Month: April 2024

LE FOREST RESORT @ PHU QUOC, VIETNAM – REVIEW

LE FOREST RESORT @ PHU QUOC, VIETNAM – REVIEW

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JIVANA Resort @ Kuta, Lombok – REVIEW

JIVANA Resort @ Kuta, Lombok – REVIEW

*This page includes affiliate links. If you click and purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to You. I only recommend and share accommodations that I personally stayed at with our extended family. Nestled within the vibrant locale of Kuta, Lombok, READ MORE

7 AMAZING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND PARENTS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

7 AMAZING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND PARENTS TO DO IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

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.

3. LANTERN MAKING CLASS –
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.

5 BEST BEACHES FOR FAMILIES IN LOMBOK, INDONESIA

5 BEST BEACHES FOR FAMILIES IN LOMBOK, INDONESIA

We love the beaches. We explore as many as we can, as us and the kids love to swim, snorkel, play in the sand, explore at the shore, enjoy the waves and everything in between. Coming to Lombok, we did not know what to expect, READ MORE

Renting a Car in Cebu, Philippines

Renting a Car in Cebu, Philippines

While slow traveling with children, it is important for us to rent a car at least for a short period of time in order to be able and have freedom to explore the destination on our time terms. After all, traveling with three kids is READ MORE

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.

Renting a Car in Lombok, Indonesia

Renting a Car in Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok is an Indonesian island east of Bali and west of Sumbawa, part of the Lesser Sunda Island chain. It’s known for beaches and surfing spots, particularly at Kuta and Banko Banko (in south Lombok).  Lombok is famous for its beautiful beaches and Mount Rinjani. You READ MORE

15 Adventures to Have with Your kids in Phu Quoc

15 Adventures to Have with Your kids in Phu Quoc

We started our journey in Vietnam from Ha Noi in the Northern Vietnam. It was January at the time and to no surprise it was the coldest month and also very rainy. We were in tam Coc when We opted to head to Phu Quoc READ MORE