Bodega Hostels https://bodegahostels.com Bodega Tue, 25 Feb 2020 04:59:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Life After Death: The Mummified Monk of Koh Samui https://bodegahostels.com/blog/mummified-monk-koh-samui/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/mummified-monk-koh-samui/#respond Fri, 28 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34872 The Mummified Monk of Koh Samui: Spooky or Inspirational? Shortly before his death in 1973, Monk Luong Pordaeng is said to have told his followers that if his body were to decompose, it should be cremated. If not, his body should serve as a reminder of Buddha’s teachings. Forty years later his mummified remains continue […]

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The Mummified Monk of Koh Samui: Spooky or Inspirational?

Shortly before his death in 1973, Monk Luong Pordaeng is said to have told his followers that if his body were to decompose, it should be cremated. If not, his body should serve as a reminder of Buddha’s teachings. Forty years later his mummified remains continue to provide inspiration to many Thai Buddhists, as well as those fascinated by the macabre display.

He may mean many things to many different people, but one thing is for sure: The Mummified Monk of Koh Samui should be on your must-see list. It makes for a nice break from the usual, insane nightlife of Koh Samui and our Samui pub crawl.

The Man

Luong Pordaeng was born in 1894 on Koh Samui. Like many young men in Thailand he ordained as a monk at the age of 20, following Buddha’s teachings. He dis-robed some time later, opting to settle down with a wife and start a family. Once his children were fully grown, Luong Pordaeng decided to return to the life of a monk, dedicating his life to Buddhism and adopting the name Phra Kru Samathakittikhun. 

The Myth

Luong Pordaeng was known far and wide for his meditation skills, gathering a large following on the island. A highly respected monk, he is said to have even predicted his own death and refused food, water or company as he placed himself in a deep meditative state in the week leading up to his passing. After his death, his followers carried out his last wishes, encasing his body in glass at Wat Khunaram.

The Legend

Based in the South East of Koh Samui, Wat Khunaram is a fairly typical Buddhist temple with locals coming daily to make merit and pay respects. Understandably having one of the most revered monks in Thailand mummified inside brings a lot of new visitors. However, it’s clear from the flowers, candles and offerings that surround Luong Pordaeng’s glass case that he is not a ghoulish side show, but an inspiration to many. Most Thai Buddhist’s view death positively- an opportunity to be reborn into a better life, one step closer to Nirvana. With his remains in such good condition, it’s not surprising that he serves as a comfort to many followers, as well as a marvel to the curious.

The Science Behind Mummification

One of the most striking things about the mummified monk is how well preserved he is. The prevailing theory is that his preparation before death is partly responsible- little to no food and a slow metabolism, as well as a reduced oxygen intake due to deep meditation have all helped stave off decomposition. The only real cosmetic change has been the addition of sunglasses. While it seems disrespectful, the shades are there to cover Luong Pordaeng’s dried out eyeballs, offering dignity after death.

How to Get to the Mummified Monk of Koh Samui

Wat Khunaram is just a short drive West of Lamai on route 4169, between the Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon. If you time it right you can easily fit this stop into a packed itinerary. The best hours to come are in the early morning or late afternoon, with locals coming to make merit amongst chanting monks. Remember to bring respectful clothing, and while entry if free, donations for the upkeep of the temple are gratefully received. Once finished take a second to contemplate life and the universe- the Mummified Monk of Koh Samui affects everybody differently!

Hours of Operation: Daylight hours, every day

Address: Wat Khunaram, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140

Cost: Free but donations accepted

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The Top 3 Art Galleries in Koh Samui

Koh Samui, along with it’s two sisters on Thailand’s East coast, is famous for a few things. Gorgeous beaches, lazy days and hedonistic nights all come to mind, so when you picture Koh Samui you’re not usually pondering upon the state of its art scene. With so many other activities to do that’s completely forgivable, but definitely a missed opportunity for those who are looking for something a little different. Hidden away on the northern side of the island are some of it’s best kept secrets – here’s our favorite art galleries in Koh Samui!

