Southeast Asia

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

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

Perhaps it’s not surprising we ended up on a tropical island after 3 weeks of hiking in Nepal. After all, what better way to relax and ‘recover’ from the cold Himalayas than on a tropical beach… But the most important reason for us to book a ticket from Kathmandu to Malaysia was to go diving! Diving is addictive and since…

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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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Scuba Diving In Malaysia: 4 Awesome Spots Around Tioman

Do you know that feeling of falling in love? The excitement? The general happiness? The adrenaline coursing through your veins when you catch a glimpse of your great love? The pounding of your heart when you know you’ll soon meet again? The butterflies in your stomach because are so excited about every little detail of you newfound crush? That’s how…

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How Much Does It Cost To Travel The World For 5 Months As A Couple?

In September 2015 I wrote my first post on Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog, in which I announced to give a full budget breakdown for my 5 month trip. It may have taken a little longer than expected, but here it is! Traveling the world for 5 months… I had dreamed of traveling the world for years! While I had taken…

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10 Days In Thailand: A Detailed Thailand Travel Itinerary

Thailand is awesome! I totally get why this is the first country in Southeast Asia where (mass) tourism really took off. The people are incredibly friendly and the food is delicious. Thailand is a cheap country to travel, though probably nowhere near as cheap as it was 10 years ago. The nature in Thailand is beautiful and varied with mountains…

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Travel In Thailand: 10 Day Budget Breakdown

I like to do a little research before traveling somewhere and one of the things I am most interested in is how much it costs to travel in a country. Of course I was also interested how much money we would need to travel around Thailand. Turns out, despite being a tourist destination for many years, travel in Thailand is…

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