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Indonesia and Thailand trip - 2 countries - 18 Days

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Combine Thailand & Bali as a Multi Country Trip! Discover the best parts of the land of smiles on our 8 Day Thailand Experience, along with our epic 10 Day Bali Experience. Snorkel through crystal waters, splash around in waterfalls, sip down cocktails on white sandy beaches & wander across rice terraces. The perfect combination of two of South East Asia’s most popular & stunning destinations.

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A combination of our individual tours packaged for a discounted rate. Does not include transfers between destinations.

Fancy a few days inbetween, some time to explore or just want to space out your trips a little more? Then we still got you covered! Whether you're looking to spread out your adventure or have some plans already, we're right there with you, ready to turn your travel dreams into reality. Get ready to plug into the ultimate travel hack: our Travel Bundles – the holy grail of travelling.

Plan your travel in between from one country to another and we’ll cover the rest! That’s all activities, accommodation, some meals and transportation, making your adventure that little bit easier for you to plan. We've cracked the code on making adventure planning a walk in the park. And here's the real bonus: you’ll get a slick 5% discount when you lock in two trips or more. Bundle your tours together and do just that and if your preferred trips are not in these packages, don’t panic! Pop us an email at:

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*Please note that Multi Country Bundles do not include flights in between destinations.*

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Thailand Experience - 8 days

Bangkok - koh phangan, trip summary.

You’ve landed in Bangkok and into the hands of the TruCrew. Mate, you’ve landed on your feet here. Over the next 8 days, we’re going to take you around the wonders of Thailand, introduce you to our best-kept secret spots and have a seriously good time whilst we’re at it so sit back, relax, grab a Chang and leave the rest to us. This is the perfect tour for those who want a taste of Thailand, we'll take you for a traditional massage, kayaking and you even have a go at muay thai! It's going to be an epic 8 days and you'll fall in love with Thailand - just Joe and Mark did 10 years ago! This isn’t just an average tour, but a TruThailand Experience. The pleasure is all ours! After these 8 days you'll have memories, photos, friendships and an addiction to mango sticky rice that will last a lifetime!

  • Chao Phraya River Cruise
  • Floating Bungalows
  • Bottle Beach
  • Muay Thai Lesson
  • Wat Arun Temple visit
  • Wat Pho temple visit
  • Thai Massage
  • Overnight train
  • Kayaking & tubing
  • Koh Phangan Boat Trip

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A stunning photo of the picturesque floating bungalows in Khao Sok national park

Bali Experience - 10 days

Canggu - gili trawangan.

Is this trip going to blow your socks off? You better Bali-eve it. We’d start by asking you whether you’re ready for a mindblowing 10-day tour where we'll explore three awesome destinations across Bali and the Gili Islands, but that’d be a stupid question. Of course, you are. This is the perfect intro to a gap year, or if you are looking to find your feet in Indonesia this is the tour for you! Imagine landing in Canggu for 10 incredible days of stunning temples, flowing waterfalls, and insane beaches too! Your guide will show you the highlights of Canggu, Ubud and Gili T and of course being locals they'll introduce you to the hidden gems too!

  • Tegenungan Waterfall
  • Ubud Monkey forest
  • Balinese Cooking class
  • Rice terraces
  • Tanah Lot & Taman Ayun
  • Surf lesson in Kuta
  • Volcano View Point
  • Local Markets
  • Gili Trawangan
  • Island hopping the Gili’s
  • Snorkelling
  • Bike tour of Gili Trawangan

Girl on Bali swing surrounded with jungles and rices terraces

If you would like to arrange a pre-night please email [email protected]

Multi Country trips are tours that run with multiple trips combined with your internal transfer included. For example check out day on trip 1 could be check in day on trip 2. TruTravels will organise all transport inbetween these trips for you and the trip will run simultaneously. Bundles are where you purchase multiple trips together with a 5% discount however these may have travel gaps inbetween and you would need to make your own way to each destination inbetween trips.

All transport is included whilst on tour however your transport inbetween each tour is only included on our multicountry prebuilt tours. If you book a bundle, you would be required to get from the end of each tour to the start of the next.

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We also offer 1 free date change before 60 days of your departure date.

We believe that accommodation is one of the best parts of an experience! That’s why we stay in a huge range of different types. From local home stays to quirky hostels, our accommodation varies from tour to tour but one thing is for sure, it’ll be an amazing experience.

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Planning the Perfect Trip to Bali and Thailand

Vacationing in Bali and Thailand is the perfect way to experience two distinct cultures and landscapes in Southeast Asia. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an adventurous exploration, these two countries have something to offer everyone. Planning a trip to this part of the world can be daunting, but with the right preparation, you can make the most of your time in paradise.

First, begin by researching the best time of year to travel to Bali and Thailand. Both countries have distinct wet and dry seasons, with different attractions and activities depending on the time of year. Consider the kind of activities you want to take part in and plan your trip accordingly. As a general rule, the dry season is from April to October and the wet season is from November to March.

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Once you’ve decided on the dates of your trip, the next step is to decide how long you plan to stay in each country. Bali and Thailand offer a variety of attractions, from beaches and temples to markets and nightlife, so it’s important to plan for enough time to take part in all the activities that interest you. Consider your budget and how much you can realistically afford to spend, as both countries have a wide variety of accommodation and activities to suit all budgets.

When it comes to getting around, there are a variety of options in both countries. In Bali, you can choose to rent a car, hire a private driver, or take public transportation. In Thailand, you can travel by train, bus, or plane. Consider your budget and the convenience of each option when making your choice.

Finally, make sure you apply for your visa in advance. Both countries require a visa for entry, and the process can take up to several weeks. It’s important to research the requirements and apply in plenty of time before your trip.

Planning a trip to Bali and Thailand can seem overwhelming, but with the right preparation and research, you can ensure that you make the most of your time in Southeast Asia. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a cultural exploration, or just some time to relax and unwind, Bali and Thailand have something to suit everyone.

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13 Days Thailand & Bali Experience

Thailand: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya; Indonesia (Bali): Denpasar, Ubud, Sanur

Tour Code: TAT-Indonesia-06

Tour Type: Private Tour

Price from: US$1828 Free Inquiry

Tour Feature

  • Be deeply impressed by the magnificent temples in Bangkok
  • Inside explore Thailand's history in Kanchanaburi
  • Be amazed by the world heritage in Ayutthaya
  • Walk into the authentic culture and beautiful views of Bali Island, Indonesia

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Day 1 Arrival Bangkok

Airport pick-up to hotel

Meals: No meal Accommodation: In Bangkok Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, Studio Superior

On arrival in vibrant Bangkok , you will be welcomed by your private guide and escorted to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Bangkok Night View

Day 2 Bangkok

Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Long-tail boat ride , Wat Arun, Wat Po

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: In Bangkok Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, Studio Superior

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private tour guide and driver. This Bangkok city tour will start from a colorful flower and vegetable market to experience real local life. 

To avoid the crowded big groups and the heat, your next visit in the morning is the highlight of today's tour - the renowned  Grand Palace , one of the must-sees that adjoin  Wat Phra Kaew , the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. 

Have lunch at a local restaurant nearby Grand Palace. After lunch, your trip continues with a long-tail boat ride along the canal to see Thai houses and typical rural life. This long-tailed boat tour takes you through its canals, locally known as Khlongs to explore a greener and more peaceful part of Bangkok. Leave the hassle of the city behind as you travel to the area where people live in houses on stilts and still travel by boat along the canals.

Wat Arun  is best seen from the river or opposite bank of the river; it glistens in the sunlight during the day and stands dark and noble at dawn or dusk. Before ending the boat ride, appreciate the unique beauty of Wat Arun from the boat on the river.

 After the boat trip, we will visit our last stop today -  Wat Po (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) , founded in the 16th century, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all) in the city.

Grand Palace

Day 3 Bangkok - Kanchanaburi

Drive to Kanchanaburi, the Hellfire Pass Museum, Krasae cave, boat ride on the Kwai River, Don Rak War Cemetery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: U Inchantree Kanchanaburi, Deluxe Garden View Room

Today, we will visit Kanchanaburi's famous attractions on this private tour from Bangkok. Learn about the history of World War II at the Hellfire Pass Museum , a walk through the pass is a moving experience. After a delicious Thai lunch, we visit Krasae cave with its wooden railway bridge where you have a nice view over the Kwai River.  Then, we go to Kanchanaburi town where you can walk across the Bridge over the River Kwai and enjoy a boat ride on the Kwai River . The last stop is a visit to Don Rak War Cemetery to remember those who lost their lives during World War II during the construction of the "Death railway".

Raiway Bridge over Kwai River

Day 4 Kanchanaburi

Elephant Haven Join-in day tour

Elephant Haven Single Day  - Join-in tour

At around 8:00 am, your tour guide and driver will escort you to the Elephant Haven for a join-in tour.

After a safety briefing on arrival at the project, you will prepare food for the elephants and then be given the opportunity of meeting and get to know the elephants whilst feeding them. Walk to the forest with the elephant to learn about elephant information.

After lunch, watch them enjoy playing in a mud pit. With no riding, walk with the elephants to the river and bathe the elephants.

Walk with the elephants through the forest back to the main project area, feed the elephants, and take the final photos of the day.

3:00 pm - Depart Elephant Haven project and return to Kanchanaburi arriving at about 4:00 pm.

Elephant Haven Kanchanaburi

Day 5 Kanchanaburi - Ayutthaya

Drive to Ayutthaya, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, Wat Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Maha That

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: In   Ayutthaya India on the River, Riverview Room

Breakfast at the hotel, then meet our guide and check out. Depart for Ayutthaya , the former Capital of Thailand by van. Today we will see Wat Phra Sri Sanphet , the largest temple in Ayutthaya, Wat Mongkhon Bophit , the former Royal Temple built in 1610 and restored in 1956, and Wat Maha That , one of the 10 royal temples of the highest class in Bangkok.

Wat Mongkhon Bophit

Day 6 Ayatthaya - Bangkok

Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, Back to Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation:  In Bangkok Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18, Studio Superior

After breakfast, you will drive back to Bangkok from Ayutthaya. On the way, pay a visit to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace . Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, also known as Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, is one of the most beautiful Summer Palace in Thailand. It is originally built by an Ayutthaya King in the 17th Century and has been restored and maintained by Thai Kings. The palace is beautifully decorated in many different types of architectural style

Check-in your hotel in Bangkok and do some shopping on your own for the rest of today.

Bang Pa-in Summer Palace

Day 7 Bangkok - Bali

Fly to Bali, Airport pick-up to hotel in Ubud

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa, Superior Room

You will have free time till your guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to Bali . On arrival at Bali Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport, your guide meets you and transfers you to your hotel in Ubud for some rest.

Bali View

Batubulan village, the Besakih temple, Mother Temple of Bali, Danau Batur, Tirta Empul temple or Holly Spring Water Temple,

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa, Superior Room

After breakfast, your tour guide meets you at the hotel and starts with a visit to Batubulan village , which is famous for stone carving. But the visit now is to have the opportunity to watch Barong and Kris Dance show that describes the eternal struggle between good (Barong) and evil (Rangda) and ends with a scene where the kris dancers fall into a trance and kill Rangda.

Continue through spectacular views of terraced rice fields to the Besakih temple located on the slope of Mount Agung, Bali's highest volcano. It is called the Mother Temple of Bali as it houses ancestral shrines for all Hindu Balinese and is a complex of nearly 24 temples.

Our next stop is Kintamani which presents breathtaking views over the caldera lake, Danau Batur .

After lunch, we visit Tirta Empul temple or Holly Spring Water Temple . In Bedulu, you stop at Goa Gajah Temple or Elephant Cave Temple. After the tour, you are escorted to your hotel for some leisure time on your own.

Danau Batur

Day 9 Ubud - Sanur

Marga Village life experience, farming activity at Cau Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel, Superior Room

8:00 am in the early morning, your guide takes you to Marga Village to experience village life , and traditional farming activity at Cau Village .

On your arrival, you start exploring a typical Balinese compound, seeing children learning Balinese dance during school off and you could also learn how the Balinese lady makes Canang or Gebogan in their house for their daily offering.

The trip then continues to walk down through Cacao Plantation for about 15 minutes, then head to communal farmland to learn various stages of rice cultivation and join the people in rice planting or other farming activities. Enjoy a thirst quencher of young coconut freshly picked from the trees. Coconut tree climbing is by a local.

Then continue with Cacao fermentation learning the process of how cacao is picked up from the tree until it's ready to drink in a hot chocolate in the traditional way. Your day on the farm concluded with traditional lunch and chocolate sorbet. Afterward, you are back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day free at your own leisure.

Bali Village Life Experience

Day 10 Sanur

Leisure time on the beach of Bali

Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel, Superior Room

Today is a free day at leisure on your own to enjoy the sunshine, the beach, and ocean views.

Leisure time on beach of Bali

Day 11 Sanur

Enjoy another free day at leisure on your own to enjoy the sunshine, the beach, and ocean views.

Leisure time on the beach of Bali

Day 12 Sanur

Leisure time on the beach of Bali

Day 13 Departure Bali

Transfer to airport

Meals: Breakfast

Be free till your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

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Price Includes

  • Transportation between&within countries as specified (on economy class)
  • Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
  • Private licensed English speaking guide and driver service
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
  • All attraction entrance fees as specified
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • International transportation to the first country and off the last one
  • Gratuities to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours, meals, activities and services
  • Comprehensive travel insurance

-The reference prices are based on a group of 6 persons, with local 4- start superior accommodation

-The prices are not valid during the national holidays. Please feel free to contact us to ask the detailed prices based on your traveling dates and group size.

What our clients say

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Jun 11 ,2022

We had an exceptional 11-day trip to Vietnam and Thailand that surpassed all expectations. We traveled with our entire family of 5 including our son who was adopted from Vietnam, going back for the first time. Top Asia Tour, with the help of Lily, fashioned a perfectly balanced trip of tours, an excursion to his birth town and orphanage, down time, and excursions. My teenage boys loved the experience from beginning to end

May 19 ,2022

An Excellent Short Tour Firstly, our tour guide David has provided support and comfort beyond his expectations and his role. He has bought everyone under his arm looking after each and every one. Has always been there even in odd times to finding out or arranging best of what's needed.  The experience and transports and accomodation has been great, different and memorable, doubt we would have done this as an individual trip.

Apr 29 ,2022

The amazing experience of a lifetime! My 23-yo daughter and I had the experience of a lifetime on this trip. I am an experienced traveler but for our first time in Thailand I decided to book an organized tour and it was fabulous.

Apr 07 ,2022

A trip of a lifetime! every detail & top attention from staff. So fortunate to have TopAsiaTour for our adventure in Thailand. Tony & Big were so attentive & fun!! Riding in Tuktuks allowed for open-air excitement on the curvy mountain roads & accommodations were wonderful thanks B team for everything!

Apr 06 ,2022

What a trip! Thank you for arranging such a fantastic trip to Thailand. This was my first holiday since the pandemic. Our guide Linda was amazing from the minute we met to saying our goodbyes. What a great way to discover a country with someone so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. She made sure we were all ok, healthy and happy with any suggestions she made. It was so nice to be with someone so full of energy - all week, with 9 of us! And so caring. Linda also gave us flexibility in what we wanted to do so it really felt like we were friends on a trip with someone who knew what she doing. I would highly recommend a trip like this and I will be looking to book my next tour next year. It’s nice to not have to think about every step of the trip as I usually work out my own itinerary and try to see as much as possible when I visit a country, but this was all taken care of and I definitely experienced things I wouldn’t have been able to were I alone. The quality of accommodation and transport was fantastic as well. See you next year!

Dec 25 ,2021

honestly the best! The Thai Experience trip with the tour operator was honestly the best! There was so much included in the trip and the accommodation was top notch. The guide was really well organised and lovely! We've already booked to go to Sri Lanka next year.

Dec 14 ,2021

Excellent Both Jose and Nancy are very friendly, funny, responsible, trustworthy, and well-organized people, who love their job. I'm feeling lucky that exactly they were my tour guides. I strongly recommend them. Also thanks to TopAsiaTour, you really make me a lifetime trip to Asia. Definitely will travel with TopAsiaTour again. 

Sep 15 ,2021

So glad I booked to travel to Thailand through TopAsiaTour . Amazing activities, an awesome tour guide and everything was stress-free, didn’t have to worry about a thing. There was a good mix of culture, fun and chilled time. I’ve made friends for life during the tour and cannot wait for my next tour with Top Asia Tour!

Feb 10 ,2020

We had the best time! I went on the Thai Experience Tour arranged by Top Asia Tour and I can't recommend it more! I had the best time traveling with an amazing bunch of people. Before this trip I was a first-time solo traveller. The accommodation, the food and all the activities were so well planned and special. My highlights were the floating bungalows, the visit to the Elephant Sanctuary and the Sarana Bungalows. My tour guide Ben was awesome and always around whenever we needed him and he made sure we had the best time!

Feb 01 ,2020

My experience with Top Asia Tour Best of Thailand 9 Day tour was phenomenal. We got to do so many activities while still having some free time to explore on our own. Every activity was perfectly timed, incredibly well done and organized, and all the guides were enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made sure every person had an amazing time. I would definitely love to travel with TopAsiaTour again.

Jan 30 ,2020

Grace came and picked us up from the airport in Bangkok she was really friendly messaging us to make sure we knew she would be there and she got the taxi to the hotel with us and told us what there was in the area for us to see. She was always contactable for any questions or problems even before our tour started. We then met Ming and Oat the following day on the first night of the tour who were so friendly and took the time to get to know us and spend the time with us. We also met our tour guide Gun who is so friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable. Grace, Ming, Oat and Gun have made this whole experience amazing with their support, fun and knowledge of the places. They were all constantly taking pictures of our group having fun and making memories that will last a lifetime. The first 8 days with Ming, Grace and Oat were so lovely as they are doing such a great job, they are all going to be such great tour guides! Nothing was ever too much to ask any of them and they always checked to make sure you are okay! Thank you to all of them for making the experience amazing!

Jan 09 ,2020

First time using Top Asia Tour and have to say we were very impressed, we can’t wait to book our next trip, Brendan is an absolutely legend of a tour guide and really helpful. He even organised a fantastic surprise for our honeymoon!

Dec 12 ,2019

I am really happy with the organisation,both tour guide were really helpful un every moment needed. The activities prepared.. everything was great.

Dec 11 ,2019

A great overall trip, we were able to see the countries and learn a lot of the history in the areas. The highlights for me were the personal encounters with the local people and being able to see how they live.

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Dec 02 ,2019

The guides were polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and had good fun. They were happy to fit in a few extra stops/sights that customers were keen to visit. Great accommodation and a wide range of activities, sights and experiences provided. Excellent experience all around.

Sep 27 ,2019

Excellent organisation. Great hotels, well chosen restaurants. Knowledgeable tour guides, especially Laki in Vietnam who went out of his way to make sure we were informed and entertained

Sep 21 ,2019

Wow! Wow! Every single second of this trip was incredible! Our local guide was down to earth, helpful and really easy to talk to. She went above and beyond for us and made everything just a little bit more special.

Aug 13 ,2019

A well-planned tour took in some excellent places and sights. Hotels were to the standard expected, and some exceeded. Our tour guide, York, was superb - very knowledgeable, informative with a great sense of humour. Would certainly recommend Top Asia Tour

Aug 06 ,2019

We really loved Thailand and Laos, the accommodation was great and the trips excellent as were both our guides the only reason for not giving 5 stars is because when we arrived in Bangkok early morning after a sleepless flight we were told our room would not be ready till 2pm. We were exhausted but had to wait in the reception for 4-5 hrs even though the hotel was half empty due to coronavirus. We did understand that is hotel's regulation. I would just like to say that our guide Ken was exceptional. He helped us to communicate with the hotel and let us check in around 10 a.m. He also would not leave us until we were at the airport with tickets in hand. I really do hope that you recognise his dedication and professionalism.

May 20 ,2019

This was my third tour. As a single traveller I always feel safe and welcomed. Amazing to see three countries in two weeks. The guides were exceptional.

Apr 18 ,2019

Yes, I would recommend TopAsiaTour and use again. Lily who helped me with my booking was friendly and efficient and took her time to sort out any queries I had. She also kept contact with us during trip to ensure we had a good time. All the guide and drivers are patient and kind. TopAsiaTour offer great holidays and we would certainly use them again.

Apr 07 ,2019

I Just have to share an amazing adventure I experienced not so long ago in Phi Phi islands. I wanted to do something different so I decided to do the Antrek jungle trek !! wow, that was probably one of the best things I did! We trekked in the jungle, side by side with monkeys and beautiful nature!! We walked to the highest top of the island, down to an paradise lonely beach where we could swim and watch the most beautiful sunset I saw!!

Mar 08 ,2019

We started our tour in Phuket city where we met up with Gun at our hotel, had a few hours to settle in and have a look around, dinner was lovely on Patong beach, had a wander around the town and filled in with culture about the surroundings from Gun

Feb 22 ,2019

Jeremy was great! He had lots of energy and kept the group upbeat even in bouts of long travel. Great experiences of the nightlife throughout this trip, and a good organized way to see different areas. We definitely could not have seen Thailand without Jeremy! He was intuitive to everyone's needs and very welcoming. Definitely made lifelong friends on this trip! The accommodation was comfy beds with subpar bathrooms but that's Thailand! Traveling was hard but not much Top Asia Tour could do about that, they kept it organized! Thanks for the great memories!

Feb 13 ,2019

We have been planning a trip with Top Asia Tour for the past few weeks. 3 girlfriends and I are traveling to Thailand in January. We started looking at big bus trips, since we don’t know the country or language but didn’t like the restrictions of doing only what they had on their itinerary. I research trips thoroughly and discovered Top Asia Tour. Again, I researched them as much as possible but didn’t find any red flags so started working with Joyce. What a wonderful experience! She is very professional and pleasant. She adjusted our itinerary, answered all questions, and organized an amazing trip. She answered promptly. I was a little hesitant about working with a company in China, but the deposit was made through PayPal which made me feel better. I will post again when we return, but I anticipate a fabulous trip. Thank you, Joyce, for all your help! I hope I can work with you again in the future.

Dec 05 ,2018

Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable. She helped us with our ongoing travel as well. She gave us advice with any other activities the whole way through. Busy itinerary with time for chilling as well.

Nov 30 ,2018

We thought the tour was well-planned and organised. We enjoyed eating most meals in local restaurants. Yes, we would consider TopAsiaTour tours again. We found all three guides very good, they were informative and genuinely interested in telling us about their respective countries.

Nov 06 ,2018

From when our guide picked us up at Bangkok until we left Laos the holiday was well organized and with a good range of activities. The guides were very knowledgeable. The only drawback to the holiday was that being vegetarian we seem to have well-cooked but rather bland tasting dishes. Eating at different restaurants meant that we quite often had similar dishes throughout the holiday.

Oct 25 ,2018

We loved the full itinerary with York throwing in a few little extras like stopping in a field to watch the farmers harvesting rice and thenbeing offered a chance to have a go. Good vallue for money with so much packed into the itinerary and good flights

Feb 14 ,2018

Amazing! I really enjoyed every part of it. Thailand, the accommodations, the tour itinerary, arrangement & our guide were all incredible.

Dec 03 ,2017

We had 22 wonderful days in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Every time we arrived in a new place, there was always someone waiting for us. This really comforted us a lot. Reduce our nervous feeling in a totally strange place with no language understanding. We were picked up from the airport with our luggage stored in a van every time then assisted on hotel check-in and toured with our private chauffeur and tour guide. Our tour guides are very professional and knowledgeable about their country and history and made us feel very welcome and relaxed like touring with old friends.

Nov 15 ,2017

Culturally Rich, Busy Programme - Loved it! The tour is short but with a busy programme and lots to see so you feel you get the most out of this 7 days itinerary. Enjoyed the tour. Thanks

Mar 06 ,2017

For anyone that wants adventure and a fabulous experience, I would suggest the 11 day Thailand Experience tour with Top Asia Tour. So much fun. Words cannot express how wonderful the guides were, and how they took care to keep us safe and teach us about the beautiful country of Thailand. Lots of walking, but at 75 years old, I did fine. So many places that most tourists don’t even know exist. . So very happy I did this trip.

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  • Visit majestic Buddhist Temples with unique historical artifacts in Thailand
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Day 1 Depart for Thailand Board an international flight bound for Bangkok, eager to begin our Asia vacation. Spend the night aboard as our flight crosses the International Date Line. Day 2 Arrive in Bangkok Welcome to Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand. Upon arrival, greeted by our local tour guide at the airport and transfer to your luxury hotel. Time to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Overnight:  Bangkok Day 3 Bangkok Your sightseeing in Bangkok begins with a visit to the Marble Temple (Wat Benchamabophit) to admire its amazing statue. It’s one of Bangkok’s most elegant and unique temples with its white marble walls. Afterwards, visit the Bangkok Chinatown District, and the Temple of Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), home to the world’s biggest solid-gold Buddha statue. It’s measuring 10 feet high, weighing over 5 tons, and valued at $14m. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Optional Program: Asiatique The Riverfront & Dinner Cruise Night Tour(minimum 4 participants) $65 per person.    This Evening, why not mark your last night in Thailand’s exciting capital with our optional Chao Phraya dinner Cruise. Admire views of the floodlit Grand Palace, and Bangkok’s golden temples and river bridges as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner on board your comfortable ship. Overnight: Bangkok Overnight:  Bangkok Meals:  Breakfast Day 4 Bangkok – Pattaya This morning, drive to scenic Pattaya (approximate 2 hours), a popular vacation spot on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand whose beaches and entertainments draw thousands of visitors annually. On the way, stop at Gemstone Gallery, Asia's biggest museum for gems & stones!!! and where you can see how traditional Thailand precious items are produced for sale and purchase some as souvenirs for friends and families. Upon arrival, visit the Sanctuary of Truth – a gigantic wooden construction which covers the area of more than two rais, and one of most interesting attractions in Pattaya! The remainder of the day is at your leisure to relaxing on the sands or by the pool. Optional Program: The Alcazar Cabaret in Pattaya $65  per person.  The Alcazar Cabaret Pattaya is recognized internationally throughout the entertainment circuit. Alcazar is more than just a drag queen show and in the early days was not accepted. After years of evolvement and development of new technology, the Alcazar Show is world acclaimed. It has successfully blended the art of acting, stage design, costumes and performance so well that all ages can enjoy the spectacular show. The Alcazar show is a must see for visitors local or foreigners. Overnight: Pattaya Meals:  Breakfast Day 5 Pattaya Today is at leisure to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Optional Program: Full-Day Floating Market & Elephant World Sanctuary $135 per person. Pattaya Floating Market – the biggest in the world. Separated into four sections, with each offering and representing items from the four major regions of Thailand. Here, you will find food and fruit stalls as well as souvenir shops. Then, travel to scenic Rainforest and visit the Elephant Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp. . Overnight : Pattaya Meals : Breakfast Day 6 Bangkok  After breakfast, visit the Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan), a famous place as it features a giant sculptural image of Lord Buddha erected on the giant cliff. Then, stop at Thai-Silk Center – the best place to shop Thai silk and handicrafts. Afterwards, board your departing bus back to Bangkok. Overnight: Bangkok Meals:  Breakfast Day 7 Bangkok -Singapore Check out of the hotel in Bangkok and ride the transfer to the airport to check-in for  the flight to Singapore. Our Singapore tour representative will be met and greet you after you exit at the baggage collection and  arrange for transfer to bring you to the hotel for Check-in. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure. Overnight:  Bangkok Meals:  Breakfast Day 8 Singapore Our half-day city tour will begin after breakfast. Singapore was a former colony of the British Empire as an important trading post for the sea trade between Europe and Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. It Our half-day city tour will begin after breakfast. Singapore was a former colony of the British Empire as an important trading post for the sea trade between Europe and Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. It gained its independence in 1965 and flourished as an important financial hub in the region in the 20th century, widely regarded as one of the four tigers of economic success and growth in Asia. Explore the Civic District that is still dotted with neo-colonial European architecture buildings mostly serving as government offices or public buildings. Drive past the huge grass field called Padang that used to be the gathering place for the nation’s national parades celebrating its independence, or where the sport of cricket is still being played in front of the once exclusive Cricket Club. Peek at the imposing Parliament House, Supreme Court, and City Hall along the way to arrive at the Merlion Park overlooking the grandeur of the Marina Bay. It is here most visitors will seize the opportunity for a photo-op with the landmark Merlion, a part-fish-part-lion symbol of Singapore’s tourism success with gushing seawater from its lion head's mouth. The excursion continues to the colorful Chinatown and Little India that showcases a part of its multi-cultural heritage that excites your senses. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure or for own exploration of this convenient island city. Overnight: Singapore Meals:  Breakfast Day 9 Singapore - Bali, Indonesia Check out of the hotel today to be transferred to the airport to board a short flight to exotic Bali. Bali is the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia – known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches, and coral reefs. Our tour representative and/or driver will meet you at the arrival hall and arrange for transport to transfer you to your designated hotel for check-in. The rest of the day shall be at your leisure to rest or for your exploration of the vicinity on your own. Overnight: Bali, Indonesia Meals:  Breakfast Day 10 Bali, Indonesia Spend a day discovering the natural beauty and ancient relics of the Balinese midlands. Start the day with a visit to Pura Taman Ayun, the 17th-century temple of Mengwi, set in a beautiful park with trees and ponds full of lotus blossoms. The large spacious temples and multi-tiered shrines are surrounded by a wide, elegant moat. Continue to Bedugul, a village in the central highlands famous for its stunning beauty and three lakes. Stroll around the traditional market where a myriad of fruits, vegetables, orchids, exotic spices, and souvenirs are for sale. At the nearby Lake Bratan photograph the iconic Ulun Danu temple, built on small islands in the serene lake. In the afternoon drive southwards to the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – the rice terraces of Jatiluwih. Trek through this area of green stepped rice fields and hear about the Subak irrigation system that has been preserved by the Balinese farmers for centuries. Return to your hotel via scenic roads. Overnight: Bali, Indonesia Meals:  Breakfast Day 11 Bali, Indonesia Today is free at your own leisure to enjoy at the beach or you may join one of the optional tours available. Optional Tour: Full-Day Bali Excursion at $79 per person. During this full-day tour discover the culture, countryside and stunning scenery of Bali. Start the day with a performance of the famous Barong and Keris Dance. This traditional Balinese dance narrates the fight between good and evil and is a classic example of the Balinese way of blending myth and history into one reality. Drive to Tampak Siring to visit the unique temple of Gunung Kawi. Set at the bottom of a lush green river valley, these 11th-century temples feature 10 rock-cut shrines, called candi, carved into the cliff face. The awe-inspiring shrines combine ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes. Walk down the many stairs to the temple taking in the views of the terraced rice fields along the way. Continue to Kintamani set around the rim of the Gunung Batur crater. Look out over Bali's most active volcano, Mount Batur, which soars over 1800 meters into the sky. In the center is a beautiful turquoise-green lake, the largest lake of the island. Lunch on your own expense in a local restaurant with beautiful views, drive back to the south with a stop in Tegalalang to see Bali's most iconic rice terraces and here we have planned a coffee break for you. Overnight: Bali, Indonesia Meals:  Breakfast Day 12 Depart from Bali, Indonesia Check out from your hotel before noon. Catch the pre-scheduled airport transfer time that will best suit you before your flight departure. In the event when your returning flight is during the early morning hours the next day, there will be a fixed Denpasar Airport transfer from the hotel this evening. If your flight time is in the early morning the next day and you prefer to spend more free time to enjoy Bali on your own before heading home by not boarding the evening airport transfer early, getting to the airport will then be at your own expense. Meals:  Breakfast Certain Airlines' flight departs from Bali in the early morning (around 1 AM) on Day 12. We sometimes can change your flight to early morning (around 1 AM) on Day 13 based on availability, then you have another full day on your own in Bali, but you need head to Bali airport yourself in the late evening on Day 12.