Chujai Gallery

‘Chu jai’ doesn’t have a direct English translation, however it can be interpreted to mean ‘cheerful, inspired and encouraged’. After perusing the works on display, it becomes pretty apparent that the name was chosen well. Chujai art gallery is run by two independent Thai artists passionate about one thing- creating original, authentic art they can share with the world. The gallery is based in the northern village of Mae Nam, an idyllic little pocket of calm next to its louder neighbours. If you’re looking for a quiet beach day with a sprinkling of culture, this is the spot for you. 

Address: 27/35-36, Moo 5 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84330 

Phone: +66 61 186 7095 

Hours of Operation: 9am – 12am

Chujai Gallery in Koh Samui

Koko Gallery

This eponymous gallery is run by the one and only Koko Aung, an enterprising painter from Myanmar specialising in a technique called Myanmar Knife painting. There are plenty of pieces to choose from at his stall in Lamai, but it’s the actual process that you’ll want to be around for. Koko is a master of his craft, turning what look like random streaks across the page into some seriously eye-catching souvenirs in under ten minutes. Buying a piece can cost as little as 100 baht, and you’ll be able to film the process. If you’re pressed for time and want a unique reminder of this beautiful island, Koko’s your man.

Address: Lamai Plaza, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84310

Phone: +66 86 097 2775 

Hours of Operation: 1pm – 11pm

Koko Gallery, Koh Samui

Art Samui Museum

With arguably the largest and most diverse collection on the island, this gallery has something for everyone. Many pieces on display have been integral to the Koh Samui art scene over the decades, but it’s the ‘Trick Art’ section that draws visitors. 3D paintings will see you participating in anything from being chased by a pterodactyl in a tuk tuk to fighting off a great white shark!This is an extremely popular spot, so if you’re looking for a photo shoot with a difference grab your camera and head over early to beat the rush. 

Address: Bo Put, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84320 

Phone: +66 61 180 7331 

Hours of Operation: 9.30am – 6pm

Art Samui Museum

Explore Koh Samui Art Community

Koh Samui has been an art haven for many years, with various painters, sculptors and visionaries making the island their home. The fifteen plus galleries currently open are testament to this, each with their own little bit extra. Some cater to die hard enthusiasts, others to souvenir hunters. So while these are our favourite, there’s always more to discover. If you find something that blows you away, make sure you let us know so we can add it to the best art galleries in Koh Samui!

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Flip Cup Rules! How to Play Flip Cup, Our Favorite Drinking Game https://bodegahostels.com/blog/flip-cup-rules/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/flip-cup-rules/#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34863 The Bodega Guide on How to Play Flip Cup Like a Boss So, you’re here to learn how to play flip cup? Or maybe you just want to brush up on the standard set of flip cup rules? It’s a staple drinking game found at most hostels, so make sure you know how to play! […]

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The Bodega Guide on How to Play Flip Cup Like a Boss

So, you’re here to learn how to play flip cup? Or maybe you just want to brush up on the standard set of flip cup rules? It’s a staple drinking game found at most hostels, so make sure you know how to play!

Let me guess: You played a few games and completely sucked, let down your teammates and cried yourself to sleep? Or you’re here to take your game to the next level? Either way, welcome to Bodega Hostels’ guide to dominating flip cup!

Before we start, you should know that after reading our ultimate guide to playing flip cup you will become dangerously good at flip cup. Your interest levels in taking tours around Bangkok will dwindle. You won’t care about the beaches of Koh Samui. All you’ll want to do is drink, flip and win. Because in the end winning is all that matters. And getting drunk, I guess.

flip cup in Chiang Mai hostel

Wetting the Whistle

Step one is simple. Like all good drinking games, you need social lubricant (alcohol) to get yourself started. Going into these situations sober is a poor decision and could lead to disastrous results. That said, don’t get completely hammered either.

No one wants a good game of flip cup ruined by someone tombstoning through the table.

Form an All-Star Flip Cup Team

Partnering up with a quality set of teammates is seriously important. This isn’t gym class, the biggest, gnarliest dude isn’t going to always win here. In fact, the quickest shotgunner I’ve ever seen was a tiny Texan girl who repeatedly dunked on wannabe drinkers. You need someone who can drink but also someone with precision and poise. They need to be able to flip.

