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Play on these tropical golf courses this winter

It’s been a wonderful summer filled with family, friends, and multiple rounds of golf. However, as the chill of fall begins to set in, the realization your hometown courses will soon be shutting for the season can be a bit of a buzzkill.

If you aren’t content to simply look up golf betting odds at William Hill so you can bet on golf tournaments all winter, then book a holiday so you can play on some tropical golf courses.

Below, we’ll share some getaways which have piqued our interest lately…

1) Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin, Thailand

Want to mix in a round of golf during a getaway to Thailand? If you plan on spending time in the resort city of Hua Hin, book a tee time at Black Mountain Golf Club.

Graced by limestone karsts that have given this course its name, players will be challenged at every turn by a course which has hosted European Tour golfers in the past.

Mixing exceptional beauty with a degree of difficulty which will keep you on your toes, it is no wonder why this course has won numerous awards for being the best course in Asia as recently as 2016.

2) Cabo del Sol (Ocean Course), Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

If you have no desire to play in a place with oppressive levels of humidity, get in some time in on the Cabo del Sol Ocean Course instead.

Situated at the arid tip of Baja California, this Jack Nicklaus designed gem will mesmerize you with its vistas of rolling breakers, saguaro cacti, and swaying palms.

If you can manage to keep your focus on the task at hand, the course itself will require your best effort, with it demanding numerous shots over unforgiving terrain.

3) Abama Golf Club, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

If you’re seeking out sunshine with just a touch of warmth on your golf holiday this winter, make plans to spend it on Tenerife.

Far south enough to avoid polar air masses, yet cooled enough by cold ocean currents to allow for an eternal spring climate where temperatures average between 18 to 24 degrees Celsius in winter, comfort won’t be a problem when you hit courses such as the Abama Golf Club.

Situated on Tenerife’s Ritz-Carlton resort, the topography of this course varies dramatically from hole-to-hole, making use of a golf buggy essential for all but the most physically fit of golfers.

With waterfalls, views across the ocean to the nearby island of La Gomera, and a challenging layout worthy of the European Tour, it will be a round you will remember for some time to come.

4) Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, Mauritius

Have you ever taken a boat to get to the tee box for the 1st hole? You will when you head out to play a round of golf at Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club in Mauritius.

Located entirely on an islet in Mauritius’ largest lagoon, this course boasts mangrove forests, black volcanic rock outcrops, and the same sugar white beaches which draw hordes of visitors to Mauritius annually.

Designed by Bernhard Langer, it is the ultimate golf experience for those enthralled by all things tropical.

 

The best places to visit on a budget

The world is filled with affordable destinations, which are not that hard to find. No matter the continent you want to visit, you will always find a cheap destination.

Here are the places that you should visit if you are on a budget:

Fiji

Many people think that you need to be rich to visit the Pacific Island. However, that is not the case, because Fiji is relatively cheap when compared to the neighboring destinations. Although there are 1000-dollars-a-night resorts, you can still enjoy excellent diving, tasty seafood, and pristine beaches without selling your kidney.

The emerging backpacker community in Fiji has made visiting Fiji easier because transportation, activities, and guesthouses are now cheaper. If you want to visit the Pacific Island, Fiji is the best destination for a low budget.

Central America

Do you want to trek through the jungle, visit the ancient ruins, and surf during your vacation? You should visit the smaller countries in South America, including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. In these countries, you will find budget hotels for as little as 15 dollars a night.

The destinations are safe as long as you do not roam around bad neighborhoods during the night.

Cambodia

Although you can put all Southeast Asian countries on the list of places to visit on a budget, Cambodia is one of the most affordable places in the region. The country is beautiful, affordable, and has friendly locals. You can buy street food for $2 and get an air-conditioned room for $20. You will spend less than $50 dollars a day, which is a bargain.

China

The country of China has been fascinating tourists since Marco Polo crossed the Silk Road. Even if the days of China being a very cheap location are gone, it is still a budget destination. With hostels that cost less than 20 dollars a day, you can visit this country with a small budget.

Although the big and coastal cities of China are not cheap, the interior ones are a bargain.

Portugal

Not all Euro countries are made equal and Portugal is a bargain country in the region. The country is filled with stunning cliffs, beautiful beaches, jovial locals, historic cities, and delicious food. Moreover, the country seems to evade the press and crowds that other countries in Europe get.

Therefore, you can visit this destination if you are running away from the hectic environment of the city.

Thailand

You will find Thailand on every list of places to visit on a budget. With its lush jungles, amazing food, bargain prices, and famed beaches, it is easy to see why. It attracts tourists from all walks of life, and you can find very cheap guesthouses to stay in during your visit.

Traveling in Thailand is easy and it is a great country for backpacking. Overall, Thailand is well known for its jungles, beauty, food, and beaches.

Australia

Although Australia is an unlikely candidate, it is the ideal destination due to the many work exchange opportunities, cheap groceries, and a well-worn backpacker trail. Although the country has become a lot more expensive over the years, the drop in the Australian dollar has made the country more affordable than it has been in years.

Indonesia

Are you a coffee lover? You should consider visiting Indonesia for some of the best coffee you will ever taste in your life. It is made from kopi luwak coffee beans, which produce a rich-tasting and authentic beverage.

Indonesia has some of the most beautiful landscapes and the best aquatic life in the world. If you love snorkeling, it is the place to be.

 

Best cultural experiences in southern Thailand

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Trying to uncover the best cultural experiences in Southern Thailand? This post will reveal to you to the best places to go when the party highlights of this region aren’t enough to pique your curiosity for the finer things in life…

Krabi: Wat Tham Seua

Also known as the Tiger Temple, Wat Tham Seua should not be mistaken for the complexes further north that employ questionable ‘conservation techniques’ in the care of one of nature’s most precious cats. Instead, this temple sits at the base of a limestone karst, with a Buddha statue and golden stupa sitting at the other end of more than 1,200 steps.

The climb might be grueling, but by the time you get to the top, the view and sense of accomplishment that you will receive will make the pain more than worth it.

Nakhon Si Thammarat: Wat Phra Mahathat

Ranking as one of the most important temples in all of southern Thailand, Wat Phra Mahathat in Nakhon Si Thammarat is a must visit as you poke around the region on your slow travels. The main draw of this place is the fact that it is reputed to have a relic of the Buddha in the form of one of his teeth.

Boasting a 78 metre high chedi surrounded by more than one hundred smaller ones, this temple depart from typical Thai design, as its construction was inspired by the type of builds typically found in Sri Lanka.

Sculptures complete the ambiance of the place, with elephant heads and demon guardians joining the omnipresent Buddhas around this complex.

Phuket Town: Old Phuket

While Phuket’s reputation is largely influenced by the goings-on in places like Patong Beach, there is more substance to this place than all-night parties and sun loungers. In the island’s interior is the administrative centre of Phuket Town, and it is here where settlement existed well before it was ever found by the global tourism industry.

The Chinese and the Portuguese were here long before that with their pick axes and shovels, eager to liberate tonnes of tin from the earth in exchange for riches. As such, you’ll find architecture in its streets that reflects its unique cultural heritage, as well as a museum that profiles its past history before Europeans came here en masse.

Songkhla: Songkhla National Museum

Find yourself in the provincial capital of Songkhla during your wanderings off the beaten track? Drop by the Songkhla National Museum, the former mansion of the governor of this Thai province.

Today, it plays host to southern folk art and crafts, so if you’re looking to get underneath the creative skin of the people here, this is the place to go.