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This evening, why not mark your last night in Thailand's exciting capital with our optional Chao Phraya dinner Cruise. Admire views of the floodlit Grand Palace, and Bangkok's golden temples and river bridges as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet dinner on board your comfortable ship.

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Travel to the Grand Palace, the landmark that tops Bangkok’s must-see list. Head inside the 18th-century walled complex, and stroll around the gold-trimmed pavilions, terraces, shrines and courtyards as you learn how, when and why they were built. Cap your visit with a peek inside the palace’s magnificent Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), home to a 14th-century Buddha statue carved from jade. Next, ride a boat across the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings and visit the stunning Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun). Admire the Khmer-style, porcelain-mosaic covered spires of this riverfront temple as your guide reveals its religious significance and symbolism.

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The Alcazar Cabaret Pattaya is recognized internationally throughout the entertainment circuit.Alcazar is more than just a drag queen show and in the early days was not accepted. After years of evolvement and development of new technology, the Alcazar Show is world acclaimed. It has successfully blended the art of acting, stage design, costumes and performance so well that all ages can enjoy the spectacular show. The Alcazar show is a must see for visitors local or foreigners.

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Pattaya Floating Market - the biggest in the world. Separated into four sections, with each offering and representing items from the four major regions of Thailand. Here, you will find food and fruit stalls as well as souvenir shops. Then, travel to scenic Rainforest and visit the Elephant Sanctuary for rescued elephants. Admire, feed and help bathe these incredible animals in the river before enjoying lunch at the camp.

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During this full day tour discover the culture, countryside and stunning scenery of Bali. Start the day with a performance of the famous Barong and Keris Dance. This traditional Balinese dance narrates the fight between good and evil and is a classic example of the Balinese way of blending myth and history into one reality. Drive to Tampak Siring to visit the unique temple of Gunung Kawi. Set at the bottom of a lush green river valley, these 11th century temples feature 10 rock-cut shrines, called candi, carved into the cliff face. The awe-inspiring shrines combine ancient Hindu and Buddhist temple attributes. Walk down the many stairs to the temple taking in the views of the terraced rice fields along the way. Continue to Kintamani set around the rim of the Gunung Batur crater. Look out over Bali's most active volcano, Mount Batur, which soars over 1800 metres into the sky. In the centre is a beautiful turquoise-green lake, the largest lake of the island. Lunch on your own expense in a local restaurant with beautiful views, drive back to the south with a stop in Tegalalang to see Bali's most iconic rice terraces and here we have planned a coffee break for you.

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Memorable beach experience combined with cultural sightseeing holidays in Thailand and Indonesia by air! . Begin in Bangkok (with its splendid temples and palaces. Do not miss to visit its world-famous floating markets). Combine this fantastic getaway with best-seller Phuket (Thailand's largest island and a tropical paradise with white beaches, crystal clear water and swaying palm trees, a diverse and fascinating island to explore). Last but not least is Bali (The Island of the Gods, offering innumerable exotic dishes and mesmerizing beaches). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

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Thailand is one of the most visited countries in Asia because of its rich diversity of cultures and traditions. With its history, lively arts, beautiful beaches, friendly people, and one of the best cuisines in the world, the Kingdom is a never-ending source of fascination for international visitors. The Northeast area hosts some lovely forested mountains and national parks. The major highlight is probably the famous Khao Yai national park, but other interesting places in this area are Nong Khai and Surin. In the south, the traveler can relax at some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, for example, Koh Tao, Krabi, Koh Samui or Phuket, or Trang.

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The spectacular country of Indonesia is famous for and made up of 5 large islands and over 17,000 others offshore including Raja Ampat Islands and the Derawan Archipelago, making island hopping being a big hit. Bali is the best island of them all, a simply idyllic location boasting pristine beaches and divine turquoise waters where snorkeling and diving are excellent. Divers flock to the islands for its world-class diving spots like Pulau Weh Hover where cute clownfish and giant whale sharks can be seen. The Komodo National Park is a big attraction where groups of sharks, dolphins, and manta rays swim.

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Bangkok the vibrant capital of Thailand is considered one of the top tourist destinations in the world and hosts millions of visitors each year. A cosmopolitan, modern city that is full of contrast and also recognized as one of the friendliest cities in the world for the hospitality, grace and nature of the Thai people. Featuring some of the country`s most visited historical venues with awe inspiring architecture, gleaming temples and spectacular palaces. With its high rise skyline, luxury malls, extravagant hotels, street food stalls, massive markets, rooftop bars and restaurants, floating markets and risqué nightlife the city is filled with a variety of attractions for everyone. Discover the stunning Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), The Grand Palace, Floating Market, Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), Jim Thompson House, The Golden Mount (Wat Saket), Khao San Road, Chao Phraya River and so much more.

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Phuket is "the pearl of the Andaman Sea", a breathtaking mountainous island in southern Thailand, with rain forests and numerous white sandy beaches featuring turquoise blue warm waters, limestone cliffs and caves. The islands spectacular scenery, simply stunning tropical sunsets combined with unbeatable outdoor activities, a rich and colorful history and a vibrant nightlife scene make this fun island a great place to extend your horizons. Visit and explore Phang Nga Bay, Old Phuket Town, Phi Phi Island, Big Buddha, Wat Chalong, Phuket FantaSea Show, Simon Cabaret Show and so much more!.

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Bali is a sensational island that sits on land filled with lush forests, cliff-lined coasts, volcanoes, rice terraces and alluring beaches with an impressive temple on every corner. The island and its people have a deep sense of tradition and celebrate their rich culture through Balinese dance, artwork, handicrafts, meditation, ceremonies, and festivals. Visitors flock to Bali for the beaches at Kuta, Seminyak, and Sanur, where surfing is a local pastime. In the mountainous volcanic regions, you`ll find terraced rice patties that creep up the mountain slopes. The island boasts thousands of temples tucked away in the jungle. Spa treatments, shopping, and spectacular local cuisine are another draw to this tropical paradise. The islands close proximity to the equator provides a warm, tropical climate all year round. Visit the Uluwatu Temple, Tanah Lot Temple, Goa Gojah, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ubud Market, Waterbom Bali, Mount Agung, Mount Batur, Rice Terraces and so much more.

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Bali Vs Thailand: Where Should You Go

by Melissa Giroux | Last updated Apr 29, 2024 | Asia , Indonesia , Thailand , Travel Tips

Wondering where you should go during your next holidays in Southeast Asia? I know – it’s a hard one. Bali and Thailand both have great things to offer.

If it’s not possible for you to travel to both Bali and Thailand , I’ll be comparing both destinations to help you make a decision. By the end of this guide, you’ll know which is better for you.

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Who am I to tell you which one is the best destination for you?

I lived in Bali for nearly two years and I was always been pretty sold on Bali… until I decided to take two months to travel around Thailand.

After only one week, I realized how much Thailand had to offer and I decided to extend my stay. I lived in Thailand for a year after that.

Bali and Thailand are “same-same, but different”. They both have beaches, island vibes and can be done on a budget or in total luxury. Still – they are different.

Let’s take a look at the major differences between Thailand and Bali, and let’s see what you could base your decision on.

Will you travel to Bali or Thailand? In case you’re wondering Bali is not in Thailand .

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Bali Or Thailand

There are different factors and things to consider while making a decision between Bali or Thailand.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself before making a decision. Keep reading to find out if your answers would be a better fit for Bali or Thailand.

  • When will your holidays be?
  • What’s your budget?
  • Where are you flying from?
  • What kind of activities would you like to do?
  • How long are your holidays?

Bali Vs Thailand – Season

When are you planning your holidays? Going on a trip might sound fun – but did you know about the burning season or the rainy season?

There are good times to visit Thailand and Bali, and there are also bad times too.

That being said, if you want to make the most of your holidays, you should consider the season when deciding on where to go.

Best Season To Visit Bali

The best time to visit Bali is between April and September. October to April is the rainy season. It doesn’t rain constantly but if you have limited time in Bali, you should aim for good weather.

✅ April to September

❌ Rainy season from October to April

Best Season To Visit Thailand

Thailand is a big country, which means that depending on your destination, you might face different types of weather.

The worst time to visit Thailand would be between August and October – which refers to the rainy season (and more importantly the wettest months for Thailand in general).

To give you an idea, I’ll split Thailand into different sections and indicate the rainy season as well as the burning season.

Islands in the Gulf of Thailand (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao): The rainy season is between September and December. The best time to visit would be from January to March.

Islands in the Andaman Sea (Koh Lanta, Koh Phi Phi, Phuket, etc.): The rainy season is between May and October.

Chiang Mai : Chiang Mai has a burning season which is not recommended for travel as it’s hard to breathe out there. It starts towards the end of February and lasts until April. The rainy season in the north is between November to February.

✅ Gulf of Thailand: January to March

✅ Andaman Sea: November to April

✅ Northern Thailand: May to October

❌ Rainy season in the Gulf of Thailand: September to October

❌ Rainy season in the Andaman Sea: May to October

Planning your upcoming adventures? Travel by bus! (It's cheap!)

❌ Burning season in Northern Thailand: February to April

👉 Depending on your travel dates, you should pick your destination according to the right season.

Thailand Vs Bali – Cost

What is your travel budget? Where are you at the moment? When I make travel decisions, I always take a look at the flight prices first.

The idea is to go somewhere without spending too much at first if you’re on a budget. If the budget isn’t a problem, then, you won’t have to worry about this section too much.

If you are wondering if Bali or Thailand is cheaper, then keep reading! I’ll be comparing both with a holiday perspective as well as a cost of living perspective for the long-term nomads out there.

Is Bali Or Thailand Cheaper?

If you’re traveling on a budget, I totally understand why this matters to you – been there, done the whole extreme budget traveling! Overall, I found that both countries can be done on a budget.

Here are some real-life examples to help you understand the differences.

Is Bali Cheap?

  • The cheapest dorm found in Bali is currently at $3 per night.
  • The cheapest daily rate for a scooter is $3.50 per day.
  • The cheapest meal you can get is around $1.

You can read my backpacking guide to Bali here .

Is Thailand Cheap?

  • The cheapest dorm found in Thailand is currently at $2 per night.
  • The cheapest daily rate for a scooter is $4.70 per day, but you might have to negotiate to get to this rate.

🔔 Keep in mind that the cost on the Thai islands will be higher – places like Koh Tao are less budget-friendly.

🔔 Remember that some Thai destinations/islands can be far from each other – which means you’re going to have to pay for transport between your destinations. Sometimes, it can be cheap, but sometimes, it can add up quickly. You can read more about Thailand’s transportation here .

Bali Cost VS Thailand Cost | Long-Term Living

If you’re thinking of moving to Bali or Thailand, this section is for you. I’ve been living in both countries for an extended period of time. You can read my full guide on living in Bali here or my guide to living in Koh Phangan .

Overall, at the end of the month, both countries cost about the same. If some expenses are higher in Thailand, some others are higher in Bali, so it’s about the same total-wise.

In these two examples, I’ll only share the main expenses as you already have an idea of budget meal prices. Then, you can also add the price for co-working spaces if you are a digital nomad .

These are prices I found while living in Canggu, Bali, and Koh Phangan , Thailand. Of course, it can vary depending on your standards or destinations. You can learn more about the best places where to live in Bali .

Cost Of Living In Bali For Long-Term Nomads

Accommodation: $335 per month, including electricity

Scooter rental: $42 per month

Gym membership: $70 per month

Co-working space: Price starts at $49 for the smaller packages (25 hours)

Cost Of Living In Thailand For Long-Term Nomads

Accommodation: $375 per month (some bungalows will require you to pay electricity at the end of the month – in our case, we paid $62 for 5 weeks in Koh Phangan ) – by traveling off season, you could get great deals. For example, this modern serviced apartment is perfect for digital nomads in Koh Lanta.

Scooter rental: $109 per month

Gym membership: $47 per month

Co-working space: $203 for the unlimited monthly membership

🔔 Remember that the cost of living on an island is higher than on the mainland – Chiang Mai would be cheaper than this example.

👉 The budget-friendly award goes to both places as it can be done on the cheap in both destinations. Although, if you want to live on the very cheap, Chiang Mai could be a cheap base. As I haven’t been there yet, I can’t provide a real-life example.

Bali Beaches Vs Thailand Beaches

If I say the word “beach”, what comes to your mind?

If your answer is something like: “white sand beach with turquoise water” – I would suggest Thailand.

If your answer is something like: “I don’t care as long as I can surf” – I would suggest Bali.

Bali Beaches

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Most beaches in Bali are ideal for surfing – in fact, Bali is one of the best destinations for surfers around the world. The beaches are fun as long as you enjoy swimming in the waves. They aren’t the prettiest though.

Of course, you can find beautiful beaches around Uluwatu and the Nusa Islands (about 30 minutes from Bali by speedboat).

But – let’s be honest here – the sand is quite dark (after all, Bali is a volcanic island) and during the rainy season, the beaches are quite dirty as the trash washes on the beach.

✅ Perfect for surfing

🔔 You can still find beautiful beaches in Uluwatu and around the Nusa Islands

❌Overall, Bali doesn’t have the most beautiful beaches

Thailand Beaches

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Thailand’s beaches, on the other hand, are incredibly beautiful. Think of white sand beaches with turquoise water.

If you’d rather go somewhere with still water (where you won’t have to fight for your life), then Thailand beaches are probably a better option for you.

With so many beautiful islands to pick from, you won’t be disappointed with the beach options.

✅ Beautiful & clean beaches

👉 The most beautiful beaches award goes to Thailand.

Thailand Vs Bali – Food

If you’re a foodie – you might want to take a look at this section! Although, if you aren’t a foodie, but a budget traveler, this section should be interesting to you too as there’s a big difference food-wise between Thailand and Bali.

As mentioned above, you can find cheap food options in Bali. If you eat vegetarian, you can easily eat for $1 per meal in local warungs.

If I compare Bali to Thailand, there aren’t as many options when it comes to local food in Bali, and eventually, I got sick of it. When I was on a tight budget, I ate local food 3 times a day, which was super budget-friendly.

Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng were part of my daily diet – but so were the stomach issues.

When my financial situation got better, I started eating western food – which is more expensive. Although, western food options are better in Bali than in Thailand. That being said, for long-term nomads, this could be a great selling point.

🔔 Ever heard of Bali belly ? Even though I lived in Bali for a long time, I still got sick a lot and regularly. Eating in Bali (even if you only eat in nice restaurants) comes with a risk. If you’re planning short holidays in Bali, you could get Travelan tablets to make sure to keep your belly happy.

Thailand Food

As mentioned above, you can find cheap food options in Thailand. In fact, there are so many good Thai food out there. Pad Thai, curries, fried rice, name it!

With so many food markets, food courts as well as great Thai restaurants, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to food. I, personally, love Thai food and it’s harder to get sick of it as there are more options.

👉 The most delicious food award goes to Thailand. Although, for long-term nomads who want to drink great coffee in hipster cafés and have good western food options too – Bali could be a better option.

Bali Vs Thailand – Nightlife

If you want to party during your holidays, you should know that the nightlife is great in both destinations. Although, you’d be facing different types of parties depending on where you go.

I’d say the main difference between Bali and Thailand is the drug situation. Bali has serious laws when it comes to drugs which means it’s not recommended to do drugs on the island if you want to avoid jail time.

Thailand has a lot of options when it comes to drugs – so you can expect the party scene to be different. (Personally, I don’t do drugs, so I wasn’t interested in parties like the Full Moon Party in Thailand.)

Bali Nightlife

Bali has a great party scene for any kind of partiers. You can find high-end clubs, beach clubs and beach bars as well as parties on the beach.

There are many great options and there’s something going on every night of the week. You also have big festivals such as GypsyLand.

Thailand Nightlife

Depending on where you are in Thailand, you could be doing pub crawls or parties in Koh Phangan. You could go in high-end clubs in Bangkok too.

There are great options scattered around the country but on most islands, you’ll find relaxing beach bars with fire dancers.

👉 The most fun party scene award goes to Bali. You can find any kind of party in a smaller area, which makes it a lot easier for partiers.

Bali Vs Thailand – Getting Around

Getting around Bali and Thailand is absolutely different! The most important thing to consider is the size of Bali vs Thailand. Bali is one big island, but Thailand is one big country.

Let’s take a look at the differences between Bali and Thailand when it comes to transportation.

Getting Around Bali

You should note that there is no public transport in Bali. To get around the island, you have a few options:

  • Driving around Bali with a scooter
  • Hiring a driver
  • Using apps such as GoJek or Grab to go from one place to another

✅ If you do enjoy driving around with your own scooter, then, Bali would win in terms of cost.

🔔 Driving around Bali might be a bit intimidating at first. The traffic can get quite intense and busy, so if you are a beginner driver, you should make sure you feel confident enough to drive in Bali. Learn more about renting a scooter in Bali .

Getting Around Thailand

There are many options when it comes to transportation in Thailand . You can book buses, ferries, local transport pretty much everywhere around Thailand, which makes traveling around the country super easy.

Although, it also comes with costs as distances can be further between destinations.

✅ Public transportation available

👉 The most convenient award when it comes to transportation goes to Thailand. You can find transportation easily across the country. Although, if you like to drive a scooter – it will be cheaper to do so in Bali.

Thailand Vs Bali – Popular Activities

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls

Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, Bali

When it comes to activities during your travels, that’s where the fun begins!

Depending on the things you’re planning on doing abroad, this could have a major impact on your decision.

If some activities can be quite similar, some others are totally different.

This section will be a bit different – I’ll be naming the activities and say if it’s available in Bali, Thailand or both destinations.

As you can see, both destinations offer a wide variety of activities – but some activities might have different standards.

I’ll give you an example – you can find beaches in both places, but in terms of beauty, Thailand wins.

You can also find waterfalls in both places, but Bali waterfalls are more impressive than the ones found in Thailand.

That being said, depending on your priorities and your definition of fun – your final choice may be influenced by the things you can do in both places.

You could also ask yourself these questions to help you make a decision:

  • Would you rather trek on a volcano or in the rainforest?
  • Would you rather lay down on a beach or learn how to surf?
  • Would you rather hang out with elephants or dive with the famous manta rays in Nusa Penida, Bali?

👉 The most amazing activities award goes to both countries as they both have a lot to offer. Basically, you won’t get bored in these two destinations.

Bali Vs Thailand – Safety

When it comes to safety, there’s a major difference between Bali and Thailand.

After living in Bali for more than a year, you should know that “nothing major happened to me”, but I was always very cautious about many things as I heard so many horror stories from friends. I felt safer in Thailand as I didn’t have to be so cautious at all times.

Safety in Bali

As mentioned above, nothing happened to me as I was fully aware and cautious about all the things listed below:

  • ATM scams: Card skimming is pretty common in Bali. You can join Facebook groups to be aware of the last card skimming in Bali. I personally used the Maybank ATM in Canggu and so far, so good. My pick was the Maybank ATM located next to the Savage Kitchen. Save the location here .
  • Bag snatching: Unfortunately, purse and bag snatching is also pretty common, especially when it’s dark outside. The best way to avoid this is to put your purse in the seat of your scooter or to make sure your backpack has straps at the front too. It is pretty common for people to be driving at night and getting their purses snatched. It happened to two of my close friends while I was living in Bali. My main concern about this is the crash risk. The thieves might push you off your bike while trying to snatch your purse. (My friend got kicked off her scooter and they managed to snatch her purse – and she got injured.) This might sound scary – so to avoid being in this situation – you should always put your purse in your scooter seat. That being said – if you are walking around at night, you won’t be able to avoid potential bag snatch – so try to avoid walking alone at night if you can.
  • Groping: Unfortunately, some areas in Bali especially dark shortcuts in the Canggu area, have a pretty bad reputation for ladies. Many of my female friends got groped in dark shortcuts just outside Canggu on their way to the Pererenan area. To avoid these situations, you should take the busy main roads instead of the dodgy dark roads and you could also put a jumper or a sarong on to cover yourself at night. This way you won’t get any unwanted attention while you drive and it could keep you safer at night.
  • Currency exchange scams: You should try not to use the currency exchange shops while in Bali. They are very good at showing an amount of money and giving you a different amount. Unless you want to witness a magic trick, you should simply avoid them. If you have to change your currency, then make sure to count everything before leaving and insist to get your money when the money is missing.

Safety In Thailand

When I got to Thailand, I was so used to being so cautious in Bali that I asked my friends what I had to be aware of. They laughed and said, “Mel, this isn’t Bali”.

I asked all my questions and they couldn’t stop laughing like any of these safety tips were useful in Thailand.

That being said, Thailand felt super safe compared to Bali (even though, nothing happened to me in Bali).

👉 The safety award goes to Thailand. It doesn’t mean you won’t be safe in Bali, but you might have to be more cautious and take some safety measures to have a positive experience.

Thailand Vs Bali – Visa

When it comes to visa, it depends on your nationality. I’d recommend you check this website to know if you need a visa.

These two examples are for Canadians (Canadian passport holder here). Note that many other countries are similar criteria or requirements.

When entering Bali, you can get 30 days of free entry. To get the stamp, you simply have to go through the main immigration lane.

If you’re planning on staying longer, you’ll have to head to the “Visa on arrival” office to pay a $35 fee. They accept different currencies, which makes it quite convenient.

This visa on arrival gives you the right to extend your stay up to 60 days. You will still have to go to immigration to request these 30 extra days. This procedure requires you to head to the immigration for a total of 3 times:

  • Form and fees (another $35)
  • Photo and fingerprints
  • Passport collection

To avoid this, I normally use an agent, which means I have to head to the immigration office only once for my photo and fingerprints. They will send someone to pick up and drop off the passport – it’s more convenient and you will waste less time this way.

If you’re planning on staying for 6 months, you could also get a social visa before entering the country.

Thailand Visas

When entering Thailand (by flight), you can get 30 days. You can also get an extra 30 days later on if you decide to stay longer by going to the immigration office around you. I’ve done it in multiple places in Thailand.

Here’s a list of the Thailand visa requirements you’ll have to provide:

  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Photocopy of your current visa and immigration card
  • Visa extension form
  • TBH 1900 in cash (about $60)

If you plan on staying for 3 months, you could also get a visa before entering the country.

👉 The visa-easy-experience award goes to both destinations. IT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU ARE FROM. For some people, it’s easier to go to Bali in terms of visa and for some others, Thailand would be easier.  For longer stays, Thailand would be cheaper and more convenient as you can decide to extend your stay without having to get a visa on arrival at the airport.

Final Verdict: Bali vs Thailand

For a very long time, I preferred Bali over Thailand. At the time, I only visited a few places in Thailand on short-term trips.

I didn’t have the time to appreciate Thailand. After spending two months in the south of Thailand, my opinion of the country has changed. I was able to see myself living there too, which was, for me, a big thing.

Overall, when you look at the winners in every section, I’d say Thailand would be the big winner here. Still feeling unsure? Keep reading!

Bali is best for:

✅ Sense of community: For long-term nomads, Bali has a lot to offer. There are several co-working spaces across the island. I based myself in Canggu, and I’ve met wonderful friends while I was there. There’s a huge expat community as well as many cool cafés to work from and great comfort overall.

✅ Gorgeous scenery: The North of Bali is my favorite part of the island. Imagine stunning waterfalls, lakes, and beautiful rice terraces. You can even see the mountains and volcanoes in the background. For me – that’s hard to beat.

✅ Ease and comfortable life: Most locals speak great English, which makes everything super easy. You can get super affordable villas and guesthouses that are comfortable. In fact, the best bed I’ve ever had in my life was in Bali. I felt like I had a “western comfort” with the island vibes in Bali, and that’s why it was very hard for me to leave the island. It got even too comfortable sometimes.

Bali would be the ideal destination for nomads who want to make friends and have a sense of community while enjoying the comfort that can be found at home (in my case, home is in Canada) and the island vibes.

Thailand is best for:

✅ Beaches: When I think of beaches and exotic islands, Thailand wins. Turquoise water, white sand beaches, and relaxing vibes are on the menu. If you want a daily swim, then Thailand has many beaches to offer.

✅ Thai food: When it comes to food, Thailand wins. It’s cheap, it’s good, it’s spicy, and it’s healthy.

✅ Much more to discover: There’s more to see in Thailand, and the reason is simple: it’s much bigger than Bali. Myself, I still have a lot to see in Thailand.

Thailand would be the ideal destination for travelers (especially first-timers in Southeast Asia) and digital nomads, too (especially in Chiang Mai ).

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We don’t envy you having to decide between  Bali or a Thailand trip , that is one tough decision. However, we’ve done some of the legwork by putting together a top-notch guide that looks at these beautiful southeast Asian countries, which will make deciding where to take your next trip a little easier.

The first things we think of in southeast Asia are the beautiful palm-fringed beaches where you can sip coconuts and laze in a hammock before cooling off in the blue sea. The good news is that both Thailand and Bali have got kilometres of beautiful sandy shores! But how do they compare?

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Beaches in Bali

The island of Bali is surrounded by beaches. There are powdery white sands in the south where you can watch the sunset in the Indian Ocean, at others you can lounge at beach clubs, or go swimming and surfing. In the eastern and northern parts of Bali, you’ll find pristine volcanic black-sand beaches, ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Golden sands, aqua seas and local boats on a beach in Bali

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Beaches in Thailand

There’s something magical about Thailand, something that can only be experienced first hand. The inviting, friendly atmosphere will have you mesmerized within moments. For the best beaches in Thailand head down south where all of the idyllic tropical islands are found, from secluded beaches to party islands where the famous Full Moon party is held every month. The beaches in Thailand are picture-perfect, and the sea is mostly calm, making it haven for diving and snorkelling.

Railay Beach in Thailand has beautiful sand, aqua waters and natural beauty

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What to see and do in Bali

Kuta, legian & seminyak.

When you reach Bali for your tour or travels, you will arrive in Kuta, a buzzing town that is both loved and hated by travellers around the world.

Upon arrival at the international airport of Bali to either start your tour or solo travels, you will be in Kuta – a busy town that is both loved and hated by travellers around the world. The beautiful stretch of ‘sunset beach’ begins at the airport stretches all the way to the end of Seminyak, where watching the sun disappear from the sky is magnificent!

