One-Day Guide to Mumbai

Lot of tourist come to India to visit fascinating beaches, backwaters, wild life and historical places. Even though many tourists actually arrive in Mumbai or travel through Mumbai at one point during their journey, the majority misses the charm of Mumbai and is just overwhelmed by its crowds and the noise. This one-day guide wants to provide you with insider tips, given by a real Mumbaikar so that you can enjoy your one or two day stay in Mumbai.

The best way to get around Mumbai is by taxi, it is cheap and you can relax during the journey since you don’t have to worry about how to get on and off the train or catching the right bus. Most Mumbaikars also use a taxi to run their day to day errands. An air-conditioned taxi for a complete day should cost you about 1,500 Rupees, which is about 27 USD. If possible try to get an ambassador taxi. It may appear old fashioned but it is very comfortable and one of the things typical for Mumbai. You can ask the hotel manager to help you find one for you.

Gateway of India

As a starting point for your journey you can visit the Gateway of India, a monument built at the very end of the British Raj, overlooking the Arabian Sea. You can enjoy the view you have over the sea and if you want you can go for a boat ride there, something many Mumbaikars do, and admire the Gateway and the Taj Hotel from the sea. The Gateway of India can be romantic spot to be at during sunset or sunrise when the sea is bathed in orange and red. Afterwards you can have a stroll through Colaba the place most tourists stay at. This place offers a lot of coffee shops, souvenir shops and quite some restaurants.

Bombay Store is one of the best-organized souvenir shops. It is situated just between Colaba and Crawford Market. It offers an incredible range of handicraft products, stationary, textiles and ayurvedic cosmetics from all over India. The staff is very helpful and friendly. If you are at the end of you trip and still have some money left or you forgot to buy souvenirs, this shop is certainly a good place to go to. However, it may be slightly more costly than other Indian establishments.

Crawford Market

Nevertheless, if you want to find out how most Indians shop, it’s a good idea to visit Crawford Market. There you can find a big cloth market and even though it is packed most of the times, don’t let the masses scare you because there are some really nice shopping opportunities. You can get all kinds of cloth there either in order to get a dress or a shirt done or you can buy shawls or scarves from there for a bargain price. Close by is the historic Jama mosque, which was built during the Mughal era.

If you need some time to relax from your shopping adventure at Crawford Market or need some time to unwind, Chowpatti Beach is the place to be. Even though it is not recommendable to swim there, you can hang out at the beach and try one of the famous Indian snacks or drinks there. Close to Chowpatti there is one of Mumbai’s famous vegetarian restaurants, it is called Sukh Sagor and offers the best Idli Sambars, a savoury rice cake that is served along with coconut chutney. You can also have various fruit juices at their fruit juice parlour. If you are a meat lover and still have the energy to explore a different part of Mumbai, Jaffer Bhai’s Delhi Darbar is the perfect choice. Being famous for its Biryani, a spicy but not hot meat and rice dish, it is located near Grand Road and a highly frequented venue.

Short Trip Around Bangkok in One Day on Your Vacation

Have you ever asked yourself where to go while you are on your vacation? On an average of 10 to 14 days vacation, you might spend 24 to 36 hours making the trip between your country and destination country. Then, you reach the capital city of your destination country. You seek for the local package tour to get to remote paradise island with beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea. Else, you travel around the country. After all the good time you have on the beach and swimming on the shore. You come back to the city and prepare to go home with sweet memory on this vacation. You wonder what can I do, or whereabouts I can go in the city before I get onto the plane.

That’s right. This is the article for you to take a little tour around Bangkok. Venues I mention here are for all men and women as well as elders. You can take this trip once you reach Bangkok, or one day before you say good bye to Thailand from your vacation. But I really recommend you do this one day before you leave Thailand, for it is convenient to buy souvenir and pack them up. Then, go to the airport the day after.

After all it is not such a good idea to lie down around the swimming pool in the hotel. You’re here for good time to experience the exotic place. You have to explore the city. I assume that most foreign visitors stay in hotels along Sukhumvit and Ratchadapisek roads. That is where the most convenient way to travel around Bangkok. On Sukhumvit road, there is the sky train line which takes you to air conditioner shopping malls as well as the famous flea market Jatujak Market (JJ Market). On Ratchadapisek road, there is subway train running. Both city train lines are intersected on the two points. One point is at the station of Sala-Deang for the sky train and Silom Station for subway on Silom road. The other point is at intersection of Asok Station for sky train and Sukhumvit Station for subway. Usually around rush hours the traffic in Bangkok is very heavy. You can go around this traffic quickly by motorcycle taxies which are easily found on the street. How can you identify the motorcycle taxi? All of the fleet parks in a group, locations like in front of gas station or the entrance of alley. Drivers always wear sleeveless jacket with the number on the back.

