Entries by UltimateTravel Crew

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Sydney Winter Festival 2014

For us hardy, Northern hemisphere folk it is strange to think of an Australian winter. Whenever we think of Australia it is pretty much all beaches, sunshine and outback living! Now that winter is drawing in, it is time to see a different side of Australia. In Sydney, this weekend marked the beginning of the […]

The Ultimate Guide to Vivid Sydney 2014

The nights are drawing in and the temperature is dipping (highs of 28 degrees today – freezing!) but that doesn’t mean Australia is going into a hibernation, far from it! May 23 sees the return of one of our favourite yearly activities in Sydney – Vivid! If you’ve never heard of it before … Vivid […]

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Why we don’t ride Elephants in Thailand

There’s certainly something magical about the idea of riding elephants in Thailand, and who doesn’t want to say: “I went to Thailand and rode an elephant” and post some cool photos on Facebook to show your friends? Unfortunately though, the truth is, riding elephants is not cool, and here’s why… For thousands of years, elephants […]

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Australia’s Big Things!

Australia is big! Which means we can fill it with big things!  We have the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, the Big Apple in Batlow, and the Big Mango in Bowen. That’s just a few of the more recognisable ones … there’s loads more of these objects, affectionately referred to as Australia’s Big Things, that […]

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The Full Moon Party

Survive The Full Moon Party! The Full Moon Party –a party that takes epic to a whole new level! We’ve all heard of it, we’ve seen the pictures, listened to the stories and we want to be a part of it! An estimated 20,000 to 40,000 party goers descend on to Sunrise Beach of Haad […]

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We Love Surfing!

This weekend is the quarter finals of the Margaret River Pro Surfing Competition. Some of the world’s best surfers will be watched by thousands as they take on world class waves. Here at Ultimate Travel, we love surfing! It’s why we have an awesome partnership with Surf Camp – so we can offer a great […]

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Tips for Travelling Cheaply

Travelling Cheaply So you’ve been travelling around for a while now and want to make your trip last as long as possible, but need to make your funds stretch a bit further? Thailand is a great destination if you want to live on the cheap. We have picked up some tips on our travels to […]

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Awesome Events in Thailand

Whenever you are in Thailand, there is always something worth celebrating, which is just one of the reasons why Thailand is one of our favourite places in the world. The most well known festival is the Thai New Year celebration of Songkran in April, but if you can’t make it over for then, there is […]

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What to pack for your UltimateOz Adventure

Australia has something for everyone, whether you want to relax on its idyllic sandy beaches,quad bike through the Outback or dive with Great White sharks…the options are endless. So before you embark on your trip down under, you should ensure that you’ve packed all the essentials that you will need for your trip. As Australia […]

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Monkeying Around…

If you’re coming to Thailand with the hope of new experiences then I’ve got just the thing for you taking place in November. In a little town called Lopburi, just under 4 hours away from Bangkok, you can witness a particularly special feast. Eat before you come however, as unfortunately this feast isn’t for you […]

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1430 islands of Thailand

It’s no secret that Thailand has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. But did you know that Thailand is home to about 1430 islands? The idea of choosing which ones to visit can be pretty daunting! With Ultimate Thailand we take you to some of our favourites, Koh Phi Phi and Koh […]

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Top Thailand Events

Whenever you are in Thailand, there is always something worth celebrating, which is just one of the reasons why Thailand is one of my favourite places in the world. Here are some of the top Thailand events in the calendar for you to look out for! The most well known festival is the Thai New […]

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What not to do in Thailand!

There are cultural differences everywhere you go, whether it be subtle ones county to county in the UK or big, noticeable ones like those found in South East Asia. We’re always writing about the amazing things that you should do in Thailand but there are a few that appear on the ‘What not to do […]

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What Makes Melbourne So Great?