Kuta, Legian and trendy Seminyak are located side by side, and it is one buzzing area that never sleeps, home to plenty of shops, restaurants, beach clubs and nightlife.

Ubud is the cultural heart of the island, fringed by rainforest, river valleys and rice paddies. It is also considered the go-to place for yoga, health food, visiting wilderness reserves and spiritual healers making Ubud is enchanting. Around the town there are lots of things to do such as rafting, visiting local craftsman villages, cycling through the rice paddies and seeing natural rainforests.

Rice fields in Ubud, Bali

The southern tip of Bali (Uluwatu, Nusa Dua, Bukit Peninsula)

In this part of Bali, you will find the most beautiful beaches somewhere between the dramatic limestone cliffs and hills. Sunsets are amazing as well, and the sea is a paradise for surfers and for those wanting to swim.

Amed is tranquil, unspoiled by tourism and just so easy to fall in love with! This sleepy village borders a calm sea with beautiful coral gardens and colourful sea creatures. Amed is surrounded by nature with the sacred Mount Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, as the backdrop. Enchanting!

Stunning view of Amed in Bali

The tourist town of Lovina is famous for dolphins. Every morning hundreds of these impressive marine animals can be spotted out at sea, not too far from the coastline. Furthermore, Lovina is a great base from where to explore the waterfalls, hot springs and temples of northern Bali.

When heading to the dramatic cliffs of Uluwatu, be careful about the monkeys. Many of them are specially trained by the bystanders to snatch people’s accessories – including cellphones and glasses. The tourist will then be forced to ask one of the bystanders to retrieve the items back and thus be compelled to “tip” him for it. Most people who visit Bali don’t end up anywhere north of Denpasar which is a shame. A trip to Bali is certainly not complete without heading out to experience the tranquil and creative nature of Ubud as well as its many charming cafes and restaurants. Bebek Bengil, in particular, is recommended for its crispy duck. One reason why Bali is such an appealing destination is because it offers so much to every type of traveler. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a family with kids or a solo traveler looking for a place to unwind, there is always a part of Bali that has you covered. The only obvious type that comes to mind is someone looking for a cold or winter destination. Bali is warm all year round. – Bino, I Wander

What to see and do in Thailand

The infamous and vibrant city of Bangkok is where you will most likely start your trip in Thailand. Bangkok is alive and will intoxicate your senses sights and sounds. Most people love it or hate it, but a trip to this county is not complete without visiting Khao San Road, the backpacker’s haven of Thailand. If you’re searching for the hub of activity in Bangkok, this market strip is where you need to go.

The atmosphere is infectious. The street is filled with the scent of freshly made Thai food, the local vendors can be found selling the finest goods, and it is home to some of the most inexpensive guest houses and bars, perfect travellers on a budget!

Chiang Mai & Pai

To escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, head north to  Chiang Mai  for an immediate change of pace where you will be surrounded by dozens of decadent temples. The cooler climate and nature are an alternative backpacker’s scene. Explore the many food markets and allow your taste buds to experience the unique flavours of northern Thai cuisine, organize a local hill-tribe trek or sit back and take in the beauty of the area.

Temple in Chiang-Mai, Thailand

If you’re travelling to northern parts of Thailand, you won’t want to miss the laidback town of  Pai with its backdrop of picture-perfect mountains. In Pai, you can set your sights on the many kayaking and rafting adventures that can be found, or take it easy with a gentle trek to the Lahu, Lisu, and Karen villages.

Ko Phangan & Ko Tao

These two islands are much-loved travel destinations for snorkelling, diving and full moon parties. The islands have beautiful beaches, tons of like-minded travellers and diving addicts, massage salons and parties. Ko Tao is quieter than Ko Phangan.

Glossy brochures showcasing Thailand more often than not feature the beautiful bay of Ko Phi Phi, with its idyllic shore, traditional long-tail boats and white sandy beaches with swaying palm trees. Ko Phi Phi is a lively tourist town that attracts lots of travellers and it was one of the filming locations for The Beach , starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Spend your days here hopping off to the nearby Maya Bay, go rock-climbing across the jagged cliffs that tower over the island or snorkel through the blue-hued waters.

Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Phuket is one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. A big island in the Andaman Sea, surrounded by idyllic beaches and home to countless nightclubs, markets and tourist attractions. Phuket has something for everyone. If you are not into the party scene and nighttime shows in Patong, head to the other side of the island to get away from the crowds and enjoy the natural beauty instead.

Bali vs. Thailand: Culture

Both Thailand and Bali have rich cultures where temples, markets, and religion play a big role in daily local life. Thailand is mostly Buddhist, while Bali is the only Hindu island of Indonesia, different from the Hindu culture of India, making it truly unique. In Thailand, you will see tons of impressive Buddhist temples with golden and white marble Buddha statues, visited by the Thai monks in ritual orange clothing.

In Bali, you will see little handmade offerings for the many Hindu gods on every corner of every street and in front of almost every house. You will see ceremonies on the streets and hear mystical music echoing from the temples, even from a distance.

Both countries have adapted to tourism, and therefore it’s relatively easy to get around only speaking English. When entering temples in Bali and Thailand, be sure to take off your sandals and cover your knees with a sarong. In Thailand, you will also need to cover your shoulders. Bargaining is also part of the culture in both Thailand and Bali. Don’t get annoyed, try to see the fun of it, stay friendly and play the game. Do note that once you have settled on a price, it is rude not to take it.

Balinese food

Most of Indonesia is Muslim and therefore not pork-friendly, but the Balinese absolutely love it! There are lots of local eating places selling ‘babi guling’ or suckling pig, as we know it. Apart from that, Bali is similar to the rest of Indonesia, with fried rice (nasi goreng), fried noodles (mie goreng) and chicken saté.

A spicy delicious pile of mie goreng noodles

Want to taste the best of Indonesian cuisine? At the local warungs, you can get a plate of nasi campur. Just point at the dishes on display that you want with your rice. This style of dining is a great way to get to know the local flavours and be sure to try the crispy tempeh and the rendang.

When you are in Thailand, you have to get a plate of pad thai – a noodle dish sold by street vendors and at local markets. The Thai green and red curries are also delicious! Do let them know if you are not into spicy food, or you will be on fire! The Thai people love meat, fish and seafood, all cooked with fresh herbs and local spices. Make sure to try the sticky rice with mango for dessert.

Steam hot delicious Thai food can be found in food markets throughout the country

Bali vs. Thailand: Getting around

Thailand is perfect for travelling around using public transport. There are buses, trains and planes leaving from A to B all the time and it’s cheap. Bali is less tourist-friendly for backpackers on a budget wanting to travel around the island. There are shuttle buses and private chauffeurs, but they are on the expensive side in comparison with Thailand’s public transport. However, since Bali is small, it is great to circle the island at least once on a motorbike, something you could never do in Thailand because it’s too simply too big.

If you’re looking to travel Bali, make sure you do your research on visas and the visa extension process. The government is quite strict on visas in Indonesia, and you can end up paying a lot of money if you overstay your welcome! We loved Ubud in central Bali. Take a tour of the rice terraces, hike up Mount Batur for sunset, and make sure to stop by The Yoga Barn for a yoga class. There are also a ton of great restaurants in Ubud, and many that cater to healthy eating, which we love! A few of our favorite restaurants in Ubud are Kafe, Sayuri, Kismet, Atman, Bali Buddha and Taco Casa! As well, Uluwatu in the south is an amazing place to spend at least a day. The landscape is dramatically different from central Bali and the beaches are very unique. We also loved Canggu, and a visit to Canggu isn’t complete without a stop at Crate for an amazing brunch! Bali has something for everyone. Canggu and Uluwatu cater to the surfing and yoga crowd. Seminyak and Kuta have beach clubs and night clubs that you can party until all hours at. Ubud has a slow vibe and a vibrant health and wellness community through the plentiful yoga studios and food options. Nusa Dua has resort upon resort upon resort. And that is just a few of the many places that you can visit in Bali. Do your research beforehand to choose the best place for you and what you like to do when you travel! – Amanda & Ryan, The World Wonderers

See Also: Where to Travel: A Guide for Every Month of the Year

Bali vs. Thailand: Budget

Thailand has got the Thai Baht and Bali the Indonesian Rupiah as the local currency, and both destinations are cheap. Prices for food and accommodation are similar in the main tourist destinations of Thailand and Bali. When going off-the-beaten-track somewhat, Thailand might be a little cheaper than Bali.

If you’re unsure about your travel plans, don’t forget to explore the option of joining a group tour for a hassle-free planning experience if you’re unsure of where to go next. Plus, you can meet other like-minded travellers! 

Are you ready to go to Bali or Thailand? Find your next tour to  Bali  or  Thailand.

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Stephanie P

Stephanie went out to see the world and never came back. From the lowlands of Europe, she traveled eastwards and she is still on the way to seeing the rest of the world. She loves being out in nature, meeting people of different cultures, making music and writing blogs about her travel experiences.

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A travel guide to Southeast Asia: Thailand, Bali, Singapore

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By David Szmidt May 18, 2022

By David Szmidt | May 18, 2022

Last update: August 2, 2022

The best countries and travel tips for visiting Southeast Asia: what to eat, where to go, what to see, how to get around. From backpacking to luxury travel, here’s everything you need to know

Southeast Asia is a place for an itinerary: when it comes to ‘best countries’ or ‘most interesting places’, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Two weeks on the beach ? Hitchhiking in the hills? Partying, self-indulgence, street food in Bangkok , river cruise in Phnom Penh? The list is endless. Here’s our guide to three of the top destinations in the region. 

A taste for adventure

A selection of Thai street food served by a vendor — Shutterstock

Thailand is two extremes bound by a common thread. The cities are overwhelming, thrilling; a swarming mass of people, noises, smells and heat. The countryside is traditional, rural; plump hills, misty valleys, rice paddies and ancient villages. The one thing that runs through both ways of life is food .

Fresh, local, well-balanced and with a satisfying palette of flavors running from citrus to spice, herbal to sweet, Thai food is one of the most central parts of the culture. People do not just gather to have a meal, the meal is the reason people gather. It’s a small distinction, but an important one.

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No matter where you go, food will be central. Bangkok’s street food (different from a traditional Thai sit-down meal) is nonetheless an attraction in itself. Markets such as Ratchada Train Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market, Srinakarin Train Market and the touristy Khao San Road offer woks full of curries, noodles, stir-fries and seafood, as well as grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, or mango sticky rice.

Temples and beaches — two things that Thailand does extremely well

Person stood in front of the White Temple in Chiang Rai — Shutterstock

Once you’ve had your fill of food, it’s time to feed your soul. Thailand is a country of temples — over 40,000 of them in fact — and other things that look like temples, including the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya (the brainchild of an artist who spent two decades designing and building it out of teak), Chiang Rai’s White Temple (previously abandoned, now a sort of art gallery with colorful murals depicting strange but gentle representation of humanity… and Harry Potter), and the stunning Wat Mahathat, surrounded by national park in the ruined city of Ayutthaya.

Finally, you need to head to the sea. 2,815km of coastline means some of the world’s most stunning beaches , particularly in the south of the country, as well as on the 1,400 islands such as the famous Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. Whether you’re looking for beach parties , water sports, cliff diving , or simply somewhere where no one will bother you for a while, head down to the clear, warm water and do your thing.

A place where hedonism and spirituality go surprisingly hand-in-hand

Three women sat looking at the view in rural Bali — Shutterstock

The island of Bali is Indonesia ’s most popular tourist destination, with people visiting all year round for its reputation as a party place. And while that’s certainly true, it also manages to be a place where you can get in touch with your spiritual side by visiting temples, learning about the local way of life, or attending a yoga retreat high up in the mountains.

The area comprising Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, to the southwest of Denpasar is many peoples’ first port of call if they’re looking for party action, with its 8km long beach backed by thronging streets of bars, restaurants, clubs and all the nightlife you could ever want. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for wild nights followed by days of recovery on the beach, this is one of the top places to be.

For something a bit more on the local side, try Ubud, the cultural capital of the island. With scores of Hindu temples to explore, and the local economy underpinned by things like tea houses, art galleries, yoga studios and the like, it’s much more on the eat-pray-love end of the scale. Accommodation is generally pricier here than anywhere else, but it’s a great place to learn about the history and beliefs of the Balinese people: temple festivals and rituals happen almost every day, and traditional dances take place on the streets at night.

Surfing, scenery and spas

Woman in outdoor infinity pool at dusk — Shutterstock

No matter where you go around the coast of Bali, there are loads of opportunities to get involved in water sports like surfing (it’s one of the best locations in Indonesia), snorkeling , scuba diving, rafting and sailing. You might encounter dolphins or reef sharks, shoals of shimmering fish, manta rays, and the huge mola mola (or sunfish). 

From down by the ocean, it’s up into the mountains or, even more exciting, trekking up to the threateningly smoky rims of volcanoes . Not for the faint of heart (figuratively or literally), you could alternatively choose to see the countryside by bicycle , taking a less stressful journey through rice paddies, and villages hidden in lush undergrowth. If even that sounds too much like hard work, Bali is home to some of the most luxurious and extravagant spa treatments anywhere in the world, including lava stone reflexology, a facial using sea quartz and diamond dust, and one spa offering bedtime stories whispered to you by a Buddhist nun .

Diversity makes for prosperity

Skyscrapers in Singapore at night — Shutterstock

The phrase ‘ cultural melting pot ’ is such a cliché as to be rendered virtually meaningless, but when a country has multiracialism (the ability for an individual to identify not as a member of one or multiple racial groups, but as a third category of something like ‘mixed-ness’) as part of its constitution, you realize you might need to wheel out the old cliché trolley.

With four official languages (English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil) and 21 July being celebrated as Racial Harmony Day, Singapore has taken this multinationalism and used it as a basis for trade and commerce; since its independence in 1965, Singapore’s free trade agreements and direct foreign investment have seen mighty glass and steel skyscrapers spring up, marking it out as one of Asia’s great centers of wealth.

The modern-day miracle metropolis, just a stone’s throw away from nature

Monkeys crawling on the ground at a nature reserve in Singapore — Shutterstock

The ultimate aim, however, is to make Singapore a ‘City in a Garden’ as the project has it. This means making those skyscrapers sustainable , adding greenery wherever possible, and generally throwing vast amounts of money at making the city a leading light in the race for environmental equality. You don’t have to head far out of town before you’re on walking trails through the jungle , or rope walks across the treetops. You might meet some of the local wildlife —  monkeys, flying lemurs, hornbills, sea turtles, dolphins and the like — in one of the nature reserves , or by going on a night safari or river safari.

It’s an easy city to get around as well, due to the need for efficient public transport to cater to its 5.4 million inhabitants. The Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is a shiny, modern system that can whizz you to pretty much anywhere around the city, from the Chinese temples to the temples of commercialism in the Marina Bay area. Shopping, street food and sightseeing are all within easy reach, so take time to investigate each area of the city. You can track the city’s evolving architecture, from the colorful shophouses of the Joo Chiat/Katong neighborhood, through the art deco stylings of Tiong Bahru, to the sleek, sci-fi biodomes of the Gardens by the Bay. That all of this exists at all is the true miracle of Singapore.

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How to Travel from Thailand to Bali? By Air, Land, or Water

If you want to explore the beauty of Southeast Asia — a trip from Thailand to Bali is a must. With soaring limestone islands, white sandy bays, and fabulous Buddhist culture, Thailand is a tourist hot spot. While Bali is a surfing paradise where you can find some of the best surfing opportunities in the world. In Bali, you can also explore its forested volcanic mountains.

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How Far Is Bali from Thailand? The Location Map of Bali and Thailand

Bali and Thailand (by airline) are separated by approximately 1,916.34 miles (3,084.06 kilometres). But the exact distance depends on where you want to go in each country. For instance: ● If your desired location is Bangkok, Thailand's capital city, your flight will take you to Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), situated about 1,928.53 miles (3,103.68 kilometres) away from Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS). ● Conversely, if you intend to explore the southern Thai islands, such as Phuket or Koh Samui, your flight will land at Hat Yai Airport (HDY), which is approximately 1,828.12 miles (2,942.67 kilometres) distant from Bali.

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How to Get to Bali from Thailand by Flight? The Latest Schedule Information in 2024

There are two main ways to get to Bali from Thailand by flight: direct flights and connecting flights.

Direct Flights The easiest and fastest way from Thailand to Bali is to take a direct flight, which takes about 4 hours and 15 minutes. There are several airlines that offer direct flights from Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, to Denpasar, the central city of Bali. These airlines include: ● Thai Airways ● Thai AirAsia ● Indonesia AirAsia

You can choose to depart from either Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) or Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport (DMK), depending on the airline you prefer.

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There are also direct flights from other airports in Thailand, such as Phuket International Airport (HKT) and Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), but they are less frequent and more expensive.

The flight schedule for direct flights from Thailand to Bali changes frequently due to the demand and the availability of the airlines. However, several flights are usually available each day, especially from Bangkok. For the latest information, contact IndoChinaTour.

Connecting Flights If you are unable to find a direct flight, or if you want to save some money, you can also take a connecting flight. It means that you will have to stop at another airport in Indonesia or another country before reaching Bali. The connecting flight option will take longer than a direct flight. But it may be cheaper.

There are several airlines that offer connecting flights from Thailand to Bali, such as: ● AirAsia X ● Scoot ● Singapore Airlines

The most common stopover airports for connecting flights are: ● Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) in Malaysia ● Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) in Singapore ● Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Indonesia ● Surabaya Juanda International Airport (SUB) in Indonesia

The flight duration for connecting flights ranges from 6 hours and 30 minutes to 10 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the airline, the stopover, and the waiting time. And the flight schedule for connecting flights from Thailand to Bali also varies depending on the airline and the time of year. For the latest information, contact IndoChinaTour.

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Can i get to bali from thailand by train.

The simple answer is YES. However, there is no direct train from Thailand to Bali. Instead, you will need to take a train to Singapore and then take another train from Singapore to Bali.

It means that you will have to cross four countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. You will also have to take ferries, buses, taxis, or flights to connect between different train stations.

The total distance by train from Thailand to Bali is about 3,500 km (2,175 mi), and the total travel time is about 5 days. The total cost of the train tickets is about $200 per person, not including the other transportation costs. You will also need a visa for each country you enter, which can add more time and money to your trip.

So, travelling from Thailand to Bali by train is possible, but it is not very practical or convenient.

It might be a good option for adventurous travellers who want to see more of Southeast Asia and enjoy the scenery along the way. However, for most travellers, flying from Thailand to Bali is a much faster and cheaper option. A flight from Thailand to Bali takes only about 4 hours and costs about $100 per person.

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How to get to bali from thailand by land how many hours & the road condition.

There is no direct bus or train from Thailand to Bali. So, getting to Bali from Thailand by Land, you will have to take a combination of different modes of transportation, such as taxis, buses, trains, ferries, and flights. You will also have to cross four countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

The total cost of the trip is about $400 per person, not including the visa fees and other expenses. You will also need a visa for each country you enter, which can add more hassle and delay to your journey.

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● How many hours: The total distance by land from Thailand to Bali is about 4,500 km (2,800 mi), and the total travel time is about 7 days.

● Road conditions: The road condition from Thailand to Bali varies depending on the country and the region. Some roads are well-paved and smooth, while others are bumpy and rough. Some roads are busy and crowded, while others are quiet and scenic. You will also have to deal with different traffic rules, weather conditions, and safety issues along the way.

Overall, travelling from Thailand to Bali is not very easy or comfortable option.

How to Get to Bali from Thailand by Boat?

If you want to travel from Thailand to Bali by boat, you have a few options, but none of them are very easy or cheap.

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● First Option: One option is to take a ferry from Phuket to Krabi and then fly from Krabi to Bali. It would take about 11 hours and cost about $200 per person. However, this is not really a boat trip since you still have to fly for most of the distance.

● Second Option: Another option is to take a cruise from Thailand to Bali, which would allow you to see more of the region and enjoy the comfort and entertainment of a cruise ship. However, this would take much longer and cost much more than flying.

For example, Viking Cruises offers a 13-day cruise from Bangkok to Jakarta (capital of Indonesia), which stops in Kuala Lumpur (capital of Malaysia) and Singapore along the way. From Jakarta, you can take another cruise or a flight to Bali. It would cost about $5,000 per person.

● Third Option: A third option is to take a combination of different boats, such as ferries, speedboats, and sailboats, from Thailand to Bali. This would be the most adventurous and flexible way to travel by boat, but also the most challenging and risky.

The total distance by boat from Thailand to Bali is about 4,500 km (2,800 mi) , and the total travel time is hard to estimate since it depends on many factors. Therefore, travelling from Thailand to Bali by boat is possible, but it is also not very practical or convenient.

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This Thailand and Bali 21-day itinerary will take you on the holiday of a lifetime incorporating a river cruise and a sea cruise, as well as temple tours, a floating market experience, a spiritual purification ritual and the opportunity to meet indigenous hilltribes, sea gypsies and boatbuilders. You’ll go snorkeling with gentle whale sharks, sea turtles and giant manta rays, and you will encounter Indonesia’s legendary Komodo dragons.

Your Thailand tour

Visit a century-old floating market, before stepping aboard a luxurious river barge to feast on gourmet cuisine while discovering Bangkok’s rich past through temples and palaces, as well as the ancient ruins of the grand complex of Ayutthaya. Delve into the temples of Chiang Mai on the next leg of your vacation to Thailand and Indonesia, and immerse yourself in the fascinating culture of the traditional hill tribe villages.

Your Bali tour

After flying from Bangkok to Bali, the next part of your journey begins with a tour of some of Bali’s most iconic temples and spectacular rice terraces. Experience the magic of a spiritual journey with a cleansing ritual and a guided meditation session conducted by a Hindu priest. Relish a very special lunch in a blissful setting in the rice fields, enjoy a tour of East Bali and relax beachside.

Your Indonesian cruise adventure

Embark on an unforgettable sea cruise, which will take you through gorgeous scenery and a panorama of islands, exploring quiet coastal villages, waterfall-fed river pools, volcanic islands, a mysterious crater lake, a boatbuilding community, and the Komodo National Park. Gently trek through river valleys or ascend savannah-wrapped hills offering dazzling views of jungle-clad mountain ranges and towering volcanoes. Witness the astonishing sight of hundreds of thousands of flying foxes emerging in a steady throng from the forest at dusk, and encounter Indonesia’s living dinosaurs, the awe-inspiring, giant lizards known as Komodo dragons. Unlimited use of stand-up paddleboards and sea kayaks adds yet another dimension to your nature explorations.

At the end of your cruise, an uninhabited island will beckon you ashore for a quintessential, toes-in-the-sand, celebration under the stars, complete with a bonfire, barbeque, and dancing to songs and music performed by the ship’s crew. Please note, the Ombak Putih is only available during certain seasons, and at other times a different vessel may be proposed.

Your Java tour

Transfer to the island of Java to watch the sunrise over the spectacular Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and its smoke-spewing volcanoes. Cross the desert-like sea of sand of the ancient caldera and up a steep staircase to the crater rim of Mt Bromo, and peer into the smoking darkness below – the veritable gates of hell. Marvel at the seventh century Buddhist temple of Borobudur, one of Indonesia’s most important archaeological sites, and explore the historic and cultural city of Jogjakarta, which is known for its wonderful arts and is still headed by a sultan. Wander through the Sultan’s ‘kraton’ (walled city palace), which remains the hub of traditional life, as well as the Taman Sari water palace and the city market.

This Bangkok, Bali and Beyond tour makes for the most perfect honeymoon. Please note this is just a sample itinerary that can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.

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All itineraries are subject to change due to seasonal weather conditions (and resultant variations in river and tributary water levels) affecting accessibility to locations. Thus navigation routes, times and excursions may need to be modified at the cruise captain’s or your guide's discretion.

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Welcome to Bangkok!

Welcome to Bangkok – the city that truly never sleeps.

Your guide will meet you at the arrivals, for our private car ride to the hotel in the city center.

Take the rest of the day to relax and rest. Time permitting – try some of the spa treatments – Thai traditional massage after the long flight will be a great way to start your holiday!

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Famous Floating Market and Evening Street Food

Depart early morning for the 2hr drive to the 100-year-old Damnoen Saduak floating market located 100km (62mi) from Bangkok. This vibrant, most famous of the local markets features numerous small boats laden with colorful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats.

Always crowded with hundreds of sellers, buyers, and tourists, the best way to experience the bustling atmosphere of the market up close is to board a boat and float through the small canals, shopping away.

This floating market is one of the most photographed places in Thailand and a Bangkok icon.

Meals: (B, D)

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Start Cruise to Ayutthaya

You will be picked up from your resort right after breakfast.

Explore Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple that derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks.

Lunch served on board.

Take a 10 minutes tuk-tuk ride to the Sunandha Palace – the museum in a beautiful former Royal palace. Explore Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Worawihan “Wat Chaloem Phra Kita Worawihan” – a “Glorified Grand Temple”, an ancient temple of more than 160 years old.

Dinner on board.

Meals: (B, L, D)

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Mysterious Ayutthaya and Bang Pa In

After early breakfast, take a private boat trip around the historical island of Ayutthaya provides a relaxing way to see some of the most famous temples in the area.

You’ll also have the chance to observe local life and people that live around the river and more recent, active Buddhist temples. Grab some great photo opportunities.

After lunch on board, take a short walk to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong on the island but after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years.

Drive to Ayutthaya – listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While driving around we explore Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch with its three large bell-shaped stupas.

Visit Wat Rat Burana, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive Kmer style temples, and look out for the head of Buddha trapped amidst the roots of a banyan tree at the famous Wat Mahathat.

Back onboard, sunset cocktails followed by wine pairing dinner.

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Back to Bangkok and Onwards to the Mountains

Wake up on the final morning and bid farewell to Ayutthaya. Spend the entire day at leisure on deck with a lavish buffet brunch, brimming with gourmet Thai delicacies. Raise a glass of bubbly and toast an exceptional journey as you travel back to Bangkok.

Meet your driver after you disembark and transfer to the airport. Take a short domestic flight to the north of Thailand – to the small city of Chiang Rai.

Here you will be met by a local guide, who will escort you via private car to the resort for the night.

Meals: (B, L)

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Hill Tribes Encounters

North Thailand is famous for its colorful hill tribes. Drive out of Chiang Rai to Mae Chan district and continue uphill along narrow mountain roads to visit the simple Akha and Yao hill tribe villages.

The Akha, who originated in Tibet, are amongst the poorest of Thailand’s ethnic minorities and can also be found in the northern part of Laos. They are mainly farmers and known for their artistry.

The Yao, whose origins are in China, is heavily influenced by Chinese traditions, still using Chinese characters in the writing of their language. The two minorities live peacefully close to each other.

Back to the hotel in the afternoon, evening at leisure. Don’t miss out on the Thai Spa treatments!

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Temples of Chiang Rai

Meet your guide in the morning for the half-day tour of the famous temples.

Founded in 1262 AD, Thailand’s most northern city boasts a fascinating architectural history in a mix of Thai and Burmese styles.

Begin your tour by visiting the ancient temple of Wat Phra Kae, the original home of the Emerald Buddha which is now housed in Bangkok. A replica was made and placed in the same spot where it was found. Continue with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong with its large gold stupa.

Visit Wat Rong Khun, which is different from any other temple in Thailand. In contrast to the ancient temples, this temple was built in 1997 and was designed using white glass. While traveling through the city, observe the influence of the city’s Chinese ethnic minorities.

Return to the hotel for another relaxed afternoon.

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Transfer to The Island of Gods

We’ll drive to the airport for your connection to Bali – the Island of Gods.

After landing in Denpasar Airport, meet your driver for a transfer to a hotel in the “artsiest” region of Bali – Ubud.

Take in the landscapes and marvel at the smiles around you. In the evening, make sure to find local restaurants and cafes, to start your Indonesian adventure by befriending the hospitable locals.

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UNESCO Rice Terraces and Temples

Spend your morning enjoying the beauty of Ubud. Take in the atmosphere and freshest air.

After early lunch, meet your guide for a bit of cultural insights.

Journey to Bali’s most photographed temple, Tanah Lot, a 16th-century temple precariously perched upon a craggy, wave-lashed rock.

Continue onward to Tabanan to visit Taman Ayun, a Royal Family temple located in Mengwi. Built in 1634, it is part of the Subak (complex rice-field irrigation system), recognized by UNESCO in 2012. The huge complex is surrounded by a wide moat to symbolize its status as the mythological home of the gods.

Finish the tour with a visit to Alas Kedaton, a megalithic sacred temple in a forest inhabited by mischievous monkeys and hundreds of big bats.

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Spiritual Journey Through Time

Today we journey to Pakerisan Valley, an 8th Century World Heritage site and the birthplace of the Hindu Darma religion, to uncover the historical religious roots of modern-day Bali.

The day starts with a short visit to the very first Hindu temple in Bali, encircled by a small village that grew around this sacred structure. Here we meet our guide for the day, an experienced researcher of Balinese spiritualism who will lead us to a temple nestled in the jungle. He will describe how people connect with God through the temple and demonstrate how to open your mind to the spiritual world.

