Baan Por Dee has to be THE BEST PLACE EVER. And that’s saying something, after having been in Chiang Mai for four weeks and experiencing a LOT of amazing places, cafes and restaurants.
Being a photographer and choosing my food according to the looks of it, I spend a good amount of time looking at food pictures. I had seen several tropical french toast creations all over the internet before coming to Chiang Mai, and that’s exactly what I wanted for breakfast on my very first morning there. And I sure ended up finding the best one at SS1254372 Cafe.
Goodsouls Kitchen is a vegan cafe and restaurant inside Chiang Mai’s Old City. They offer all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts, all made with fresh, high quality ingredients.
I made the spontaneous decision to go to Morning Glory for dinner one night while in Chiang Mai. I had the restaurant marked on Google Maps, but it wasn’t on my “definitely must go list”. Turned out, I was glad I went! Their savoury food was some of the best I had had in Thailand (and I’m quite picky/have a high standard and expectations).
Rustic & Blue is famed for its unique, Melbourne-like food creations and beautiful, Instagram-worthy dish presentation. The cafe’s outdoor setting is beautiful, with a wide open space covered by trees in the heart of Chiang Mai’s Nimman area.
If you’re looking for an authentic adventure out in nature, horseback riding in the jungle just North of Chiang Mai might be your thing. Thai Horse Farm offer unique horse riding tours combined with a fun and unique culinary experience.
WOW! I don’t even know what else to say about Lulla Massage other than WOW WOW WOW. This place has made me a new person multiple times, and I’m sure it will many more times in the future.
Broccoli Revolution is a vegan restaurant, cafe and cold-pressed juice bar. All their food is vegan, organic, seasonal, grown locally, healthy, and with a focus on zero waste and sustainability. 100% my kind of place.
I’ve tried a lot of street food during my time in Thailand, starting in Bangkok. Eating my way through Pad Thai to Pad See Ew to some unknown noodle soup served by local street food vendors missing any English menu description. Pad Thai and Pad See Ew were my safe go-to options, though I soon learned that being able to pronounce “vegetarian” (and ideally being able to explain that it means no meat at all) in Thai is of great help as well.
I always love getting away from the tourist crowds and exploring a city on my own terms. The best way to do so is usually by getting to know some of the locals and hearing their stories and recommendations.
When researching a country or city I’m travelling to, I always find a brief summary of all the best cafes and restaurants to be helpful, as long as I know that I have similar expectations to the person recommending those places. (To get an idea of my expectations and what I look for on my travels see this post.)
When writing this post, I was contemplating just sharing my notes on The Cabochon with you - raw and real. Because they’re only the best. There’s literally nothing I could say about The Cabochon which isn’t great.
Everyone has different expectations when they travel. We all come from different backgrounds, prefer different things and have unique ways of how we like to see the world.
This became obviously clear to me during my recent trip to South East Asia. I spent a considerable amount of time researching cafes, restaurants and hotels, reading Google and Tripadvisor reviews, marking them on Google Maps, and then spent even more time trying out all the places. Over the course of 2,5 months travelling I became pretty good at researching and assessing places.
While all the places I stayed at in Bali were special, and all the massages, spa treatments, and food I’ve had were great, a few experiences stood out in particular. It’s hard to choose, but the ones below are some of my very favourite places and experiences I’ve had in Bali that I would 100% come back for and 110% recommend.
There are plenty of blog posts out there recommending accommodation in Bali, often sorted by budget or area.
This guide is a little different - I want to help you sort through the huge and wide variety of hotels and retreats by focusing on your needs, desires and preferred style of travel. Let’s get into it.
I've created this list as a summary for all the experiences Bali offers that aren't often mentioned or talked about in relation to Bali. If you're like me and enjoy getting out and about, exploring a country away from all the travellers and tourist spots, below are some ideas for you.
I’ve shared before that I’m not a big fan of touristy areas, overrun, overdone and overhyped things to do and see, and that I’d rather get to know a country from a local’s perspective, rather than ticking sightseeing stops off my list.
After writing my list of Bali’s Pros + Cons, general tips and recommendations and a list of experiences I’d definitely go back to Bali for, I figured I should also write a short Bali Food Guide - especially since food always plays such a huge part of any trip for me. So let’s get into it…
I’ve shared some of my thoughts on Bali, what I liked and didn’t like so much in this post. Now I want to share some of my tips for travelling to Bali with you, so you can get the most out of your trip, if you decide to go (or maybe you’ve already booked a trip)