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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…

Bali beckons travelers with its laid back vibe and friendly, inviting culture. Ubud was popularized in the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and now is a hub for backpackers, yoga enthusiasts, and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. The rise in popularity means many villa owners have opened up their rooms to guests, giving…

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