From Hanoi we took a tour where we spent 1 night in Bai Tu Long Bay, a newer route within the Halong Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading
The ESADE Japan Trek officially began in Kyoto! I couldn’t wait to see my friends from ESADE! This part of the trip was planned by our Japanese friends. Continue reading
If you’re traveling around Asia, don’t skip out on Hanoi. Hanoi is a crazy, loud, dynamic city. It’s a city where you think you will die trampled over by a motorbike. Don’t worry, you won’t. Continue reading
I don’t know why, but planning our 10 days around Vietnam were the hardest of our 2-month trip around Asia. I had high expectations because friends and blogs I read both raved about how amazing Vietnam is.
The first stop of our 10-day Japan trip was Osaka. The only thing we knew about Osaka was that it is known for its amazing street food. If you’re into street food, trust me, you will go crazy in this city. Continue reading
If Japan is on your bucket list (if it’s not, I don’t know what you’re waiting for to put it on there!), be aware that there is a “before and after” Japan. Japan changes you. There’s something (or really, many things) about Japan that will make you see things differently.
You won’t want to leave, ever. It will ruin beaches for you. For me, El Nido is paradise brought to life.
Uluwatu is surfer’s paradise. There are surfing points everywhere but it also has beautiful beaches. The geography is stunning because it’s full of cliffs and all green with jungle. To go to the beach you have to walk down (and then up) lots of stairs. Sometimes you will meet monkeys along the way (watch out, those little buggers will try to steal your things).
Nusa Lembongan is a small island 30-40 min away from Bali. We had planned 3.5 days there, to chill and relax on the island, but our plans changed. We wanted to return on a Sunday but Saturday evening was full moon and there were religious ceremonies going on. The people on Nusa Lembongan island believe that the next day no boats should go out to sea. Flexibility (and booking with free cancellation) is key.
Ubud is all about peace and love. Not only because it has become an important yoga destination but also because its people are very religious and spiritual. It’s beautiful. There are many temples close to Ubud to soak in the spirituality. If you’re not into this as much, there are also lots of adventurous activities like treks to the volcano or waterfalls.
No matter your choice of activities, Ubud has a special something that will captivate you and you will not want to leave.