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4 Nights and 5 Days tour package to Andaman from Kolkata

Day 0- KolkataTraveled from Kolkata to Andaman on a Flight - Port BlairExplored three places in Port Blair: - Carbyns cove beach - Cellular Jail - Light and Sound Show - Day 2- Havelock IslandYou have to reach here via a ferry, tickets are available online. Here we explored: - Radhanagar Beach - Kalapathar Beach - Day 3- Elephant BeachThere are a lot of water activities here and it is located in Havelock Island - Day 4- North BayLots of water sports here and is to be reached by a boat from the water sports complex. - Day 5- Back to KolkataTook a flight from Port Blair to Kolkata -

5 day itinerary for Shimla Manali from Kolkata with IndiaVisitOnline

Day1 - ShimlaArrive at Delhi from Kolkata to board toy train to Shimla. Overnight at shimla. - Day2 - ManaliShimla to Manali via Manikaran. At Manali get Local Sightseeing Local sightseeing of Manali Hadimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Hot Springs, Tibetans Monastery and Club House. - Return KolkataGet Manali to Delhi Volvo and proceed for Kolkata and Overnight journey. Departure to Kolkata , tour ends with happy memories. Get more infro here: https://indiavisitonline.in/shimla-kullu-manali-honeymoon-kolkata -

Honeymooning in Bali

The Haven Suites Bali Berawa (Canggu)Highly recommend this hotel. Beautiful rooms, right on the beach, excellent breakfast included, great pool, friendly and helpful staff! Walking distance to shops, restaurants and beach bars. They also have a free shuttle that runs a few times a day to Seminyak Square. - Finns Beach BarBeautiful beach bar right on the ocean perfect for sunset. They have a pool and a bunch of lounge chairs. Very crowded and the food was average. Would recommend for drinks. - Nalu BowlsWe took a walk down to Echo beach wandered around town for a little and came across Nalu Bowls. Definitely recommend this cute bungalow for açaí bowls and fresh smoothies. They also have free WiFi. - Bije Villa Ubud (Airbnb)We loved this villa! Absolutely stunning, clean and comfortable. Having a private pool was a little slice of heaven. We wish we stayed another night. Breakfast included was delicious. The staff was very nice, super accommodating and helpful. They run a free shuttle back and fourth into the center of Ubud which is very convenient. Highly recommend! - Monkey ForestOne of my favorite parts of the trip! The bigger monkeys can be aggressive so keep your distance. Don't wear sunglasses and hold on tight to your phones. The little monkeys were adorable and very curious. - Bali SwingIt was fun and I thought it was worth it. But be ready to wait in line. Try to go as early as possible. Lunch was included. - ATVThis is one of the best parts of our trip. It was about $90 per person and it includes lunch. They also give you wellington boots (got a little muddy). A great way to experience the back roads of Ubud. - Tegalalang Rice TerraceSo beautiful & worth seeing. Would recommend wearing sneakers. - Tegenungan WaterfallThere are better waterfalls in Bali but this one was closer to where we were. It was still stunning but very busy. - Mt. Batur Sunrise HikeOne of the best experiences I've ever had. We asked the people at our airbnb to help us set this up. A driver picked us up at 3am we drove to the mountain. They give you coffee, boiled egg and a banana. The trek takes about one to two hours to reach the peak. There will be a lot of people hiking up. They give you a flashlight. At the top you can see the peak of neighboring Mount Abang hovering above the clouds and the caldera lake spread out below. The sunrise was STUNNING. And there's a bunch of monkeys running around at the top. - MassagesThere are plenty of places to get massages in Ubud. They are about 6$ an hour. This place was a hole in the wall but the ladies were so sweet and the massage was great. - Locus CafeGood variety of local food with an incredible view. - Kuno Villas Gili TStunning hut very close to the water on the more quiet side of the island (which we preferred). Clean, comfortable, and the bathroom had a coy pond! They provide bikes so you will have no problem getting around the island. We really enjoyed staying here. It's close to some good surf and snorkeling. **When traveling to Gili T take the fast boats. Avoid the slow boat at all costs! We were forced to take the slow boats due to the largest swell Bali has seen in years. It was a bit of a nightmare.** - Snorkel Gili TWe hired a private boat to snorkel around the islands. It wasn't expensive and it was worth it. The waves were so choppy and the currents were strong but we were able to cut our trip shorter then planned which was a plus. It would have been awful to be stuck on a boat all day getting sea sick. The fish and turtles are beautiful. They also have an amazing under water statue which I recommend checking out. - Sama-Sama Reggae BarWas our favorite spot for live music, good views and a cold one. - Boho Bingin Beach (Uluwatu)Great stay. Clean rooms, comfortable. Walking distance to Bingin beach. - Cashew TreeWe ate here a few times. Walking distance from Boho bingin. Delicious and health eats. - Padang PadangA bit more touristy. They charge you a bit to get down to it. Good place to surf. Watch your belongings the monkeys come down to the beach! - Bingin BeachClose walk from our hotel. Must walk down the cliffs to get to the beach (Beautiful views). Good restaurants at the bottom. Solid place to surf, relax and enjoy the views. - Green Bowl BeachWe took a car to check out green bowl beach. It's quite the hike down (a staircase) but worth it. The views are beautiful and there's a cave you can sit under. Check the tides before you go. I wouldn't spend all day there but it's a good spot to check out for an hour or so. - Sundays at Single FinHuge bar on a cliff overlooking 180 degrees of ocean. Bottle service if you want or just hang at multiple bars. Stunning views. Definitely a party vibe. Perfect for the most magnificent sunsets! -

