Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Seminyak has become Bali’s most sophisticated resort area over the years. Seminyak is known for its trendy restaurants, fancy bars, chic hotels, and endless rows of designer boutiques. It is widely influenced by Western culture, but there is also a unique touch of Balinese culture.

You can take an inexpensive taxi to go to the spot mentioned here, but you can also casually stroll around this exciting city. Whether you are traveling as a couple or with a group of friends, Seminyak is the place to be. Here is everything you need to know about Seminyak, including places to dine, things to do, and places to stay!

Places to Dine in Seminyak Bali

Exploring cafes is one of my favorite things to do when I visit new country, and Bali is no exception. Food photography is one of the biggest trends in Seminyak and more and more “Insta-Worthy” dishes are being created lately. The atmosphere is stylish and the food is always so fresh in Seminyak, Bali.

Cabina Bali

Cabina Bali is a great place to chill with your family and friends. The atmosphere, music, food, service, and everything was just perfect. There were varieties of food and drinks, so it took us a while to select from the menu. I finally picked avocado toast for my lunch, and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh, and the bread was crunchy. We also loved their colorful and very photogenic atmosphere. If you want to experience floating brunch, it’s available from 9am to 12pm.

Cafe Organic

Cafe Organic is well known for vegetarian food and the cute atmosphere. We ordered smoothie bowls, and they were delicious! The fruit decorations were pretty and they made us smile. The price was reasonable and the quantity was generous. Their breakfast menu also seemed attractive. There were so many things on the menu that we wanted to try. I saw many reviews saying they had horrible service there, but I thought their service was friendly and helpful. One of the servers took lots of photos for us even though we didn’t even ask! It is a lovely place to sit and relax away from the busy Seminyak streets.

Folie Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak
Things to do in Bali Seminyak

I believe this is the most Instagram worthy cafes in Bali! Folie serves modern French cuisine in a clean and relaxed, yet tasteful setting. There are both indoor and outdoor seats, and the dĂ©cor and furniture are beautifully appointed. We sat in the outdoor area, and it was very quiet and relaxing (we visited around 9am). Food and drinks were prepared perfectly, and the staff were both attentive and friendly. Everything was delicious but my favorite was the croissant!! It was the BEST brunch I had in Bali. Plus there are so many cute spots you can’t miss for taking photos!! 

Beach Clubs in Seminyak Bali

The best way to add some excitement to your Balinese vacation? Going to the beach clubs in Seminyak, for sure! Seminyak offers some of the most trendy, classy, and exciting beach clubs around, and you cannot miss it if you are in Seminyak. What I love about Seminyak’s beach club is that it has everything you need. There are stunning ocean views, delicious food, stylish cocktails, trendy music, and glittering infinity pools. Even if you do not plan to party, it is a perfect choice to relax with a cocktail in hand.

Ku De Ta

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Ku De Ta is probably the most popular beach club in Bali. The classic atmosphere, the vast selection of cocktails along with the delicious food makes this beach club one of the most popular places to visit in Seminyak. Although it is known for its expansive ocean views, infinity pool, and international DJ teams, my favorite part of Ku De Ta is its special events, such as annual Bikini Party and the famed White Party. I joined the White Party, and it was one of the most exciting festivals I’ve ever attended!

Potato Head Beach Club

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Potato Head Beach Club is my favorite beach club in Seminyak! It offers such a unique modern atmosphere with endless delicious food and vast drink choices. If you want to see the beautiful ocean view, I recommend you arrive early in the morning so you can avoid the crowds. Besides the amazing atmosphere, Potato Head Beach also offers great choices of international DJs and you cannot miss their special events!

Cocoon Beach Club

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Cocoon Beach Club is a perfect spot to relax, sipping on a cocktail and eating something delicious.The DJ is playing music all day, and the attentive staff are always at hand. There are beautiful infinity pools, day beds, and cabanas which make your stay special. You can even pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment in your private cabana. The atmosphere becomes even better after 8pm since the swimming pool floods with neon colors and candles are lit around the entire area. Note: Happy Hour is between 4pm and 7pm everyday 🙂

Shopping in Seminyak Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

Looking for a tropical outfit or two on your perfect vacation? I don’t blame you, and Bali has everything you need – from sophisticated silk suits to tropical boho dresses, and everything in between. The streets on this beach town are lined with some of Bali’s hottest brands. As far as you walk, you will encounter a variety of shops, such as Balinese furniture, designer boutiques, and perfect souvenirs. My favorite street to shop on in Seminyak is Jalan Oberoi.

