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Orlando Nightlife

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It may be renowned as a family holiday destination but Orlando has plenty of exciting nightlife to keep adults entertained into the small hours of the morning. After the Magic Kingdom shuts, Orlando’s many nightspots are just warming up for the evening. Whether you’re looking for stylish cocktails, a no-nonsense sports bar, salsa dancing or something else entirely, Orlando’s vibrant nightlife will provide the answer.

Universal City Walk

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Proving that Universal Studios isn’t just for kids, Universal City Walk is a real hotbed of nightlife with live music, stage shows and lots more. The Red Coconut Club’s blend of intimate tables and lively bars has made it one of Orlando’s most popular destinations. Bob Marley fans are well catered for at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom; a replica of his childhood home in Jamaica which serves Jamaican food with a live Bob Marley soundtrack. For those that like to make the music themselves, CityWalk’s Rising Star hands the microphone to its patrons and invites them up on stage for a karaoke sing-along.

International Drive

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If those warm Orlando nights are getting you a bit hot under the collar, check out ICEBAR Orlando - one of only two icebars in the USA. ICEBAR Orlando requires you to wrap up warm with special jackets and stays are limited to 45 minutes. If it gets a bit too cold, warm up in the adjacent Fire Lounge which - all puns aside - is known as one of Orlando’s hottest nightclubs.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is a great spot to enjoy contemporary Cuban cuisine whilst watching salsa floorshows. Alternatively, Howl at the Moon offers duelling piano entertainment seven nights a week. Requests are welcomed so you can hear a live version of your favourite songs. If you’re keen to catch up on some sport or play some pool, head to Cheers Sports Bar which is open till 2am and shows live sports from around the world. If you can’t decide between sports bar and nightclub, Backstage combines them both, with pool tables and a dance floor under one roof.

Central Business District

As its name would suggest, Orlando’s Central Business District doesn’t see too many tourists, but if you’re looking to hit the town it’s well worth a nocturnal visit to check out the surprising array of bars and clubs. Three of the Central Business District’s most popular nightspots - BBQ Bar, Eye Spy and Sky 60 - are actually found within just the one building. BBQ Bar is has been described as ‘dingy’ and a ‘hipster bar’; whatever you call it, it’s unquestionably a great place to start the night with some cheap drinks.

Once you’re done with BBQ bar, walk through to the adjacent Eye Spy and try and find its secret rooms, at least one of which is hidden behind a bookcase. Upstairs, Sky 60 is a cosy rooftop terrace offering impressive views over the city, with mellow mood lighting and DJs every night. For a night out with a real difference, try Stigma Tattoo Bar. It gives its patrons the opportunity to return home with more than just memories, offering tattoos and piercings alongside its licensed bar!

Downtown Orlando

Just a few blocks south of the Central Business District, Downtown Orlando has its own selection of lively nightspots. Party animals looking to kick-start the night should head to Casey’s on Central – a bustling bar with live music and strong drinks. It even has its own moonshine served in jars! For a taste of things south of the border visit Don Jefe’s Tequila Parlour, home of top-notch Mexican food and over 100 different tequilas. For an atmospheric glimpse at the Orlando of years gone by try Big Belly – a former 1920s speakeasy which hosts a great-value ‘Nickel Beer Night’ every Wednesday. Bliss Ultra Lounge is the home of Orlando’s chic and stylish crowds, with three distinctive areas each assigned their own colour. Meanwhile, Blue Martini is the place to be for those who like their drinks shaken, not stirred, and boasts an impressive range of 42 distinct blends of martinis.

Lake Buena Vista & Epcot

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Inside Epcot itself, there are several different country themed bars to enjoy up until the park closes at 9pm. La Cava del Tequila (in the Mexican pavilion) boasts tasty tapas and the best margaritas north of Mexico, and has established itself as a firm favourite since opening in 2009. Fans of all things Latin American are also well catered for at Paradiso 37 – which serves food and the customary tequila. UK visitors that like their home comforts can try The Rose and Crown in the United Kingdom pavilion which provides taster samples of traditional British beverages. The Raglan Road Irish Pub in Downtown Disney combines homely food with live Irish music every night. For a later night out, just outside the Epcot resorts and overlooking Lake Buena Vista, Jellyrolls is an entertaining duelling piano bar that draws a big crowd most nights of the year. Remember to take some $ bills to request songs.

Globehunters Tip:

The legal drinking age in the USA is 21. Make sure you carry a valid ID such as a driving license or a photocopy of your passport. Some Disney-owned establishments have even been known to refuse service unless both of these are produced.

