One Week in Bali: The Ultimate Adventure and Guide

When I tell people I love taking solo trips, they look at me like I’m nuts! Like, “Hellooo, you’re a woman and it’s not safe to be traveling alone!”

Yes, I agree there are more risks when it comes to female solo travelers and more precautions need to be taken, but I believe that if you have done a very thorough research on your destination and prepare the necessities, you’ll be more prepared should any problem arise. *touch wood

This isn’t my very first solo trip. Click here to read about my first solo in Cambodia!

Nevertheless, I still felt anxiety and nervousness about being alone in a foreign country! I was afraid that like my last solo trip, I might get severe food poisoning, which was hellish and miserable! I thought of basically every negative scenario that might happen to a woman during a solo trip!

But even still, it did not stop me from feeling a sense of excitement when I started my journey as a solo traveller.


Much as I love traveling with people, a solo trip gives me a sense of freedom. I get to go to places I want without having to worry about what the other person wants to do. Whether I want to start the day freaking early or late. Plus, I get to decide how long I wanna spend on each location visited.

 I’m gonna share with you a guide to my Bali solo trip….

La Laguna Bali

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The perfect place to have a nice meal while enjoying the sunset. Stepping into this gypsy inspired beach club, I felt like I wasn’t in Bali anymore. I got a very bohemian and vintage vibe when I arrived.

Located in Canggu, the bar/restaurant is pretty secluded. The venue’s ornate wooden caravans are the main attraction! Did you know you can have your palm read by a psychic in one of these caravans?

The day I visited, La Laguna Bali was holding a private movie screening and they recently held a gypsy flea market, which I’m pretty disappointed to have missed it!

The Udaya Resorts & Spa

Located within the lush greenery of Ubud, you’ll get to enjoy a sense of serenity here at Udaya.

I’ve always heard such great raves about the spa and told myself that I had to visit the next time I was in Bali.

With a wide range of traditional spa treatments, guests will be utterly spoilt!

I was completely amazed and impressed with the layout at the spa. Plus, the service was really as mentioned, top-notch! The staff treated me like a Queen, making sure I was comfortable in my own private suite, spoiling me with different choices of essential oils and omg the floral bath was out of this world!

I’ve never felt this rejuvenated and well-rested after my 2-hour treatment! Trust me when I say, I did not want to leave at all!!

If you’re keen on going to The Udaya just for a spa, I highly recommend you make a booking as early as possible, as they are pretty much always fully booked.

Ujung Water Palace

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Taman Ujung Water Palace is one place in the East of Bali that you have to go visit!

Located in the village of Seraya in Karangasem regency, it is actually the sister site of Tirta Ganga, which I will share with you below.

It was a long drive from Seminyak to the water palace, but along the way, you get to enjoy the amazing view of Mount Agung.

Ujung Water Palace was first built by Raja l Gusti Bagus Djelantik in 1919. According to Rajux, my Bali driver/ tour guide, many of his descendants are still around and live in Indonesia.

Did you know the Water Palace is a combination of Balinese and European architecture? That’s because Bali was once occupied by the Dutch. I was pretty wonderstruck by the whole place and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Raja l Gusti Bagus Djelantik and his family.

If you’re interested in going to Ujung Water Palace and not having to deal with the crowd, I suggest being there before 10am. It gets crowded and hot around 11 in the day.

Tirta Ganga


Known as the favourite retreat during the regency of Karangasem, Tirta Ganga was built in 1946 by the late raja of Karangasem, Anak Agung Anglurah Ketut Karangasem.

The famous pond is where visitors can feed the fishes.

The springs in this area are considered holy by the locals and is used during religious ceremonies, as well as a source of potable water.

Like Ujung Water Palace, Tirta Gangga is usually quite crowded after 10am, and I made sure to be there earlier.

Pura Ulun Danu


This is one place I’ve been wanting to visit for a while!

The temple was built in the 17th century in worship of the main Hindu trinity, Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, as well as the lake goddess, Dewi Danu. The sight and cool atmosphere of the Bali uplands have made the lake and this temple a favourite sightseeing and recreational spot as well as a frequently photographed site.

