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DAY 2 IN SINGAPORE – SENTOSA ISLAND AND SOME BEACH TIME

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On the second day in Singapore, we will spend a day in Sentosa Island where you will find lots of fun things to do and see!

If you are up for an adventure, (or if you have an extra day)  you can spend the entire day in Universal Studios! Alternatively, you can use the below guide!

5. CABLE CAR FROM MOUNT FABER PARK TO SENTOSA ISLAND

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There are several ways to get into Sentosa Island.

The first would be to drive in and the second would be taking the cable car from Mount Faber Station or Harbourfront Station.

This unique gondola lift is a perfect way to experience Singapore and see the panoramic aerial views of Mount Faber Park and Sentosa Island.

The trip is 5km long and if it is Instagram worthy views you are looking for, this is how to get them.

I recommend taking the cable car from Mount Faber as you get to complete the entire ride. It is more value for money as well.

Do note that there is no one-way service for the Cable car ride. It is a 2-way service!

Alternatively, you can hop off the Metro Station at Harbourfront Station, buy a 2-way $4 ticket for the Sentosa Express Ticket!

It is the easiest and fastest way to access Sentosa Island!

Note: There is no MRT service to the island and taxis will have to pay an entry ticket between S$3 and S$7 depending on day/ time.

  • Hours: Singapore Cable Car: Daily 08:45 – 22:00 (Last Boarding at 21:30, Last Ticket Sale: 21:15)
  • Cost: Tickets cost 22 USD for adults and 14 USD for children for a round trip. Book them here.
  • Location: Junction of Kampong Bahru Road and, Telok Blangah Rd, Singapore 099448
  • Metro: Harbourfront Station

6. SUN-TANNING ON PALAWAN OR SILOSO BEACH

Bask under the sun while you are in Sentosa Island and get that beautiful sun-kissed skin.

This is a perfect place for the whole family. You can get active and enjoy some water sports or you can just kick back, relax and unwind at one of the beach clubs.

There is something for everyone on Sentosa Island.

There are 3 different beaches on Sentosa Island; Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong beach. Each one caters to a different crowd.

Siloso is the busiest of the three and has the best selection of watersports. Palawan is a little quieter and better suited to people looking to relax and soak up some rays.

Finally, Tanjong is probably the classiest beach in Singapore. The Tanjong Club is the place to be.

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and do it in style make sure you book a bed for the day with minimum consumption and chill.

This place is quite busy on the weekends but it is quiet on weekdays.

The transportation within Sentosa island is very convenient and accessible.

The train is free of charge with unlimited rides to Resorts World Sentosa and Imbiah Station.

But the cable car ride within Sentosa Island has a fee of $2 which can be bought when purchasing the Cable car tickets at Mount Faber / Harbourfront.

7. ADVENTURE COVE WATER PARK, MADAME TUSSAUDS, SEA AQUARIUM

If you have kids, this is the place to take them.

The Adventure Cove Water Park gets you up close with marine life and you can also take a high-speed water slide, drift on a lazy river, or snorkel with tropical fish over a colorful reef. Fun for the whole family.

They have many packages to offer but I would personally recommend Adventure Express to skip the line so that you can explore more places on Sentosa Island!

8. MADAME TUSSAUDS

Visit one of the most popular museums in the world and see your favorite stars and well-known leaders in their life-like wax figures.

This museum never disappoints. I always love to see the artist’s interpretation of the stars. Some of them look just like the real thing and others maybe not so much.

Regardless, it is a great place to spend an hour or so.

  • Hours: Opens from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday and until 7:30 pm during weekends.
  • Cost: Only $20 USD when you book online, or get it for free with the Singapore Pass.

9. THE S.E.A. AQUARIUM

The S.E.A. Aquarium is definitely one of the highlights.

Explore the wonders of the aquatic realm that is home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats. How amazing is that!

They offer different passes and tour packages. The one-day ticket (included in your iVenture Singapore Pass) is the best option and the most economical. 

There’s a map provided in Resorts World Sentosa, just visit the link and enter the name of the place.

I have tried all of these attractions and would definitely recommend Madame Tussauds and Adventure Cove. It was a fun and lovely experience!

  • Hours: Opens from 10 am to 7pm Monday thru Sunday
  • Cost: One day ticket for Adult (Age 13 – 59) – $30. Book your ticket here.

10. RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA

Resorts World Sentosa holds Singapore’s World-class attractions, exquisite hotels, and the finest dining. It is the 1st integrated resort where you can experience everything at its best!

You will find a huge array of distinctive brands, a huge Casino to gamble the night away, luxurious hotels where you can enjoy the night or even have an adventurous day at the Universal Studios Singapore!

If you are not too adventurous, you can hit up the more relaxed activities like the Sea Aquarium or the Maritime Museum!

In regards to dining, there are a ton of options. You can choose to dine at high-end restaurants or at the food court, depending on your budget and time!

You can have your dinner here before ending your day, enjoying the rest of your evening at Sentosa Island.

  • Hours: Opens from 7am to 12 midnight.
  • Cost: Rides within Sentosa island and outbound rides exiting at Sentosa station are free of charge for all commuters, regardless if they have entered Sentosa island using the Sentosa Express.
  • Metro: Waterfront Station, Sentosa Island Line.

11. CABLE CAR BACK TO MOUNT FABER / HARBOURFRONT STATION.

To end your day off, grab a ride back on the cable car and enjoy the night lights of beautiful Singapore.

See the captivating scene while riding atop this charming city.

Alternatively, you can take a stroll along the Sentosa Boardwalk to Vivocity where you can find a wide variety of retail, entertainment and amusement options, a one-stop shopping destination.

However, do note that purchasing a cable car gives you a return ticket. There are no one-way tickets available for sale.

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SINGAPORE

FIRST DAY IN SINGAPORE

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After visiting Singapore for the first time in 2003 and returning more than a few times we thought it was time we used our expertise to help you explore the city with this 3 day Singapore itinerary.

Singapore is often called the “Little Red Dot.” Despite its size, this once small fishing village paved its way to being one of the most prosperous nations in the world.

Though the city is small, it’s populated with many high-end shops, sky-high structures and then accentuated by beautiful gardens.

It is clean and organized and we found it was the perfect combination of a bustling city and a tropical island.

Singapore has a lot to offer. From family-friendly attractions including the popular Merlion to its irresistible cuisines and vibrant night scene.

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It is also home to some of the best hotels in the world. For this reason, accommodation can book up quickly, especially during the high seasons like January February and June and July.

We would recommend booking your Singapore hotel well in advance if you are planning on visiting during these months.

DAY 1 IN SINGAPORE: THE QUAYS AND MARINA PARK

Day 1 in Singapore is all about hitting the main attractions. From the amazing views of the city at Marina Sands to one of the most amazing gardens in the world and a cloud forest!.

We have included an interactive map that will help you see what kind of distances you will be covering. Plus where everything is in relation to each other.

So let’s start the day off with what is probably the most famous attraction in Singapore.

1. GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay Singapore tourist attractions

Home to thousands of plants and rare species in an amazing man-made tropical forest.

The famous Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares in the heart of the city and is an integral part of a “City in a Garden” concept where the wonders bloom.

Everyone who visits Singapore loves to spend some time taking pictures of the beautiful Supertree Structures.

You can explore the indoor Cooled Conservatory domes, and stroll along the 22-meter-high skyway that offers panoramic views of the Garden.

Super Tree Structures in Singapore

This is one of my favorite spots in Singapore as the Supertree Groves still amazes me to this very day.

There’s a connecting overhead bridge (Lions Bridge) between Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. It’s easy to find, just ask the staff working there!

  • Hours: Open from 5am – 2am all week
  • Cost: Ticket cost around $18 USD for an adult.
  • If you have The iVenture Singapore Pass this is included along with with Skip the line access.
  • Location: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
  • Metro Stop: Via The Circle Line Or Downtown Line

2. MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is one of the most renowned hotels in the world. It has a beautiful infinity pool on the 57th floor! There is no better way to take in the beauty of Singapore and its glittering city skyline.

If you are not wanting to fork out that kind of money for a night at the Marina Bay Sands, you can visit the Skypark and catch the 360-degree view of the city instead.

Singapore Flyer View

From here, you have an unobstructed view of the Gardens of the Bay, the Singapore Flyer and the Iconic Merlion. It really gives you a good overview of the whole city.

If you are looking for a place to catch the sunset, this is it.

Marina Bay Sands is also a place you may want to visit at night and take in the light and music Spectra show.

This takes place right out in front of the building, is free and is only about 15 minutes long.

But if you are in the area at 20:00, 21:00 or 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays it is something you don’t want to miss.

