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Return to Pai, Popular Mountain Resort in Northern Thailand

After a 2 ½ year absence, I returned to Pai in Northern Thailand this past November. It is still the ‘hippyish’, international tourist enclave that I visited in 2005, only now it has become more popular and consequently it has become a bit larger and noisier. Many new guesthouses, restaurants and hotels (albeit small hotels) and bungalow resorts have sprouted up – including the upscale Pai River Corner Resort and The Sanctuary, an upscale and trendy vegetarian and seafood restaurant which overlooks the Pai River. More importantly, there are an increasing number of Thai tourists vacationing in Pai. I understand that this surge in domestic visitors is a result of a major Tourism promotion, which featured a documentary of Pai on a major Thai TV Channel. Again, I stayed at Pairadise located about 1000 meters from downtown Pai. Still a delightful place – since the last time I was there they added a couple of new deluxe bungalows. Rooms are simply furnished but well set up. Priced at 600 baht per night and up, Pairadise is an excellent value and represents the higher end of budget accommodations in Pai.

My visit to Pai coincided with the colorful Loy Krathong, a popular harvest festival celebrated throughout Thailand in mid November. For a small town, Pai had a big time celebration – the pageantry was outstanding. There were street parades, colorful flower filled floats, fireworks and dancing in the street by the the younger crowd to the accompaniment of some rather loud Thai pop music. Needless to say, I was quite impressed by the festivities.

On my last day in Pai, I visited the uniquely named PURA VIDA, one of the newer upmarket bungalow resorts. In Costa Rica, Pura Vida is a popular idiomatic expression that is used to greet or say farewell to somebody. Translated literally from Spanish, it means Pure Life.

Review of Global Resorts and Their Memberships

What is Global Resorts Network all about?

Global Resorts Network (GRN) has created a program for people in different financial situations. If you are one that has goals that include a lifestyle of financial freedom then GRN may be for you. GRN has helped individuals from around the world and are gaining a powerful business opportunity that engages in a credible and viable home business. GRN does have a product that has a true value. If you have a home based business that has credible products for people from all over the glove then you will be able to stay afloat and teach others to do what you are doing.

What does GRN have to offer?

GRN is an industry leader when it comes to discount vacations and also providing an alternative to timeshare ownership. If you are a member of GRN you can choose from two levels of membership. The first is called the Gold membership, which is $1,495. This level is good for 3 years which gives you access to the vacation packages through out the year. The other is called the Platinum Lifetime Membership which is $2,995. The Platinum Membership is good for 100 years which becomes part of your estate and can be willed to your children, spouse, or anyone you decide. GRN members can enjoy an eight (8) day seven (7) night stay at 5,000 4 and 5 star luxury resorts worldwide for $298.00 – $699.00. If you find a location that you want to vacation then you can call the customer service and ask about that property and they will look into adding it to their services. GRN members do not have to worry with soaring costs, maintenance fees, or blackout dates.

In conclusion if you are looking to vacation during your retirement years and want to pay $2,995 then this may be the program for you. If you are looking to operate an online business opportunity that offers at least one pass up sell on each level, then this may be one you want to join. If you are looking for a business that you cash in on your very first sell then you may want to look around the internet for other business opportunities that pay a matching bonus or commission and has viable products that you can sell.

Beach Vacation Resorts

The snow has melted and the sun is shining again. It’s time to pack up your bags and exchange ski lodges to beach vacation resorts. It’s time to leave those winter worries (and calories!) behind and bask in the warm sunlight. It’s that season once again for shedding those bulky winter clothes, bringing out those colorful swimwear, donning on sunscreen and shades and sipping pina coladas by the side of the pool. You can almost taste it in the air: that bright, salty air of summer. You can almost see it, can’t you? You tanning happily on a towel by the shore, while your children play around in the water? Or perhaps you see yourself sailing blissfully over the rigorous ocean waves, leaving all your troubles behind.

Thinking about spending some few precious days out basking in the sun? Looking for the perfect beach vacation resorts that will satisfy your thirst for the sparkling, blue waves of the ocean? Want to bury your feet in fine white sand and build sandcastles on the shore with your kids? There are more than a few places that you can decide to go.

Within the United States area, there’s are quite a number of places where you can bask in the sun this summer. One of them is California, where the surf is always “up” and where beach boys and girls party in the sunlight. Another option is Florida, where the popular Palm Beach is. And the nice thing about Florida is that if ever you get tired of the beach (which is next to impossible!), you can always opt to take your family for an adventure in Orlando’s Disney World or Universal Studios. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone! Finally, when talking about beaches in the United States, there’s always Hawaii. Hawaii with its pristine beaches, luaus and friendly people. Hawaii with the floral shirts and leis. Hawaii with the hoola dancers with grass-skirts and the scrumptious food. There are a lot of resorts to choose from there, like the famous Waikiki Beach Resort and many, many others.

If you’re thinking about going farther off the map than the continental United States, Asia might be the best option when looking for beach resorts. First on the list is Thailand, of course, with their well-known Phuket. And there is also Indonesia’s Bali beaches, which tourists love to visit. But the a lot of the most beautiful beaches are actually found in the Philippines. If you really want to experience the ultimate in beach resorts, head on to Palawan or Boracay, where the sand is white and as fine as flour. There are also a lot of high-class beach vacation resorts in these places in the Philippines that will give you the best treatment for not a lot of money. If you’re looking for adventure, there are also dive spots in the Philippines that will take your breath away. There’s Apo Island, off the coast of Dumaguete, which is known to be one of the top seven dive spots in the whole world.