16 cafes you have to try for lunch in Canggu

Rise and shine. It’s another day in foodie paradise. After eating our bellies full in Canggu for roughly two months -we tried peculiar bars so that you won’t have to- here are a few of our absolute favourites. For breakfast, lunch or brunch.

1. The secret spot

Kick-off your day nice and quiet at the teeny tiny Secret Spot. Hidden next to our nr. 5 on this list, this small vegan café still truly remains a secret. Which is rare in Bali. Great for a coffee away from the crowds or a brekky to start the day off right with.

Instagram: @secretspotbali  | Canggu area: Berawa | Best for: breakfast or lunch

2. Crate Café

Get in line. Crate has become so popular over the last few years that it is busy from morning till evening. Why? We’re guessing the excellent price-quality ratio has something to do with it. Time to line up.

Instagram: @cratecafe| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast

3. Silk Road

Placing a restaurant on this list just for its interior? Guilty. Silk Road Whole Foods opened in 2018 and is perhaps one of the prettiest cafes in Canggu. Which is, to be honest, quite the achievement. Hop in for a coffee or go for a full out brunch in their courtyard.

www.silkroadwholefoods.com | Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast & lunch



Now for a personal favourite, Nüde. Bircher, pancakes, breakfast burritos. Each and every single item on the menu tastes so damn good at this Berawa Café. Much like Milk & Madu, the breakfast choices here are extensive and all tend to be equally yummy. Great spot for brunch.

Instagram page: @nudeincanggu| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner


5. Peleton

Those living in Bali for a longer period of time, freelancers and influencers that’s you, have all discovered Peleton. And with reason. Peleton is not only a great place to chill but it’s perfect to get some work done in the aircon whilst enjoying their delicious coffee or homemade kombucha. Other favourites are their smoothie bowls for breakfast and buddha bowls for lunch. All-things vegan, you won’t even know the difference. Plantbased goodness, right here.

Instagram: @peletonsupershop| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast & lunch

6. Betelnut

A staple in Canggu cuisine; Betelnut. As we’re trying to keep up with all the new restaurants popping up in and around Canggu, Betelnut is kicking back and reaping the benefits of its good name. They’ve been offering quality cuisine for years on end, and you can tell. Menu wise, Betelnut rarely misses the mark. Great value for money and good for a visit any time of day! Make sure to grab a seat upstairs.

Instagram: @betelnutcafe| Canggu area: Batu Bolong| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner

7. The Shady Shack

Another Canggu classic; the Shady Shack. Grab yourself a seat in their playfully decorated garden and take your pick from their extensive (vegetarian) menu. Easier said than done because everything on there is equally delish. And healthy, and colourfull. Need we say more?

Instagram: @theshadyshack| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast & lunch


8. Gypsy Kitchen + Bar

Bohemian vibes and quality cuisine, that’s what Gypsy Kitchen + Bar stands for. This restaurant lies on the border of Batu Bolong and Echo Beach and is a safe bet for a nice lunch. Can’t choose what to order? They’ve got just the thing. Opt for ‘The Undecided’. One avo toast, one baba toast. Life just got a little easier.

Instagram: @gypsy_bali| Canggu area: Batu Bolong/Echo beach | best for: breakfast & lunch


9. Matcha

Any matcha lovers out there? Then a quick stop at the tiny Matcha cafe cannot be left off the itinerary. Try their skinny matcha lattes or go full out and dig in on some matcha pancakes.

www.matchacafebali.com| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast or an afternoon snack stop


10. Two trees

Pretty in green and yellow: Two trees Eatery. Runner up for Silk Road for the prettiest cafe in Berawa, Canggu. This open space lights up by nightfall, which results in a cosy candlelight-esque atmosphere. With, of course, food that’s not inferior to the interior. Give their Nachos or stunning Green Bowl a go whilst you’re there!

www.twotreeseatery.com| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch or dinner


11. Ruko

Planning to get your surf on today? Conveniently located on the way to the beach is Ruko. Plant yourself on the small street-facing terrace and watch others make their way to the beach while you enjoy a sweet bircher and golden chai. Don’t forget to order at the bar, or that meal is going to be a long wait.

www.rukocafe.com | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast & lunch

12. Quince

Perhaps the smallest amongst the restaurants on this list is quince cafe. Unlike most restaurants in Bali (which are open AM-PM), Quince only briefly opens for lunch and then closes its door again. With limited seating available, be there or be square.