Places for the Races

Setting up your team for success is important. Team building can be rough when drinking with strangers, but we have a few strategies to secure your win. Consider the following questions and you’ll be A-okay.

Do you want to go hard and have your quickest drinkers first to build up a lead or do you want to finish strong and, potentially, come back from behind? There are those who will vouch for both techniques. Find what works for you and your team. Sure, that might mean losing a few games, but you’ll be stronger for it.

Be Prepared

Yes, it’s the scouts’ motto but it works in flip cup too. Don’t break the rules and go touching the cup before it is your turn but be ready to grab it. When the person before you is drinking get your hand ready, fingers around (but not touching) the cup. Steady yourself, get a solid footing and be ready to pounce (figuratively speaking… don’t literally pounce on anyone…).

Down the hatch!

The focus here is emptying the cup. Into your mouth. The more beer that goes into the mouth the better but there’s always some spillage. Don’t worry, focus on the task at hand, drink it all. That’s it.

Flip Cup rules are simple.

Pick it up with one hand and bring it to the edge of the table. The amount of overhang depends entirely on your technique, you’ll find your own sweet spot with practice. But don’t be one of those people who lets the cup fall onto the floor before you even flip it once. And never try to flip it twice. You just look lame. If the flip doesn’t go well the first time then don’t panic. Reset and go again, ignore everyone else around you, ignore your teammates baying for your blood. Just reset and flip again. Get the cup upside down and resting on the table and your task is complete.

Cheer on your teammates!

Teamwork makes the dream work. Or some shit. It’s a team game so be supportive of them. You could shout something like, “You can do it!” or “Go Jean-Claude!” or “Flip the fucking cup you asshole!” any of them work really well. Hopefully you’ll all have drunk and flipped your cups before the other team. If you did, well done you win. If you didn’t, you lose and you must try harder.

How to Get Good at Flip Cup

This one is quite simple. Play, play and play again. Even if you don’t win, you’ll have a great time and you’ll get hammered drunk. Which is great. Go you!

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Revealing the Hidden Secrets of the 7-Eleven Stamps in Thailand https://bodegahostels.com/blog/7-eleven-stamps-thailand/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/7-eleven-stamps-thailand/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34825 7-Eleven Stamps: Thailand’s Secret Savings Club Ever found yourself standing at the cashier’s desk, confused about the 7-eleven stamps in Thailand? If so then don’t worry: all the mysteries are about to be revealed. This ever-popular bonus scheme is back again, and your everyday shopping in your local store can now earn you points and […]

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7-Eleven Stamps: Thailand’s Secret Savings Club

Ever found yourself standing at the cashier’s desk, confused about the 7-eleven stamps in Thailand? If so then don’t worry: all the mysteries are about to be revealed. This ever-popular bonus scheme is back again, and your everyday shopping in your local store can now earn you points and special edition goodies. 

Do you want the goodies? No, probably not. Will you try and earn them anyway? Hell yes!

Why are the cashiers throwing stamps at you?

You’re at the till, you’ve paid for your toasties  and you’re waiting for your change. Here it comes. But what’s coming with it? A series of small, colorful stickers with weird cartoon characters on them. These are the infamous 7-eleven stamps!

Our first tip is not to try and stick them on any letters. These guys aren’t legal stamps, they’re just for fun! Every 50 baht you spend in shop will get you a 1 baht stamp, with the exception of some ‘special’ items in-store which will get you a much-coveted 3 baht stamp. What are the special items? It depends, obviously! Check out the promotional posters in the window to find out where to get maximum bang for your buck. 

Why bother 7-Eleven Stamps?

Yes they’re bright, yes they’re colorful, yes collecting them is a challenge, but what actually is the point of the stamps? What can you actually buy with them? Well each stamp has a face value, so you can use them to buy your normal shopping if you wait long enough. That’s the boring answer.

The less boring answer is that there are all kinds of limited edition items only available to stamp-holders. Think pink plastic lunch boxes, small coffee tables and even a set of slightly lurid colored drawers! Sure, you’d have to spend 29,450 baht in-store to earn enough stamps to earn the drawers, but we’re all in there everyday anyway right? So it could happen!

