of the best in your life.

Photo credit: chrisclark182

Transportation in Sayulita

Sayulita has a public bus system that can be useful when exploring the city. Unfortunately, the buses aren’t very reliable, so not many people use them. Both locals and foreigners prefer renting cars or even better, golf carts. Golf carts are incredibly popular and you will see them on every corner. Since Sayulita is such a small town, you won’t have to rely on any sort of transportation—you can get to the city center from each neighborhood in about 20 minutes. 

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5 best neighborhoods to stay in Sayulita

Since Sayulita is such a small town, there aren’t many neighborhoods to choose from. You will find most of the popular locations in the central area. But that doesn’t mean that the surrounding neighborhoods have nothing to offer. If you don’t like crowds or don’t want to spend too much money, one of the suburban areas will probably be to your liking. Wherever you decide to stay, you will still be close to the city center. To help you pick the best area, we have made a rundown of our favorite Sayulita neighborhoods:

  1. Central
  2. Sayulita Plaza
  3. Gringo Hill
  4. The South End
  5. The North End

Our picks were based on these factors:

  1. Interesting things to see and do
  2. The overall atmosphere of the neighborhood
  3. Cost of staying
  4. Location
  5. Safety
Where to stay in Sayulita, Mexico
Best for the first time Central A lively, downtown area where you will find all major spots
Best for nightlife Sayulita Plaza A downtown square surrounded by pubs, bars, and restaurants
Best for budget travelers Gringo Hill A suburban area on the hill with cheap accommodation
Best for bohemians The South End An interesting neighborhood surrounded by wonderful nature and pristine beaches
Best for staying long term The North End A peaceful residential area with all the amenities you may need

Photo credit: pueblosmagicosmex

Where to stay in Sayulita for the first time: Central

The so-called Central is the main downtown area of Sayulita. This neighborhood is ideal for your first visit as it is in the vicinity of all major tourist stops. Central is where you will find most shops, restaurants, and bars. There are many street vendors and boutiques, as well as several high-end shops. If you like crowded places where all the action takes place, Central may be the best neighborhood for you. The only downside to this area is that there are few accommodation options with an ocean view. 

What to do in Central 

In Central, you’ll never get bored. Whether you are looking for great food, sandy beaches, or trendy shops, you won’t have to waste your time searching for good places to visit: this neighborhood has something for everyone. To help you pick the best spots, we have selected some of the most interesting places to visit in Central:

  • Playa Principal
  • Evoke The Spirit Gallery
  • Mercado del Pueblo
  • Don Pedro’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Aloha Sayulita

Playa Principal

Two kilometers long, Playa Principal is the main beach in the town. The beach is filled with cafes, restaurants, and interesting lounges. If you want to go sunbathing or just dip your toes in the Pacific, this beach should be your first stop. You can also try out some of the beach activities, such as surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you’re not into these types of sports and prefer a relaxing swimming experience, make sure to check the swimming safety first. Red flags are quite common due to the undertow. The southern part of the beach is usually crowded, so if you need some peace and tranquility, go to the northern side instead. 

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Mercado del Pueblo

As it is the only farmers’ market in Sayulita, Mercado del Pueblo has a lot to offer. It is a fantastic place to buy organic, natural food, try local snacks, and experiment with Mexican spices. You will also see many merchants, craftsmen, and artists selling their best works, which makes this market an ideal place for buying souvenirs and gifts. You will be surprised by inexpensive leather bags, bohemian home decor, and wonderful jewelry made of precious stones and metals. 

Photo credit: lifestyletravelnetwork

Where to stay in Central

As the very heart of the town, Central offers many accommodation options, ranging from cheap to luxurious. Here are our top picks for this area:

Budget option: this tropical guesthouse near the town center.

Moderate price: this cute comfy house

Luxurious option: this amazing villa near the beach

Where to stay in Sayulita for nightlife: Sayulita Plaza

Sayulita Plaza is the main square in this charming little town. It is located at the very heart of the town center. The Plaza is the hottest spot in Sayulita and it is where you will find the crowd. This small area is full of interesting restaurants and shops, and there is even a small chapel that you may find interesting. The streets surrounding the Plaza are filled with bars and lounges, so you will have plenty of nightlife options. Since Sayulita is such a small place, don’t expect to find any clubs that are open all night. 