Next, Tirtha Mengening, a very small temple located next to Holy Spring-fed pools. Tirtha Mengening roughly translates into “child waters” and offers a cleansing purification ritual conducted by a Balinese priest.

After the ceremony, take a plunge into the cool spring waters of a gentle river, shaded by a large tree. Soak in the serene atmosphere, for this temple is seldom visited by tourists despite being one of the most sacred in the region.

Lunch at a special place, surrounded by lush rice fields still grown from the original species of rice brought by the first Hindu priests in the 8th Century. After lunch, there is an opportunity to visit the priest’s house where he will guide us in quiet meditation.

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy your evening at leisure!

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Beach Day Under Volcano

Early pick-up and a drive to the Ombak Putih meeting point. From there join the tour of East Bali.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive at your beachside resort in East Bali and have a chance to unwind, swim, or have a snorkeling lesson with your tour guide. In the evening join all your fellow guests for a welcome dinner and drinks in the hotel’s beachside restaurant.

Sleep in the shadow of Bali’s Mt Agung, the mother mountain of all Balinese people, and the most imposing figure on the whole landscape of Bali

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Embark Ombak Putih

Wake up to watch the sunrise and your beautiful ship on the horizon.

Embark Ombak Putih after breakfast and sail towards Gili Islands, crossing the Wallace Line.

Spend the afternoon snorkeling in the magnificent coral gardens.

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Sea Gypsies

Wake up off the coast of Kanawa Island under the gaze of Lombok’s towering Mt Rinjani – the largest volcanic peak in Indonesia.

Enjoy breakfast on the deck and spend the morning swimming, snorkeling, and exploring.

Later visit a village of the famous Bajao ‘Sea Gypsies’ of Southeast Asia and discover the secrets of their happy lifestyle.

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Whale Sharks

Start your day by swimming with whale sharks in Saleh Bay.

Later, swim, snorkel, and kayak on Satonda Island, where 2 centuries ago a massive tsunami filled up a caldera with water.

At sunset, sip your cocktail watching thousands of giant fruit bats emerge from their forest lair and fly out directly over the boat.

Boat Building, Beach and Corals

Step ashore on an active, smoking volcanic island, where local villagers are in the process of building a fifty-plus meter, traditional wooden pinisi boat.

Walking around this small village, get a feel for their simple way of life, chat with the locals and maybe buy some handmade textiles as a memento

Snorkel on a colorful and vibrant coral reef above small geothermal fissures where air bubbles are released from the volcanic chambers below the seabed.

After a few hours under sail, spend the afternoon time on a deserted white sand beach on another volcanic island, this time an extinct one.

Explore the magnificent coral gardens, hike to the crest of the surrounding hills for a view of the surrounding islands, swim, paddle, kayak and laze away the day before enjoying sunset cocktails on the sand.

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Wake up in the most northerly part of the Komodo National Park and enjoy a morning of sea-based activities including a fantastic drift snorkel over the reef, kayaking, and SUP at Gili Lawa Darat island.

Swim with schools of manta rays as they feed on the current and circle the so-called cleaning stations, where small fish remove parasites from their skin. Hover above these giant and noble beasts for as long as you like.

Spend the late afternoon on a local sandbar, where we will enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing on the sand.

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Komodo Dragons and beach BBQ

Visit Rinca Island and go on a trek in search of the ancient Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard. See monkeys, dear, pigs, buffalo, and myriad birds as we walk through the forests and savannah of this large island.

Snorkel at Siaba Island, a favorite hangout of sea turtles, where we will have a chance to swim with these gentle creatures as they cruise along the shallow water of the reef.

Enjoy Indonesian hospitality as your crew hosts a beach barbecue in your honor on a deserted island. On offer are plenty of good food, music, cocktails dancing, and frivolity as we dance and sing the night away next to a bonfire under a clear tropical night sky.

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Local Village and transfer to The Volcano

Enjoy your breakfast while the ship enters the Labuan Bajo harbor.

After breakfast take a short drive to a traditional local village. Here enjoy the hospitality with coffee, betel nut, and a highly potent local ‘arak’ (not for the faint-hearted), before a show of traditional dances.

Back on board for lunch and disembarkation.

We’ll drive you to the airport for your flight to Surabaya, where you’ll be picked up for a drive to the hotel at the foot of the volcano.

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Visit to a Volcano

With its huge crater and almost mystical-like scenery in all directions, Mount Bromo and its surroundings are stunning beyond question.

Sunrise is the most magical time to view the entire Bromo landscape but this does involve a very early morning start of 3 am as you travel by private 4WD-jeep from Plataran Bromo to the rim of Mount Penanjakan in time for dawn.

From here at 2,770 meters above sea level you will enjoy unobstructed ethereal views over the active Bromo crater and the Tengger massif with the towering Mount Semeru as a backdrop, at 3,676 meters Java’s highest mountain and one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia with small eruptions happening approximately every 20 minutes.

After (hopefully) witnessing a spectacular sunrise, you will return to your jeep and descend the steep slopes back down to the bottom of the Tengger Caldera until you reach a verdant savannah – a truly idyllic setting for an al fresco breakfast. A picnic blanket laid out on the grass awaits you to enjoy a delicious breakfast while you take in nature’s epic beauty and the magical landscape of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Next drive back to Mt. Bromo. A short walk and a 250 steps climb (or a horseback ride at extra cost) will bring you to the rim of the crater. It is definitely worth the effort and will reward you with yet more incredible vistas of the active crater.

Return to your hotel for a full breakfast buffet and relax.

In the afternoon drive back to the airport for the short flight to the lovely town of Yogyakarta.

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Borobudur and Yogya Old Town

Depart in the morning to visit Borobudur, 42km west of Jogjakarta. With your guide on hand, explore this massive Buddhist Temple (the largest in the world) and discover the incredible history behind its construction.

Comprised of thousands of volcanic and river stone blocks, the temple was assembled entirely by human labor and took more than 75 years to complete. The UNESCO Heritage site is still visible in its full glory, with magnificent carvings and its unusual bulky structure.

Take a short trip from Borobudur to visit the nearby Mendut temple. Older than Borobudur, this pyramid-shaped temple houses three impressively carved stone statues. You’ll also visit Pawon temple, a simple yet beautiful monument known for its precise symmetry.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Jogjakarta and explore the old town, visiting the Sultan’s palace, Taman Sari castle, and the bird market. Venture on to the ancient Hindu temples at Prambanan, located 17km outside Jogjakarta.

Built in the 9th century, this collection of sharp, jagged temples features three main inner shrines dedicated to the Hindu trinity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991, let your guide expertly lead you through the history and ancient symbolism of these wondrous ruins.

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Your Indonesian adventure commences today. You will transfer with your driver to the Yogya airport for your flight to Jakarta.

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Bali vs Thailand: Complete Guide to the Two Competing Paradises!

Are you torn between Bali or Thailand for your upcoming Southeast Asian adventure? Look no further; this guide aims to provide an honest comparison of the two popular destinations, considering the latest prices and travel trends.

Both Bali and Thailand, nestled in the heart of Southeast Asia, boast stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and a variety of cultural experiences. While they share similarities, each destination possesses its unique charm and attractions.

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After spending over two months in Thailand and more than six months in Bali, I’ve understood the struggle many face when deciding between these two popular travel destinations!

In this post, we’ll delve into the similarities and distinctions between Bali and Thailand, covering aspects such as costs, weather, activities, and more, helping you make an informed decision for your next exotic getaway.

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Bali vs. Thailand: Which Destination Is Right for You?

Choosing between Bali and Thailand can be challenging, as both offer incredible experiences. Your decision may hinge on factors such as budget and preferred activities.

Whether you opt for Bali or Thailand, you’ll encounter breathtaking palm-fringed beaches and azure waters. While the islands share similarities, they differ in terms of cost and cultural experiences.

Here’s everything you need to know when planning your trip to Bali or Thailand.

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See also my Comprehensive guides: my 3-week Bali Itinerary and my 1-month Thailand Itinerary !

Bali, celebrated for its spiritual essence , welcomes visitors with diverse landscapes. The bustling yet charming cities feel like large villages without a skyscraper in sight, providing a grounded and spiritual experience.

Meanwhile, Thailand also exudes spirituality but with a different vibe than Bali. The sheer size of Thailand offers a broader range of choices compared to the relatively more minor Bali. While unique destinations in Thailand may be farther apart, the country compensates with an array of options, each with its distinct charm.

To help you decide, let’s break down key aspects and compare similar places in both destinations, making it easier for you to choose the one that aligns better with your preferences and travel goals.

Key Differences Between Bali and Thailand

If you’re grappling with the decision to visit either Bali or Thailand, understanding key differences can guide your choice, especially considering the latest cost trends.

Costs & Prices in Bali & Thailand

Comparing the costs of Bali vs. Thailand may seem daunting, as both destinations can be pricey. However, discerning the price variations is crucial for making an informed decision.

Generally, Bali is more budget-friendly compared to Thailand. This is partly due to the luxurious development in parts of Thailand, making it more expensive. Many travelers now view Bali as an excellent alternative to the higher costs associated with certain areas in Thailand.

Both destinations can become costly rapidly when factoring in expenses like flights, accommodations, food, and activities. For those seeking a more economical option, Bali proves to be a wise choice.

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Accommodations and flights constitute the major expenses on both islands. In Bali, accommodations are generally more affordable, offering a range of options from budget to luxury. Conversely, Thailand , especially in certain regions, may have higher accommodation costs, particularly for luxury resorts.

Here’s an approximate breakdown for a week-long trip to each destination:

  • Flights: $500-$1,500 (depending on departure location)
  • Accommodations: $800-$2,000
  • Food: $150-$300
  • Activities: $100-$300
  • Transportation: $50-$150
  • Miscellaneous: $50-$200
  • Flights: $800-$2,000 (depending on departure location)
  • Accommodations: $1,200-$3,500
  • Food: $200-$400
  • Activities: $150-$400
  • Transportation: $80-$200
  • Miscellaneous: $50-$250

Weather : Bali Vs Thailand

One of the highlights of visiting Bali or Thailand is the consistently beautiful year-round weather, offering warm temperatures and abundant sunshine. Both destinations, located in the Southern Hemisphere, experience winters from June to September and summers from December to March.

With their close proximity in the Southern Pacific Ocean, Bali and Thailand share fairly similar weather patterns.

In Bali, temperatures rarely drop below 70°F, with the cold season occurring from June to October, showcasing average lows around 70°F and highs around 80°F. The warm season spans from December to April, with temperatures ranging from 75°F to 85°F. Summer in Fiji brings the most rain and the highest risk of tropical cyclones.

As for Thailand, the weather is quite similar, with less variance in temperatures. Average lows hover around 75°F year-round, and average highs are around 85°F throughout the year. The rainiest season is from November to April.

Fortunately, both destinations are outside the region for most natural disasters, making cyclones and tsunamis rare occurrences. However, tidal waves resulting from earthquakes along the Pacific Coast can be experienced on certain islands

Bali vs Thailand: Comparing Beaches & Locations

Bali’s Tropical Paradise vs. Thailand’s Diverse Landscapes

Bali: Tropical Oasis of Contrasts :

Bali’s landscapes paint a postcard-worthy picture, featuring lush rice terraces in Tegallalang and pristine beaches in Uluwatu and Nusa Dua. 

This tropical retreat offers diverse experiences within a short span—enabling a transition from the magnificent cliff beaches of Uluwatu to the dense jungle in the island’s centre, like Ubu d, within just 3 hours. Being a volcanic island, Bali adds a unique touch, allowing you to witness extraordinary sunrises and sunsets over volcanic backdrops.

It’s worth noting that most of the beaches on the west side of Bali aren’t great for swimming due to big surf breaks. If you want a good swimming beach with white sand, then Nusa Dua is one of your best options.

One notable aspect is the diversity of Bali’s beaches. While the black sand might be prevalent due to volcanic origins, the island’s trash issue requires conscious exploration for cleaner shores. Specific destinations like the tranquil Padang Padang Beach or the vibrant Seminyak Beach showcase Bali’s range, each with charm.

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Short on time? Check out my Ultimate 5-Days in Bali Itinerary!

Thailand: Geographical Marvels and Pristine Shores

Thailand’s geographical tapestry is a marvel, encompassing mountainous regions like Chiang Mai, stunning beaches in Railay, and the iconic Phi Phi Islands. 

The overall quality of Thailand’s beaches tends to surpass Bali, as the latter faces challenges with black sand and environmental issues. Thailand’s abundant and pristine beaches, including Railay Beach and Phi Phi’s Maya Bay, provide ample options for seaside exploration.

In Thailand, the diversity extends beyond beaches. Chiang Mai, nestled in the cool mountain ranges of the north, stands out as a cultural hub with its ancient temples and vibrant markets. The bustling city of Bangkok, the serene beauty of Phuket’s Patong Beach, and the tranquil Phi Phi Islands collectively offer a dynamic blend for those inclined towards exploration.

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Summary:  Bali charms with its range from lush jungles to volcanic shores. However, the island grapples with environmental challenges, notably visible in certain areas. Conversely, Thailand’s geographical diversity extends from mountainous terrains to pristine beaches. The overall quality of Thailand’s beaches tends to surpass Bali, and the choice of islands to explore is much faster.

Bali vs Thailand : A Culinary Odyssey

Bali’s Comforting, Hearty Meals vs Thailand’s Fresh and Vibrant Pallete.

Bali: A Gastronomic Haven with Local Delights

Bali’s culinary scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavours rooted in the island’s rich agricultural bounty and cultural diversity. They tend to use a lot of oil and fried food in Indonesia compared to the fresher tastes of Thai cuisine.

Local delights, such as Nasi Camour (Rice Buffet Selection) Nasi Goreng (fried rice), Babi Guling (suckling pig), and Bebek Betutu (slow-cooked duck), showcase the depth of Balinese cuisine. Using aromatic spices like lemongrass, ginger, and turmeric adds a distinctive taste to dishes. Bali caters to vegetarians with options like Gado-Gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce) and Lawar (a traditional mix containing finely chopped meat or fish, grated coconut, and rich herbs).

Accessibility for Dietary Preferences:  Bali is generally accessible for vegetarians, offering a variety of plant-based dishes. Ubud, in particular, is a haven for health-conscious and vegetarian travellers, with many cafes and restaurants providing diverse vegetarian and vegan options.

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Thailand: A Symphony of Spices and Street Eats

Thai cuisine is renowned worldwide for its blend of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavours. Signature dishes like Pad Thai, Tom Yum Goong (spicy shrimp soup), and Green Curry tantalise the taste buds. Street food is an integral part of Thai culinary culture, offering an array of delectable bites such as Som Tum (papaya salad) and Khao Pad (fried rice). Thailand accommodates diverse dietary preferences, with many dishes adaptable to vegetarian or vegan requirements.

Accessibility for Dietary Preferences:  Thailand is generally accommodating to various dietary preferences. While traditional Thai cuisine includes meat and fish, vegetarian and vegan options are widely available, especially in tourist areas and urban centres.

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Summary:  Balinese cuisine often features slow-cooked dishes emphasising local spices, creating a more subdued but nuanced flavour profile. The use of fresh herbs and spices reflects the island’s agricultural abundance. Thai cuisine is characterised by bold, vibrant flavours with a perfect balance of sour, sweet, salty, and spicy notes. Street food is significant, offering a quick and flavoursome culinary experience.

Bali vs Thailand : Navigating Transport

Balinese limited yet charming transport & Thailand’s expansive and well-connected routes. 

Balinese Transport:

In Bali, the ubiquitous scooter symbolises local transport, offering an adventurous and flexible way to explore the island’s winding roads and lush landscapes. Renting a moped or motorbike is a popular choice for the intrepid traveller, providing the freedom to discover hidden gems and remote villages. 

Additionally, Bemos, small vans or minivans, serve as a budget-friendly option for short-distance travel. However, the reliability of schedules can vary, as Bemos may adhere to flexible timetables.

Public Transport in Bali:   It’s important to note that public buses do not exist in Bali. You cannot fly from the south to the north of the island or get a train, so to explore Bali, you must be happy to sit in cars for long periods of time. Tourists often rely on private transportation options such as hire cars or drivers for more extensive journeys. Taxis and ride-sharing apps are available in urban areas. Apps like Grab and Gojek are essential!

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Thailand’s Local Transport: 

In Thailand, the iconic Tuk-Tuk is synonymous with local transport, especially in bustling cities like Bangkok. These three-wheeled vehicles provide a lively and efficient way to navigate crowded streets. Taxis are also prevalent, equipped with meters in urban areas for a convenient and standardised fare system. The well-connected BTS Skytrain and MRT subway systems offer a fast and reliable public transportation option in major cities. Thailand’s efficient rail network is another excellent choice for longer journeys, providing a comfortable and scenic experience.

Public Transport in Thailand:   Thailand’s public transport is diverse, with buses, trains, and boats connecting various regions. The BTS Skytrain and MRT subway systems are efficient in urban areas. Moreover, Thailand boasts a well-developed air network, making flying between cities feasible and time-efficient. Trains and overnight buses are common, offering comfortable alternatives for longer trips.

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Summary:  Navigating Bali’s winding roads on a scooter allows for spontaneous exploration. In the traditional sense, public transport is not a widespread option in Bali, and private cars or taxis are the primary modes of transportation. Thailand’s diverse transport options cater to different preferences, city tuk tuks and scenic train journeys. The availability of flying and overnight buses makes exploring various regions of Thailand convenient and accessible.

Bali vs Thailand: Cultural Exploration

Bali’s intimate spirituality vs. thailand’s grand heritage, bali: a sanctuary of raw spirituality.

The Balinese deeply connect with their customs daily, creating an atmosphere of constant reverence. Every day, you will see people laying out their Canang Sari (offerings) and attending temples, ceremonies, and street parades. You feel very intimate with the spirituality in Bali as you see it practised everywhere you go. 

In contrast to Thailand, Bali’s temples are relatively understated, resembling more like shrines for the daily use of locals rather than grand architectural statements. 

Check out my post on authentic spiritual things do in Bali !

Culturally, Bali’s celebrations often involve colourful processions and traditional dances. The Balinese New Year, Nyepi, is a unique experience where the island shuts down for a day of silence, meditation, and self-reflection. 

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Thailand: Harmony of Tradition and Modernity

Thailand, on the other hand, strikes a harmonious balance between ancient traditions and contemporary vibrancy. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a testament to the country’s commitment to preserving its vast and rich cultural heritage. Unlike Bali, Thailand’s architecture is grander, with intricate details and golden embellishments that reflect the opulence of its history. You feel like you are exploring the ancient wonders of Thailand, whereas, in Bali, you feel included in some way.

Thailand’s festivals, such as Loy Krathong, showcase a more Westernised and inclusive approach. This festival of lights, celebrated nationwide, involves floating decorative baskets on the water to symbolise letting go of negativity. Thailand’s cultural tapestry is diverse, with each region boasting unique traditions. Songkran, the Thai New Year, is a nationwide water festival marked by lively water fights, highlighting Thai culture’s celebratory and inclusive nature.

Summary:  Bali offers an intimate, spiritually charged experience with daily rituals. At the same time, Thailand provides a dynamic blend of tradition and modernity, grandeur and opulence in their culture and traditions.

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Bali vs Thailand: Architectural Wonders: 

Bali’s Local Temples vs Thailand’s Grandeur 

Bali: Artistic Finesse in Temples

Bali’s architectural treasures go beyond the well-known Tanah Lot, a mystical sea temple perched on a rocky outcrop featuring traditional tiered pagoda-style architecture and dedicated to the Balinese sea gods, and Besakih, the sprawling “Mother Temple of Bali” nestled on the slopes of Mount Agung with 23 separate temples representing different levels of Balinese Hindu cosmology. These iconic sites offer a glimpse into Bali’s rich historical allure. 

The intricately carved Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, further unveils ancient carvings dating back to the 11th century, and the purpose of its construction remains mysterious. The Tirta Empul water temple complex, built around a natural spring, showcases Bali’s commitment to artistry and spiritual significance with elegant stone structures and purification pools. 

Tirta Empul serves as a cultural landmark for Hindu purification rituals, inviting visitors to partake in the cleansing process. These architectural marvels with a unique history stand as cultural landmarks, inviting exploration into Bali’s distinctive architectural and spiritual heritage. 

The construction of these temples reflects a mastery of craftsmanship and a profound connection between art, culture, and spirituality in Balinese history.

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Thailand: Grand Palace Extravaganza and More

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, a masterpiece of Thai architecture, stands as a majestic symbol of the nation’s grandeur. Its intricate detailing, vibrant colours, and iconic structures like Wat Arun contribute to Thailand’s architectural crown. Beyond the capital, Thailand’s architectural diversity unfolds, showcasing a spectrum of stunning temples.

The dazzling White Temple, Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai, is a contemporary marvel, contrasting traditional designs with intricate mirror detailing. Its construction, initiated by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat in 1997, carries unique symbolism, blending Buddhist teachings with modern artistic expression.

Wat Pho, adjacent to the Grand Palace, adds to Thailand’s architectural splendour with the iconic Reclining Buddha and intricate murals. Established in the 16th century, Wat Pho is a significant religious site and a centre for traditional Thai medicine and massage.

Each temple in Thailand contributes to the nation’s rich artistic heritage, boasting vibrant colours and diverse architectural features. These temples’ historical narratives, cultural significance, and artistic brilliance collectively showcase the depth of Thailand’s architectural legacy.

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Summary:  Balinese temples, such as Tanah Lot and Besakih, feature traditional tiered pagoda-style structures, blending with nature. Thai temples, like the Grand Palace and Wat Rong Khun, showcase diverse designs from historical grandeur to contemporary innovation, emphasising vibrant colours. Both reflect deep spiritual reverence, with Balinese architecture harmonising with nature and Thai temples presenting a dynamic blend of tradition and artistic expression.

Bali vs Thailand: Wellness and Retreats

Bali’s Yoga Sanctuaries vs Thailand’s Meditation Havens

Bali: Global Hub for Yoga Enthusiasts

Bali, renowned worldwide as a haven for wellness seekers, is a global hub for yoga enthusiasts. Ubud, the island’s cultural heart, is synonymous with holistic well-being. Here, amidst lush landscapes, you’ll find acclaimed yoga retreats such as the Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive.

These sanctuaries offer expert-led yoga sessions and a serene escape into Bali’s natural beauty. With its tranquil surroundings, gentle rice terraces, and spiritual ambience, Ubud creates an ideal backdrop for those seeking rejuvenation through yoga.

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Thailand: Diverse Meditation Centers

Thailand, equally committed to fostering wellness, boasts diverse meditation retreats, notably in the cultural hub of Chiang Mai and the coastal paradise of Phuket.

In Chiang Mai, mountain meditation centres offer a serene escape, immersing participants in mindfulness amidst nature’s tranquillity. Meanwhile, along the enchanting beaches of Phuket, meditation havens provide a different yet equally serene experience. These retreats cater to various meditation practices, from traditional mindfulness to specialised techniques. They offer participants diverse options to explore their inner selves.

Thailand’s wellness landscape harmoniously combines the ancient meditation practice with the country’s breathtaking natural settings, creating inner peace and self-discovery havens. Whether seeking the spiritual tranquillity of Chiang Mai’s hills or the coastal serenity of Phuket, Thailand offers a myriad of choices for those embarking on a meditative journey.

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Bali vs Thailand History & Colonial Influences

Bali: cultural resilience amidst history.

Bali’s history is marked by cultural resilience and a unique blend of Hindu traditions. The island has faced periods of colonisation, notably by the Dutch in the 19th century, yet managed to preserve its distinct cultural identity. The Balinese people’s resistance against cultural assimilation has resulted in a harmonious fusion of Hindu beliefs with indigenous customs. The impact of colonial influences is visible in architecture and art, but Bali has maintained a strong sense of autonomy.

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Thailand: A History of Independence

Thailand, formerly known as Siam, boasts a rich history of independence, having never been colonised by Western powers. The country’s strategic location and diplomatic prowess allowed it to navigate the colonial era unscathed. The influences on Thai culture are predominantly homegrown, with Theravada Buddhism playing a central role. This historical autonomy has significantly shaped Thailand’s unique cultural tapestry, which is evident in its language, art, and traditional practices.

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Bali vs Thailand: The Conclusion 

In conclusion, choosing between Bali vs Thailand for your next travel adventure depends on your preferences and what you seek in a destination. 

Bali beckons with its spiritual ambience, raw natural beauty, and serene pace of life, making it an ideal choice for those who are seeking a tranquil retreat amidst cultural richness. (Given you stay out of the tourist trsps and head more into the lesser known areas)

On the other hand, Thailand boasts a diverse tapestry of experiences, from bustling urban landscapes and rich historical sites to pristine beaches and vibrant street life. The Land of Smiles is a melting pot of traditions, flavours, and activities, promising an immersive journey for those inclined towards dynamic exploration. 

Whether you find yourself drawn to Bali’s spiritual haven or enticed by the multifaceted charm of Thailand, both destinations offer unique and captivating experiences that leave an indelible mark on your travel memories. 

The choice ultimately lies in your preferences and the adventure you envision. However, I know both will provide you with an unforgettable experience! 

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Bali or Thailand: Which Southeast Asian paradise should you visit?

Sun-dappled beaches, ancient temples, welcoming locals, relaxation and adventure in spades—you’ll find it all as you travel from Bali to Thailand! While each destination has its own magic (one is an Indonesian island and one’s a country all its own, after all) it can still be tough to pick which to visit on a tour of Southeast Asia . Wondering how Thailand beaches stack up against Bali beaches? Curious about food in Bali versus food in Thailand? Read on to find out which spot you should visit. Whether you choose Bali or Thailand, you’re sure to have a remember-this-forever adventure.

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Would you rather: have a beach day in Nusa Dua on Bali or the Phi Phi Islands in Thailand?

Thinking about beach days may help you answer the Bali versus Thailand question. If you’re headed to Indonesia, you’ll find that quintessential sun-and-sand moment in Nusa Dua, a resort area that’s sitting pretty as Bali’s most luxurious retreat. There are hotels, restaurants, and all the amenities you could want—and the seaside scenery invites hours of lounging on white sand. Talk about bliss. “Nusa Dua is a highlight simply for relaxation,” said staffer Tom while sharing 7 destinations in Asia to have on your travel radar . “If you’re going to Bali, you want that beachside experience.”

Tour that takes you there: Dip your toes into this seaside oasis by adding the Nusa Lembongan Catamaran Cruise & Lunch excursion on our Bali & Java: Culture & Landscapes of Indonesia tour . You’ll climb aboard a catamaran at Nusa Dua’s Benoa Harbor and be whisked to a beach club for leisure time on the Bali beaches (or adventure on the water).

If dreaming of Thailand brings limestone cliffs rising up from turquoise water to mind, you have the Phi Phi Islands to thank. The six islands in this chain are just about as pretty as you can imagine, and are some of the best islands in Thailand to visit . “Phi Phi (pronounced pee-pee), is literally paradise,” said staffer Kevin. “There are little to no cars on any of the islands and everywhere you look offers an incredible view of the Andaman Sea. It feels like you are in a movie—which makes sense, as it was the place where The Beach was filmed.”

Tour that takes you there: Paradise awaits (literally) on our Phi Phi Islands Cruise, Snorkeling & Lunch excursion. Add it during a free day on Phuket Island on our Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket , and get ready to cruise on a speedboat, don a snorkeling mask, and tuck into a leisurely lunch as you admire the Thailand beaches.

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Would you rather: taste sate lilit on Bali or pad thai in Thailand?

From rice and spices to fruit and fish, there are a lot of simple, fresh ingredients that make food in Bali so delicious. While you won’t find a lot of beef served by the mostly Hindu population, you won’t miss it—especially when you taste sate lilit, a quintessential Balinese dish. It’s a regional version of satay, and is made from minced fish or meat like pork, grated coconut, coconut milk, lime leaves, and spices, which is then wrapped around a stick of lemongrass and grilled.

How to taste it on tour: You’ll find foodie moments galore on our Bali & Java: Culture & Landscapes of Indonesia tour . Pop by a street cart or a warung (a small, traditional eatery) to try sate lilit and other specialties. Or, visit one of the island’s captivating night markets, where culture springs to life.

Food may help you pick between Bali versus Thailand. All we can say is there’s a lot to love about Thailand’s spicy-salty-sweet cuisine, and pad thai is one of the many can’t-miss dishes in Thailand . Everything from egg, shrimp, chicken, and tofu can be tossed in this stir-fried rice noodle dish, which is topped with bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. Grab your chopsticks and dig in—it’s one of the best street foods to eat in Southeast Asia .

Thai food tip: Round out a big bowl of pad thai with some Thai tea. Condensed milk, tea, and sugar make this the perfect chilled sip on a humid Thai day.

How to taste it on tour: If Thailand’s culinary scene makes your traveling heart sing, then opt for our Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket . This trip will introduce you to the country’s many regional dishes as you travel from north to south, and includes market visits, a Thai cooking class, and a Lanna Family Home-Hosted Dinner excursion option.