Who are the weird guys on the stamps?

Fans of Japanese cartoons will probably recognize the characters from Doraemon which are gracing this year’s stickers. A cult classic across Asia, Doraemon is popular with children and adults alike and some people have started sticking the 7-eleven stickers on their notebooks and laptops as some kind of multi-colored status symbol. 

Previous years have seen characters from big franchises like Disney represented, and crazy though it sounds, they almost became legal tender. We’ve heard stories of songthaew drivers accepting stamps as payment! Will this new Doraemon batch be as popular? Give it a go, but have a few baht as backup just in case!

Get Ready for a New Addiction

The whole thing sounds pretty innocuous, right? Go to 7-eleven, buy a few drunken toasties, get given a few stamps as a fun bonus and go on your way?

Wrong! Collecting these stamps can become an obsession and you’re a better person than we are if you can resist the thrill of the chase. How many stamps can you collect? How many of the higher value 3 baht items can you persuade yourself you need? How many of the different characters can you stick in your wallet! This isn’t just an administrative exercise, these stamps have taken on hero status and the challenge of amassing a collection is one that few people in Thailand can resist. Happy shopping!

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Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket: An Elephant Never Forgets! https://bodegahostels.com/blog/ethical-elephant-sanctuaries-phuket/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/ethical-elephant-sanctuaries-phuket/#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34821 The Best Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket  If you want to visit ethical elephant sanctuaries in Phuket then that’s great. A few years ago it was all the rage to jump on an elephant’s back and take a jungle tour, but nowadays we know that this causes a huge amount of stress and harm to […]

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The Best Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket 

If you want to visit ethical elephant sanctuaries in Phuket then that’s great. A few years ago it was all the rage to jump on an elephant’s back and take a jungle tour, but nowadays we know that this causes a huge amount of stress and harm to these gentle giants. Most responsible tourists wouldn’t dream of climbing on board!

There are plenty of well-run, trustworthy elephant parks in Phuket for you to choose from. We’ll help you make the most of your trip to meeting these amazing animals at a place that cares for their wellbeing!

Elephant pants, elephants in the Chang Beer logo…how could you NOT want to see some elephants up close and personal while in Thailand?!

What is an ethical elephant sanctuary?

How can you tell if a place is ethical, and what can you expect when you visit? 

The best way to know if a place is ethical is to do your research beforehand. Review sites are helpful, as are photos that other visitors have uploaded. Never go anywhere that lets people ride the elephants! 

Most sanctuaries offer group tours, and your visit will probably start with an educational briefing followed by some sort of elephant tracking or interaction. The itinerary is different at each park, but they all offer some time to just watch the animals and take it all in. 

Thai elephant statue

What’s it like to meet an elephant? 

After the arrival briefing you’ll be ready for the main event, seeing the elephants. They’re truly awesome! The biggest surprise is how cheeky and naughty they are, and each one has their own individual personality. 

You’ll spend a bit of time watching and observing the elephants as they do their favorite thing- eating. If they’re really hungry then you might be treated to some of the inventive tricks they use to find food! These guys are smart, and are masters of misdirection. Don’t carry any bananas on you as they might get stolen…

Bring Your Swimwear

Your elephant interactions might not end at watching a meal or two, though. Many ethical elephant sanctuaries in Phuket also have rivers and pools on-site, and when elephants aren’t eating they like to get wet!

Wear your swimming gear under your clothes because a real highlight of any trip is the chance to bathe with these incredible creatures. It’s like taking a bath with playful children, as they wallow and squirt each other (and sometimes you) with water. This is like living in the Jungle Book, for real!

The Best Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Phuket

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary, Paklok

The Phuket Elephant Sanctuary was ahead of the game from the start, setting up an ethical park long before others followed suit. The environment here is as natural as it can be, and a trip here mostly means wandering through the forest spotting the elephants in their natural habitat. 

This isn’t a tourist attraction so much as a privileged glimpse into the elephants’ private lives. If you want to do more than just watch and learn then the sanctuary also offers volunteering opportunities to committed visitors. A week-long stay allows you to integrate into the life of the sanctuary, helping to prepare food, clean enclosures and care for the elephants.

