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One of the best ways to know a country is through its food and cuisine. Cambodia and the Khmer people have a long and proud civilization dating back thousands of years.

The Khmer Civilization was once one of the most advanced in the ancient world and lay hidden away from the world until some Portuguese explorers sailed up the Mekong looking to trade with what they thought would be some small jungle villages.

Little did they know they had stumbled upon a hidden world, a bustling civilization, a city of millions hidden away in South East Asia.

Enough of that, let’s talk about food! We love doing food tours, and a food tour in Phnom Penh was on our itinerary. Khmer food uses as much from the land as possible.

Khmer cuisine uses flavours, spices and other ingredients from certain regions. Varieties of flour are only sourced in certain parts of the country making it completely unique. The cuisine is very region hearty and filling.

We headed out with Lost Plate Cambodia tour to eat some of this Khmer food while in Phnom Penh. We were picked up by tuk-tuk from our hotel and it took us to the first restaurant where our guide and another participant was waiting. We’ve never been on a food tour in a tuk-tuk so we were all really excited.

The first stop provided us with a taste of a curry that has been made since the 5th century. The yellow curry (Num Ban Chok) was a mix of fish stock from a certain fish caught in a certain place in Cambodia. This shop is well known in the area for making this soup and locals come here to have it knowing that the chef is very particular about exactly what goes into her soup.

The soup had noodles and lotus stem in it. It was served with a side plate of mint, garlic, shallots, turmeric, various herbs, and ginger that can be mixed in for extra flavour. We all loved to put in the different condiments to see how it changed the flavours and which ones we liked the most.

From here we headed to what can only be described as a village themed restaurant. Walls lined with bamboo and farming instruments, thick low wooden tables and cushions to sit on the ground.

This is how the Khmer would do their meals. Here we were served Shrimp wrapped in a birds nest which is a food for the rich. This was accompanied by a spicy banana blossom salad, red curry and rice. This restaurant was nice and tranquil. We all enjoyed learning about how a traditional Cambodian family would live in a home like this and how they would catch their dinner.

Back into the Tuk Tuk which was an adventure itself as we cruised through the busy streets of Phnom Penh smelling a mix of car fumes and street food jumping at us. The city is rather beautiful at night.

Did I mention that your tuk-tuk will have an esky, chilly bin, cooler or whatever you call it full of cold drinks for you on the trip?

If there is something you would like in it let the team know and they will get a couple of extras for you.

Next stop a local corner restaurant to try some Pig Stew in Gravy with duck eggs and tofu, minced pork with eggplant and fermented fish paste and rice. The fermented fish was the most interesting dish with an amazing balance of texture and taste. It was good to sit among the locals and eat.

We whizzed off through the back alleys and small streets to the next destination. It was amazing to get such a unique look at this local side of Phnom Penh. This time we arrived at a restaurant where the owner-chef takes her inspiration from the food of the north.

We had a platter of meats, vegetables and noodles. This was all to be wrapped in lettuce and eaten dipped in a peanut seafood sauce. For me, this was my favourite dish.

It was fresh crisp and extremely tasty for all. We also enjoyed a local drink called Sour Morning. It was very tasty and went down very nicely.

We headed to a Phnom Penh night market where we had some Cambodian doughnuts with pandan dipping sauce. This stop I think is just to please the Westerners who do the tour as a desert is not a dish recognised by Asians as such. The doughnuts where light and fluffy and pandan custard was thick and creamy, the perfect combination.

Local Rum Cocktail

The tour was concluded at a rooftop bar where we sampled a local rum cocktail. It was strong and tasty, typical of most south-east Asian cocktails. We were presented with local silk lined small bag for coming on the tour.

With full bellies and a better understanding of the Khmer food out tuk-tuk dropped us back at the hotel. A Phnom Penh food tour is a great way to taste the culture of Cambodia.

Where to stay in Phnom Penh

Budget: Rachana Hostel

The Rachana Hostel is centrally located to the Royal Palace and the Riverfront. The Rachana offers rooms for doubles and families. The rooftop bar and washing facilities are available. We booked our Killing Fields and S21 Museum tour through the front desk. Located close to restaurants, bars and convenience stores. For more more information and booking click here

The amazing pool area ta the Plantation

Luxury: The Plantation Resort and Spa

The Plantation is one amazing destination in itself. 2 pools, 2 restaurants gym and day spa on site. The pool is a real highlight with cabanas on one side and sun lounges on the other side with the bar and restaurant at the end. This pool is the focal point of the whole complex. The hotel is locked away behind the walls blocking out the hustle and bustle of Phnom Penh. The rooms are well appointed with rain showers, wifi, air conditioning and fully stocked mini bar. For more information and bookings click here

You will find many other options from rooms, apartments and hotels with booking.com on the map below

Booking.com How to get to Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh International Airport is located 10 kilometres from the city centre. The airport is serviced by a number of international airlines both budget and full service.

The cost to get into the city centre from Phnom Penh Airport starts at $4USD for a tuk-tuk or $8USD for a car.

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Buses arrive daily from both international and domestic locations. Most notably from Siem Reap in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

From within Cambodia you can also book private cars and transports. We booked a 4WD from battambang to Phnom Penh for 75$USD

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Ao Nang in Thailand has some super affordable accommodation

If you’ve ever dreamed of soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach with turquoise waters lapping at your toes as you drink an enormous cocktail, a luxury holiday could be just the thing you need. But it doesn’t need to break the bank.

Although the thought of paying out for high-end luxury can put a lot of people off, there are a number of ways that you can get all of the experience of a luxury holiday without spending a fortune. The trick is in choosing the right destination.

But before you get started on the exciting part, the first thing you need to do is work out your budget. Once you have that nailed, the world is your oyster! So, which destinations are ideal for luxury-seeking budget travellers?

Crete, Greece

The largest Greek island, Crete is a veritable treasure trove of sparkling blue waters and stunning natural beauty. Holidays here involve plenty of sandy beaches, gorgeous countryside and a fascinating array of myths and legends. Flights here can be super cheap, when booked at the right time and there are a plethora of affordable accommodation choices to pick from. 

Ao Nang, Thailand

Ao Nang beach in Krabi offers everything you could need and more for the ultimate luxury holiday. Located on the southwest coastline of Thailand, Ao Nang is the perfect combination of white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and relaxing places to stay.

Book flights in advance to make big savings, then take full advantage of the super cheap accommodation options. There are also many affordable spas here, so you can really indulge in a pampering session or two while you’re here.

Flights to Sri Lanka can be reasonably priced if you get them at the right time

The Bahamas

If you’ve always thought of the Bahamas as being out of your budget, think again. There are a few times a year when flights can be found for a steal, so it’s worth checking flight sites regularly so that you can grab a bargain as soon as it appears.

It usually means booking way in advance, but as the climate is so amazing here all year round, you won’t need to worry too much about getting here out of season. The islands are very much geared up for tourists, so there are many places to stay all accommodating every type of budget. 

Bali, Indonesia

One of 17,500 islands, Bali is arguably the most beautiful jewel in Indonesia’s crown. Also known as the Island of the Gods, the black sandy beaches and lush green rice terraces combine to create an experience like no other place on earth.

Whether you like swimming, snorkelling, surfing or solitude, there is a beach for you. Though flights here can be on the steep side, it is worth checking for last minute deals or bargains in advance. Once you’re here, it is relatively easy to stick to a small budget as accommodation and food can be found for extremely reasonable prices.


Fast becoming one of Europe’s hottest destinations, Croatia offers everything you could possibly need for a luxury holiday. The stunning beaches and medieval cities are the ideal backdrops for a week or two of pure relaxation and indulgence, and the nightlife sets the islands apart from the rest of Europe. Flights here are still super cheap and there are a number of inexpensive places to stay once you’re here. Just a few reasons why you should visit this amazing place!

Sri Lanka

The small island nation of Sri Lanka has recently risen to fame as one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. And once you get here you will see why! From its fascinating culture and mouth-watering cuisine, to its stunning beaches and diverse wildlife, this island has everything you could need and more for a luxury holiday. The added bonus is that it is still relatively inexpensive to stay here, so making time to find a cheap flight is well worthwhile. 

With so many amazing luxury holidays to choose from, the only problem you’ll have is picking which one to go to first!

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How to get from Dubrovnik to Mostar is something that many tourists ask when on holiday in the pearl of the Adriatic. As beautiful as Dubrovnik is, there are some great day trips from Dubrovnik that can be taken. A Dubrovnik to Mostar day trip is one of the most popular.

In this article, we will talk about the options available and those not available. Dubrovnik to Mostar train, bus, car and organized tour. Mostar is famous for its old town and Stari Mostar Bridge. There would not be too many people in the world who have not seen the famous bridge jumper who plunges into the blue waters below even if it is only on the TV.

