Bangkok is a big sprawling city so it can be extremely difficult to decide on where to stay. There are over 300 hotels in the central area alone and shopping centres and other visitor attractions are scattered over a wide area. I have always thought a central area is the best place to stay in Bangkok and a recent trip convinced me that I was right.
My new private island in Belize's Caribbean Sea is blessed with four hectares of palm-fringed white sand beach. It also has a gorgeous 5,000-square-metre pool with swim up bar, the largest in this Central American country. As well, there are four other bars and restaurants serving everything from blackened fish to classic cheeseburgers. Diversions run the gamut from parasailing, speed boating and ziplining to stand-up paddle boarding, mangrove tours and simply lounging at the beach and pool.
It's 8 a.m. and I'm already sweating profoundly. The hot coffee to go doesn't seem like a good idea anymore. We wait for our ride in front of our guesthouse in the Thai village of Naiyang, Phuket. Very punctually, a white truck with a big orange "Soi Dog" sign appears. We jump on the back of the truck squeezing in with the other volunteers and enjoy the smooth breeze as we ride through morning traffic. I'm excited for another day at the shelter.
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Selecting a term
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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