Some of the shops I recommend are here!


Spa in Seminyak Bali

Your relaxing Bali vacation wouldn’t be complete without a luxurious spa day in Seminyak, don’t you think? Seminyak offers an abundance of treatments to choose from: full body massages, facial massages, hair salons, holistic healing… you name it! Here are the top 3 spas in Seminyak, Bali.

Prana Spa

Prana Spa is heavily influenced by Indian and Middle Eastern architecture, and the atmosphere makes it one of the best spas in Bali. Just being there makes you feel like a queen. It is a perfect spot for luxurious relaxing. Although their treatment offers a variety of massages, the price is very affordable, and it’s worth every penny to experience one of the most sensual spas in Bali. The best part of the spa is how photogenic it is with regal interiors and rich colors. You will definitely fall in love!

Spa Alila

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If you want to try one of the most luxurious spas, treat yourself to a beautiful session at Spa Alila. The best part of Spa Alila is its quality of the treatment. They use only local ingredients, and Alila’s signature lemongrass and chamomile aroma are something you must try! If you have time, try a half or full day package to experience what Alila can offer!

Sundari Spa

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What makes Sundari Spa special is its super affordable price! Although they offer amazing healing methods with natural products, the price starts at approximately US$24 for an hour traditional Balinese massages. Isn’t it amazing? They also make all of their essential oils in-house, so you know you will get 100% pure products.

Art Gallery in Seminyak Bali

Things to do in Bali Seminyak

What makes traveling meaningful is to learn and experience the new culture of each area. That’s why you don’t want to miss some of the art galleries Seminyak offers! Seminyak is a place where local and international artists put their soul into creating their own vision of Bali through paintings. It is a unique experience to check out the well-run museums and galleries while you are in Seminyak.

Some of the galleries you should not miss are below!


Yoga in Seminyak Bali

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Yoga is widely practiced in Bali. There are many world-class instructors in the country, and Seminyak is no exception. Whether you’re already a yogi or not, Bali is a perfect place to practice yoga and meditation. Just take a deep breath and give in to the serenity! There are many options to do yoga in Seminyak, but here are some of the recommendations.


Resorts in Seminyak Bali

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Last but not least, staying in the peaceful resort is something you cannot miss in Bali Seminyak! Seminyak offers many amazing resorts to stay, and the price tends to be reasonable. Many 5 star hotels are located on the most glamorous shores, and they provide a welcome escape from the outside world. You will be guaranteed to have scenic seaside beauty and laid-back luxury!

5 Star Hotel


4 Star Hotel

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Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon: 7 Day Ultimate Guide

Utah National Parks are my favorite parks in the United States. If you are an adventurer like me, you definitely have heard of Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. They have been on your bucket list for years, but managing trip is overwhelming
 am I right? I was the same, and I didn’t know what to expect before exploring both national parks.

So I decided to put this 7 day plan together for adventurers who are dying to visit Zion and Bryce. This itinerary will help you to plan a 7 day trip from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon. You will find out which trails to hike, how to access them, and where to stay!

If you want to check out more about Zion National Park, read the following article!


Day 1 at Zion National Park


Activity: Going to Zion from Las Vegas Airport
Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Baby deer roaming around our campsite

We flew into Las Vegas Airport to begin the adventure! We rented a car for 7 days, and it cost us about $155. Zion National Park is located in southern Utah, and it took us about 3 hours from the Las Vegas Airport to drive to Zion.

There are many hotels and lodges available around Zion National Park, but we decided to stay at Watchman Campground. Watchman Campground is located a quarter mile from the South Entrance. There are 176 regular sites, including electric campsites ($30 per night) and tent only campsites ($20 per night). Since the campground becomes full every night during the reservation season, reservations are strongly recommended. For more, check out here.


Day 2 at Zion National Park


Trails: Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools Trail, Angels Landing
Total Miles: 7.3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Angels Landing Trail

Waking up early and jumping on the free park shuttle! To access to Weeping Rock, you will get off at the 7th stop. Weeping Rock is an easy 30 minute hike, but the trail will take you to a large overhang of rock with water sprinkling from above.

