Before you open the door to our journey….TO BE UP FRONT, this post is very long and detailed with information about our trip. In case you missed my last post…these are THE detailed DETAILS of our amazing Asia Tour in 10 days. The gorgeous door above was taken in Bali, Indonesia. Bali was my favorite place of the whole trip–for those who are wondering.
SO. Where did we go?
Krabi/ Raliay beach in Thailand
Bali/ Sanur beach in Indonesia
4 countries, 3 boat rides, 8 plane rides and multiple taxi and Uber rides made up our unforgettable trip!
Flight #1 Our long ass flight ATL > Tokyo > Singapore
The 13 hour Delta flight wasn’t terrible–slept most of the time thanks to a couple cocktails and my Spotify playlists.
We were on our way!
Our layover in Tokyo wasn’t so bad because Tony has the hookup to the preferred lounge. Free food and drinks? Yes please. Headed to Singapore after an hour or so, checked in to our hotels and went out!
When we arrived to Singapore around 11:00pm their time, my first thought was “Holy shit!” I was exhausted but ready to go OUT. Our destination for the evening was the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to see the amazing skyline view after we finally got into our hotel room after some debacles…it happens! Make sure to double check time changes and hotel arrangements multiple times before getting there. Tony did an amazing job planning EVERYTHING, but something was bound to mess up.
We were out until around 4:00am on the rooftop drinking and finally left for a trip to McDonald’s. We had to. We always like to see how the menus vary in every country we visit. I got a waffle with avocado! Not too bad I must say! Our Uber driver was super nice and showed us around on the way home. They were setting up for Formula 1 in two weeks so that was pretty cool!
The next day, mid-morning before heading to THAILAND, we walked around and saw some interesting names of restaurants and other stores and grabbed breakfast in the cute little Katong square area we stayed in.LOL ^
Then we people watched everyone watching the Mayweather vs Mcgregor fight.
The truffle toast at Carvers & Co was on point. Highly recommend.
After scarfing down breakfast we headed to the airport! Singapore is very industrialized and were heading to the complete opposite in Thailand–EXCITED.
Flight # 3 Singapore > Krabi, Thailand > Taxi ride + Boat ride to Railay Beach
Flew in that evening–took a taxi and long boat ride to Railay Beach. it rained during our taxi ride–luckily we paid for a private ride that was covered. We got to see the town and found out that it was very third world like we thought, but it looked as good as anywhere can look when it’s storming! It stopped raining while we were waiting on the long boat taxi to arrive we got to take some pictures along the water, see some locals, eat some snacks and play with kittens!
Not a bad view for a 40 minute waiting period.
The long boat ride was so fun! It held around fifteen people total and it was such a gorgeous ride. So many mountains and other long boats to see among the other islands.
We were headed to Railay beach! Beautiful resort with the kindest people. We stayed at the Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa.
Upon arrival the hosts gave us refreshing drinks and hand towels while they checked us in. Then we headed to our room!
After seeing our gorgeous room, another photo shoot of course, we walked through the little town to dinner on the beach.
We had some yummy food, drinks and walked back through the market area and called it an early night to be rested for our snorkeling excursion–BUT it rained pretty hard that night so we were up at 4:00am on the porch watching the rain. We streamed GOT because it was the season finale of season 6, which was EPIC and totally worth it.
After that I had an AMAZING hour long aromatherapy massage.
Then we toured the island by ourselves and visited the Phra Nang beach, Princess cave, Phallus cave and beach to see the epic limestone rocks and climbers.
HUUUGE limstone cliffs. Rock climbers. Phallus cave!
After that, we explored the beach and hit pool for happy hour after the storm.
The next day the sun came out and it was was GORGEOUS! We took a private boat tour to the Phi Phi Islands and Ko Phi Phi Don including swimming, snorkeling, more swimming, lunch and shopping and beach time!
We headed out from Railay beach to see the giant limestone mountains… which were EVERYWHERE. I thought to myself “pinch me, I must be dreaming. Nope, I’m awake and in my watermelon float!” I had a countinous smile on my face and couldn’t wait to snorkel!
After an amazing afternoon of sightseeing from the boat, we were back at the pool after the storm! Awesome weather with a little rain at the end.
We went out to the “Last Bar” that evening for drinks and watched the flames throwers.
They had a DJ playing top hits as expected, pool tables outside, and a screen projector showing soccer–so Tony was happy! A great last night needless to say!
After one last day sight seeing, shopping and eating, we headed back to Singapore to connect to Bali, Indonesia! BUT in the morning I woke up super early and took a bunch of photos of the town!
Boat ride + Taxi ride and Airport Flight #3 Thailand > Singapore > Indonesia
The taxi ride to our resort from the airport was very long and terrifying. I’m used to cars on the left-hand side of the road from other travels, but this was insane. Motorcycles can pass on both sides of you and no one really uses turning signals. We made it–but I couldn’t sleep like everyone else in the car.
