Southeast Asia

Here you can read all the posts I’ve written about my travels in Southeast Asia! So far I’ve traveled to:

A Three Day Hike Through The Rice Terraces Of Banaue, Cambulo And Batad

The famous rice terraces of Batad were one of the most impressive sights I’ve seen during our 5 month trip around the world.  Found on Luzon in the Ifugao mountains these ingenious rice terraces are sometimes called the 8th world wonder and rightfully so! The terraces are believed to be over 2000 years old, it’s astonishing the Ifugaos have been able to…

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2 Week Itinerary For Laos: Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng And Vientiane

Laos is a beautiful mountainous country in Southeast Asia. The country is completely landlocked but what it lacks in pretty beaches it more than makes up for with lush green jungle and amazing temples. Laos was the 7th country of our 5-month trip and we spent two wonderful weeks traveling around the Northern part of Laos. Laos itinerary I love…

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1 Week In Cambodia: The Perfect Cambodia Itinerary

For many people the first thing that comes to mind when they thing of Cambodia is Angkor Wat, one of the largest temple complexes in the world. And while visiting Ankor Wat was definitely a highlight of our 5 month trip, I did not find Cambodia an easy country to visit. Cambodia went through a very dark period in the…

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A Complete Itinerary For A Three Week Trip To The Philippines

With more than 7000 islands to choose from, the Philippines are a dream destination for many people, myself included. The country offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and spectacular diving opportunities. Furthermore, there are ancient rice terraces to be explored, lovely little villages and the famous Chocolate Hills. Altogether, the Philippines was one of the most…

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The Best Luxury Hotel On Bali: Jamahal Private Resort & Spa

In November Frank and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Jamahal Private Resort and Spa on Bali. We had such an amazing time there that, even though I usually don’t write hotel posts, I made an exception for this wonderful place… Jamahal Private Resort and Spa: their philosophy Jamahal means ‘precious time’ in Sanskrit and everything and every member of…

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Get To Know The Real Bali: Live Like A Local In Sebatu Village

An Indonesian man with a wide smile walks toward us and asks: “Are you Lotte?”. “Yes I am”, I say: “And this is my husband Frank”. “My name is Wayan”, he replies: “I will be your host for the next 3 days”. Wayan walks us to his car and we set off to his village Sebatu, about 40 kilometers from…

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The Perfect 2 Week Bali Itinerary For First Time Visitors

While we traveled extensively around Southeast Asia during our 5 month trip in 2015, we had not yet been to Indonesia. And because we longed for a tropical beach after our 5 month road trip adventure in Canada and the United States, we decided it was time to correct this severe omission and travel to Bali! Bali is called the…

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Guide To The Perhentian Islands: Diving, Snorkeling And Relaxing

The Perhentians is a cluster of small islands about 20km of the Northeast coast of Malaysia. There are 2 main islands: Perhentian Besar (Besar means big) and and Perhentian Kecil (Kecil means small). There are also a couple of smaller, uninhabited islands, many can be visited on snorkeling tours offered on Besar and Kecil. Fun fact: in Malay ‘Perhentian’ means…

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How I Combined 87 Days Of Travel With A Full-time Job In 2016

Looking back on 2016 I am filled with gratitude. I had a fantastic year, with so many amazing experiences. When I started counting how many days I had been abroad in 2016 I was a little shocked… My total of travel days for 2016 comes to a whopping 87! 87 travel days! I know it’s not nearly as much as in 2015, but…

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19 Amazing Places To Visit In Thailand

There is just something about Southeast Asia, something special. Maybe it’s the sizzling sound of street food being prepared, the heat and constant humidity, the organized chaos or the unmistakable smell of incense. Whatever it is, Southeast Asia is special and Thailand in particular is a great place to visit! 19 amazing places to visit in Thailand Thailand is a wonderful country…

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