Explore beautiful and diverse Bohol Island, Philippines

VISIT TARSIER SANCTUARY We visited a park called Tarsier Conservation Area where we paid an entry fee of 60 pesos. It is a relatively small area and it took us around 40 minutes to see all the little tarsiers. There were guards everywhere making sure that the people obey the rules which are: being silent, not taking close photos of the tarsiers and of course not touching them. Remember, any disturbance and stress can cause their death. While many people are critical of this particular conservation center and recommend to visit the other one (called “Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary”) in Bohol we didn’t see any indication that the animals were maltreated. - BEAUTIFUL PANGLAO ISLANDPanglao Island is located just southwest of Tagbilaran. Panglao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines with many beautiful beaches. Panglao is also rated as one of the top ten diving locations in the world. You can see other small islands near Panglao, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag. We didn’t have much time but I am more than confident that they must be super beautiful. Alona Beach which is the main beach on Panglao Island and is a quiet a touristy place and that was nothing for us. However, it has many restaurants and shops so you can definitely find something you like. We decided to stay at first 1 night at the beach called Dumaluan Beach. - Bilal Man-Made ForestWould you like to explore Bohol on your own? Then, you must rent a scooter. Renting a scooter in South East Asia is the best way to explore places in general ? From endless rice fields, beautiful forests, tiny villages to small hidden waterfalls. Bohol has so much to offer. We really enjoyed driving through Bilal Man-Made Forest. A 2 km stretch of beautiful mahogany trees. Driving on this road surrounded by those tall and big trees raising their branches straight up towards the sky was breathtaking. -

A Rogue Road Trip Around Oman

MuscatMuscat feels almost like three distinct coastal towns, that are partly separated by hills. Two days is more than enough time to see the main sights – the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Mutrah Souq and Al Alam Palace are a must. Sultan Qaboos is truly stunning – large enough to hold 6500 worshippers, it’s an incredibly impressive sight. Ladies, make sure you cover your hair and dress respectfully, covering up as much as possible. Tip: Muscat taxis are incredibly expensive for non-Arabic speakers. Therefore, it’s definitely worth picking up your hire car straight away, which is the mistake we made – we thought we wouldn’t need a car in the city, but it cost us! - Wadi ShabDrive about an hour and a half South East of Muscat and you reach Binmah Sinkhole. This pristine blue vista is the perfect spot to swim and cool off after the morning’s drive. You’ll probably only need to spend an hour or so here, so we promptly continued our journey down the coast to Wadi Shab. Now this is really something – we hiked for hours between the beautiful rock faces, swimming in perfect pools along the way. We didn’t see other people for up to an hour at a time, and it felt like this little slice of heaven was totally ours. Accommodation in Wadi Shab is difficult because it’s fairly remote. We stayed at Wadi Shab Resort, which was definitely worth the few extra $. We ventured into the local town of Tiwi for dinner. I must admit that here I did feel a little unsettled at times as a young female traveller, but it definitely didn’t put me off. - Ras Al Jinz Turtle ReserveAfter Wadi Shab, we continued onto Sur, Oman’s second city. As a more industrial port town, we just used this as a stopover before carrying on to Ras al-Jinz, the incredible turtle reserve. Here, we experienced our first night of the trip in a tented camp, following a magical evening watching the giant green turtles lay, and young hatch. I’ve always been quite suspicious of tourist attraction turtle reserves disrupting the natural habits and environments of the animals, but I was so impressed with the care our guide took in ensuring they were not disturbed. Unfortunately no photos here, as the light would have been too invasive. - Dune Driving in Wahiba SandsThe next stop on our itinerary was Wahiba Sands – the vast desert in Northern Oman. The driving got serious here. We drove on the highways as far as Bidyah, before we had to rely on satellite coordinates to take across 60km into the desert. We made rookie errors here – we left the road at midday, in 50 degree heat, with less than a litre of water in the car. Down to our lack of experience with dune driving, we had some real problems traversing the desert – we got stuck, really really stuck, and I was scared. Luckily, we managed to find some phone signal to get in touch with the desert camp, who sent some guys to come help us. Not for the faint hearted! That said, this could have all been avoided – nearly all the camps provide a service where they’ll meet you at the road and drive with you to the camp. It was all worth it in the end, and we spent a phenomenal night riding the dunes, feeling so far away from all civilisation. Tip: We deliberated for weeks in the run up to our trip whether we’d need a 4×4, rather than a normal saloon hire car. I must admit, to do the adventure justice, a 4WD is 100% necessary. - Hiking Jebel Shams and Exploring Ancient FortsAfter our hairy entry to the desert, we had a smooth exist to continue our journey to the mountains. I never thought I could go from endless sand to thunderous mountains in just a few hours, but it all seems possible in Oman. Jebel Shams, often called the Grand Canyon of the Middle East, was the highlight of the trip for me. Driving down the single-track roads required the ultimate teamwork of navigator and rally driver, with exhilarating drops into the canyon below at every turn. Hiking the Balcony Walk was stunning – the photos speak for themselves. The final stop on our rogue road trip took us to the very traditional town of Nizwa. With ancient forts in abundance, and beautiful streets to explore, it’s a great stopover from Jebel Shams on the way back to Muscat. If you can time it so that you’re in town for the Friday morning Goat Market, that’s even better – you can observe locals trading goats and camels as if you’ve gone back hundreds of years. -

10 Day Pilgrimage Through The Holy Land

The Jordan RiverNaturally, there were many Holy sites to be seen. This one, in particular, was amazing! Anyone could feel the excitement surrounding the river. The line was crazy to get to the river, so I was unable to get down by the water, but the views were well worth it! It was a once in a life time experience to see people who waited years to get baptized to finally have their moment. - Jerusalem MarketsThe one aspect of the food culture that was great was the grab-n-go effect! The group and I rarely sat in restaurants. In stead, we grabbed delicious falafel's on the go whilst touring that were amazing. I do have to admit, I miss them terribly. -

Two nights in Angkor

Ancient City AngkorAngkor, in Cambodia’s northern province of Siem Reap, is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. It extends over approximately 400 square kilometres (it's HUGE)! The ancient city consists of several temples, impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs. Temples such as Angkor Wat, the Bayon, Preah Khan and Ta Prohm (known from Tomb Raider), are some of the main temples. Practical info: Entrance fee * One day visit US$ 37 * Three days visit US$ 62 * Seven days visit US$ 72 Opening hours Ticket centers are open 5:00am - 5:30pm Angkor Wat and Srassrang - 5:00am - 5:30pm Phnom Bakheng and Pre Rup Temple - 5:00am - 7:00pm Other temples - 7:30am - 5:30pm Dress code You should wear long pants, covering the knees and shirts covering the shoulders. If you do not follow these guidelines you will be asked to do so, and if not, be turned away from the temples. - Sarai Resort & SpaSmall, luxury hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Offering a really nice pool area, spa facility, good location, close to the Pub Street and Night Market. Nice rooms, great food and friendly staff who helped us with our trip to Angkor Wat. We can strongly recommend this hotel. -

