Destinations

Travel Guide

~ Take only memories, leave only footprints ~

To travel is to experience as much as the world as possible while you can while you’re there, because you’ll never know when or if you’ll be back again.  It’s an opportunity to find yourself and discover new things. I like to look past the typical touristy things and find unique experiences specific to that country – after all, that’s what travel should be, to explore new experiences! So let’s get travel savvy and explore some cultures!

Travel Asia

Singapore  ~  Bali  ~  Thailand  ~ Vietnam  ~


Lifestyle Inspiration

~ Design your Lifestyle ~

It took me a long time to realise that there are so many opportunities in the world and what you do with the time you’ve been given can define who you are.

I personally believe the best way to fully experience any city, is to live in that place for an extended time. You can’t judge a place unless you have lived and breathed the lifestyle enough to form an educated opinion.

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Lifestyle for Her ~ Lifestyle for Him


Destinations

~ Singapore ~

  Marina Bay Sands  ~  Sentosa Islands  ~  Palawan Beach  ~  Universal Studios  ~  Gardens By The Bay  ~  The Flower Dome ~

Singapore was my first international trip overseas and one definitively features one of the most visited and top Airport’s to visit and for good reason.

The concept at the Changi Airport is a tourist destination in itself.  Described as a playground full of surprises, the journey features many things in the various terminals to explore including the Enchanted Gardens including the Butterfly Garden, Cactus Garden and Sunflower Garden, a rooftop swimming pool and a 4-storey slide with a children’s playground, an Entertainment Deck including cinema movie theatre, art installations including the mesmerising Kinetic Rain dance of copper raindrops and a user-generated interactive photo stream on the Social Tree that you can add to.  There are a variety of things to do in each terminal! The airport is just a taste of the vast playground of Singapore.

Some of the highlights in Singapore include Marina Bay, Sentosa Island, Gardens By the Bay, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, OCBC Skyway, SuperTree Grove, Heritage Gardens, Jurong Bird Garden and Singapore Zoo, Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes and The Canyon to name a few.  A great suggestion is to get the Singapore City Pass which combines a variety of attractions for your visit.

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~  Gardens By The Bay & Super Tree Grove  ~

One of the famous icons in Singapore are the Gardens By the Bay located next to the Marina Reservoir. A unique showpiece of garden artistry and horticulture of a plant kingdom including the Super Tree Grove that is worth exploring featuring rare plants found in this part of the world.  The park consists of three waterfront gardens Bay Central Garden, Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden.

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~  Flower Dome & Cloud Forest  ~

Step inside this gigantic greenhouse glass enclosure offering one of the biggest themed gardens and exotic plants to explore, and also featuring the magnificent Cloud Forest within the dome.  Have fun exploring the variety of plantation while you get lost inside this dome!

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Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953

~ Marina Bay Sands Park ~

Experience the Marina Bay Sands Skypark and the Observation Deck that offer panoramic views of Singapore.  Access to the Infinity Pool is for hotel guests only at Marina Bay Sands.

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Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue

~ Merlion Park ~

Another Singapore landmark and tourist attraction is Merlion Park, located near the Central Business District and is known as the symbol of Singapore. The body symbolises Singapore’s humble beginnings in a fishing village previously called Temasek, meaning ‘sea town’.  Its head represents Singapore’s original name, Singapura, or ‘lion city’ in Malay.

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~ The Three Great Light Shows ~

Spectra is the Marina Bay Sands Light and Water Show that you can discover over the water at the Event Plaza along the promenade every night from 8pm and 9.30pm.  One of the better times to explore Singapore is at night, it is still hot nonetheless but relatively cooler in temperature.  Plus Singapore is huge on the light shows and illuminating the city.

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~ Singapore Flyer ~

Seems like every city has its own wheel #WheelOfTheCity.  The Singapore Flyer is a viewing platform that offers full 360 degree views of Singapore and can be seen from the distance for its iconic attraction to Singapore. My sister and I stumbled our way there somehow and got yet another great view of the Gardens by the Bay.

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Address: 30 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039803

 Sentosa  ~

Explore Sentosa Island that can be accessed by cable car, pedestrian boardwalk or the monorail. Tiger Sky Tower has panoramic views reaching as far as Indonesia. On the south coast is Palawan Beach, lined with food stalls and bars with a suspension bridge to a small island to explore. Tanjong Beach is a more tranquil, crescent-shaped beach.  For an Indoor Skydiving experience, head to iFly Singapore.

