Ko Lipe, Adang-Rawi, Thailand

Koh Lipe or Ko Lipe is a small island in the Adang-Rawi archipelago of the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand. The Thai name means ‘Paper Island’. The island is located at the border of the Tarutao National Park, to the immediate south of the larger islands Koh Adang and Koh Rawi, 50 km from Koh Tarutao. The original population of the island are the Chao Leh, also called Sea Gypsies who still live on the island. They have dark skin and are very typical. They often live in a rudimentary way in the center of the island. We find three main beaches: Sunset Beach, Sunrise Beach and Pattaya Beach. With its clear and calm water, 25% of species of tropical fish of the world are in the region, there are wide varieties of fish in the coral just meters deep near the beaches. For a long time, only a few adventurous tourists came to the island. Today, tourism is becoming a mass that threatens the area and assumes tourist constructions and projects.

Tips

The island is accessible only by ferry from Langkawi Pulau or Pak Bara. There is no pier so the ferry drops anchor near the beaches and you must reach the coast on foot or by long-tail boat.
On the island there are no cars and the only modes of transport are walking and motorcycle taxi. As the island is small, it is possible to walk around on foot in just over an hour.
If you like scuba diving, there are several sites and dive shops and people that organize boat trips.

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona is considered to be the 2nd Spanish city by population and for its activities. Its port on the Mediterranean Sea is one of the most important in southern Europe. Its main language is Catalan. It is a tourist city by excellence known for the architectural work that Antonio Gaudi has left in it: La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell and Casa Batllo are among his most outstanding works. The city is also famous for its Ramblas (streets near the port) where there are a lot of artists, bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.

Tips

Get the 10 Travel card to save in your travels by public transport. If you stay for ten or more days, you can also buy the card that allows you to make 50 trips in a month, it is even more economical.
To enter the subway, you must be careful, because you must bring the ticket to the left and go through the right, if you are distracted, another person can pass in your place and you will need to purchase another ticket.
If you want to use the tourist bus, buy your ticket on the net and you’ll get a 10% discount.
There are some free attractions: Park Guell, the Labyrinth Park, the Museum of Art Caixa-Forum, the oldest part of the city, the port and the beach where you can arrive by metro.
The Picasso Museum is free on the first Sunday of each month.
It doesn’t worth to eat in the restaurants on the Ramblas, they are expensive, and the gourmet service is not good.