Tours to Mostar from Dubrovnik

If public transport or the driving option don’t suit you an organized Mostar tour from Dubrovnik is your best bet. There are many Dubrovnik Mostar tours daily. Some of the positives of going on an organized tour can be:

  • You will have a guide that will keep you informed on your Dubrovnik to Mostar tour
  • Entry tickets to the sights are usually included
  • One price for everything
  • An organized tour of the sights when you visit Mostar and usually some spots along the way

Find below information and booking details for some great Dubrovnik day trips to Mostar.

From Dubrovnik: Full-Day Trip to Mostar

After departure from Dubrovnik, you will take a short break on the Dubrovnik bridge for some scenic photography of the town. Continue along the Adriatic coast while learning about the various sites that you encounter along your route.

In Pocitelj you will have an opportunity for sightseeing and free time. Pocitelj is a beautiful cultural and historical site featuring structures from the 15th century.

Continuing to Medjugorje you will have more time for sightseeing and discovery. Medjugorje is a spiritual and religious site and is one of the most famous pilgrim destinations in the Catholic world.

Then proceed to Mostar where you have the chance to visit the Mosque of Mostar, a Turkish house, and many other monuments in the town.

  • Discover the historic structures at Pocitelj
  • Visit Medjugorje, a popular pilgrim destination
  • Make a Mostar sightseeing tour
  • Rating 4.2 / 5 on over 200 reviews

The driver and the guide were awesome. So many patience. The guide was very knowledgeable on the history and places to see once we arrived in Mostar.

reviewed by Cheryl – Canada

Restaurant Europe in the Mostar old town is a great choice to eat while visiting. We ordered the Bosnian Meat platter that comes with all sorts of meats and the local delicacy called Cevapi.

The feast that 4 of us could not eat. Amazing food

Dubrovnik: Mostar and Kravice Waterfalls Day Tour

This tour starts with departure from Dubrovnik, your first stop in the old Turkish town of Počitelj. Now onto the main attraction of the tour, Mostar. This town is famous for its historic UNESCO-protected Old Bridge (Stari Most) over the Neretva River.

During your 3-hour visit in Mostar, you will enjoy a walking tour of the old city and have free time to relax and explore on your own. After taking time to discover Mostar and sip some traditional Turkish coffee, you will head to Kravice Waterfalls on the Trebižat River, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in its waters before heading back to Dubrovnik.

  • Get to know the old city of Mostar with a guided walking tour.
  • Discover the bazaars in Mostar and enjoy traditional Turkish coffee
  • See the breathtaking Kravice Waterfalls and enjoy a swim in its waters
  • Stop for a photo in Počitelj
  • Duration 11 hours
  • Rating 4.7 / 5 with over over 99 reviews
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque built in the 16th Century

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The Kravice Waterfalls were amazing – you could hear them well before you saw them owing to it being early May and still lots of snow melt – the river was flooded as a result – and the overall impact was stunning. Mostar was most enjoyable and the view from the top of the 16th-century minaret is well worth the €6.

reviewed by Katrina – United Kingdom

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Dubrovnik has many great accommodation options from the seaside to the UNESCO Dubrovnik Old Town. From backpacker to the apartment and 5-star accommodation. Check out the map below for hotels booking and prices


Luxury Mostar Tour from Dubrovnik with Lunch in Ston

Leave Dubrovnik to go and visit Mostar. A city rich in its mix of culture, history, religion, and architecture. Try ˝Baklava˝, famous Bosnian rich and very sweet pastry, drink Turkish coffee.

Visit the Old Town for the true experience of this amazing city. One of the most famous bridges in Mostar is the Old Bridge. It is protected by the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Go shopping on the Old Bazar Kujundziluk, the famous street in Mostar.

On the way to Dubrovnik, you stop at Ston, a small coastal town best known for its salt and oysters. Ston has the longest city walls in Europe. Visit the famous salt works, take a relaxing walk and after that have lunch at the local restaurant where you can and should try the best oysters in Croatia

  • stop at Mostar for 2 hours
  • stop at Ston for 2 hours
  • Duration 10 hours

Croatia and Bosnia are not members of the European Union. Thus they still have border controls in place. This requires you to bring your passport for entry and departure points between the 2 countries. We would not like to see your Mostar tour from Dubrovnik ruined by this oversight

How to get to Dubrovnik Mostar bus

The travel distance from Dubrovnik to Mostar is about 140 km, which equals a travelling time by bus of roughly 3 hours. The route follows the Adriatic coast to Opuzen from where it continues via Metkovic to Mostar.

From Dubrovnik, there are a few daily buses to Mostar during winter time and several daily buses during summer time. At the time of writing (May) there were 10 daily buses travelling between Dubrovnik and Mostar. Make sure to get a seat at the left side of the bus so you can enjoy the view as you travel along the coast.

Prices seem to range between 14 and 16 euros for the trip.

Headed to the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque near the old town. For a few dollars, they will let you get the best views in town of the Mostar Bridge along the Neretva River

Driving to Mostar from Dubrovnik

Google maps show a driving time of around 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach Mostar from Dubrovnik. The time it takes will depend a lot on the border crossings out of Croatia and into Bosnia. In the summer months the wait can be up to an hour I am told.

The drive is nice and scenic with coastal views, rivers, towns and valleys along the way. the scenery in the Balkans really is beautiful and rewarding for those that take the time to visit.

Make sure you have maps me installed on your phone or bring a GPS device with you for the journey. Sometimes the roads and signs in Bosnia are not so straight forward. Driving your own car or hiring a car allows you the most flexibility on this trip

Make sure you ask the car rental company about taking the car into Bosnia. In the past you were required to have a cross border card. These days that is no longer required. Some unscrupulous rental car companies will still tray and charge you for this. It is not required.

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There are 3 different routes one can take from Dubrovnik to Mostar

  • Route Number 1 is 2 h 13 min (129.4 km) via M6
  • Route Number 2 is 2 h 23 min (140.9 km) via M6 and M17.3
  • Route Number 3 is 2 h 53 min (165.2 km) via M20
Neretva River that flows through Bosnia and Croatia

Dubrovnik to Mostar train options

There are no direct train routes from Dubrovnik and Mostar. The nearest train runs from Caplijina in Bosnia. You would need to take a 2-hour bus ride to get there before departing by train. A Dubrovnik to Mostar train is not a viable option.

A day trip to Mostar really is worth the time and money taken to experience it. Dubrovnik is a great base for exploring the coast of the Adriatic. We hope this article has given you the information you need to make your Dubrovnik day trip a sucess.

Getting to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the 10th biggest city in Croatia.

Dubrovnik Airport is serviced by some of the top Airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Austrian Airways and Air Serbia just to name a few. We recommend MOMONDO for your flight searches.

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What to do in Singapore with kids when you are on a tight budget? This was a question we asked ourselves over and over again when we were planning our trip to Singapore. Singapore is known as one of the most expensive cities, especially with the Aussie dollar being low at the moment.

With our long term travel plans, we knew we would have to watch our money here and watch it we did. We sat down looked at what to do in Singapore with kids and added it up. It added up fast and to a lot very quickly.

Singapore is amazing

Singapore is known for an abundance of things to do with kids and we had the added issue of time constraints and money. Did we want to spend more here and miss out in another place or keep to our budget? We decided to try to get the best of both worlds on our trip to Singapore.

There is no point going to a place and not seeing some of the sites that the city has to offer. If you know you are going to a place and there is a big ticket item you want to do you need to save for that and that is what we did with one activity we did in Singapore with kids.

Here we have some of the Singapore activities with kids we did. We tried to keep our spending down so we could save money. So here are our best places to visit in Singapore in 3 days on a budget.

Day 1 Singapore Itinerary

Breakfast at the zoo with the orangutans

Breakfast at the zoo with the orangutans was something both the girls wanted to enjoy so we asked family for money to help with that experience for them. For Christmas, the girls were given money from family to put towards doing this.

  • Adult ticket to breakfast at the zoo is: $61.13
  • Childrens ticket to breakfast at the zoo is: $43.06
Orangutans are amazing at Singapore Zoo Where is the Singapore Zoo?

The address you will need is: 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826.

You can take public transport out to the zoo or a grab.

What time is breakfast with the Orangutans?

You can enter the Singapore Zoo anywhere from 8.30 onwards but you should get to the Ah Meng restaurant where your breakfast will be served just before 9.00 to get seated and some breakfast before the orangutans make their entrance just before 9.30.