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~  Universal Studios Singapore  ~

The park has a total of 24 attractions in 7 themed zones located at Resorts World Sentosa featuring exciting rides and attractions for the best fun-filled thrills and adrenaline.

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Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

~  Singapore Zoo  & Night Safari  ~

The Night Safari is the world’s first nocturnal zoo and one of the most popular tourist attractions to experience in Singapore. See first hand the animals that come alive at night for an after-dark exciting experience unique to Singapore!  This was definitely something I wanted to experience a full-fledged experience with nocturnal animals! A very cool experience to wander the natural habitat of the animals that roam at night.  I’d never imagine that I would see Hyena’s first hand either!

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Adddress:  80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826

~  Chinese Gardens  ~

Explore these beautifully decorated pagodas and bridges sit alongside acres of low gardens, one of which is dedicated to Bonsai trees. A harmonious place to admire China’s imperial-style of landscape.  Free Admission

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Address: 1 Chinese Garden Road, Singapore 619795

~ Little India ~

Explore the tastes if India within Singapore with traditional eateries within a vibrant district.

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~ ION Orchard ~

Welcome to Singapore’s most glamorous shopping complex. A stunning glass, marble and stylish steel work architectural structure that glows with a futuristic beacon. The destination for fashionistas of luxury couture, offering the hottest names from the world’s runways as well as art exhibitions to attract a vogue shopping crowd at ION Orchard.

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Address: 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

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Bali ~ Indonesia

Tanah Lot  ~  Bali Swings  ~  Uluwatu  ~  Mount Batar  ~  Tegallalang Rice Terrace  ~  Ubud  ~  Tampaksiring

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Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats. The language in Bali is Balinese, a Malayo-Polynesian language.

ATTRACTIONS

~  Bali Swing  ~

Bali is famous for the iconic swings and a trip to Bali wouldn’t be an experience without swinging over the landscape!

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Address:  Jl. Dewi Saraswati, 80352 Bongkasa Pertiwi, Kapubaten Bandung, Bali  | Admission $15 AUD per person | $50 AUD Bali Package Includes admission, swing and lunch buffet  | Hours: 8am – 5pm Daily

 

~  Tegallalang Rice Terrace  ~

Perched on the gentle slopes leading up towards the central mountains, Ubud is the other half of Bali’s tourism duopoly. Unlike South Bali, however, Ubud’s focus remains on the remarkable Balinese culture in its myriad forms. It’s not surprising that many people come to Ubud for a day or two and end up staying longer, drawn in by the rich culture and many activities. Besides the very popular dance-and-music shows, there are numerous courses on offer that allow you to become fully immersed in Balinese culture.

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Address:  Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

~  Ubud Monkey Forest  ~

With over 700 monkeys, The Ubud Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal. The Monkey Forest is an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation centre for the village and an interesting forest to play and interact with some monkeys.

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Address:  Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali |Hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm Daily | Admission: Adult $5 AUD  | Children $4 AUD |

~  Tampaksiring  ~

Tampaksiring is a town in central Bali. It is the home to the Gunung Kawi Temple and archaeological site and the Senang Hati Foundation. The word “Tampak” in Balinese means foot, while “Siring” means Oblique. According to the legend the slope of the mountain where the town stands today, was created by footstep of a king named Mayadenawa. Tampaksiring was also one of the major kingdom during Bali’s pre-colonial period. The town is home to Tirta Empul Temple Villages around Tampaksiring are: Manukaya, Pejeng, Pejeng Kaja, Pejeng Kangin, Pejeng Kawan, Pejeng Kelod, Sanding, and Tampaksiring

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~  Tanah Lot  ~

Tanah Lot Temple is a stunning temple built on an iconic rock formation and one of Bali’s most important landmarks famous for its unique offshore location settings and sunset backdrops.

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Address:  Beraban, Kediri, Tabanan Regency, Bali 8217, Indonesia | Temple Hours: 7am – 7pm Daily

~  Uluwatu  ~

Uluwatu is the most popular area on Bali’s peninsula, best known for the Uluwatu Temple. The cliff-side limestone region is popular venue for weddings for the magnificent sunsets and is home to Bali’s most scenic luxury villas and resorts located on the towering cliffs that overlook the Indian Ocean.