  • Hours: Opens from Monday to Sunday, 9:30 am to 10 pm and until 11 pm during weekends.
  • Cost: Ticket cost around $15 USD for adults. Buy your ticket here or if you have the iVenture Singapore Pass it is included.
  • Location: L57, Hotel Tower 3
  • Metro Stop: Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to CE1/DT16 Bayfront Station on the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system. For directions to Marina Bay Sands, you can check this website for a guide.

3. MERLION PARK

Merlion Park in Singapore

The Merlion is the official Mascot of Singapore and is probably one of the most recognizable icons of the city. Therefore you should expect a lot of people around the statue and in the park.

I have placed this in the evening part of this Singapore itinerary as that is when it is the most beautiful. Around sunset, the lights come on in the Business district, which makes for a perfect backdrop to the statue.

It is also a little cooler at this time of the day. Combine that with the breeze off of the water and you might not want to leave.

Merlion Park on your Singapore Itinerary at night

This National icon depicts a lion head with a fish’s body and spouting water from its mouth. It is believed to guard Singapore’s Prosperity.

After visiting the Merlion, you can take a stroll along the river and enjoy the business district zone of Singapore mixed with leisure, work, and fun!

  • Hours: Open to the public 24/7.
  • Cost: Visiting this amazing structure is free of charge
  • Location: Merlion Park, 1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049213, Singapore
  • Metro Stop: Bayfront is the nearest subway station. About 21-minutes walk from Marina Bay Sands via Bayfront Link. Enjoy a leisurely walk through this park.

If you would like a complete Singapore experience, you can stroll along the promenade for 15 minutes and you will end up at the next destination: Clarke Quay.

4. CLARKE QUAY

Visit Clarke Quay on your 3 Days in Singapore

This is the bustling nightlife hub of Singapore. Located just across from Fort Canning Park, in Clarke Quay,  you will find excellent restaurants with a mix of Asian and European cuisine.

Many locals and tourists love coming to Clarke Quay for an unforgettable night of partying and drinking!

You can take in the nightlife of the city, catch the spectacular views of the Marina Bay at night, and discover the rich history of the city while passing through some of Singapore’s most popular tourist spots.

Boat trip at Clarke Quay Singapore

This Boat ride takes about 40-minutes round trip and is a guided tour. You can check out more details about the cruise here.

For dinner, I would recommend eating at the popular steamboat and hot-pot at Hai di Lao, Clarke Quay.

It is situated right in front of the cruise center in the boat quay. The food is delicious here and the service is the best in town!

If you would western cuisine instead, you can dine at any of the restaurants along the river and enjoy the breeze and views of the Singapore River.

If you have time and want a little more culture, try to make your way over to Haji Lane and the Sultan Mosque. It is only about a 30min walk and they are worth the visit if you have time.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE

WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE

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A local’s advice on where to stay in Singapore and the best hotels in Singapore for all budgets. We break down 5 different Singapore neighborhoods and the best things to do in each one.

Singapore resident and local travel writer Charmaine Leow of Bunnyhoptravels shares the knowledge she’s picked up over the years spent living in this incredible city.

Singapore may not be a massive city but with all the choices on offer,  it can still be confusing when looking for the best place to stay or the best place to base yourself.

Don’t be deterred by its reputation as being an expensive city. There is something for every budget level.

Whether you a first-timer or a veteran visitor you will learn about some the best places to stay and the best things to do in Singapore.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SINGAPORE

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Orchard Road – One of the oldest and most popular streets of Singapore, surrounded by distinctive shopping malls.
Marina – Iconic architectural works based on Singapore’s skyline and its main landmarks.
Sentosa Island – A famous tourist spot, where you can find sandy beaches, various attractions and Resorts World Sentosa.
Clarke Quay & Chinatown – Located along the Singapore River, with a vibrant nightlife and traditional Chinese cultures entwined.
Little India & The Arab Streets – A hipster neighborhood with boutique shops, hotels, and unique street arts.
Plan Your Singapore Trip – Before you go, find flights, book tours and Singapore Quick Tips
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Singapore officially has 28 districts.

In this small city of only 278.6sq mi, almost everywhere is easily accessible by car or bus and it has and efficient public transportation system.

Walking and navigating around Singapore on foot is easy. The attractions in Singapore have been planned out so well that you can explore each unique place on foot if you like.

So enjoy planning your next trip to Singapore with this comprehensive city guide.

1. ORCHARD ROAD -THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN SINGAPORE

MAJOR SHOPPING BELT IN CENTRAL SINGAPORE

Orchard Road is a 2.2km shopping belt in the Central Area of Singapore Street.

Being one of the most famous shopping streets in Singapore, Orchard Road attracts both locals and tourists to shop, enjoy, dine or have a pleasant stroll.

You can discover this bustling boulevard either underground, walking from Mall to Mall or walk along the swanky, tree-lined street, enjoying the exteriors of all the shopping malls.

As you stroll along the tree-lined street, you will find huge, grand luxury shops like Michael Kors, Gucci, Armani and many more on your right-hand side.

Staying here is a great option if you want to have the best shopping experience! Staying in Orchard gives you access to all the shopping malls in just a few steps.

WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE NEAR ORCHARD ROAD

  • Best luxury hotel near Orchard Road: Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore – A 5-star Luxury hotel set In the midst of exotic gardens. It is 7-minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road that costs over S$350 per night.

Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor  / Booking.com

  • Best mid-range hotel near Orchard RoadHotel Jen Orchard Gateway – A beautiful outdoor swimming pool set right in the middle of Orchard road, giving you direct access to the MRT Station and Luxury shopping malls.

Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor / Booking.com

  • Best budget hotel near Orchard Road: Hotel Supreme Singapore – A friendly, clean hotel that provides you with all the basic amenities during your stay. Walking distance to Singapore’s famous shopping street!

Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor / Booking.com

THINGS TO SEE IN SINGAPORE NEAR ORCHARD ROAD

Shopping Belt Walk – Take a 20 minute Walk from Ion Orchard Mall to Plaza Singapura.

Fort Canning Hill – One of Singapore’s most historic Landmarks. An ideal place for Nature Seekers, and History lovers. 

National Museum of Singapore – Located in front of the Fort Canning Hill, this Museum is one of the oldest in Singapore, dating back to 1849. Inside, you can learn about the history and culture of Singapore.  

Emerald Hill Road – If you fancy a drink or two, Emerald Hill is a hipster place which is full of local pubs that are open to the wee hours of the morning.

Singapore Botanical Gardens – This 158-year-old Tropical garden is located on the fringe of Orchard Road. It is a colossal rainforest with a fantastic Orchid Garden.  

GETTING THERE


Take thHippy Hop on and Hop Off Bus using the MRT’s Yellow Line. There are several stops that you can take from Number 14 to Number 19, depending on where you are going.
Buses: Several buses run from different parts of Singapore to Orchard road. 
MRT: Travel by MRT is also very convenient! Alight at Orchard and Somerset stations. You can purchase train tickets from the ticketing counters, or you can get the Singapore Tourist Pass which gives you unlimited access to transportation all around the city.

2. DOWNTOWN CORE: MARINA AREA

THE DOWNTOWN CORE

An area of iconic architectural works featuring the Singapore Skyline and her main Landmarks.

The Marina area is built on reclaimed land and today it gives you the best views of the city landscape, especially since it overlooks the world’s most expensive standalone Casino & Resort, the Marina Bay Sands, worth S$8 billion alone.

If you are a nature lover, you will also love the scenic stroll along the Singapore River with a beautiful landscape as your backdrop.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN SINGAPORE NEAR THE MARINA

  • Best Luxury Hotel in the Marina area: The MBS Hotel – Iconic Hotel in Singapore with World’s Largest Infinity Pool, a world-class casino and dining experience. This Luxury Hotel offers you fantastic views from your Hotel Room and the Rooftop Pool.

Check out Availability & Prices Trip Advisor / Booking.com

  • Best mid-range hotel in Marina: Conrad Continental – Ranked as one of the top Picks in Singapore in Marina Bay. It gives you easy access to the Top attractions around Marina Area like the Singapore Flyer and shopping! Great location!

Check out Availability & Prices on Trip Advisor / Booking.com

  • Best Budget hotel in the marina area: The Orchid Hotel – This spacious chic hotel situated In the heart of the city centre is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and the MRT Train Station. Getting anywhere with the MRT Train is easy and convenient!

THINGS TO SEE NEAR THE MARINA AREA

The Merlion – Residing at the waterfront is the official mascot of Singapore which attracts an enormous number of tourists to Singapore every year.

Marina Bay Sands – A 2,561 room hotel, topped by a Sky-park giving you a 360-degree view of the city. There is also the world’s largest Infinity pool offering you one of the best views of Singapore’s landscape.