If you just fancy a brief visit then that’s fine too; a half-day experience costs 3,000 baht, or $96. Not cheap, but so worth it. 

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket, Naithon Beach

Another good choice is the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Phuket. There are four of these types of jungle sanctuary across Thailand, originating in Chiang Mai and now also in Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui. The Phuket location is well-run if very popular and therefore sometimes quite busy. The elephants here are well-known for their bathing antics!

This is a cheaper choice than some of the other parks but elephant welfare is still at the forefront. Where the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary differs from the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is that you can touch the elephants here, as you wash them in the river.

If you’re heading here then make sure you bring a waterproof camera for all the you-and-the-elephants selfie opportunities! Their ‘feed and shower’ experience costs 2,000 baht, or about $65.

Elephant Retirement Park Phuket, Bangtao Beach

The Elephant Retirement Park Phuket is exactly what it sounds- a retirement complex for elephants that used to work in the tourism and logging trades. These guys have earnt their rest! Here you can prepare a meal for the elephants (fancy hauling a ton of bananas?!) before jumping into a mud bath and then a river with them.

A half-day visit includes a buffet lunch, and there are showers for you to rinse off after your swim. If you want more time here though then there’s always the option for a 2- or 3-day course on elephant care! The 3-day version costs 20,000 baht, or $650, but there’s no better way to get up and personal with these gentle giants. 

Phang Nga Elephant Park

Our final pick is Phang Nga Elephant Park, a tourism and education park where teaching visitors about conservation issues is front and center. You can choose from two different programs, the Elephant Care Experience and the Family Elephant Experience, both of which come with an English-speaking guide.

The nice thing about Phang Nga park is that you get paired up with an elephant for your whole visit and you really get to know them. Back to what we were saying about elephants having personalities- each one is individual, and you’ll be sad when you have to say goodbye!

The Elephant Care Experience costs 4900 baht or $150 for a half-day visit, so it’s definitely the most expensive option on offer. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with an elephant though, it’s the best by far.

An unforgettable highlight of any trip to Thailand.

There’s something incredibly uplifting and joyful about seeing these amazing creatures in as close to their natural habitat as possible. Do your research, and make sure you’re supporting a sanctuary with the elephants’ welfare at heart. Whichever ethical elephant sanctuary you choose, you’re going to have a great time!

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Koh Madsum: The Secret Pig Island Near Koh Samui https://bodegahostels.com/blog/koh-madsum-pig-island/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/koh-madsum-pig-island/#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 10:14:23 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34849 Pig Island is Koh Samui’s Best Kept Secret Are you looking for cool things to do during your Koh Samui vacation? Here is a new trendy spot to explore! Only 10 minutes by boat from Koh Samui’s south, welcome to a secret island of Koh Madsum. Away from tourist hoards, witness an outstanding stretch of […]

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Pig Island is Koh Samui’s Best Kept Secret

Are you looking for cool things to do during your Koh Samui vacation? Here is a new trendy spot to explore! Only 10 minutes by boat from Koh Samui’s south, welcome to a secret island of Koh Madsum.

island of pigs in Thailand

Away from tourist hoards, witness an outstanding stretch of sand for epic drone footage. Not like on Koh Samui, snorkeling around Koh Madsum is still sublime. The water is clear and calm, while the surrounding coral reef is vibrant. But what makes Koh Madsum truly unique – are its friendly residents – wild boars! Soak up in the sun and admire the breathtaking scenery of Koh Samui on the horizon, while the boars are roaming around freely – welcome to a Thai version of the Bahamas!

Koh Madsum is an incredible day trip.

Pig Island, Koh Samui

With a white sandy beach and some lush interior, including mangrove forests, there are few eco-adventures to undertake in Koh Madsum as well. Kayaking along the shore, you may come across some rare birds and elusive monitor lizards. You can even reach Koh Tan, the second secluded island in the vicinity, offering even more remarkable snorkeling, trekking, and wildlife exploration.

Thailand palm tree

According to Islander, Koh Madsum is perfect for half a day trip to swim with schools of vibrant fish and to explore the dazzling coral reefs as you enjoy some of the best snorkeling in Koh Samui. Whatever your travel desire, a visit to this small piece of heaven and postcard beauty is the ideal way for beach bums, families, and snorkeling enthusiasts.