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Would you rather: explore a monkey forest on Bali or an elephant sanctuary in Thailand?

Moss-covered statues, quiet temples, hundreds of long-tailed macaques—there’s wonder everywhere you turn in the Ubud Monkey Forest. Visiting this lush forest and temple complex is one of the top 7 things to do in Bali for a never-ending adventure, especially if monkey spotting is on your Bali bucket list.

Responsible travel tip: Enjoy watching the monkeys, but don’t feed them, and be sure to give them their space (unless a curious macaque chooses to hop on your shoulder, of course!).

Tour that takes you there: The Ubud Monkey Forest is a highlight on our Bali & Java: Culture & Landscapes of Indonesia tour .

Like Bali, Thailand is teeming with diverse species, which make themselves at home in lush forests and coastal areas. While you’re sure to spot everything from birds to monkeys, no trip to Thailand is complete without seeing Asiatic Elephants. This is the country’s national animal, and you’ll get your moment to witness them in their happy habitat while visiting the ChangChill elephant sanctuary (one of the many must-visit hidden gems in Thailand ). Another elephant experience? Taking an exploration walk in the Koh Lanta Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary in Southern Thailand. Talk about unforgettable.

Tour that takes you there: You can set off on our Highlights of Southern Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket & Krabi tour to visit the Following Giants Elephant Sanctuary. Or, choose our Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket to visit the ChangChill elephant sanctuary. Either way, you’ll see these gentle giants in a safe environment, where rehabilitation and protection are always top of mind. “Stopping to see the elephants was an experience in itself,” said traveler Sarah. “We were able to feed them, watch them bathe, and walk around the grounds with them.”

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Would you rather: explore a rice farm on Bali or an organic farm in Thailand?

If thinking of Bali brings sprawling green rice terraces to mind, you’re right on the money—Bali scenery like this is as iconic as it gets. Indonesia is the third-largest exporter of rice in the world, after all, and this sacred grain is one of Bali’s staple foods. In fact, Balinese people view it as a gift from God and a symbol of life.

Travel tip: Put Bali on your April travel list. Indonesia is one of the best places to travel in April for fewer crowds and more sunshine—and to see Bali’s rice fields at their lushest and greenest!

Tour that takes you there: You’ll visit a rice farm in Ubud on our Bali & Java: Culture & Landscapes of Indonesia tour . Learn about rice production, sip coconut water, pick up rice-cooking tips, and sit down for a scenic lunch in the rice field.

Picture it: You hop aboard a boat to an organic Thai farm, where you sample fresh fruit, sip a homemade coconut drink, and do some hands-on planting with the local farmers. If you think this sounds like a travel dream, we’re right there with you! Farms like this are true must-visit hidden gems in Thailand , and seeing how produce is grown will give you a unique perspective on Thailand’s economy, culture, and cuisine.

Tour that takes you there: You’ll get to learn about eco-friendly practices as you visit an organic farm and take in the beautiful Thailand scenery on our Grand Tour of Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Phuket . “This is a truly unique experience that many travelers to Thailand won’t get,” said staffer Kevin. “Thai cuisine is all about fresh ingredients, and many dishes are relatively simple. Visiting this farm and doing a hands-on activity gives our travelers a tactile appreciation for that.”

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With awe-inspiring scenery, dense layers of culture, plenty of sun, surf and sand, and balmy temperatures year-round, Bali calls out like a beacon to adventurers, sun-seekers and travelers who like to truly immerse themselves in the countries they visit. Whatever your travel tastes, you'll find rewarding things to see and do in Bali at any time of year.

The dry season, from April to September, is the most enjoyable time of the year for outdoor activities, including basking on beaches, hiking, surfing, sailing, diving and canyoning. Visit during the wet season (November to March), and you'll experience frequent downpours, but there's good surf on the east coast, and you can still enjoy the outdoors, especially in drier areas in the east and north of the island. Temperatures in Bali don’t vary much from season to season, hovering between 28°C and 32°C (82°F to 90°F) year-round, though it's often cooler in mountain areas. Whatever you're looking for in Bali, here are the best times to come.

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The high season (July–August and December) is the best time for festivals and partying

The high season in Bali coincides with the traditional summer vacation season in Europe, America, and Australia in July and August. It's the height of the dry season and the peak time for surfing on the west coast at the breaks around Canggu and Seminyak . Bali's original beach hub, Kuta , can be mobbed at this time of year, as many travelers come here specifically for the party season. 

Most parts of Bali are inundated with visitors in summer, as tourists come to sample the island’s many delights and enjoy some of its most colorful festivals. Indonesia celebrates its independence from colonial powers on August 17 with plenty of pomp and fanfare. Expect entertaining parades and street parties in the bigger towns. 

The period around Christmas and New Year also sees a large influx of travelers seeking a reprieve from cold northern winters. Many hotels, restaurants and other venues organize special dinners and entertainment to mark the festive season. New Year’s Eve is particularly memorable, with spectacular fireworks at midnight to help you rock in the new year in style. Key events to look out for are the Pemuteran Bay Festival, Penglipuran Village Festival and, of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

High season means high prices and pressing hordes in tightly-packed tourist areas; for a quieter experience, seek out more remote spots such as Nusa Penida and Pemuteran .

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The shoulder season (April–June and September–October) is best for adventurous travelers

The shoulder season in Bali falls at either end of the dry season, when the weather is either improving after the rains or getting slowly wetter after the dry months. Things are quieter without the summertime crowds, and the weather is normally still dry enough for outdoor activities. However, the two-week Easter spring break can get very busy in tourist areas such as Kuta and Legian .

May marks the surfing season in full swing on the west and south coasts, and rafting, trekking and spelunking beckon adventure sports fans.

As rain showers in October are more frequent than in the dry summer months, plan to spend some time indoors visiting temples, museums and cultural institutions in Ubud , Denpasar , and other centers for Balinese culture. Top international events in October include the  Ubud Village Jazz Festival  and the  Ubud Writers and Readers Festival . 

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The low season (January–March and November) is best for budget travelers

Bali’s low season coincides with the rainiest months of the year, and this can be an unpredictable time for outdoor activities. The crowds have decamped back home, and the island is returning to a more relaxed vibe, but there's still decent surf on the east coast at such legendary locations as Padang Padang, and the weather is still warm. Accommodation prices fall considerably, which is great news for budget travelers.

At the end of January or the start of February, Chinese New Year celebrations feature typical Balinese elements such as traditional percussion bands and dancers dressed as the mythological lion-like creature Barong. 

The festival of Nyepi, the Balinese New Year, moves with the lunar calendar but frequently falls in March. This is a culturally fascinating time to visit Bali, but after the colorful parades of ogoh-ogoh puppets the night before the festival, the Day of Silence itself can be a tricky time for visitors as everything closes, transport ceases, and nobody is allowed out on the streets.

Understanding the Balinese calendar

Note that religious festivals such as Galungan and Kuningan are scheduled according to the Balinese 210-day pawukon calendar. This means they happen roughly every seven months, according to the Western calendar. Dates for village festivals are not always set in stone either, and the timing of the Nyepi festival is dictated by the lunar saka calendar, meaning the date changes every year. If you’re planning a trip around a festival or event, check the precise dates before you book your flights.

This article was first published Dec 3, 2021 and updated Oct 30, 2023.

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INDONESIA – A wonderful 2-3 week Indonesia itinerary: Jakarta to Bali across Java

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Planning a wonderful Indonesia trip

Indonesia itinerary day 1 & 2: jakarta, indonesia itinerary day 3: jakarta to bandung, indonesia itinerary day 4: kawah putih day trip, indonesia itinerary day 5: tangkuban perahu & tea plantation, indonesia itinerary day 6: bandung city trip, indonesia itinerary day 7: borobudur sunrise, indonesia itinerary day 8: dieng plateau day trip, indonesia itinerary day 9: ceto & sukuh temple and the sangiran early man, indonesia itinerary day 10: prambanan, indonesia itinerary day 11: yogyakarta, indonesia itinerary day 12: bali day trip, indonesia itinerary day 13 & 14: ijen volcano, indonesia itinerary day 15: relax & departure.

Indonesia is a huge country consisting of over 18000 islands and 2 or 3 weeks are not enough to explore all. In this Indonesia itinerary I take you to the capital Jakarta and from there across Java and finally by plane to Bali . It’s a trip packed with day tours but leaves enough time to relax at the hotel pool too. The trip I have done with my daughter (10 years) was 2.5 weeks but I’ll give options to reduce it to 2 weeks or extend to 3 weeks. This Indonesia itinerary is your guideline. One must see place I skipped which is the Bromo volcano which would have made the trip 3 weeks. I did that because eventually I’ll be visiting Semarang or Surabaya for business and I’ll do a short trip there at that time. Join me on this wonderful Indonesian adventure!

This wonderful Indonesia itinerary is quite straightforward and is easy to plan. I do prefer to be flexible and normally book everything separate with hotels on refundable rates in case I need to change something. It wasn’t the first destination of my annual trip with one of the kids; this year my daughter joined me. I started with 3 days in Phuket and continued to Kuala Lumpur for 2 days and finally arrived in Jakarta. No jetlag anymore! If you have to come from far you might need to add an additional day before and after the itinerary. Plan accordingly and if you have a stopover and a huge time difference an additional night at the stopover point might reduce the jetlag.

There are a few things to plan ahead:

  • Hotels at the various places and the arrival flight to Jakarta and departure from Bali.
  • Private transport between Jakarta and Bandung to make a stop at the Bogor botanical gardens. This should cost not more as approximate 120 USD and although more expensive as train, cheaper as flying.
  • The flight from Yogyakarta to Bali must be booked in advance to avoid sky high ticket prices.
  • The day trip from Bali to Ijen is best planned through a tour operator as you’ll need transport to harbor, ferry ticket, again transport to hotel, transport to the volcano, guide to hike up and then back to the harbor and back to Bali. Tour operators can arrange this pretty cheap and will make it much more efficient.

Everything else can be arranged on the spot!

I arrived early morning in Jakarta for the start of my Indonesia itinerary on a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur . I used the first day to explore the area around Lapangan Merdeka which is a huge square in the middle of Jakarta. Make sure to go up the National Monument for some magnificent views. From the square it’s a short walk to the Istiqal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral. You’ll pass the presidential palace and several government buildings on the way. Late afternoon I had some time left to have a quick look at the National Museum of Indonesia but if you don’t have the time left it’s better to visit the next day. In the evening I met with Vera, owner of Jakarta Walking Tours to do a Jakarta food tour by night . Something I recommend everyone to do!

The second day was of particular interest as I visited old Batavia. This was once part of the Netherlands, my home country. The Jakarta History Museum is a must visit as is the doll museum. I wandered around this historical old town in the morning after which I walked toward the harbor to see the traditional fishing boats. Around 3PM my daughter wanted to go swimming in the pool of the Intercontinental Jakarta Hotel , a great place to stay.

ALTERNATIVE PLANNING: If your Indonesia itinerary makes you arrive in the evening you could visit all places of interest the next day. You might need to take a taxi at some points to safe time. This way it’s possible to plan an additional beach day on Bali for example.

The Bogor Botanical Gardens are one of the better botanical gardens in the world. Maybe the Singapore Botanic & Orchid Gardens are better? These gardens are located about 60 kilometers south of Jakarta and easily visited as a day trip or on the way to Bandung as I did. It depends on the complete Indonesia itinerary what is best to do. I also wanted to visit the Pancuk Pass with its tea plantations, but this didn’t work out. The road is one way to the pass in the morning and one way back after lunch. I left Jakarta at 9AM which would be fine one a regular day but not on a Sunday as the road was closed already when I arrived. The gardens are beautiful with many tropical plants, butterflies, and places to pick nick and relax. A private taxi shouldn’t cost more as 120 USD and this is for sure the best way to travel this day. I arrived late afternoon at the Intercontinental Bandung Hotel where I recommend everyone to stay.

Read more travel inspiration for the Bogor Botanical Gardens in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – The Bogor Botanical Gardens as a stop between Jakarta and Bandung

Bandung is also called the Paris of Java and is a very pleasant city to visit. It has a nice climate, beautiful colonial architecture, and lots of interesting nature around it. I stayed at the Intercontinental Bandung Hotel which has magnificent views over Bandung. One must do day trip from Bandung is to go south to Kawah Putih (White Crater). It is a 3-hour drive to Kawah Putih but the scenery is wonderful so time passes quick. Kawah Putih crater looks like from another world with it’s white greenish water, burned trees and surrealistic formations.

Around lunch time I continued to Situ Patenggang which is a large lake with restaurants and some outdoor activities. In the afternoon I finished the day with a hike to Kawah Rengganis which is a hot spring a few kilometers down the road. It was another 3-hour drive back to the hotel but first I stopped for Saung Angklung Udjo. A musical performance. A long day trip from Bandung but one I can recommend everyone to include it on a Indonesia itinerary.

Read more Kawah Putih travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Alien landscapes at Kawah Putih / White Crater as a day trip from Bandung

North of Bandung there is another wonderful volcano crater called Tangkuban Perahu. It’s also a must visit place around Bandung together with the Perkebunan Nusantara VIII tea plantation. They are not far apart. I suggest again going by private transport as it’s simply the most efficient way to get there. Start at the crater and then go for lunch and a hot spring bat at Sari Ater Hotel & Resort. After lunch I recommend going to the tea plantation and if you have time stop by the Curug Cimahi waterfall before dinner time. Kampung Daun is a great place to have dinner as it’s very local and has a beautiful garden setting. It was late before I arrived back at the Intercontinental Bandung , but I still had time for a spa treatment!

Read more Bandung travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Bandung day trip: Tangkuban Perahu volcano crater tour, tea plantation & more

SHORTEN YOUR TRIP: If you cannot do both the south and north day trips from Bandung I recommend only going to Kawah Putih but do skip my other suggestions of that day. Visit a tea plantation south of Bandung as its one of the better tea areas of Indonesia. It will shorten this Indonesia itinerary by a day.

Bandung is also called the Paris of Java and it sure is a beautiful city with lots of old colonial buildings. I recommend starting early so that you’ll have time to catch the afternoon flight to Yogyakarta . Buildings of interest include: Villa Isola, Gedung Merdeka (visit the inside too!), Savoy and Grand Hotel, Gedung Sate and if you can get in the West & East halls of the institute of technology. All those buildings are fine examples of art-deco style and many designed by architect Schoemaker. Some buildings can be entered and if they look closed just ask if you can enter! Make sure you’re ready to go to the airport around 2:30PM to catch the 4:30PM flight to Yogyakarta and not to mess up your Indonesia itinerary.

Read more travel inspiration for Bandung in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Bandung city tour: Must-see colonial places & Angklung concert

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: You could easily add a night in Bandung and explore more of the city. It’s a very pleasant city. Fly next day in the morning to Yogyakarta and maybe see already the Prambanan. If you don’t want to see all outlying temples around the Prambanan you can remove day 10. In that case and this Indonesia itinerary won’t be longer.

The Borobudur temple is THE place in Indonesia to go for a sunrise tour. No Indonesia itinerary is complete without a visit to the Borobudur. It’s beyond imagination so wonderful but do yourself a favor and stay at Villa Borobudur just a 5-minute drive away. You don’t want to go all the way in the morning from Yogyakarta . They offer authentic luxury inspired by Indonesian hospitality. In the morning the private chef made a light breakfast before the private guide joined my daughter and I for the Borobudur sunrise tour. It’s amazing! After the tour I returned at Villa Borobudur for a short nap, fun in the private plunge pool and a good lunch. The other half of the day I explored a few minor temples around the Borobudur and went to a pottery factory with my daughter. It was an amazing day which I finished with a spa treatment for 2 with my daughter.

Read more Borobudur travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Magical sunrise at the Borobudur temple & a tour in the area

The Dieng Plateau is a highland in central Java and best reached from Yogyakarta or even better from the Borobudur area (it saves at least an hour). That’s why I planned it on day 8 of this Indonesia itinerary. Hinduist temples are scattered around the plateau of which several are beautiful examples. They are amongst the oldest in Indonesia. There are also several (active) volcano sites worth stopping by. The drive from Villa Borobudur to the Dieng Plateau goes over winding roads with beautiful views. It takes about 2 hours. Go at 7-8AM and you should be back around 7PM if all goes well.

Read more travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Tired of Yogyakarta? Make a day trip to the Dieng Plateau!

It was time to say Villa Borobudur good bye; it sure is a magical place worth visiting on its own. I decided to visit the Ceto & Sukuh Temples on the way to Yogyakarta . They are not really on the way but best done this way as it saved an hour driving and there is a lot of driving in this Indonesia itinerary. I also wanted to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sangiran Early Man site, but this was closed the Monday I wanted to visit. Both temples are worth a visit but keep in mind it’s a long day from 7AM to 9-10PM evening. My private driver knew a good place to have dinner: porcupine sate! I never had that before and it was very delicious. In Yogyakarta I stayed in a hotel downtown so that the next days would be efficient.

Read more travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Ceto & Sukuh Temple and the Sangiran Early Man site from Yogyakarta

The Prambanan is a huge temple complex near Yogyakarta in central Java . They are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see in Indonesia. Unlike the Borobudur which is a Buddhist complex the Prambanan are Hindu temples. The Prambanan archeological park is the main place of interest with huge temples and those that are best preserved. There are however many more outlying temples between rice fields, on hill tops and within villages. I visited many of them as I planned a full day to explore them in this Indonesia itinerary. If you only go to the Prambanan temple, you’ll finish in half a day but seeing the outlying ones will take up a full day. Some are not more as some stones, but many are beautiful examples of Hindu temple architecture. I do recommend hiring a car (with driver) to get from one place to another to save time.

I recommend spending a day in the Kraton Complex (Sri Sultan’s palace) of Yogyakarta . The palace is a beautiful place where you’ll learn about the Sultan’s monarchy. The main court and the residence are most important, but I recommend also going to the nearby Taman Sari or water castle. Other places of interest include the mosque, colonial church, and silver workshops. A day is easily filled in Yogyakarta and it depends on your interest what you want to go see. The Kraton Complex however is a must-see! After dinner at 8PM my flight left for Bali.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: To extend this Indonesia itinerary a few days I recommend going overland to the Ijen volcano and not fly to Bali. As I explained I haven’t done that as I will return one day for business to see these places. Just make sure you visit the Bromo volcano and Malang which are the most important places of interest. From Ijen (see my day trip visit below) you can take a ferry to Bali.

I first two nights in Bali of this Indonesia itinerary I stayed at the Chedi Club Ubud which is a luxury resort surrounded by rice fields. A place I highly recommend. From there it’s also easy to do the Bali day trip to 7 places if interest if you have just a day. Start the day early and drive to the Batur Volcano & Lake with the Supreme Water Temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bator on its rim. Make sure to go coffee tasting at Cantik Agriculture Luwak Coffee; it’s special! The Tirta Empul Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, Tegallalang rice terraces and Elephant Cave Goa Gajah are also all worth a visit. Bali is completely different as Java but as beautiful for sure. I must admit that in the tourist area’s it’s quite hectic but if you’re out into the countryside it’s very nice and relaxing. Make sure to start the day at 8AM to be back at the hotel around 4-5PM for some pampering at the spa.

Read more Bali travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Bali day trip: 7 must see places if you have just a day

The Ijen volcano is located on the most eastern tip of Java and best reached from Bali if you’re not going to the Bromo volcano. The volcano is famous for its blue fires and sulfur miners. I simply had to include this in my Indonesia itinerary. Hiking the Ijen volcano is done at night, starting at about 1-2AM. After spending the morning at the pool I left the Chedi Club Ubud at about 1PM for a 2-hour drive to the ferry. It’s a short ferry ride and another hour drive to a hotel near the Ijen volcano. Book something simple as you’ll only sleep a few hours there.

My daughter and I were picked up at midnight for an hour drive to the Ijen volcano. It was drizzling, cold and windy. This is NOT a good time to hike this toxic volcano. The hike up takes 2 or 3 hours and if you’re unlucky as I was you can only see a bit of the blue fires. The wind was blowing the wrong way (happens a few days a year) and thus the hike was in the sulfur damps which wasn’t fun at all. It was dangerous, and I almost died. Read my Ijen day trip report to find out what happened. The hike down was easier, and I was back at the hotel before 9AM for breakfast and a shower. I didn’t go back to sleep but took a late morning ferry to Bali so that I arrived around 2PM at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali . My daughter thanked me as she enjoyed the pool there the rest of the day.

Read more travel inspiration in the following day trip report: INDONESIA – Hiking the active & toxic Ijen volcano with its sulfur miners and blue fire

My flight back home was only in the evening, so I still had a full day in Bali left. I decided to not explore more temples and just relax with my daughter at the Hard Rock Hotel Bali pools. I’ll be back some day as Bali is also a great place to start a trip to some other islands of Indonesia. Now I hope to visit Papua New Guinea first, which I hope to do in 2018.

I had lots of fun with my daughter this trip. We saw a lot together, relaxed a lot and had long talks. It’s a great way to bond better and going with just one of the kids makes this also easier. It was the first long trip I did just with my daughter, the second would be a USA West Coast road trip of 2 weeks . What’s next? I don’t know yet but for sure something will come up eventually. I hope this Indonesia itinerary helps you plan your trip in Indonesia. It’s a wonderful country!

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Major Attractions: Kandy, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya Fortress, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Adams Peak, Yala National Park, Jaffna

Though, Sri Lanka is quite small in size, but let’s not judge the book by its cover. For, this tiny spot in the world map bags plenty of attractions that add beautiful memories to one’s life. Choose from our Sri Lanka family tour packages from Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and other cities of India to hop on a memorable vacation that is full of adventure, scenic views, authentic cuisines, natural beauty, palm-fringed beaches, coastal villages, and more.

What’s Special: Shopping malls, Skyline, Architectural gems

Nearby Attractions: Sharjah, Ajman

Major Attractions: Burj Khalifa; The Dubai Mall; Burj Al Arab; Ski Dubai; Dubai Creek; The Dubai Fountain

Boasting jaw-dropping skyscrapers, glittering skyline, alluring beaches, bewitching deserts, and some spectacular sceneries, Dubai never fails to lure its huge flock of tourists. Dotted with some fun and enticing attractions, here tourists of every age are engaged till the entirety of their trip.

6. Australia

What’s Special: Exotic wildlife, adventure activities.

Major Attractions: Melbourne, Sydney, Kakadu National Park, Uluru, Blue Mountains National Park, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Fraser Island, Great Barrier Reef

Transportation Options: By flight

One of the major continents in the world, Australia is a perfect blend of elegant laneways, ancient landmarks, and urbane spirit. Home to turquoise waters, glistening beaches, delectable cuisine, and contemporary art, this country is a charming abode. Boasting a surreal fusion of old world charm and high-end infrastructures, this country harbours diverse landscapes and cities. With exotic wildlife species and untouched natural landscapes, be ready to imbibe an otherworldly experience. Undoubtedly, featuring a plethora of varied experiences, makes Australia a top destination for an exemplary family vacation.

What’s Special: Art, ancient architecture, cuisine

Major Attractions: Rome, Tuscany, Florence, Siena, Lake Como, Milan, Venice

Brimming with flair and an unparalleled elegance, Italy is a dream destination. Exuding an artistic spirit, the country houses several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and wondrous fortes. Boasting art galleries, dreamy cafe-lined streets, elegant Italian restaurants, and surreal cultural sites, Italy is a remarkable vacation destination. Savour the succulent Italian cuisine and explore the various exquisite tourist destinations, relish a perfectly splendid family tour in Italy.

What’s Special: Cultural heritage and ancient architecture

Major Attractions: Ankara, Istanbul, Cappadocia, Mardin, Antalya, Mersin

A country with a remarkable history, denoted by its many historical landmarks, and cultural sites, Turkey is a transcontinental country in Southeastern Europe. With ancient cities, architectural gems, bewitching ruins, and world-renowned monuments, the country offers an array of outstanding landscapes for exploration. The untouched beaches of Turkey are adorned with glistening waters, white-sandy shores, and an overall soothing ambiance. Explore the delicious Turkish cuisine, partake in the numerous adventure sports, and explore the majestic landscapes, Turkey offers endless possibilities!

Best Family Holiday Packages in India

From Kerala to Himachal Pradesh, India is brimming with places to explore with family. Harbouring a perfect blend of soulful ambiance, rejuvenating environment, and exhilarating adventure sports, the tourist destinations in India, offers an ideal family vacation. Explore the various family holiday packages in India and experience a delightful family vacation.

What’s Special: Serene monasteries and an array of adventure activities.

Nearby Attractions: Kullu, Palampur, Chamba, Shimla

Major Attractions: Hadimba Devi Temple; Manu Temple; Manali Nature Park; Mall Road; Museum of Himachal Culture & Folk Art

Transportation Options: Bus, private car/taxi

Decked with some gorgeous landscapes, Manali is one of the best travel destinations located in Himachal Pradesh that tourists should get included in the itineraries of their family holiday packages in India. Replete with snow-capped mountains and pine forest, this place also has a lot of adventure avenues to let one indulge in thrilling activities. So, irrespective of whether one wants to enjoy nature, adventure, or just a relaxing sojourn, this place is going to cater interests of every kind of traveler.

What’s Special: Beautiful trekking trails, ski slopes, ski events

Nearby Attractions: Almora, Ranikhet

Major Attractions: Joshimath; Gurso Bugyal; Nanda Devi Peak

Fringed with dense forests, snow-clad mountains, and meadows, this hill station located in the Chamoli DIstrict can be a real treat to tourists of any age. Offering some astonishing views, here adventurous members of a family can partake in skiing, trekking, ropeway ride, and other activities, and have a memorable time with each other.

3. Rajasthan

What’s Special: Historical Forts & Palaces, culture. desert safari, festivals

Nearby Attractions: Gujarat, Delhi, Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore

Major Attractions: Udaipur; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Pushkar; Ajmer; Nikaner; Jaisalmer

Transportation Options: Flight, train, bus, private car/ taxi

If one is seeking a family vacation in India, Rajasthan might be the first name to pop-up in their mind. Dotted with some glorious palaces, magnificent forts, rich culture, bewitching desert areas, and wildlife, this place serves a bevy of offerings that can be enjoyed with family members.

What’s Special: Picturesque landscapes and mesmerizing valleys.

Nearby Attractions: Srinagar, Amritsar, Manali, Auli

Major Attractions: Gulmarg; Pahalgam; Sonamarg; Kargil; Pulwama; Shalimar Garden

Transportation Options: Flight, bus, private car/ taxi

If one is planning to escape the hot environs and bustling city life, then opting for summer vacation packages for family for Kashmir can be one of the best things to surprise their loved ones. Blessed with divine landscapes, this valley has alluring views, lush green mountains, cascading lakes, azure skies, and adventure to serve amongst its visitors. Come here, and do visit Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Srinagar, and Pahalgam for a memorable vacation.

What’s Special: Pristine beaches and water sports

Nearby Attractions: Pune, Bangalore, Mysore

Major Attractions: Dudhsagar Falls; Aguada Fort; Calangute Beach; Dona Paula Beach; Anjuna Beach; Basilica of Bom Jesus

Transportation Options: Flight, train, bus, private car/taxi

Famed for its palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters, azure skies, vibrant nightlife, scrumptious seafood, and adventure, Goa is not just a holiday destination for couples. The charm of sea, sun, and sand here knows how to beguile every tourist to extend their sojourn for a longer duration. Moreover, if a family loves to indulge in adventure and enjoy peaceful moments along splendid beaches, then no other destination can be a better option than this place.

What’s Special: Tea plantations and forested hills

Nearby Attractions: Mysore, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Ooty, Madurai

Major Attractions: Munnar, Alleppey, Kovalam, Thekkady, Kochi, Wayanad, Trivandrum

Transportation Options: Flight, train, bus, taxi

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Kerala is known for its sprawling lush landscapes, forested hill tops, tea-covered plantations, and toasted beaches. Embellished with picturesque backwaters and exquisite houseboats, this state is a famous rejuvenation spot for travellers across the world. With world-renowned ayurvedic retreats and much-famed breezy hill stations, Kerala offers a perfect getaway to family travellers.

What’s Special: Scenic views and gleaming mountainscapes.

Nearby Attractions: Kullu, Manali, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Kasauli

Major Attractions: The Ridge of Shimla. Jakhoo Hill, Christ Church, Green Valley, Mall Road, Kufri, Himalayan Bird Park

The largest city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is also the capital of Himachal and one of the most picturesque places in India. With impeccable colonial architecture, forest-clad hills, and scenic mountain views, this city is one of the most sought-after hill stations in the country. An idyllic destination for family vacation, Shimla offers pleasant weather and an array of prominent tourist attractions, including Green Valley, Jakhoo Hill, and Mall Road.