Singapore Light Show – On every weekend and Thursday, there are light and water shows held at the event plaza, in front of the Marina Bay The Shoppes. Click here to find out more about show timings! 

Singapore Flyer – A giant Ferris Wheel which gives stunning views of the city’s landscape and historical landmarks.  

Gardens by the Bay – An attraction that has appealed to many tourists; A colorful, and futuristic park of Singapore. It is known for its supertree structures, skywalk and Conservatory domes.

GETTING THERE


Singapore Pass with 3 or 5 Attractions
 – Ride on the Hippo Sightseeing tours & gain access to 3-5 top attractions that you can choose from at discounted prices. This pass is valid for five full days of validity.
Hippy Tours: If you are taking the Hippo Tour (“Hop On Hop Off” bus tour), hop on the Green Lines. These buses travel the entire Marina Bay Area.
Buses: Several buses run from different parts of Singapore to Marina Bay. Click here to find out which bus you can take. 
MRT Train: You can also conveniently purchase MRT train tickets from the ticketing counters, or you can get the Singapore Tourist Pass which gives you unlimited access to transportation all around the city.

3. SENTOSA ISLAND

AN ISLAND GETAWAY IN SINGAPORE

Sentosa Island is Singapore’s most famous offshore island where you can find beaches, attractions and Resorts World Sentosa.

Sentosa, also known as “The State of Fun,” is a leisure destination and a human-made island getaway.

It is the city’s most exciting playground offering you clean golden sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and spas, and mega theme-parks which includes the Universal Studios Singapore (USS), S.E.A Aquarium, and Adventure Cove.

Visiting Sentosa Island would require a day or two.

You can spend time relaxing on the beautiful beaches, grab a ride on Sentosa Luge, have some fun, or even spend a day catching the Hollywood themed and Sci-fi themed rides in Universal Studios Singapore!

BEST PLACE TO STAY NEAR SENTOSA ISLAND

  • Best luxury hotel on Sentosa Island: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort – Just a 2 Minutes walk to Silosa Beach on Sentosa Island, it offers you spectacular views of the south china sea and an environment like a modern tropical holiday experience.

Check out Availability & Prices Trip Advisor Booking.com

  • Best mid-range hotel on Sentosa Island: RWS (Hotel Michael) – Spacious room situated in a prime location of Sentosa Island. The hotel is accessible to all the various attractions in Resorts World Sentosa, like Universal Studios and S.E.A Aquarium.
  • Best budget hotel on Sentosa Island: Costa Sands Sentosa Kampung Hut – Away from the bustling city, the hotel is just 4 minutes walk from the beach. Providing you with all the basic amenities that you need for a great stay.

Check out Availability & Prices Trip Advisor / Booking.com

THINGS TO SEE IN SINGAPORE NEAR SENTOSA ISLAND

Adventure Parks – This is enough to fill up a day or two in Singapore! Fuel your fun at Universal Studios Singapore (USS)S.E.A Aquarium, and Adventure Cove.

Adventures on Sentosa Island include: iFly SingaporeAJ Hackett Bunjy Sentosa  and Mega Adventure Park featuring the MegaZip 

Beaches – There are different beaches in Sentosa that you can choose from: Sentosa Beach, Tanjong Beach, and Siloso Beach.

Performances – Catch the Wings of Time which showcases colorful lights, lasers, water fountains and 3D effects. 

GETTING THERE


Hippy Tours:
 If you are taking the Hippo Tour (“Hop On Hop Off” bus tour), hop on the Green Lines. These buses travel from the Marina Bay Area to Resorts World Sentosa.
Buses: Several buses also run from different parts of Singapore to Harbourfront, which leads you to the MRT Train station to Sentosa!
Bus into Sentosa: Once you have arrived at Harbourfront Station or Vivocity (they are just next to each other), you can board RWS8 from bus stop 14141 at Vivocity or bus stop 14121 at Harbourfront and alight at Sentosa drop off point.
Cable Car into Sentosa: Another option would be by the cable car, which is more popular. Walk toward exit B within Harbourfront train station, walk towards directional signs leading to Singapore Cable Car Station at Harbourfront tower 2 and board the cable car. Cable car rides cost S$3 per person.
Walking: Walking is also available via the Sentosa Boardwalk. It takes about 20 minutes from Vivocity, and it cost about S$1 entry into Sentosa.

4. CLARKE QUAY & CHINATOWN

THE NIGHT THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Located along the Singapore River, with a vibrant nightlife and traditional Chinese cultures entwined.

Clarke Quay runs along the Singapore River. It is a unique place with preserved historic landmarks.

Yet, it is famous for its bustling nightlife and vibrant nightclub spots, cementing its reputation as one of the liveliest areas in Singapore.

Many restaurants are located facing the waterfront, giving you stunning views and cool breeze from the Singapore River. Over here, you will find vintage shops and restaurants.

Clarke Quay provides a range of family-friendly activities as well, and cultural restaurants where many tourists and locals hang out.

CHINATOWN

Chinatown is just a few streets away from Clark Quay.

It offers many historical and cultural experiences.

You can still find old Peranakan Shop-houses which have been standing since the 60s.

There are also market stalls and restaurants, lit by traditional Chineses lanterns and strings.

If you are hoping to find cheap accommodations in Singapore, Chinatown is an excellent place to start.

There are higher-end hotels available as well at Clarke Quay!

In Clarke Quay, you can book a hotel facing the Singapore river and have fun till late nights!

WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE NEAR CLARKE QUAY AND CHINATOWN

  • Best luxury hotel in Clarke Quay: Novotel Clarke Quay – Novotel is known for its prime location for accessing the active nightlife spots and it offers you beautiful views of Singapore’s City Skyline.
  • Best midrange hotel in Clarke Quay: The Quay Hotel – A heritage Hotel nestled in The Central Business District and Singapore’s River. Easy access to 2 MRT Stations. Complimentary breakfast is served.

Check out Availability & Prices Trip Advisor / Booking.com

  • Best budget hotel in Chinatown: Zen rooms JinShan Hotel – This 3 Star Hotel is located in the very cool Chinatown District. This is a neighborhood where you can immerse in culturally diverse food and trips.

Check out Availability & Prices Trip Advisor / Booking.com

THINGS TO SEE NEAR CLARKE QUAY & CHINATOWN

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple – A famous Buddhist temple with a museum concept that has attracted numerous tourists.

Traditional shopping in Chinatown – Walk Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street, Sago Lane, Smith Street and Temple Street to explore and learn more about the Chinese woodwork handicraft shops, Chinese medical halls, and the local wet market.

Sri Mariamman Temple – Oldest Hindu temple in Singapore where you can explore ancient Indian culture.

G-Max Reverse Bungy – If you are up for an adventure, go for a ride on this Reverse Bungy. It even illuminates light at night which makes it a fascinating show to watch!

5. LITTLE INDIA & ARAB STREETS

A HIPSTER NEIGHBORHOOD WITH BOUTIQUE SHOPS, HOTELS, AND UNIQUE STREET ARTS.

Little India is a cultural district in Singapore.

Here you’ll find Hindu eateries, shops, florists, and many India travel agencies.

With the sounds of cars honking in traffic jams, and people jaywalking brashly ignoring vehicles in front of them, it does give a very authentic feel of being in India!

Arab Street is just a stone’s throw away from Little India.

As the name suggests, there are many Middle East inspired shops selling textiles, perfumes, and traditional Arabic items.

It is also a hipster place as you can find decorative street arts, boutique shops, and cafes littered along its lanes.

Finding accommodation here is suitable for those who love being around a hipster environment, surrounded by great vintage-like cafes.

WHERE TO STAY IN SINGAPORE NEAR LITTLE INDIA

  • Best luxury hotel in Little India: Village Hotel Bugis by Far East Hospitality – Just 5 minute walk away from a huge range of Shopping options and the MRT Station. Family rooms are available for those coming in huge groups.
  • Best mid-range hotel in Little India: The Park Hotel in Farrer Park – Lovely boutique hotel where you can immerse in the culture, have easy access to the biggest shopping places in Singapore and stay in their beautiful loft.
  • Best budget hotel in Little India: The Hotel Eighty One Rochor – This hotel is just a 5-minute walk to the MRT Station, it is located at a convenient place if you want to sightsee and tour all around Singapore.

THINGS TO SEE NEAR LITTLE INDIA & ARAB STREETS

Haji Lane – One of the Narrowest streets in Singapore. Tons of tourist flock here to get that perfect picture with the street arts and vintage-like shops. It is a fashionista’s paradise!