Where to go out around Sayulita Plaza

Whether you want to sip a cocktail and unwind after a long day on the beach or enjoy spicy Mexican food while listening to a local band, Sayulita Plaza is the place where your wishes will come true. There are many wonderful bars and restaurants, all known for their warm and friendly atmosphere. Here are some places we think you shouldn’t miss:

  • Don Pato Pub
  • El Mezcalito
  • YamBak
  • Aria Lounge
  • Cava
  • Atico
  • La Zouave

Don Pato Pub

If you’re looking for a hip place to take cheap shots and dance to the beat of the best local bands, Don Pato may be the perfect place for you. Both locals and foreigners visit this pub so the atmosphere is lively and vibrant. Don Pato is one of the few places that stay crowded until late at night and it’s usually open until 3 am. Most of the time, this pub hosts live gigs, although there is also a DJ from time to time. 

Photo credit: paula1393

Aria Lounge

Aria Lounge is the best place in Sayulita for party animals. It is probably the most crowded place in the town and certainly the wildest. Sayulita is known for its fantastic dancing parties, great DJs, and free body paint that will make you glow in the dark. Mexican music is not very common in this lounge and most of the time you will hear songs from current top charts and some old-school hip hop. The lounge has two levels and includes a huge balcony with a beautiful view of the whole Sayulita Plaza. Working hours vary from day to day but on weekends, the lounge is open until 3 am. 

Photo credit: aruasayulita

Where to stay near Sayulita Plaza

The streets surrounding Sayulita Plaza offer a wide range of accommodation options. The average price per night is around $80, although there are many more affordable rooms. Check out our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this private room overlooking the Plaza.

Midrange option: this bohemian room by the Plaza.

Luxurious option: this studio with access to the pool located right across the street from the major bars

Where to stay in Sayulita on a budget: Gringo Hill

Gringo Hill is a neighborhood located on a hill overlooking the town. This area is known for having accommodation with a beautiful ocean view. The prices are lower than in the very center, so it is a favorite among budget travelers. Although it is located on the outskirts, Gringo Hill is close to the city center, and especially to Sayulita Plaza. It won’t take you more than 15 minutes to get to the downtown area on foot. Still, we recommend using a car or a golf cart as the hill is pretty steep, so your return to the accommodation may turn into a workout. 

What to do in Gringo Hill

Gringo Hill is doesn’t have as many interesting places to visit as other parts of the town, as it is mostly a residential area. If you stay in this area, you will probably spend most of your time in the center. If you do decide to spend your day in the neighborhood, there are a few places you should consider visiting: 

  • Quintas Trujillo
  • Iglesia Apostólica De La Fe En Cristo Jesús
  • Trivia El Café del Mar
  • Sayulita Nayarit Mexico
  • Cocos Sports Bar

Trivia El Café del Mar

If you want to give the local coffee a try, Trivia El Café del Mar is a place you shouldn’t miss. Known as the best coffee shop in the town, it will probably provide you with the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had. Tourists also like this place because it serves fantastic Greek meals, as well as delicious pastries. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced place to have breakfast every day, Trivia El Café del Mar may be a perfect pick for you.

Photo credit: triviacafesayulita

Cocos Sports Bar

Located in the area where Gringo Hill meets the town square, Cocos Sports Bar is the best place in the city to experience authentic Mexican cuisine. You can enjoy delicious seafood, watch a football game while sipping cold beer and eating tacos or show off your pool skills. The food is just outstanding and the prices more than reasonable. 