Bagan and Yangon, Myanmar

Rangoon Tea HouseWe had a quick dinner at the Rangoon Tea House in Yangon which was great. Burmese Tea Shop cuisine as we've come to know came over to Burma (Myanmar) during a time of high migration in the late 1920's from British India when tea shops were beginning to appear everywhere. The tea house itself has been completely renovated and is a cool place to grab a bite, tea or cocktail. Not to miss: the Tea Leaf Salad. - Sule Shangri-La YangonExcellent location with all you'd come to expect with staying at a Shangri-La property. We had the breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant which was everything you'd expect in Asia. We also had the lunch buffet which is forgettable, do yourself a favour and go to another restaurant in the city. The spa is nice, but the massage was pretty whatever. You'll need to book in advance if you're looking for an appointment the day of, which might be difficult to get. The gym facilities are proper- very nice and very clean. Taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost you about $10USD if you grab a taxi from the airport. You can also use the app Grab Taxi and book from phone, however, the taxi's from the airport are safe, efficient and clean. There is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel so getting Kyat is no problem at all. - 999 Shan Noodle ShopSuper local (and small) noodle shop with delish food. We came here for a bite after riding the circle train line for 3 hours and was not disappointed. I had the fried noodles, my husband had something else I don't recall and we had the wontons which were AMAZING! People eat here at all hours of the day, starting with Breakfast. The food is high value for low cost. - Shwedagon PagodaA trip to Yangon is completely pointless without a proper visit to The Shwedagon Pagoda. The 326 foot tall pagoda is a gilded stupa situated on Singuttara Hill which dominates the Yangon skyline. Shwedagon Pagoda is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar and is believed to have been built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. Foreigners need to pay a small fee to enter the Pagoda- cash only. Proper Buddhist temple attire is enforced- covered legs for both men and women- tight pants like leggings are not permitted. You also must cover your shoulders, meaning no tank tops. You also are not permitted to wear shoes or socks so be sure you're aware of that. This is absolutely a DON'T MISS when visiting Yangon. We went during the daytime and again at night to see the Pagoda illuminated in the evening. - Riding the Yangon Circle LineFor a nominal fee, like $1-2 USD you can experience the local life in Yangon as you travel for three hours through the city’s rural landscape. While Yangon is a fast-paced, chaotic city to get lost in, riding the Circle Line train provides a window into the daily routine of the Myanmar people away from the commercial center of the country. Make sure you pack water and snacks as the ride is 3 hours long, also no facilities onboard so be aware of that. The trains are old, and it's hot (no AC obviously) and can get crowded until you start to reach further out of the city center. The Yangon Circle train departs daily from Yangon Central Railway Station from 8:30am and departs every 45 minutes to an hour, from platforms 6 and 7. - Hot Air Ballooning in BaganWhen in Bagan, booking a Sunrise Hot Air Balloon is quite customary and one of the biggest draws of the region to see the archelogical area of the Temples of Bagan. There are only like 3 companies that operate these balloons and they only fly for sunrises, so space is limited and best to book as far as in advance as you possibly can. While the cost is expensive, $400USD per person for a 8-12 person basket, the experience is absolutely worth the price and the early wakeup. The cost includes pickup and drop-off from your lodging as well as coffee and tea and pastries in the morning before being instructed on the safely procedures and prior to the balloons inflation. We chose Oriental Ballooning as the other companies were already booked for the morning we wanted to go. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and cannot recommend it enough. Alternatively, getting up for the sunrise and to see the balloons take-off from the ground at one of the many pagodas is also an awesome sight to see. I would recommend both if you've got the means and the time. - Temples of BaganBagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay region of Myanmar and from the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples and pagodas were constructed. 2,200 temples and pagodas exist today over a 30 mile radius. The best way to see these pagodas and temples is to rent an E-Bike from any of the local shops and just go explore. Buddhist temple attire is required, even though you may not see a single soul at any of the lesser known temples, is is customary to cover your legs and shoulders and you cannot wear shoes on or inside of the temples and pagodas. Also note, at the more well-known temples there will be local children selling Myanmar handicrafts and postcards. They're hustlers, so if you aren't interested be firm in telling them no. Make sure you catch the sunrise and sunset at any of the pagodas and temples! -

Karimunjawa islands, a perfect hidden gem and escape from the Indonesian bustle.

SNORKELING AND ISLANDS HOPPING FULL DAY TRIP WITH SUNSET IN KARIMUNJAWA ISLANDSOur hosts from Ayu hotel organized an awesome snorkeling trip for us. This trip was my absolute highlight on Karimunjawa. The snorkeling tour started at 9.00 AM and we came home after sunset, around 6.30 PM. We were on the boat with another couple, so we had plenty of room and paid 220.000 Rp. The trip was amazing. Island hopping around Karimunjawa islands is a truly breathtaking experience. - Explore Ulung Gelam beachIncredible place. Because we left early in the morning, we were alone there. On the left side of the beach there is a very little bay and this is where we spent the whole day. We were completely alone, surrounded by palms and rocks. We enjoyed this place so much that we even came back the next day. Warm water and beautiful turquoise water with incredible surroundings will make you come again. As we came in the morning, the water was very beautiful. However, in the afternoon, around 3 PM, more and more locals and tourists from Java come to the beach. - STAY IN AYU HOTELI choose this place as it was mentioned in Trip Advisor with the highest ranking. Also travelfish.org mentioned this place as a lovely hotel. And with a happy smile I can say that the ranking is definitely justified. Amazing hosts Eryl and Marco made our stay in Karimunjawa even more enjoyable. They were very attentive and caring. They have several cute huts which are very specious and nicely designed. I really loved the bathroom which had no roof, so showering and looking at the palms kept me there for a long time. The tasty breakfast every morning boosted our energy even more. Every morning we had a different breakfast (different types of pancakes, omelettes, fruits etc. Further, people who worked there are very kind, lovely and customer oriented. Marco and Eryl also organized for us an unforgettable snorkeling tour for us and you can also rent a scooter at the property (70.000 Rp). All in all, I highly recommend this place and I would stay there again. -


Sultan Ahmed MosqueHistoric Blue Mosque - try going in mid morning, you won't be able to tour the mosque during prayer time which is I believe 6 times a day especially during sunrise and sunset. No shorts for men or women - for women they do provide hijab on loan to wear when entering. - Hagia Sophia - Hippodrome of Constantinople - Topkapi Palace - Turkistan Asevi - Nikah Salonu - Hafiz MustafaBest Turkish Delights! - Grand Bazaar -

Why should you visit the Gili islands?