Singapore Zoo Entry

If you have breakfast at the zoo you will then be able to wander the zoo at your own pace. After we finished breakfast we spent around about 4 hours wandering the zoo and looking at the animals.

*If you are hot and need a rest the reptile enclosure has air conditioning in there and ou can watch the reptiles while you are in there.

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Tips for the Singapore Zoo:
  • Make sure you do take some water with you. See if you can freeze it at your hotel to keep it cooler for longer.
  • Take plenty of sunscreen and a good hat
  • Think about getting an insulated drink cooler to keep your water cold
  • There is a little train that goes around the zoo. It costs $5S per person

After visiting Singapore Zoo for a few hours you may want to go back to your hotel and have a rest after your early morning.

Singapore Zoo opening hours:

8.30am – 6.00pm (Last entry is at 5.30pm)

Singapore Zoo is open every day of the year.

Mighty african animals at Singapore Zoo Day 2 Singapore Itinerary

The weather in Singapore was very hot when we were there and it was early on in our trip so we slept a little later than usual. We normally headed out at about 9.30.

Bounce Singapore

Time to burn off some energy with a visit to Bounce Singapore. We had an awesome time where all 4 of us bounced and laughed for a couple of hours. If you are looking for the best family activities Singapore has to offer then this would be one! Well, as long as you all jump!

Admission1st Session2nd Session
General Admission$25$21
Junior Jumper$17$12
Student Session$19.90$14.00
Family Jumpers$75.00$59.00
  • General admission is for jumpers over 110cm in height
  • Junior Jumper is for kids above 3 years old and under 110cm in height
  • For a student discount, you must have a valid student card
  • The student session is not available during weekends or public holidays
  • The Family Jumpers is for 4 jumpers with a maximum of 2 adults
Where is Bounce Singapore?

The address you will need is: Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road #09-01
Singapore 239695

Bounce Singapore can be a little tricky to find. There are signs on the escalators that will take you to the lift. It is on the 9th floor so keep an eye out for the signs in the shopping complex.

When is Bounce Singapore open?

Monday to Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 9 am – 10 pm

Fun at Bounce Singapore
Tips for Bounce Singapore:
  • You need to purchase special socks for Bounce Singapore
  • There are food and drinks on site
  • You can hire a locker if the whole family want to jump
  • There is a sitting area if you don’t want to as well

Bounce Singapore is a quick walk from the Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road. Bounce Singapore is also one of the best things to do in Singapore with kids with air conditioning even though you do work up a sweat.

Lunch on Orchard Road

Bounce Singapore is located in a shopping mall with plenty of food outlets inside. You can choose one of them or you can head to the huge food court at the Food Republic and get some amazing food.

Gardens by the Bay – Day visit

During the day you can have a look at the huge ‘trees’ that are Gardens by the Bay.

Entry is free and it is a great place to just sit and have a cool drink and let the kids run around for a little bit. You can also pay to go up the trees and you can even have a meal there. These we found were well out of our budget while we were in Singapore.

Remember if you cant afford to buy travel Insurance you cant afford to travel The Singapore Flyer by night

The Singapore Flyer will give you amazing views over the city of Singapore at night. It takes around 45 minutes to do a lap of the Singapore Flyer. we decided to do the Singapore Flyer at night as we were hoping it was not as busy. We arrived just in time for one of the last entries.

Ticket Price
Adult (13 years and older)$33
Child (3-12years)$21
Senior (60+ only for citizens)$24
The Singapore Flyer Where is the Singapore Flyer?

The address you will need is: 30 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039803

What time is the Singapore Flyer open?

8:30am – 10:30pm Last Admission is 10:15pm 

Tips for the Singapore Flyer:
  • You can go during the day or at night. We like the night time rides the most
  • You will have to go through some checkpoints so please make sure you have time
  • You cannot take food and drinks on board
  • There is limited seating within the pod
Day 3 Singapore Itinerary

Spend the morning relaxing at your hotel

If you are staying at the lovely Holiday Inn Express Katong you can go down and have a look at the old style shop houses along the main road after your amazing breakfast.

Merlion Park

Merlion Park is where you can get some great pictures with the Merlion and the Marina Bay Sands behind you. You can grab some lunch here and do some shopping or you can get a boat and see the city of Singapore from the water.

Breathtaking views of Singapore from Merlion Park Gardens by the Bay – Night Visit

What a way to finsih your stay in Singapore with attending the night light show at Gradens by the Bay. Entry is free and you can find a nice spot to sit and enjoy the show.

Top tips for Gardens by the Bay night show

  • Grab some drinks and some snacks so you can all sit and have a relaxing time
  • Take a blanket if you can to sit on but you don’t have to as the grass is fine
  • If you want great night pictures don’t forget your tripod
  • Make sure you are ready for the extremely long wait at the taxi rank at the end
Gardens by the Bay is a must do in Singapore

This is what we did in Singapore during our visit and we tried hard to save where we could. We did not eat fast food or drink as we found it was too expensive. Some nights we had street food and some nights we had a noodle cup.

There are so many things to do in Singapore with kids the costs can blow out so quickly. We added up some of the activities on offer and they came to hundreds of dollars. In this, you can look up an alternative and go to that if you do not like what we did.

So, we picked the things that were really important to us and we did those knowing that we can return in the future. For that trip, we will set another budget and stick to that as we did here.

Where to stay in Singapore:

We have stayed at and recommend Holiday Inn Express for your accommodation in Singapore.

Holiday Inn Express Katong – Located in the traditional area of Singapore, only 5-10 minutes from the city centre by car. In the Katong area, you will be staying where the first settlers built their houses. Holiday Inn Express Katong has adjoining family rooms, free breakfast, washing machines and clothes dryers. The friendly staff will help you with all your tourist information needs.

Rooms at Holiday Inn

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Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road – Located right in the middle of the city and just a few steps from the famous Orchard Road. You will find shopping centres, food courts and attractions right at your fingertips. Holiday Inn Express Orchard Road offers an outdoor setting area on the ground floor and the 4th floor. Rooms feature comfortable beds, adjoining rooms, a cafe and a gym.

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Both Holiday Inn Express locations in Singapore offer Free Breakfast, Wifi, Laundry facilities, communal are in the lobby, cable tv channels, and friendly staff. They are brilliant places to stay in Singapore for families.

Columbia day packs built to last just ask us, 29 countries and counting < How to get to Singapore:

Singapore by plane: Singapore Changi Airport is the 6th busiest airport in the world and rated the worlds best airport for the last 7 years running. Singapore Changi is the home base airport for Singapore AirlinesSingapore Airlines CargoSilkAirScoot, and Jetstar Asia Airways . Changi is located 20 kilometres from the downtown area which is easily reachable by train, bus, taxi and Grab.

Singapore by bus: Travelling by bus to Singapore is convenient, comfortable and cheap. All buses to Singapore come from Malaysia via Kuala Lumpur and closer direct towns. Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by bus takes around 6 hours including stops at immigration and food breaks.

We use and recommend 12go Asia for all our public transport needs

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We hope this article highlights some affordable family travel options for you in Singapore. Singapore is on one the worlds most popular destinations

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Hmmm, where does one start with Ocean Park Vientiane Laos? Is it one of the best things to do with kids in Vientiane? Is it even one of the best things to do in Vientiane? We were looking for some top things to do in Vientiane in the heat and Ocean Park kept coming up. So we decided to go and see what it was like.

To be honest it’s really hard to start anywhere because the website gives you very little information about anything at the only water park in Vientiane. It does show you where it is and what slides and pools are on site. At times like this, a quick view of Trip Advisor is required.

Having been in Laos for 3 weeks we were not expecting much of Ocean Park Vientiane. Like most things, Ocean Park in the Laos capital is just, yes just. That’s how I have come to describe a lot of things in Laos

Is Ocean Park a Vientiane attraction?

I had warned the kids not to expect anything like we had previously experienced at Escape Penang or Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast in Australia. They were not sure what to make of my warning but they quickly realised when walked in and saw the rusty steel frames of water slides and paint peeled from the bottom of the pools.

3 water slides at Ocean Park

Half of Ocean Park seems to be permanently closed when we attended. Not sure if it was closed for maintenance or what, most signs did say it was closed for cleaning. But in this section, the grass was overgrown and there was rubbish on the ground. If you have been to Laos rubbish on the ground is sometimes thicker than grass.

So what was open at this Vientiane water park? The wave pool was opened. It was a big size, to be honest, and broken up into 2 sections. One section was 2 meters deep and the other 3 meters deep.

The paint is peeling off the bottom of the wave pool and floats all through the water along with sand. Not sure where the sand comes from as there is no sand onsite. So it needs to be said it’s not the cleanest water you will find but it is not dirty either.

