Pura Luhur Uluwatu | Aka The Hottest Place On The Planet

Pura Luhur Uluwatu (aka Uluwatu Temple)

If you ask me what’s the warmest place I’ve ever been to, I can without a doubt answer: Pura Luhur Uluwatu! Apparently, the name translates to mean “Noble Temple Uluwatu”. But I’m pretty sure that it actually means “The hottest place on the planet”. Maybe don’t quote me on that, though…

Pura Luhur Uluwatu, in itself, is fairly simple. It’s the temple’s location that beckons guests to it daily.  Perched on the edge of a lofty cliff with the Indian Ocean waves rolling in below, it boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic views in all of Bali. Therefore justifying being subjected to such inhumane heat. Continue reading

Categories: Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Uluwatu
Playing With Baby Tigers In Chiang Mai

Playing With Baby Tigers In Chiang Mai

I try to be as open and honest as I can about our travels. Hopefully, you’ve already noticed that for yourselves… You’ll find a number of posts on this site discussing the regrets and misadventures we encounter. The majority of them happen to be from our month in Thailand (and Laos). Does this mean that trip was a failure? Certainly not. In fact, it still remains one of my all-time most favorite voyages. Some of the highlights, like playing with baby tigers in Chiang Mai, more than make up for all the broken down buses and dodgy hotels.

If you think regular kittens are cute (and even if you don’t), let me tell you, tiger cubs are a whole new level of furry cuddly cuteness!  Continue reading

Categories: Asia, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand Regrets: Riding Elephants In Ko Phangan

Thailand Regrets: Riding Elephants in Ko Phangan

No matter how many hours you spend researching and planning a trip, there’s bound to be an unavoidable regret or two. Riding elephants in Ko Phangan was not one of those. I regret doing it, obviously (as the title of this post clearly indicates). But what’s worse, is it was completely avoidable.  Continue reading

Categories: Asia, Ko Phangan, Thailand
Charly’s Chocolate Swing By The Sea | Bali

Charly's Chocolate Swing By The Sea | Eastern Bali Near Candidasa

Charly’s Chocolate Factory DOES exist! Except it costs 10 thousand Rupiah to enter (about $1 Canadian dollar), aka no golden ticket necessary.

On the east coast of Bali, 15 minutes from Candidasa, there’s a  strange gnome-style chocolate “factory” on the edge of Jasri beach. This is Charly’s Chocolate Factory. And it’s nothing like you would imagine from the movies.  Continue reading

Categories: Asia, Bali, Indonesia, Ubud