Weeping Rock

・Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
・Duration: 30 minutes
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

After Weeping Rock, let’s hike another easy trail called Emerald Pools. This hike is family friendly and a perfect leisurely, non-strenuous hike. Due to its beauty, location, and short length, the trail tends to be crowded, but it’s worth visiting if you are in Zion.

Emerald Pools

・Distance: 1.4 miles to Upper Emerald Pools
・Duration: 1 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Zion Lodge (5th Stop)

These 2 trails are perfect for warming up your body, so now you should be ready to conquer Angels Landing! Angels Landing is the scariest yet most exciting trail in Zion National Park. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement
 but the view will be unforgettable! It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing.

Angels Landing

・Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
・Duration: 3 – 5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: The Grotto (6th stop)


Day 3 at Zion National Park


Trails: Hidden Canyon, Observation Point
Total Miles: Approximately 10 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Hidden Canyon

You will walk a lot today! Starting from Hidden Canyon, one of my favorite trails in Zion. Jump on the free park shuttle and get off at the 7th stop. You will hike up the same trail to Observation Point, but then turn right and go 0.7 mile on Hidden Canyon Trail. You will climb up the sheer vertical cliff with a great view. This hike does not have a breathtaking view at the end like Observation Point does, however the trail itself is so much fun! Footing can be a bit difficult at times, but chains help you keep your balance.

Hidden Canyon

・Distance: 3 miles round trip
・Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock (7th stop)

Go back to the junction for Hidden Canyon, and now you are ready to hike Observation Point. Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint.

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Observation Point

Observation Point

・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 5 hours
・Shuttle: Weeping Rock (7th stop)


Day 4 at Zion National Park


Trails: Taylor Creek Trail
Total Miles: 5 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

Taylor Creek Trail is located in the Kolob Canyons. You can access the trail from Kolob Canyons Road, which begins at I-15 south of Cedar City. Taylor Creek Trail is reasonably easy, and it is also a perfect day hike. The main attraction of this trail is to see the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the trail. When we hiked we didn’t really encounter anyone on the trail. It is a quiet and beautiful trail.

Taylor Creek Trail

・Duration: 4 hours
・Trailhead: 2 miles east of Kolob Canyons Visitor Center


Day 5 at Zion National Park


Trails: The Narrows
Total Miles: 8 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Watchman Campground

The Narrows is probably my favorite trail in Zion National Park. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world. What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is also such a magical experience. For more info about the Narrows, check this out!

The Narrows

・Duration: 6 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava (9th Stop)


Day 6 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Heading to Bryce Canyon from Zion National Park
Trail: Queens Garden Trail, Navajo Loop Trail
Total Miles: About 3 miles of hike
Place to Stay: Sunset Campground Group Site

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Queens Garden Trail


We left Zion National Park at 8am. It took us about 1.5 hours to arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Since we didn’t make any reservations for the place to stay, finding our campsite was our first thing to do. We ended up staying at Sunset Campground, but there were only a few spots left. Reservations at least 2 days in advance are strongly recommended! There are 2 campgrounds, North Campground and Sunset Campground, but both usually fill by 1 or 2 pm of the day. Tent site is $20 per night, and RV site is $30 per night. For more, check out here.

So now you are ready to hike Bryce Canyon! If you are in Bryce Canyon, you have to hike the two most popular trails of the park, which are Queens Garden Trail and Navajo Loop Trail. Queens Garden is a favorite of many people since it gives you such a breathtaking view of the park, but the hike itself is flat and easy. At the end of the trail, you will encounter a hoodoo, resembles a portly Queen Victoria. Walking through the arches of the rocks is also a magical experience of the trail!

Queens Garden Trail

・Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunrise Point

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon

After hiking about 1.6 miles, you will encounter junctions to hike Navajo Loop Trail. Navajo Loop Trail starts and ends at Sunset Point. As you hike down the Navajo Loop, you have a chance to get close and personal with the hoodoos. Although one of the highlights of Navajo Loop Trail is “Wall Street”, it is often closed due to freezing overnight temperatures.

