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JIVANA Resort @ Kuta, Lombok – REVIEW

JIVANA Resort @ Kuta, Lombok – REVIEW

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Hội An is a city on Vietnam’s central coast known for its well-preserved Ancient Town, cut through with canals. Hoi An Ancient Town is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. Its buildings and its street plan reflect the influences, both indigenous and foreign, that have combined to produce this unique heritage site.

Floating Lantern Festival is lit every night in Hoi An regardless of whether it is the Lantern Festival or not. Candles are placed and burned at the bottom of the colorful paper lanterns, creating a glowing atmosphere in the twinkling moonlight.

We explored Hoi An when we stayed in Da Nang and is only a short drive away. We went there during the day and during the evening and it seems to be two different towns depending what time of the day you are visiting.

Various activities help us immerse in the local culture and Hoi An is a place to do so. Here are 7 amazing activities to do both for parents and kids once in Hoi An as it brings such a sense of uniqueness as this town is nothing short of magical.

  1. COOKING CLASS- You don’t have to be pro in the kitchen to enjoy Hoi An’s fantastic cooking classes. Here you can follow the entire process, from the fishing net and public market to the claypot and frying pan, while learning local techniques along the way. The kids will enjoy this experience as they would be fully hands on from the start to finish.
  2. COCONUT VILLAGE AND ECO ROUND BOAT TOUR – Cam Thanh Coconut Village, is a picturesque destination known for its vibrant coconut groves, scenic boat tours, and rich cultural experiences. Nestled in the heart of Hoi An, this village offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and traditional way of life. We went out of the beaten path to have this experience as we heard that at the main place they blast music, let the tourist drink and it is just one big party. We wanted to have a different experience and found a family run place that offer just that (location: TRANG COCONUT VILLAGE ). There are very little tourist around so the experience is far more enjoyable as well as so personal. You learn so much from this family, as they love to talk about their culture and their heritage.

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture with a lantern-making class. Select from full and express options. In the full activity, make the lanterns completely from scratch.

Begin your experience with some herbal tea and traditional music. Hear about the history of Hoi An bamboo silk lanterns from your host and how the local people believe that hanging lanterns in front of their house brings luck, happiness, and wealth.

Create lanterns shaped like lotuses, triangles, garlic, UFOs, or diamonds and choose your own silk style and color with guidance from your instructor. This unique activity can be enjoyed by the entire family, even by kids as young as 3 years old.

Once completed, these lanterns are easy to fold, carry, or put in your luggage, so you can take home an original, hand-made souvenir from your visit to Hoi An.

4. LANTERN BOAT TOUR – Embark on a captivating journey as you sail along the Hoai River and illuminate the waters with released lanterns (you can also add that to your itinerary – releasing your own lit up lantern is a very magical experience), transforming your visit into unforgettable memories. This unique experience not only adds beauty to the rich tapestry of traditional culture but also holds profound spiritual significance for both the local community and visitors alike.

5. EXPLORING OLD TOWN OF HOI AN – This is a must to do during the day and during the late evening hours as the town transforms depending on the time of the day. A World Heritage Site, Old Town has narrow streets lined with timber buildings of Indigenous and Colonial architectural styles spanning several centuries. It’s home to ornate Chinese temples/assembly halls, including Hội Quán Phúc Kiến, and museums highlighting folk culture and history. Bustling Hội An Market offers fresh produce and souvenirs, while eateries and fine-dining restaurants overlook Thu Bồn River.

6. BAMBOO LUNE THEATRE- For those who are looking for a unique Vietnamese cultural experience, Lune Center is not to be missed when in Hoi An city. Surrounded by the picturesque scenery of the ancient town, Hoi An Lune Center is the first and only bamboo theatre in Vietnam. It was built for local art performances, being especially honored as home to the world-renowned Vietnamese Bamboo Circus. The theatre promises to bring every audience a joyful and unforgettable experience.

7. ANG BANG BEACH – Tranquil, tree-lined beach featuring white sand, palapas, lounge chairs & eateries. There are plenty of round boats at the beach that gives a unique feel of charm. There are plenty of local eateries and more western restaurants at this beach just to enjoy the views and water. We hit this beach before we went to explore the OLD TOWN and it is a great way to relax before hitting the streets of HOI AN.

Hoi An is a vibrant city that attracts many many tourists every year. These activities are not to be missed when you are in this Ancient Town with the family- they are very enjoyable and help you immerse in the local culture and heritage.