Stay on Gili Air islandGili Air is the second smallest of the islands and closest to the much bigger island Lombok. If you are seeking a retreat and would like to enjoy island life without many people, then this is your jackpot. It is a very quiet island with few modest accommodations and small hotels. - Do stand up paddling into the sunsetI absolutely loved this experience and I recommend it to everyone. I have never tried it before, but the instructor is very skillful and helpful. Besides, the sunset is incredible to watch. - Peaceful and beautiful white sand beachesIn one word: Paradise. I would recommend going the beach when there is high tide as the water has turquoise color plus it is better for swimming. I really enjoyed the beach which is more on the left side of the harbor. We walked for 3o minutes and there was barely anyone. That was a perfect time for us to take great drone pictures. Peaceful and beautiful. Also around the island, you will see several of the famous swings. So to take a picture on one of the swings is a “must”. - Stay in 3 angles homestayI booked this place via Airbnb. It has a very good location so you are very close to the harbor (it is just 7 minutes walking, so don’t take a horse carriage). Upon our arrival, our host Dwi welcomed us and prepared a delicious welcome drink. Dwi explained us everything about thebreakfast on Gili islands island, where to go for dinner, which side is better for swimming etc. I have stayed in many Airbnb places but I haven’t met such a caring host as Dwi. The room was clean, you will have a shower without a roof for yourselves, so showering and looking at the moon and stars is possible ? There is also a cute porch on which you can enjoy breakfast every morning. Dwi makes her own bread/toast which is very tasty. I highly recommend this place. The Wifi connection is sometimes weak, but who cares, you are on vacation, take a break from everything. And before you leave, don’t forget to write your names on the cactus. (Our signature: Gretka+Nico) -

Southern Thailand in a week

Amatara Wellness ResortBeautiful resort with an infinity pool, amazing food, and great massages if you still have jet lag! Very relaxing, low key place. - Phi Phi Island Village Beach resortI will be back here. 20 minute long tail boat ride away from Tonsai Pier. Great food, and all of the rooms are little huts. There is a small town and a hike you can take right behind the hotel. The hotel also set us up with our day trip around different parts of the Phi Phi Islands which was great because we didn't have to worry about anything! If you're looking to be by all of the parties I wouldn't recommend, the only way to travel to the main pier is by long tail boat and after a certain time it gets too dangerous to travel. Great if you want a relaxing beautiful vacation. - Maya BayOur excursion to a bunch of different spots in Phi Phi but this is a must see! Also has a Lagoon close by if you walk along a short path! - Phi Phi LookoutAmazing view once you get to the top!! Very steep and tiring but worth it!! - The Beach BarFun bar to stop at after your hike to the look out! Very casual and you get to paint ON the bar! - Kee ResortLoved this place!!! Stayed here after Phi Phi before heading home. Super fun, lots of 20 somethings, had an amazing swim up bar as well as a rooftop. Right next to Bangla road which is convenient when you want to go out. The staff was great and organized all of our excursions. - The Big BuddahGreat experience, absolutely breathtaking. The Kee organized a car for us for the day that took us here and another excursion. If you go be sure to wear sleeves that cover your shoulders and if possible your legs. If not you can borrow a wrap in exchange for a donation. - Paradise BeachNot far from The Kee, about a 20 minute drive. This is where the full moon parties happen however unfortunately we were not there during one. Great beach to hangout, and participate in water sports! - Bangla RoadExtremely wild strip of bars and clubs! Very fun and also great for shopping. If you are staying at The Kee you are right next to the strip. -