Masjid Mosque – Along Muscat Street is this impressive Sultan Mosque. Many tourists enjoy taking pictures with the mosque and palm trees in the background as it makes it picturesque.

Mustafa Centre – A 24-hour Shopping Mall in Little India which offers you everything that you need. They sell utensils, glasses, groceries, luggage, electronics and many more!

ABOUT SINGAPORE

Singapore, situated at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia in Southeast Asia, has the perfect skyline and a bustling commercial center. It is an independent city-state that many call “The Lion City.”

Being one of the smallest countries in the world, spanning a land area of about 719.9 km², it is also known as “The Little Red Dot.” Though physically small, Singapore is an economic giant.

Though Singapore has developed so extensively, it still retains its culture and traditions. As a multi-racial country; its wide diversity will astonish you.

SINGAPORE TRAVEL TIPS

Singapore is on the Singapore Dollar (SGD). 1 SGD = 0.74 USD. For up to date conversions, get the XE Currency Converter App

Singapore is not as seasonal as the other countries in the world. Singapore has only two seasons: wet and dry.

The dry season is from March to August, while the wet monsoon season is from September to February. However, it can get cloudy and rainy during the dry seasons too. It is advisable to carry an umbrella in your daypack as the weather conditions can be unpredictable.

For more advice on how to save money and a complete Travel Guide, Check out my Singapore’s Travel Guide. 

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Phew! There you go for the best places to stay and see in Singapore!

Though being a small city in Southeast Asia, there are so many things to see, eat and experience. I am sure you will have the time of your life during your trip here!

Hope this article helped in your search for the best places to stay in Singapore on your impending trip!

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Singapore Tourist Pass: If you intend to tour around the city for multiple days, it is best to purchase the Singapore Tourist Pass.

It gives you unlimited travel on public buses, MRT & LRT. Single-Day Passes cost about S$10, Two-Day Passes cost about S$16, while Three-Day Passes are S$20, all purchasable from here.

As mentioned, moving around Singapore is very convenient and is not a huge issue; buses and MRT Trains travel throughout the entire city with stops commonly found right in front of your hotel or apartment.

Have you visited Singapore? Share your tips or ask us for advice advice. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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BALI

WITNESS A CREMATION CEREMONY IN BALI

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Sometimes we have been very lucky in our travels.  Many times we end up in a place just in time for a festival or celebration that we had no idea was even going on.  This was the case in Bali when visiting Ubud and a massive cremation ceremony was taking place.

We don’t plan our travels around events like this, so we had no idea it was going on when we arrived. It wasn’t until our guesthouse owner told us about it and other shop keepers mentioned that we should go.

Especially one that was so prominent.

WITNESSING A CREMATION CEREMONY IN BALI

We had heard of the famous cremation ceremonies of Bali and we had seen them on T.V. but we never thought that we would actually witness one in real life.

We didn’t even know if it was proper etiquette for us to attend a cremation ceremony, but when shop owners and waitresses told us that we must see the cremation how could we not?

It seemed that everyone was asking us if we were going to see the cremation ceremony and it seemed that everyone in town was going.

WHAT IS CREMATION CEREMONY IN BALI

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The cremation ceremony is a sacred right of passage in Bali. It is a funeral celebration for a loved one.

But a cremation ceremony isn’t like the usual funeral service that we in the west are accustomed to.

It is instead a time for celebration and a time for the deceased’s body to be burned and set free from its worldly ties.

It is the most important ceremony in a person’s life in Bali. It is a celebrated stage in a person’s life and no expense is spared.

This is the last ceremony in the circle of life where it must be done properly to convey the deceased soul to the eternal world.

TO WITNESS A CREMATION CEREMONY IS VERY RARE.

Sometimes it can take years after a person’s death for a cremation to take place.

Poorer families save money over time to be able to pay for the ceremony and they have mass cremations together. 

The bodies are temporarily buried until the day arrives.

We were in Ubud when a very prominent priest passed away and could afford to have his own elaborate cremation ceremony.

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF CREMATION CEREMONIES IN BALI.

  • One for ordinary people known as Ngaben.
  • Plebon is a cremation ceremony for the royal family
  • Pretiwaan is for a high priest.

I can’t believe that we were in Bali for Pretiwaan, the most important of cremation ceremonies. All these people were attending one person’s cremation

A CREMATION CEREMONY IS A FESTIVE EVENT

We arrived to a mass of people dressed in traditional ceremonial clothing.

Bands were playing and people carried ornate offerings on their heads and others walked through the crowd selling sarongs and chess sets.

Soon the procession appeared at the end of the street and the ceremony began. 

It was led by a massive white sacred cow carried by dozens of sarong clad men. 

The crowd fell into place and the procession grew.  Thousands of people filled the street.

The Balinese music played and the tin drums could be heard from everywhere.

The atmosphere was festive and exciting. People yelled and cheered and the energy was intoxicating.

THE PARADE

The parade is a time to celebrate life. Hundreds of people carry objects through the streets towards the end location.

The high tower containing the body followed.

It was resting on giant bamboo poles being carried by dozens of men. 

Every so often the men carrying the tower would stop and turn in circles. 

From what I understand, they were trying to confuse the spirit. They don’t want it to find its way home. This ritual is meant for the spirit to leave the earth forever.

So the long parade route is not only just for show, it is actually a part of the ceremony and their beliefs.

They believe that if the spirit can find its way back, it will haunt the family. This ceremony is to let the spirit move on in peace.

THE PRIEST

A priest stood beside the shrine along with another man who could have been the deceased eldest son or relative.

At this point after the body and the priest passed, we joined the procession following it all the way to the temple where the actual ceremony would take place.

It was a very hot day. The sun beat down and the concrete burned through the soles of our flip flops.

We were sweating in the intense sun, but we could not miss this once in a lifetime experience.

THE PREPARATION

The band found a spot to sit where it continued to play as the body was prepared.

Wreaths were displayed in front of the alter and the body was transferred from the tower to be burned inside the statue of the white cow. 

I could not see exactly what was happening, but they took great care of wrapping the body and filling the shrine with offerings.

BURNING OF THE COW

After an hour of anticipation, quite suddenly and silently the fire was lit.  I had my back turned and it wasn’t until the cow was engulfed in flames did I realize that the cremation was taking place.

The intense heat caused even the most curious to step back.

The cow took a long time to burn and the head never did.

Eventually, the body fell underneath the cow and that is when they really fueled the fire to burn the bones.  The intense eat focused on the body to finish the cremation.

It was strange.  You could see the skeleton burning and morbid tourists, myself included, rushed to the front to take a closer view.

The band played on and people cheered as the cremation ceremony came slowly to an end.

It was yet another surreal experience in our Asian Adventure.

However it really was a spectacular sight and awesome to see how death can be about celebration as well as grieving. A cremation ceremony in Bali shows that life is worth celebrating. We all have to die one day, we should embrace the afterworld and pay tribute to a life lived.

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WITNESSING THE GORY VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN PHUKET

WITNESSING THE GORY VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN PHUKET

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INTENSE TRAVELING CAN LEAD TO A TEMPORARY FATIGUE, WHERE EVERY TEMPLE, TOMB, AND BAZAAR LOOKS SIMILAR. IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE SEEN IT ALL, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN PHUKET.

VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IN PHUKET

No matter how many times you’ve experienced it, you have yet to see all that can protrude out of a human face. The skewers, spears, guns, and flower baskets have all been done, but what about the selfie stick? Maybe it’s coming next October.

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The gory street processions of the vegetarian festival gather the biggest audience, from hordes of white-clad local believers seeking blessings to audacious tourists playing paparazzi in front of the bleeding, shaking devotees called Ma Song.

However, by this time the festival has gone on for several days, and numerous other rituals have taken place. Going vegetarian, it’s safe to say, is the easiest of them.

THE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL IS SIMILAR TO THAIPUSAM IN MALAYSIA WHEN IT COMES TO SKEWERS AND HOOKS IN THE SKIN. 

MEETING A LOCAL MA SONG

A week after this year’s festival, I caught up with Krin Somsri, known as Golf – all Thais go by nicknames in daily life – at the restaurant where he works.

He seems like an ordinary young man, until he tells me about his resident spirit, a Chinese soldier named Djeng Hoo Hong Eya.

A trained eye could have spotted the surprisingly small scars, which blend with Golf’s dimples as he flashes a bright smile.

n Phuket, they can only mean one thing: he is Ma Song.

At twenty-three, Golf already has five, or maybe six festivals under his belt. It’s such an integral part of his life, he can’t quite remember. His father became Ma Song before Golf was born.

HISTORY OF THE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL

The Vegetarian Festival goes back nearly two centuries, to when a group of Chinese artists visited Phuket, and fell ill with an unknown disease.