Entering the temple gates, instantly noticeable are the typical Balinese architectural features and the tiered shrines. Inside the complex, the three main shrines are dedicated to the worship of god Vishnu which boasts 11 tiers, god Brahma with seven 7 tiers and Shiva with three tiers.

As the temple was built on a rather low lying side of the lake, the floating effect is thus featured when the lake’s water levels rise. Funny thing was, when I arrived, the pond was dried up and people could literally walk over!

I asked Rajux if visitors are allowed to enter the temple and he said it can only be accessed by those partaking in holy ceremonies. Visitors who want to enter the temple for prayer purposes, have to seek permission and be dressed in their traditional Balinese wear.

I hope this post will encourage you to visit Bali, be it solo or not! I was there for two weeks but felt that the period was too short. Luckily, I’ll be heading back in less than 2 weeks! Super excited to show my friend around this beautiful place, as it’s her first time!

If you’re looking for a driver in Bali, contact Rajux on Facebook, email him at or whatsapp him at +62 853 3339 5191.




Pangea Dreams Bali Retreat: Daydreaming in Paradise

What is a Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat?

Founded by Tracy Komlos (@tracy_komlos), Pangea Dreams started out as a content creation agency, combining the creation of beautiful, amazing content with traveling.

Now, Pangea Dreams include retreats for creative and entrepreneurial women who share like-minded goals in carefully-selected destinations.

Fun Fact: Pangea Dreams is the original blogger retreat!

The Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat includes workshops like Media Kit Creation (my fave), Hotel + Brand collaborations, motivational talks by inspiring hosts, and many more.

The name ‘Pangea’ is derived from Ancient Greek pan and Gaia. was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras.

The goal of Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat is to bring women from different countries, together and become a strong supporting unit for one another. In other words, we are one big family of strong, independent women.

I’ve known about the Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat for a while now, and was always interested in joining. However, timing was always an issue due to school. It was fate that I got a message from them last year, asking if I would be interested in joining. Of course, I couldn’t turn down such an amazing opportunity. I wanted to improve my photography and content creation skills. Plus, how can I say no when it’s held in Bali!! One of my fave places to be!

Fast forward to October this year, I was in a plane, anxious and excited to meet the 20 girls who, not to be dramatic, changed my life forever. Ps, it was the biggest retreat Pangea Dreams has ever held!

I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to make any friends and was honestly quite overwhelmed by such a big group. But the minute I arrived at The Chillhouse, everyone was so welcoming and just giving me hugs! (Just typing this out made me tear up as I miss my Pangea fam so much!!!

During that week, I felt completely at ease and at home with my new family. We started the mornings with a yoga session. Did I mention that the Pangea team asked me to teach my very first yoga class?! Holy cow, I was so nervous! But everyone was so nice for all the encouragements, and it made me more determined to get my instructor cert to start teaching. Thank you Tracy, Lauren, Carly, Sam and Deddeh for giving me this beautiful opportunity!

I was completely blown away during the workshops! I was able to learn so many new things during these sessions. It’s just mind-blowing! Because of the skills and knowledge I’ve learnt, I am given the opportunity to collaborate with hotels in Iceland next February!

A note to ladies who are interested in joining the retreat, bring tissues during the motivational workshops! There’s gonna be tears, and no one is “spared”! Deddeh’s workshop on self-love made me bawled and open up about things I hardly share. (Lemme just grab a tissue to dab my tears! Be right back!)

Ok now where were we? Oh yes, the motivational workshops! I suggest bringing two packets of tissues in case the other ladies need them. Remember, sharing is caring!

At the Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat, doors of opportunity will open up to you! I’ve made life-long friends, I’ve grew as a person (emotionally and spiritually) and I’ve gained knowledge that I wouldn’t have been able to learn on my own. I left the retreat as a total goal-oriented boss babe!!

So ladies, if you’re interested in joining the next Pangea Dreams Blogger Retreat, don’t hesitate and go for it! I am so glad I did! You can also follow them, @pangeadream, on Instagram, to find out more!