Magical Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia

Hotel in Cappadocia: Chelebi Cave HouseAmazing hotel with incredible owners who treat you like family. The hotel is run by 3 brothers who grew up in Goreme, so they are legit locals and are experts on the area (one of them is even a hot air balloon pilot, as well!). The hotel has a small family feel, with only 5 rooms, and every guest is treated like a part of the family. The cave rooms are incredible, probably the coolest hotel room I've ever stayed in. While it has all the modern amentities, a huge bed, and large spa-like bathroom, you really are sleeping in a room that was carved out of stone...amazing! Ridiculously good breakfast serve in a beautiful courtyard. The brothers who run the hotel basically act as personal travel agents for each hotel guest - they kindly planned every activity for us (hot air balloon, "Green Tour" through the valley, horseback riding, Turkish Hamam, airport transfers) and had suggestions for how to make the most of each day. - Dinner at Topdeck Cave RestaurantAwesome food, amazing cave atmosphere. Small, family owned restaurant with amazing food. Whenever we asked anyone for recommendations for dinner in Goreme, the first answer was always "Topdeck." Really good mixed meze platter and great local wines. The ambience is super chill (also very romantic, if you are there with your significant other). Will definitely go back! - Dinner at Seten Anatolian CuisineEasily the best dinner in Cappadocia. We ate here on the last night of our 3 nights stay in Goreme. We had reservations at other highly-recommended restaurants our first two nights, so we tried this based on a suggestion from our hotel. It was by far the BEST meal we had in Goreme, even better than some of our meals in Istanbul. We dined in a gorgeous outdoor courtyard, which had views of the surrounding mountains. Really good mixed meze platter and great local wines. Many of the main courses are roasted in a big wood-burning oven (we actually watched the chef load logs in as he cooked). The ambience is is excellent - really trendy vibe but also a super local feel (and very romantic if you are with a significant other). We were only a table of 2 but the place definitely has space for groups too. Will definitely go back! - Dinner at Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art GalleryThis is a small, family owned restaurant. The reviews speak for themselves - excellent food, great service. The menu is a set menu, with soup, salad, choice of chicken/beef/vegetarian main course, and dessert. We would have liked more options to choose from, but the food was very tasty. They do not serve beer or wine at the restaurant, which was a little disappointing, but the owner was kind enough to give us each a glass of some of his own local wine, which was very nice. Service was excellent - Dinner at Leb-i DeryaBest meal in Istanbul, best view in Istanbul. Easily the best meal we had in Istanbul. The restaurant is a bit hard to find if you don't know where it is...use the map/address on Tripadvisor! If you follow google maps, you will get lost (the location in google maps is wrong)! The fact that the restaurant is a bit hidden down a side street made it that much cooler and gave it a very local vibe. The restaurant itself if on the top floor of the building and has an AMAZING view of the Bosphorous. The food was outstanding and the restaurant had a very trendy, romantic ambience. Would definitely go back here for dinner and/or drinks (had a very nice bar as well). This is a must-go place if you are in Istanbul - Dinner at MiklaMichelin star quality food with an amazing view. Food was exceptional and the view of the city/river is hard to beat. Very fine dining-type vibe, really trendy. The menu is prix-fix. Portions were small but food was outstanding. Probably the most expensive meal we had in Istanbul, but not the best. Still highly recommended - Lunch at Ciya SofrasiDelicious local cuisine, reasonable prices. We went here on recommendation from a friend who lived in Istanbul. Awesome local cuisine, super casual, inexpensive. Many people we've talked to didn't even go to the Asian side while in Istanbul. If you don't explore Kadikoy and eat at this place, you are missing out! - Dinner at DurumzadeThe cheapest meal we had in Istanbul, but one of the tastiest! This is a small, cheap, local hole-in-the wall with amazing food! It was cheapest dinner we had in Istanbul, but one of our favorites. The place is tiny and has the vibe of a late-night, drunk-food place - a single counter, small menu on the wall, and a couple plastic tables and chairs. But if you want extremely authentic cuisine and don't mind sitting at a tiny table out on the street, this place is the best! Definitely have them make you a mixed meat plate - it was awesome!! - Lunch at Karakoy LokantasiGorgeous restaurant, great food. This place came highly recommended from a friend who is a native of Istanbul who said it was the best seafood in town, so we had high expectations. The restaurant did not let us down. The place is beautiful, lined all around with turqouise tile, and the food was delicious. We came for lunch, which was great, but I've been told the menu is even better and more extensive at dinner. Come to this trendy spot to eat fish, drink raki, and walk along the Bosphorous after your meal - Soho House IstanbulThe first thing we did after checking into our hotel in Istanbul was head to Soho House for a drink on their gorgeous rooftop (oh, and for me to propose on said rooftop!). The view of the Bosphorus from the roof is unmatched, both at night and during the daytime. In addition to drinks, we had dinner at both restaurants in Soho House (the first, Cecconis, is open to the public). We also lounged at the amazing rooftop infinity pool on multiple mornings (luckily we were travelling with a Soho House member!). When we go back to Istanbul, we will 100% stay here - everything about it is highly recommended. - Wandering around Taksim SquareFamous square in Istanbul, you can't miss it! Lots of flower vendors and food stands. We had some excellent baklava nearby! - Kadikoy - The Brooklyn of IstanbulIstanbul is super unique in that the city is in both Europe and Asia (split by the Bosphorus River). A lot of people who visit stay on the European side and never visit the Asian side - which is such a mistake!! Yes, most of the major sights are on the Europe side, but we spend an afternoon exploring Kadikoy on the Asian side and it was awesome. Best way to describe it is the Brooklyn of Istanbul - artsy shops, markets, cute little cafes, and just a generally chiller vibe than the larger parts of the city. Also, crossing the Bosphorus on the ferry to get here has great views! - Beyoglu is where it's at!There's a debate among travelers to Istanbul whether to stay in Beyoğlu (newer, hip neighborhood) or Sultanahmet (old city). The major historical sights are in Sultanahmet, but you should DEFINITELY stay in Beyoglu. We did and it was the right choice. Much more chill than the old city and its where all the best bars and restaurants are. Take a cab to the old city in the daytime to hit the big sights, but come back to Beyoglu for everything else! - Magical Hot Air Balloon over CappadociaThis is what everyone comes to Cappadocia for and there's a reason! One of the coolest things I've ever done. We booked with Turkiye Balloons, but due to winds our flights were cancelled two days in a row (the local government regulates balloon flights so everyone was grounded...either all balloons fly or no balloons fly, which is comforting!). Luckily our third and final day, conditions were perfect and we were able to fly. If you go to Turkey, this is absolutely the one thing you should not miss. - Dolmabahce PalaceThe "new palace." The tour inside was so cool! - Topkapi PalaceThe "old palace." Personally my favorite historical sight in Istanbul, definitely should not be missed. - Blue MosqueThe most iconic mosque in Istanbul, can't be missed! - Hagia SophiaAfter the Blue Mosque, probably Istanbul's most well-known sight. This really shows Istanbul's amazing combo of Christian and Muslim history (remember the Istanbul Not Constantinople song??). Hagia Sophia was a church that later became a mosque, so the architecture inside and out are unlike any other building. - Grand BazaarYou could get lost in this indoor bazaar for an entire day and love it. Thousands of shops selling anything you can think of. - Beach day on the Prince's Islands!The Princes Islands are a set of islands off the coast of Istanbul. You can take a ferry that stops at all of them, but we got off at Buyukada (the biggest of the islands). There are no cars (only horses and bikes) so it's an amazing retreat from the city for a day. We walked along the quiet roads looking at huge gorgeous houses and eventually found a tiny hidden beach club to lounge with some cold beers. One of the best days of our trip! If you don't want to walk, there are little boats near where you exit the ferry that will take you to different beaches free of charge! -

Tel Aviv

North AbraxisThis restaurant is nothing short of AMAZING! Every dish is delicious, and they encourage you to eat with your hands, so the experience is definitely one of a kind and unlike anywhere else. The green beans and sweet potatoes were my favorite. If you're with a crew, get the dessert platter for $60! Only thing to note is that it is not cheap! - Le ShukGo here for brunch - all of the dips are absolutely delicious!! And the cafe is adorable. All this food plus a coffee or juice for only equivalent of $19. The vibes are amazing too for a mid day drink or for a boozy brunch! - YafoJaffa is a definite must! Ride your bike from Tel Aviv to Jaffa and shop around! There are a ton of cute cafes to eat (Abu Hassan is supposedly the best hummus in Jaffa, but I've never personally tried it). The shopping there is incredible - especially for jewelry! You will wander and stumble upon the best gems. My favorite store is Sharone Brunsher- such beautiful, unique pieces but VERY pricey! - Bugrashov BeachYou can spend all of your time at the beach since the weather is always perfect in the summertime- this is a happening area, so it's a good central spot to meet up with friends and have a beer! - Tamara Juice StandDon't miss out on these juices/smoothies! The absolute best!! -