Navajo Loop Trail

・Distance: 1.3 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 hours
・Shuttle Stop: Sunset Point


Day 7 at Bryce Canyon


Activity: Sunrise Point, Going home

Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon
Photos from Sunrise Point at Bryce Canyon

Wake up early and go to Sunrise Point!! Instead of using a shuttle, you can park your car at the parking spot. Panoramas from the viewpoint take in a large area of Bryce Amphitheater and beyond. It is a perfect spot to capture breathtaking views! Sunset point tends to be more crowded than Sunrise point, so I recommend you wake up early and capture the view!


Frequent Questions

How far from Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon?

It is not far from Zion to Bryce Canyon. It takes about 2 hours to get there! If you have time, I recommend you take some time to explore around the area since there is so much to see. There’s a canyon on the way called Red Canyon, and it is absolutely gorgeous!


What is better Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon?

Most definitely Zion National Park because there are more amazing trails to hike! If you are an adventurer like me, you will definitely enjoy hiking Zion more than Bryce. If you are not a hiker but want to take some amazing photos, then Bryce Canyon is for you!! The trails in Bryce Canyon tend to be a lot easier than Zion, and there are many view points which you can access from your car.


Where to stay for Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon?

Zion National Park

Since Zion is a popular park, reservations are highly recommended!

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


Bryce Canyon National Park

$50 – $100


$100 – $150


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10 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

10 Best Hikes in Zion National Park

This article will introduce you 10 BEST hikes in Zion National Park.

Zion National Park is by far our favorite place to hike in the United States. There are about 34 trails in Zion National Park ranging from family friendly to backpacking adventures. You will have many hikes to choose from, so I divided them into 3 groups: Must-Do Hikes, Adventurous Hikes, and Family Friendly Hikes.

Here are my recommendations for the 10 best hikes you can do in Zion National Park. We stayed for 4 nights in Zion, and we managed to hike all major trails. If you are planning to stay shorter periods, don’t miss out the Must-Do Hikes!


3 Must-do hikes

If you want to see the best of Zion, check out these 3 trails! These trails are my favorites, and you don’t need any permits to hike! All you have to do is hop off the shuttle bus to spend a few moments trying to absorb the breathtaking sights!

Angels Landing


・Distance: 5.4 miles round trip
・Duration: 3 – 5 hours
・Elevation: 1,488 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: The Grotto

Angels Landing Hike
Angels Landing Hike

Angels Landing is the scariest yet most exciting trail in Zion National Park. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement
 but the view will be unforgettable! It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing. If you have a fear of heights, you should not hike Angels Landing. Also, this hike is not recommended for young children. For more, click here.

Note:
Energetic hikers can continue to West Rim Trail from Scout Lookout of Angels Landing. Be prepared for a long day hike though. This strenuous 13 miles round trip hike from Grotto Picnic Area includes 3,070 feet of elevation gain. Although it’s a strenuous and long trail, this hike rewards your efforts.


The Narrows


・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 6 hours
・Elevation change: 200 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava

The Narrows is probably my favorite trail in Zion National Park. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world. What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is such a magical experience. For more info about the Narrows, check this out!


Observation Point


・Distance: 8 miles round trip
・Duration: 5 hours
・Elevation change: 2,148 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion
Best Hikes in Zion

Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint. Your whole body will be exhausted after this hike, but the view will be totally worth it. It is a perfect trail for those who want a challenging day hike with less crowds. For more, read the article here .


2 Adventurous Hikes

If you want an adventurous hike, check out these two! Although Hidden Canyon doesn’t require a permit, The Subway does. Both are strenuous hikes, but the experience is worth it!!

Hidden Canyon Trail


・Distance: 3 miles round trip
・Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours
・Elevation: 850 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion

Hidden Canyon is such a gem at Zion National Park. You will hike up the same trail to Observation Point, but then turn right and go 0.7 mile on Hidden Canyon Trail. You will climb up the sheer vertical cliff with a great view. This hike does not have a breathtaking view at the end like Observation Point does, however the trail itself is so much fun! Footing can be a bit difficult at times, but chains help you keep your balance. This is an exhilarating hike, and it gets fewer visitors compared to other popular trails in Zion.