Photo credit: karendayss

Where to stay in Gringo Hill

Although Gringo Hill offers many luxurious accommodation options and the average price per night is around $100, this neighborhood has hundreds of cheap but nice AirBnBs. Here are some ideas where you could stay:

Budget option: this exceptionally affordable apartment

Mid-range option: this amazing apartment

More expensive option: this fantastic rooftop house

Where to stay in Sayulita for bohemians: the South End

The South End is a relatively new area in the town, filled with great accommodation options and expats’ houses. The neighborhood is known for having the best ocean view in whole Sayulita. The area is home to several interesting bars and restaurants, as well as gorgeous beaches. The South End is also fantastic for fans of the macabre, as its colorful cemetery is unlike any cemetery you’ve ever seen. Although the South End is a beautiful area with a couple of interesting places, keep in mind that it is not as lively as the downtown area. Luckily, the neighborhood is located close to the city center and it won’t take you more than 15–20 minutes to get to the major tourist spots.

What to see and do in the South End

  1. Playa de los Muertos
  2. Si Señor Sayulita
  3. Carricitos Beach

Playa de los Muertos

If you think Playa Principal is too crowded and loud, you shouldn’t miss Playa de los Muertos. This beach is off the beaten path, and it takes a couple of minutes of jungle hike to reach it. Locals sometimes call it “the secret beach” as many visitors never even learn it exists! It is an ideal place for enjoying pristine nature and getting some peace and quiet. There are two small caves linking Playa de los Muertos the main beach that you may also find interesting. 

Photo credit: mayraloeramx

Si Señor Sayulita

If you want to try luxurious dining in Sayulita way, Si Señor Sayulita is a restaurant you should consider visiting. The ambiance is gorgeous, food outstanding, and the service remarkable. Another thing that makes this restaurant stand out is the fact that, unlike in most places, the staff speaks English incredibly well. You won’t have to use your broken high-school Spanish or play charades with the waiters to get your favorite meal. 

Photo credit: gomezrocco

Where to stay in the South End

Due to its exceptional natural beauty and high status, the South End is a bit more expensive than other parts of the town. On average, one night in this neighborhood will cost you around $100. Take a look at our favorite AirBnBs:

Budget option: this villa near Playa de los Muertos

Midrange option: this beautiful bungalow with a swimming pool

Luxurious option: this large house near the city center

Where to stay in Sayulita long term: the North End

The North End and the Nanzal neighborhood are located in the northern part of the Sayulita Bay. This area is mostly residential and quite new: almost all the buildings were built in the last two decades. It is a peaceful neighborhood where you can enjoy a relaxing lifestyle. The ocean view is breathtaking, especially during the sunset. The North End is the sunniest place in Sayulita so it can get pretty hot during the summer months. The neighborhood is near the city center and the main beach and it should take you less than 20 minutes to reach the most crowded spots. 

What to do in the North End

Although the North End is mostly a residential area, there are a couple of places worth visiting. The neighborhood is home to many useful shops, as well as several nice restaurants. It also has its own beach, so you won’t have to mix up with tourist crowds. If you decide to settle in the North End, we suggest you check out these places:

  1. North Sayulita Beach
  2. Jardin Secreto (Secret Garden)
  3. Sayulita Beach Church
  4. La Terrazola

North Sayulita Beach

On the North Sayulita Beach, you won’t have to waste hours on finding a free beach bed: all you need to do is put your towel on the first spot you like and open your umbrella. This area is way less crowded than the main Sayulita beach, so you can enjoy your sunbathing session without the irritating presence of hundreds of people. The people who visit this beach are usually hip campers and locals. Since it is usually empty, the beach is known as the favorite place of Sayulita’s animal population. You can watch turtles taking care of their eggs and pelicans diving into the ocean. 

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La Terrazola

If dining fantastic seafood by the ocean seems like an attractive idea, you should hit La Terrazola as soon as you come to the North End. The ambiance and atmosphere are beautiful and romantic. You can try real Mexican guacamole and fajitas, or give a chance to the restaurant’s specialty: fresh tuna ceviche. La Terrazola also has a high-quality wine list, as well as delicious margaritas and other cocktails. 

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Where to stay in the North End

Whether you are looking for a cheap room or a high-end apartment, you’ll find what you need in this neighborhood. Have a look at our top picks:

Budget option: this nice room near the beach

Midrange option: this modern apartment near the city center

Luxurious option: this stunning traditional villa

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Where to stay in Bogota

Where should you stay in Bogota? It depends on what you like

Bogota is becoming a more and more popular traveling destination every year. The capital of Colombia truly has a lot to offer to its visitors. Colombians are known for their friendly, tourist-welcoming nature, and the city has a bit exotic vibe. 