Explore Bangkok With Me

Traveling to Bangkok was such an adventure! We took a bus from Chiangrai back to Chiangmai. Our bus was delayed and we almost missed our overnight train to Bangkok! Luckily, we reached the station 10 minutes before the train departed.

Upon arriving, we visited the two famous temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho and Wat Arun.


Wat Pho

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Known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, it is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme.


Wat Arun

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Known as “Temple of Dawn”, Wat Arun is a Buddhist Temple in Bangkok Yai district, on the Thon buri west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derived its name from the Hindu God Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun.

Among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks, the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.

Although the temple has existed since at least the 17th century, its distinctive spires were built in the early 19th century, during the reign of King Rama II.



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When you’re in Bangkok, you definitely can’t miss the famous weekend market! Its sheer size and diverse collections of merchandise will bring any seasoned shoppers to their knees – this is where you can literally shop ‘till you drop’, which I’m proud to say I did of course!

With over more than 8000 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choices; clothes, shoes, bags, food, souvenirs, etc.

Although it’s impossible to name all, the selection of goods being offered at Chatuchak can be roughly divided into 11 categories:

  • Clothing & Accessories (sections 2-6, 10-26)
  • Handicrafts (sections 8-11) Ceramics (sections 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 25)
  • Furniture and Home Decoration (sections 1,3,4,7,8)
  • Food and Beverage (sections 2, 3, 4, 23, 24, 26, 27)
  • Plants and Gardening tools (sections 3, 4)
  • Art and Gallery (section 7)
  • Pets and Pet Accessories (sections 8, 9, 11, 13)
  • Books (sections 1, 27)
  • Antiques and Collectibles (sections 1, 26)
  • Miscellaneous and Used Clothing (sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 22, 25, 26)

When you’re there, don’t forget to try the famous duck noodles, which sadly I forgot to take a pic of! Just be prepared to queue awhile!


Unicorn Cafe

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This is one cafe that keeps popping up on my Instagram feed and I thought to why not give it a visit.

However, I have to say I was underwhelm by the decor and more so, the food! I’ve been to quite a few ‘cutesie’ cafe and I’ve noticed that most of the time, the food is mediocre. Unicorn cafe sadly has one of the worse tasting food of all these cafes I’ve visited.

Let’s just say I went for the pictures and it’s worth only visiting once. I definitely recommend going to the husky cafe (which I visited a couple years back) than this one, where they’re basically sucking the money out of your wallet.


Lebua Skybar


If you wanna spend an evening relaxing and having some drinks, Lebua Skybar is a place to be seen! Although be prepared to spend major ka-ching!

Let me tell you a hilarious story that happened. My mother ordered half a dozen oysters thinking it only cost her SGD10. When I calculated again just to double check, turns out she missed a “0” at the back! Yes, it cost us SGD100! And another SGD60++ for a lobster roll the size of my palm. I have really small hands by the way!

But hey, at least we had an awesome time there!


Erawan Museum

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This museum is a hidden gem within Bangkok!

A huge, three-headed elephant statue standing upon an equally gargantuan pedestal is the first, and last, thing you see when visiting Samut Prakan’s Erawan Museum. It’s a splendid, towering beast: 250 tons in weight, 29 metres high, 39 metres long, and cast in a pure green-hued copper. From conception to completion it took almost ten years to construct. With a proud, war-like demeanor and trunks the size of ancient Banyan Trees, this is an epic image of Hindu mythology’s Airavata.

Maeklong Market


Maeklong Railway Market is a traditional Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food and fruit. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market. When the train comes, vendors lower their umbrellas and move some of their produce further back off the train tracks. Some of the vegetables are laying on the ground and the train goes right over them. Amazingly, nothing is damaged or broken, and as soon as the train passes, vendors continue as normal.

You’ll be greeted by the odour of raw seafood while walking along the market, but hey, that’s the beauty of experiencing something you don’t get to see in your own country.