Krabi, Thailand

Phu Pi Maan Resort & Spa4-star hotel in Krabi, Thailand surrounded by tropical greenery and a short walk or ride to Ao Nang beach. Rooms were neat and very clean with excellent AC and amenities. Staff was friendly and helpful and there is a shuttle service that will take you down to the beach. Only drawback (for us) was that the resort is close to a Mosque so you'll hear their call to prayer several times a day, including early morning. - Ao Nang BeachAo Nang Beach is your typical beach in Thailand. You cannot rent an umbrella or lounger so you'll need to be mindful of that. The beach is right along the main enclave for the area, Beach Road, which is filled with restaurants, bars and shopping. You can purchase tickets (cash only) for the dragon boat taxis along Beach Road that will take you over to Railay Beach and to other areas only accessible by boat. - Phi Phi Islands Excusion by SpeedboatYou can book a day trip from Ao Nang to the Phi Phi Islands via speedboat at any of the tour kiosks along Beach Road. Your day will start by being picked up at your hotel and the tours usually leave around 8am from the dock and you return around 5pm. Ticket prices can range so do check out a few kiosks to see if the prices fluctuate. Most tours will provide lunch and a snack, which will consist of typical foods. Be sure to wear your bathing suit as there is no where to change, and you'll want to snorkel and swim in the ocean. Don't forget a towel and sunscreen as that is not provided. The Phi Phi Islands are beautiful and provided the backdrop of the movie The Beach. Other boat tours will cover other island in the area, which depending on the time and money you want to spend will be up to you. I chose a tour that included Phi Phi and Hong islands. - Massage CornerGreat place to stop for a massage. The prices are very reasonable and the site was clean with a friendly and well trained staff. - Radarom SpaGreat spa to stop at for a massage, scrub or steam. Very nice by western standards. Best to make an advanced booking as this place does book out regularly. - Dean and Mom's ResturantThere are TONS of restaurants to choose from with menu's that are very much the same, so how do you choose, right? Well, once we found this place it became our spot every night of the trip. Decent service, excellent food! They also have wifi, need I say more? Prices might feel more expensive compared to Bangkok or Phuket, but that's pretty indicative of this particular region. - Railay BeachAnother well-know beach in the area, if you aren't staying on Railay then you'll need to take a dragon boat as it's only accessible by boat due to the high limestone cliffs that cut off access to the mainland. East Railay is the docking point for boats arriving from Krabi. It is unsuitable for swimming due to the mangroves and boat traffic. You can take the walking path to access Phra Nang Beach, along your walk you will likely encounter monkeys. They're mostly friendly but don't try to pet them and don't feed them! Obviously! West Railay is the primary destination for beach goers and the beach is flanked by high limestone cliffs. This beach is likely the one you'll see on the postcards sold in the area. Also, do know West Railay is where you can catch a boat ferry to Phuket. -

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angor WatAngor Wat is a temple complex and is the largest religious monument in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see when in the SE Asia region. This place is huge, measuring 162.6 hectares! Book a tour guide and driver through any hotel you choose to stay at, and both are a must!! You cannot walk the entire site area, it's far too large of an area to cover on foot and you'll want a guide to explain all the history behind the Temples. First, your guide and driver will take you to ticketing to purchase your ticket for entry. Tickets are sold as 1, 3 or 7 day entries and are paid for with cash or credit. You'll need your passport to gain entry as well. Best to go early in the morning as you'll want to beat the heat and the crowds. Wear light clothing and a hat and bring water-though your driver should have waters in the vehicle for your consumption. Many people go for the sunrise and sunset at the main complex, I saw the sunrise as I was cheering on my Husband as he ran the Angor Wat Half Marathon. Don't miss Ta Prohm as it's the temple from Lara Croft Tomb Raider. Note: due to religious background of Angor Wat complex, you MUST cover your shoulders and knees when inside any of the temples. A simple sarong will do to wrap around your waist and best to bring a button down to quickly cover your shoulders upon entry. They will not sell you a ticket for entry if you are dressed in revealing clothing. All of this information and more, like hours of entry etc can be found online. - Sarai Resort and SpaExcellent Moroccan inspired 5-star boutique hotel near city center in Siem Reap with an upscale spa and kick ass pool! 15 mins from the airport and a short walk or ride to Old Market, Night Market and Pub Street. Clean rooms, decent beds, nice shower and bathrooms. Spa was nice but "expensive" compared to other massage salons and spas around city center. - Ecstatic PizzaPizza place where you can make your pizza a "happy" pizza. - Khmer Relief SpaExcellent spa with a great menu of services to choose from. Best to make an advanced booking especially in the evening as it gets quite busy. Massages are great and the scrubs are also very nice and refreshing, especially after a day of sightseeing in the heat. - Pub StreetAn area within the city center that has a wide variety of restaurants, street food, bars etc. Busy and vibrant in the evening. - Angor Night MarketTypical Night Market you find in Asia, street food vendors and is the best place to find souvenirs. Prices are very low and you can haggle- for souvenirs. However, do know prices are marked in USD currency. -


