Penang is for Street Art and Hawker Centre Lovers

Penang is for Street Art and Hawker Centre Lovers

Want to know something kind of crazy? On my four-month round-the-world trip, during which I visited 10 countries total, I visited only three new countries. And the only new one in Southeast Asia? Malaysia. But thankfully, Malaysia was so historical and surprising and...
The Girl I Was on Koh Tao

The Girl I Was on Koh Tao

Without a doubt, Koh Tao is one of my favorite places in Southeast Asia. Last fall I spent three weeks there and this spring I returned for two and a half. On both visits I only intended to stay a week, but well, Koh Tao is tough to quit. Koh Tao is heaven for young...
Hanging Out in Bangkok During the Coup

Hanging Out in Bangkok During the Coup

Yes, you read that correctly. Coup. On May 22, 2014, the Thai military took control of the government and enforced curfew and martial law, banned political gatherings, censored the media and detained and arrested politicians. As fate would have it, I had a flight to...
Tiny Paradise: A Week on Gili Trawangan

Tiny Paradise: A Week on Gili Trawangan

After my three-week yoga retreat in land-locked Ubud, I was craving ocean air. So I booked a ferry ticket to Gili Trawangan, a tiny, teardrop-shaped island off the coast of Lombok. Though Gili Trawangan (or as it is locally known, Gili T) is geographically close to...
Ultimate Luxury at the Samabe Bali

Ultimate Luxury at the Samabe Bali

When the same company that owns the Grand Mirage asked me if I would also like to review the Samabe, their brand-new luxury suites and villas, a Bali all inclusive, I couldn’t believe my luck. My parents are fans of luxury hotels and as a kid I stayed at hotels...
A Girls’ Weekend at the Grand Mirage in Bali

A Girls’ Weekend at the Grand Mirage in Bali

While l I loved my ascetic yoga and green juice lifestyle in Ubud, I knew I couldn’t leave Bali without a taste of the high life. So for my last three days in Bali I high-tailed it for the coast to review the Grand Mirage, an excellent place for Bali vacations....
Chasing Eat, Pray, Love in Bali

Chasing Eat, Pray, Love in Bali

When I was 16, back in 2007, I read Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s New York Times bestseller. And then I read it again. And again. Needless to say, Eat, Pray, Love firmly put Bali on my map of dream destinations. And seven years later, I finally ventured...