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~  Pura Penataran Sasih  ~

Pura Penataran Sasih is a Hindu temple found in Bali’s Pejeng village. This temple has a rich Balinese history and iconic for its beautiful architecture. Please note respected dress code as follows: visitors must ensure they wear a sarong to cover knees and ankles. Also ensure shoulders and midriffs are covered.

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Address:  Jl. Raya Tampaksiring, Pejeng, Tampaksiring | Hours: 7am – 6pm Daily | Admission: No entry fee | Donations welcome

~  Mount Batur  ~

Mount Batur is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung on the island of Bali, Indonesia. The so uth-east side of the larger 10×13 km caldera contains a caldera lake. The inner 7.5-kilometerwide caldera, which was formed during emplacement of the Bali ignimbrite, has been date about 23,670 years old.

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CULTURAL

~  Neka Art Museum  ~

The Neka Art Museum is a museum located in Ubud. Established by Suteja Neka, a Balinese teacher who collected Balinese art with the advice and help of and advice from the painters Rudolf Bonnet and Arie Smit among others, it opened in 1982.

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Address:  Jalan Raya Sanggingan Campuhan, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia | Hours: 9am – 5pm Daily

~  Blanco Renaissance Museum  ~

Blanco Renaissance Museum is an unofficial landmark in Ubud, the house and studio of the late flamboyant Philippineborn maestro, Don Antonio Blanco. The private residence and lavish studio has guided tours of the facility, with the artist’s family members hosting you if you’re lucky. The thought-provoking collections, lush garden surroundings and a fine restaurant established in the name of the artist’s late wife and muse all provide a great stopover on your trips to Ubud.

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Address:  Jalan Raya Penestanan No.8, Sayan, Ubud, Sayan, Ubud, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia | Hours: 9am – 5pm Daily


BALI VENUES 

~ Ku De Ta ~

Be there early to secure a spot to watch the sunset over the beach. One of Bali’s stunning sunset destination where you will find a restaurant, bar and beach lounge with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

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Address: Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia | Hours: 8am – 2am Daily | Admission: No entry fee

 

~ Potato Head Beach Club Bali ~

Potato Head Beach Club is home to one of the best sunset beach venues with facilities including infinity pool with a built-in bar by the beach.  An iconic Indonesian lifestyle here by the beach. A relaxing resort-style venue during the day and great atmosphere by night.

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Address: Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung | Hours: 10am – 2am Daily | Admission: No entry fee

 

~ Mrs Sippy Bali  ~

An exciting holiday spot in the heart of Seminyak and Bali’s largest saltwater open indoor pool with day beds and home to glamorous events, pool parties, weddings and music festivals.

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Address: Jl. Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia


DINING RECOMMENDATIONS IN SEMINYAK

~ Breeze at The Samaya Seminyak  ~

Dictated by the local harvest within a modern menu of elegant foods and a simple atmosphere in an alfresco ambiance under the stars in a romantic hideaway

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Address: Jl. Laksamana Basangkasa, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali | Hours: Lunch 12pm-3pm | Dinner 6pm – 11pm Daily | Phone: +62 361 731149 * Reservations highly suggested | Dress code: Casual Resort Chic

 

~ The Plantation Grill Seminyak ~

Bali’s hottest seafood and meat grill in a 20’s-style luxury with a probation-style bar upstairs Sling Bar with a ‘Great Gatsby meets Hemingway’ atmosphere through asecret door leading to the mischievous hideaway boudoir.  Finished  with vaulted double-height ceiling, marble finishes and large g  lass windows looking out to the sea.

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Address: Double-Six Luxury Hotel 4th floor, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia | Phone: +62 361 734300 | Hours: Dinner 6pm – 12am

 

~ The Restaurant at The Legian  ~

The Restaurant at The Legian Bali seamlessly incorporates Asian influences and local ingredients with European concept that is in line with its overall brand style. Focusing on locals, organics and sustainable ingredients, this spacious fine dining brasserie-style restaurant offers a range of light, healthy and delicious meals from breakfast through dinner. The dining room opens out onto a poolside terrace, offering a postcard worthy seascape of the shimmering Indian Ocean.

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Address: The Legian, Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Kuta | Phone: +62 361 730622 | Hours: 7am – 11pm Daily


DINING RECOMMENDATIONS IN KUTA

~ La Laguna ~

An enchanting location to watch the sunset in an outdoor setting over the ocean.  A great social atmosphere in a gypsy-inspired beach club, another stunning location to watch the sunset and even more breathtaking by night.