Koh Madsum, Pig Island

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Reasons Why You Should Use An Anti-Theft Purse For Your Travel https://bodegahostels.com/blog/anti-theft-travel-purse/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/anti-theft-travel-purse/#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 09:58:36 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34843 People who love to travel often seek for the best luggage, bag, or purse that will be able to store all their travel necessities safely and securely. Fortunately, modern design innovations paved the way for anti-theft travel bags to emerge, which include anywhere from luggage, backpacks, to purses. Apart from the peace of mind that […]

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People who love to travel often seek for the best luggage, bag, or purse that will be able to store all their travel necessities safely and securely. Fortunately, modern design innovations paved the way for anti-theft travel bags to emerge, which include anywhere from luggage, backpacks, to purses. Apart from the peace of mind that unauthorized persons won’t have access to your personal belongings, here are some other reasons why you should use an anti-theft purse when you travel.

Durability

Anti-theft purses are durable and slash-resistant, which is one of the most impressive attributes of this type of bag. This is because these purses are made from military-grade materials that make it difficult to rip even with a high-class knife blade. In shopping for a great anti-theft purse, check that it is made of UHMWPE, or ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, which is tightly woven together with other fibers, providing the material with a cut resistance level of five. If not for this material, Kevlar is also a great alternative, but this only provides a cut resistance level of two.

Space

If you are a traveler who is used to bringing quite a number of things when you wander, then an anti-theft purse will be perfect for you. This is because regardless of the brand, these purses often have several compartments where you can store your essentials, which makes it a great purse for travel. These spaces allow you to organize your belongings, from your travel documents to your medications, as well as your electronic gadgets and smartphone. These hidden compartments are oftentimes only accessible to you, making it difficult for thieves and pickpockets to tamper with your bag and get your belongings.

Special Features

Apart from the durability and space that anti-theft purses offer, they also have special features such as sturdy locking clips that can join the zipper pull tags together. While it can prove to be a little inconvenient, even for you to access your belongings after you lock the clips together, it is worth taking the extra precaution, especially if your travel destination requires you to do so. Another special feature of anti-theft purses is a cut-resistant strap that makes it difficult for people to just grab and run away with your purse. More often than not, these straps are inlaid with a lightweight, flexible steel cable that cannot be easily cut, yet comfortable to carry even for a prolonged period of time.

To wrap things up, using an anti-theft luggage, backpack, or purse when you travel is a great idea because it will bring you the peace of mind that no one will be able to access your personal belongings without your permission. Apart from this, you no longer need to look over your shoulder time and again to ensure that you have your important things with you, such as your phone and travel documents, and not on the hands of pickpockets. Thereby, if you don’t have an anti-theft travel purse just yet, perhaps now is the perfect time to get one.

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Is Illuzion Phuket the best night club on Bangla Road? DJMAG thinks so! https://bodegahostels.com/blog/illuzion-phuket/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/illuzion-phuket/#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34813 Illuzion Phuket brings the noise to Patong Beach nightlife. There’s no shortage of hedonistic partying when it comes to Phuket, and Illuzion Phuket nightclub is big on partying. Trust us, we know a good party when we see one, after all we’re home to the greatest pub crawl in Phuket. The party here is superb […]

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Illuzion Phuket brings the noise to Patong Beach nightlife.

There’s no shortage of hedonistic partying when it comes to Phuket, and Illuzion Phuket nightclub is big on partying. Trust us, we know a good party when we see one, after all we’re home to the greatest pub crawl in Phuket. The party here is superb and has been recognised within the top 100 in the world by DJMAG.

It’s no less than you’d expect from the most popular nightclub in one of the busiest nightlife spots in Thailand. Illuzion Phuket is a monster of a club. It’s huge, with space for over 5000 fun lovers, hundreds (genuinely hundreds) of VIP tables – perfect for when you want to grab a magnum of Grey Goose and pour it over your friend’s faces, and there are bars aplenty.