Grand Palace

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One of the city’s famous landmark, the Grand Palace is known as one of the must-see places in Bangkok. It was built in 1782 and was the home of the Thai King for 150 years!Thai Kings stopped living in the palace around the turn of the twentieth century, but the palace complex is still used to mark all kinds of other ceremonial and auspicious happenings.

I hope you enjoyed reading my 3-part Thailand series!

Stay tuned for my travel posts….





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I’ve been wanting to visit The White Temple for the longest time, and I can finally tick it off my bucket list!

Known as Wat Rong Khun, it is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. It a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

We decided to head there an hour before opening to avoid the crowds, but to no avail. There were already people queuing when we arrived!


Blue Temple, Wat Rong Seua Ten

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The main hall was recently completed but there are still some ongoing constructions and paintings taking place in the compound. It is known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, where “Seua Ten” means dancing tigers, referring to tigers that used to jump over the river.


Doi Tung Royal Villa & Mae Fah Luang Garden

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Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden are among the most famous tourist attractions of Chiang Rai province. These two places are located on the slopes of Doi Tung Mountain. With an elevation of 1,630 metres above sea level, the mountain is located in Mae Fa Luang District, about 60 km. from Chiang Rai town.

I was so car sick along the way. The driver was going really fast at every bend!

Doi Tung Royal Villa, built in the Lanna and Swiss architectural styles, was the residence of Her late Royal Highness Princess Srinakarindra, the Princess Mother.

The Mae Fah Luang Garden is the most beautiful landscaped garden in Thailand filled with hundreds of different kinds of plants and flowers. The garden is located in front of the Doi Tung Royal Villa, on an expanse of hillside that was originally the Akha village of Pa Kluay. This village used to be an important route for opium caravans and those involved in heroin and firearm trafficking. Situated in a deep gorge where the Akha lived in a dense settlement without the possibility of expansion, there was little space for hygiene, trash or wastewater management. At the request of the Doi Tung Development Project, the villagers agreed to be relocated to a new site 500 meters away. This site sits on a hill with expansive land. It has running water, electricity, and a paved road into the village.

A garden of mostly temperate flowers was built over 10 acres of land in accordance with the Princess Mother’s wishes to give Thai people who have never travelled overseas an opportunity to enjoy a temperate flower garden.




Solo in Cambodia

I’ve always wanted to take a solo trip. I was kinda worried about the cons of being a female solo traveler. However, if you as a solo traveler take extra precaution and did your research of the destination, I think you’ll be fine.

Here are some places you definitely need to visit when in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Ang Kor Thom


Angkor Thom is an ancient city in Siem Reap. There are many temples situated within Angkor Thom, such as Bayon, Ta ProhmBaphuon temple and Banteay Kdai. The word “Angkor” means “city” while the word “Thom” means “big”.

In the past, there were at least one million officials staying within Angkor Thom in wooden houses to protect the city. It was built by King Javavarman VII during the year 1180-1220. He was a Buddhist King and known to the Khmers as the Great King.

Did you know the Great King built Ta Prohm in honour of his mother?

Entering through the South gate, you will be able to see 54 statues on each side. On the right are statues representing demons and on the left are the ones representing Gods. Sand stones were used to make the statues as it is easier to carve, while volcanic stones were used to build the walls.

Happy Ranch Horse Farm & Quad Adventure

If you love horse riding like I do, and being able to explore the villages and countryside,  you have to visit Happy Ranch Horse Farm! I did a 2-hour sunset ride with my trustworthy sidekick named Silver. He’s the gentlest of all horse I’ve ever met. He eats a lot and is easily spooked by anything and everything. How can I not fall in love with him?

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If you’re not a fan of horse riding but is an adrenaline junkie, go for a quad bike adventure. We rode through a village and the countryside. On the way, we stopped at a temple and monastery. According to my guide, during the genocide, 100-200 monks were killed in this monastery, by being burnt alive.

Pre Rup Temple

Located within the grand circuit, Pre Rup is one of my fave temples to visit. The name “Pre Rup” means chain from the body. Built in the year 961, the towers were made out of bricks while the decorations were made out of stucco.