Wave Pool in Vientaine

I found peeling paint to be common in all the pool sections throughout the park. The kid’s pool area had fountains and tipping water buckets much like any other kids pool section you would find worldwide. The kids running and screaming were having a great time.

The waterslides that were working were the Speed Racer. You know the one where you fly down on your stomach racing the people next to you.

There was a big slide measuring 15 meters high and a small one measuring 10 meters. The big one was located next to the wave pool and was for older people to go on. It was bigger, longer and faster.

The smaller 10-meter slide one was in between the pink slider and another water slide called the Slide Shine Yellow. This one was easier for the kids to go on as if there was a long line they could go down one of the others while they waited. It was a shorter one and it didn’t seems to go as fast as the larger one.

There were 2 snake like slides the twist and turn one of these required you to go down on blow up tubes while the other one you did not require a tube. Up to three people could fit on the tube slide at any one time

The biggest and fastest water slide was closed. It was the type where the tube gets taken up a conveyor belt and you get on at the top. It looked like so much fun. It was an enclosed slide, the only one in the park.

Kids pool

There was a short lazy river that flowed around the closed section of the water park. The Lazy river was 1 meter deep and moved at a rather slow pace from what we could see.

There was no shortage of food around the park. It was a bit like an Asian market in the food sense. It seems people rent out a kiosk and cook and stock what they like to sell. There was easily a dozen of these stands around the park to buy food and drinks from.

For this reason, you are not allowed to bring any food or drinks into Ocean Park at all and that includes water. The person manning the gate will check your bag as well. If you do have drinks and you want to keep them they will encourage you to write your name on the bottle and you can collect it on your way out.

There was a bar serving the standard Beer Lao and a Belgium Beer that came in Rose, Lemon and the normal wheat beer variety.

Places to eat at Ocean Park

Food prices

French fries 10,000 kip
Mixed fried rice 35000 kip 
Ice pole 2000 kip
Soft drink 8000 kip
Water 6000 kip

There  were cabanas that were free to use. They had a bench table and chairs but not screening from the sun or for privacy. Needless to say they were free and available on a first in first seated basis.

Plenty of seats and benches around the park for everyone. Change rooms and toilets are available as are outside fresh water showers to hose off 

On the weekends they have music playing on the P.A and a live band on at 2pm to entertain you.

There is no towel hire available so you will need to bring your own from the hotel. Locker hire was available for 10,000 kip with a 20,000 kip deposit

Like all water parks and places in Asia the water is never really cold it always feels like a lukewarm bath. We attended Ocean Park on a Saturday in the dry season when the weather was pushing up into the very high ’30s and it was not crowded at all.

Vientaine water park slides

The question is I guess, is a visit to this Laos tourist attraction worth it? Yes, we believe it is if you don’t hold it up to western standards. There are flaws but that’s Asia. It does not stop the locals from enjoying the park nor should it stop you
It is one of the few spots to cool down in Vientiane Laos. It is one of the few things to do with teenagers in Vientiane as well.

Entry price to Ocean world Vientaine

Adults 40000 kips on weekends
Children 30000 kip (below  140cm)

The price is very reasonable I think, in Australia, we would pay this for 1 person entering a water park

How to get to Ocean Park Vientaine

We caught a Tuk-tuk from the city centre of Vientiane stayed at the park for 4 hours and he returned us to the city for 150000 kip.

So entry and transport for a family of 4 costs just over 300,000 kip or $50 Australian. This is very reasonable by Western prices.

Closed section of the park Places to stay in Vientiane

Vientiane being the capital of Laos has many accommodation options from 5 star to budget. The most popular spots to stay are along the Mekong River area.


On a personal note, we stayed at two different hotels during our stay. One mid-range and one top end hotel. The Hemera was in the business area and close to the Patuxai Monument. While La Seine by Burasari was along the Mekong and offered top class accommodation.

How to get to Vientiane

Vientiane’s Wattay Airport is 4 km west of the city. You will frequently see planes coming in over the Mekong River to land.

You will find direct flights from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, China, Kuala Lumpur and South Korea

You can get a bus from all parts of Laos, Vietnam and Thailand into Vientiane. The Thai city of Nong Khan is just on the other side of the Mekong River. You can get a direct train from Bangkok to Nong Khan.

You can rent a car in many cities around Asia and drive to Vientiane. I must warn you the roads in Laos are the worst I have seen in any country in Asia.

Money in Laos

The local currency in Laos is the Kip which is issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 & 100000 Kip notes. Although Laos’s official currency is the Kip the US Dollar is widely accepted in many transactions. Be aware they will only accept USD if the notes are new and untorn.

ATM machines in most Asian countries are easy to find. You will find one on nearly every corner. What is difficult is the amount of money they let you take out. In Laos some will allow 1,000,000 kip while other 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 kip. The transaction fees vary from 20,000 kip to 3% of the amount withdrawn.

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When we were looking for places to stay in Chiang Rai, The Connect Hostel kept popping up high in every search. There were many hotels and hostels in Chiang Rai to choose from. We selected Connect Hostel as our Chiang Rai accommodation.

We like staying at hostels with our kids especially when we can find good quality hostels for families. The pictures and the 9.1 ratings on booking.com told us that the Connect Hostel might just be a great place to stay in Chiang Rai.

We were able to get accommodation in Chiang Mai at the Connect Hostel for 4 in a private room with shower and toilet facilities. Private rooms with ensuite are important when travelling with kids. You don’t want them leaving the room in the middle of the night looking for a toilet without you knowing.

Check in counter at Connect

The hostel was located 900 meters from the Chiang Rai bus station in a handy location adjacent to the city centre. If you have luggage a grab will cost you around 60 Baht to be delivered to the front door but if you want to walk it will take you about 20 minutes from the bus station.

The Connect Hostel in Chiang Rai Thailand is in a contemporary building that may have been re-purposed for the hostel. You will find 6 bed mixed dorm rooms, female only rooms and family-friendly rooms for 4.

What stands out above all other things about this hostel is the staff. The staff are amazing. From the minute you arrive Tu who is the owner is wanting to help you with anything you need from tours to taxies and suggestions for places to eat. Her service is complemented by Pete and Jasmin with their youthfully enthusiasm and friendliness.

A perfect example was when we thought we had lost our room key in the first few hours at dinner. Bec walked back along our entire route to see if she could find it but she couldn’t.

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We told Tu while she was gone and when Bec returned hot and puffed Tu was more worried about Bec than the key, providing her with some cold water and a cloth. Turns out the key was in the small plastic bag we had been carrying which made us all laugh!

Kitchen facilities at Connect Hostel

We happened to be in Chiang Rai for Songkran the Thai New Year holiday. Tu organised a water container out the front of the hostel with buckets, an umbrella for shade and a hose so we could all join in the celebrations. While Pete hid inside avoiding the water Jasmin was into it!

She was all buckets blazing throwing water and engaging with us guests to take part. On the second day of Songkran, Jasmin led a posse of guests up to the main street where the Songkran activities in Chiang Rai were happening. Some of this was in her own time right up to 15 minutes before starting her second job.

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You can book numerous tours around Chiang Rai through the hostel and even a bus/boat combination into Laos and onto Luang Prabang.

A fridge and snack stand in the lobby sold beer, soft drink, milk, noodle cups, crisps and more. Behind the desk was a coffee machine where you could get a hot barista type made coffee or the iced variety.

A bookcase with magazines, books, board games was available for everyone to use. An LCD TV was placed in front of the couch with a Nintendo switch for the kids and the big kids to play.

Playing Nintendo

The lobby had a small communal area with 2 couches and 4 small tables and chairs. The upstairs communal area kitchen was amazing.

The kitchen had a communal fridge, 2 toasters, toaster oven and microwave for your use. Free tea and coffee were available. This area was bright and spacious made of mostly glass. The hostel offered a breakfast of eggs, banana, pineapple, with bread, jam and butter for 50 Baht. We had this on a few mornings and it was easy to do.

Out the back was laundry facilities for you to use with washing machines and clothes dryers. The washing machines and dryers were 20 Baht each to use. This adjoined the communal toilet and shower area where there were male and female bathrooms. In the little stand at the counter, you could also find little sachets of liquid washing detergent for 10 Baht if you forgot to get some.

Washing facilities

The hostel has 4 bikes that you can use to explore the town or even ride the 12 kilometres to the White Temple if that’s your thing. If it’s not your thing a grab will cost you around 180 Baht. The local White Temple bus costs around 20 Baht.

Hostels are a great place to meet other travellers and make connections for future travel. The Connect Hostel was no exception. People from Germany, USA, Singapore, Brazil, Spain and more were present.