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Address: Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia | Phone: +62 819-9901-5777 | Hours: 9am – 12am Daily

 

~ Bambu Restaurant  ~

A fine dining venue in a beautifully designed venue specialising in classic Indonesian cuisine with a French twist.

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Address: Jl. Petitenget No.198, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia | Phone: +62 361 8469797 | Hours: Dinner 6pm – 12am Daily

 

~ Teatro Gastroteque  ~

A boutique fine-dining restaurant found in the epicentre of Bali’s finest dining destination offering French cuisine with a Asian twist.

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Address: Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No.1-2, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 803  61, Indonesia | Phone: +62 851-0170-0078 | Hours: 6pm – 11pm Daily

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~ Thailand ~

~  Phuket  ~  Chiang Mai  ~  Koh Samui  ~  Pattaya  ~  Bangkok ~

Undoubtedly one of the most popular Asian destinations  for its vast beaches and scenic landscapes is Thailand.  With many regions within Thailand from Koh Samui, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok to name a few, there is certainly much to explore with many people making multiple trips.  There are also many people who have decided to live in Thailand with the opportunity for an relaxed lifestyle.  It would be certainly a great idea to  build your ideal holiday home!

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Phuket

~  Karon Viewpoint  ~

Karon Viewpoint is where you’ll find a stunning view of Phuket can be found at Karon Viewpoint.  The most convenient way to get around is to hire a driver for the day who can take you to the various locations you want.  If you’re lucky you can get a driver who can make recommendations for where to go and what to see.  Karon Viewpoint is a great location for an overview of the city of Phuket. If you’re lucky you can pay to hold an eagle or monkey!  Thailand especially offers the opportunity to interact with these animals at a cost, but how often can you say that you caught an eagle?

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~  Bang Pae Waterfall  ~

Bang Pae Waterfall is a destination for the nature lovers. This is the perfect waterfall to hike to one of Phukets natural scenic beauty. Part of the National Park, it is great for a refreshing swim within the steady flow of water.

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~  Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temples  ~

Big Buddha and Wat Chalong Temples can’t be missed without visiting some of the iconic Temples.

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PHUKET BEACHES

~  Patong Beach  ~

Patong Beach is the most famous Beach in Phuket that is always bustling with people especially at night where it transforms into a party hub famous for its nightlife scene. A resort beach town, Patong is a popular tourist destination where you can also find a shopping paradise complex.

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~  Karon and Kata Beach  ~

Karon and Kata Beach A short drive from Patong for a more laidback ambient beach experience are Karon and Kata Beach. For a more peaceful option to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

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~  Laem Ka Beach  ~

Laem Ka Beach One of the off-the beaten path hidden gems of Phuket, Laem Ka Bech can be equivalent to a private beach with amazing views of the off-shore islands. Great for a swim in the crystal clear blue water. Slightly further than the other beaches from the central areas but worth the trip if you are looking for an isolated relaxing beach.  Other similar beaches include Paradise Beach, Nui Beach and Freedom Beach.


PHUKET CULTURAL SHOWS 

~  Phuket Fanta Sea  ~

Phuket Fanta Sea is the ultimate night time cultural theme park where you can immerse yourself in the magic of Thailand at Phuket Fanta Sea showcasing the beauty of Thai heritage welcoming you for an enchanting evening of bedazzling performance, dining and shopping within a stunning kingdom of entertainment.

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~  Siam Niramit  ~

Siam Niramit is also very popular with hundreds of performers in a show that both educates and entertains. A highly recommended cultural show that is a fun and entertaining visual spectacle of magical illusions and fireworks, live animals on stage and gravity defying stunts that shouldn’t be missed!

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~  Simon Cabaret  ~

Simon Cabaret welcomes you to the world of glamour. Featuring Thailand’s famed ladyboys that create a captivating performance full of energy and graceful dance.

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PHUKET ISLANDS

~  Phang Nga Bay  ~

Phang Nga Bay One of the most popular island tours to embark on in Phuket is the Phang Nga Bay. This cruise takes you to James Bond Island, famous for the Bond Movie. The cruise also includes a traditional lunch at the fishing village in Koh Panyee with the village built on stilts over the ocean, and view the stunning limestone cliffs.