Be it a tropical island or the Swiss Alps, discover new destinations with your family with our various packages listed below -

Family tour packages for India offer a huge variety - one can choose a vacation in the backwaters of Kerala , the hills of Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir , the mesmerizing landscapes of Ladakh and Uttarakhand , the beaches of Goa , and the pristine beauty of Sikkim-Darjeeling-Gangtok .

Apart from the domestic destinations, people can also choose to hop on a holiday with their loved ones while booking international vacation packages for family. Explore magical landscapes of Europe, cherish the view of skyscrapers and enjoy the bird’s eye-view from the 148th floor of Burj Khalifa in Dubai, have an amazing experience at the famous Disneyland theme park of Singapore, savour some blissful moments along the splendid beaches of Thailand, or get on an excursion of any other international destination; we are here to serve our customers with a package of their choice, everytime. All they need to convey us their and their family members’ travel requirements, so as to help us come up with a tour itinerary that completely matches with their style of tourism. And, voila! Their tour plan is ready to take them off to their favourite travel destination in no time, and that too, while offering a bevy of travel facilities to make their excursion a hassle-free and memorable affair.

Explore our list of beautifully designed holiday packages which are a perfect blend of cultural experiences, exhilarating activities, natural beauty, and magnificent attractions; and get a chance to snap some of the best moments with loved ones. What’s more? With a plethora of some of the world’s best attractions representing the rich culture of a nation, explorers and history enthusiasts can also choose an international package of their choice, and get on a cultural tour with their family for an enchanting experience. There are plenty of travel destinations in and outside India that introduce people to a distinct culture, and thus help them get a new perspective, which is incredible.

Such family packages are specially crafted keeping in mind the needs of all age groups in the family. These packages include sightseeing and activities of various types, which are suitable for elders as well as children in the family. These packages also include historical, religious, and cultural tours of various cities which help children gain insights into the history and traditions of various cities, thus, helping them learn through traveling. Thus, when every family member has a different interest and they belong to a different age group, opting for a perfect itinerary that caters to the needs of distinct travelers is the best thing.

Similarly, international family tour packages have a wide range of options to explore the beaches of Thailand and Bali , the coral reefs of Australia , the sand dunes of Dubai , and the architectural marvels of Europe . The refreshing landscapes and the myriad tourist attractions across the world call out to the travelers for a fun-filled family holiday . Besides, tourists can explore wildlife sanctuaries , shopping malls, theme parks, water sports, adventure activities, and museums and monuments . Let’s take a look at what experiences these destinations have in store for their visitors.

Why Book Family Packages With Travel Triangle?

  • The  tour packages for family offered by TravelTriangle include some of the most popular tourist destinations across the globe. Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Australia , and Dubai are the best selling family holiday destinations .
  • Among the Indian destinations, family packages for Himachal , Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kashmir, and Goa are very popular.
  • Irrespective of the country that tourists plan to visit with the best family holiday packages , they can be assured of unlimited fun and beautiful times with their loved ones.
  • In addition, by exploring such a myriad range of destinations, they not only release their stress of everyday lives but also have their bonds strengthened with each other.
  • Spread across various physical features, every destination that vacationers visit with a carefully chosen package, they are introduced to a new magnitude that is unique and admirable in its own way.
  • Just like several destinations of the world, holidaymakers get a golden chance to witness the glamor and splendor of India with family holiday packages in India .

Looking to strengthen your family ties with travel to exotic places in India and abroad? Book our specially crafted tour itineraries for families to have a blast with your loved ones. Go through the detailed listings of family packages and pick the destination package suited best to your interests.

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Scintillating Maldives South Palm Package

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₹ 73,999/- ₹ 96,199/- Per Person on twin sharing

  • 4 Night stay at premium private island with airfare
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  • Addu City (5D)

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₹ 46,990/- ₹ 54,990/- per person on twin sharing.

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Bestselling Rishikesh Mussoorie Tour Package From Delhi

₹ 11,549/- ₹ 12,545/-.

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  • River Rafting
  • Hill station

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  • Rishikesh (1D)
  • Mussoorie (2D)

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₹ 39,999/- ₹ 43,157/-.

  • Ideal for families
  • Hong Kong (4D)

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Coorg Package For 2 Nights And 3 Days

₹ 16,200/- ₹ 17,802/-.

  • Coorg sightseeing
  • Raja’s Seat
  • Abbey Falls
  • Dubare Reserve Forest

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₹ 35,000/- ₹ 80,000/-.

  • Scuba Diving
  • Underwater World
  • Male City Tour
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₹ 33,200/- ₹ 36,484/-.

  • Cellular Jail
  • Light & Sound Show
  • Ross Island
  • Port Blair (4D)
  • Havelock (1D)

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Mesmerising Manali Trip Package From Chandigarh

₹ 9,500/- ₹ 10,440/-.

  • Hadimba Temple
  • Solang Valley
  • Rohtang Pass
  • Manali (3D)

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₹ 17,920/- ₹ 21,993/-.

  • Wildlife safari
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  • Historical Sites
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  • Hot Springs
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Go on an excursion to Shillong to witness the best of natural attraction

₹ 20,500/- ₹ 23,563/-.

  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Elephant Safari
  • Seven Sisters Falls
  • Kaziranga (2D)
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₹ 18,644/- ₹ 20,716/-.

  • Memorial Chorten
  • National Library
  • Shaba River Point
  • Historical Sightseeing
  • Thimphu (2D)

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  • Night Safari
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  • Seine River Cruise
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4 Nights 5 Days Sikkim Family Tour Package

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₹ 42,718/- ₹ 51,262/-.

  • Gangtok (4D)
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₹ 49,000/- ₹ 53,846/-, what is a family package.

A family package or a family tour package is a perfectly tailored trip curated with your family’s needs in mind, a personalised experience that will help you explore your favourite destinations. In our family packages, we make sure to add activities that the entire family can enjoy together and explore places that appeal to every age group.

Where should I go for a 3-day vacation with family in India?

When looking for a 3-day vacation with your family in India, several destinations can be perfect for a getaway. Some of the most popular places to visit in India are Srinagar, Ooty, Jaipur, Shimla, and Coorg.

Which is the best place to visit with family?

Several destinations in India are appealing for a family vacation including but not limited to Srinagar, Manali, Jaipur, Ooty, Goa, Mussoorie and Mount Abu.

Which destinations in the world are best for a fun family trip?

While there are several places in the world where you can easily go on a vacation, there are these few destinations which is fun when visited with family :

  • Kerala, India
  • Maribor, Slovenia
  • West Midlands, England
  • Puglia, Italy
  • Edinburg, Scotland
  • Brittany, France
  • Florida, USA
  • Bali & the Gili Islands, Indonesia
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Colorado, USA

Which places should I visit with my elderly parents for a family trip?

These are the top 5 places that you may visit with your parents on a family trip or a regular tour in general :

  • Napa Valley, California
  • Tulum, Mexico
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Playa Herradura, Costa Rica
  • Tuscany, Italy

How’s Singapore as a destination for a family vacation?

Singapore is one of the best family destinations in the world. There is plenty to do here for families, such as:

  • Gardens by the Bay
  • SEA Aquarium
  • Marina Bay Sands Light Show
  • Adventure Cove Water Park
  • Singapore Zoo
  • Jurong Bird Park
  • Admiralty Park
  • Farmart's Animal Corner
  • Singapore Flye

What beach destinations can be enjoyed with the entire family?

For the best family beaches, visit the below destinations:

  • Myrtle Beach in South Carolina, the USA
  • Santorini in Greece

Here you can enjoy plenty of safe water sports that can be partaken in with the family.

What all destinations in the world are great to enjoy a family vacation?

There are a plethora of countries and destinations that offer great entertainment and fun opportunities that a family can enjoy together. The theme parks in Singapore, historical tours in Paris and Rome, the cultural bazaars in India and Morocco, the great street food in Thailand, and much more - there’s plenty to experience for everyone.

Which are the best places to go with kids in India?

Out of so many travel destinations in India, these are the top 10 places that you must visit with kids :

What experiences can be worth indulging in to absorb the best of Kashmir with family?

When visiting Kashmir with family, there are plenty of things to do. Here are some of them:

  • Visit Alchi Monastery in Leh
  • Stay at a houseboat in Srinagar
  • Enjoy the solitude at Likir Monastery in Leh
  • See the flowers at Shalimar Bagh
  • Go horse riding at Betaab Valley

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Family tour packages offer a wide range of activities and attractions. With customizable family packages offered by TravelTriangle , travelers can pick and choose the destinations, attractions, and activities to include in their family trip plan

Things To Do At Different Places In And Outside India

  • The amusement parks of Singapore, Dubai , and Hong Kong are perfect for an outing with children. The Gondola cable car rides in Switzerland , banana boat rides in Bali, and jungle safaris in Thailand and Bali are very popular among those travelling with family.
  • Then there are Indian destinations like Kashmir and Himachal that offer a lot of fun-filled activities for children to enjoy. The Gondola cable car rides of Gulmarg and pony rides in the various valleys of Kashmir are enjoyed by children and parents alike. Shikara rides in Dal Lake in Kashmir , houseboat rides in the backwaters of Kerala , jungle safaris in Jim Corbett , and banana boat rides in Goa are also very popular.
  • There is no doubt that India is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. And, it always makes for the travel bucket list of every true explorer who loves to experience potpourri of distinct cultures, savor mouth-watering cuisines of different regions of the country, cherish natural beauty of its astonishing landscapes, and indulge in spirituality all at the same time. We have plenty of family travel packages for Indian cities that are meant to traverse people to a different world altogether.
  • Some of the best selling family packages include days at leisure. These can be utilized for shopping. The shopping malls and street markets of Paris, Milan, Italy, Bangkok, Dubai, Amsterdam , and Manchester are highly popular. So, people can grab a chance to take back some souvenirs while enjoying a tour of Italy, Dubai, or other such travel destinations. And, share their stories with their friends urging them to gather some beautiful memories like they did. 
  • Trips to Rome, Turkey, Sri Lanka , and England take you through ancient ruins, castles, forts , and museums . Similarly, there are many forts in Rajasthan to explore with family.

Tips For A Safe Family Tour

  • The first and foremost thing for a family tour is selecting the destination which best suits the needs of everyone in the family.
  • If you are travelling with kids, make sure there are a host of activities which will impart a learning experience to the kids.
  • It is important to plan everything ahead of time. For instance, if your flight is scheduled in the peak hours, leave your home at least 2-3 hours before the check-in time.
  • Carry all the necessary documents before you leave home. Make a check-list of the same to cross check once after you have finished packing.
  • Go through the weather forecast once before you finalize the travel date. You may choose to go either during the peak season or shoulder season, as per your convenience.
  • Research about the destination you wish to travel with your family. Learn a little about the culture of the place.
  • It is also important to know if the place is kids-friendly or not.
  • Pack all the essentials such as garments, medicines and emergency kit before you leave home.
  • Do not over pack when you are travelling with kids. You will have to take care of kids and a heavy luggage which will leave you exhausted.
  • Pre-book everything in advance if you are not reserving a package for family tour.

Further, each of these destinations offers a different kind of culture, experience, and cuisine. The family packages can be customized as per requirements and pocket size. In addition to all forms of transfers, travelers can avail best accommodations as well as guided sightseeing to make the family holiday experience truly enriching. 

Albeit, a solo expedition might be an adventure, but family tours are always fun. So, do not ponder much over planning a family vacation, just browse through our list of family tour packages , or let our travel experts recommend one that matches with the idea of every member of the family. And, get ready for an excursion that become a memoir for life.

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Bali Travel Guide

Last Updated: August 23, 2023

A rugged beach in Bali, Indonesia surrounded by green trees on a sunny day

Bali is a budget backpacker paradise. It’s one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia and a hub for travelers, yoga lovers, honeymooners, and digital nomads alike.

Not only does it cater to the budget-savvy vagabond, but the island offers plenty of options for the more affluent traveler as well.

While visiting Bali has become clichéd (many people visit to have an “Eat, Pray, Love” experience), I still find the island to be beautiful, budget-friendly, and full of things to do. The countryside is beautiful, the beaches ( outside of Kuta ) are picture perfect, there is great hiking, friendly locals, world-class dining, and it’s inexpensive.

I spent a month exploring the island and would happily go back and explore it again.

The trick to traveling Bali is to get away from Ubud and Kuta. Once you do so, you find a much calmer, cheaper, and less-busy island worth exploring where the touts don’t bother you and the empty beaches are yours to enjoy.

This travel guide to Bali can help you make the most of your visit, save money, get off the beaten path, and have the trip of a lifetime!

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
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Top 5 Things to See and Do in Bali

The lush green rice fields of Bali, Indonesia surrounded by towering jungle

1. Go scuba diving

While snorkeling is always an option here, Bali is best known for its phenomenal dive spots. The reefs here are beautiful and there is an amazing variety of fish to see. The wreck of a US cargo ship, Liberty, is a highly recommended spot, as is Manta Point off Nusa Penida. Mola mola (ocean sunfish) season runs from July to October and is also very popular with divers. Prices vary depending on the dive site location and where you’re staying, but expect to pay at least 1,500,000 IDR for a two-tank dive.

2. Visit a Hindu temple

The island of Bali is covered in temples. There are at least three in every city and they are considered to be the most iconic attractions. The most prominent temples are the nine directional temples (built for pilgrimages and which allow tourist entry except to the inner sanctum) and the Besakih Temple (Mother Temple) to the east of the island. Mother Temple is a huge temple complex located on the sacred Mount Agung, an active volcano. The climb takes several hours, and most people arrange this as a tour since you need a vehicle to reach the trailhead. Prices start around 320,000 IDR per person. Since it is a holy mountain, climbing can be off-limits during certain times of the year.

3. Take a trip to Nusa Lembongan

Located right off the coast of Bali, this little island is a good alternative to the craziness that is Bali. In fact, it’s where lots of residents go to escape! Nusa Penida is the most developed of the three Nusa islands and you can actually cross to Nusa Ceningan via a bright yellow footbridge. The beaches aren’t great here but the surfing is really good, with some of the best breaks in Bali. The diving is also excellent here and it’s cheaper than on the mainland.

4. Learn about Balinese Culture in Ubud

Ubud is the second most popular tourist area and it can get crazy busy, but it’s still the best place to learn about Balinese culture. There are a number of beautiful temples, numerous historical sites, dance shows, and some of the best food on the island. Head to Tegalalang Village to see the famous rice terraces as well as interact with the local farmers and artists who live there.

5. Hike Mount Batur

Many travelers hike up this 1,700-meter (5,577-foot) volcano for the sweeping vistas and stunning sunrise it offers. The climb only takes a couple of hours, and there are plenty of guides available to lead the way (you have to use a guide to be allowed to climb). Expect to pay around 400,000 IDR per person for a guide.

Other Things to See and Do in Bali

1. try some adventure sports.

There are tons of adventurous activities to do in Bali. You can go paragliding, white water rafting, hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, horseback riding, jungle trekking, and even treetop zip-lining. Prices vary, though they are all quite affordable. Paragliding, for example, costs around 650,000 IDR per person for a tandem glide while zip-lining costs around 1,300,000 IDR.

2. Visit the hot springs

There are several hot springs on the island where you can relax and pamper yourself. In the northeastern mountains, there are some on the shores of Lake Batur. Another good spot is Air Banjar, which is located on the northern coast of the island near Lovina. It is incredibly energizing to sit in these natural pools while you take in the lush, beautiful landscape all around you. Admission varies but expect to pay around 200,000 IDR.

3. Visit the spa

Bali is the perfect place to re-energize by pampering yourself and releasing bottled-up stress and tension. Balinese massage is one of the most relaxing in the world, and there are a number of Balinese spa treatments which involve the use of various herbs and spices. Prices vary depending on what you purchase but expect to pay at least 200,000 IDR for a massage (it should cost less on the beach).

4. Party in Kuta

Kuta is kind of like the Tijuana of Bali. The streets are narrow here and there are hundreds of stalls selling faux-brand ripoffs and novelty souvenirs. There are plenty of hostels and lots of bars that cater to the younger backpacker crowd. If you’re looking to party, this is the best spot on the island to do so. Personally, I hate Kuta and think there are a lot of better places on the island. But if you want to party on a budget, this is the place.

5. Watch the monkeys

Located in Ubud, the Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and sacred area with temples. It’s very touristy, and a lot of people break the rules and feed the monkeys, which teaches them bad habits so don’t do that! Still, it’s exciting to watch all of the long-tailed macaques running around and playing with each other. Admission is 80,000 IDR.

6. Watch a Buffalo Race

Chances are, after a few days in Bali, you will have seen the water buffalo working in the various fields. In Negara, locals riding chariots race buffaloes every second Sunday from July to October. Negara is a bit out of the way and the races take place at 7am, so you probably should arrange accommodation for the night before. Nevertheless, it’s a peculiar spectacle and something you won’t likely see anywhere else!

7. Stretch it out

There are tons of world-class yoga retreat centers all around Bali, offering both single classes and multi-day retreats as well as training courses. If you need to relax, destress, and stay healthy this is a great place to do it! Expect to pay around 4,750,000 IDR for a 3-day retreat and upwards of 40,000,000 IDR for a 200-hour teacher training course. Drop-in classes are usually around 150,000 IDR.

8. Take a surfing lesson

You don’t even have to leave the airport to know that Bali is a surfing destination; you’ll see tons of surfboards being picked up at baggage claim. The best thing about surfing in Bali is that there’s something on offer for all abilities and on any stretch of the coast. Bring your own board or hire one for 150,000 IDR per day. If you’re new to surfing, a one-hour lesson costs around 350,000 IDR (including a board rental).

9. Learn to cook

The food scene in Bali has developed a lot in recent years and you can easily find some really high-quality restaurants all over the island. Sometimes getting back to the basics is best, though, and nothing really beats learning how to make authentic local dishes liked nasi goreng (fried rice), satay (skewered grilled meat with a peanut sauce), or sambal (a chili sauce or paste) so you can recreate the dishes when you’re back at home. Class lengths vary between a short 2-hour class all the way up to a 9-hour full-day class including a market visit. Classes cost around 350,000 IDR.

10. Join a beach clean-up

The amount of trash that ends up on Bali’s beaches is infuriating. Use your time to give back to the local community by joining a beach clean-up. There are clean-ups all over the island so it’s easy to find one close to where you’re staying. If you’re visiting in February, One Island One Voice organizes Bali’s biggest annual clean-up, with some 70,000 people spread out over 560 locations.

  For more information on other destinations in Indonesia, check out these guides:

  • Gili Islands Travel Guide

Bali Travel Costs

A stunning beach alongside the rugged cliffs and coast of Bali, Indonesia

Accommodation – Hostels usually cost around 75,000-200,000 IDR per night but they can be found as low as 55,000 IDR in the shoulder-season. Most hostels don’t offer private rooms, though free WiFi and free breakfast are generally included.

If you are looking for a cheap guesthouse or a budget hotel, expect to pay around 375,000-800,000 IDR per night for a double room. This generally includes free WiFi and breakfast. For a hotel with a pool, expect to spend at least 600,000 IDR per night.

Airbnb is available here too, with prices starting at around 350,000 IDR per night for an entire home or apartment. Private rooms cost around 180,000 IDR per night. Be sure to book your Airbnb in advance, otherwise, expect these prices to double (or triple).

If you’re looking for luxury, Bali also has some of the most expensive hotels in the world, many costing over 13,000,000 IDR per night.

Food – Lots of dishes here have a rice (nasi) or noodle (mie) base and, in some cases, that’s the whole dish, such as with nasi ayam (chicken rice). Be sure to try the Balinese take on satay (where the meat is minced and wrapped on skewers) and babi guling , a delicious suckling pig that is roasted for hours. Another popular choice is oxtail soup. Be mindful that the food here can be a little spicy.

Local cuisine is extremely cheap, usually under 10,000 IDR for street food. A basic restaurant meal costs closer to 25,000 IDR. Western food is a lot more expensive but is still affordable at around 125,000 IDR for a meal and a drink.

Fast food (think McDonald’s) costs around 55,000 IDR for a combo meal deal while a beer at the bar is around 45,000 IDR. Expect to pay 17,000 IDR for a bottle of water.

If you plan on cooking your own meals, a week’s worth of groceries costs between 500,000-700,000 IDR. Be sure to stick to local food items, as imported foods like wine, cheese, chicken, and beef are super expensive. Buying them often ruins your budget.

Bali Suggested Budgets

On a backpacker budget of 425,000 IDR per day, you can stay in a hostel dorm, eat some street food, cook some meals, rent a bicycle to get around, and do a few activities like hiking or seeing a Balinese dance. It’s really easy to do Bali on a budget if you stay in cheap guesthouses, eat local, and stick to the less expensive activities.

On a mid-range budget of 1,100,000 IDR per day, you can eat out at more restaurants, stay in a budget hotel or a private hostel room, rent a scooter to get around, drink more, enjoy some massages, and take more tours.

On a “luxury” budget of 2,350,000 IDR or more per day, you can stay at a nicer hotel or villa, take taxis or private minivans around the island, eat Western food, drink more, and do any adventure activities you want. This is just the ground floor for luxury, however. The sky is the limit!

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages — some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in IDR.

Bali Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Bali can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. This is the land of cheap backpackers, honeymooners, top-of-the-line expensive resorts, and yoga retreats. It caters to every travel style. If you’re looking to save money while visiting, here are some tips and tricks that help you lower your costs:

  • Eat local food – You can pick up tasty local fare for around 10,000-15,000 IDR. Stay far away from Western restaurants if you want to save money!
  • Bargain – Nothing is ever at face value in Indonesia. Bargain hard and bargain often. Don’t ever pay the first price you were quoted (but don’t be a jerk either).
  • Head north – The southern area of Bali (Kuta, Ubud, Seminyak) is the most popular (and most expensive) part of the island. If you head to the beaches in the north or northeast part of Bali, prices are much cheaper and you can find better deals on accommodation.
  • Save money on rideshares – Uber and Grab are cheaper than taxis and are the best way to get around a city if you don’t want to wait for a bus or pay for a taxi. Just be aware that Ubers can be much harder to find in quieter areas.
  • Drink cheap – Save money on alcohol by hitting the happy hours or just buying your drinks at a local store instead of the bar. This is the cheapest way to drink.
  • Bring a filtered water bottle – Bali has a waste problem, and much of it gets burned. You’ll see (and smell) it during your visit. Bring a reusable water bottle with a filter to save money — and the environment. I like Lifestraw .

Where to Stay in Bali

Bali has tons of fun, affordable, and social hostels and guesthouses. Here are my favorites places to stay on the island:

  • Tribal Bali (Canggu)
  • PADI Backpackers House (Ubud)
  • Kememai Hostel (Ubud)
  • Warung Coco Hostel (Kuta)
  • M Boutique Hostel (Seminyak)
  • Capsule Hotel Bali – New Seminyak (Seminyak)

For more recommendations, check out this list of the best hostels in Bali.

How to Get Around Bali

An ancient pagoda along the water in beautiful Bali, Indonesia

Bemos & buses – Bemos are a minibus or a van that carries around 12 people in very tight quarters. They’re not widely used by visitors because they’re usually real time consuming. However, they’re cheap and most rides are around 5,000 IDR.

Tourist buses are a great way to get around, and they’re very affordable. They usually have air-conditioning, and some have Wi-Fi. There are signs in most areas offering these services. Kura-Kura Bus and Perama are the two biggest tourist bus operators. Kuta to Lovina costs 250,000 IDR, while Denpasar to Kuta is just 30,000 IDR. Kuta to Ubud is 100,000 IDR.

Taxis – Taxis are essential for getting around Bali, and they’re cheap. The starting rate is around 7,000 IDR and then 5,000-15,000 IDR per kilometer. You can also find drivers all over the island willing to take you wherever you want to go. A car from Ubud to Padangbai (where you get the boat to Lombok and Gili) costs around 300,000 IDR while an airport transfer to Seminyak or Canggu should cost around the same.

Bluebird Taxis are available in most places, and they’re the most dependable company for metered taxis and English-speaking drivers. There’s a smartphone app that makes ordering a taxi simple and convenient.

Grab (an Uber offspring) is a household name in Southeast Asia. It, too, is convenient, but it sometimes costs even more than a taxi. Go-Jek is a similar option and it also offers motorbike ride shares.

Bicycle – Bicycles are available for rent all around the island, usually costing 50,000 IDR per day for a basic bicycle.

Motorcycles and scooters – Motorbikes are quintessential to the Bali experience, and it’s not uncommon to see whole families riding one together! Motorbikes are so common here because they make it easier to weave in and out of congested traffic.

Scooter rentals are available around the island for as little as 90,000 IDR per day while motorbikes cost about 300,000 IDR a day. You should be an experienced driver for this option though as accidents are very common.

Ferry – Getting to and from Bali is easy via ferry. Ferries start around 15,000 IDR for a ticket from East Java to West Bali, and the rates go up from there for other routes. Bali (Padang Bai) to Lombok is about 500,000 IDR (one way) on the fast ferry or 60,000 IDR on the slow boat (which takes around 8 hours), while Bali to the Gili Islands is 300,000-350,000 IDR (one way) on a speedboat.

When to Go to Bali

Bali has a warm, tropical climate year-round with just two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season lasts from April to September while the rainy season occurs from October to the end of March. The average daily temperature year-round is 28°C (80°F). The high season is from July and August as well as through the Easter holidays and Christmas holidays (about December 11th to January 1st). Bali is busiest during this time, and prices are the highest.

In Bali’s mountainous areas, temperatures are much cooler and there is more rainfall than along the coast. If you plan on spending time in the mountains you need to pack appropriate clothing.

Overall, the best time to visit is between May and September when it’s dry and sunny. It’s still pleasant to visit during the rainy season as rainfall usually comes as fast and intense downpours that only last a few hours. In Bali, the extremes between seasons aren’t drastic.

The dry season is the best time to climb the volcanoes, participate in water sports, and the best time to dive is from April to September.

How to Stay Safe in Bali

Bali is an incredibly safe place to backpack and travel — even if you’re traveling solo — as violent crime is rare. Petty theft (including bag snatching) is the most common type of crime in Indonesia. Theft is also very common on public transit. It’s easy for thieves to grab your wallet or purse when you’re distracted by all the chaos around you. Stay alert and always keep your valuables out of reach.

Solo female travelers should generally feel safe here but the standard precautions apply (never leave your drink unattended at the bar, never walk home alone intoxicated, etc.). There’s a lot of partying here so you’ll want to keep an eye out at night. There are countless solo female travel blogs out there that can give you specific information on how to stay safe.

Credit card fraud is common in Indonesia so it’s always best to pay with cash when possible. To avoid getting your information stolen at an ATM, enter a reputable bank to withdraw money from there.

When out and about, make sure you don’t keep all your cash on you. Take what you need for the day and keep the rest secure in your accommodation just to be safe.

If you take a taxi, remember that not all prices in Bali are fixed. Make sure the driver turns on the meter when you get in, or agree on the price upfront to avoid any misunderstandings.

To avoid some of the common scams on the island, read about common travel scams to avoid here .

If you experience an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.

When in doubt, always trust your instincts. If a taxi driver seems shady, get out. If your hotel or accommodation is seedier than you thought, go somewhere else. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID, in case of an emergency.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. You can use the widget below to find the policy right for you:

Bali Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Agoda – Other than Hostelworld, Agoda is the best hotel accommodation site for Asia.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.

Bali Travel Guide: Related Articles

Want more info? Check out all the articles I’ve written on Indonesia and Bali travel and continue planning your trip:

The 6 Best Hostels in Bali

The 6 Best Hostels in Bali

Is Southeast Asia Safe for Travelers?

Is Southeast Asia Safe for Travelers?

A Visitor’s Guide to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

A Visitor’s Guide to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

Kuta Beach: The Worst Place in Bali

Kuta Beach: The Worst Place in Bali

How to Visit Borobudur in Indonesia

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7 Best Cruises for Singles in 2024

Updated : May 29, 2024

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  • Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand
  • Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords
  • Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure
  • Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury
  • Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral
  • Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal
  • Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

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With many cruise lines now catering to the single crowd, going on a cruise as a single adult can be a great way to meet interesting people to make new friends, new connections and lifelong memories.

No matter what you envision from your dream singles cruise, you can find a ship and a series of destinations that will create unforgettable memories. There are a lot of options to explore, however and the sheer range of choices can quickly feel overwhelming. To help, we've highlighted several of the best cruises for singles. Keep reading to learn what, exactly, sets these expeditions apart. 

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1. Celebrity Millennium: Bali, Malaysia and Thailand

Many singles gravitate towards exciting adventures in exotic destinations such as Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, which hold appeal simply because they provide such distinct scenery and such powerful cultural experiences.

Not all singles are willing or prepared to navigate these destinations on their own, however and this is where the Celebrity Millennium comes into play: an upscale cruise removes the hassle of planning and, instead, encourages you to relax in style.

This particular Celebrity Millennium adventure spans nearly two weeks, incorporating a unique blend of serene island adventures, cosmopolitan exploration and meaningful temple visits. Onboard, globally inspired menus and resort-style lounges are to be expected, along with plenty of adults-only spaces that will appeal to singles. 