Globehunters provides cheap Orlando Flights throughout the year as well as a range of Orlando holiday packages. Book with us online or call 020 8944 4555 to speak to one of our expert travel agents.

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New York Sightseeing

New York boasts some of the world’s most recognisable landmarks with famous sights like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, not to mention the famous Central Park all within the city limits.

There are so much to do in The Big Apple it can be difficult to fit it all in, but there are some sights that everyone has to see on a city break in New York. At Globehunters we’ve picked some of the essential New York landmarks that should be on everyone’s New York sightseeing list.

Statue of Liberty

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Probably New York’s most iconic landmark and a sight synonymous with the USA as a whole. Lady Liberty – or Liberty Enlightening the World to give the statue its official name - looks out across New York from Liberty Island in the Hudson River.

Tours of Liberty Island can be combined with a visit to nearby Ellis Island, which as the traditional first port of call for immigrants to the US, is steeped in history. At the time of writing, there are still some restrictions on access to the Ellis Island museum due to hurricane damage, but certain areas are open for visitors. For a spectacular view of the sunset behind Lady Liberty, head over to nearby Staten Island.

Ferries run daily from 8.30 – 4.15pm. Prices can vary but adult tickets will cost around $17. Reservations are needed to access the statue’s interior and to make the climb to the statue’s crown and look out across the harbour to see the Manhattan skyline.

Empire State Building

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For 40 years (until the 1970s) it was the world’s tallest building and remains one of the most famous man-made structures in the world. The exterior lighting of the building changes every day to mark certain holidays and calendar events so it’s worth paying a visit at night time to see which colours are lighting up the building each day.

The view of New York from the building’s observation deck is breath-taking and one of the most photographed sights in the city. There are two options when it comes to viewing the skyline: an open terrace on the 86th floor and the indoor 102nd floor observatory, which is the highest point in New York.

Tickets can be bought at the building but it’s quicker to buy in advance to avoid the queues. Expect to pay around $27 for an adult ticket. The building is open every day of the year from 8am to 2am.

Rockefeller Centre

The Rockefeller Centre is particularly popular around Christmas. Its giant Christmas tree is a festive icon and the ice rink below is open from November to February each year. As you’d expect from a building flanked by Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Centre is home to countless boutiques and other shopping attractions, perfect for those that enjoy some retail therapy on holiday.

The Rockefeller Centre’s observation deck, known as ‘Top of the Rock’, is another great place to look out over the city and capture the unique New York skyline - entrance to Top of the Rock costs $27 for adults.

Central Park

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Central Park is possibly the most famous urban park in the world and is a must-visit at any time of year, whether you’ve booked New York Flights during the summer or winter. The park is arguably at its most beautiful under a blanket of snow, which often occurs during the cold winter months.

In the summer, the park is ideal for a quick break from the hectic pace of life and there are outdoor film screenings. On the subject of films, Central Park has featured in numerous famous motion pictures including: When Harry Met Sally, The Muppets Take Manhattan and Home Alone 2.

Entrance to the park is of course free and you are free to explore it at your own pace. Alternatively, there are guided tours of the park available which give more information on the history of this famous New York landmark.

Thinking of visiting New York? Globehunters provide New York flights with leading airlines including Delta and Virgin Atlantic. Book online or call 020 8944 4555 and speak to one of our travel agents.

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Enjoy Holidays in Gambia

Gambia holidays are always popular and the tiny west African nation is a big draw for European tourists in an often overlooked area of Africa. With flight times of just six hours from the UK, it’s no surprise that The Gambia’s appealing combination of warm weather, golden beaches and fascinating wildlife keeps visitors returning year after year.

At just 50km wide, The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest countries – a tiny sliver of land that boasts a range of accommodation, with a variety of resorts along the coast and secluded eco lodges inland. The best thing about visiting such a tiny country is that everything is within easy reach and its possible to pack loads of activites into your Gambia holiday.

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The Gambia is perhaps most popular for its beaches and there are an impressive collection of golden-sand enclaves along its Atlantic-facing coast. The Gambia’s beaches are all that you’d expect from a tropical country, with miles of uninterrupted sand fringed by lines of swaying palm trees.

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Secluded Sanyang Beach is known locally as ‘Paradise Beach’ and for good reason; it’s off the beaten track of the larger hotels and is the perfect place to soak up the sun in a low-key environment. Cape Point Beach in Northern Kombo another great stretch of sand for relaxing in peace and quiet, with the option of enjoying some windsurfing and sailing if you fancy something a bit more active.