Instagram: @Quince_bali| Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch

13. Motion cafe

Fitness freak? Head on down to Motion Café. This sports bar focusses on whipping up healthy meals, full of protein and other nutrients. Having one of their protein waffles is like eating a piece of heaven. Jup. That good.

www.motionfitnessbali.com| Canggu area: Batu Bolong | best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner

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14. Milk & Madu

Due to its sheer size, Milk & Madu is not the cosiest place in Canggu, but nevertheless a favourite of many. With excellent and speedy service, Milk & Madu is jam-packed for brunch and dinner on the daily. Must try: their signature avo toast with poached eggs and caramelized onions ‘The Madu’. Like flipping a coin in the Trevi fountain; this guarantees an island return.

www.milkandmadu.com| Canggu area: Berawa| best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner | 2 for 1 pizza’s on Tuesday and Sunday


15. Duatiga

Duatiga; coffee place, cap re-seller, clothing printshop and restaurant. Normally that would instantly cause anxiety amongst foodies, but there is nothing to worry about here. The food is good. With a Vietnamese and Thai inspired kitchen, your menu options here are diverse. Lunch with one of their charcoal smoothie bowls or, do as the Balinese do, with a good old fashioned noodle. Big delicious lunch or brekky guaranteed.

Instagram: @duatiga.cafe | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: breakfast, lunch & dinner


16. Bahn Mi & Beans

Want to head down to the beach as quick as you can? Skip the seat and take a sandwich, fresh spring roll or bowl at the go at Bahn Mi. This small Vietnamese shop, hidden next to the Jet Black Ginger hair-salon, has some delicious menu options that are great on the go.

www.banhmiandbeans.com | Canggu area: Berawa | best for: lunch on the go



HOTEL TIP: Nyuh Resort & Spa – Ubud, Bali

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa

Retreat from the busy streets of Ubud to your own little sanctuary at the Nyuh Resort & Spa. The Nyuh resort is roughly a 10-minute drive from town and is a stunning setting to privately re-charge for a few days. Every villa comes with its own spacious pool,  personal assistant and diverse breakfast options– delivered right to your own villa if desired. Guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

Nyuh resort & spa Ubud


At the relatively new Nyuh resort, the villas themselves are spacious and incredibly well airconditioned.  They all come with their own private pool, outdoor bathtub and lounge area. The large bathroom features two sinks, one for him and one for her. But, no shower nor toilet. These can also be found outside, something to keep in mind but definitely fun for the experience. Don’t worry about privacy, you really have your own little space here. When and/if there is anything you might need during your stay, a dedicated personal assistant is at your disposal 24 hours a day. From arranging tours to figuring out the breakfast selection; they’re there to help!






In the mood to pamper yourself or take a romantic flower bath with your partner? Then the Nyuh on-site spa is a great place to go. The spa is partially set outdoors, has a capacity of two and can be closed off for privacy. Reservations are preferred as this will allow the staff to prepare for the treatment.



Within the comfort of your own luxury villa, it is likely you don’t want to leave the premises during the day. With the high-quality food on offer at Nyuh, you don’t have to. Aside from dining in the on-site restaurant, guests can also choose to have the dish brought to the villa and set up at the kitchen table; talk about a stress-free meal. The prices of the menu items are in line with local restaurant prices, perhaps even cheaper.


Love a healthy meal? Nyuh resort highly encourages highly amongst their guests and this reflects this on their menu selection. For breakfast, guests can choose between a large range of healthy options such as cinnamon oatmeal, yogurt with fresh fruits, egg-white omelets and more. And, as mentioned previously, guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.



No plunge pool at your villa – the pools at Nyuh resort are large in comparison to most Bali hotels and resorts, making them perfect to hang in all day long; going from sun lounger to pool and vice versa. Need to cool off? The kitchen/lounge area is conveniently located poolside.


What is a night at Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa going to cost you?

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa


Deluxe pool villa’s starting at €167 ($187) per night

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Great hotels for an unforgettable trip to Bali

Planning your trip to Bali and looking for a good hotel in Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud, Sanur, Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan? We’ve got you covered! This handy little list of hotels is here to help you make the most out of your stay, no matter which area you wish to go. Each hotel on this list has its own unique features and charm, yet they all have on thing in common. They all have been handpicked –by the pickiest of pickiest-  tried and tested. With a stamp of approval, these hotels are ready to contribute towards an unforgettable trip through Bali.

Did you know that Booking.com often allows travellers to cancel their booking up until 24 hrs in advance. Perfect for those wanting to keep their options open and remain flexible at all times!

Where do you want to go?

Nusa Penida
Nusa Lembogan & Nusa Ceniga


Villa Karisa

Villa Karisa Seminyak

Looking for calm Balinese bohemian vibes in the midst of lively Seminyak? Then the rather unique Villa Karisa might just be the place for you. The villa, which is actually a boutique hotel, is roughly a 12-minute walk from the beach and a stone’s throw away from loads of shops and restaurants. Read our full hotel review here!

Room prices starting at €55 ($62.50) per night

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The Kemilau Hotel & Villa

The Kemilau Hotel & Villa
© photo by the Kemilau

Canggu has been booming and new hotels are popping up weekly. The Kemilau is one of these recently opened hotels offering great value for money in the streets of Berawa. The Kemilau hotel is located near loads of popular restaurants -such as Nude, Duatiga and Ruko- and only a 5-minute drive from the beach. This area is especially popular with locals, freelancers and surfers as it is slightly more peaceful than Batu Bolong and Echo beach. You do need a scooter to get around here as the roads are not paved… yet.