Sheraton seminyakGreat hotel in seminyak- great breakfast, clean rooms, pretty views on a quiet street that's still pretty central - Lawn at cangguFabulous beach club to spend the day and get drinks out of coconuts and light bites. Cute pool bar that looks over the black sand beach - Deux ex machinaGreat surf shop and cafe in Canggu - Potato head beach clubGreat beach club to watch the sunset and grab a cocktail - Mrs sippyPool club with class, great food and cocktails and a fun diving board if you dare! - Ku de taGreat bar and lounge with fabulous view of the stunning Bali sunsets! - BistrotAdorable restaurant for dinner or lunches! - SangaskaAmazing dinner spot- small so make a reservation but the food is unreal Indonesian cuisine - Strawberry fieldsCute breakfast spot! - Komenka rasa sayangGreat hotel on the Main Street in ubud by the monkey forest - Ubud monkey forestStowe your valuables from these fiesty monkeys! Great to see them running around doing their thing in this beautiful jungle- gorgeous grounds to walk through - Ubud marketCool cultural experience to see the ubud market- grab a mangosteen and some ginger tea! - Sayan house ubudGreat dinner spot- go at sunset! - Watercress cafeAmazing breakfast spot! - Spa at AlilaIncredible spa at Alila hotel! Worth the splurge - Yoga barnTake a yoga or meditation class! - Tegalalong rice paddyHike along the biggest tiered rice paddy- meet local farmers and take in the gorgeous views. Bring cash as there are tolls along the way - Dugong restaurant uluwatuUnbelievable dinner spot in uluwatu. Beautiful bar and views, live music and phenomenal service. Fantastic and worth the splurge, food is amazing! - Rock bar uluwatuHave a cocktail on the ocean at this fantastic bar on a cliff over the ocean! - Cashew tree uluwatuAmazing spot for any meal- beautiful premises and has a party once a week with live music - Drifters uluwatuGreat surf shop and cafe in uluwatu - Sundays beach clubAmazing beach club to hang for the day- stay through sunset! -

10 Days Exploring Bali

Gili Teak hotel in Gili T.LOVED this hotel! Seriously one of the coolest bathrooms I've ever seen - half indoor/half outdoor, 2 waterfall shower-heads, with a pond with fish swimming around you. This hotel is right on the beach. They have a ton of beds/chairs/bean bags on the beach for you to enjoy and wait staff service on the beach. This is a little far from town, but I'd recommend that, as it is quieter, you get awesome sunsets, and still a 5 min bike ride from the center of Gili t. - Rent Snorkel Gear in Gili TThere are a ton of locals renting snorkel gear on the side of the road. Ride your bike around, find one of these guys and rent snorkel gear for $5. Jump in the water where they tell you to go and you will see awesome fish, guaranteed! We saw a bunch of sea turtles snacking on sea grass. - Dinner at the Gili T night marketingHead into town to the night market to catch a super LOCAL and FRESH seafood dinner. By local I mean do not expect anything fancy here, and this is probably not for the squeamish. Locals are selling freshly caught seafood that they grill up for you on the spot. There are so many fish and side dishes to try! Grab a bintang, walk around, and grab food from a few vendors! - Snorkel Trip around the Gili IslandsHead into the main part of town and sign up for a snorkel trip around the 3 islands. This is a half-day, almost full-day activity. You'll snorkel at 3 locations, ride on a glass bottom boat and enjoy lunch and Bingtang's at a restaurant on Gili Air. - Breakfast at Kayu CafeAmazing and healthy little cafe. We came 2 days in a row it was so good! Great coffee, freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast items. LOVED it. Overlooking the beach where the ferries come in. - Ferry to the Gili IslandsCatch one of the high speed ferries from Padang Bai to the Gili Islands. The ferries are modern, and clean, with both outdoor and indoor seating. The ferry ride is about 2 hours. - Kajane Mua Hotel in UbudGreat hotel at a really reasonable price in the heart of Ubud. The rooms were very big, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was served to us daily in front of our own little pool. The Spa within the hotel was GREAT! The food at this hotel was also great. - Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in UbudHead to the monkey forest, bring bananas or buy some when you arrive. There are SO many monkey's and they are NOT scared of humans! Really fun, and beautiful forest to walk around. - Tegalalang Rice Terrace in UbudWalk around these beautiful rice terraces. - Luwak Coffee TastingThere are a few of these around the Rice Terrace area in ubud. Stop by one! They are coffee plantations and they serve Luwak Coffee. Luwaks are tiny rodents who eat coffee beans, do not digest them fully and poop them out... CRAZY, but it is one of the most expensive coffee's in the world. Check out this process and try a ton of local coffee's & tea! - Mount Batur - Sunrise Hike!Arrange to do a sunrise hike of Mount Batur. You'll have to leave your hotel around 230 am, but it is well worth it! The trek up is about 2 hours (in the dark!)... The views from the top are beautiful. Dress warm - it is cold at night and at the top. - Shop at Ubud MarketStroll around Ubud Market and pick up awesome, handcrafted goods! - Lunch @ Locavore to go!Super cute cafe with healthy eats in Ubud! - Surf at Padang Padang - Rent Scooters in UluwatuScooters are really the only mode of transport! Have your hotel arrange for a rental. If you surf, ask for the surf board rack! - Check out Uluwatu Beachwalk down the cliffs, and through the cliff to get a glimpse of the opening where the surfers go in and out! - Surf UluwatuOnly paddle out if you are experienced! Ask one of the local surf shops for details on how to get in and out of the cliff. Be careful! - Enjoy the Sunset at Bingin BeachNice beach, cute restaurants in the cliffs. Enjoy a very casual sunset here. If you surf - this is another good surf break! REEF Break so be cautious! - Best Restaurant in Bingin Beach Area - The Cashew TreeHealthy eats for any meal of the day! They also have a party with live music once a week - check to see which night it is! - Lunch at Suka EspressoEnjoy lunch or a coffee at Suka Espresso. They had amazing smoothie bowls! - Hotel in Bingin BeachCute hotel, nice pool! Very relaxed, laid back. The staff were super accommodating. Less than a 5min walk from Bingin Beach. -