The beaches of the Fajara region near capital Banjul are very varied; those near Bakau – just east of Banjul - are flanked by dramatic red cliffs offering spectacular sunset views, while those near Kotu Strand are far wider and allow for sunbathing even at high tide.

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Inland from The Gambia’s golden beaches, there is also plenty of memorable sights to see. The River Gambia National Park (aka Baboon Island) is made up of five islands in the Gambia River. Whilst visitors are not permitted on the islands, on a boat tour it’s possible to spot once-captiured chimpanzees that have been reintroduced to the wild.

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Like The Gambia itself, the Abuko Nature Reserve is small but there is lots to see. Over 250 birds and 50 mammals call Abuko home; some of its most famous residents include bush babies, Nile crocodiles and green monkeys. Monkey-lovers will also not want to miss a trip to the Bijilo Forest Park near Banjul where various species of monkey swing overhead, regularly descending from the trees for food and to investigate human visitors.

For a taste of local life on your Gambia holidays head to the capital city Banjul, which is unusually situated on an island and only accessible by one road. Banjul is a bustling port, with noisy street markets tucked in amongst the faded remnants of colonial architecture.

Globehunters provide holidays to The Gambia at a range of hotels and resorts. Call us on 020 8944 4555 and speak to one of our helpful team or enquire online to make your Gambia holiday a reality.

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Areas to visit in Bangkok

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As you might expect for a city of such immense size, Bangkok offers an array of different attractions to experience. For many, ‘The City of Angels’ is the first stop on an Asian adventure and is an enthralling introduction to the Far East with mouth-watering street food, masses of cultural sights and vibrant nightlife that keep tourists flocking here from all around the world. From the iconic cultural sites of the Old Town to the vast shopping malls of Siam, a stay in Bangkok is always a memorable experience. Here are some of the most notable areas to visit:

Old City (Rattanakosin)

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The Old City is home to Khao San Road, once described as ‘the centre of the backpacking universe’ in well-known travelling tale ‘The Beach’. This surprisingly short stretch of road is a lively hub for of young travellers from around the world. Found just south of the Chao Praya River, Khao San Road is lined with bars, eateries and budget accommodation catering for overseas visitors.

Just across the road at the northern end of Khao San Road and overlooking the river is Wat Chana Songkram – one of numerous cultural attractions in the Old City. Slightly further downriver, the elaborately designed towers of Wat Pho can be seen alongside Bangkok’s emblematic Grand Palace. A short stroll south is Wat Saket (aka The Golden Mount); a gleaming gold temple offering fantastic views over the city.

Sukhumvit

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Sukhumvit is bisected by one of the longest roads in the world – namely the always congested Sukhumvit Road. What it lacks in tourist attractions, Sukhumvit more makes up for it in nightlife with two of Bangkok’s most notorious nightspots - Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza – tucked away here. The imposing Terminal 21 shopping centre is also worth a visit for some retail therapy. A nine-story shopping mall with a twist, Terminal 21 recreates sections of several well-known cities from around the world under roof, including London’s Carnaby Street and San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

Siam

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Siam is the face of modern Bangkok and the Thai capital’s equivalent of New York’s Fifth Avenue, enjoying convenient connections to the rest of the city by the BTS skytrain. At the centre of the Siam area is Siam Square – an open air shopping complex home to the chicest boutiques and latest fashion trends. The sprawling seven floor Central Chidlom mall and the Siam Paragon shopping complex are other much-visited attractions, perfect for buying the latest fashion items and indulging in some high-end retail therapy. With this in mind it should come as no surprise to learn that Siam is the most expensive place to live in Bangkok.

Chinatown Yaowarat

Proving that Chinatowns aren’t just a feature of cities in the western world, Bangkok’s own Chinatown is packed with market stalls, gold shops and Chinese temples. Chinatown is an interesting place to shop, with market stalls selling just about anything you can think of. Fans of footwear shopping will love Balanna Plaza which is solely dedicated to shoes. Chinatown is also a big hit with street food fans, with scores of stalls selling freshly made, tasty Chinese snacks.

Silom

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By day, Silom is the financial heart of Bangkok, with the CP Tower, Empire Tower, ITF Tower and the United Center Building dominating the skyline. The quirky Robot Building is also a recognisable landmark in this part of town. Silom is home to some of Bangkok’s most luxurious accommodation not to mention various high-end wine bars. By night, one of Silom’s most famous area’s - Pat Pong – becomes a hive of activity. The recent addition of a popular night market has given the area a slightly more family feel.