Room prices starting from €52 ($58) per night

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Ubud Village Hotel

Ubud village hotel

Whilst loads of Ubud’s dreamy resorts are set outside of town, the Ubud Village hotel is set right within the middle of it all. Due to its convenient location, staying in the Ubud village hotel means simply walking to most restaurants, the monkey forest, the night market, and other Ubud highlights. Don’t want to drive home or get a cab after a happy hour? Then this is the hotel for you! For the ultimate Ubud experience, combine the Ubud village hotel with a few nights outside of the center in a jungle-esque resort.

Room prices starting at €72 ($80) per night 

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Nyuh Resort & Spa

Nyuh resort & spa Ubud

Retreat from the busy streets of Ubud to your own little sanctuary at the Nyuh Resort & Spa. The Nyuh resort is roughly a 10-minute drive from town and is a stunning setting to privately re-charge for a few days. Every villa comes with its own spacious pool,  personal assistant and diversified breakfast offering – delivered right to your own villa if desired. Guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

Deluxe pool villa’s starting at €167 ($187) per night

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The Alantara Sanur


Sanur has been one of Bali’s touristic hubs for many years now. Whilst it is an area we would usually stay clear of due to its slight over-tourism, it is the perfect transportation town to the Nusa islands. Therefore spending a night here ain’t bad at all, especially if it is at a dreamy resort such as the Alantara. Featuring their own gym, large swimming pool and spacious rooms with balconies, this hotel makes the perfect stopover!

Room prices starting at €43 ($48) per night

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Nusa Penida

Kompyang Cottage

Kampyong Cottage Nusa Penida
© by Kompyang Cottage

With all the highlights to be seen in Nusa Penida, people do not spend much time in their hotel rooms. But, coming back from a day full of adventurous sightseeing has never felt better than in the tropical huts of Kompyang Cottage. These island style cottages are located in the North of the island which makes them a good jumping off point to explore both the left and right side of the island. Keep in mind that due to the sheer size of Nusa Penida, a scooter or driver is required to get around and to make your way to dining facilities of the resort.

Room prices starting at €56 ($62) per night

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Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Cengigan

 D’Puncak Villas


Turquoise waters and a carefree atmosphere; Nusa Lembongan, and in extension Nusa Ceningan, is a great place to come to rest after a few days of adventure in Nusa Penida. D’Puncak villas, located right within the middle of the island, is an ideal hotel to ensure a relaxing stay. The huts are, compared to island standards, luxurious and the friendly staff is eager to help you make the most of your stay.  Scooters can easily be arranged at the property for IDR100.000. Not a fan of scooters? The hotel also has a list of restaurants and beach clubs to choose from that have free pick up and drop off service, making the island easily accessible for everyone.

Room prices starting at €55 ($62) per night 

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All prices converted on xe.com as of 9 March ’19, in EURO and US Dollar. Subject to currency fluctuations. 

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HOTEL TIP: Villa Karisa – Seminyak, Bali

Seminyak, one of Bali’s trendiest hubs, is known for its many hotspots, beach clubs, and fashion boutiques. Which is exactly why it is no surprise that the lively streets of Seminyak meet the travel itinerary of most people visiting Bali. Still looking for that perfect hotel to stay on your upcoming trip to Seminyak? We might have found the place for you!

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Villa Karisa, Seminyak

Balinese bohemian vibes in the midst of Seminyak; that is Villa Karisa. The villa, which is actually a boutique hotel, is roughly a 12-minute walk from the beach and a stone’s throw away from loads of shops and restaurants. Aside from its lovely interior, Villa Karisa was renovated early 2016 and, with rooms going for as little as €55 a night, offers great value for money for guests that are looking for a centrally located hotel in Seminyak.

Villa Karisa Seminyak

Adjacent to Villa Karisa lies Villa Saffira. This luxury 4 bedroom villa features a Morrocan rooftop, swimming pool, and a stunning living area. Guests of Villa Saffira have direct access to Villa Karisa and can enjoy all the amenities of the boutique hotel. But, this also goes vice versa. Should Villa Saffira be free upon the time of arrival, guests of Villa Karisa can make use of two magnificent areas to relax and explore.

Pool Villa Karisa Seminyak

Hotel rooms

All rooms at Villa Karisa have been individually designed by the owner and furnished with hand-picked Balinese furniture. This gives each of the 10 hotel rooms a unique personality and atmosphere-  having in common that they are all incredibly good looking. Some rooms feature a separate bathroom, others have the bathroom cooperated within the room. But, they all feature a rain shower, a characteristic mirror, and shielded toilet. Furthermore, all rooms are equipped with filtered water dispensers, flatscreen TV and air conditioning.


Bedroom Villa Karisa Seminyak



Swimming pool

Villa Karisa boasts one large swimming pool that guests can make use of. The comfortable sun loungers make the pool area a great spot to spend an afternoon sunbathing and doing absolutely nothing. If Villa Saffira is available, there are two swimming pools for guests to enjoy. Another bonus: the pool is beneficially located and has sun for the largest part of the day.