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~  Koh Phi Phi  ~

Koh Phi Phi is another popular island for its scenic and mesmerizing green lagoon in Maya Bay. An extraordinary natural wonder surrounded by limestone rocky cliffs. A tour will allow you to sail along Pileh Cove, Viking Cave and Monkey Beach as well as snorkel in the emerald green waters as you explore the diverse marine life and vibrant colourful corals.

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~  Khao Sok National Park  ~

Khao Sok National Park Another nature-filed jungle adventure will be found at Khao Sok National Park is an attraction off the beaten path where you can trek through the tropical rainforest on either on foot or experience a ride with the elephants!  With numerous hiking trails that lead to majestic waterfalls with options to bamboo ride or canoe on the Khao Sok River.

~  The Golden Triangle Thailand ~

The Golden Triangle is the northern most point in Thailand that converges with Laos and Burma where the Ruak and Mekong River connect. The intersection of three countries China, Laos and Thailand.

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Chiang Mai

~ Bua Tong Waterfalls ~

A hidden gem of Chian Mai, the ‘Bua Tong Sticky Waterfalls’is a unqiue destination where you can climb up the waterfall! A local secret and one of the best hidden unique finds in Thailand.  My sister found this while she was researching Thailand and we asked many locals how to get there. We realised that it was almost as if they didn’t want us to know about it. We hired a private driver and asked him to take us there and lucky for him probably got one of the most interesting daytrips to experience with him!
I remember this being the moment that actually made me realise the best parts of travelling – discovering hidden gems such as this that wasn’t overwhlemed by tourists. When we got there, we had the whole waterfall to yourself! We had so much fun just climbing the different areas and safe to say there was no other place like this and easily made Chiang Mai my favourite destination in Thailand.

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Address: หมู่ที่ 8 Tambon Mae Ho Phra, Amphoe Mae Taeng, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50150, Thailand

~ Grand Canyon Chiang Mai ~

Welcome the the Asian version of teh Grand Canyon, one that you can jump into the Canyon! This waterpark is built within the limestone quarry that was previously empty for years and since been naturally filled with water.

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Address: 202 ถนนเลียบคลองชลประทาน น้ำแพร่ หางดง Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand

~ Chiang Rai White Temple | Wat Rong Khun ~

In the mountainous province of Chiang Rai is this unique contemporary temple best known as the White Temple.

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Address: ตำบล ป่าอ้อดอนชัย อำเภอเ มืองเชียงราย Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

~ Chiang Rai Hot Springs | Pa Tueng Onsen ~

Along the day tour takes you past the Chiang Rai Hot Springs. My sister absolutely loves hotsprings and one of the reasons alot of our travels involves visiting the Hotsprings if the country is lucky to offer!

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Address: Pa Tueng, Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai 57110, Thailand


PHUKET ATTRACTIONS

~  Phuket Floating Market  ~

Phuket Floating Market is a famous culture unique to Thailand. One in Phuket is located opposite Loch Palm Golf Club in Kathu. Quickly becoming a major attraction due to its full range of food, shops and Thai products available from the market’s boardwalk in a culturally unique market on water!

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~  Tiger Kingdom Phuket  ~

Are you brave enough to approach a giant tiger? The Tiger Kingdom offers a once in a lifetime experience to meet, play, and have your photo taken with tigers.

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Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 every day including public holidays | Address: 118/88 Moo 7 Kathu, Kathu Phuket 83120 Thailand | Admission varies

~  A-Maze Garden  ~

A-Maze Garden has become a fun-filled destination for the whole family as a unique alternative to the temples and beaches where travellers can wander or race through the 1,000 square-meter garden labyrinth.

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Address: Mueang Phuket District, Phuket, Thailand | Adult $7.12 | Child $5.03 | Hours: Daily 10am-6pm

~  Splash Jungle Water Park  ~

Located in the centre of Phuket this waterpark has something for the whole family, making it a exciting excursion for all ages. Enjoy the attractions of this fun-packed water park start by hopping on an inner tube and float down the Lazy River and splash along to some of the other thrill rides Boomerang, Super Bowl and the Wave Pool just to name a few with many restaurants and cafes to keep you going for the day.

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Adult $60.99 | Child $30.50

~  Trick Eye Museum ~

A quirky art museum fun for the whole family. With Life size 3D paintings full of fun and different paintings and sculptures depicting a variety of scenes for visitors to interact with.