If you’re backpacking around Australia, you’re very likely to find yourself in Melbourne at some point. Or maybe you’re arriving in Melbourne with our Ultimate OZ Great Ocean Road Package. Voted as the world’s most ‘liveable city’ for the third year running in 2013, there are plenty of reasons why Melbourne should be on your […]

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Ultimate Thailand Checklist

So you’ve booked your Ultimate Thailand trip and are now eagerly awaiting your arrival! It can be daunting travelling to a new place, especially if you’re going alone, and it’s sometimes impossible to decide what essentials to pack. I’ve put together an Ultimate Thailand checklist of top priorities: Ensure your passport has 6 months validity […]

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Head to the Northern Territory

Do you want to visit one of the world’s best tourist destinations? Head to the Northern Territory! National Geographic has just listed the NT as one of the 20 Best of the World for 2014. Ultimate Oz could not agree more and there’s too many reasons why to mention, so we’ve picked just a few […]

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If Instagram is anything to go by…

…a lot of you were exploring Thailand last year. Siam Paragon, Bangkok’s biggest shopping mall, tops the list of the most instagrammed locations of 2013. When its home to 9 floors of shopping delights, with each floor having its own theme, it’s no wonder! Dubbed the ‘Ferrari’ of shopping malls, this place really is like […]

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Things to do in Queensland

So you’re thinking of coming to Australia – great! When you’ve finished your UltimateOz Sydney package, you may want to make your way up to Cairns (especially in Winter … that’s where the hot weather is!) You may be asking yourself, “What is there to do in Queensland?”  But, what you should be asking, is what […]

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Make The Most Of The Great Ocean Road

Make the most of the Great Ocean Road! If you’re heading to Victoria, you might be thinking of doing our UltimateOz Great Ocean Road package! The Great Ocean Road is a must for those travelling Australia, it’s one of the most popular activities amongst travellers who make their way to Victoria. With 250km of road to travel, […]

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Leave the Beaten Track

Fancy island life a little different to the norm? If you’re prepared to leave the beaten track, we’ve discovered some right gems for you! … Koh Lanta : The largest of the four, and becoming increasingly popular, Koh Lanta is easily accessible from Krabi, and a great alternative to the more touristy islands of Phuket and Koh Phi […]

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Thailand Inspires

A recent competition held by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and partners, called ‘Inspiring Thailand’ has captured the essence of this wonderful country across three different categories – Lifestyle, Culture and Attractions. The competition entries show the diversity of the country and its culture and showcase a vast range of activities and experiences […]

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Bangkok… What’s in a name?

Did you know that Thai people don’t refer to their Capital as Bangkok?  The name Bangkok is actually thought to have derived from the Chinese, and adopted by us Westerners, as we were struggling to remember its 169 character original name.  But if you’re up to the challenge you will be sure to impress the […]

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Skinny Sydney 2014

Earlier this year, 750 people made history in Sydney by taking their clothes off and taking a swim in the ocean. Why, you might ask, did this mass skinny dip occur? And why was it a big deal? Well, let us tell you! Sunday 17th February 2013 saw the launch of Skinny Sydney, the first […]

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Chiang Mai

So you’ve booked on to our amazing 10 day tour of Thailand (the only introduction to Thailand there should be!) and you’re starting to think about what you might do next. You’ve heard people talking about Chiang Mai (according to Trip Advisor, it’s the 24th best destination in the world for 2013) and you want […]

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Best time to book flights

Hey everyone! Calling all those leaving Australia for vacation! Skyscanner have recently evaluated airfare data for flights that leave Australia to answer those age old questions of when the cheapest time to fly is and how soon you should be booking your flights to get the best prices. What is their conclusion? Well, it goes […]

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What’s Australia Day All About

Everyone’s talking about Australia Day, ‘the celebration that inspires the nation’, but what’s it all about? Well, if you want the short version, Australia Day is when we all get together and celebrate just how wonderful our country is … although, every day is Australia Day at Ultimate Oz in that case! Basically, in 1788, […]

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Australia Day in Perth

Perth has an array of events promising to make Australia Day one you’ll remember! In and around Perth, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing how to celebrate! You might want to check out these popular events: Havaianas Thong Challenge Head to Cottesloe Beach and take part in Western Australia’s attempt to set […]

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Australia Day in Brisbane

Australia Day in Brisbane leaves you spoilt for choice! With everything on offer, you’ll be in for a jam packed, fun filled day if you want to get to everything. Here’s a snippet of what you could be getting up to but be sure to check local sites for events as there are far too […]

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Australia Day in Melbourne

Australia Day in Melbourne is a fun filled affair! There are almost too many events and choosing between them will most likely give you a stress headache! There’s an event on every corner, including: The Piers Festival! Start your celebrations early with The Piers Festival, held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne the day before Australia […]

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Australia Day in Sydney

Australia Day in Sydney is always filled with fab events! Theme of the day = FUN! If you’re looking to get involved, there’s so much you can do, including: The MS Colour Run! What the heck is a Colour Run you ask? That’s a good question! Turn up in a white tshirt for what will […]