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Looking for ideas for destination for dream holiday for me and dd.

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VivaLeBeaver Sun 17-Nov-13 16:42:28

Come to the conclusion that life's too short and as I have a fair bit of money saved up I think while dd is still wanting to come on holiday with me I'd like to take her for an awesome holiday.

We have fairly differing ideas of what constitutes awesome. grin

Dd's ideal destination is firstly one which doesn't require vaccinations. She'd like a nice pool, probably a beach and places to see, things to do.

I'd like it to be warm/hot. Safe. I'd like to see different cultures, sights, etc.

Some ideas I've got are Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand, Costa Rica, Nepal, carribean? But I don't know good places/where to go/what to do in those places. Oh and dd says she doesn't want to go anywhere there might be a tsunami or earthquake. grin

I wouldn't want to just sit on a beach for two weeks.

I'd like to go further than Europe.

I don't want to go Middle East or Egypt or turkey.

I'm leaning towards an escorted/organised tour. I've gone to Thailand in the past on my own with no plans and gone with the throw but with been responsible for dd and it just the two of us I feel I need some sort of safety net. But then all the places like Explore, etc are expensive and also they seem to rush from one location to another every day. I don't want to spend the holiday travelling as I want to relax.

I want somewhere with pool, and beach and rainforest/jungle with canopy walks, elephant treks, wildlife spotting, pony treks, ruined temples, breathtaking sights.

I'd be looking at spending approx 3-4k for the holiday plus food.

Alexchallex Sat 01-Feb-14 18:12:45

Hawaii? Plenty to do and nice beaches. Stayed 3 nights in Vancouver on the way there. Also amazing

nogoodusernamesleft Fri 27-Dec-13 23:24:39

I went to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in April/May this year, accompanying a friend who runs a travel/expedition company who wanted to check out the places they recommend. It was absolutely amazing! We did Arenal, Tortuguero, Sarapiqui. Nicaragua was my favourite though, we kayaked down the San Juan river and I completely fell in love with the place and the people. I really want to go back and take my teenage boys so that they can experience it too. Feel free to pm me if you want any more details! smile. We're off to Borneo in September on a 10 day trip, so am looking forward to the next adventure!

BobbyGentry Tue 19-Nov-13 12:19:20

Look at for accommodation in the places you want to visit, cheap & local smile
Personally, I'd recommend Siem reap, Cambodia (angkor cultural village hotel - they have elephants to take you around Bayon temple, a Khmer theatre and awesome accommodation.
Whilst in Asia look for cheap flights by scoot, jet star and air Asia smile
Have fun planning!

VivaLeBeaver Tue 19-Nov-13 11:58:47

Ah well, you need to push the boat out for a honeymoon. grin

I've set out a bit of an itinery of four days at the Areunul volcano, couple of days at Monteverde, back to San Jose for one night. Then fly to Drake Bay and spend four or five nights there. Back to San Jose for a plane home.

You'll have to let me know how you find your trip NoArmani.

NoArmaniNoPunani Tue 19-Nov-13 11:07:26

Same here, it's our honeymoon!

VivaLeBeaver Tue 19-Nov-13 10:52:21

NoArmani, there's only two of us remember!

IcouldstillbeJoseph Tue 19-Nov-13 09:21:49

We did it far cheaper than 4k - but we stayed in some dodgy places!

IcouldstillbeJoseph Tue 19-Nov-13 09:21:07

IcouldstillbeJoseph Tue 19-Nov-13 09:20:45

IcouldstillbeJoseph Tue 19-Nov-13 09:19:25

I haven't read whole thread - can recommend Costa Rica, and a tour company called Desafio (I think, will check). The horse trek in Monteverde is amazing.
The food is generally crap though. Apart from pineapples and bananas of course.

NoArmaniNoPunani Tue 19-Nov-13 08:35:26

Have priced up Costa Rica doing it ourselves and visiting three different places and reckon I'd need about 4k for it all. And that's not expensive accommodation either! So will start saving, reckon we'll go march 2015.

That's bloody good! We are spending more than double that

Saminthemiddle Tue 19-Nov-13 07:36:00

Just opened my emails and saw the latest . there are some fabulous offers, some 50% off and the Malaysia tour for 9 days looks lovely - I have been to lots of those places and stayed in the hotels and it looks good value. There is also Thailand, Bali and Vietnam and great prices if you don't have to go in school holidays.