Bogota has something for everyone, whatever their interests may be. It is filled with galleries and museums, so anyone interested in its colonial history will be thrilled to visit it. The city is also known for its urban culture, so you can enjoy its street murals and modern art galleries. Bogotans also know how to party and there are many clubs and bars where you may have the time of your life. Add to that delicious food and world-renowned Colombian coffee and you get a perfect city for both traveling and living. 

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Transportation in Bogota

Bogota is famous for its TransMilenio public transport system, which is the world’s largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system to this day! For more information on how to get around, check out their official website.

5 best areas to stay in Bogota

Even though Bogota has managed to get rid of its reputation as a dangerous city, there are still some areas that are best to be avoided. Still, there are plenty of beautiful, safe neighborhoods that will suit your needs, whatever they may be. To help you pick the best place to stay in Bogota, we have selected some of our favorite neighborhoods:

  1. Teusaquillo
  2. Chapinero
  3. La Candelaria
  4. Zona Rosa
  5. Usaquén

When deciding which areas to include, we considered several factors:

  1. The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  2. The cultural and historical value
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Safety
  5. How connected the area is to other parts of the city
  6. Cost of staying
Where to stay in Bogota, Colombia
Best for first-timers Teusaquillo Peaceful central area with lots of things to see and do
Best for bohemian souls Chapinero A diverse, trendy neighborhood with hip bars, shops, and markets
Best on a budget La Candelaria The affordable area near the center with many sights
Best for partying Zona Rosa Pedestrian party district filled with bars and clubs
Best for a long-term stay Usaquén A calm neighborhood that is home to many expats

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Where to stay in Bogota on your first visit—Teusaquillo

Teusaquillo is an ideal place for first-time Bogota visitors. It is located near the city center and well-connected to near-by neighborhoods such as Santa Fe and La Candelaria. This area is rather peaceful, so you won’t have to worry about your safety. Teusaquillo is home to many monuments, street markets, and restaurants, as well as to a couple of museums. It is known for its many green areas where most major concerts and festivals are hosted. 

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Where to go in Teusaquillo

  • Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park for nature lovers
  • Casatinta Galeria for fans of modern art

Best for outdoor lovers: Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park

The largest park in the city, Simon Bolivar is a place Bogota is very proud of. You can spend hours walking around in the fresh air, relax by its magnificent lake, or visit the botanical garden. If you’re on vacation with your kids, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several playgrounds around the park. 

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Best for modern art fans: Casatinta Galeria

Casatinta Galeria is probably unlike any gallery you have seen. It showcases major Colombian illustrations and graphic arts. The gallery also hosts all sorts of workshops so you can brush up your calligraphy or character creation skills. 

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Where to stay in Teusaquillo

AirBnBs in Teusaquillo are generally cheap, and the average price per night is around $30. Check out some of our top picks:

 

Budget option: Casa Cubil – Informal hostel in a 1940s home featuring a bar, an elegant lounge & a terrace, plus free breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern loft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: Grand Hyatt Bogotá – Upscale hotel featuring 2 restaurants, an indoor pool & a spa, plus complimentary parking & Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota for bohemian souls—Chapinero

If you want to experience a more authentic, hip vibe, Chapinero will be the perfect area for you. Known as the coolest neighborhood in Bogota, it is located in the central area of the city. Chapinero is incredibly diverse: its northern part is posh and known for luxury shopping centers while the central and southern parts are more laid back and culture-oriented. 

It is filled with indie cafes, vegetarian restaurants, markets, and street art. You can roam around experimenting with different types of coffee or try out craft beers. It is also the center of the LGBT community and home to the world’s largest LGBT club, Theatron.