They were able to heal themselves by invoking emperor spirits and practicing ritualistic vegetarianism. The local population was in awe, and embraced this new knowledge.

At the start of the festival, a large pole is raised at every temple, so the spirits can descend and take over the Ma Song. After the festival, the spirits once again leave the island. One does not become Ma Song by choice.

The spirits are the ones who choose which bodies to enter.

They target those with distant Chinese ancestry, like Golf, but I’m told of a Thai Muslim woman who became possessed just the same.

BECOMING POSSESSED

Golf was sixteen when it happened to him. He was watching the rituals, when he suddenly felt air enter his body, causing him to shake violently.

This was followed by a fever high enough to send him to hospital.

The next year he participated in the rites, which include running on hot coals, climbing up a bladed ladder, and whipping oneself with branches dipped into boiling oil. The piercing had to wait until he turned eighteen.

IS THE VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL EXTREME

Taken out of context, this may all sound extreme. However, Thailand has deeply entrenched beliefs in the supernatural.

There are auspicious days to buy a car, and unlucky days to get a haircut.

Mysterious illnesses and events are often blamed on ghosts, and the fear for them is real. Most homes and businesses have a small spirit house next to them. The world of the living overlaps with the realm of the unseen.

RITUAL OF PIERCINGS

Golf shows me video footage of a shirtless Ma Song, smoking away in a chair in the temple courtyard.

His feet are tapping the ground, a sign of the spirit making its way in through the feet.

A member of his support team removes the cigarette, and the Ma Song bends over to burp out the air which has entered his body.

A few seconds later, he bounces up from his seat, kicking and shouting, arms slicing the air. As his body settles into a steady shake, his team dresses him in the apron-like ritual clothing. He’s ready for the piercing.

The next video shows cheeks being punctured with a metal cone. The instrument creates a clean wound, which can be stretched as large as necessary, and in most cases won’t need stitches to close afterwards. The deeper the trance, the less pain the piercing causes.

WHY DO MA SONG’S TAKE ON PHYSICAL PAIN?

The Ma Song take on this physical suffering so their loved ones would be spared from pain. Everybody is afraid of the piercing, Golf tells me.

The first time, he only used two long knives on his face. These days, he’ll go for eight. The devotees choose which item to use, and whether to pierce the cheeks, tongue or the skin on the arms – or all. For some, the instructions show up in a dream. Others pick something significant to their spirit.

The seemingly nonsensical objects all have a purpose. A pair of giant lollipops, for example, is for a Chinese god figure who is depicted as a child with lollipops. Most female Ma Song chooses not to participate in the piercing.

MA SONG FOR LIFE

Three people within earshot of our conversation chime in, saying they won’t go near the rituals out of fear of becoming possessed.

Once you become Ma Song, you are Ma Song for life. If you don’t go through the rites to pacify the spirit each year, it will reprimand you, in sometimes scary ways.

Furthermore, the Ma Song keep shrines at home for the spirits.

Every few days, Golf prepares an offering of fresh tea and fruit. The tea disappears from the cup. The fruit loses its sweetness like the sugar was sucked out of it.

If he goes out of town, a family member must keep up the shrine. Otherwise, there will be consequences.

In Thailand, that’s a risk no one in their right mind would take.

What’s the most unique festival you’ve attended around the world?

Zaina Brown is a professional bellydancer, relentless traveler, writer, and filmmaker. She began her dance career in her native Finland before relocating to the US in 2003.

After years of dancing in the New York area, Zaina took her career overseas. She has worked as a bellydancer in Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia, Mali, Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, and India.

Her e-book “Stories of a Traveling Bellydancer” (2012) is available on Amazon. Her documentary “Traveling Bellydancer in India” (2015) has screened at Ridgewood Guild Film Festival in New Jersey, the Festival of Colors in Brooklyn, New York, and is the winner of the Canadian ACCOLADE AWARD

. Zaina is currently based in Phuket, Thailand, and writing a memoir about the thrills and hard knocks of dancing in the Middle East and traveling solo in Africa, Asia, and Arabia.

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CAMBODIA

CAMBODIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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Angkor Wat is definitely the star attraction of Cambodia and is certainly one of the most impressive structures on the planet.

We will never forget driving up to the complex and seeing Angkor Wat standing proudly over the water or the adorable little girl that sold us post cards as she recited our capital city of Canada.

But once you have your fill of temples, head over to the country’s capital Phnom Penh.

Relax by the Mekong River, check out the Royal Palace and then hire a guide to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields; the most compelling and profoundly moving sight in Phnom Penh. 

This Cambodia travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.

Fast Facts

  • Cambodian power voltage is 220/230 V 50 Hz; Power sockets A & C
  • Cambodian currency is the Cambodian Riel (KHR) and is around 4,000 KHR  for 1 USD. Check current rates here.
  • If you want to skip getting a visa upon arrival, than citizens of most nations can apply for an e-Visa online on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website. The price is indeed a little higher, due to a processing fee, and the e-visa only valid for entry by air or at specific border main land crossings.
  • Do some good and have a drink at The Foreign Correspondents Club or a meal at Friends (215 Street 13; 00855 12 802072; friends-international.org), where street children are trained to be waiters and chefs.
  • Take small note denominations in US dollars – $1 bills are ideal – for tipping and small purchases.
  • Make sure to book in advance if you plan on visiting during mid-April’s New Year celebrations or for the Water Festival in Phnom Penh in November.

Budgeting

ACCOMMODATION

Budget: You can stay in budget hotels in Cambodia starting at $10 US per night. They often have free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and are near city centers.

Mid Range: You will find outdoor pools to enjoy at mid-range hotels in Cambodia along with restaurants, lounges, and laundry service.

High End: When you stay at a high-end hotel in Cambodia, you may have access to a fitness center, massage services, and beautiful views from your balcony.

FOOD

Fish amok – This popular dish consists of fish, coconut milk, ginger, turmeric, and lemongrass.

Lap khmer – This beef salad is marinated with lime juice, fish sauce, mint, basil, bell peppers, and fish sauce and comes with chiles on top.

Red tree ants – Various sized ants are mixed with chili and beef and put on top of white rice.

Transportation

Getting to Cambodia: There are no direct flights to Cambodia from North America, but you can fly in by way of Bangkok, Seoul, and other cities in Asia.

Buses: There are some buses available in the larger cities, including ones that run to and from the airport, which start at $1.

Taxis:  Taxis are available in Cambodia in most larger areas as well as tuk-tuks and motodups starting at $1.

Car Rental: Car rentals are available in Cambodia starting at around $40 a day.

Booking Resources

Whenever we travel to Asia we make sure to start with these companies. We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices as well as great customer service. 

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices and we love their interface. Not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.

Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. TripAdvisor is where we go when we want to compare prices with multiple accommodation providers.

Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It can sometimes be cheaper than hotels and it is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.

Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.

Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.

Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.

Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.

World Nomads Insurance: When traveling to Cambodia you should always have travel insurance. We have found the best bang for your buck is by far World Nomads.

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BORNEO

BORNEO TRAVEL GUIDE

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Hands down one of our favorite adventure destinations on the planet is Malaysian Borneo

The Legendary Rainforests of Borneo bring to mind images of towering trees, abundant wildlife and wild foreboding rain forests filled with raging rivers.

Only great explorers would dare to go there, it was home to the Headhunter after all.

This Borneo travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.

Fast Facts

  • Borneo power voltage is 230/240 V 50 Hz; Power sockets G.
  • The island itself is divided among three countries: Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia to the south.
  • The Borneo currency is the Malaysian Ringett (MYR) and is around 4 MYR to 1 USD. In Brunei the Brunei Dollar and Singapore Dollar (notes only) are readily accepted. In the south the currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and is around 13,000 IDR  for 1 USD.
  • Air-conditioned express buses are the economical way to travel long distances within, and sometimes between, Borneo’s different states
  • Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world – around 130 million years old.
  • Brunei is a ‘dry’ country – alcohol cannot be purchased, however you are allowed an alcohol allowance to be brought in for personal consumption.

Budgeting

ACCOMMODATION

Budget: You can stay at budget hotels in Borneo for as low as $10 US per night. They may include free Wi-Fi, private bathrooms, and have air conditioning.

Mid Range: There are mid-range hotels available in Borneo for around $30 US. They often include complimentary breakfast, are found in the city center, and have laundry service.

High End: High-end hotels in Borneo start around $60 per night. They may include family suites, indoor and outdoor pools, and offer airport transfers.

FOOD

Here are some of the foods you may find in Borneo:

Hinava – A common dish found in Sabah with mackerel, spices, lime, and onion.

Clay pot soup – A soup with a variety of ingredients including tofu, prawns, squid, noodles, and vegetables that are cooked over a high temperature.

