Mae Tee - Buddhist Funeral

A Buddhist Funeral for Mae Tee

Sticks of incense stand upright in the freshly up-turned dirt, filling the air with their fragrant smoke. Like runway lights, they lead the way from where I stand to Mae Tee, finally at rest. Before she came to Elephant Nature Park, Mae Tee was forced to work in the logging industry, hauling massive logs through […]

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Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Featured

Magical Garden Cafe – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located at 24 Sriwichai Road, just outside of the beautiful Wat Suan Dok complex, Magical Garden Cafe is only a 5-10 minute ride away from guesthouses inside the moat, as well as the ever-popular Nimmanhaemin Road. Atmosphere A beautiful garden setting sets the atmosphere at the Magical Garden Cafe, as one of its greatest selling points. Just on the […]

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Centara Duangtawan

Centara Duangtawan – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Every year many tourists come to the small town of Chiang Mai to soak up the sun, relax from the stress of daily life and enjoy amazing cuisine. Located on the bustling street of Loy Kroh in the tourist center of Chiang Mai, the Centara Duangtawan Hotel provides the ultimate luxurious experience. First Impression One of the […]

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Vegetarian Cooking Class - Anchan Restaurant

Learning to Cook, Thai Style

Before we moved to Thailand, the extent of Thai dishes in my repertoire was a makeshift curry using store-bought green chili paste and coconut milk. Although I knew that I wasn’t preparing anything authentic, I hadn’t realized just how far from a true Thai dish it really was! After taking part in a full day […]

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Balinese New Year - Ogoh Ogoh - Nyepi

Celebrating the Balinese New Year in Ubud

One of the highlights of spending some time in Ubud, Bali was ringing in the year 1936. We discovered that celebrating the Balinese New Year was unlike every other New Year’s celebration that we had ever experienced. It included a combination of music and dance performance, scary monsters, bonfires and silent introspective meditation. This very […]

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Sea Turtles - Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

The Turtles of Gili Trawangan

Off the northwestern coast of Lombok, Gili Trawangan is known as the party island, when compared to its smaller siblings of Gili Meno and Gili Air. However, the island’s nightlife was not the main draw for us. Instead, it was the promise of snorkeling with sea turtles that forced us to include the rowdy isle […]

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Shariah Law Hotel - Quran and Prayer Rug

Surviving Sharia Law as a Lesbian Couple

Just as we were about to click the “book now” button, we decided to first read a few reviews of the hotel in Jakarta we were considering. This is when we learned that the hotel follows Sharia Law. Out of both curiosity and adventure we confirmed our booking, wondering what we had in store for […]

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Taste From Heaven Vegetarian Restaurant - Featured

Taste From Heaven – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located on the quiet side street of Ratmakka Road, just off the inner Moat Road (Moon Muang), Taste From Heaven Vegetarian Restaurant is only a short five minute walk from ThaPae Gate. This restaurant used to be located on the other side of the moat but closed about a year ago in order to revamp […]

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Vegan in Indonesia

Being Vegan in Indonesia

We spent a month traveling in Indonesia and were pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to find a variety of vegan options. Although we only visited three islands in the archipelago – Java, Bali and Lombok – we certainly got a good taste of the country’s cuisine. All across Indonesia tofu and tempeh are […]

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Trance Dance Bali

The Trance Dance of Bali

After sharing with our guest house owner, Taruna, that we not only enjoyed gamelan (bronze Balinese orchestra), but we have also played, he invited us to a trance dance ceremony to bless a new village temple that was to be performed that night in the village. Perhaps not sure if we were aware of the […]

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Loving Hut - Jakarta, Indonesia - Featured

Loving Hut – Jarkarta, Indonesia

The Loving Hut is a chain of vegan restaurants with franchises located around the globe. Surprisingly, despite all of our travels, we only first came across their locations while on our month-long vacation in Indonesia. In total, we dined at three of their locations, including Yogyakarta, Denpasar and our favorite in Jakarta. Located on the top floor […]

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Adinda Homestay - Ubud, Bali

Adinda Homestay – Ubud, Bali

Adinda Homestay on Jalan Sugriwa is located just far enough away from the touristy section of Ubud to be relaxing, yet is close enough to be able to enjoy the macaques at Monkey Forest and take in performances on several stages. It is also a stone’s throw away from some great restaurants, including many vegan options. […]

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Si Doi Hotel Legian - Bali, Indonesia

Si Doi Hotel – Legian, Indonesia

Si Doi Hotel Legian is perfectly located for a quiet stay away from the loud party scene of Kuta, yet still close enough to the restaurants and the famous Kuta Beach. Along with its sister hotel in Kuta, Si Doi in Legian is locally owned, family-run and the staff has high standards of hospitality. First […]

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Scams of Java, Indonesia

Scams of Java, Indonesia

Any time we take a trip to a new country, we research scams we may encounter. In preparation for our month-long visit to Indonesia, this was no exception. We learned about bank machines that would only collect our account information rather than dispensing money. We were prepared for friendly strangers inviting us to an art […]

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Teba House - Ubud, Indonesia

Teba House – Ubud, Indonesia

Teba House is located on Jalan Sugriwa, one street east of Hanoman Road. Within a stone’s throw away from many restaurants and a short walking distance to Monkey Forest and the Central Market, Teba House is the perfect spot to spend a few nights, while exploring all that Ubud has to offer. First Impression From […]

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Singaraja to Ubud in a Fruit Truck

From Singaraja to Ubud in the Back of a Fruit Truck

After a wonderful four days in Bali’s northwest village of Pemuteran it was time to move on to the next adventure and Ubud was calling our names. The options for getting there, however, were either very expensive (500,000 Rp to hire your own driver) or very out of the way (going all the way to […]

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