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Places to visit in Chapinero

  • Parque del Chico for culture vultures
  • Zona G for the foodies
  • Teatro Libre De Bogotá for theater lovers

Best for culture vultures: Parque del Chico

This beautiful park is located in the northern part of the neighborhood. Besides beautiful nature, Parque del Chico has its own museum, located in a colonial hacienda, where you can see all sorts of textiles, glassware, and ceramics. Other notable cultural destinations are a Monument to the Heroes and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.


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Best for foodies: Zona G

Zona G (G for gastronomy) is the major place in Bogota for Colombian cuisine lovers. There are hundreds of restaurants and food stalls in this area so you can try out food from all around the world.


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Best for theater buffs: Teatro Libre De Bogotá

Teatro Libre De Bogotá is an amazing place for drama fans. Built in the 1970s, it is one of Colombia’s most influential theaters. You can watch all sorts of plays by major Colombian playwrights, including Marquez, Navajas, and Camacho, as well as Shakespeare’s plays.


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Where to stay in Chapinero

Chapinero is a popular area with a lot of hostel options! The average price per night is around $30. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this cozy, budget-friendly place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this modern flat near Zona G.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: B.O.G Hotel – 5 Estrellas de Lujo 

Luxury hotel featuring a fitness center & a spa, plus a rooftop heated pool with a bar & a terrace.

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota on a budget: La Candelaria

If you’re a student on a budget or an adventurous backpacker, you will fall in love with La Candelaria. Although this area is very close to the city center and within walking distance of major sights, the accommodation is surprisingly cheap. You can choose between hundreds of family-owned hostels and small hotels. 

La Candelaria is the historical center of the city, so there are plenty of interesting things to see, including colonial architecture, museums, and cobblestone streets filled with small bars. The only problem with this neighborhood is that it is not as safe as some more expensive ones. You will be fine during the day, but make sure not to wander too far away from the main street at night.


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What to see in La Candelaria

  • Bolivar Plaza for the tourist within
  • Museo Botero for the classical art fix
  • Graffiti Tour for the urban bugs

Best overall: Bolivar Plaza

Bolivar Plaza is the main square in La Candelaria and tourists’ main destination. Besides bars and restaurants, you can visit the beautiful Cathedral of Colombia, as well as Casa del Floreno (the Independence Museum).


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Best for art lovers: Museo Botero

Museo Botero is a museum that every art lover needs to visit. Most works you will find there are paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero but you can also see the works of other notable artists, such as Degas, Dali, and Picasso.


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Best for urban souls: Graffiti Tour

If you love urban art, we recommend taking the Graffiti Tour. La Candelaria is full of wonderful murals and street art worthy of admiration. The guide will tell you all about the controversy behind these murals and how they tackle some political and cultural issues. The best thing is that the tour is free of charge!


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Where to stay in La Candelaria

La Candelaria stays will not break the bank, as the average price per night is around $24. Check out some of our favorites:

Budget option: this cozy, authentic hostel – Hostal Fátima

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this place in the historical center of the neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: Hotel de la Opera – located next to the Cristóbal Colón Theatre and opposite the San Carlos Palace, Hotel De La Opera offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Facilities include an indoor pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Bogota for partying: Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa will make any party animal’s dreams come true. Located in the northern part of the city, this area is heaven-sent for anyone looking for a great party. It is filled with bars, clubs, restaurants, and casinos. There are also several shopping malls, both for budget and designer label shopping. The major part of the area, called Zona T, is pedestrian. Since it is primarily known for its party vibe, there is a lot of police in the area, which makes it relatively safe. 

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Where to go in Zona Rosa

  • Andres Carne de Res for classic Colombian party time
  • Armando Records for clubbers
  • Hard Rock Cafe for casual nights

Best for authentic Colombian parties: Andres Carne de Res

If you want to get a taste of the local nightlife culture, make sure to visit this amazing restaurant. It offers delicious Colombian cuisine and is known for its wild salsa and rumba parties.


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Best for clubbing: Armando Records

Armando Records is known as the best club with live music. Only the most exceptional Colombian live bands get to play their hot Latino music there. The bar is well-stocked, cocktail menu fantastic, and atmosphere amazing.


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Best for casual nights out: Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most recognizable places in Zona Rosa and is incredibly popular. You can try out local beers while enjoying Bogotan live bands or show off your singing skills on their karaoke nights.