Pinasakan sada – A flavorful dish commonly found at restaurants with fruit, fish, salt, and turmeric.

Transportation

Getting to Borneo: There are no direct flights from Borneo from Europe or North America, so you’ll have to connect at an Asian city such as Singapore or Hong Kong.

You can check for the best flights to Borneo on Skyscanner.

Buses: You can take buses within the city as well as across the country starting at B$18.

Taxis:  Taxis are found in the major cities, but you’ll always want to confirm if the driver is using the meter or not so you know the price in advance.

Car Rental: Car rentals in Borneo begin at B$60 a day.

Packing tips

Borneo is hot and humid with a typically tropical climate. Sarawak receives an abundance of rainfall during the monsoon season which falls between November and February of each year, whereas the dry season generally occurs from May to October. 

Heavy rains may cause cancellation of flights and riverboat trips into remote regions, so the dry season is best for activities.

  • The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat. If you will be spending time in national parks or upriver areas (e.g. Batang Ai & Nanga Sumpa), make sure to bring a strong mosquito repellent that contains 30-50% DEET.  Use this in the jungle and interior and bring it from home as it might be hard to find in Borneo.
  • Pack for Humidity – for humid weather it is best to pack fabrics that breathe as much as possible and natural fabrics, like cotton, linen or rayon (avoiding silk, wool and polyester). Clothing should be loose and comfortable to encourage the flow of air and allow moisture to evaporate.
  • Sarongs – From protecting yourself from the hot island sun, covering up at religious sites or keeping warm on a cool night, sarongs are a must-have.
  • Raincoat / Jacket – rain gear is always a good idea, as is a light jacket for the cooler temperatures at Mt Kinabalu.
  • Water bottle – Water is not potable in Borneo – do not drink or even brush your teeth with tap water.

When to Go:

March through October is the best time to visit Borneo, as this is when the weather is the most pleasant and driest. You also have the best chance of seeing wildlife during these months.

Things to do

ADVENTURE

  • Hike Mount Kinabalu – This 4095 metre mammoth is a 2-hour bus ride from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo’s northern province.
  • Trek the Pinnacles of Gunung Mulu – a stone forest of white and grey limestone, jutting 45 metres out of the earth in razor sharp formations.
  • Go on a Jungle Safari – Take a boat up the The Sungai (river) Kinabatangan right into the heart of the jungle of Borneo, and stay in a rustic camp for a few days with Uncle Tan Wildlife Adventures

SIGHTS

  • Visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre – They are orangutans that have either been injured, rescued or orphaned that have been nursed back to health and let back into the jungle.  To make their transition easier, they can come back any time they want for a feast.

Places to Stay

Seven Boutique Hotel – This hotel is a great choice to stay at when you’re in Putatan. It’s only 3 miles away from the airport and the hotel offers a free airport shuttle service. They also are a few minute’s walk away from restaurants, bars, and a grocery store.

The Pacific Sutera Hotel – This beautiful hotel in Sabah has stunning views of the water while being close to shopping, so there’s something everyone can enjoy. They also offer a pool, fitness center, and a private balcony.

Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa – This resort is a great place to relax when you’re in Sabah. You have access to the beach, diving, and babysitters.

Booking Resources

Whenever we travel to Asia we make sure to start with these companies. We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices as well as great customer service. 

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices and we love their interface. Not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.

Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. TripAdvisor is where we go when we want to compare prices with multiple accommodation providers.

Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It can sometimes be cheaper than hotels and it is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.

Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.

Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.

Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.

Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.

World Nomads Insurance: When traveling to Borneo you should always have travel insurance. We have found the best bang for your buck is by far World Nomads.

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THAILAND

THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Located in southeast Asia, Thailand is a great place to visit.

Known for their famous cuisine, it is also a country full of history and culture and home to many sacred sites and temples.

Add in plenty of shopping venues (both on land and on the water), friendly locals, and many natural wonders like beaches, lagoons, and caves, and it all makes a memorable trip.

There are many things to see and do in Thailand.

Fast Facts

  • Currency: The official currency is the Thai baht and 1 baht is equal to 0.032 USD.
  • Power: Power voltage is 220 V at 50 Hz.
  • Visa: To enter, you will need a U.S. passport valid for 6 months after your departure date and a return plane ticket. You can stay for 30 days without a visa.
  • Getting Around The best way to get around Thailand is by bus or train.
  • Sales tax The sales tax rate is 7%.
  • Best Sim Cards: AIS, True Move, and DTAC are the most popular mobile providers. A prepaid SIM card can be purchased through any of them.
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  • When to visit Thailand: Thailand mainly has two seasons, wet and dry.
  • Thailand’s high season is November to February.  This is when it is the driest but this is also when you’ll be swarmed with the most tourists.
    Southern Thailand is hot all year long, but has a very wet rainy season:
  • The West Coast of Southern Thailand is wet between April to October.
  • The East Coast is wet from September to December.
    June to October is the rainy season and temperatures soar with high humidity.
    Northern Thailand’s dry season stretches from November to May.
    Temperatures are less hot between October and January and can actually be a little cool in the North especially in the evening and early morning.
  • The Capital City of Thailand is Bangkok – See the Best Things to do in Dublin

Budgeting

ACCOMMODATION

Budget: You can find a number of backpacker hostels in the range of 250-700 baht per night. Enjoy dorm-styled or private rooms, shared kitchens, lounge areas, free Wi-Fi, and great locations.

Mid Range: For mid-range hotels, expect to pay 1,500-2,750 baht per night and enjoy private rooms, free breakfast, an outdoor pool, a hotel restaurant and bar, a gym, and nearby attractions.

High End: Upscale hotels will range from 3,00-12,000 baht per night, with the mostluxurious going all the way up to 76,500 baht. Take in the best of Thailand with top-of-the-line hospitality, polished rooms, and suites with flat-screen TVs, beautiful hotel architecture, rooftop pools overlooking the city, multiple dining options, fitness centers,tennis courts, and more.

If you are starting your trip in Bangkok check out our suggestions for where to stay in Bangkok.

FOOD

Thai cuisine favors rice, noodles, nam pla (fish sauce), vegetables and fruits, seafood or meat, and herbs and spices. Pad Thai is one of the national dishes in Thailand.

Soups and curries, with various combinations, are also popular dishes. Thailand has many street vendors where you can sample great Thailand cuisine.

When out and about, try some mango sticky rice or banana roti (banana pancake). Expect to pay 90-150 baht per meal when dining in a restaurant.

Transportation

Getting to Thailand: The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is the main airport to fly into and is about 19 miles from Bangkok. The Phuket International Airport (20 miles from Phuket city center) and the Chiang Mai International Airport (2 miles from the city center of Chiang Mai) are alternatives.

You can check for the best flights to Thailand on Skyscanner.

Transportation: Trains are a fast way to get around, especially the BTS Skytrain in Bangkok. Tickets cost 16-59 baht depending on how many stations you pass through, or you can pay 120 baht to get a one-day pass with unlimited rides. The Skytrain runs from 6:30 AM to midnight and passes by many attractions, including more rural areas

Buses: are a good way to get around and travel through most parts of the country. Pay just 7 baht for shorter rides or 9-19 baht for air-conditioned buses that cover longer distances.

Taxis:  Taxis are an alternative way to get around. In major cities like Bangkok, the taxis are metered, and prices start at 35 baht, with 2 baht being added per kilometer traveled

Car Rental:  To rent a car, you need to be at least 21 years old and have a U.S. license that you have held for at least one year prior. Prices start at 700 baht per day

Packing Tips

We have been back numerous times and have come up with these Thailand travel tips to help you pack right.

That being said, you don’t have to pack a lot to travel to Thailand, it is always hot! And whatever you don’t have, you can buy there, but here are our top suggestions for things to have while traveling in Thailand.

You can basically live in a bathing suit and flip-flops, although the cities are getting quite chic so it’s nice to dress up too.

Pack lightweight breathable clothing.

Thailand is hot and humid. You won’t need a lot of heavy clothing. A bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts.

Hiking boots or shoes are good for jungle and mountain treks

  • Sarongs – these can be used for anything. From covering up when visiting temples, being used as a towel or keeping cool on a hot night while using it as a light sheet. Check out our Many Uses of the Simple Sarong for more suggestions.
  • Ladies, make sure to pack a light long-sleeved blouse for entering temples. A skirt is a good idea for the same reason, although I often just tie a sarong around my shorts.
  • Flip Flops – Flip Flops, Thongs, Jandals…whatever you call them in your part of the world, flip-flops are a must for Thailand. They are easy to slip on and off when entering temples. Since the weather is so warm, you don’t need a lot of footwear unless you are going for hikes. If you are planning on hikes, pack some lightweight hiking boots.
  • Backpacks – We prefer a backpack to a suitcase for Thailand as you’ll be on boats, tuk-tuks, motorcycles and trains. Backpacks are easier to carry and you don’t have to roll them through the sand of Thailand’s amazing beaches.
    We buy a lot of our clothing in Thailand. The fabric is lightweight and perfect for the weather.

