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.
All in Lifestyle
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.
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.
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.
I spent my last two night in Bali at Boho Bingin Beach. Boho has such a nice, relaxed, light, and calm vibe. Maybe not such a big surprise, seeing it’s only a few minutes walk from one of Bali’s most beautiful and secluded beaches. I picked Boho at Bingin beach exactly for that reason - as I was researching beautiful, less well-known beaches in Bali I came across Bingin, and Boho looked like the perfect boutique hotel in the area. (They also have Boho Hills Dreamland and Boho Hills in Canggu opening soon).
The Slow in Canggu is a lot all in one: boutique accommodation, all-day dining, drinks, art, local culture, and interactive retail. It’s a contemporary, immersive experience of Canggu, perfect for anyone with an eye for detail or appreciation for design. Think Cereal mag opening a space.
The Chillhouse in Canggu is a relaxed lifestyle retreat, including accommodation along with organic food at its in-house cafe Cassava, yoga sessions, surfing, and a wide range of cultural and healing activities.
I continued my “healing journey” (which started at The Yoga Barn) at Fivelements a few days later. Fivelements was absolutely beautiful and perfect. It would be hard to find a place that’s more aligned with my values and taste than Fivelements.
Wellington. One of my favourite parts of this trip, maybe because of the good coffee we got there. As I said, it’s like little Melbourne.
From Nelson we went on a day trip to Abel Tasman National Park. We instead spent some time by the beach, reading and relaxing. After a week traveling, a lot of time spent in the car, and sleeping at camping grounds, we actually really felt a lot like relaxing and not doing much at all.
Almost at the Pancake Rocks - the night before was spent in Greymouth, a place where not much is happening. Of course we were craving our usual morning coffee at a nice cafe though, so we started the search through little Greymouth downtown. And we found it.
This was a rainy day, just driving up North towards the Pancake Rocks, through tiny, abandoned-looking villages. We passed through Hokitika where we took a break and saw the Ship of Fools.
Franz Josef and Fox glacier are surrounded by rainforest. We didn’t explore the glaciers, but went for a long walk in the forest instead. I loved being in this deep green jungle, it feels exciting and so calming at the same time, especially after rain.
We arrived in Queenstown. It was a beautiful day spent by the lake (a little bit further South that was quiet and with pretty much no one around), relaxing, sleeping, finding stones, soaking up the sun.
Lindis Pass - one of the most stunning views in New Zealand, definitely one of my favourites!
This was on our second day, leaving Lake Tekapo and heading further down South.
The next few posts to follow will be picture heavy - mainly photo stories of my trip through New Zealand when my mum came over to visit this March/April.
I love New Zealand - always have. Anyone who has ever been will probably agree with me. It's such a beautiful country, one of the best places to go on a road trip.
Of course I did some research and spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest searching for cool Tokyo coffee shops and vegetarian places before travelling there.
However, on the day I went to have lunch and coffee at one of the places I found online it was actually closed. So I kept walking, being freezing cold and desperately in need of a hot cup of (good!) coffee and some heartwarming food. Having your camera out all the time in winter isn't exactly what your hands and fingers long for either. I was lucky when I came across this cute little place called Itonowa.
Another day spent wandering the streets of Tokyo, this time exploring the old suburbs, which felt very much like going back in time ( - back to what I imagine communist times might have felt like). I loved the feel of these streets, being surrounded by weird, random things. So many little alleyways to explore with so many little details.
Tokyo really is crazy, it’s true what they say.
There’s a shop called Don Quixote, a discount store that spans 4 floors (Shibuya store). I found a simple list of what you can find on each floor online.