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Where to stay in Zona Rosa

Since Zona Rosa is the party central of Bogota, the prices per night are a bit higher, around $60. Here are some of our top picks:

Budget option: this AirBnB in the center of the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Midrange option: this loft with a stunning view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxurious option: this high-end luxury stay – Radisson Bogota Metrotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur – the city of skyscrapers

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a metropolitan city worldwide famous for many skyscrapers and futuristic towers, the clash of traditional and colonial architecture with modern and picturesque, and diverse cultural and historical attractions. The greatest landmark is Petronas Twin Towers, which are the highest twin towers in the world.

The name of the city means ‘’ muddy estuary’’ owing to its geographical location in the confluence of Gombak and Klang Rivers. Its rich history and cultural heritage along with the stylish development are the reasons behind the growing popularity of this city and country in general. Aside from significant landmarks, real foodies will enjoy this travel destination as its remarkable cuisine consists of truly delicious dishes.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Kuala Lumpur

With everything that Kuala Lumpur has to offer to its tourists, this city has become one of the most popular and safest travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Becoming a global city with millions of visitors every year, the accommodation options have increased significantly resulting in the widest selection of luxurious hotels, mid-range hostels and Airbnb for every budget. With all these alternatives, finding an ideal place to stay in KL can often be quite overwhelming, especially if you are visiting for the first time. 

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Kuala Lumpur is divided into 11 districts each of which is culturally diverse and unique. They have plenty of dining, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife options to a certain degree. You should select the area that suits most of your interests, whatever they may be. So as not to become overwhelmed with the available accommodation choices, we have made a carefully selected list with the best area to stay in:

  1. KLCC
  2. Bukit Bintang
  3. Chinatown and Merdeka Square
  4. Bangsar
  5. KL Tower – Bukit Nanas

Still, whatever area you select, you won’t be wrong since Kuala Lumpur has a highly developed and efficient public transportation system so you can easily explore the city no matter where you are staying. 

Here are our suggestions: 

Area

Ideal for: 

Why?

KLCC

First-timers

Staying in this area will put you in the center of everything

Bukit Bintang

Nightlife

Crazy nightlife

Chinatown & Merdeka Square

On a budget

Wide budget style accommodation options 

Bangsar 

Bohemians

The area easily accessible by public transportation with a hipster vibe 

KL Tower – Bukit Nanas

Long-term stay

A residential area away from the crowd

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for the first time – KLCC

If you want to be at the center of everything in the city Kuala Lumpur, then Kuala Lumpur City Center is the right area for you. This area is most known for the city’s two main attractions the Petronas Twin Towers and the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. Apart from these two, there are other cultural and historical landmarks, along with many fun activities for families and dining and shopping opportunities. This area is also unique since the majority of the city’s sights are located here while at the same time it is a financial and business center. 

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Things to do and see in KLCC

As the heart of Kuala Lumpur, there is plenty to eat, shop, do, and see in KLCC. Check our top list: 

  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • Menara KL Tower
  • Aquaria KLCC
  • KLCC Park 
  • Suria KLCC
  • Traders Hotel Skybar 

Petronas Twin Towers

With 88 floors, these twin skyscrapers are the highest twin towers in the world. They are joined together by a Sky Bridge.

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Menara KL Tower

This tower was constructed in 1994 and with a height of 421 meters, along with Petronas Twin Towers, represents one of the most prominent landmarks of Kuala Lumpur.

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Aquaria KLCC

One of the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia, Aquaria KLCC is located in Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. It is home to more than 150 marine species and a great place for a family visit. 

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KLCC Park 

In the midst of the hectic and crowded city, this natural oasis is the perfect place for a getaway where you can enjoy the city’s skyline filled with skyscrapers and nature. 

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Suria KLCC

Located at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers, this shopping mall is every shopaholic’s dream. With numerous department stores and fashion outlets, Suria KLCC provides the perfect opportunity to renew your wardrobe. 

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Traders Hotel Skybar

Traders Hotel is home to the popular Skybar at its 33rd floor. Order something to drink and enjoy the view of the nearby Petronas Towers. 