Drone pool Villa Karisa Seminyak


Daily breakfast is included in all room rates. Between 07:00 and 10:00 guests can enjoy breakfast in the lobby area where your choice of the a la carte menu will be freshly prepared. Aside from the standard coffee, thee and fruits, guests can choose between three different set menus. Other items are available upon request and require a surcharge.

Breakfast Villa Karisa Bali

Rooftop (Villa Saffira)

When and if guests are lucky enough to have Villa Saffira available for usage, there is a stunning Morrocan rooftop to enjoy. The all white rooftop is the perfect spot for afternoon drinks and chats under the open sky.

What is a night at Villa Karisa going to cost you?

Villa Karisa

Villa Karisa pool

Room prices starting from €55 ($62.50) per night 

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Guests that book 3 nights or more at the hotel get extra privileges by booking directly. For more information on Villa Karisa, its facilities and the promotional offer; please visit www.villakarisabali.com.

Hotel room Villa Karisa Seminyak

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BALI DAY-TRIP INSPIRATION: Where to go and what to visit

Hanging out all day at your luxury Bali resort, sipping Mai Tai’s by the pool and only moving from room to restaurant sounds like a tropical fantasy right? Well, indeed, for some. But for those that are fully re-charged from their day-to-day life after a few days of doing absolutely nothing, there is an island adventure that awaits!  Hit the road by renting a private taxi driver for the day and explore all the known and unknown that Bali has to offer. Here is some inspiration to help you, and your driver, along the way!

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These trips have been mapped from the Canggu/Seminyak area. If you are planning on taking one of these trips whilst located near Uluwatu (trip 2) or  Ubud (trip 1), check the travel distances on Google maps and see if you can possibly do the tour yourself by scooter.

Balinese women

Bali day trip 1:

Ready to explore hidden waterfalls and hike through lush rice paddies? Discover the beauty of Bali’s inland on roundtrip no. 1. This trip will take you to some of the lesser known waterfalls on the island, past the famous rice terraces, and last but not least, seat you directly at the table of a Balinese family.

Summarized day tour:

Tukad Cepung waterfall
Tegallalang rice terraces
Lunch: Balinese Home Cooking
Tibumana waterfall

Tukad Cepung waterfall

Now here is a secret we don’t like sharing. The Tukad Cepung waterfall is amongst the prettiest waterfalls on the island. Not due to its size or crystal clear waters, but due to its magnificent light rays. Light rays? Yes, stay with us, we’re still talking about a waterfall here. What makes Tukad Cepung so unique, is its underground location. The waterfall is set between rock formations, of which the top has been largely covered by natural plantation. When the sun hits the top of the cave just right, light rays turn the waterfall into something majestic.

It takes a little adventure to get to Tukad Cepung, but that’s half the fun! Expect a short trekking through the jungle (paved, but steep), going into a cave, wiggling under a rock, and passing through streaming water. Yes, the feet will get wet.

Usually, we would say save the best for last on a road trip, but this waterfall is too magical in the morning to miss. Arriving here before 09:30 will likely mean you get to chance to experience this hidden gem all by yourself. Hang around for a bit longer to get a glimpse of the light beams, they start making their way through the waterfall a little later on the day.  Let’s keep this beauty a secret between us, for now, shall we.

Entrance fee for the Tukad Cepung waterfall is 10.000 IDR. 

Tukad Cepung waterfall route

Tegallalang rice terraces

If you’ve seen pictures of Ubud, you’ve seen pictures of the Tellegan rice terraces. These rice terraces have become quite the phenomenon, which unfortunately also means the area is now hurdled with tourist orientated shops, restaurants, and the latest hype, the Bali swings.  That said, the rice fields are still, without a doubt, worth a visit whilst in the area. The area is quite large and once you make your way through past the chaos,  it is easy to find yourself a nice quiet area to enjoy the immenseness of the green paddies.


Lunch: Balinese Home Cooking

Support the local community by dining in the backyard of a lovely Balinese family. Balinese Home Cooking is a small family run restaurant which operates from their own backyard. The entire family lives on the premises and visitors are happily allowed to take a walk around their homes so that they can get a sense of local habits and culture.

Tibumana waterfall

We started the day with a waterfall, so it only feels right to end it on the same note; with a visit to the Tibumana waterfall. The Tibumana waterfall might not be the biggest on the island, nor is it the smallest, but it is a lovely one to experience in an intimate jungle setting. The walk down to the waterfall takes roughly 10-minutes and is an amusing tropical track. Don’t forget to pack your swimming gear!

Bali day trip 2:

This beach orientated day trip is guaranteed to take you past some of the most incredible beaches on Bali’s mainland. Expect to see all shades of turquoise and plenty of surf action. Best thing is;  although insanely beautiful, these beaches are not as crowded as one would expect because they are hard to reach without a driver.