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5 Great destinations to visit In Bali with Kids in 2 Days

5 Great destinations to visit In Bali with Kids in 2 Days

When we come to a new destination, we strive to visit as many attractions as possible in a short period of time. We have a clear understanding, that people are different and some of the reviews that we read about the places may not be sincere, some are written out of anger or in some cases – we just not see eye to eye – so we try to explore ourselves all the attractions even when the reviews do not recommend them. There were also so many times that the reviews are so outstanding , like 5 out of 5 and once we go and explore – we do not understand who gives these reviews and why. So it is aways best to check or explore for yourself.

We did find a few places to explore in Bali, as we had only a few days to spare in this beautiful island, and here are 5 attractions that You can visit in 2 days that are worth it. With kids. It is our honest opinion about these places (not to mention – we have 3 kids and 3 adults traveling together and they all have agreed that these 5 attractions were fantastic to visit and explore).

TOP 5 Attractions to visit and explore with your kids in Bali (and You can do this in 2 Days!)

  1. Manuaba Waterfalls – this one is truly off of the beaten path , as there were just a couple of people visiting at the time that we were there. There are actually 2 waterfalls. The trek is very easy and pretty short to the first waterfall and then a few minutes to the second one. It is so nice to walk from one waterfall to the second because you are in the middle of the the rice fields. The lush jungle and green rice fields were a fantastic view for the eye. At the second waterfall you are able to jump in and cool off. The the road takes you through the water in between the rocks and feels very “Indiana Jones” like, seems so secretive. At the end of the trek, there is a local small shop where you can enjoy fresh coconut and there is also a swing if you like for an extra charge. We spent around 1 hour in total as the distances were very short.

Price: 20000 IDR per adult and 10000 IDR for kids

2. Tegallalang Rice Terraces

this is such an amazing place to visit. And there are a lot of places that offer “good deal” for tourists, but we found an amazing “place”secret” entrance to go in (I just happen to read the reviews and stumbled upon an old review advising to go through this place) which is near OneWorld Ayurveda or near Pura Dalem Jagat Kebon temple ( location: SECRET ENTRANCE TO THE RICE TERRACES )- there were literally no people. We went alone because it was on the opposite side of the rice fields and we loved every minute of it. The price is 15000 IDR per adult and kids were free (in comparison- we were offered “a good deal” for 350000 IDR for our family – basically 10 times more expensive). There are a few local cafes but we chose Santana Terrace– we had the most stunning views of the rice terraces, sat on the bean bags and enjoyed our lunch there. Food was great. We spent about 2 hours in total trekking the fields and having lunch.

3. Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

this temple is situated in the north side of Bali. It is a serene oasis nestled on the shores of lake Bratan. It is almost like a themed park that you can explore with beautifully manicured gardens. The views are stunning. Mesmerizing. We explored for 1.5 hours here.

4. Sekumpul and Fiji Waterfalls

those are both close to each other and also located in the North Bali. Might as well visit them both as they are so close to each other. Many steps to go and then climb back up. We opted to do just the viewpoint (cost only 2000 IDR per person, otherwise they have a “policy ” in place, that you cannot go without a guide and they will charge you 150000 IDR ) which was fantastic and stunning and You can see both waterfalls!

5. Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – these rice fields here are amazing. And did you know that rice fields of Bali are actually UNESCO sites because of their unique irrigation systems? I found out only after visiting Tegallalang fields and reading more about them.

To have the best experience- stay here for at east a few hours and opt to go off of the tourist paths. That is what we did and so glad about it- we interacted with the locals working at the rice fields and this was such a magical experience. They also sell their locally made snacks like rice chips or sweet potato chips- they were so tasty that we had to go back and buy more before we left this stunning place. There is so much greenery, the territory is massive (covers about 600 hectares) and you can explore here the whole day. Very scenic and peaceful, have rivers and streams. No Need for a guide. We paid 30000 IDR per adult and 15000 IDR for kids.

Bali always is associated with rice fields, waterfalls and temples to us. These 5 attractions will always be remembered as top in Bali. When your kids and husband approve, you know that it is amazing. On a side note, always have a raincoat or an umbrella, – you never know when it is going to rain especially in the mountain region of Bali.