The first night I had a photo shoot of our room at the Komaneka at Monkey Forest Resort, because our resort hosts were very sweet and decorated our room with flowers! Such a warm welcome after a long day of traveling by boat, taxi and plane!
That night we got settled in and went to a close by restaurant that had live Spanish music and dancing. We drank, ate and people watched, the usual.
The next day we had an amazing breakfast in our private garden and porch area.
It took a lot to get me to leave this beautiful bathtub situation. The only thing that would get me away was MONKEYS.
We toured the beautiful resort then headed to the Monkey Forest!
The Monkey Forest was not what I expected–I didn’t think that the monkeys would be every but they were and it was AWESOME.
They had banana stands inside and that is how we lured the monkeys to us. You had to watch your purse and wallets because the reach into everything. They are sweet, but you have to be careful–they are monkeys and all of them aren’t so tiny and cute.
See this big guy on my head?!
We did see this ADORABLE little baby hung onto his mama.
I finally got a tiny one to take a selfie with me 🙂
After monkeying around for an hour or so we negotiated with a taxi driver to drive us around all day to the mountain area to see the rice paddies, volcanoes and temples. We did just that and our driver was so nice!
First stop: Tegallalang Rice Paddies
Temple # 1 Pura Ulundanu Batur in Ubud.Is this REAL?
The cutest and sweetest little girls in their saris!
We bought some art for him that he signed with my Sephora liquid eyeliner. Do whatcha gotta do! Disclaimer- my eyeliner no longer works so I threw it away, but it was worth it!
Love seeing the culture–obsessed with all the prints and colors.
Lunch break with volcano view at the Panca Yoga Restaurant. Didn’t get the best Trip Advisor reviews–but we trusted our tour guide and thought the food was pretty good. the view was UNREAL.Hey Coca-Cola, you wanna buy this pic?
Authentic cuisine–this place got mixed reviews, but we really liked it!
Coffee break. Coffee and tea tasting and tour at the Bali Cat Poo Chino This coffee has a story–for a whole separate blog post. Basically this Bali Cat eats coffee beans, poops it out and they process that coffee bean to make the Bali Cat Poo Chino.
Wasn’t the best coffee I’ve ever had–and we felt bad for the animals. The other teas and coffee were great!Now we were fueled and ready for the last two temples!
^Temple # 2 Tampaksiring
^Temple #3 was the Elephant Cave Temple Temple
After a whirwind of a day that we had you would think we would call it a night, but we didnt! Off to the Balinese Dancers!
(PC: Shelby) Crazy hand and eye movements. Can’t remember the whole story, but it was a love interest situation that was dramatic–haha.
That was quite a day, but it was worth it!
The next day we had our last delicious breakfast spread and headed out!
Next stop: Sanur Beach at Kejora Suites.
Our gorgeous view from our patio. Just leave me here in our bathtub that’s partially outside. Bye forever.
We all weren’t feeling 100% so we took it easy and spent the day on the beach instead of snorkeling.
Delicious Dragon Fruit juice and soybean burger with pink hummus AND homemade potato curls. I’m dead. Square One Bali is so good!
Up early the next morning…goodbye paradise!
Taxi Ride > Airport trip back to Singapore!
We booked a hotel for like 8 hours just so we didn’t have to lug our bags around–how sketchy was that?! lol.
So we really got to see the city during the day this time and explore the food scene. As foodies, we enjoyed trying different cuisines at Food Republic.
Next…we went to the Singapore Botanical Gardens. SO beautiful.
Our last stop we went to the Gardens by the Bay!
Avatar totally got their ideas from this place…just saying.
WE ATE DINNER ON TOP OF A SUPER TREE.
After our last stop in Singapore, we headed to the airport! Slept on the plane on our way to Seoul, Korea and we arrived around 9:00am.
My friend Kevin from ATL happily met us and had a full itinerary planned. He’s has been living in Seoul for almost two years now and he was our tour guide.
HI KEVIN! He gave us the nickel tour because we only had eight hours…but it was AMAZING.
I asked Kevin if he could read the signs around town–he said something to the effect of “no–no one reads those.” LOL.
Passed some stores and tea shops!
We did some MORE sight seeing and went to lunch–have no clue what this place is called–but it was so fun and had amazing food.
Oh and some Korean beer…
We made time to see Gyeongbokgung Palace….WOW.
The culture is exactly as I expected in Seoul. It’s so true to it’s roots compared to Singapore where it’s very Westernized as you can see from the photos earlier in the blog.
Thanks for the petty pic Kevin ❤
That was the last stop of our EPIC trip. Time to head home–again, Tony with the hook up to the lounge! We were able to shower before our thirteen hour flight back to the USA.
So many people have asked–“how did you survive the thirteen hour flight?”Wine people…WINE.
There is A TON of information here because we did A TON of amazing things on this trip. If you made it this far in the blog–thank you. Again, our guys, Tony and Shelby did the heavy lifting with coordinating everything. THANK YOU men!
I’ll post more in depth things about our Bali Cat coffee farm visit and more deets on what to pack and how to plan in a future post. Hope you enjoyed our adventure!