Ko Tao, Thailand

Ko Tao or Koh Tao is an island in Thailand located on the West coast of the Gulf of Thailand, between the provinces of Chumphon and Surat Thani. It covers an area of 21 km². The primary institution and the main port of the island, is Ban Mae Hat.
Its name derives from ‘Turtle’; many turtles which until a few years ago spawned on its quiet beaches and the curious shape of the island also itself. With most of Ko Samui and Ko Phangan and other smaller islands, forms the Mu Ko Samui archipelago.
The island‘s economy is almost entirely focused on tourism. Ko Tao is indeed known amateurs of diving everywhere in the world for many schools and sport clubs that allow you to get easily the ‘Open Water Diver’ diving certificate. Tourist guides announce the bottom of shallow seas, transparent waters and fascinating coral reefs of the island as an ideal for the practice of diving sport for beginners. The interior of the island is full of wild and lush greenery. The climate is pleasant throughout the year and the beaches are heavenly, the most famous are Sairee and the quieter than others Chalok, Mango Bay and Ao Leuk.
 
 
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If you want to follow the course of diving and the certificate, as a beginner or as master of diving: there are many centers and many courses because it is cheap, then look at standard tourist packages that are very practical and cheap but be careful, cheap hotels are not recommended!
To move on the island the more convenient is the moto with mountain wheels if possible, because roads are not well paved, or aren’t at all.
If you like fireworks, there are on almost all beaches in the evening.
 

Irazú Volcano, Cartago, Costa Rica

The Irazú is an active stratovolcano located in the ‘Cordillera Central Volcánica’, in Costa Rica. It peaks at 3,432 meters. It is located inside the national park of the same name about thirty kilometers from San Rafael de Oreamuno, in the province of Cartago. It is sometimes called the twin volcano of Turrialba because they rest on the same base. The crater hosts an acid lake. The intra-crater area consists of three main structures: the active part with a diameter of 1 km and a depth of 180 m that hosts a colorful lake; Diego de la Haya Fernández crater (inactive) is located north of the volcanic crater with a depth of 80 m and to the side a large semi-planar structure that corresponds to the remains of an old terrace called Playa Hermosa and we also find remains of an edge of an ancient volcanic crater. Northeast of the main crater are lava flows and south of the main peak is found the pyroclastic cone of Mount Noche Buena, Mount Pasqui and Mount Guardián. The last eruption took place en1963 but frequent earthquakes indicate that magma is still moving under the volcano. There is also a fumarole field that maintains assets northwest in the outer wall of the main crater.

Tips

You can climb to the top of the volcano by car or bus; it will take you 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes from San José. The only problem is that the cloud layer begins to get thick around 10:00, so you must arrive early; the park opens at 8:00. By the way, there is only one bus that leaves San Jose at 8:00 am arriving at the summit at 9h30-10h00 and departs around 12:30. At the top, the temperature drops a lot and usually there is a strong wind, thick fog and a small cold rain then it is better to bring warm clothes and waterproof if possible. There is no accommodation or camping in the park, just a small reception center where you can have a coffee to warm you after the visit and toilets. The best season to visit is the dry season, between January and April. If possible do not go on weekends or public holidays to be able to visit out of the crowd. Because of the altitude, you may feel that you lack a little oxygen, stay calm because this is normal.

Loèche-les-Bains, Leukerbad, Switzerland

Loèche-les-Bains (Leukerbad in German) is a municipality in Switzerland in the canton of Valais at 1411 m above sea level, located on the edge of the Dala River; It is famous for its numerous thermal springs. There are several thermal centres, the 2 biggest ones are the Burgerbad (considered one of the largest in Europe) and the Alpentherme. The Lindner Alpentherme is the largest center of wellness in the Alps. It has its own thermal spring with internal and external pool with saunas.
 
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Take advantage of your stay to take the cable car that connects the spa to the Gemmi pass (2314 m) which is the only link between the canton of Valais and Bern.
If you like to walk, there are many paths that lead to Kanderberg, Wildstrubel or Adelboden.
If you prefer skiing, you will find the Torrent-Bahnen Leukerbad station (1410-2610 m).
Leukerbad hotels are not economical especially in winter that the Spa centres are always full so you can take a day trip through one of the Italian agencies of tourism in Varese for example which will transport you in comfortable buses and you could even bring your picnic for the day.