You might wonder where the name came from. Funnily enough, this wasn’t always the heady nightclub/DJ scene that you’ll find today, instead it was a magic show. Think sawing assistants in half and pulling rabbits from hats… The name stays but the magic show is no more, that is unless you count the seriously impressive light and laser system throughout the club. 

What to Expect from a Night at Illuzion Phuket

Across the whole season, you’ll find a mixture of amazingly talented resident DJs but also world renown artists who travel especially to play at Illuzion Phuket. Think names like Wiz Khalifa and Pat Farrell. There are 3 monstrously big rooms here. In each you can expect a variety of DJs, live acts and also regular hip hop shows. 

As with all nightclubs, you can expect to pay a bit of a premium for the experience. There are no 40 baht beers here. But the drinks deals are surprisingly good value. For 800 baht you can grab an all you can drink band and forget about getting out your wallet for the rest of the night. That might seem a bit steep, but when you consider that the standard bar prices are over 120 baht for a water, 200 baht for a beer, and nearly 5000 baht for a bottle of spirit, then 800 baht starts to seem more reasonable.

If you’re staying at Bodega Phuket, we’re going to suggest that you join us for a pub crawl then head across to Illuzion Phuket for some partying deep into the night.

Where is Illuzion?

Here are the important details that you’ll need to know when planning your visit. Thankfully, you can’t really miss the place. You’ll, no doubt, end up on Bangla Road at some point and if you walk down the street you can’t miss it. But just in case you do…

Address: 31 Bangla Road, just across the road from Tiger.

Hours of Operation: Every day of the week from 9pm until 4am

Cover Price: Free

Even if you just swing by for 1 night, you’ll be sure to have a night to remember… or not as the case may be.

phuket pub crawl

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Cheap Flights in Thailand: Jet Setting on a Budget https://bodegahostels.com/blog/cheap-flights-in-thailand/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/cheap-flights-in-thailand/#respond Sat, 22 Feb 2020 02:00:00 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34810 Making use of the cheap flights in Thailand. The Land of Smiles might not be the largest of countries in the world but it isn’t the smallest either, that’s why it’s worth investigating cheap flights in Thailand. Sure, flying is always going to be more expensive than other options such as the bus, train or […]

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Making use of the cheap flights in Thailand.

The Land of Smiles might not be the largest of countries in the world but it isn’t the smallest either, that’s why it’s worth investigating cheap flights in Thailand. Sure, flying is always going to be more expensive than other options such as the bus, train or ferries, but with some budget airlines in Thailand growing in popularity you can grab some great deals. Whatever you choose, transportation in Thailand is easy and usually quite inexpensive.

There are quite a few to choose from, so we’ll break them down by airline and let you do your research. Whilst we’re at it, we highly recommend downloading a flight comparison app such as Skyscanner. You’ll get some great deals but be wary when dealing with 3rd party ticketing websites. They can take their time with ticket delivery and also can change the price.

Thai Airways

Thai Airways is the national airline and has the largest selection of international flights. They’re very plush and have superb service, with their distinctive lotus blossom emblem. With this reputation their prices are higher than most others, but their domestic prices have declined in recent years.

Thai Smile

Owned by our previous entry, this airline is Thai Airways entrance into the true budget market. They focus on cheap internal travel to large domestic terminals such as Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Krabi, Phuket and Chiang Rai whilst flying to countries in SEA internationally such as Laos, India, Malaysia, China and Cambodia.

Nok Air

Look out for the bright yellow cartoon bird and you’ll have found Nok Air. Whilst their branding is really kitsch and they seem like a bit of a joke airline, their efficiency has been admirable with simple cheap flights.

Thai Lion Air

Another budget choice, most people only pick Lion on price. They’re cheap, they’re simple, they’re certainly not luxury. They’ve been running since 2013 and have a growing range of destinations within Thailand.

Orient Thai

Not that many routes or flights are flown by Orient Thai but those that do mainly leave from DMK in Bangkok. Those flights that do fly are often incredibly cheap.

Air Asia

Behind Thai Airways. Air Asia is probably the largest airline that operates in Thailand. They’re a monster of an airline across Thailand and are the Easyjet of the East. You can get some absolutely incredible deals on flights, including international ones. The planes are budget and no frills, but you’ll often get a meal included on longer flights. Download their dedicated app for some great deals.