Summarized day tour: 

Belagan beach
Bingin beach
Lunch: the Cashew Tree
Dreamland beach
Uluwatu Tempel/Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Keen on going for a surf? Keep in mind that waves and currents in the Uluwatu area are extremely strong. This is therefore not the place for anyone just starting out. There are loads of surfers in the water but these are at an expert level.

Balangan Beach

Starting off, yet again, with a good one; Balangan Beach. Aside from being a popular beach amongst local surfers, Balangan features a limestone cliff with an incredible view. The viewing point is actually super easy to access from the parking lot, making it a popular pitstop for daytrippers like yourselves. Make sure to make your way down for a dip in the waters, as they’re just as blue from beneath as they’re from above.

Balangan Beach view point

Bingin beach

Bingin beach, a quiet little surf hub that can only be entered via an alley, followed by a steep stair down. This hidden beach is surrounded by limestone cliffs and has a stretch of sand that lends itself perfectly for some sunbathing. Cool off with a drink at Kelly’s Warung, or any other of the other beach shacks, and enjoy Bingin’s splendid coastline.

Lunch: the Cashew Tree

Stop for lunch at the Cashew Tree. The restaurant is playfully set-up on a small square and focusses on serving healthy meals that are just as good for you as they are for your taste buds.

Dreamland beach

Another beach, another baby blue shoreline. The last beach of the day is perfect for a dip in, yet again, crystal clear waters or, if you’re done swimming, to do some bodyboarding! More a pool lover than an ocean fanatic? Make your way upwards to the Klupa New Kuta resort for a pool overlooking the sea. The resort allows outside visitors to use the pool for 60.000 IDR. Disclaimer: this place does get crazy busy with Asian hotel guests. Some days worse than others, but it’s definitely something to consider before paying. 

Parking fee for Dreamland Beach is 20.000 IDR. This includes usage of a minivan that will bring you towards the actual beach. 

Dreamland beach view

Uluwatu Temple / Pura Luhur Uluwatu

Finish off the day with a visit to a temple rising 70 meters above sea level; the Pura Luhur Uluwatu, commonly known as the Uluwatu temple. Whilst the temple itself might not be very impressive, the cliff views that accompany the premises are nothing short of spectacular. This spot is one of Uluwatu’s touristic highlights, so do expect a lot of people here. A walk along the grounds surrounding the temple will not take more than 30 minutes of your time.

Note: Watch out for the monkeys here. Whilst they may look incredibly cute, they’re more than eager to get a hold of a pair of sunnies or, worst case scenario, your camera or phone.

The entrance fee for the Uluwatu Temple is 30.000 IDR. This includes free usage of a sarong, which is required as it is considered holy ground. 

What you should pay for a full day private taxi

A fair price pay for a full day private taxi in Bali would be anywhere between 500.000 and 600.000 IDR, equal to €37,- and $42,- Keep in mind that a lot of the sights on this list also ask a small parking and/or entrance fee, which has to be paid by yourself as well. This is usually fairly cheap -think anywhere between 2.000 until 20.000- but make sure to bring some spare change for this.

All prices as of 25 January 2019, in US dollar and EURO, converted on http://www.xe.com. 

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Great hotels for an unforgettable trip to Thailand

Planning your trip to Thailand and looking for a good hotel in Bangkok, Koh Chang, Koh Kood, Chiang Mai, Pai or Chiang Rai? We’ve got you covered! This handy little list of hotels is here to help you make the most out of your stay, no matter which area you wish to go. Each hotel on this list has its own unique features and charm, yet they all have on thing in common. They all have been handpicked –by the pickiest of pickiest-  tried and tested. With a stamp of approval, these hotels are ready to contribute towards an unforgettable trip through Thailand.

Did you know that Booking.com often allows travellers to cancel their booking up until 24 hrs in advance. Perfect for those wanting to keep their options open and remain flexible at all times!

Where do you want to go?

Koh Chang
Koh Kood
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai 


Marriott The Surawongse


Pamper yourself upon arrival in Bangkok with this 5* hotel. Marriott the Surawongse has it all; a killer infinity pool, large gym, diverse breakfast, and the perfect rooftop bar to watch a Bangkok sunset. Basically, guests don’t even have to leave the hotel in order to have a good time. Read our more detailed review here.

Room prices starting from €128 ($145) per night 

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Koh Chang

Santhiya Tree Resort


Our island favorite; Santhiya Tree Resort in Koh Chang. This hotel has a 9.0 guest review score on Booking.com and there is no wonder why. The hotel staff is friendly, the rooms are incredible and the bathrooms are unique. Even the restaurant has the perfect beachfront location. A night at Santhiya Tree resort is guaranteed to be money well spent.

Double room prices start from €126 per night

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Koh Kood

Away Resort Koh Kood


A lovely resort, that is affordable, on Koh Kood is Away Resort. Without to much fuss, this hotel offers all you need. An activity center can be found on the premises and scooters are available for rent to explore the rest of the island. Read our detailed hotel review by clicking here.