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15 Adventures to Have with Your kids in Phu Quoc

15 Adventures to Have with Your kids in Phu Quoc

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20 Amazing Things To Do with Kids in Da Nang, Vietnam

20 Amazing Things To Do with Kids in Da Nang, Vietnam

We spent around 6 weeks in Vietnam exploring it, and it surprised us in so many ways – there is so much to see and experience in this beautiful country.

We explored Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh, Phu Quoc, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang and Hoi An.

For all the honesty- we would not have come to Da Nang (and Hoi An) if it wasn’t for my friend that is currently residing in Da Nang. We changed our travel schedule in order to visit with our friends because we have not seen each other for years and this was a perfect opportunity to explore Da Nang and surrounding area.

Anyways – to the point-

Da Nang was the best part in Vietnam for us. It is an amazing coastal city with a long stretches of beautiful beaches, great weather, lots of things to see and do and we honestly had the best time ever and explored it to the fullest. While we did not checked the box on couple of things that we wanted to do (we definitely will come back to do them), but nevertheless it was a fantastic time spent in this city that is full of natural beauty, cultural heritage, delicious food and adventures.

Here are 20 Amazing things to do with your kids in this amazing vibrant town:

  1. VISIT LADY BUDDHA and the nearby VIEWPOINT- this place is amazing and best if you went there early in the morning for sunrise. We went there in the morning with the kids and the views are spectacular. There is also a temple that You can explore, beautiful landscaping throughout the territory, and also they have the best soft serve ice cream near by. I think it is a win – win.


this one brought so much fun for the kids- it is absolutely great to spend a few hours here. We went because it was raining and just learned about it from a fellow traveling family and it really was a great way to spend a day. It is conveniently located not too far from the city center and is just a short drive away with a taxi or a scooter.


this ancient city is a Unesco Heritage site and for a good reason. As it is just a short drive from Da Nang, but you feel like you are in a different country once you get there. It truly is so different with lanterns everywhere and very unique buildings. We did a day trip and also went there in the evening and both times we enjoyed our time there. In the evening it gets really crowded, especially if ti si in season and on the weekend, but it is beautiful just to walk the old Town streets and admire this vibrant ancient city.

You can incorporate your visit with some attractions that you can do in/ near Hoi An:

*Coconut Village and a round boat tour;

*Ang Bang Beach which is just couple kilometers away from the Hoi An old Town; it has a lot of restaurants and local eateries there (we actually had a great food experience at one of those eateries);

*lantern making class- they are on every corner but nevertheless a very enjoyable experience;

*lantern boat ride in the evening;


it is located just a few kilometers outside Da Nang and consists of rocky mountains, some caves and a temple. There is even an elevator that can take you to the op of the mountain if you do not want to climb the stairs. The views from the mountain is very beautiful, as well as the temple. But we really enjoyed exploring the caves there.


this is a stunning theme park, with one of the longest cable cars in the world to take you up the hills. The views are breathtaking. The whole park is just 5 years old and there are some parts that are still being built, but nevertheless – one day is not nearly enough to go through the whole park. It is so big and there are cable cars connecting different parts of the park. There are rides and arcade in there as well as restaurants. There are castles, train rides and a Medieval Town. You can always stay in the park at a hotel for the night if you plan to explore it for more than 1 day. The Golden Bridge is a must and it stands as a work of art and best to visit it at sunset as it does not get so m ay crowds at that time. There are temples to explore at the park as well that you can walk from the Golden Bridge on foot- the views are stunning by the temples to say the least as it seems that you are above the clouds. The whole park is very beautifully landscaped area.


it is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Shaiva hindu temples near city of Da Nang, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century by the Kings of Champa.

The Mỹ Sơn temple complex is regarded one of the foremost Shaiva Hindu temple complexes in Southeast Asia and is the foremost heritage site of this nature in Vietnam. As of 1999, Mỹ Sơn has been recognized by UNESCO as a WORLD HERITAGE SITE. So if you like history and ancient times – this place is truly remarkable and a must visit.


we have enjoyed massages in Vietnam as well as other spa treatments as it is so budget friendly but the quality in most of the Spas and Salons are outstanding. Of course, we read the reviews beforehand, but most of the places we looked were wonderful. I can tell you in confidence – that SPA days is a must when in Vietnam no matter which city or town you are. We had massages in Thailand, that are highly rated but found that the ones in Vietnam are better.