Now, your one day trip around Bangkok starts. The first place to visit in the morning is Wat Pra Kaeo (Wat Prasri Rattanasasdaram) and Wat Po. They are located wall to wall. After you are done visiting one temple, you can walk across the street to visit the other temple. Why is interesting to visit both temples? Wat Pra Kaeo houses one of the most important Buddha Image, call the Emerald Buddha Image. The temple has been built as the royal chapel. The decoration and architect of temple reflect the high craftsmanship of Thais. The other temple, Wat Po, is said to be the first university of Thailand. The library in the temple contains the knowledge originated in past. This includes herbal medication, famous traditional Thai massage, and more. This temple has the most number of pagodas in one temple. The statuses found around the temple display the intertwined culture from China. You may find some other thing interesting around the area. Just follow the tourist signs. If you consider yourself as Buddhism, you will enjoy being there. Even you are not Buddhism, it is not so bad to learn and appreciate art and culture there. To get there, it is recommended you take a regular taxi, not a motorcycle taxi. The door is open at 8:00 to 17:00.

So far, you probably have spent two to three hours in the morning. It is almost near lunch time. You may take a lunch break, or you will continue right a way to another corner of Bangkok. From Wat Po, take the taxi to the nearest subway station at Hua Lompong. Let’s buy the token for Jatujak Station and get onto the subway train. About twenty minutes, you will be taken to Jatujak Station and walk a little bit to Train Park (Suan Rod Fai). It is the public park, but why I am suggesting it. If you happen to come to this park on Saturday or Sunday, the Jatujak Market is open. After you have relaxed enough in the park, it is time to go shopping for sweet souvenirs. There is a shipping service in the JJ Market. In the Train Park (Suan Rot Fai), you will find the miniature landmarks, such a Golden Pagoda of Bangkok, (Pu-khao Tong). Another activity is to ride the bicycles in the park. Also, there is the Butterfly Park near by. The Butterfly Park is built with the proper landscape for live butterflies. There is an exhibition hall about the life cycle of insect. In a very big cage, the landscape is built to raise several species of butterflies. If you find that lying around the swimming pool in the hotel is boring, just go to the park.

By relaxing in the park and shopping in the Jatujak Marketing, it is now close to late afternoon. Let’s get back to the heart of Bangkok. We are going to the Baiyok Tower in Pratunam. The tower is venue complex. It has hotel, international restaurants, and others. The Baiyok Tower is the tallest building. You will enjoy the spectacular view of Bangkok on the top roof. It is also near to shopping malls and the sky train. If you happen to check in the hotel there, it is probably the last place to come back.

I wouldn’t say the next place is solely for men, but it seems to me that it is. It is the place where there are a lot of bars. There are two famous places for foreign visitors particularly westerners; they are Patpong and Soi Cowboy. Direction to get there, it is wise I leave the duty to the hotel front desk staff. Both places are open until 2:00 o’clock in the morning. I hope you are not getting too drunk that you miss the flight in the morning. Enjoy your trip in Thailand and Bangkok. Have a nice trip home.

One Day Auto Insurance – When it Might Be Appropriate to Get One

One day car insurance is an affordable insurance coverage that protects a person effectively for a short term against any loss incurred in cases such as being involved in car accidents. This type of car insurance coverage is often taken by those who drive a car while traveling.

As is always the case when shopping for car insurance, this can be a daunting process; going through the numerous offers and deciding on the right insurance package can take days or weeks of research. However, it is important to compare multiple quotes. This can be easily done online.

Why do people obtain one day insurance?

Living in certain big cities, such as New York, often results in people not using their cars frequently. As a result, often it is very tempting to avoid getting insurance – after all, why pay the premium if you’re not using your car? However, it is crucial that a car is covered adequately when it is used, even for short trips both in terms of distance as well as time. Not only because this is the law, but also to avoid facing any unexpected problems such as huge expenses in the unfortunate event of becoming involved in a car accident without possessing any form of insurance. Remember Murphy’s laws – the unexpected will happen when you least expect it.

There are two scenarios when one may wish to get one day car insurance.

In the first scenario, people who get one day car insurance simply don’t possess a car and only require insurance for short amounts of time when using a rental car or a friend’s car. In this case, this is really the best alternative.

In the second scenario, people simply do not want to spend money on huge premiums for long durations when they rarely use their cars. This can be the case when simply not using the car (as per the example above), or when possessing more than one car, in which the second car is not used frequently (i.e. when a teenage son goes to college, suddenly the car he used is no longer used).

In both cases, it might be wise – financially speaking – to enroll in a one day car insurance whenever the car is required rather than pay a yearly premium. However, if a car is used frequently then this is certainly not the best alternative, and another type of auto insurance would undoubtedly be more appropriate.