Bungalow prices start from €110 ($124) per night 

As with most islands, prices on Koh Kood tends to be slightly higher than on the Thai mainland.

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Chiang Mai

The Inside House


Sleep like a royal in Chiang Mai at the Inside House. This newly opened hotel is set right in the middle of all the action; Chiang Mai’s old town. Restaurants, shops, and some general sightseeing are therefore all to be found within its immediate surroundings. The iconic white interior, spacious rooms, and general design are what makes this hotel breathtaking.

Price for a double room starts from €151 ($171) 

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The Quarter Pai


There is plenty to discover in Pai but it is always good to have a nice home front to fall back on. The Quarter Pai is just that. The hotel offers spacious light infused rooms, which all feature a separate bathroom and two small outdoor lounge areas.  Done exploring Pai for the day? The Quarter Pai’s large on-site pool lends itself perfectly to hang out till the sun is long gone.

Price for a double room starts from €39 ($44)

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Chiang Rai

Sabai Chiang Rai


Who said good things rarely come cheap? At Sabai Chiang Rai guests can book a comfortable room for solely 18 euros a night. The rooms are a tad small but the hotel is centrally located and the staff is super friendly. Great value for money!

Price for a double room starts from €19 ($21) 

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai


Le Meridien is a luxury hotel set a little out of the center of Chiang Rai. This is the hotel you go to the end of your trip to have a night of tranquility and relaxation. The riverfront pool is chilly but phenomenal. Guests that are keen on a good meal don’t have to go far. Le Meridien’s on-site Italian restaurant proudly upholds the no. 1 place on Tripadvisor for best restaurant in the area.

Price for a double room starts from €89 ($101) 

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All prices as of 20 January 2019, in US dollars and EURO, converted on http://www.xe.com.

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4x Where to eat in Koh Chang

While large in size, Koh Chang, a Thai Island just offshore Trat, is lesser known than its siblings – like Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi- in the Southern end of the country. The island used to be referred to as one of the few ‘unspoiled islands’ remaining, but times are changing and Koh Chang is becoming increasingly popular due to its relaxed atmosphere and fine nature. Is a visit to Koh Chang also on your agenda? Make to sure to visit our top restaurant picks on the island:

1.El Greco

Souvlaki, gyros, and tzatziki – yes, you’ve guessed it. The first restaurant on our list is a Greek. And a really good one. El Greco is run by a friendly Greek family and can be found on the Bang Bao pier. The restaurants boast a view over the sea as good as the quality of the food and the ambiance of the restaurant itself. Expect to pay roughly 180 baht (€4.92/$5.59) for a greek main course such as souvlaki or gyros.



This lovely lady has a fruit shake shack just outside of the Bang Bao pier and has some great smoothies that can be taken on the go.

Smoothie Koh Chang

2. Cocomango

Smoothie bowls are never a bad idea, especially not on a tropical island like Koh Chang. Hop on in at Coco Mango and get yourself some of their swirled goodness, like the Aloha Delight’ bowl (which is extremely good). In addition to smoothie bowls, they also offer a large variety of other healthy dining options, including vegan spring rolls fried in coconut oil. Even though Coco Mango’s interior is very nice, the place is small and doesn’t invite to hang around for long.

Smoothie bowls are priced at 160 baht (€4,30 /$4,90)

Coco Mango Koh Chang

3. Lisca Beach

For a romantic dinner on the beach, head down to Lisca Beach. This tiny beach orientated restaurant serves food from both the Thai and the Italian cuisine. As can be expected with an Italian owner, it is especially the Italian food here that is sublime. This especially goes for the pizzas, which are without a doubt the best on the island. Due to its waterfront setting, Lisca Beach boasts tranquil vibes throughout the day and also happens to be a pretty good spot to watch an epic sunset.

The price for a pizza at Lisca Beach starts at 220 baht (€6/$6,80). The strawberry margarita, a must try, is priced at 200 baht (€5.4/$6.2)

Lisca Beach Koh Chang


4. Cafe del Sunshine

Didn’t think we would leave some genuine Thai food of this list now did you? The Sunshine Cafe is a rock-themed bar and the most budget-friendly option on here. It is a great place to hang out with friends due to its relaxed atmosphere, the pool table and the fact that the cafe is located directly next to several bars and other nightlife facilities. Expect to pay roughly 60 baht (€1.64 /$1.86) for a main course per person.


If you’re keen on finding good fish restaurants, make your way down to the Bang Bao pier where tons of restaurants are aligned next to each other, all serving fresh seafood.

