Posts By shane

A few days in Bangkok will most likely be part of any trip to Thailand. The hectic megacity can easily be overwhelming, so here's a few recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Thailand's capital. DON'T go to Khao San Road A popular gathering point for budget-minded backpackers, Khao San Road makes a lot of travelers'…

Bangkok was the last destination of our three-week Southeast Asia trip, and with only two nights there, we needed accomodations that were convenient to major sites without breaking the bank. That led us to dip into our stash of IHG Rewards Club points to book the Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road. We've grown to really like the Hotel Indigo brand,…

Chiang Rai is a Northern Thai city on many bucket lists for its famous White Temple, and is often paired with a visit to the larger city of Chiang Mai, which is about a 3 hour bus ride away. Looking for budget accommodation for our visit, we found Laluna Hotel and Resort, a surprisingly nice property with low rates starting…

Chiang Mai is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to immerse themselves in Northern Thailand. A popular destination among backpackers, there are ample choices for affordable accommodations. For couples looking for a deal on a private room, the Tree Boutique Hotel might be an option, but our experience there ultimately leads us to not strongly recommend it. Read on to…

There's something magical about the terraced rice paddy landscapes of Bali. They follow the ancient practice of subak, a harmonious and communal irrigation system that defined "sustainable" a millenia before it became fashionable in the West. Due to its proximity to Ubud, the Tegallalang rice terraces are a good choice for those wanting an up-close look at the verdant landscape. Where: 20 minutes north of…

There's no shortage of delightfully affordable Airbnbs around the town of Ubud in Bali. After combing through all the ones that were available for our dates, we settled on this adorable villa just outside of Ubud. Best of all, it only cost $46/night! Boasting a gorgeous infinity pool and privacy amidst the jungle, it looked like the perfect base for exploring…

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