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  • Les Villas Ottalia Gili Meno review

    LES VILLAS OTTALIA GILI MENO – REVIEW

    Our dream trip to Bali wouldn’t have been complete without visiting the wonderful Gili Islands, and we couldn’t have found a better place than Les Villas Ottalia Gili Meno to make our stay perfection. After two weeks riding up and down the winding roads by scooter throughout Bali, the peaceful Les Villas Ottalia on tiny Gili Meno has represented a true bliss for us. LES VILLAS OTTALIA GILI MENO Gili Meno, the smallest of the three Gili Islands, lies just off Lombok northwestern coast. It is actually easier to reach from there, a mere 15 minute boat ride from Bangsal port town, rather than from Bali. Still, the majority of the…

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    BALI, INDONESIA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE

    Bali is becoming a must go destination for most of backpackers traveling around Southeast Asia, apparently everybody easily falls in love with The Island of Gods. We wanted to see what the excitement is all about and guess what… We fell in love too! Bali is much more than a place for partying and enjoying the beach, its deep Hindu culture and stunning inland nature will surely steal your heart. OUR ITINERARY IN BALI We spent 20 unforgettable days in Bali, trying to cover both the mainstream destinations and some quieter areas. So here’s our Bali itinerary guide, ideal for a minimum two week stay (you can omit one of…

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    SHERATON MUSTIKA YOGYAKARTA RESORT&SPA REVIEW

    During our travels in fascinating Java, we had the pleasure to stay for three nights at wonderful Sheraton Mustika Resort & Spa in Yogyakarta. Coming from a long train trip from Jakarta, we were excited to have our first experience with the famous chain. Our expectations were already pretty high, but it all went even beyond them! SHERATON MUSTIKA YOGYAKARTA RESORT & SPA Yogyakarta, also known as Jogja, is a bustling city in the centre of Java. It is the island’s cultural heart, surrounded by some of the most beautiful temples in whole Indonesia and by a lush green nature, including jungle scenery and volcanoes. Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta connects on…

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    JAVA, INDONESIA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE

    For those who want to combine a pure Indonesian experience together with a trip to touristy Bali, nearby Java represents the ideal destination. Covered in green wild nature, the island of Java offers plenty of attractions, above all mesmerizing temples and volcanoes to hike. The large dimensions of the island require a stay of at least 7-10 days for a complete visit. JAVA FROM WEST TO EAST This is our suggested itinerary for a journey throughout Java from West to East (clearly you can follow it both ways). A reliable railway system allows easy transfers between main cities, whilst you need to refer to travel agencies to be taken by private car…

  • vietnamese food guide

    VIETNAMESE FOOD GUIDE – OUR FAVORITE DISHES AND WHERE TO EAT THEM

    Vietnamese food is very peculiar and unique. Generally speaking it’s quite local and can be very different from north to south, but there are some exceptions like Phở soup and Bành Mi (the bread baguette “imported” by the French) that are widespread throughout the whole country. Also, some cities have their own specialties that can be found there only! Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the healthiest in the world, due to minimal use of dairy and oil, and reliance on vegetables and herbs including lemongrass, coriander (though we truly hate coriander!) ginger and mint . That’s why it is unusual to see fat Vietnamese people! Therefore we decided to put…

  • Hoi An lanterns by night

    9 AMAZING THINGS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

    Considered the most charming and romantic town in Vietnam, Hoi An is one of the most visited places and a must for travelers. Don’t be scared by the amount of tourists in the town centre, there’s much to do also around Hoi An, don’t just stick to the main road! Hoi An is easy to reach and well serviced, especially via Da Nang city just 25 km north. You can fly to Da Nang or get there by train from Hanoi/Hue, and then continue to Hoi An by bus or taxi. Coming from south, there are also direct buses, if you are up for a long long journey. We always…

  • PHILIPPINES – OUR 3-WEEKS ITINERARY GUIDE

    Seeing the over 7,000 islands forming the Philippines would require several life times, each main island has diverse landscapes and natural attractions. The Philippines extend over a very large area, making them subject to different seasons, including the rainy and typhoon one. Be wise when you plan your trip! Be prepared that your most used means of transport will be airplanes and ferry boats, and the weather can often delay your scheduled journeys. Unfortunately, we had to exclude the south due to safety reasons (The ISIS cell is reportedly being defeated slowly). ISLAND HOPPING ITINERARY IN THE PHILIPPINES We are including the most beautiful and accessible places we’ve been to,…

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    SRI LANKA – OUR ITINERARY GUIDE FOR A 2-WEEKS TRIP

    We spent three weeks in Sri Lanka and soon fell in love with this gorgeous country: very backpacker friendly, it’s amazing to travel by train and local bus to get to know their culture. Two major disasters have hit Sri Lanka recently: the civil war between the Tamil rebels and the government forces, especially in the north of the country, ended in 2009; and the devastating tsunami of 2004 that destroyed many villages on the eastern and southern coasts. Sri Lanka has risen again since then, making tourism its n.1 income. As of today, it is still relatively untouched in some areas, but is becoming quickly a top destination for…

  • What to do in Bangkok 2018

    OUR TOP 9 MUST SEE PLACES IN BANGKOK

    BANGKOK Thailand’s capital city is a huge metropolis, but normally travelers stop here only for a few days, leaving quickly to the beautiful beaches in the south of the country or towards the mountains in the north. We’ve been to Bangkok 4 times already, so we put together a list of the most interesting things to do&see.   1. GRAND PALACE&ROYAL TEMPLES First thing to visit to understand Thai culture is the golden decorated Grand Palace, together with Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho (giant reclining buddha) sacred temples. This large area represents the religious centre of Bangkok. -tip: if it’s your first time in Thailand, be aware of scams…

  • itinerary vietnam one month

    VIETNAM – OUR 1-MONTH ITINERARY GUIDE

    Having lived for two years in amazing Vietnam, we had the chance to visit several different destinations throughout the country. Since not everyone has the possibility to travel for several months, we’ve created two Vietnam itineraries: one listing the alternative locations for the most adventurers who have more time and are willing to explore secluded areas (this very post you’re reading), and the other featuring traditional spots for shorter trips (you can check out here our 2-week Vietnam itinerary guide). THE MOST AUTHENTIC VIETNAM – ITINERARY If you’re looking for the most authentic experience in Vietnam, this is the itinerary you need! We’ve travelled to all these places (except for Phu…