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East Mebon

Located in the middle of a reservoir named East Beray, East Mebon is a Hindu temple. In the past, the only mode of transportation to the temple was by boat. However, the reservoir has since dried up and a wooden walkway was built for people to walk across.

Ta Som

Another one of my fave temples! Ta Som is a Buddhist temple built by King Javavarman VII, the Great King, who also built Angkor Thom as well as temples like Ta Prohm. It was built towards the end of the 12th century.

As mentioned earlier, Ta Prohm was built by the King to honour his mother. Ta Som was dedicated to his father Dharanindravarman II.

Neak Pean

Neak Pean was originally designed for medical purposes (the ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease); it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built. It is based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance. Four connected pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. Each is connected to the central water source, the main tank, by a stone conduit presided over by one of Four Great Animals: Elephant, Bull, Horse, and Lion, corresponding to the north, east, south, and west quarters.

Banteay Srei

 A 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today.


Angkor Wat

The largest religious monument in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Survavarman II in the early 12th century.







Adventures in Budapest (Part 1)

Are you like me? Is Budapest on your bucket list? Then you have to read this post to find out more about the places that should be visited in Budapest!


We were quite adventurous on our first day in Budapest, visiting countless places and walking to the point of exhaustion!

But these are some places I recommend visiting in Budapest.

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So here goes……

Matthias Church

Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary in front of the Fisherman’s Bastion at the heart of Buda’s Castle District. According to church tradition, it was originally built in Romanesque style in 1015, although no archaeological remains exist. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda and the seventh largest church of the medieval Hungarian Kingdom.


Fisherman’s Bastion

The Halászbástya or Fisherman’s Bastion is a terrace in neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque style situated on the Buda bank of the Danube, on the Castle hill in Budapest, around Matthias Church.

The Buda side castle wall was protected by the fishermen’s guild and this is the reason why it was called fishermen’s Bastion. Other people say, it got the name from the part of the city, which lies beneath the tower. The guild of fishermen was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages. It is a viewing terrace, with many stairs and walking paths.


Széchenyi Chain Bridge

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometre Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.


House of Parliament

It is the seat of the National Assembly of Hungary. A notable landmark and a popular tourist destination in Budapest. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and it is still the tallest building in Budapest.


St Stephen’s Basilica

St. Stephen’s Basilica is a Roman Catholic basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary.


Széchenyi thermal bath

The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C and 77 °C, respectively.

Throughout its century old history, about a 100 millions of bathers have enjoyed the warm medicinal waters and the fun pools.

The 18 pools in Szechenyi Bath is open every single day throughout the year, including national holidays, when its an especially  popular place to visit. Besides the outdoor and indoor geothermal pools, you can get massage treatments (which I did), enjoy the saunas, the gym, or just relax by the pools with some beer or wine.



Stay tuned for part 2!





Adventures in Budapest (Part 2)

As promised, here’s part 2 of my Budapest post….

I really really wanted to visit the floating village at bokodi hűtőtó. I did some research on it and it was just stunning!

It was a one-day trip to the lake, but it was met with so many difficulties that I regretted suggesting to go.

We got lost TWICE heading to bokodi itself, and when we reached, I was quite disappointed. It was nothing like how people described it to be or anything like the photos I saw. Really an utter disappointment. We then missed the bus back to Budapest and the next bus was in 2 hours. There were no restaurants for us to sit and wait and it became too cold to wait at the bus stop. I felt like I was in a nightmare, the temperature had dropped and I was shivering like mad. We were all in a foul mood.

Luckily, the owner of a gas station was nice enough to let us hitch a ride to the train station. So very thankful for him and his girlfriend. Plus, they were so very friendly to us.

So yes, this day trip was a complete failure!

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On a better note, our last evening in Budapest was spent at Aria High Note Skybar, where we got to enjoy some drinks and tapas and watched a beautiful sunset. It was a great way to not only end our trip in Budapest, but our 3-week stay in Europe as well.

I highly recommend going to this skybar. It’s really worth it. Plus you get such a beautiful view of St Stephan’s Basilica. You won’t regret it!