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Where to stay in KLCC 

Thanks to the amount of not only tourist attractions but also business buildings, Kuala Lumpur City Center is quite an expensive area to stay in. Other than luxurious hotels, this area is far from being packed with accommodation options for every budget. In case you are looking for Airbnbs in KLCC, you have to know that those are usually located a bit further from Twin Towers. The average nightly price  in this area is $63. 

 

Affordable option – This simple minimalistic hostel

 

 

 

Moderate option – This brilliant suite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury option – This luxury hotel in the city centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur for nightlife – Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is the most vibrant and energetic area of Kuala Lumpur. With many shops, markets, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs for everyone’s liking, this neighborhood has a lively and youthful atmosphere. Usually packed with tourists in search of the more entertaining side of the city, it is conveniently located near KLCC but you also have full access to other districts via public transportation. 

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Things to see and do in Bukit Bintang

As the center of shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife of Kuala Lumpur, Bukit Bintang has such a diverse offer to suit every tourist’s taste. Whether you are looking for unique souvenirs, street food or fancy restaurants, or energetic nightlife, you will find all of that and even more in this district. 

Here are our recommendations what you definitely mustn’t miss in this area: 

  1. Berjaya Times Square Theme Park
  2. Jalan Alor
  3. Berjaya Times Square
  4. No Black Tie
  5. Heli Lounge Bar
  6. Changkat Pub Street

Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

Malaysia is home to the largest indoor theme park.  Berjaya Times Square Theme Park has two separate zones for adults and children. It is the perfect place for some quality family time. Image source: yxlandp

Jalan Alor

Jalan Alor is the most famous food street in Kuala Lumpur. Here you will find diverse restaurants and street food carts where you can try specialties from both international and local cuisine. 

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Berjaya Times Square

Bukit Bintang is home to one of the largest shopping malls in this area. Near Jalan Imbi, this astonishing twin towers has 48 floors with numerous stores and restaurants. 

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No Black Tie

A popular jazz club where many famous jazz artists have performed. It is a quite relaxed atmosphere with great and diverse music.

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Heli Lounge Bar

This rooftop bar is located at the helipad near the Menara Tower. Enjoy your drinks with the sunset over Kuala Lumpur. 

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Changkat Pub Street

Another famous street in Bukit Bintang is Changkat Street. The colonial buildings were transformed into restaurants and pubs. 

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Where to stay in Bukit Bintang

This district offers plenty of accommodation options for every budget since the tourists like to stay in this area for nightlife. It is quite hectic and traffic can be busy but you can easily explore other areas on foot. 

Affordable option –This Stylish Cozy Hostel

 

 

 

 

Moderate optionThe Eden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury option – This high end hotel with an amazing view

 

 

 

 

Where to Stay in Nicaragua

Where to stay in Nicaragua—the land of volcanoes 

A multiethnic and multicultural country, the Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America. It neighbors Honduras to the northwest and Costa Rica to the south. The largest city is Managua, and it is also the capital. Nicaragua has a lot to offer to its visitors due to its rich history, culture, and tradition. These factors, along with its amazing nature and environment, have led to the rise of popularity amongst visitors and tourists. 

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Best cities to stay in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is rich with amazing architecture, stunning landmarks, and breathtaking, inspiring nature. The cities presented below were chosen based on:

  1. Landmarks
  2. Sights
  3. Beauty
  4. Convenience 

These are our picks for top cities to stay in, while in Nicaragua:

  1. Masaya
  2. León
  3. Managua
  4. Granada
Where to stay in Nicaragua
Masaya Known as the cradle of Nicaraguan culture, Masaya is a city filled with markets, shops with arts and crafts, as well as street art.
León León is the second-largest city in Nicaragua, and the home to plenty of monuments, churches, landmarks, as well as several well-known Nicaraguan poets.
Managua The capital has plenty of beautiful sights and places to visit, as well as being the home to a large number of immigrants and expats. Great for people looking for a new place to live. 
Granada Picturesque and beautiful, Granada has a number of historical sites to offer to visitors who are on a budget.
Managua As the capital city, Managua has more than enough fun clubs, bars, and pubs to offer to all night owls and nightlife enthusiasts. 