Not sure if you can click on this without joining (for free).

Saminthemiddle Tue 19-Nov-13 06:58:41

Queensland in Australia, Great Barrier Reef, jungle walks (high in the canopy), little zoos, river boats, loads to do. Port Douglas is lovely, nice hotels there and it wasn't too expensive when we went. We managed two weeks and it wasn't much more than Asia. We spent a day in Singapore on the way.

VivaLeBeaver Tue 19-Nov-13 06:53:04

Have priced up Costa Rica doing it ourselves and visiting three different places and reckon I'd need about 4k for it all. And that's not expensive accommodation either! So will start saving, reckon we'll go march 2015.

Hopefully school holidays, Easter time and their dry season.

I was looking at a nice Eco lodge on the Osa peninsular and it was $500 a night! I've had to adjust my ideas a bit!

MooseBeTimeForSnow Tue 19-Nov-13 02:47:51

Singapore. Beach on Sentosa Island, rainforest, botanical garden, British/Indian/Chinese history and influence. Lots of shopping. Jurong Bird Park, the Night Safari at the zoo. Afternoon tea at Raffles. Walk on the Grand Prix Circuit.

If you want to spoil yourself in Langkawi take a look at The Datai hotel.

eightandthreequarters Tue 19-Nov-13 02:09:57

Costa Rica - very good choice.

AzizaFlutterby Tue 19-Nov-13 01:50:07

Cambodia has pretty much all of this.

I want somewhere with pool, and beach and rainforest/jungle with canopy walks, elephant treks, wildlife spotting, pony treks, ruined temples, breathtaking sights.

monopoly123 Mon 18-Nov-13 16:45:59

I love Malaysia, we spent about 3 months there 2yrs ago - although if you fly into Singapore I'd consider skipping KL - head to Langkawi or Perehentians (depending on when you go) for island life then head over to Borneo for orangutans.
Round the world experts have some great flight packages from the UK to SE Asia and then you can use airlines like air Asia to hop from place to place - or the trains and buses are good options - aero line buses have armchair style seats, the overnight trains are fun too.
But vaccinations are recommended - also good insect repellent, as dengue can be a problem.
We did a jungle package with Borneo Eco tours - we got picked up in Sandakan, taken to turtle island, then a river trip down the kinabatangen river for a couple of nights in the rainforest - it included a morning boat trip, & some guided walks.
We also had a couple of nights in royal belum state park which was good.

ToddleWaddle Mon 18-Nov-13 16:06:01

We used this company about 7/8 years ago. Good sample ideas depending on your interests.

Arenal is a must to see volcanos and cloud forest nearby.
We particularly enjoyed Lapa Rios on the Osa peninsula. Waking up with parrots, toucans and monkeys on door step. Wonderful isolation.
Your daughter might enjoy Manuel Antonio. Bit busier and touristy.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 18-Nov-13 10:15:42

Not in a hurry to book. We've already booked next summer holiday so really will be looking at Xmas 2014 or Easter or summer 2015.

I think dd may need to get over her fear of needles.

womma Mon 18-Nov-13 09:54:47

South Africa? Botswana? I'd go for Australia in your position.

Spherical Mon 18-Nov-13 09:54:46

Wasn't there a Mnetter posting from Chile a few days ago saying you dont need vaccinations to go from UK to Chile?

SoupDragon Mon 18-Nov-13 09:47:12

Don't you need vaccinations for places like Thailand?

Rojak Mon 18-Nov-13 09:43:24

I just did Australia this summer and find it really expensive as the AUD$ has gone up against the £.

Rojak Mon 18-Nov-13 09:42:23

I'd recommend Thailand.

Thailand - spend a w/end in Bangkok and experience Chatuchak market and the big city vibe.

Then head north to Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai (elephant treks, jungle treks etc)

Then head to an island either on the east (Phuket, Phi Phi, Ko Lanta) or west coast (Ko Samui, depending on season) or to Hua Hin, which is a few hours outside of Bangkok for beach.

At 13, she might enjoy a spot of shopping and she will get plenty of that in Bangkok.

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