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Lisca Beach
Sunset view from Lisca Beach

The simplest way to apply for a Visa in Vietnam

Applying for a visa in Vietnam can be quite tricky. There are hundreds of websites out there that all claim to be the official application site. Whilst nothing could be less true. These acclaimed websites are often the middleman, from which you’ll surely get your visa, but you’re likely to pay double the actual price. Read on to discover how you can easily apply for the Vietnam visa yourself:

The new visa application process for Vietnam since 2018

The Vietnam visa requirements used to be a lot stricter; tourists that we’re planning to visit Vietnam needed to apply for a letter of approval online or even had to visit the Vietnamese embassy in their home country to arrange everything. Luckily, Vietnam recently implemented a new visa application process. Since early 2018, it has become significantly easier for inhabitants of no more than 46 countries to apply for a visa.  It can now quickly be done online, from basically anywhere that has an internet connection.

It is an official document, so make sure to print it and have it at hand at immagration.

How to apply for your Vietnam Visa

You can apply for the visa via the website of the Vietnam immigration department. The application form takes roughly ten minutes to complete. Keep a scan of your passport and a pass photo at hand.  Once completed, a download link, from which the visa can be retrieved, will be sent to your e-mail within three working days. After the visa has been approved, it is valid for 30 days. Starting from the day of entry you’ve requested. Make sure to leave Vietnam before or otherwise, fines will be applicable.

Price of a Vietnam Visa

An e-visa will cost you $25 (€22). 

In general, the responsibility for the application of the visa lies with the Vietnamese authorities, making sure all your personal information is filled in correctly, is, of course, your own.


HOTEL TIP: Away Resort – Koh Kood, Thailand

Koh Kood, where the roads are calm, the water is blue and the people are friendly. An unspoiled island, as it is often referred to by the masses. And for once, nothing could be more accurate. On the tropical island, located a 1-hour ferry ride away from Trat, there are no 7-elevens, no restaurant chains, and no mass tourism to be found. And what a delight it is. If a true island get-away is what you’re looking for, this is the place for you:

Away Resort Koh Kood

Providing one of the more authentic island experiences on Koh Kood is Away Resort. Without to much fuss, Away Resort lends itself perfectly for an island retreat. The resort is situated right across one of Koh Kood’s brightest beaches and boasts 30 wooden bungalows. Each with a view over light blue waters and the palm-fringed Klong Chao beach.

Away Resort Koh Kood welcomeAway Resort Koh Kood drone view

The Bungalows

All spacious bungalows are equipped with double beds, a private terrace, and air conditioning. The interior of the wooden bungalows is basic, but in a lovely island way, where it is supposed to be simplistic. The surroundings are incredibly peaceful with views to match. The bathroom is composed out of two separate areas. One holds the sink and toilet, the other area is set half outside. Indeed, that means an outdoor shower, tropical style.

Rooms Away Resort Koh Kood

Away Resort Koh Kood terrace



The resort features two on-site restaurants, named Escape and Cast-Away. Cast Away is located directly across the resort and managed by the same staff. However, it is also open for locals and the other island guests. Escape is located directly on the resorts’ premises, this is also where breakfast is served. The price of breakfast, if not included in the room price, is €8 ($9) and is a positive mix of Asian and Western food.

Want to do something special? How about a private sunset dinner set up on the resorts own pier. For more information and a secret set up, contact the resort, they’re more than happy to arrange the magical evening.

Activity center

The resort has the largest activity center on the island, allowing guests to easily go and explore all the rest that the island has to offer. From the activity center, guests can take a free kayak at any time during the day. This is the quickest way to get to the stunning Klong Chao beach across the resort (approx 2 minutes).  Other fun ways to explore the island include renting a scooter or booking a private boat tour. Snorkeling amongst the coral reefs is highly recommended, and so is a visit to the waterfalls and mangrove.

Kayak Away Koh Kood

Drone Koh Kood Island

Massage center

At the Away resort, guests can make use of the on-site massage facilities. The spa center, located across the activity center, offers a range of treatments which are mainly executed in the tranquil wooden cabins on the sea side pavilion.

Koh Kood massage

Leisure area

For those who get a bit restless after all that beach time, the Cast Away provides a small leisure area in which guests can enjoy a game, or two. Everything is free to use. Best time to visit? Happy hour ;), set between 15:00 and 17:00.

How to get to Away Resort Koh Kood

From Bangkok:

Koh Kood can be reached from Bangkok within approx. 8 hours by bus and ferry. The easiest way to arrange the trip is by pre-arranging your tickets via www.12go.asia. With this combo ticket, you need to get on a bus from Ta Nee Road (near Koh San Road) that will take you to the dock at Trat. The bus time varies largely, depending on traffic, but take in to account that it will likely be over 5 hours. This includes a 20-minute stop for food and drinks along the way. Once arrived in Trat, you get on the Ferry to Koh Kood. You can also choose to arrange your tickets via a hostel/hotel, but expect to pay a surcharge. Costs of arraging it yourself are around 900 THB (€23) per person.

From Koh Chang:

The quickest way to get to Away Resort from Koh Chang is by speedboat. Tickets for the speedboat can be arranged via www.12go.asia, at the Bang Bao pier, or at your hotel. The total travel time is roughly two hours. Mention to the boat crew that you need to go to Away Resort, and you’ll be dropped right off at their very own pier. Costs of the speedboat are again 900 THB (€23), including hotel transfer. Another option is taking the wooden boat, this takes slightly longer but is also slightly cheaper than the first option. Price for the wooden boat is around 750 THB (€20) per person.