When To Go

Thailand has three seasons—hot, cool, and wet.

The best time to visit Thailand is between November and early April, which is the cool season and the beginning of the hot season.

Here the weather is fair, and there is less rainfall than the wet season, which makes it ideal for outdoor activities like visiting street markets or going to the beaches and islands. 

Things to Do

ADVENTURE

CULTURE

  • Take Part in Songkran – It’s the world’s largest water fight. Actually, it’s the Thai New Year and they ring it in in style with a lot of water. 
  • Take a Muay Thai Kickboxing Course – Sign up for a month and really delve into the culture.
  • Get a Thai Massage – Massages in Thailand are cheap and amazing. You’ll be bent like a pretzel but feel fantastic.
  • Take a Cooking Class – Thai food is a favourite around the world and cooking courses are popular around the country. Sign up for a multi-day course to really get to know the cuisine.

WHAT NOT TO MISS

  • The Chao Praya River in Bangkok – See the Grand Palace, Floating Markets, Temple of the Dawn, Reclining Buddha and so much more!
  • Beaches – Thailand has the most beautiful beaches in the world. Places like Phuket and Kho Samui are popular with the tourists but there are many other beaches like Railay and Ao Nang in Krabi, Kho Lanta and Kho Lipe near the Malaysian Border. 
  • Tip: avoid Pattaya Beach it’s overrun and just downright depressing. 
  • Bridge on the River Kwai – Made famous by the movie it was a strategic location during WWII. There is a war memorial here for soldiers who were kept as POWs in unbearable conditions.

Places to Stay

Hansar Hotel BangkokThis five-star hotel in the Pathum Wan District of Bangkok is the place to be. Enjoy private suites with glass showers, an infinity pool and hot tub, a hotel restaurant and bar with live music, a fitness center, and complimentary breakfast and room service. Shopping centers and the Lumphini Park are nearby.

Royal Phuket City Hotel: Just a short trip to the Tiger Kingdom animal park and Wat Chalong temple, and a short walk to the Trickeye Museum, this four-star hotel is the place to stay in Phuket. Enjoy private rooms with sea views, a day spa, the hotel’s three restaurants, a karaoke lounge, and a rooftop pool, plus more.

Check out our favorite booking platforms Booking.comTripadvisor and Air B&B for the best deals on accommodation in Ireland.

Booking Resources

Whenever we travel we make sure to start with these companies. We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices as well as great customer service. 

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices, especially in Europe and we love their interface. Not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.

Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. TripAdvisor is where we go when we want to compare prices with multiple accommodation providers.

Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It can sometimes be cheaper than hotels and it is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.

Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.

Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.

Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.

Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.

World Nomads Insurance: When traveling to Thailand you should always have travel insurance. We have found the best bang for your buck is by far World Nomads.

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Source: Theplanetd.com

SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE TRAVEL GUIDE

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When we visited Singapore a couple of years ago, we had already been on the road for over 6 months. By the time we arrived to this modern and exciting city in South East Asia, we were worn out and exhausted.

We were surprised to learn that Singapore has many nature reserves and parks that a person can check out. Who knew that the second most densely populated country in the world could have natural havens for people to slow down and become one with Mother Nature.

There is so much more to do than just shopping and nightlife in Singapore and this Singapore travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.

Fast Facts

  • Singapore power voltage is 220/240 V 50 Hz; Power sockets G
  • Singapore currency is the Singapore Dollar (SGD) and is around 1.50 SGD  for 1 USD.
  • Singapore has suffered a sharp rise in cases of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease in recent years. There is no vaccine so avoid mosquito bites. Peak biting periods are at dawn and dusk.
  • When invited to a private home or entering a temple or mosque, remove your shoes.
  • To help Singapore stay clean there are laws relating to jaywalking, littering, chewing gum, smoking in illegal areas or dropping cigarette butts.  Watch out or you could get fined!
  • Singapore chilli crab is famous (and an unofficial national dish), make sure you try some!
  • If you have a smartphone, make sure to downtown the SG Bus App, a Singapore bus guide for Android and Iphone users.

Budgeting

ACCOMMODATION

Budget – The starting price for budget hotels in Singapore is about $10 USD per night. Most of these hotels provide complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Mid Range – In this category, hotels cost about $80 USD per night. Just like the budget ones, expect free breakfast, Wi-Fi, mini-fridges in the rooms and nice lounges.

High End – Rooms here start from $200 USD per night. They come with the perks of the category like free chauffeur service, gyms, and pools.

Check out our favorite booking platforms Booking.comTripadvisor and Air B&B for the best deals on accommodation in Singapore.

FOOD

  • Chili Crab – This is a sweet and savory stir fry dish made with seafood, without the element of spiciness that the name implies.
  • Kaya Toast – The meal derives its name from the unique homemade jam used as a spread for toasted bread.
  • Laksa – Laksa is rice noodles in coconut curry sauce with seafood or other protein options and is generally very spicy.
  • Barbecued Stingray – This is made by grilling stingray after spicing and wrapping in banana leaves and served with your choice of sauce(s).
  • Fish Head Curry – Just as the name implies, the curry is made with fish head and served with either rice or bread.

Transportation

Flights: There are only two public airports in Singapore which are located in Changi and Seletar. Direct flights can be taken from other Asian countries and the USA.

You can check for the best flights to Singapore on Skyscanner.

Buses: Just like flights, there are two major bus service operators. You can use foreign cards (MasterCard and Visa) to pay for the tickets. Prices start from as low as 1 USD.

Taxis/Uber: Metered taxis are popular in Singapore, with fares depending on time, distance and other factors. Fares start around $4 USD. There is no Uber service in Singapore but an alternative cab service called Grab.

Car Rental: On average, car rental services cost around $50 USD per day. Prices are different based on whether the rental is for a long or short period. There are many service providers in the category.

You can also compare prices here.

Places to Stay

  • Fullerton Hotel – This monumental structure with a 5-star rating is a great place to stay when you want to treat yourself. They have a beautiful pool with a view of the city, spacious rooms, and five different restaurants.
  • Arton Boutique Hotel – This hotel located in Tyrwhitt Road is one of the best places to stay because of its proximity to tourist attractions. This is a very family-friendly hotel with family loft rooms available.
  • Value Hotel Thomson – Budget travelers will be happy with the affordable price of this hotel. They provide free Wi-Fi, room service, and rooms with views of the city can be requested.

Packing Tips

Singapore has a tropical climate, and stays hot and humid through out the year with an average temperature of 31º C. The cooler months are in December/January while the hottest months are in April/May. 

Although the heaviest rain occurs from November through January, Singapore residents experience rainfall almost every day, usually in the form of afternoon showers.

  • The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat. If you plan on traveling in rural areas, make sure to avoid mosquito-born dengue fever by wearing clothes that cover the arms and legs and spraying yourself with DEET. Mosquito coils can also help.
  • A tropical wardrobe. This should include—for both men and women—shorts, T-shirts, breathable rain gear, a warm jacket or fleece, sturdy footwear, and a wrap.
  • Pack for Humidity – for humid weather it is best to pack fabrics that breathe as much as possible and natural fabrics, like cotton, linen or rayon (avoiding silk, wool and polyester). Clothing should be loose and comfortable to encourage the flow of air and allow moisture to evaporate.
  • Umbrella / Rain coat: Thunderstorms and rain are common in Singapore – in short the weather can be unpredictable. Make sure to bring an umbrella or rain coat.
  • Extra Luggage – Singapore is famous for its shopping. So take some extra luggage if you plan on shopping ’til you drop.

See our packing tips: packing tips

When to Go

A trip to Singapore can be taken at any time of the year. However, many people prefer to plan their trip in the dry season, which is between February and April.

If the rainy season does not deter you from visiting, there are many festivals and events organized throughout the year. The rainy season is also the best time to visit to avoid tourist crowds.

Things to Do

ADVENTURE

  • Rock Climb at the old Bukit Timah Quarries – There are almost 50 routes to challenge a climber from easy 5.7’s to difficult 5.12 b routes.  Rock climbing is fairly new to Singapore, but it is catching on quickly
  • Wakeboard! – Not only is it popular to head out to a reservoir and hire a boat, there is also a Cable Ski Park.
  • Zipline at Mega Zip Adventure Park – zipline over the jungle canopy, try the high rope obstacle course, mini bungee jump or rock climbing wall!