Transportation in Nicaragua

Most of the larger cities in Nicaragua have a system of public transportation, usually in the form of buses. Taxis are also widely present, as well as rent-a-car places.

Buses are the most affordable way to get around town or between cities. You can find information about the route the bus takes at the bus stop. There are several types of buses, depending on the frequency of stops, distance, vehicle, and passengers.

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Taxis can be found pretty much anywhere, especially in the capital. Nicaraguan taxis are a bit different from your typical taxis, in the sense that there aren’t any meters. So, the first thing that you have to do when you enter a taxi is to negotiate the price. Also, a registered taxi vehicle should have a number painted on it—if you don’t see a number, do not enter.

Where to stay in Nicaragua for art and culture—Masaya

Frequently referred to as the City of Flowers, Masaya is the hub of tradition, art, and culture of Nicaragua. Besides being the place to visit if you are interested in art and culture, Masaya has an impressive cuisine, amazing landmarks, and incredible natural environments— namely the Apoyo Lake and Masaya Volcano.

Things to see and do in Masaya

Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Visit the famous markets
  • Head out to Jueves de Verbena
  • Visit Museo del Folclore

Arts and crafts markets

There are three popular markets in Masaya, namely Old Craft Market, Masaya Crafts Market, and Main Market. They sell all kinds of crafts and creations from the locals. Explore and shop around these colorful and vibrant markets. 

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Jueves de Verbena

Jueves de Verbena is an event that occurs every Thursday, and it takes place at the Old Craft Market. It features music and traditional Nicaraguan dance, as well as delicious local food.

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Museo del Folclore

Museo del Folclore is an exquisite museum dedicated to the extensive history, culture, tradition, and of course, folklore of Nicaragua.

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Where to stay in Nicaragua for the first time—León

León is the place to be if you are visiting Nicaragua for the first time. It is home to marvelous architectural structures, historical landmarks, a cathedral, and an astonishing number of churches. You can also see the ruins of the original León city that has been proclaimed as a World Heritage Site.

Things to see and do in León

Here are some ideas for places to visit:

  • Visit León Viejo
  • Visit The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
  • Visit Casa Salud DeBayle

León Viejo

The ruins of the old city serve as a record of the first European settlements in the New World. It was rediscovered in 1967, and the most impressive thing about this ancient ruin is that it remained unaltered for the entirety of the time it was undiscovered. Today, there are people who work hard to preserve this remarkable site. 

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The Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary

Also known as León Cathedral, this cathedral is an imposing and incredible building that has significant historical value not just for León, but also for Nicaragua. Built in the Baroque and Neoclassical style, this cathedral serves as a final resting place for several prominent Nicaraguan figures, including Luis H. DeBayle, Rubén Darío, and Alfonso Cortés, to name but a few.

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Casa Salud DeBayle

Casa Salud DeBayle is a museum dedicated to the first doctor in Central America, Luis H. DeBayle. He opened the first private clinic and provided free medical care to those who couldn’t afford it.

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Where to stay in Nicaragua long term—Managua

Managua has become quite popular among foreigners for its attractive and relatively affordable cost of living. Managua is the heart of the economy, education, and nightlife, as well as an amazing place with a number of fabulous sites to visit and explore. Managua is well connected to other cities and areas in Nicaragua. The city of Managua is also the only one to have an international airport in the country. 

Things to see and do in Managua

These are some of our suggestions for things to do while staying in Managua:

  • Hang out at the Montelimar Beach
  • Have a drink at Next Club Managua
  • Have lunch at Cocina de Dona Haydee

Montelimar Beach

Relax and unwind at this great beach with white sand.

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Next Club Managua

If you’re looking for a good party, head straight to Next Club Managua—a club with an inviting atmosphere that plays trendy music and serves tasty drinks.

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Cocina de Doña Haydee

A highly rated restaurant that serves traditional local Nicaraguan food, Cocina de Doña Haydee is a must-visit place for any foodie out there.

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