We spent an amazing Songkran with some of these guys and they were great with the kids which can be really hard sometimes.

Maybe the travellers at the hostel find our girls easier to connect with as they are travelling as well, I am unsure. We have since caught up with Anna and her mum since we left the Connect Hostel and plan to stay in touch with the others we met there too.

Princess Jasmine as i called her, outstanding employee

Overall our experience at the Connect hostel was 5 star. It certainly deserves its 9+ rating. For a family of 4, the price was around $50 Australian a night and well worth it. Connect is the only place to stay in Chiang Rai for affordable travel.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

There are many great Chiang Rai attractions to see while you stay at the Connect Hostel. Chiang Rai is the biggest city in the north of Thailand.

  • Blue Temple
  • Clock Tower
  • Hilltribe Museum
  • Chiang Rai Night Bazzar
  • The Golden Triangle
How to get to Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is located in Nothern Thailand. Chaing Rai is accessible by plane, bus and car from Thailand and surrounding countries.

Bangkok to Chiang Rai by bus and car is 10.5 hours

Chiang Mai To Chiang Rai by bus and car is 3 hours

Chiang Khong To Chiang Rai is 2 hours 15 minutes by bus and car.

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Mae Fah Luang is the name of Chiang Rai International Airport. The airport is located about 8 km from the Chiang Rai city centre. The airport handles over 500,000 passengers, 3,900 flights and 2,700 tons of cargo every year.
An airport city loop bus will take you into Chiang Rai city.

The route passes King Mengrai Monument, the Night Bazaar, Chiang Rai Bus Station 1, CentralPlaza Chiang Rai, and terminates at Chiang Rai Bus Station 2. The service will run from 6:00 am to 11:20 pm and costs only 20 Baht for the entire line

What type of money do they use in Thailand?

The money in Thailand is the Baht. You will find coins of 25 and 50 satangs, 1, 2, 5 and 10 Baht. The banknotes come in denominations of 10 Baht, 20 Baht, 50 Baht, 100 Baht, 500 Baht and 1,000 Baht.

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Finding a place to have a nice dinner while travelling can be really hard especially with a very fussy child. We were asked to have dinner at the lovely The Terrace restaurant while we were staying in Luang Prabang. We eagerly said yes and hoped we would find something that Marley would eat. The Terrace Luang Prabang may have met its fussiest guest!

The setting at the Terrace
Where is The Terrace located in Luang Prabang?

The address of The Terrace Luang Prabang is: Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang

Once we arrived at The Terrace restaurant we were given a quick tour of the facilities that are around the restaurant. The Terrace is a part of the Burasari Hotel in Luang Prabang but the restaurant is open to people other than guests. They also have a 5 star Trip advisor spa on site! Willow and I were extremely happy to see that. It has been a very long time since we had any pampering on this trip!

Pad Thai Lao Style
Our dinner

As we were guests of The Terrace Burasari the chef had put together a special menu for us all to enjoy. The biggest choice that we had right then was were we going to sit inside in the lavish restaurant or outside, riverside on the terrace. Outside won in the end and we all sat down on large comfy chairs watching the life go by on the Nam Khan river.

We were given nice cold towels with a gorgeous peppermint smell to them to wipe our faces and necks. Sak our waiter then put on a fan for us to keep cool in the Laos heat. Once the sun went down it did become much more comfortable out on the deck. The twinkling fairy lights in all of the trees really gave it an extra special feel for us.

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Our entree was served to us by Souk. She told us it was a Pad Tahi wrapped in egg with Pad Thai sauce.

Served on two plates we shared one between Mark and Willow and the other was left to Marley and me.

Fish and coconut soup

What Bec thought:

I have not taken to the Pad Thai over here due to the spicy-ness. These were really mild and I enjoyed being able to taste what was in them rather than having my mouth on fire after a bite. The egg was like a beaten egg so it didn’t have a huge amount of taste and I loved the prawn as well.

What Marley thought:

I didn’t like the egg much but I ate some of the noodles that were on the inside…Mum got my prawn. The noodles were nice and they weren’t spicy. I would eat it like this again as it wasn’t all over the place, it was nice and neat on my plate.

Main Meal

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Our main meal had two options.

Option 1 was a sweet and sour chicken with vegetables and rice and Option 2 was fish in coconut soup. Our servings of rice came in a love heart shape which the girls absolutely loved.

What Mark thought of the fish in coconut soup:

I am not a big fish eater so I was really surprised at how I liked it. The fish wasn’t overcooked and mushy so you could get large chunks of it to enjoy it with the coconut soup. I was surprised at how the tomato went well with it too as I didn’t think of putting tomato in a bowl of coconut soup.

What Bec thought of the sweet and sour chicken:

This was my favourite dish of the night. I loved the sweetness of the pineapple and how the sauce mixed in with the rice so I could enjoy it after Marley finished off my chicken! It wasn’t too sour which can sometimes be a problem but it was fantastic.

What Willow thought of the main meals:

The sweet and sour chicken was my favourite. I thought it was a little bit small to share with my Dad so it was lucky that we had a big bit of rice to go with it. We don’t eat a lot of fish at home so I was surprised that I liked the fish but I didn’t have much I prefer the broth.

What Marley thought of the main meals:

I actually really liked the main meals. I didn’t want the fish but I liked the coconut soup that it came in. I ended up eating Mum’s chicken as I found it a little bit small and I was still hungry.


mango sticky rice

Our dessert was bought out and it was the dish we had all been looking forward to. We had mango sticky rice with a twist…blue sticky rice!

What Mark thought of the Mango sticky rice:

We have had a few of these on our travels but this is the first one where we have had blue rice. I found this to be really nice and not too coconutty.

What Marley thought of the Mango sticky rice:

I was a bit freaked out by the blue rice at the start but I liked it once I tried it. The mango was nice and soft not hard like ones we have had in the past.


As we were purchasing our own drinks Mark and I decided to have an alcoholic beverage with our dinner.

I had a Laojito (a Laos twist on the classic mojito as they use Lao vodka in it) and a pineapple shake. It seriously tasted like a pineapple ice cream. It was so good and recommended to us by our waiter Sak. We asked if he could order a drink what would he order and he chose that one.

Mark had a Laos beer

Willow had a mango fruit shake.

Marley had a virgin mojito. She has really taken to a good mocktail on this trip and these are her go to when she is allowed to have them.

All the drinks were nice and cold. Sitting out on the terrace you do need a nice cold drink to enjoy the atmosphere.

The Setting

We loved sitting out in the open and watching the world go by.

The inside area.

While we chose to eat outside we did have a look inside the restaurant. It looked very classic and old style colonial. It was nice and bright with overhead fans going that was keeping it nice and cool for the people eating in there.

Mocktail time at the Heritage

While our menu was a set one and designed for us by the chef we did speak to some young diners in the restaurant (They were at the border town a few days prior with us) They said their meals were nice, served quickly and that they were delicious. From what I saw (they had salads) they looked like nice big serves and were presented well.

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at The Terrace in Luang Prabang. It was a beautiful evening to sit out, enjoy a great meal and watch the world go by

Places to stay in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang has a wide range of accommodation ranging from hostels, villas, guest house up to luxury accommodation such as Sofitel. There are plenty of option for accommodation for you to see the Luang Prabang attractions


We stayed at the fantastic Lotus Villa. Family rooms for 4 free breakfast, convenient location, free bikes, free afternoon tea and amazing staff. Located only 1 street away from the Mekong and one street away from the Main street, Restaurants and shops close by.

How to get to Luang Prabang.

There are 4 ways to get to Luang Prabang. Boat, plane, car and bus. As we are writing this the Chinese are building a railway system for the Laos Government.

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The Luang Prabang boats arrive daily. Most ply there trade down the Mekong from Huay Xai on the Laos Thailand border. The trip covers 330 kilometres over 2 days with a stop in Pakbeng. It is an amazing way to see the country

Highway 13 brings people into Luang Prabang from Vang Vieng and Vientiane in the south and via Highway 1 to the north. Highway 13 is a long, bumpy, and winding road trip. The road quality is poor and the 183 kilometres from Vang Vieng will take well over 5 hours

Luang Prabang airport is located just 5 kilometres from the city centre. The airport opened in 2013 and serviced by Bangkok, Laos, Vietnman and Thai Airways, Silk Air and Air Asia. Visa on arrival is available at Luang Prabang Airport.

Weather In Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang weather can be hot and hotter. Temperatures in Luang Prabang easily reach 40 degrees in the hot months happen regularly. We were there for 7 days when the temperature was over 40 every day.

May is the hottest month in Luang Prabang with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F) and the coldest is December at 20°C (69°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 9 in April. The wettest month is August with an average of 288.6mm of rain.