Honeymooning in Bali

Viceroy BaliThis hotel was UNREAL! We upgraded our room to one of the Deluxe Terrace Villas which was totally worth the $! The room was a hut like (huge) room that had a private pool over looking the jungles of Ubud. The Cascades Restaurant at the hotel was great - we were impressed by the quality of the food and presentation. The portions are very small, they encourage you to try a lot from the menu. You can also order lunch or dinner directly to your private pool, we did this one of the afternoons which was really nice. - Elephant Safari Park & LodgeAwesome experience! The tour we booked was called Bathe & Breakfast with Elephants. Although it starts very early (around 7AM), I recommend doing this one because you are able to feed them breakfast and bathe them during the morning hours. The afternoon tours do not offer this and are more for just riding them. We didn't want to ride the elephants so this was the perfect day for us. - Sacred Monkey ForestSo much fun! We went to monkey forest one afternoon after shopping in the markets. Advice: Do NOT leave any bananas out OR your sunglasses...The monkeys will absolutely climb on you and take them all! We hid the bananas in our backpack and the monkeys even try to unzip it to steal them. We had too much fun and bought 3 bunches of bananas! The bigger ones were kind of scary, I stuck to hanging with the babies. - Besakih Mother TempleToured the Besakih Mother Temple one afternoon. One of the largest and most important temples in Bali. - Tegalalang Rice TerraceRice terraces are beautiful! We didn't have time to walk through them but I saw people doing it and I wish we did! - Cafe LotusGreat local dinner spot in Ubud Town. Hit up the local markets before dinner for some basket bags and coverups. - Alila Villas UluwatuAMAZING hotel in Uluwatu. Highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing but very luxe stay. The infinity pool over looking the Indian Ocean was beautiful and surrounded by comfortable day beds. We upgraded our room to a 1 Bedroom Pool Villa. This hotel offered morning Yoga which I took advantage of followed by the organic and local breakfast which was included with our stay. The Restaurant in the hotel called The Warung was the best- authentic Indonesian and Balinese food. Highly recommend eating here during your stay - chicken satay with peanut sauce was my fav. - Single FinSunday Funday spot in Uluwatu on a cliff over looking the beach. Popular surfer spot - after a surf sesh everyone comes up here for drinks with life music and a beautiful sunset. We rented scooters (aka motor bikes according to the Balinese) and drove here. - Rock BarWe went here for sunset drinks and apps - great bar located at the top of a cliff with beautiful beach views. Get there early to get a good seat because it fills up fast. - Dreamland BeachNot the most picturesque Bali beach (a little dirty) but all sand and no rocks. - Cashew TreeOrganic & Vegan! Super casual and laid-back restaurant to check out for a quick bite - cash only. - W Hotel SeminyakOur stay at the W was great! The hotel is modern and also very large. We didn't spend a lot of time at the hotel because there was just too much to see and do in Seminyak. The hotel location was perfect - walking distance to everything! - Potato Head Beach ClubMy FAV day in Seminyak! We spent the entire day here on an ocean front day bed. You have to get there early to reserve the day beds - the ocean front ones are better then the poolside ones. Atmosphere is relatively relaxed throughout the day and becomes more fun as the night goes on. The cocktails and food here were great! Try the coconut cocktails (made from real coconuts!) and the fish tacos - by far my favorites! - La PlanchaMy second FAV day in Seminyak! La Plancha is a very cool beach spot filled with colorful bean bags and umbrellas. Great music and cocktails offering a very chill vibe. We spent a few hours here sipping on some fresh cocktails and seafood appetizers. The sunset on this part of the beach is beautiful, I'm glad we went during late afternoon and into the evening because it can be so hot during the day and definitely cools down post sunset. There are a lot of locals walking through the bean bags selling stuff; from $1 tassel necklaces (which I bought a few of for gifs) to art and hats... Definitely ignore them if you're totally uninterested in purchasing. - Cafe OrganicSeriously obsessed with this place! I need one in NY!! They have the best smoothie and acai bowls. Oh, and homemade Kombucha and cold brew! It's a small spot, indoor and outdoor seating and very friendly staff. Located just off the road from the W Hotel, we stopped in 2x during our time in Seminyak. - Nalu BowlsCute smoothie and acai bowl shack for a quick brekkie - they only use local ingredients which is exactly what we love! I had an acai bowl and cold brew. - Sisterfields CafeWe went here for lunch one afternoon, really good food (got the avo toast) This place is very Australian influenced and has a great atmosphere. - Sea CircusSuch a cute dinner spot! We had the Summer Poke Bowl and Taco Bar! They also have GF options. It was relatively busy when we went, we sat at the bar because there were no tables available. Overall, this restaurant had a very Australian feel. - Mist Boutique - Milk & Roses BoutiqueCute boutique with reasonable prices. - Chill ReflexologyMassages in Seminyak! A little more expensive then your typically Balinese massage but worth it. Relaxing and clean place - I got the "Ultimate Chill" massage here. -

24 Hours in Shanghai

City God TempleOld Daoist Temple in the old city of Shanghai. Very cool to see the locals worshipping and experience this! - Walk along The BundEnjoy a stroll along The Bund. This is promenade along the Huangpu River, which cuts through the center of Shanghai. Great view of the skyline! - Yu Garden + Enjoy a cup of tea in the GardenAfter walking along the Bund head through Yu Garden and stop for a cup of tea in the old Tea house. - The Old City of ShanghaiOne of the oldest parts of the city and really highlights the old Shanghai with tons of classical Chinese buildings. The markets and bazaar surrounding this area are the highlight - don't forget to bargain a ton! - EAT in the Old City!This eatery in the center of the old city is amazing! TRY everything! The first floor is more of a grab-and-go, with seating, and upstairs is a sit down restaurant. Must try the xiaolongbao, that Shanghai is famous for! - Walk + Shop along NanJing LuAn outdoor pedestrian mall with a ton of modern shops and restaurants. Safe to walk along during the day and at night. - Dinner & Drinks in XinTianDiA very modern entertainment district with stores and restaurants. We enjoyed dinner at an outdoor cafe and good cocktails around here! A lot of lively bars at night! - People's SquareThe Times Square (or Piccadilly Circus) of Shanghai. This is a central landmark surrounded by theaters, museums, and city hall. Very close to NanJing Lu. - Ride the FASTEST train in the world!Get to and from the airport in 7-10 minutes on the Maglev Train (19mi!). Seriously, this train goes around 200 MPH - super fast! -

Layover in Hong Kong!

Yum ChaBest dumplings (with the cutest) faces in HK! Definitely check it out. - One Dim SumSuper authentic and inexpensive restaurant in HK. I went 2x during my 4 days here! For ordering, you pencil things in off of the menu - portions are on the smaller side so you can try everything. The mango dessert was amazing! - Victoria PeakThis is a MUST do/see in HK. The peak looks down on the entire city with an unreal skyline! Take the tram there (the 120 year old railway) for the ultimate experience. - Afternoon Tea: The PeninsulaWe went here for afternoon tea after some morning shopping and sightseeing. It's first come first serve, so get there on the early side to secure a table. -