Suvarnabhumi & Samut Prakan

The area around Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport has some interesting attractions which are perfect for killing time between connecting flights or taking a short day trip out of central Bangkok. The unmistakable Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan is a truly unique attraction. Part of this ornate museum is housed within a three headed elephant that towers over its surroundings. The Ancient City nearby showcases different generations of Thai architecture; perfect for tourists that have booked Bangkok Flights and are making a brief stop in Thailand before flying on elsewhere.

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Book New York Flights

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New York is split into some distinctive boroughs that offer masses of different tourist attractions to suit every taste. Each New York borough has its own vibe and its own must see and do activities and attractions. No matter where you are in The Big Apple there’s always something new to try.

If You thinking of visiting New York? Globehunters provide New York Flights with leading airlines including Delta and Virgin Atlantic. Book online or call 020 8944 4555 and speak to one of our travel agents.

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Book Flights to Orlando

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Anyone whose summer holiday clashes with the football (or ‘soccer’ as it’s known in the States) will be well catered for in Orlando this summer. All World Cup games will be shown live in selected venues around Orlando, perfect for some thrilling afternoon entertainment after a morning of white-knuckle rollercoasters.The best places in Orlando to watch the action unfold between visits to the world’s most famous theme parks.

As well as cheap flights to Orlando, Globehunters can easily arrange accommodation and car rental at excellent rates. Most people find renting a car to be the most convenient and flexible way of getting to Legoland Florida from Orlando. Call us on 020 8944 4555 or enquire online.

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Where to Watch the World Cup in Orlando

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Anyone whose summer holiday clashes with the football (or ‘soccer’ as it’s known in the States) will be well catered for in Orlando this summer. All World Cup games will be shown live in selected venues around Orlando, perfect for some thrilling afternoon entertainment after a morning of white-knuckle rollercoasters. Here are the best places in Orlando to watch the action unfold between visits to the world’s most famous theme parks.

British Pubs in Orlando

Even those that like to escape any reminders of home on their summer holiday might just be tempted by some British Pubs for the England games. Any of the following pubs are sure to be packed to the rafters with English holidaymakers cheering on the team, and maybe even a few Scots cheering on the opposition.

Our favourite is The Orlando George and Dragon which has a beer garden; a varied menu; pool tables; quiz machines; and most importantly, a giant screen TV showing all matches.

The atmospheric Fox and Hounds Pub in Kissimmee will be serving staple favourites like fish and chips and showing all games on their wide screen TV.

The Cricketers Arms Pub – just off International Drive - has a wide selection of lagers and ales, and will be showing all games plus other entertainment.

Hotels in Orlando

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With matches on in the afternoon and early evening in the US, the best option might be to kick back and relax at your hotel after a busy day at the theme parks with various resorts across Orlando showing the games live for their guests. See our full list of Orlando holidays here.

Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa will be showing all matches at one80 Sportgrill and Bar. If the game’s a bit dull, there are plenty of other amusements including: dartboards, arcade games and Wii consoles.

The Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal will feature all games in their Elements Bar & Grille restaurant and will be putting on special buffets inspired by each of the competing teams. Cue the restaurant’s chefs frantically researching Bosnian cuisine!

Guests at the International Palms Resort will be able to soak up the Floridian sunshine by the pool while they watch all the matches on a large projector screen - nation-themed drinks are also promised.

Games will also be shown live on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC so those in self-catering accommodation will be able to keep up to date with the action.

Restaurants in Orlando

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Footy-mad holidaymakers can combine an early evening meal with live football at various restaurants around Orlando.

Dewey’s Indoor Golf and Sports Grill features an incredible 25 foot theatre screen with surround sound, perfect for feeling the big game atmosphere. With over 70 HDTVs at this sprawling state-of-the-art facility, there will be no straining to catch a glimpse of the screen here.

Universal CityWalk’s Hard Rock Café will be dedicating a room to the World Cup. Games will be shown in the venue’s Art Bar which hosts a variety of music memorabilia.

Just around the corner from the Hard Rock Café is the NASCAR Sports Grille – home to a whopping 37 foot media wall and a bevy of plasma TVs that will be showing all World Cup matches.

Where will you be watching the 2014 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Flights to Sydney with Globehunters

Sydney is a fantastic place to visit with impressive architecture, golden beaches and wild nightlife just a few of its many attractions.If you’re planning on visiting Sydney, Globehunters provides Sydney Flights from the UK with leading airlines. Book online or call 020 8944 4555 to speak to one of our expert travel agents.

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