CULTURE

  • Explore the Local Cuisine – Singapore is known to have impressive cuisine, with influences from all over the world.
  • National Museum of Singapore – As the oldest museum in Singapore, this will be the hub of the history and rich culture of the people.
  • Gardens by the Bay – Visit the well designed and serene garden to enjoy some peace, away from the noise of the city.

SIGHTS

  • Enjoy the Beach Life – East Coast Park has 7.5 km of sand and sun.  Not only can you relax on the beach and catch some rays, but there are also water sports, bicycle trails and running tracks.
  • Visit Haw Par– an attraction that consists of several different scenes of statues depicting Chinese Mythology, legends and characters

Booking Resources

Whenever we travel to we make sure to start with these companies.

We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices.

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices, not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.

Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. 

Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.

Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.

Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.

Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.

Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.

World Nomads Insurance: When traveling you should always have travel insurance. We do.

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Source : Theplanetd.com

INDONESIA

INDONESIA TRAVEL GUIDE

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Indonesia is so much more than the highly popular island of Bali.

In fact, this country is home to over 17,000 islands, which is by far the largest and most varied archipelago on Earth.

More than 500 languages and dialects are spoken by its 246 million people as the islands spread over 5,200km between the Asian mainland and Australia.

Expect to find all your heart desires in Indonesia from lush jungle to epic beaches to a whole underwater world that ready for you to explore.

This Indonesia travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.

Fast Facts

  • Indonesian power voltage is 220 V 50 Hz; Power sockets C, F & G
  • Indonesia currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) and is around 13,000 IDR  for 1 USD.
  • Go Scuba Diving – some of the best diving in the world can be found in Indonesia, and there are plenty of certification centres!
  • Travel permits (surat jalan) are required for all travel in Papua beyond the main coastal towns. Permits are easily acquired in Jayapura and Biak, where they’re usually obtainable in one day. They are also available at the other non-permit towns. Two passport photos and an administration fee are required.
  • In Bali, look for PT Cental Kuta, which has branches at Circle K convenience stories. Smaller moneychangers frequently cheat; receiving stacks of small bills can signal a scam.
  • On international flights, a departure tax (approximately Rp150,000) must be paid in cash at the airport.

Budgeting

ACCOMMODATION

Budget – You can get budget hotels in Indonesia for as low as 10 USD per night. These hotels usually have free Wi-Fi and parking available.

Mid Range – For 25 USD per night, hotels in this category are also quite affordable. They may have restaurants, bars, free parking and complimentary breakfast.

High End – Luxury hotels and villas are good options in Indonesia. They cost about 200 USD per night and may include pools, a fitness center, and a spa.

Check out our favorite booking platforms Booking.comTripadvisor and Air B&B for the best deals on accommodation in Indonesia.

FOOD

Food:

  • Nasi Goreng – This is the country’s take on fried rice but with a unique Indonesian recipe.
  • Siomay – Siomay is Indonesian style fish dumplings, served with peanut sauce and any protein of your choice.
  • Bakso – This is a soft meatball soup that can be paired with anything from rice, to eggs, to tofu.
  • Babi Guling – This is a meal of roasted pork that has been marinated in coconut milk and infused with the beast Indonesian spices.
  • Sop Buntut – The oxtail soup is not just delicious, but a healthy food option as a lot of vegetables are added to it.

Transportation

Flights: Indonesia has over 10 airports operating commercial flights in major cities like Denpasar, Bali, and Jakarta.

You can check for the best flights to Indonesia on Skyscanner.

Buses: This is a common means of transportation in Indonesia. The buses available are most times overcrowded, without enough room for luggage so consider this and be sure to keep personal belongings safe. Bus fares start at 5 USD and above.

Taxis/Uber: Taxis are available as a means of transportation in Indonesia, from as low as 1 USD. Uber services in Southeast Asia have been taken over by Grab and Gojek, with quite similar modes of operation.

Car Rental: Car rental services are available, starting at 30 USD per day on average.

You can also compare prices here.

Places to Stay

Meruhdani Boutique Hotel Ubud – This hotel is located in Ubud and close to Saraswati Temple. The hotel has a bar, free parking, a garden, and a restaurant.

Eastin Ashta Resort Canggu – This 4-star hotel is close to Echo Beach and is a relaxing place to stay. This has a fitness center and pool to enjoy as well.

The Alantara Sanur – This hotel has a fitness center, garden, and swimming pool. You can upgrade to a suite with outdoor showers and get a floating breakfast.

Packing Tips

Indonesia has an almost entirely tropical climate, characterised by heavy rainfall, high humidity, high temperatures and low winds. The wet season is from November to March while the dry season is from April to October.

  • The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide, sunglasses and a hat. If you plan on traveling in rural areas, make sure to avoid mosquito-born dengue fever by wearing clothes that cover the arms and legs and spraying yourself with DEET. Mosquito coils can also help/
  • A tropical wardrobe. This should include—for both men and women—shorts, T-shirts, breathable rain gear, a warm jacket or fleece, sturdy footwear, and a wrap.
  • Pack for Humidity – for humid weather it is best to pack fabrics that breathe as much as possible and natural fabrics, like cotton, linen or rayon (avoiding silk, wool and polyester). Clothing should be loose and comfortable to encourage the flow of air and allow moisture to evaporate.
  • Swimming suits (plural!) – Indonesiais all about frolicking under the sun, lazing at the beach or diving head first in its turquoise waters.Make sure to bring more than one bathing suit as no one likes putting on a damp suit!
  • Snorkel, mask, and underwater camera. Indonesia is a tropical paradise with uncounted underwater wonders. Avoid the fees and the possibility of not being able to rent snorkel gear by bringing your own well-fitted gear.

See our packing tips: packing tips

When to Go

Indonesia has two seasons, wet and dry season. It is more reasonable to visit during the dry season, which lasts from May till September. The obvious reason for this is that the rains get very intense during this time. This is a great time to visit if you want to save money though, as the decrease in tourists means everything is cheaper there.

Things to Do

ADVENTURE

  • Climbing Gunung Batur, Bali’s Volcano – Yes, it is an active volcano, but you won’t see any lava fields flowing by  as you walk up the trail and you won’t have to worry or fear that you may tumble into molten lava.
  • Explore Bali – head inland to see the real Bali. Away from all the bars, malls and shops you will find a much simpler way of life
  • Hit the Waves – get a local surfer to show you the ropes and learn how to surf in Bali.

CULTURE

  • Canopy Walk at Kalimantan – Walking through this rainforest is a great way to appreciate and feel closer to nature.
  • Learn to Create Batik – Learning to make this fabric and drawing patterns is one way to embrace the culture of the people.
  • Watch the Kecak Dance – This is a traditional dance performed at the Uluwatu temple and can be enjoyed with family and friends.

SIGHTS

  • Witness a Cremation Ceremony – when we were in Ubud, Bali a very prominent priest passed away and could afford to have his own elaborate cremation ceremony.
  • Get Lost in the Togean Islands – there are over 56 islands and tiny deserted islets and billions of amazing coral reefs to explore
  • Explore Bali with a Local Guide – Most people will tell you that Bali is over touristy, pretentious or overloaded with resorts but if you spend the time to see other parts of the island, find an awesome driver and mingle with the locals, you’ll find that Bali is just full of hidden gems.

Booking Resources

Whenever we travel to we make sure to start with these companies.

We have tried a lot of different ones over the years and all of these have consistently proven to be the best when it comes to offering great prices.

We have used every one of these personally and continue to do so.

Booking.com: This is our go site to when comparing prices for accommodation. It is usually the has the cheapest prices, not to mention you get free cancellation and you are guaranteed the best price.

Trip Advisor: What we like about Trip Advisor is that we can look at all the reviews and then book our accommodation. 

Air BnB: Airbnb is the main search engine we use when we are looking for a home or apartment rental. It is the best way to stay in areas that offer a more local feel.

Skyscanner: This is the first place we check for flights. It consistently comes back with the cheapest and best options. It allows us to compare a lot of airlines to get the best price.

Hostelworld: With one of the largest databases of hostels in the world, Hostelworld is the go-to site when you are looking for budget accommodation.

Rome 2 Rio: If you want to see how to get somewhere by plane, train, bus, ferry or car Rome2Rio lays it all out for you as well as related costs. I love how they show it all to you on a Google Map and it works offline.

Get Your Guide: For all your day trip and city guide needs, we use Get Your Guide. It has the world’s largest collection of things to do with more than 30,000 activities in 7500 destinations.

World Nomads Insurance: When traveling you should always have travel insurance. We do.

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Source: Theplanetd.com