The Best Views of London

Nothing beats an incredible view over a beautiful city! I’m sure we’re not alone in saying that one of our favourite things to do when visiting a new city is to scope out the best vantage points across the city. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to find some of the best views over London. Although there were plenty of places to choose from, these are three of favourite spots that provide the best views of London.

Primrose Hill

This location is quite the secret, even a few of the locals we asked had never been there before! Just a little walk on from the outskirts of the popular Regents Park is another open garden area. Despite London being a typically flat place, this park has a rather large amount that you can climb, known as Primrose Hill. It’s not hard to miss because it’s probably one of the only hills of its size in London. Make your way up the track to the top and hang out there with the other adventurous souls, most of whom will be enjoying a picnic and listen to some tunes. On a clear day, you’ll be able to make out the London Eye, Gherkin, The Shard and a few other famous tourist landmarks.

The Shard

This is one of the city hotspots! The Shard is a fancy hotel located in the Tower Bridge area of London. Despite having a viewing deck where you can pay to go up to the top, our personal favourite way to see an amazing view over London at a fraction of the cost is to go and have a drink at one of the various bars such as Aqua Shard. Enjoy a nice cocktail or glass of wine while taking in the beautiful city below you. It’s even more magical around sunset!

The London Eye

You can’t go past a more famous tourist attraction than the London Eye. With tickets starting from around £20, make your way around the eye in a glass pod that provides some incredible views over the Westminster and St Paul’s area. This birds-eye view over London is one not to be missed!

Where have you found the best views of London? Tell us in the comments!



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Old Phuket Town on Foot

Phuket, as we know, is not just a white sand beach, nightlife, hotels and resorts. Phuket is rich and full of history and culture.  For your next holiday in Phuket, it is worthwhile to take a day tour to explore what Phuket town has to offer.

The history of Phuket can be traced back as far as ” the 1st Century BC when the Indian merchants arrived on the island. Phuket has known for centuries as an important trading post on the eastern shore of the Bay of Bengal as it connected Arab and the Malay World as well as India, Burma, China, and Siam – Thailand. History of Phuket. (2010-2014). Retrieved

Before Phuket known as one of the world famous tourist destinations, it was rich with tin mines. The tin- mining boom era started in 19th Century when tin found and mined by Chinese labourers. The settlement of immigrant Chinese and the mixed culture of Chinese and Malays has created a Peranakan Culture or Baba – Nyonya Culture in Phuket. History of Phuket, (2010-2014) retrieved

Walking Guide 

The old town is not big, and you can explore on foot.  Sign up for a walking tour with professional tour guides or create a tour yourself.  Walking around town is easy.


2014, January 13. Old Town Phuket Map. Retrieved

To start

Route A.  – Ranong Road

The Market or ” Ta-lad-yai” for local, meaning the big market, is the place to start because all the local buses are centralised here.  Some hotels offer their guests a ride from the hotel to Phuket town by hotel minibus or you can choose to take a local public bus. Don’t forget to ask for the return time table.  You might miss the last bus back to your hotel.

Ta-lad-yai is a fresh market where local people used to get their groceries in the old day – fresh seafood, meats, fruits, vegetables, rice, sugar, beans, etc. before the modern supermarket introduced to town.  Even now and then, the local still love to go to fresh market for their grocery shopping.  The big market is also serving all hotels and restaurants for the wholesaling.  The market usually starts from 2 am and winning down at 8 or 9 am. If you can get up early in the morning and be there by 6-8 am, you still can experience local fresh market.

Pud Jor and Jui Tui Tao Shrines.  A few minutes walk to the left from the Market, two shrines are sitting next to each other. It’s worthwhile to visit the inside of the shrines that are highly respectful of the local people.

Pud Jor Shrine, a Taoist shrine, is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The Shrine built 200 years ago and renovated in the past 100 years due to the big fire.  The Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin is highly respected by the local Chinese.

Jui Tui Tao Bokeng  Shrine was a dedication to Kiu Wong In, a vegetarian God.  Every year at the end of September to early of October, the Shrine celebrates the big Vegetarian Festival

Route B  – Phanganga Road

Phanganga road was one of the main business roads before tourism boomed. There are major commercial banks, companies, and hotels sitting along the road.

IMG_2993_Myphone_TheMemory of OnonThe Memory at On- On Hotel Phuket.   It is the oldest hotel built in Sino –Portuguese architectural style – Interestingly the architecture was designed to open up the roof in the middle section of the building, allowing the air to circulate and the sunlight to flow through.

Charter Bank Building   The first foreign bank permitted to operate in Thailand. The building was built 100 years ago to service the tin mine boom.  Being closed in Thailand, the building has reopened as a museum after 30 years.

Route C –   Thalang Road

The old Sino- Portuguese style shop houses along Thalang Road, once were busy with Indian merchants running textile stores and Chinese merchants running diamond & gems shops at the other end of the street.  Some of the shops converted to Café and small guest house but still maintain the original appearance and structure.

Route D  – Krabi Road

Across the road, Krabi road is where the first school Phuket Thai- Hua, built in 1917.  Chinese entrepreneurs sent their children to school to learn Chinese as a second language. The school has been closed down and reopened to a Museum where you can find out everything you would like to know about the history of Phuket, a must visit if you are in town.  An Admission fee is required.

Old private mansions are around the old town. Bann Chinpracha (The house of Chinpracha family), built in 1903, on Krabi Road. It is now the Blue Elephant Thai restaurant. Luang  Amnat Naraarac’s house on the corner of Dibuk Road. Luang Anuphat

Route E – DiBuk Road

Debuk_myphotoFrom Krabi Road, turn left on Yaowaraj Road, you are heading to DiBuk Road.  There are more Sino – Portuguese architecture style houses.  Take a challenge, try the local street food while you are in Phuket town.

How to get there

Hotel Service Bus.  Some hotels offer a drop off -pick up from hotel to Phuket town. Usually, charge from Bht 150 per person.

–  Public bus  – Song Thaews and Mini bus  – price vary from your hotel location from Bht 30-50

– Tuk Tuk  – Tuk Tuk in Phuket is slightly different from Tuk Tuk in Bangkok.

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