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2. Celebrity Apex: Norwegian Fjords

If Norway's iconic fjords are on your bucket list, you can't afford to miss this awe-inspiring Celebrity Apex trip . Departing from Southampton, the eight-night cruise meanders along the coast of Norway, hitting pleasant spots such as Geiranger or Kristiansand for spectacular scenery and outdoor adventures. Side trips are available and, with up to ten hours docked, there is plenty of time to explore at your own pace.

Accommodation options abound and, when traveling alone, the staterooms' king-size mattresses feel extra spacious. An adults-only solarium will appeal to relaxation-oriented solo travelers, while abundant dining and entertainment options make it easy to find and connect with new friends. 

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3. Celebrity Summit: Grand Heartland Adventure

If you're struggling to choose between glamorous onboard experiences and outdoorsy experiences on land, you're in luck: Celebrity Summit provides the best of both worlds with its various Cruisetour offerings. There are many excellent options that depart from Vancouver, Anchorage or Fairbanks — but the Grand Heartland Adventure is worth considering if you crave something new.

During the Grand Heartland Cruisetour, you'll explore the stunning Inside Passage by cruise ship, before docking in adventure-oriented destinations such as Juneau and Sitka. From there, you'll continue to observe national treasures such as the Hubbard Glacier. Further exploration takes place aboard a glass-domed railcar and even a riverboat.

There's also a lot to experience onboard. The AquaClass stateroom represents a true oasis for single travelers, but the exclusive cocktail lounge and martini bar also warrant a visit. With nearly two weeks of cruising and exploration, you'll have plenty of time to unwind on your own but can also form fast friendships with similarly adventurous travelers. 

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4. Celebrity Edge: Taste of Luxury

Cruises for singles over 50 often emphasize the finer things in life, like elevated cuisine or exquisite wines. These sophisticated details are in abundant supply aboard the Celebrity Edge, which offers a decidedly elegant experience with its Taste of Luxury tour. Although often frequented by retired couples, Celebrity Edge's trips work well as singles cruises.

Available for three or four nights, this remarkable journey begins in Sydney and primarily emphasizes curated on-board experiences. That being said, there are enticing opportunities to explore while docked in Tasmania. With such glamorous suites, restaurants and clubs on board, however, the best attractions can be enjoyed without ever leaving this luxury cruise ship. 

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5. Disney Wish: Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral

Don't assume that Disney cruise adventures are only for kids or families. If you are a proud Disney adult, you can make amazing memories aboard a thematic cruise for singles. This is a popular vacation among theme park enthusiasts, who enjoy a dose of Disney magic while also finding valuable opportunities to indulge and relax.

Disney Wish's three-night Bahamian cruise is also an excellent option for singles who crave a sea-based experience but only have a few days to spare. Yes, young travelers will be around, but there are plenty of adult-only spaces, including sports bars, dance clubs, dedicated pools and even an onboard spa and salon. Musicals, 3D films and fireworks encourage you to embrace your inner child. 

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6. Oceania Cruises: In the Path of Cartier — Boston to Montreal

As we've mentioned, smaller ships provide some of the best cruises for singles over 50. Not everyone desires a river-based trip, however and with Oceania Cruises , there is no need to choose between exclusivity and ocean liner grandeur.

A signature experience can be found aboard Oceania Cruises' iconic Nautica ship, which is calming, yet elegant. Echoing the journey of the famed explorer Jacques Cartier, this tour provides a powerful introduction to Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

The land-based excursions are highly educational and, of course, beautiful to behold, but there's also a lot to love on board. Belgian chocolate, Bulgari amenities and turndown service await, with many accommodations also providing spectacular views. Open-seating dining makes it easy to interact with other vacationers while wine-tasting and guest lectures promise plenty of onboard enrichment. 

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7. Oceania Riviera: Ancient World Wonders — Athens to Istanbul

Another appealing option for singles who prefer slightly smaller ships, Oceania Cruises' Ancient World Wonders tour provides stops at some of the world's most iconic locations, such as Santorini and Corfu. Adventures in Dubrovnik and Istanbul can also be expected. On board this remarkable vessel, you'll gaze in awe at the Lalique Grand Staircase and, in general, enjoy a refined ambiance.

Be prepared to try new flavors and forms of expression as you explore unique offerings such as the Artist Loft and Culinary Center. Deep relaxation awaits at the Aquamar Spa or within your luxuriously contemporary stateroom or suite. This ten-night voyage provides plenty of time to lose yourself in the grandeur of the ship and the treasures of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Turkey.

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These beautiful coastal destinations offer top-notch beach living on a budget.

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Many dream of waking up to the soothing sound of crashing waves, but with inflation and real estate prices driving up the cost of living , few can afford to move to a beach town. However, this doesn't mean you have to abandon your fantasy, as plenty of oceanfront communities across the globe offer affordable housing and good-value living.

And while the cost of living also largely depends on your spending habits, the beach towns we've highlighted below guarantee your dollar will stretch much further without sacrificing the little pleasures like eating out, enjoying cultural activities and events, and taking advantage of everything the destination has to offer.

So, whether you're planning your retirement or want to try the digital nomad lifestyle , we've found 10 budget-friendly places around the world — both small and large — where surf, sand, and sun are pretty much a given 365 days of the year.

To compile this list, we consulted experts from International Living, specializing in life overseas, as well as multiple reports on the cost of living in cities worldwide. And, of course, be sure to check the visa requirements for your beach destination of choice before packing up.

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The capital of Penang, an island off Malaysia's west coast, is a vibrant city famous for its historic attractions and colonial architecture, which were recognized by UNESCO and included in the organization's list of World Heritage Sites in 2008. The city is also known for its street art, vibrant nightlife, and diverse population, reflected in its eclectic dining scene that blends Malay, Chinese, and Indian influences.

According to data by International Living, a couple can live on a monthly budget of $1,760, whereas $2,500 will get you a place in a luxury high-rise with an ocean view and resort-like amenities.

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Known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia offers a fantastic food scene, striking architecture, and affordable living, regularly placing it among the best beach destinations to live in Europe .

The city has several golden-sand beaches and is a short flight from the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, and Menorca (or a five to seven-hour ferry ride ).

A couple renting a two-bedroom apartment in downtown Valencia can live comfortably on a monthly budget of $2,635, according to International Living .

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Last year, this underrated beach destination ranked among the most affordable communities in Mexico for expats . GoBankingRates calculated a single person would need less than $1,300 per month to live comfortably here, and that number includes rent. The company also noted the average one-bedroom apartment in the city center costs about $620 per month.

The city, which already has a sizable expat community, is home to a beautiful historic area, more than 10 miles of beaches (including several on the three islands off its coast), and many music events throughout the year.

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

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Bali's picture-perfect beaches and laid-back lifestyle have attracted many expats, but if you're looking for one of the most affordable destinations on the island, consider Canggu. This increasingly popular village on Bali's south coast is close to some of the island's most important temples, plus it's surrounded by scenic rice paddies and banana plantations.

You can expect to spend under $1,500 per month here, of which $800 goes toward renting a two-bedroom villa , according to International Living.

Hua Hin, Thailand

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A former fishing village, Hua Hin is now the preferred seaside getaway for both locals and visitors, thanks to its picture-perfect beaches, golf courses, seafood restaurants, lively night market, and temples. And while the destination has many urban conveniences, if you miss the vibrancy of a big city, Bangkok is about a three-hour drive away and easy to visit for a weekend.

International Living points out couples in Hua Hin can live comfortably on a monthly budget of $2,000, which covers eating out a few times a week, groceries, entertainment, and renting a one- or two-bedroom apartment.

Varna, Bulgaria

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Located on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, north of Greece and Turkey, Varna is a midsized city offering access to scenic beaches, museums, an aquarium, a lively garden, many resorts, and an international airport. The region is an up-and-coming luxury destination on the Balkan peninsula, with a presence from global hospitality brands like Meliá. Nobu recently announced plans to open a property in the area as well. And golf enthusiasts can practice their swing at one of the most scenic courses in the region at Thracian Cliffs, which overlooks the Black Sea.

According to local data, a furnished two-bedroom apartment in Varna costs around $655 monthly and about the same for other expenses . Bulgaria, overall, was named one of the best places to invest in real estate by Sothebys in 2023 .

Lagos, Portugal

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The Algarve region of Portugal is a magnet for expats, thanks to its sun-drenched beaches , delicious cuisine, and many charming villages and small towns. Lagos, in particular, is a popular choice as it offers urban amenities with the laid-back lifestyle of a resort town, including a vibrant nightlife scene, excellent shopping, and a marina.

International Living experts estimate a couple will need a monthly budget of about $2,080, inclusive of rent.

Toulon, France

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This city along the Mediterranean may not be as well known as Marseille or Nice, which is precisely what makes it appealing as a home base. As the gateway to Provence, Toulon is an ideal destination for sampling the region's delicious food and admiring its stunning scenery. Residents enjoy plenty of sunshine throughout the year, beautiful historic architecture, plenty of cafes and restaurants, and a thriving arts scene. With several beaches in and around the city, you're never too far from a stretch of sand.

Capital.fr reports the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Toulon is $16 per square meter (or about $600 per month), plus approximately $150 for electricity and heating .

Azores, Portugal

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Island living in the middle of the Atlantic? Sign us up. The Azores is a much calmer, less crowded, and more affordable alternative to Portugal's mainland. The nine islands comprising the archipelago boast dramatic landscapes with volcanoes, lagoons, thermal springs, and small towns where life moves at a slower pace.

Although certain goods may cost more because they're imported, living in the Azores is generally less expensive than on the mainland, at around $1,500 per month. In the capital, Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel, monthly costs are about $1,200 if you're single and $2,850 for a family of four, according to Expatistan.com .

Puerto Morelos, Mexico

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The Riviera Maya is a bustling vacation and second-home destination where housing isn't exactly cheap these days, but if you're searching for an affordable alternative in the area, the small fishing village of Puerto Morelos, located between Playa del Carmen and Cancun, is your best bet.

In contrast to its more famous neighbors, this Caribbean community is more laid-back and relaxed, offering plenty of opportunities to stay active. At the same time, thanks to its proximity to Cancun (the city is about a one-hour drive away), residents have access to quality health care and other urban amenities.

International Living notes a couple can live here on $1,700 a month, of which rent accounts for $500 to $700, depending on the apartment.

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  • Section 2 - Interactions Between Travel Vaccines & Drugs
  • Section 2 - Travelers’ Diarrhea

Yellow Fever Vaccine & Malaria Prevention Information, by Country

Cdc yellow book 2024.

Author(s): Mark Gershman, Rhett Stoney (Yellow Fever) Holly Biggs, Kathrine Tan (Malaria)

The following pages present country-specific information on yellow fever (YF) vaccine requirements and recommendations, and malaria transmission information and prevention recommendations. Country-specific maps are included to aid in interpreting the information. The information in this chapter was accurate at the time of publication; however, it is subject to change at any time due to changes in disease transmission or, in the case of YF, changing entry requirements for travelers. Updated information reflecting changes since publication can be found in the online version of this book and on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travelers’ Health website. Recommendations for prevention of other travel-associated illnesses can also be found on the CDC Travelers’ Health website .

Yellow Fever Vaccine

Entry requirements.

Entry requirements for proof of YF vaccination under the International Health Regulations (IHR) differ from CDC’s YF vaccination recommendations. Under the IHR, countries are permitted to establish YF vaccine entry requirements to prevent the importation and transmission of YF virus within their boundaries. Certain countries require proof of vaccination from travelers arriving from all countries ( Table 5-25 ); some countries require proof of vaccination only for travelers above a certain age coming from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines areas with risk for YF virus transmission as countries or areas where YF virus activity has been reported currently or in the past, and where vectors and animal reservoirs exist.

Unless issued a medical waiver by a yellow fever vaccine provider, travelers must comply with entry requirements for proof of vaccination against YF.

WHO publishes a list of YF vaccine country entry requirements and recommendations for international travelers approximately annually. But because entry requirements are subject to change at any time, health care professionals and travelers should refer to the online version of this book and the CDC Travelers’ Health website for any updates before departure.

CDC Recommendations

CDC’s YF vaccine recommendations are guidance intended to protect travelers from acquiring YF virus infections during international travel. These recommendations are based on a classification system for destination-specific risk for YF virus transmission: endemic, transitional, low potential for exposure, and no risk ( Table 2-08 ). CDC recommends YF vaccination for travel to areas classified as having endemic or transitional risk (Maps 5-10 and 5-11 ). Because of changes in YF virus circulation, however, recommendations can change; therefore, before departure, travelers and clinicians should check CDC’s destination pages for up-to-date YF vaccine information.

Duration of Protection

In 2015, the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices published a recommendation that 1 dose of YF vaccine provides long-lasting protection and is adequate for most travelers. The recommendation also identifies specific groups of travelers who should receive additional doses, and others for whom additional doses should be considered (see Sec. 5, Part 2, Ch. 26, Yellow Fever ). In July 2016, WHO officially amended the IHR to stipulate that a completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis is valid for the lifetime of the vaccinee, and YF vaccine booster doses are not necessary. Moreover, countries cannot require proof of revaccination (booster) against YF as a condition of entry, even if the traveler’s last vaccination was >10 years ago.

Ultimately, when deciding whether to vaccinate travelers, clinicians should take into account destination-specific risks for YF virus infection, and individual risk factors (e.g., age, immune status) for serious YF vaccine–associated adverse events, in the context of the entry requirements. See Sec. 5, Part 2, Ch. 26, Yellow Fever , for a full discussion of YF disease and vaccination guidance.

Table 2-08 Yellow fever (YF) vaccine recommendation categories 1

Malaria prevention.

The following recommendations to protect travelers from malaria were developed using the best available data from multiple sources. Countries are not required to submit malaria surveillance data to CDC. On an ongoing basis, CDC actively solicits data from multiple sources, including WHO (main and regional offices); national malaria control programs; international organizations; CDC overseas offices; US military; academic, research, and aid organizations; and the published scientific literature. The reliability and accuracy of those data are also assessed.

If the information is available, trends in malaria incidence and other data are considered in the context of malaria control activities within a given country or other mitigating factors (e.g., natural disasters, wars, the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic) that can affect the ability to control malaria or accurately count and report it. Factors such as the volume of travel to that country and the number of acquired cases reported in the US surveillance system are also examined. In developing its recommendations, CDC considers areas within countries where malaria transmission occurs, substantial occurrences of antimalarial drug resistance, the proportions of species present, and the available malaria prophylaxis options.

Clinicians should use these recommendations in conjunction with an individual risk assessment and consider not only the destination but also the detailed itinerary, including specific cities, types of accommodations, season, and style of travel, as well as special health conditions (e.g., pregnancy). Several medications are available for malaria prophylaxis. When deciding which drug to use, consider the itinerary and length of trip, travelers’ previous adverse reactions to antimalarials, drug allergies, medical history, and drug costs. For a thorough discussion of malaria and guidance for prophylaxis, see Sec. 5, Part 3, Ch. 16, Malaria .

Afghanistan

Entry requirements : None

CDC recommendations : Not recommended

  • All areas <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation (April–December)
  • Chloroquine
  • P. vivax  (primarily)
  • P. falciparum (less commonly)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

Other Vaccines to Consider

See Health Information for Travelers to Afghanistan

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission 1

No malaria transmission

See Health Information for Travelers to Albania

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

See Health Information for Travelers to Algeria

American Samoa (US)

See Health Information for Travelers to American Samoa

See Health Information for Travelers to Andorra

Entry requirements : Required for arriving travelers  ≥9 months old

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old

  • P. falciparum (primarily)
  • P. malariae , P. ovale , and P. vivax (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Angola

Anguilla (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Anguilla (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Antarctica

Antigua and Barbuda

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

See Health Information for Travelers to Antigua and Barbuda

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to Corrientes and Misiones Provinces. Generally not recommended for travel to Formosa Province or to designated areas of Chaco, Jujuy, and Salta Provinces. Not recommended for travel limited to provinces and areas not listed above.

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Map 2-01 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Argentina & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Argentina

See Health Information for Travelers to Armenia

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Entry will be denied if a valid vaccination certificate cannot be provided.

See Health Information for Travelers to Aruba

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Travelers arriving from the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador are exempt from this requirement.

See Health Information for Travelers to Australia

See Health Information for Travelers to Austria

See Health Information for Travelers to Azerbaijan

Azores (Portugal)

See Health Information for Travelers to Azores

Bahamas, The

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

See Health Information for Travelers to The Bahamas

See Health Information for Travelers to Bahrain

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Districts of Chittagong Hill Tract (Bandarban, Khagrachari, and Rangamati); and the following districts: Chattogram (Chittagong) and Cox’s Bazar (in Chattogram [Chittagong] Division); Mymensingh, Netrakona, and Sherpur (in Mymensingh Division); Kurigram (in Rangpur Division); Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Sunamganj, and Sylhet (in Sylhet Division)
  • No malaria transmission in Dhaka (the capital)
  • P. falciparum (90%)
  • P. vivax (10%)
  • P. malariae  (rare)

See Health Information for Travelers to Bangladesh

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Travelers arriving from Guyana or Trinidad & Tobago are exempt from this requirement, unless an outbreak is occurring.

See Health Information for Travelers to Barbados

See Health Information for Travelers to Belarus

See Health Information for Travelers to Belgium

  • Rare transmission
  • No malaria transmission in Belize City or on islands frequented by tourists (e.g., Ambergris Caye)
  • P. vivax (primarily)
  • None (insect bite precautions / mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Belize

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥9 months old

  • P. falciparum  (primarily)
  • P. malariae ,  P. ovale,  and  P. vivax  (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Benin

Bermuda (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Bermuda (U.K.)

  • Rare cases in rural areas <1,700 m (≈5,500 ft) elevation in districts along the southern border shared with India
  • P. falciparum  (less commonly)
  • None (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Bhutan

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, east of the Andes Mountains: the entire departments of Beni, Pando, Santa Cruz, and designated areas in the departments of Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, and Tarija. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation and any areas not listed above, including the cities of La Paz (administrative capital) and Sucre (constitutional [legislative and judicial] capital).

  • All areas <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation
  • No malaria transmission in La Paz (administrative capital)
  • P. vivax  (99%)
  • P. falciparum  (1%)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3

Map 2-02. Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Bolivia & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Bolivia

See Health Information for Travelers to Bonaire

Bosnia and Herzegovina

See Health Information for Travelers to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes transits through countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Districts/ subdistricts of Bobirwa, Boteti, Chobe (including Chobe National Park), Ghanzi, Mahalapye, Ngamiland (Ngami), North East (including its capital, Francistown), Okavango, Serowe/ Palapye, and Tutume
  • Rare cases or sporadic foci of transmission in districts/ subdistricts of Kgalagadi North, Kgatleng, Kweneng, and Southern
  • No malaria transmission in Gaborone (the capital)
  • P. malariae ,  P. ovale , and  P. vivax  (less commonly)
  • Districts/subdistricts of Bobirwa, Boteti, Chobe (including Chobe National Park), Ghanzi, Mahalapye, Ngamiland (Ngami), North-East (including its capital, Francistown), Okavango, Serowe/Palapye, and Tutume: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • Areas with rare cases or sporadic foci of transmission: no chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Botswana

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city, Brasília), Espírito Santo,* Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraná,* Piauí, Rio de Janeiro (including the city of Rio de Janeiro and all coastal islands),* Rio Grande do Sul,* Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina,* São Paulo (including the city of São Paulo and all coastal islands),* Tocantins, and designated areas of Bahia*. Vaccination is also recommended for travelers going to Iguaçu Falls. Not recommended for travel limited to any areas not listed above, including the cities of Fortaleza and Recife *In 2017, in response to a large YF outbreak in multiple eastern states, CDC expanded its vaccination recommendations for travelers going to Brazil. The expanded YF vaccination recommendations for these states are preliminary. For updates, refer to the CDC Travelers’ Health website.

  • All areas in the states of Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Rondônia, and Roraima
  • Present in the states of Maranhão, Mato Grosso, and Pará, but rare cases in their capital cities (São Luis [capital of Maranhão], Cuiabá [capital of Mato Grosso], Belém [capital of Pará])
  • Rural and forested areas in the states of Espírito Santo, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, São Paolo, and Tocantins
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Brasília (the capital), Rio de Janeiro, or São Paolo
  • No malaria transmission at Iguaçu Falls
  • P. vivax  (90%)
  • P. falciparum  (10%)
  • Areas with rare cases: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4
  • Map 2-03 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Brazil & neighboring countries
  • Map 2-04 Malaria prevention in Brazil

See Health Information for Travelers to Brazil

British Indian Ocean Territory; includes Diego Garcia (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to British Indian Ocean Territory (U.K.)

  • No human malaria
  • Rare transmission of P. knowlesi 6 in primarily forested or forest-fringe areas
  • P. knowlesi 6 (100%)
  • None (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Brunei

See Health Information for Travelers to Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥9 months old

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old.

  • P. malariae ,  P. ovale , and  P. vivax (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Burkina Faso

Burma (Myanmar)

  • All areas <1,000 m (≈3,300 ft) elevation, including Bagan
  • Rare transmission in areas >1,000 m (≈3,300 ft) elevation
  • Chloroquine and mefloquine
  • P. vivax (60%)
  • P. falciparum (40%)
  • P. knowlesi 6 , P. malariae , and P. ovale (rare)
  • Areas <1,000 m (≈3,300 ft) elevation in the regions of Bago and Tanintharyi, and in the states of Kachin, Kayah, Kayin, and Shan: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, tafenoquine 3
  • Areas <1,000 m (≈3,300 ft) elevation in all other areas: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine  3
  • Areas >1,000 m (≈3,300 ft) elevation: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only)  4

See Health Information for Travelers to Burma (Myanmar)

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥9 months old.

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old.

See Health Information for Travelers to Burundi

  • Present throughout the country
  • No (or negligible) malaria transmission in the cities of Phnom Penh (the capital) and Siem Reap
  • No (or negligible) malaria transmission at the main temple complex at Angkor Wat
  • P. vivax (80%)
  • P. falciparum (20%)
  • P. knowlesi 6 (rare)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Cambodia

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥1 year old.

See Health Information for Travelers to Cameroon

See Health Information for Travelers to Canada

Canary Islands ( Spain )

See Health Information for Travelers to Canary Islands (Spain)

  • No indigenous cases reported since 2018
  • Previously, rare cases on Santiago (São Tiago) Island and Boa Vista Island
  • Previously, chloroquine
  • Previously, P. falciparum (primarily)

See Health Information for Travelers to Cape Verde

Cayman Islands (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Cayman Islands (U.K.)

Central African Republic

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥9 months old .

See Health Information for Travelers to Central African Republic

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas south of the Sahara Desert. Not recommended for travel limited to areas in the Sahara Desert.

See Health Information for Travelers to Chad

See Health Information for Travelers to Chile

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Travelers with itineraries limited to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) or Macao SAR are exempt from this requirement.

See Health Information for Travelers to China

Christmas Island (Australia)

See Health Information for Travelers to Christmas Island (Australia)

Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)

See Health Information for Travelers to Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Angola, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Uganda; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in any of these countries.

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to the cities of Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, or Medellín. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, the archipelago department of San Andrés and Providencia, or the city of Bogotá (the capital).

  • All areas <1,700 m (≈5,600 ft) elevation
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Bogotá (the capital), Cartagena, or Medellín
  • P. falciparum  (50%)
  • P. vivax  (50%)

Map 2-05 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Colombia & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Colombia

  • P. malariae and P. vivax (rare)

See Health Information for Travelers to Comoros

Congo, Republic of the (Congo-Brazzaville)

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers ≥9 months old.

See Health Information for Travelers to Congo, Republic of the

Cook Islands (New Zealand)

See Health Information for Travelers to Cook Islands (New Zealand)

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Included in this requirement are travelers arriving from Tanzania and Zambia, and designated areas of: Colombia (the entire country, except the cities of Barranquilla, Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena, and Medellín, and the archipelago department, San Andrés and Providencia); Ecuador (the provinces of Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos, and Zamora-Chinchipe, and excluding the rest of the country); Paraguay (the entire country, except the city of Asunción); Peru (the entire country, except the cities of Cusco and Lima, the regions of Cajamarca, Lambayeque, Piura, and Tumbes, and the highland tourist areas of Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail); Trinidad & Tobago (the entire country, except the urban areas of Port of Spain; travelers with itineraries limited to the island of Tobago, and travelers with airport transits or layovers are also exempt from this requirement). Travelers arriving from Argentina and Panama are exempt from this requirement.

  • Present in the provinces of Alajuela and Limón
  • Rare to no transmission in other parts of the country
  • P. falciparum (86%)
  • P. vivax (14%)
  • Alajuela and Limón Provinces: Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas: None (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Costa Rica

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

See Health Information for Travelers to Côte d'Ivoire

See Health Information for Travelers to Croatia

See Health Information for Travelers to Cuba

Curaçao, Netherlands

See other recommended vaccines and medicines for travelers to Curaçao

See Health Information for Travelers to Cyprus

See Health Information for Travelers to Czech Republic

Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa)

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old

See Health Information for Travelers to Democratic Republic of the Congo

See Health Information for Travelers to Denmark

  • P. falciparum (60–70%)
  • P. vivax (30–40%)
  • P. ovale (rare)

See Health Information for Travelers to Djibouti

See Health Information for Travelers to Dominica

Dominican Republic

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from the following states in Brazil: Espírito Santo, Mina Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in any of these states

  • Primarily in the provinces near the border with Haiti, and the provinces (including resort areas) of La Altagracia, San Cristóbal, San Juan, and Santo Domingo
  • In the Distrito Nacional, city of Santo Domingo (the capital), primarily in the La Ciénaga and Los Tres Brazos areas
  • Rare transmission in other provinces
  • P. falciparum  (100%)
  • Provinces near the border with Haiti, and the provinces (including resort areas) of La Altagracia, San Cristóbal, San Juan, and Santo Domingo: Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Dominican Republic

Easter Island (Chile)

Entry requirements : Easter Island has not stated its YF vaccination certificate requirements

See Health Information for Travelers to Easter Island (Chile) .

Ecuador, including the Galápagos Islands

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Uganda; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in any of these countries .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, east of the Andes Mountains, in the provinces of Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos, Tungurahua,* and Zamora-Chinchipe. Generally not recommended for travel limited to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, west of the Andes Mountains, in the provinces of Esmeraldas,* Guayas, Los Ríos, Manabí, Santa Elena, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, and designated areas in the provinces of Azuay, Bolívar, Cañar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, and Pichincha. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, the cities of Guayaquil or Quito (the capital), or the Galápagos Islands *CDC recommendations differ from those published by WHO .

  • Areas <1,500 m (≈5,000 ft) elevation in the provinces of Carchi, Cotopaxi, Esmeraldas, Morona-Santiago, Orellana, Pastaza, and Sucumbíos
  • Rare cases <1,500 m (≈5,000 ft) in all other provinces
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Guayaquil or Quito (the capital)
  • No malaria transmission on the Galápagos Islands
  • P. vivax  (85%)
  • P. falciparum  (15%)
  • Transmission areas in the provinces of Carchi, Cotopaxi, Esmeraldas, Morona-Santiago, Orellana, Pastaza, and Sucumbíos: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with reported malaria transmission: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

Map 2-06 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Ecuador & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Ecuador .

See Health Information for Travelers to Egypt .

El Salvador

See Health Information for Travelers to El Salvador .

Equatorial Guinea

  • P. malariae, P. ovale , and P. vivax  (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Equatorial Guinea .

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to the regions of: Anseba, Debub (also known as South or Southern Region), Gash Barka, Ma’ekel (also known as Ma’akel or Central Region), or Semenawi K’eyih Bahri (also known as Northern Red Sea Region). Not recommended for travel to any areas not listed above, including the Dahlak Archipelago.

  • All areas <2,200 m (≈7,200 ft) elevation
  • No malaria transmission in Asmara (the capital)
  • P. falciparum  (80–85%)
  • P. vivax (15–20%)
  • P. malariae and P. ovale (rare)

Map 5-10 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Africa

See Health Information for Travelers to Eritrea .

See Health Information for Travelers to Estonia .

Eswatini (Swaziland)

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Eastern areas bordering Mozambique and South Africa, including the entire region of Lubombo and the eastern half of Hhohho, Manzini, and Shiselweni Regions
  • P. malariae , P. ovale , and  P. vivax  (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Swaziland .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to the regions of Afar or Somali.

  • All areas <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation, except none in Addis Ababa (the capital)
  • P. falciparum  (80%)
  • P. vivax  (20%)
  • P. malariae and P. ovale  (rare)

Map 2-07 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Ethiopia & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Ethiopia .

Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), UK Overseas Territory (also claimed by Argentina)

See Health Information for Travelers to Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) .

Faroe Islands (Denmark)

See Health Information for Travelers to Faroe Islands (Denmark) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Fiji .

See Health Information for Travelers to Finland .

See Health Information for Travelers to France .