Luang Prabang from above Money in Laos

The local currency in Laos is the Kip which is issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10000, 20000, 50000 & 100000 Kip notes. Although Laos’s official currency is the Kip. The US Dollar is widely accepted in many transactions. Be aware they will only accept USD if the notes are new and untorn

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Bangkok is a mega Asian city. Visiting Bangkok with kids whether they be small, tweens or teens is a great experience. In this post, you will find a mix of historic, cultural, relaxing and fun things to do with kids in Bangkok.

Bangkok is a big sprawling confrontation of old meeting new, of traditional versus modern and it all happens in front of your eyes in Thai capital. Visiting Bangkok with teenagers is easy, fun and an experience not to be missed.

Theme Parks in Bangkok with teenagers

Fantasia Lagoon Water Park

Centrally located on top of the Mall Bangkae roof is Fantasia Lagoon, Water Park. You will find multiple pools and waterslides to have fun with. On the floor under the water park is an amusement centre. Combine all this with the mall and you have the ultimate day out with teenagers in Bangkok

Address: 275 Moo 1, Petchkasem Rd. Phasicharoen Bangkok 10600

Snow Town Bangkok at Gateway Ekkamai

Another Bangkok Mall but this time its theme area has a twist. Its a winter wonderland with 30-40 centimetres of snow where you can hire ski and toboggans to use on its artificial ski slope. Like an alpine village it as the main street with restaurants. This is one of the best things to do in Bangkok with teenagers.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11.00 – 22.00, Saturday – Sunday and Holidays 10.00 – 22.00

Location: Fifth Floor, Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Road

BTS station: Sukhumvit


Dreamworld Bangkok is located just out of the city. It has 43 different attractions onsite ranging from Rollercoasters to indoor snow tubing. You will find the usual stage shows, restaurants and even a small water park.

This makes a great day out in Bangkok. Take the hassle out of it and pre-book tickets with a return transfer from your Bangkok hotel below. This would have to be one of the best kids activities in Bangkok for all ages!

Bangkok food tours

We did the Historic Bangkok food tour with Bangkok food tours. This is an amazing way to learn about the history of Bangkok through its food. Our guide Yiwah was very attentive and happily answered all the questions our teen and tween posed her.

She was also fantastic at finding an alternative for Marley as she is so fussy but encouraging her to at least try the food first. For foodie kids and even the fussiet, this is a brilliant way to experience Bangkok with kids.

The tour is located in the old area of Bangkok, which is the area that was first settled in Bangkok. As you can imagine there is a huge amount of food influences in this area. We were lucky enough to sample foods influenced by the Chinese, Muslims and Indians.

Of the 5 places, we sampled foods they had all been in business well over 50 years. It is one of the most unique things to do in Bangkok especially if you are not sure about foods or looking for a hidden gem.

These iconic food spots surely know how to serve up a tasty meal! Our teenagers in Bangkok particularly liked the stop at the bakery where their specialty was Green Custard Buns.

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Bangkok National Museum.

The National Museum in Bangkok is located just near the Royal Palace. The museum blew us away from the moment you walk into the first gallery. You are greeted with artifacts dating back as far as the history of Thailand.

The giant Buddha head salvaged from Ayutthaya is a stand out feature of the room. As you move through the different sites at the museum you will see displays of metalwork, porcelain, fabrics and much more. This has to be one of the best places to visit in Bangkok with family, especially if you are world schooling your kids.

Not to be missed is the Royal Carriage room that showcases coronation and celebration carriages the Royal Family have used dating back 300 years. It is also the home to some of the Royal Piers and coffins that have been used.  It a must for travelling kids in Bangkok to learn about the history of the country.

Where to shop in Bangkok

The MBK centre in Bangkok is not the newest or the most upmarket shopping mall in Bangkok (you can find that opposite at Siam Discovery and Siam Paragon) What you will find at the MBK is 8 floors of shops.

If you can imagine a cross between a shopping centre and a market thats what you will find at the MBK in Bangkok. Whole floors dedicated to clothes and electronics. On the 8th floor, you will find cinemas, karaoke and food,

How to get to the MBK: BTS National Stadium.

Walk out of the BTS station and it is directly on your right.

Temples in Bangkok to Visit

Bangkok literally has a temple on most blocks. You can’t throw a stone without you hitting a temple in Thailand and visiting temples is one of the most special things to do in Bangkok. In Bangkok, there are a few outstanding temples. I won’t go into to details, I will just list some below that are well worth checking out on your visit to Bangkok.

Ratchada Train Night Market.

What to do in Bangkok at night with kids? A night market! You will have to travel to the outskirts of Bangkok for this one. The MRT station Bangkok Cultural Centre is straight over the road. Ratchada Market is huge by any standards and it’s packed to the rafters with people every night.

It’s a mixture of food and the usual good like clothes, sunglasses, crafts and souvenirs. Keep an eye for some of the vintage clothes and accessories that today’s teenagers love.

It’s that type of market where your teen can try crazy food such as scorpions and bugs! This is one of the easiest activities to do in Bangkok with kids, just make sure you stick together as it gets really busy.

The food is a little more expensive than most night markets but still of high quality. We can recommend the Chinese hot pot that we enjoyed it was amazing. You will often find live music or tunes blasting from one of the food and drink bars on site.

How to get to Ratchada Train Night Market: The MRT station Bangkok Cultural Centre is straight over the road. Ratchada Market

Opening Hours of Ratchada Night train Night Market: Daily, 5pm-1am

Where to stay in Bangkok

Bangkok is a megacity with over 10 million people. Bangkok received over 20 million visitors in 2017. This means a lot of tourist accommodation is needed and available. You will find everything from backpacker hostels through to 5 start luxury waiting for you.

Booking.com Hop on Hop off Boat.

The hop on hop off boats plies its way back and forth on the river
Chao Phraya.  The boat is a great way to easily see Bangkok with teenagers. The boat stops at a number of important points along the river such as the
Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin-S6), ICONSIAM Pier, LHONG 1919 Pier, Ratchawongse Pier, Pakklong Taladd (Yodpiman) Pier, Wat Arun Pier, Tha Maharaj Pier, Thonburi Railway Station Pier, and Phra Arthit Pier.

Boats depart every 30 minutes from 9 piers which means you will never wait more than 5-10 minutes at any stop. The Bangkok skyline looks amazing from the water. This is a great way to get some Bangkok sightseeing done easily and with little fuss on a hot day.

How to get to the hop on hop off boat:

If you’re not staying on the river the best place to access the boat is via BTS Station Saphan Taksin. Take Exit 2 and you will be facing the river with the departure point in front of you.


Learn and Visit History of WW2 on the Death Railway with a local.

While we were in Bangkok with kids, we wanted them to learn some of the WW2 history associated with Australia. Take Me Tour runs an amazing tour that specialises in just that history. Australians have a long history with the Thai – Burma railway, The River Kwai and Hellfire Pass.

Many POW’s were Australian interned by the Japanese to work and build this wartime infrastructure in Thailand. Our guide Chain was amazing, full of knowledge and friendly towards the kids. We love guides who listen and interact with the kids. We were picked up in Bangkok and taken to Hellfire Pass via Kanchanaburi.

We stopped at Kanchanaburi, one of the best places to visit near Bangkok, for some traditional food on the way as well as one of the best coffee’s we have had in Asia so far. We went to the Hellfire Pass Museum and then into Hellfire Pass itself.

We caught the train along the death railway back to Kanchanaburi before walking the Bridge over the River Kwai. We had a great meal before heading back to Bangkok. The kids learned heaps about the Australian involvement and that of the Thai, British, American, Dutch and so many more nations.

Some may worry about what their children will be exposed to during this tour. There were no graphic pictures but there were graphic recounts of their time at the camp that some people may find it too distressing for their children in the theatre. For us, it was one of the most important Bangkok activities we could do with our children to teach them history.

Madame Taussauds

We all know the Madame Tussauds name but have we all visited a Madame Tussauds? This is the sort of place teens and tweens love and would have to be one of the most fun places in Bangkok to visit with teenagers.

They get to see life-size wax models of their favourite actors, musicians and sports stars. You can stand beside them and get your pictures taken. It is a bit of fun for everyone involved and maybe the closest we will ever get to our favourite celebs.

10 pin bowling

Cosmic Bowl

Cosmic Bowl Part of EGV chain, Cosmic Bowl features exciting fluorescent bowling and ‘mini’ bowling for the kids. Nearest branch is at EGV Metropolis, Big C Ratchadamri (opposite CentralWorld). 

