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Five Stunning Golf Courses in Thailand

Five Stunning Golf Courses in Thailand

Thailand, in Southeast Asia, is a tourist attraction for many travelers around the world. Surrounded by the lovely waters of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, it boasts delectable cuisine, beaches that many tourists love, a tropical climate, heavenly mountains, and an attractive culture.

As part of the multifarious vacationing features, visitors can enjoy the many prime opportunities for five-star golfing. Thailand has well over 200 golf courses. Here are five of the premier golfing destinations appreciated by many golfers, both novice and seasoned.

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1. Black Mountain Golf Club

In spite of many beautiful golf courses in Hua Hin, professional golfers are quite familiar with the illustrious Black Mountain Golf Club, and for good reason. This championship five-star course has been the host of top-notch events as well as many Asian PGA tours. It has great landscaping and scenic views, and the clubhouse provides amazing amenities from professional caddies to exquisite Thai cuisine. The course is in excellent condition and can be quite challenging which many golf lovers enjoy.

2. Sawang Resort and Golf Club

Drive approximately 50 minutes north of Hua Hin, and golfers of every level can satisfy their golf craving by playing at Sawang Resort and Golf Club.  The course was designed by famous designer Isao Katsumata, and has a unique layout that provides a fulfilling experience to any golfer. Situated along the Phetchburi hills with a lovely lake and jaw-dropping greens, the location is conveniently located between Bangkok and Hua Hin. Golfers from all over make this golf club their main destination. They love the signature layout which is not too complicated, yet provides a certain amount of challenge.

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3. Navatanee Golf Club

It is no secret that Thailand is one of the most famous paradises in the world for golfers as well as tourists who simply want a luxurious getaway. The Navatanee Golf Club is ideal for golfers of any stamina. The location of this prestigious golf club is ideal, as it is situated approximately an hour from Bangkok near Siam Park City. With urban life close by, the course rests in a peaceful setting with a sound design. This exclusive club can be visited by members’ guests on weekdays, and golfers can enjoy top-notch cuisine and amenities while doing what they love.

4. Banyan Resort and Golf Club

Another premier course, the Banyan Resort and Golf Club, is situated in Hua Hin and is visited by local golf enthusiasts as well as world travelers. This course has been given the honorary award of the best course in Thailand for three years in a row, and also boasts a unique, classy clubhouse. This is not only a resort and golf club, but a paradise for anyone looking to get away to a peaceful, serene area. The view here is of the Burmese mountains, and the landscapes among the mountains is varied and simply incredible, so it’s no wonder that so many people make this their home.

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5. Ayodhya Links

Exclusive is the key word that describes Ayodhya Links, as membership is offered only via invitation. Located 40 miles from Bangkok, members are allowed to bring a guest. Known as one of the premier greens in the country as well as all of Southeast Asia, Ayodhya Links is world-class and very high-society. This course is rarely visited by golf connoisseurs and can only be visited if they have a connection with a local Thai member. The landscape rises and falls with the terrain of the lush course, and it presents quite a challenge even to the seasoned golfer.

Many vacationers choose Thailand as one of their favorite golfing getaways in Asia from once to several times a year. Thailand offers up many of the highest-ranked golf courses in the world, coupled with resorts that travelers dream about and sometimes have the opportunity to visit.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

But first, the good news!

How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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1. Embrace loneliness

When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

2. Facebook is not the answer

Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

  • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
  • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
  • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
  • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

4. Go out and meet people

It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

5. Reach out to help someone in need

A burden shared is a burden halved.

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‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

6. Be grateful and count your blessings

Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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