French Guiana

  • Areas associated with gold mining, primarily the communes near the border with Brazil and Suriname, especially Régina and Saint-Georges-de-l’Oyapock; also, the communes of Kourou, Matoury, and Saint-Élie
  • No malaria transmission in coastal areas west of Kourou
  • No malaria transmission in Cayenne City (the capital)
  • P. falciparum (15%)

See Health Information for Travelers to French Guiana (France) .

French Polynesia, including the Society Islands [Bora-Bora, Moorea & Tahiti]; Marquesas Islands [Hiva Oa & Ua Huka]; and Austral Islands (Tubuai & Rurutu), France

See Health Information for Travelers to French Polynesia (France) .

  • P. malariae , P. ovale , and P. vivax  (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Gabon .

Gambia, The

See Health Information for Travelers to The Gambia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Georgia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Germany .

  • P. malariae,   P. ovale, and   P. vivax (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Ghana .

Gibraltar (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Gibraltar (U.K.) .

  • Rare, local transmission in agricultural areas, associated with imported malaria (May–November)
  • No malaria transmission in tourist areas
  • Not applicable
  • P. vivax  (100%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Greece .

Greenland (Denmark)

See Health Information for Travelers to Greenland (Denmark) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Grenada .

Guadeloupe (including Marie-Galante, La Désirade & Îles des Saintes)

See Health Information for Travelers to Guadeloupe .

Guam (U.S.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Guam (U.S.) .

  • Primarily in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Izabal, Petén, and Suchitapéquez
  • Few cases reported in other departments
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Antigua or Guatemala City (the capital)
  • No malaria transmission at Lake Atitlán
  • P. vivax (99%)
  • P. falciparum  (1%)
  • Departments of Alta Verapaz, Escuintla, Izabal, Petén, and Suchitapéquez: Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3
  • Other areas with reported malaria transmission: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Guatemala .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 Required for all arriving travelers from all countries if traveler is ≥9 months of age and arriving at Ahmed Sékou Touré International Airport in Conakry.

See Health Information for Travelers to Guinea .

Guinea-Bissau

See Health Information for Travelers to Guinea-Bissau .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >4-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Rare cases in the cities of Georgetown (the capital) and New Amsterdam
  • All areas (except the cities of Georgetown and New Amsterdam): Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • Cities of Georgetown and Amsterdam: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Guyana .

  • All (including Labadee, also known as Port Labadee)
  • P. falciparum (99%)
  • P. malariae  (rare)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Haiti .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers 1-60 years old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Throughout the country and on the island of Roat á n and other Bay Islands
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa (the capital)
  • P. vivax (93%)
  • P. falciparum  (7%)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Honduras .

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China

See Health Information for Travelers to Hong Kong SAR (China) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Hungary .

See Health Information for Travelers to Iceland .

  • Arrive within 6 days of leaving an area with risk for YF virus transmission, or
  • Have been in such an area in transit (exception: passengers and members of flight crews who, while in transit through an airport in an area with risk for YF virus transmission, remained in the airport during their entire stay and the health officer agrees to such an exemption), or
  • Arrive on a ship that started from or touched at any port in an area with risk for YF virus transmission ≤30 days before its arrival in India, unless such a ship has been disinsected in accordance with the procedure recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), or
  • Arrive on an aircraft that has been in an area with risk for YF virus transmission and has not been disinsected in accordance with the Indian Aircraft Public Health Rules, 1954, or as recommended by WHO.
  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda
  • Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago (Trinidad only), Venezuela
  • Throughout the country, including the cities of Bombay (Mumbai) and New Delhi (the capital)
  • No malaria transmission in areas >2,000 m (≈6,500 ft) elevation in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, or Sikkim
  • P. vivax (50%)
  • P. falciparum (>40%)

See Health Information for Travelers to India .

  • All areas of eastern Indonesia (the provinces of Maluku, North Maluku, East Nusa Tenggara, Papua, and West Papua), including the town of Labuan Bajo and the Komodo Islands in the Nusa Tenggara region
  • Rural areas of Kalimantan (Borneo), West Nusa Tenggara (includes the island of Lombok), Sulawesi, and Sumatra
  • Low transmission in rural areas of Java, including Pangandaran, Sukabumi, and Ujung Kulon
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Jakarta (the capital) or Ubud
  • No malaria transmission in the resort areas of Bali or Java, the Gili Islands, or the Thousand Islands (Pulau Seribu)
  • Chloroquine ( P. falciparum and P. vivax )
  • P. falciparum (60%)
  • P. vivax (40%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Indonesia .

  • Previously, March-November in rural areas of Fars Province, Sistan-Baluchestan Province, and southern, tropical parts of Hormozgan and Kerman Provinces.
  • Recent outbreaks in Sistan-Baluchestan Province near the border with Pakistan.
  • Previously, P. vivax (93%)
  • Previously, P. falciparum  (7%)
  • Sistan-Baluchestan Province along the border with Pakistan: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 2
  • All other areas with previous transmission: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Iran .

See Health Information for Travelers to Iraq .

See Health Information for Travelers to Ireland .

See Health Information for Travelers to Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza .

Italy (including Holy See [Vatican City])

See Health Information for Travelers to Italy .

See Health Information for Travelers to Jamaica .

See Health Information for Travelers to Japan .

See Health Information for Travelers to Jordan .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

See Health Information for Travelers to Kazakhstan .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to: the city of Nairobi (the capital); the counties of the former North Eastern Province (Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa); or the counties (except Taita-Taveta) of the former Coast Province (Kilifi, including the city of Malindi; Kwale; Lamu; Mombasa, including the city of Mombasa; Tana River) .

  • All areas (including game parks) <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation, including the city of Nairobi (the capital)
  • Map 2-08 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Kenya & neighboring countries
  • Map 2-09 Malaria prevention in Kenya

See Health Information for Travelers to Kenya .

Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands), includes Tarawa, Tabuaeran (Fanning Island), and Banaba (Ocean Island)

See Health Information for Travelers to Kiribati .

See Health Information for Travelers to Kosovo .

See Health Information for Travelers to Kuwait .

See Health Information for Travelers to Kyrgyzstan .

  • All, except in Vientiane (the capital) where there is no transmission
  • P. vivax (55%)
  • P. falciparum (45%)
  • P. knowlesi 6 , P. malariae, and P. ovale (rare)
  • Areas bordering Burma (the provinces of Bokeo and Luang Namtha), Cambodia; Thailand (the provinces of Champasak and Salavan); and Vietnam: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with malaria transmission: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Laos .

See Health Information for Travelers to Latvia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Lebanon .

See Health Information for Travelers to Lesotho .

See Health Information for Travelers to Liberia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Libya .

Liechtenstein

See Health Information for Travelers to Liechtenstein .

See Health Information for Travelers to Lithuania .

See Health Information for Travelers to Luxembourg .

Macau Special Administrative Region, China

See Health Information for Travelers to Macau SAR (China) .

  • All; except in Antananarivo (the capital) where malaria transmission is rare
  • P. ovale and P. vivax (less commonly)
  • All areas (except the city of Antananarivo): Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • Antananarivo: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Madagascar .

Madeira Islands (Portugal)

See Health Information for Travelers to Madeira Islands (Portugal) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Malawi .

  • No indigenous cases of human malaria since 2017
  • Zoonotic transmission of simian malaria occurs in rural, forested areas
  • No malaria transmission in other areas, including Kuala Lumpur (the capital), in Penang State, on Penang Island, or in George Town (capital of Penang State)
  • P. knowlesi 6 (primarily)
  • Previously, P. falciparum , P. malariae , P. ovale , and P. vivax
  • In rural, forested areas: atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Malaysia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Maldives .

See Health Information for Travelers to Mali .

See Health Information for Travelers to Malta .

Marshall Islands

See Health Information for Travelers to Marshall Islands .

See Health Information for Travelers to Martinique (France) .

  • All; except in the regions of Dakhlet Nouadhibou and Tiris Zemmour where there is no transmission

See Health Information for Travelers to Mauritania .

See Health Information for Travelers to Mauritius .

Mayotte (France)

See Health Information for Travelers to Mayotte (France) .

  • Chiapas and southern part of Chihuahua state
  • Rare in the states of Campeche, Durango, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Sonora, and Tabasco
  • No malaria transmission along the U.S.–Mexico border
  • Chiapas and southern part of Chihuahua state: Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with malaria transmission: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

Map 2-10 Malaria prevention in Mexico

See Health Information for Travelers to Mexico .

Micronesia, Federated States of (including Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei & Yap)

See Health Information for Travelers to Micronesia, Federated States of .

See Health Information for Travelers to Moldova .

See Health Information for Travelers to Monaco .

See Health Information for Travelers to Mongolia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Montenegro .

Montserrat, United Kingdom

See Health Information for Travelers to Montserrat (U.K.) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Morocco .

See Health Information for Travelers to Mozambique .

  • In the regions of Kavango (East and West), Kunene, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi
  • Rare in other parts of the country
  • No malaria transmission in Windhoek (the capital)
  • Kavango (East and West), Kunene, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Namibia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Nauru .

  • Throughout the country in areas <2,000 m (≈6,500 ft) elevation
  • No malaria transmission in Kathmandu (the capital) or on typical Himalayan treks
  • P. falciparum (<10%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Nepal .

Netherlands

See Health Information for Travelers to The Netherlands .

Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustasius, and St. Maarten)

Entry requirements : See Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustasius, and St. Maarten for yellow fever information.

  • See Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustasius, and St. Maarten for malaria information.

New Caledonia (France)

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 In the event of an epidemic threat to the territory, a specific vaccination certificate may be required.

See Health Information for Travelers to New Caledonia (France) .

New Zealand

See Health Information for Travelers to New Zealand .

  • Región Autónoma Atlántico Norte (RAAN) and Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur (RAAS)
  • Rare cases in the departments of Boaco, Chinandega, Estelí, Jinotega, León, Matagalpa, and Nueva Segovia
  • No malaria transmission in Managua (the capital)
  • P. falciparum  (20%)
  • Región Autónoma Atlántico Norte (RAAN) and Región Autónoma Atlántico Sur (RAAS): Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to Nicaragua .

See Health Information for Travelers to Niger .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old.  

See Health Information for Travelers to Nigeria .

Niue (New Zealand)

See Health Information for Travelers to Niue (New Zealand) .

Norfolk Island (Australia)

See Health Information for Travelers to Norfolk Island (Australia) .

North Korea

  • Southern provinces
  • P. vivax (100%)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to North Korea .

North Macedonia

See Health Information for Travelers to North Macedonia .

Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.), includes Saipan, Tinian, and Rota Island

See Health Information for Travelers to Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Norway .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥9 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission, with the addition of Rwanda and Tanzania; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

  • Rare sporadic transmission after importation only
  • Previously, P. falciparum and P. vivax

See Health Information for Travelers to Oman .

  • All areas (including all cities) <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation

See Health Information for Travelers to Pakistan .

See Health Information for Travelers to Palau .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to all mainland areas east of the Canal Zone including Darién Province, the indigenous provinces (comarcas indígena) of Emberá and Kuna Yala (also spelled Guna Yala), and areas of the provinces of Colón and Panamá, east of the Canal Zone. Not recommended for travel limited to the Canal Zone; areas west of the Canal Zone; Panama City (the capital); Balboa district (Pearl Islands) of Panamá Province; or the San Blas Islands of Kuna Yala Province.

  • The provinces of Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, Colón, Darién, Panamá, and Veraguas
  • The indigenous provinces (comarcas indígena) of Emberá, Kuna Yala (also spelled Guna Yala) and Ngäbe-Buglé
  • No malaria transmission in the province of Panamá Oeste, in the Canal Zone, or in Panama City (the capital)
  • Chloroquine (east of the Panama Canal)
  • P. vivax (97%)
  • P. falciparum  (3%)
  • Darién, Emberá, Kuna Yala, and eastern Panamá Provinces : Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3
  • Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, Colón, Veraguas, and Ngäbe-Buglé Provinces : Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , tafenoquine 3
  • Map 2-11 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Panama & neighboring countries
  • Map 2-12 Malaria prevention in Panama

See Health Information for Travelers to Panama .

Papua New Guinea

  • Chloroquine (both P. falciparum and P. vivax )
  • P. falciparum (75%)
  • P. vivax (25%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Papua New Guinea .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, or Venezuela; this includes this includes >24-hour transits or layovers in those countries 1

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to the city of Asunción (the capital).

See Health Information for Travelers to Paraguay .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation in the regions of Amazonas, Cusco, Huánuco, Junín, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno, San Martín, and Ucayali, and designated areas of Ancash (far northeast), Apurímac (far north), Ayacucho (north and northeast), Cajamarca (north and east), Huancavelica (far north), La Libertad (east), and Piura (east). Generally not recommended for travel limited to the following areas west of the Andes: the regions of Lambayeque and Tumbes, and designated areas of Cajamarca (west-central), and Piura (west). Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, areas west of the Andes not listed above, the city of Lima (the capital), and the highland tourist areas (the city of Cusco, the Inca Trail, and Machu Picchu).

  • All areas of the country <2,500 m (≈8,200 ft) elevation, including the cities of Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado, and only the remote eastern areas in the regions of La Libertad and Lambayeque
  • No malaria transmission in the following areas: Lima Province; the cities of Arequipa, Ica, Moquegua, Nazca, Puno, or Tacna; the highland tourist areas (the city of Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca); along the Pacific Coast
  • Map 2-13 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Peru & neighboring countries
  • Map 2-14 Malaria prevention in Peru

See Health Information for Travelers to Peru .

Philippines

  • Palawan and Mindanao Islands
  • No malaria transmission in metropolitan Manila (the capital) or other urban areas
  • P. falciparum (85%)
  • P. vivax (15%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Philippines .

Pitcairn Islands (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Pitcairn Islands (U.K.) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Poland .

See Health Information for Travelers to Portugal .

Puerto Rico (U.S.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Puerto Rico (U.S.) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Qatar .

Réunion (France)

See Health Information for Travelers to Réunion (France) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Romania .

See Health Information for Travelers to Russia .

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to Rwanda.

See Health Information for Travelers to Rwanda .

Saba, Netherlands

See Health Information for Travelers to Saba .

Saint Barthelemy, France

Saint helena, united kingdom.

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1 *For YF vaccine entry requirements and recommendations and malaria prevention information for Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha archipelago, see: UNITED KINGDOM (including CHANNEL ISLANDS, ISLE OF MAN, ASCENSION ISLAND & TRISTAN DA CUNHA ARCHIPELAGO)

See Health Information for Travelers to Saint Helena (U.K.) .

Saint Kitts (Saint Christopher) & Nevis

See Health Information for Travelers to Saint Kitts and Nevis .

Saint Lucia

See Health Information for Travelers to Saint Lucia .

Saint Martin, France

Saint pierre and miquelon (france).

See Health Information for Travelers to Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) .

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

See Health Information for Travelers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines .

Samoa (formerly Western Somoa)

See Health Information for Travelers to Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) .

See Health Information for Travelers to San Marino .

São Tomé and Príncipe

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to São Tomé and Príncipe.

See Health Information for Travelers to São Tomé and Príncipe.

Saudi Arabia

  • Asir and Jazan (also spelled Jizan) Regions near the Yemen border only
  • No malaria transmission in the cities of Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Riyadh (the capital), or Ta’if
  • P. vivax (rare)

See Health Information for Travelers to Saudi Arabia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Senegal .

See Health Information for Travelers to Serbia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Seychelles .

Sierra Leone

Entry requirements : Required for all arriving travelers.

See Health Information for Travelers to Sierra Leone .

See Health Information for Travelers to Singapore .

Sint Eustatius, Netherlands

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥6 months old arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

See Health Information for Travelers to Sint Eustatius .

Sint Maarten, Netherlands

See Health Information for Travelers to Sint Maarten .

See Health Information for Travelers to Slovakia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Slovenia .

Solomon Islands

  • P. vivax (70%)
  • P. falciparum (30%)
  • P. ovale (<1%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Solomon Islands .

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to the regions of Bakool, Banaadir, Bay, Galguduud, Gedo, Hiiraan (also spelled Hiran), Lower Juba (also known as Jubbada Hoose), Middle Juba (also known as Jubbada Dhexe), Lower Shabelle (also known as Shabeellaha Hoose), or Middle Shabelle (also known as Shabeellaha Dhexe). Not recommended for travel to areas not listed above.

  • P. vivax (5–10%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Somalia .

South Africa

  • Along the border with Mozambique and Zimbabwe
  • KwaZulu-Natal Province: uMkhanyakude District; the districts of King Cetshwayo and Zululand (few cases) Limpopo Province: the districts of Mopani and Vhembe; the districts of Capricorn, Greater Sekhukhune, and Waterberg (few cases)
  • Mpumalanga Province: Ehlanzeni District
  • Kruger National Park
  • KwaZulu-Natal Province (uMkhanyakude District); Limpopo Province (the districts of Mopani and Vhembe); Mpumalanga Province (Ehlanzeni District); and Kruger National Park: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with malaria transmission (including the districts of King Cetshwayo and Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal Province, and the districts of Capricorn, Greater Sekhukhune, and Waterberg in Limpopo Province): No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

Map 2-15 Malaria prevention in South Africa

See Health Information for Travelers to South Africa .

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, UK Overseas Territory (also claimed by Argentina)

Entry requirements : South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has not stated its YF vaccination certificate requirements.

See Health Information for Travelers to South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (U.K.) .

South Korea

Entry requirements : Required if traveling from a country with risk of YF virus transmission and ≥1 year of age. 1

  • Limited to the months of March– December in rural areas in the northern parts of the provinces of Inch’ŏn (also spelled Incheon), Kangwŏn (also spelled Gangwon), and Kyŏnggi (also spelled Gyeonggi), including the demilitarized zone (DMZ)
  • Atovaquone-proguanil, chloroquine, doxycycline, mefloquine, primaquine 5 , or tafenoquine 3

See Health Information for Travelers to South Korea .

South Sudan

See Health Information for Travelers to South Sudan .

See Health Information for Travelers to Spain .

See Health Information for Travelers to Sri Lanka .

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas south of the Sahara Desert. Not recommended for travel limited to areas in the Sahara Desert or the city of Khartoum (the capital).

See Health Information for Travelers to Sudan .

  • Primarily in Sipaliwini District, near the border with French Guiana
  • Limited transmission in Brokopondo, Marowijne, and Para (near the border with French Guiana)
  • No malaria transmission in the districts along the Atlantic Coast or in Paramaribo (the capital)
  • Sipaliwini District near the border with French Guiana: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, mefloquine, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with malaria transmission: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions / mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Suriname .

See Health Information for Travelers to Sweden .

Switzerland

See Health Information for Travelers to Switzerland .

See Health Information for Travelers to Syria .

See Health Information for Travelers to Taiwan .

  • No indigenous cases reported since 2014
  • Previously, P. vivax (90%)
  • Previously, P. falciparum  (10%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Tajikistan .

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to Tanzania.

  • All areas below 1,800 m (≈5,900 ft) elevation
  • P. malariae and P. ovale (less commonly)

See Health Information for Travelers to Tanzania .

  • Primarily the provinces that border Burma, Cambodia (few cases in Buri Ram Province), and Malaysia (few cases in Satun Province) Also, the provinces of Phitsanulok and Ubon Ratchathani (bordering Laos), and Surat Thani (especially in the rural forest and forest-fringe areas of these provinces)
  • Rare to few cases in other parts of Thailand, including the cities of Bangkok (the capital), Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai, or on the islands of Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, or Phuket
  • No malaria transmission on the islands of Krabi Province (Ko Lanta, Koh Phi, Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai) or in Pattaya City
  • P. falciparum (<20%)
  • Provinces that border Burma, Cambodia (except Buri Ram Province), and Malaysia (except Satun Province); the provinces of Phitsanulok, Ubon Ratchathani, and Surat Thani: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, tafenoquine 3
  • All other areas with malaria transmission (including the provinces of Buri Ram and Satun): No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions and mosquito avoidance only) 4

Map 2-16 Malaria prevention in Thailand

See Health Information for Travelers to Thailand .

Timor-Leste

  • Rare cases; outbreak in Indonesia border area in mid-2020
  • Previously, P. falciparum (50%)
  • Previously, P. vivax (50%)
  • Previously, P. malariae  and  P. ovale  (each <1%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Timor-Leste (East Timor) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Togo .

Tokelau (New Zealand)

See Health Information for Travelers to Tokelau (New Zealand) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Tonga .

Trinidad and Tobago

CDC recommendations : Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to densely forested areas on Trinidad. Not recommended for cruise ship passengers, airplane passengers in transit, or travel limited to Tobago.

See Health Information for Travelers to Trinidad and Tobago .

See Health Information for Travelers to Tunisia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Turkey .

Turkmenistan

See Health Information for Travelers to Turkmenistan .

Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.)

See Health Information for Travelers to Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.) .

See Health Information for Travelers to Tuvalu .

See Health Information for Travelers to Uganda .

See Health Information for Travelers to Ukraine .

United Arab Emirates

See Health Information for Travelers to United Arab Emirates .

United Kingdom (including Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Ascension Island & Tristan Da Cunha Archipelago)

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United States of America

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  • P. vivax (75%–90%)
  • P. falciparum (10-25%)

See Health Information for Travelers to Vanuatu .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Brazil; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in Brazil

CDC recommendations : Recommended for all travelers ≥9 months old except as follows. Generally not recommended for travel limited to the Distrito Capital or the states of Aragua, Carabobo, Miranda, Vargas, or Yaracuy. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300m (≈7,550 ft) elevation in the states of Mérida, Táchira, or Trujillo; the states of Falcón or Lara; Margarita Island; or the cities of Caracas (the capital) or Valencia .

  • All areas <1,700 m (≈5,600 ft) elevation and Angel Falls
  • P. vivax (75%)
  • P. falciparum  (25%)

Map 2-17 Yellow fever vaccine recommendations for Venezuela & neighboring countries

See Health Information for Travelers to Venezuela .

  • Rural areas only. Rare cases in the Mekong and Red River Deltas
  • None in the cities of Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Nha Trang, and Quy Nhon.
  • P. falciparum (65%)
  • P. vivax (35%)
  • Provinces of Bình Dương, Bình Phước, Đắk Lắk, Đắk Nông, Gia Lai, Khánh Hòa, Kon Tum, Lâm Đồng, Ninh Thuận, Tây Ninh: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, tafenoquine 3
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  • Mekong and Red River Deltas: No chemoprophylaxis recommended (insect bite precautions / mosquito avoidance only) 4

See Health Information for Travelers to Vietnam .

Virgin Islands, British

See Health Information for Travelers to Virgin Islands, British .

Virgin Islands, U.S.

See Health Information for Travelers to Virgin Islands, U.S. .

Wake Island, U.S.

See Health Information for Travelers to Wake Island .

  • All areas <2,000 m (≈6,500 ft) elevation
  • No malaria transmission in Sana’a (the capital)

See Health Information for Travelers to Yemen .

Entry requirements : Required for travelers ≥1 year of age arriving from countries with risk for YF virus transmission; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in countries with risk for YF virus transmission. 1

CDC recommendations : Generally not recommended for travel to North-Western Province or Western Province. Not recommended for travel to any areas not listed above.

See Health Information for Travelers to Zambia .

See Health Information for Travelers to Zimbabwe .

1 Current as of November 2022. This is an update of the 2010 map created by the Informal WHO Working Group on the Geographic Risk of Yellow Fever.

2 Refers to Plasmodium falciparum malaria, unless otherwise noted.

3 Tafenoquine can cause potentially life-threatening hemolysis in people with glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Rule out G6PD deficiency with a quantitative laboratory test before prescribing tafenoquine to patients.

4 Mosquito avoidance includes applying topical mosquito repellant, sleeping under an insecticide-treated mosquito net, and wearing protective clothing (e.g., long pants and socks, long-sleeve shirt). For additional details on insect bite precautions, see Sec. 4, Ch. 6, Mosquitoes, Ticks & Other Arthropods.

5 Primaquine can cause potentially life-threatening hemolysis in people with G6PD deficiency. Rule out G6PD deficiency with a quantitative laboratory test before prescribing primaquine to patients.

6 P. knowlesi is a malaria species with a simian (macaque) host. Human cases have been reported from most countries in Southwest Asia and are associated with activities in forest or forest-fringe areas. P. knowlesi has no known resistance to antimalarials.

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2 In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded its YF vaccination recommendations for travelers going to Brazil because of a large YF outbreak in multiple states in that country. Please refer to the CDC  Travelers’ Health website for more information and updated recommendations.

3 YF vaccination is generally not recommended for travel to areas where the potential for YF virus exposure is low. Vaccination might be considered, however, for a small subset of travelers going to these areas who are at increased risk for exposure to YF virus due to prolonged travel, heavy exposure to mosquitoes, or inability to avoid mosquito bites. Factors to consider when deciding whether to vaccinate a traveler include destination-specific and travel-associated risks for YF virus infection; individual, underlying risk factors for having a serious YF vaccine–associated adverse event; and destination entry requirements.

The following authors contributed to the previous version of this chapter: Mark D. Gershman, Emily S. Jentes, Rhett J. Stoney (Yellow Fever) Kathrine R. Tan, Paul M. Arguin (Malaria)

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It’s possible to live a richer, fuller, more active life as a senior overseas than in the United States.

Senior homes and age-in-place communities are the norm in North America, but they aren’t as common or simply don’t exist in many countries across the world. Instead of being removed from society at a certain age, older people are cared for by their families and remain present and active in society for longer.

Throughout Europe, for instance, it’s common to see groups of elegantly dressed elderly ladies holding court over drinks in the town plaza. In Latin America, the family remains the center of society, and older people are commonly given pride of place at events and gatherings.

Seniors benefit from preferential treatment in many of the destinations I recommend for retirement. This can take the form of discounts, priority lines, and special visas, or it can be felt as more respectful treatment, since many cultures view older people as wise and valuable.

This is particularly true in Asia, where reverence for elders is engrained in many cultures. Multi-generational houses are common, often with three or more generations living under the same roof, with the younger taking on the care of the elder.

Once parents reach a certain age, role reversal between parents and children is not just expected; it’s a cultural obligation. China even mandates this care by law , with potential punishments for adult children who don’t visit their parents often enough and with specific instructions to “ never neglect or snub elderly people. ”

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In Korea, 60th and 70th birthdays are the big celebrations, instead of 15 or 16, as in the West. In Japan, where adult diapers outsell baby diapers, over-80s make up over 7% of the population, and society makes them welcome.

Following is my selection of recommended destinations in Asia for a happy, benefit-filled retirement overseas.

In Thailand, you’ll be shown deference in day-to-day life as a senior. You’re unlikely to have to wait in lines as often as younger people do, and people will go out of their way to help you.

Thailand offers a retirement visa to those over 50, which requires proof of financial solvency. You can deposit 800,000 baht (about $21,720) into a local bank account or show proof of monthly income of about 65,000 baht (about $1,765). It’s valid for a year and can be renewed indefinitely.

Certain modes of public transport offer 50% off to those over 60, and several regional airlines and rental car companies offer 5% to 20% discounts.

Some museums and tourist sites offer free entry to seniors, though, as a foreigner, you might not be extended that gratuity, instead paying the tourist price. That said, the prices asked for for public transport and entertainment here are so low that the discount is almost moot.

Bali, Indonesia

In Balinese culture, elders are revered and deferred to as sources of wisdom. As in much of the rest of Asia, the concept of elder care facilities doesn’t exist here. Older people are part of the family and society until the end. Traditionally, families live in compounds where multiple generations live together harmoniously.

Bali is known for its beautiful beaches, tropical vistas, and unique culture, but the thing that really sets it apart is the kindness of Balinese people. Wherever you go in Bali, the locals will greet you with a smile. Balinese family traditions dictate care and respect for elders, which is often echoed in the treatment of senior travelers on the island.

Bali is a great choice for retirement because Indonesia offers a retirement visa. To qualify, you must be at least 55 years old and have the financial means to support yourself without working in Indonesia. The amount you’ll need to prove is $18,000 per year (in pension income or income from another source). You also need to hire a local (as a cleaner, gardener, driver, for example) to qualify for this visa.

The Philippines

The Philippines is a land of otherworldly landscapes with thousands of islands, striking blue ocean waters, and perfect tropical beaches. It can provide a lifestyle full of adventure for retirees, and it offers a low cost of living.

Moving to the Philippines is easy for older people thanks to the country’s retiree-specific visa. To qualify, you need to be at least 50 and receive an income of $800 per month. You’ll also need to deposit $10,000 into an active investment (like the purchase of a condo or the long-term lease of a house and lot).

This visa provides special benefits, like exemption from certain customs duties and entitlement to Philippine Health Insurance Corporation benefits.

English is an official language in the Philippines, and about 55% of the population speaks it fluently. The language barrier is lower here relative to other Southeast Asian destinations, making it easier to establish yourself in this country.

Filipino people are famous for their warm and friendly way of being, and respect for age and the elderly is a strong cultural value. Younger people use honorifics when addressing older people, since using their first name is considered impolite. They’ll sometimes use the “mano po” gesture to greet an older person, which involves bowing towards the older person and pressing their hand to their forehead.

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