Location: Ratchadamri BTS: Chidlom 

How to get there: From the BTS, walk pass exit 1 and continue on to the skywalk. Take the stairs in front of the InterContinental Hotel and turn right at the intersection. Continue walking for 10 minutes (300 metres), and Big C should be on your right

SF Strike Bowl & Music City

Enjoy the disco-like atmosphere of SF Strike Bowl & Music City with its 26 normal lanes and two ‘VIP’ lanes. This is a great way to let the family have a bit of fun in Bangkok and get the rivalry out!

Location: MBK Center

Blue-O Rhythm & Bowl

The sleek and sexy Blu-O has 38 lanes, 12 karaoke rooms (including private rooms) and an in-house restaurant.

Location: 5th Floor Paragon Cineplex, Siam Paragon

Escape rooms Bangkok for teenagers.

For those new to Escape rooms this is a quick run down.

An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Bangkok with teenagers.

Puzzle room Bangkok

The four rooms currently are featuring the following puzzles to escape

Bank Robbery
Prison break
Lost symbol
Star Wars

Address: 21/8 Soi Sukhumvit 18 Klongtoi Klongtoi
Bangkok, Thailand

Ticket to Mystery

Ghost tower
Ripper London
Curse of the Pharoah.

You will have 60 minutes to solve the puzzle and find the truth

Address: 982/22 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Eat Ice cream at Mo & Moshi

Mo & Moshi is like an ice cream wonderland. They make them small, big, bigger and enormous. They come in flavours such as cotton candy and they make your taste buds dance with delight and your wallet squeal with fright!

We had the big pink one between a family of four and it came in at around $130 Australian Dollars. It was filled with ice cream, sorbet, poki, waffles, bread (yes a bit strange I know) and fruit. It was a great foodie experience in Bangkok and definitely one of the most fun things in Bangkok to do with kids.

Where is Mo & Moshi?

979 Siam Center Building, 2nd floor, Rama1 Road Prathumwan (705.66 km)
10330 Bangkok, Thailand

BTS Station: National Stadium

Bangkok bike tour

A 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is an ideal way to explore Bangkok with teenagers and the areas of Chinatown, the historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets.

Starting out in Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the market, winding narrow streets and alleyways. We will pass by shops, hidden temples, and experience a culture that has been centuries in the making.

Cross the Chao Phraya River and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Experiencing the authentic Bangkok way of life and see less known areas of the city. This is a great way to get some Bangkok sightseeing done and some exercise too!

Bangkok Weather

The weather in Bangkok is a tropical monsoon climate. The city has three main seasons:

  • The hot season from March to June,
  • Rainy season from July to October and
  • The cool season between November and February.

Expect hot weather all day every day. Daytime temperatures to be in excess of 30 degrees centigrade throughout the year. You may see a slight dip in December and January.

As Bangkok holds claim to being the hottest city in the world. It may not be the hottest day in day out but the fact is that it stays hot for 24 hours a day.

Things to pack for Bangkok for teens

Below is a list of some common sence items to take that will make the travelling experience in Bangkok all that much easier and better.

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for sun and dust
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A trip down the Mekong to Luang Prabang in Laos for many starts in Chiang Rai Thailand. Chiang Rai is the staging point for many travellers going on a Laos Mekong River cruise. The Shampoo Cruise journey starts in Chiang Khong Thailand.

The boat to Luang Prabang with Shampoo Cruise starts on the border town at Chiang Khong in Northern Thailand. We met our tour company representative at the Thailand side of the friendship bridge with Laos.

She was highly organised and walked us through the paperwork that is required to enter Laos, some of which was really confusing. We moved through Thai immigration easily after her help. We had our passport stamped out of Thailand and the waiting began for the bus. A transit bus will be awaiting you but they do like to wait a little while to see if they can fill the bus before taking off. It may be a short or long wait for the bus, as it does not move till its full.

After you start your journey across The Friendship Bridge, this is where you will get your first site of the mighty Mekong River. This wide brown expanse of water flows through 7 countries in South East Asia. The bus takes you over the Mekong and delivers you at Laos immigration. The bus ride is easy, comfortable, air-conditioned and it only takes around 5 minutes to cross the bridge.

View down the Mekong River

Another representative from Shompoo Cruise will be there to meet as you get off the bus. Your first guide has already given you the details but as a busload of people are scrambling for either window number 1 or forms to fill out, it can quickly become a stressful situation. If your paperwork is filled out properly it should be an easy process. You hand your passport into window 1 and pick it up when you pay your $30 USD at window 2. It is cheaper to pay in USD than Thai Baht. Be warned they will not accept any USD bills with tears or marks on them.

Luckily as we were met at the Thai border all out paperwork was already completed and all we had to do was join the line for our visas at window 1. (Even if you are not met at the border you have plenty of time to do the remaining paperwork while you wait for the bus) The representative from Shompoo to meet us at the Laos border was Song. Song directed us to the immigration windows and through to our minibus. After meeting us at the border Song would also be our tour guide for the 2 days while we were cruising the Mekong River with Shompoo.

We were lucky as there was only 8 of us on the cruise so it was an easy and quick process getting our visas. We piled into the minivan and headed for the river about 25 minutes away.

Our boat on the banks of the Mekong

The boat was banked and ready for boarding as soon as we arrived. The 8 of us found a communal area and started the introductions as the boat pulled into the flowing waters. Our guide Song gave a quick chat telling us it was 330knm to Luang Prabang. Chatted about the driver and the safety precautions.

The Mekong River Shompoo Cruise has begun

9.30 am and we were off. For the next 2 hours, we marvelled at the scenery that seemed to breeze past us on the banks of the Mekong. From jungles to rocks, sandbanks and villages. We all took moments from the group chat to go and marvel at what was passing us by.

The Mekong Luxury Cruise interior

We were served a freshly cooked lunch that is made in the kitchen onboard. It was some of the best food we have had on our trip. Our buffet consisted of 5 different plates including chicken wings, sweet and sour chicken, an eggplant dish and a bean dish all served with rice. This was followed up by a fruit platter with dragon fruit and pineapple. We were all feeling very full and happy with our meal.

Shompoo Cruise will also cater to you if you have any allergies or are vegetarian. You just have to let them know as soon as possible and they will do their best to make you something amazing.

We cracked some beers, Lao Lager which you can purchase on board. A large bottle will cost you 20,000Kip. Tea, coffee and water are complimentary. The Lao beer is a really good drop. For those still hungry, you could purchase a snack such as Pringles at around 30,000Kip or oreo biscuits at 10,000Kip as well. Soft drink cans are also nice and cold. They will cost you 10,000Kip each

The Mekong plays such a huge part of the lives of people living on its banks. We saw fishermen, kids playing in the water, fast and slow boats ferrying passengers and cargo boats. You will even see the occasional wreck that has come to grief in the fast flowing waters of the Mekong.

A few of us dropped off for a snooze on the day beds. It was quite easy to fall asleep with the gentle rocking of the boat and a full belly of food on this Mekong River tour

We visited a hillside village on our first day. Song took us through the town to show us how the people lived. The houses while small had all that the people needed in them. Most were high off the ground with the families animals underneath.

River side village in Laos

Pigs, chickens and dogs roamed freely around with the tiny chicks being a favourite with us all as they chirped and chased their mum. Families would peer out from their houses to see us. One even had a solar panel so the family had a TV.

Back on the boat and our guide broke out the Lao whisky. Shots were happening with many laughs happening all around. We approached Pakbeng around 4.30 with day one of our Shompoo Crusie wrapping up. Everyone made their way to the accommodation for the night.

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Shompoo Cruise can organize accommodation in Chiang Kong the night before departure, Pakbeng for the overnight stopover and Luang Prabang for the night of arrival for you.

Alternatively, you can do this your self through Booking.com, Trip Advisor, Agoda etc.

On day 2 the boat was set to leave at 7.45 am. We would have 6 hours straight up on the boat. We quickly chatted about our evenings in Pakbeng.

Our tour guide Song would come and check with us every hour to see if we wanted tea and coffee or if we needed anything else. By this time we were all very comfortable walking up to the bar to get anything else, we may have wanted throughout the day.

It was a great approach as Song would come along not too much and not too little. Sometimes you get these guides that are always next to you asking are you ok etc. When Song was with us he was a heap of fun and had us laughing all the time. He was very knowledgeable and was happy to share stories with us too.

We saw water buffalo on the banks and birdlife in the air as we headed downstream inching away at the 170 kilometres we needed to cover on day 2. One thing we all loved spotting was the whirlpools that formed in the water. You had to be really quick in spotting them though as they were soon well past the boat.

Another amazing lunch was served this time consisting of spring rolls, lemongrass pork balls, curry chicken, hot cucumber salad and Asian stir fry vegetables.