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Address: 130/1 Phang Nga Road, Soi Phang Nga 1, Phuket | Hours: Open daily from 10am until 7pm, with last admissions at 6pm. | Adult: $20.94 | Child: $12.57

~  Upside Down House  ~

As the name states, another quirky attraction for the family as you enter through the attic of the inverted 3-story house free to explore all its rooms and includes a life-size tuk tuk.

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Address: 9 Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000 | Hours: Daily 10am-6pm | Adult: $14.66 | Child: $7.96

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~ Vietnam ~

~  Hanoi  ~  Halong Bay ~  Sapa  ~  Ho Chi Minh  ~  Vuang Tua  ~

Explore this south-east Asian country known for its beaches, bays, pagodas lush landscapes and bustling cities. A fun geographic fact of Vietnam is the country is shaped in a long, narrow S-shape that is ideal to travel north to south along the south-eastern edge of the peninsula of Indonicha. A country where you will be immersed by its bustling and traditional cultures.

Hanoi

~ Hoàn Kiếm Lake ~

Hoàn Kiếm Lake This majestic lake is in the centre of Hanoi city and one of the major scenic hotpots to visit. A great location to visit that is built in the middle of the Hoàn Kiếm Lake is the Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) that gives you a great view of the surrounding lake.  Temples are very popular especially in Asian countries and well worth picking some of the top temples to visit.

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~ Temple of Literature ~
This picturesque temple is a popular attraction for its beautiful architecture building featuring the Temple of Confucius in Hanoi City.  Having studied design, this was one of my favourite temples for traditional Vietnamese architecture appreciation whilst exploring the City Tour.  There are pros and cons to doing tours when you’re travelling but I can say I remember my tour guide as being very entertaining and photo-bombed us in our photos saying we’ll remember the memories – and we did Mr. Son.  Find some great tours with Urban Adventures

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Address: Quốc Tử Giám, Đống Đa, Hanoi, Vietnam

 

~ Tran Quoc Pagoda ~
Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest Buddhist Temple of Hanoi on a small island surrounded by the largest freshwater lake of Hanoi is West Lake.  Another must-see Temple popular for its cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism that was built intricately and offers a beautiful backdrop especially at sunset where you can see the pagoda in the distance.

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~ One Pillar Pagoda ~
The One Pillar Pagoda is a historic Buddhist Temple that can be found alongside the Perfume Temple.  Another temple in Hanoi is The Temple of the Jade Mountain water lake of Hanoi is West Lake.

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~ Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ~
The iconic resting place for the Vietnamese Revolutionary leader of Ho Chi Minh located in Hanoi. Another one of the buildings I wanted to see first hand for its iconic design.

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Address: 2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam

 

~ Halong Bay ~
As you travel from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh city in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is a must stop for the emerald green waters and towering limestone islands of rainforests. Experience an overnight cruise to wake up in the midst of the Bay for a stunning sunrise. A unique experience to wake up surrounded nature amongst the waters of Halong Bay and the morning sun of the limestone islands. Find some exciting Halong Bay Tours to choose from where you can also meet and socialise with other travellers.

Travelling is also a opportunity to meet new and different people from all over the world.  Curiosity has always been something I like to explore and I always found it fascinating getting to know people, everyone has a story and I personally found it interesting hearing about how others grew up and the experiences they’ve been through.  Every experience is unique and its exciting to hear about other peoples adventures.

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~ Sapa ~
In the Lao Cai north-west province of Vietnam is the scenic mountainous landscape of Sapa, a popular trekking destination overlooking the terraced rice fields throughout Muong Hoa Valley and Cat Cat Village.  Although a 6-hour transit, it is well worth the scenic experience! One of the most stunning locations I’ve been lucky to visit as you trek through the rice field mountain along with the Hill tribes.  The tribe I traveled with were all female and considered hiking experts with there knowledge of the paths, they even hiked with sandals! What was admirable about this tribe was how multi-skilled they were as they twined great leafy art pieces as they trekked, one of them even carried a little baby with her, which happens very often as part of their daily activities.  A great insight into the culture here and one of my favourite experiences in Vietnam.  The most amazing destinations are the hardest to get reach, but one of the greatest experiences you’ll find.

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~ The Travel Toolkit ~

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Regna X Racerback Sports Bra $20.99
Baleaf Women’s Active Athletic Skort $24.99
Nike Brasilia Gymsack $15.80
Converse Chuck Taylor $47

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