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (at around 8:45 pm) there is a water and fire show on the bridge and attracts a lot o people (if you stand on the bridge near the Dragon Head- you will get wet!).The show is ok, but the views of the colorful boats lightening up to see the show is really nice. You can also explore a nearby market across the street from the bridge.


located across the bridge from My An in Da Nang and is very close to the sea. The views are beautiful from the ferris wheel and great way to spend a day at the theme park.


it is more like flea market and very close to the Dragon Bridge so if you are there to watch the show – make sure you visit this market as it has truly unique vendors.


Da Nang is known for its amazing seafood and has a lot of seafood restaurants – we found the ones we liked by asking locals to give us a hint where to go for outstanding cuisine.


there is a very distinct way the way the fishermen pull the nets from the sea and just walking at the beach may give you a glimpse how they do it. When we went to talk to the local fisherman at the beach they caught so many ginormous jelly fish- it was an attraction to the kids and us as we never have seen anything like it before.


Huế is a city in central Vietnam that was the seat of Nguyen Dynasty emperors and the national capital from 1802 to 1945. A major attraction is its vast, 19th-century Đại Nội Citadel, surrounded by a moat and thick stone walls. It encompasses the Imperial City, with palaces and shrines; the Forbidden Purple City (Tử cấm thành), once the emperor’s home; and a replica of the Royal Theater.

Hue is located just around 100 km away from Da Nang but the views from the train getting there will make the trip feel short (even though it takes about 2-2.5 hr to get there). The train goes into the tunnels as the region is very hilly. Once you get to HUE- explore this Imperial City and get back to Da Nang by train in the afternoon.


The coast is so suitable for beginner surfers that there are many surfing schools at the beaches of Da Nang.


this was one of the highlights for the kids. We picked a hotel that had a fancy rooftop cafe and a pool. We treated ourselves to a few smoothies and juices, and our kids had a chance to swim in the pool. The views are amazing! We were on the 27th Floor after all. A lot of cafes also do breakfasts so it would be a nice view for a meal. I would go in the morning as the sun tends to be on the side of the sea, because in the afternoon the sun goes behind the building and it tends to get very windy and rather cold.


Sơn Trà Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain, is a mountain and peninsula range located on Sơn Trà Peninsula, in Sơn Trà district, Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, overlooking the Bay of Da Nang and the East Sea. Đà Nẵng Port’s Tiên Sa Terminal is located at the base of the mountain’s western face, as is nearby Tiên Sa Beach.


At first I thought it was a planetarium and got so excited. but oh well. It is a radar station but it also has. a great viewpoint of Da Nang and the Bay area. It is also located on Son Tra Peninsula.


one of our favorite beaches as it is so wide and long. You can always spend a day at the beach.


this one we did not do as we have a baby and I cannot escape the baby just yet for couple of hours. But our friends did with their kids and it was so much fun- that they wanted to do it again.


but just ask for locals where to go for it. There are couple of spots for local food stalls and the food here in Da Nang is delicious. It seems that it is very special here.

We spent 2 weeks in Da Nang and hopefully come back for more. It was a very different experience from the rest of Vietnam. It has a great vibe, people are very friendly and it has all these amazing attractions that are just a walking distance or a short drive away. We could easily see ourselves spending a month or so here in Da Nang and we would not get bored.

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Renting A Car in Bali

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25 Amazing Facts about Indonesia

25 Amazing Facts about Indonesia

We learn so many things about each and every destination that we choose to visit. We are forever grateful and sharing these facts with our readers:

  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, consisting of over 17,000 islands.
  • It is the fourth most populous country in the world, with over 270 million people and it is home to the largest population of Muslims in the world (over 87% of all people in Indonesia identify as Muslims). Jakarta – the capital city, is one of the most populous urban areas in the world.
  • The country is extremely biodiverse, hosting 10-15% of the world’s known plant, mammal, and bird species.
  • Komodo Island is famous for being the home of the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard.
  • Indonesia has the second-highest level of biodiversity in the world, after Brazil.
  • It is the only place in the world where you can find the Rafflesia arnoldii, the world’s largest flower.
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil, used in various industries from food to cosmetics.
  • The island of Bali is renowned for its stunning beaches, rich culture, and vibrant nightlife.
  • The Borobudur Temple in Central Java is the largest Buddhist temple in the world.
  • Indonesia is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee, with Sumatra and Java being famous for their beans.
  • It is home to some of the world’s most diverse cuisines, including rendang, nasi goreng, and satay.
  • The country has a rich cultural heritage, with hundreds of distinct ethnic groups and languages.
  • The orangutan, found in the jungles of Borneo and Sumatra, is one of Indonesia’s most iconic animals.
  • Indonesia has some of the world’s best diving spots, including Raja Ampat and Bunaken Marine Park.
  • The traditional Indonesian puppet theatre, known as Wayang, is recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • The country has a thriving batik industry, with intricate patterns and designs originating from different regions.
  • Indonesia’s national motto, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika,” means “Unity in Diversity” in Sanskrit.
  • It is the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is classified as a newly industrialized country.
  • Indonesia has the third-largest area of rainforest in the world, after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The country has a vast array of ethnic dances, with each region having its own unique style.
  • The Javanese language, spoken primarily on the island of Java, is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages.
  • Indonesia has a rich history of traditional medicine, including Jamu, a herbal concoction used for various ailments.
  • Gili Islands off of the costa of Lombok (Gili Air, Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno)does not have any motor transport except for electric scooters, horse+carriage and bicycles.
  • There are over 400 volcanoes in Indonesia and 100 of them are still active (including Krakatoa, which famously erupted in 1883)!
  • There are over 600 ethnic groups in the country- because of this- There are an astounding 300 local languages and over 500 dialects spoken across Indonesia.

These are just a few fascinating facts about Indonesia, a country with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. We keep exploring this vast and beautiful country and will keep adding more facts as we go.

Fascinating Facts about Bali

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Renting a Scooter in Da Nang, Vietnam

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4 Island tour with Kids – Koh Poda, Koh Mor, Chicken (Koh Kai) and Koh Tup Island (plus Phra Ngan Beach)

4 Island tour with Kids – Koh Poda, Koh Mor, Chicken (Koh Kai) and Koh Tup Island (plus Phra Ngan Beach)

I already wrote a post about doing the Hong Island Tour. Today we will dive into another Tour that we took with kids and a baby.

This tour included Islands of:

  • Koh Poda
  • Koh Mor
  • Koh Tup
  • Chicken (koh Kai)
  • as well as Phra Nang Beach.

*It is as safe as it can be for the kids and the baby as they all have life vests and we book tours from a reputable place, that have wonderful reviews and best customer service.

We went in December, for my son’s birthday – we rented a private long tail boat – we took a Luxury one that included a lunch, cake, coconuts, water. Total Cost – 5500 THB (around 150$ US; that does not include a payment for the National Park Entrance which was 300 THB per adult and 150THB per child). This price also includes pick up and drop off at your place of staying. The boat leaves from Ao Nang Pier.

We splurged as this was my son’s birthday and we wanted something a bit more fancy and these luxury long tail boats are the only ones that have a roof where my boys can jump off in the water as they did on the previous tour( but we got lucky on that one as regular long tail boats were not available and they gave us a luxury boat instead).

We like the freedom of renting a private long tail boat – you can stay at the different destinations for as long as you want, nobody is rushing you and you do not have to go to all attractions – you can enjoy your time that is for sure.

We did ask to start the tour earlier to skip the crowd and so happy that we did- almost everywhere there were not a lot of people if at all. Some of the beaches we had to ourselves.

Depending on what You choose (if you rent a private boat – you are able to choose which island you go first and how long you stay there)- first we went to Koh Tup and Koh Mor and spent there a good hour before going to Koh Kai and went to a very private place to set up lunch and explore the cave – Koh Poda- and we were alone for the most part. It is very secluded and so stunning. we snorkeled there and saw thousands of fishies and very nice coral.

After lunch we went to Phra Ngan Beach but due to high winds we skipped it as we wanted to have some time to swim, enjoy jumping off of the boat – we asked the captain to go near Railay Beach- so we did and it was fantastic- and a lot less windy.

We spent there the rest of the time before we had to go back- the whole tour is about 6 hours and it is well worth renting a private boat if you are at least 2 people (not a luxury boat but just a regular long tail boat would have been 2500 THB total and that would also include pick up and drop off from hotel/place of stay in Ao Nang).

*Another thing to note- the tour agency that we rented from – has arranged us replacement drinks due to the fact that we do not drink alcohol and gave us non alcoholic champagne and fresh coconuts because of my son’s birthday. They also were very attentive to what we wanted to eat and let us choose – they called the Boat Owner right away to arrange the food and drinks. The agency is called Lily Tour and Travel and the location is here : 143 15, Ao Nang, เมือง, Chang Wat Krabi 81180, Thailand (link to the Google location: Lily Tour and Travel ).