Pork Sticks
Chicken Curry

Things to bring for kids

The girls were keeping themselves occupied with YouTube videos they had downloaded the night before.

For kids it can be two long days looking out of the side of the boat. There is no wifi on board but there is 240 volt charging for all your electrical equipment and gadgets.

List of things to bring for kids on a cruise down the Mekong

The first stop for the day after 6 hours was the Pak Ao Caves. These caves are important to the Lao people as a hiding spot for their Buddha statues. The Chinese came to Lao 400 years ago and tried to destroy all the images of Buddha. Today 4000 Buddha statues remain in the caves.

Some of the 4000 Budha’s
Looking doen on our Shompoo Boat

Back on the boat for 30 minutes till we pulled into the Lao Lao Whisky Village. They make all types of whisky here. You find whisky infused with a cobra or scorpion in the bottle for medicinal purposes. We had a tasting session of the different whiskies available. And most of our cruise buddies ended up buying a bottle to take home with them.

If alcohol is not your thing you can also have a look at the ladies weaving there. They are making some beautiful traditional Laos skirts and scalves. It is a real pleaseure to watch them so easily do something that looks extremely hard.

Next stop was Luang Prabang. We headed up river for 45 minutes chatting away swapping Facebook and Instagram handles with our fellow travellers. Shompoo Cruise had porters to carry our luggage up the steps and a minibus waiting to take us to our hotels. We sadly said goodbye to Song but eagerly excited to start our adventures in Luang Prabang and the rest of Laos

There are many slow boat options for a Mekong river cruise to Luang Prabang. Shompoo Cruise provides an excellent service with a comfortable first-rate boat, amazing food and a knowledgable guide. We can’t recommend Shompoo enough.

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Food tours scare me. Like they actually bring fear whenever we are going on one. Marley is an extremely fussy eater and getting that child to try anything different is a mission even at home.

The food here in Asia for her has been extremely limited to chicken and rice so I was so looking forward to going out with Ratih on our Good Indonesian food tour in Ubud, so hopefully, we could try some of the local Ubud food and find something that she would like. Finding places that have great food for us all can be hard in a new place and a food tour is a perfect way to find all of those hidden gems you may miss out on if you are not in the know.

We met Ratih at a well known Ubud cafe called Seniman Coffee Studio at 10 am for our walking tour of some of the best Ubud restaurants. Mark, Willow and I were keen to check out everything Ubud had to offer us.

Seniman Coffee Studio

The owner of the Seniman Coffee Studio started his business from a small coffee cart in Ubud. He believed that making coffee is an art and that the barista is an artist. I can completely agree with that as we have found a great cup of coffee very hard to find in the first few weeks of our trip, so we were really looking forward to having a cup of Ubud finest coffee.

We got to go inside and have a chat to the barista about what sort of coffee we wanted and what would best suit us. We both wanted a good strong cup with an extra shot on the side. We then made our way back out to the small air-conditioned room they have on the side of the shop as we are still not fully acclimatised to the heat!

You can tell this is a very popular Ubud cafe with nearly all of the seats taken by both locals and visitors. Ratih told us it has some of the best coffee in Ubud and both Mark and I can agree with that. It was smooth and creamy, nicely washed down with a homemade shortbread as well.

What Mark had: Mark had a latte with an extra shot of espresso on the side. No sugar.

What Bec had: Bec had a latte with an extra shot added and a small amount of sugar.

What Willow had: Willow had a viatmin c boost juice

What Marley had: Marley had one so Senimans famous iced chocolates.

*Another great thing about this Ubud cafe is the decor. Most of the furniture is recycled and even some of the cups are made out of recycled beer bottles! It was a real treat to enjoy our first awesome coffee in Bali at Senimans.

Our amazing tour guide
Idu Oka Suckling pig (Babi Guling)

We have read everywhere that you will not find better suckling pig than the stuff you will get in Ubud. The second stop on the tour was Idu Oka’s home where she prepared the most amazing pork we have ever tasted! This lady again started her business out of a small cart in Ubud and then ended up making an area (warung) out the back of her home to accommodate the scores of locals and tourists alike that come to enjoy her signature Babi Guling. You can either take the side entrance to the warung or you can walk through her yard which I felt strange about but Ratih said it was fine.

Top food to try at Idu Ora

Idu Oka is the top Ubud restaurant to visit if you want to try the very best suckling pig. We had a sampling plate that included pork, crackling, blood sausage, salad and rice.

What we thought of this famous Ubud dish

Pork is one of my favourite dishes and especially roast pork. The pork was abslutely amazing and just melted in your mouth. The crackling was crunchy and not overly salted. One with I did not eat was the bloody sausage but mark said it was tasty. Willow enjoyed the prok as well and surprisingly Marley had a small r=try. we ate the sampling pork wothout adding the spices that were on offer.

The famous Indonesian Suckling Pig
Betutu Ayam Pak Sanur (Nasi Ayam Betutu)

Another Ubud restaurant that is a hit with the locals and is just starting to be discovered by tourists when they visit Ubud. It is run by a husband and wife team who originally had a stall in a local market that started in 1987. Once the market was burnt to the ground it was decided to continue to serve their much loved chicken from their home kitchen and that is where you can get your dose right now.

Top food to try at Betutu Ayam Pak Sanur

We all had a serve of their famous Ayam Betutu which has spiced chicken, chicken intestines, deep fried scrambled egg and some rice.

Ratih was awesome with our visit here with Marley as she knew Marley could not handle any spice at all. For this stop Marley had a plain piece of friend chicken with some rice.

What we thought of this famous Ubud dish?

This was the spiciest dish we have had and all three of us really struggled with how spicy it was. I am not keen on eating vital organs so I did not try them and Mark said they were nice.

Eating our way through Ubud with Good Indonesia Food tour - YouTube

Murni’s warung Balinese caramel cake

Murni’s is hands down the best warung in Ubud for dessert! We had a small walk down the hill to get to Murni’s but we all had a spring in our step with the thought of some yummy cake.

Top food to try at Betutu Ayam Pak Sanur

The cakes are the one thing that people visit Murni’s for and if you get there you will not be disappointed.

What Mark had: Cashew caramel cake with coconut ice cream with an iced coffee.

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What Bec had: Traditional Balinese caramel cake with an iced coffee

What Willow had: Traditional Balinese caramel cake with a chocolate milkshake

What Marley had: Banana caramel cake with a vanilla milkshake

What we thought of this famous Ubud dish?

We all loved our cake and there was absolutely no sharing! It was so nice to sit out and enjoy our cake with a beautiful view. It was cool enough out side and we all felt very comfortable there. we planned to go back for more cake but we ran out of time in the end.

Traditional cake

You know all about the best food in Ubud now for where to stay in Ubud

Top Tips for your Good Indonesian Food Tour:
  • Try it all, even if you are not sure
  • Wear great shoes as there is a bit of walking
  • If you don’t like spices or have a low tolerance just let your guide know and they can help you not have a burning mouth
  • Drinks do come with some of your meals but take some extra water too as it can get hot walking between places
  • Use a small backpack to hold your belongings while you eat
  • Take some extra tissues with you in case you get a runny nose
  • make sure you bring your hat

As you can see there are so many amazing foods to try in Ubud when you are staying there. We didn’t notice too many take away or fast food shops but with food like this who needs it! Pick a Ubud restaurant and enjoy the amazing food!

Accommodation in Ubud

Ubud Indonesia has many styles of accommodation to suit all budgets. You will find Ubud Villas, hotels, backpacker hostels and private rooms everywhere. We recommend you book your accommodation in advance as visiting Ubud and staying a few nights is very popular indeed.


How to get to Bali

Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport is the only international airport in Bali  It is located 13 km south of the capital Denpasar. In 2018, the airport served 23,779,178 passengers and is capable of handling the biggest aircraft up to the A380. Kuta is located just 2.5 kilometres from the airport. Udud is 40 kilometes and will take you 1-1.5 hours depending on traffic

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Airport transfer in Bali

Kuta is located very close to the airport. You will be at your hotel with 5-10 minutes depending on the traffic. If you are travelling further afield like Ubud it will take 1-1.5 hours. If you don’t want the hassle of finding a ride when you arrive in Bali your hotel may offer transfers.

You would easily get a grab for around the $5.00AUD mark. Blue Bird taxis are the most official company. Always check to see if they have a meter in the car that is working and if not negotiate a price first. We transferred from Ubud to the airport for $30.00AUD. As we mentioned above both Family Bali Tours and Marco Bali are excellent for airport transfers in Bali.

The company behind this experience was nice enough to host Wyld Family Travel on this tour. This in no way influence our opinion and what we write about the experience

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