VietJet Air

A Vietnamese based airline, not a large player with a poor reputation for lengthy delays and poor service. We can’t say that we recommend flying with them.

Picking Your Cheap Flights in Thailand

There are quite a few airlines to choose from here, but if you’re just looking for the cheapest budget airlines in Thailand then it’s probably worth investing in a comparison app and diving into some research yourself.

While you’re hopping between beautiful islands, why not learn useful Thai phrases? It’s the perfect time to practice and before you know it, you’ll be somewhere new!

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Soak Your Hangover Away in the Krabi Emerald Pool and Hot Springs https://bodegahostels.com/blog/krabi-emerald-pool/ https://bodegahostels.com/blog/krabi-emerald-pool/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 02:59:06 +0000 https://bodegahostels.com/?p=34807 The Krabi Emerald Pool is a Relaxing Day Trip The swimming hole at the Krabi Emerald Pool and the Krabi Hot Springs make the perfect day trip from Ao Nang, Krabi. Visiting these two famous local beauty spots is a great way to relax while experiencing the tropical Thai countryside.  The sites sit at the […]

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The Krabi Emerald Pool is a Relaxing Day Trip

The swimming hole at the Krabi Emerald Pool and the Krabi Hot Springs make the perfect day trip from Ao Nang, Krabi. Visiting these two famous local beauty spots is a great way to relax while experiencing the tropical Thai countryside. 

The sites sit at the bottom of lushly forested hills, with clear warm turquoise water just waiting to be enjoyed. The springs are fed by underground water stores which are heated by volcanic chambers before seeping to the surface to ease your aching muscles. The Emerald Pool, or Sa Morakot in Thai, is fed by pristinely clean mountain streams. They’re pretty awesome places to hang out!

Emerald Pool tour

Visiting the Krabi Hot Springs

The springs are about an hour away from Krabi Town. If you want to visit both the hot springs and the Emerald Pool then the easiest way might be to book onto an organized tour or rent your own transport so you can easily move between the two, as they’re a 15-minute drive apart.

At both sites, you start your visit at a parking area and then head off on a marked trail into the jungle. Part of the enjoyment of the trip is the chance to see a bit of Thai nature, but don’t worry, the longest trail is only 1.4km so you’ve never got far to hike!

Health Benefits of Hot Springs

Think of the hot springs as a kind of natural jacuzzi. The water is high in mineral elements and salts, so should offer the same health benefits as a trip to a health spa. Locals swear by the fact that conditions like rheumatism, sciatica and eczema are all greatly improved by a soak in the pools. Whether that’s true or not we don’t know, but the experience of being there is extremely enjoyable and that in itself should be good for your health!

Believe us when we say that lounging in hot springs is an incredible hangover cure too!

The movement of the water in the springs has created hollow stone enclosures which are like getting into a natural bath, which is super cool. The water sits at around 40 degrees, but if you overheat at any point then don’t worry, the river below is considerably colder and you can use it as a plunge pool!

Emerald Pool in Krabi
Doesn’t that just look gorgeous? You HAVE to see it in person!

Bathe like a rockstar at the Emerald Pool 

When you’re done soaking in the mineral-rich waters of the hot springs then check out the Emerald Pool, 8km down the road. The water is a deep blue color as a result of the surrounding limestone rock, and at only 1.5 meters deep it’s perfect for swimming. Jump in and enjoy, but make sure to keep an eye on your belongings while you’re in there as occasional thefts are reported here.

Visit the Tiger Cave Temple After You’re Refreshed

If you want to beat the crowds then head out of town early. If you’re on the road by 7am then you’ll probably have the sites mostly to yourself and you won’t have to deal with a ton of tour groups ruining the tranquility! If you want to extend your trip then check out the Tiger Cave Temple on the way back to town. Hiking in Thailand is gorgeous and climbing up the steps of this temple is no exception!

Entrance to both sites is 200 baht for adults, with a 30-baht parking charge at the Krabi Hot Springs. Bring a bit of extra cash for refreshments as there are some good food and drinks stalls dotted around, and all that relaxation can be thirsty work!

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