What is it going to cost you to stay at Away Resort Koh Kood

Away Koh Kood

Koh Kood Thailand

Bungalow prices starting from €110 ($124) per night 

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In general prices for hotels and resorts on Koh Kood, as with many small islands, tend be slightly higher than on the mainland, due to demand and supply.

Want to see what other accommodations the island has on offer? Visit Booking.com for the rest of the accommodations on the island.

All prices converted on xe.com as of 23 November’18, in THAI BAHT,  EURO and US Dollar

[Disclaimer: our stay at Away Resort Koh Kood was on the courtesy of Away Resorts]

HOTEL TIP: Marriott the Surawongse- Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, a city bursting with culture, sights, and diversity. In a city of this size, all sorts of accommodation options are at your disposal. From budget accommodations and hostels to the most luxurious hotels and resorts of them all. With such a competitive environment, hotels go above and beyond to give their guests value for their money, for prices that are uncommon to western standards. So what city better than Bangkok to spoil yourself and soak in luxury for a night or two, paying half, or even a third of normal prices. If you’re looking for an affordable luxury hotel in the middle of Bangkok, this is our no 1 recommendation:

Bangkok: Marriott Hotel, The Surawongse

Inspired by modern oriental influences, Bangkok Marriott Hotel the Surawongse offers a 5-star experience like no other. The hotel is located in the midst of Bangkok’s city center in the Silom area, roughly 25 minutes from Bangkok airport. With so many facilities on offer within the hotel, guests don’t even have to leave in order to have a good time. But if they do, the Sky Train, the Chao Phraya River, Patpong, Silom Business District, and several other local attractions are all nearby.

 Bangkok Marriott Hotel the SurawongseYao Restaurant Marriott

The Room

Marriott has done an excellent job processing the oriental atmosphere into the individual rooms as well, with a slightly modern touch to them. All spacious rooms feature a large double bed, flatscreen TV and desk. The separate bathroom is fitted with a large walk-in rain shower. The bathroom is shielded from the bedroom by glass solely, giving it an open feel and allowing guests to gaze upon Bangkok’s skyline whilst showering or taking a bath.

Room Bangkok Marriott Hotel SurawongseBathroom Bangkok Marriott Hotel Surawongse



This might be the best hotel fitness gym we have encountered as of yet. Not only are there plenty of cardio machines to get a good work out in -equipped with the latest technology; watching Netflix or catching up on social media on your machine? No problem- but there is also a diverse range of strength training necessities. Whether it is free weight lifting or on a machine. Safe to say you will be able to train here as you would in your hometown gym.


Not one, not two, but five qualitative dining options are to be found within the hotel. Each of the restaurants has their own distinctive but coherent look. The cuisine ranges from Chinese, Thai and global, depending on the restaurant.

Lobby Bangkok Marriott Surawongse

The breakfast is served in Praya restaurant, located on the 3rd floor, and the diversity of the buffet is bizarre. From Chinese gyozas to Japanse sushi, Indian Curry’s, English sausages, American pancakes, ice cream, French pastries, and so on. You name it, they’ve got it.

Breakfast buffet restaurant Bangkok Marriott Hotel SurawongseBreakfast Bangkok Marriott Hotel SurawongseBreakfast Bangkok Marriott Hotel Surawongse

Rooftop Pool

Who doesn’t like a good infinity pool? Overlooking Bangkok’s southside,  Marriott’s pool is a sight for sore eyes. The pool is open from 06:00 in the morning until 22:00 in the evening, making it the perfect spot to catch either a sunrise or -set over Bangkok. The cocktails aren’t bad either 😉

Rooftop pool and drinks BangkokRooftop pool Bangkok Marriott

Yao Sky bar and Restaurant

If you thought the view from the pool was impressive, wait until you see the view from the Yoa restaurant and sky bar. Located another 14 floors higher, on the 32nd floor, this terrace provides a view of Bangkok like no other. At the restaurant, guests are able to enjoy a large variety of lush cocktails and a dinner menu based on Chinese cuisine. All whilst soaking up a 360 degree of downtown Bangkok.

Yao restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Hotel Yao restaurant at Bangkok Marriott Hotel

How to get there

The hotel does not provide a direct shuttle service from either Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport (BKK). Luckily, arranging a taxi on both airports is easily done and well appointed. The hotel provides an estimated taxi fare of 800 THB for a one-way trip, which is good to keep in mind in case negations take place.

What is it going to cost you to spend the night at Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse?

Bangkok Marriott Hotel The Surawongse


Room prices starting from €128 ($145) per night 

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Want to see what other accommodations Bangkok has on offer? Visit Booking.com for 3200+ hotels in the city.

All prices converted on xe.com as of 11 November’18, in EURO and US Dollar