The Subway


・Distance: 9 miles round trip
・Duration: 7 hours
・Elevation: 2,000 feet
・Effort: Strenuous
・Trailhead: Left Fork or Wildcat Canyon

Best Hikes in Zion

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The Subway is a technical trail, which requires swimming, route-finding, stream crossings, and some rope work. This trail is obviously not for everyone, but it is a perfect trail if you are looking for an adventure. The Subway has some of the most beautiful rock formations of the slot section, and the view is extremely unique. Although the trail is a day-use-only, a permit is required to hike the Subway. You can apply for the lotteries 3 months before the hiking dates. Each lottery costs $5. For more, check out here .


5 Family Friendly Hikes

If you are looking for leisurely non-strenuous hikes, these trails are perfect for you! They are family friendly, and should be manageable for any age and physical ability!

Emerald Pools Trail


・Distance: 0.6 mile one-way to Lower Emerald Pools;
      1 mile to Middle Emerald Pools;
      1.4 miles to Upper Emerald Pools
・Duration: 1 – 3 hours
・Elevation: 70 feet to Lower Emerald Pool;
      150 feet to Middle Emerald Pool;
      350 feet to Upper Emerald Pool
・Effort: Easy-moderate
・Shuttle Stop: Zion Lodge

Best Hikes in Zion

Since Emerald Pools is one of the most popular trails in Zion National Park it tends to be crowded, especially in the summer months. This hike is family friendly and a perfect leisurely, non-strenuous hike. Although you will encounter several interesting pools, the waterflow in Emerald Pools is usually quite light, which can be dissapointing.


Weeping Rock


・Distance: 0.5 mile round trip
・Duration: 30 minutes
・Elevation: 100 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Shuttle: Weeping Rock

Best Hikes in Zion

This short hike will take you to a large overhang of rock with water sprinkling from above. The trail is known as the shortest hike in Zion, but the view from the alcove into Zion Canyon is truly magnificent. Due to its beauty, location, and short length, the trail can be crowded, but it’s worth visiting if you are in Zion. The shady path and sprinkling of water is definitely refreshing, especially on a hot summer day.


Riverside Walk


・Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
・Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
・Elevation: 57 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Shuttle Stop: Temple of Sinawava

Best Hikes in Zion

Riverside Walk is an easy and relaxing hike along the Virgin River to the Narrows. Due to the water and vegetation around the area, there are different kinds of birds and animals chilling around the area. This trail is very family friendly, and it is also wheelchair accessible.


Canyon Overlook Trail


・Distance: 1 mile round trip
・Duration: 1 hour
・Elevation: 163 feet
・Effort: Easy
・Trailhead: Parking area just east of the Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

Best Hikes in Zion

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This easy hike offers you spectacular views from the heights without the stiff climbs found on most other Zion trails. This hike is manageable for all ages and physical abilities. If you want to see magnificent views but don’t want to do a strenuous hike, Canyon Overlook is a perfect trail for you!


Taylor Creek Trail


・Distance: 5 mile round trip
・Duration: 4 hours
・Elevation: 450 feet
・Effort: Easy-moderate
・Trailhead: 2 miles east of Kolob Canyons Visitor Center

Taylor Creek Trail is located in the Kolob Canyons. You can access the trail from Kolob Canyons Road, which begins at I-15 south of Cedar City. Taylor Creek Trail is reasonably easy, and it is a perfect day hike. The main attraction of this trail is to see the Double Arch Alcove at the end of the trail. When we hiked we didn’t really encounter anyone on the trail. It is a quiet and beautiful trail.

Have you been to Zion National Park? If so which trails did you hike? If you have never been to Zion, I hope this list will be helpful in the future! Let me know below if you have any questions 🙂



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Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point might be the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion National Park. People tend to skip Observation Point due to Zion’s other popular trails such as the Narrows and Angels Landing. However, Observation Point gives you the most epic view of Zion National Park. Since Observation Point is over 700 feet higher than Angels Landing, you are actually looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint. Your whole body will be exhausted after this hike, but the view will be totally worth it. It is a perfect trail for those who want a challenging day hike with less crowds.


Trail Details

Observation Point at Zion National Park
  • Distance: 8 miles round trip
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Elevation change: 2,148 feet
  • Effort: Strenuous
  • Shuttle Stop: Weeping Rock


Starting from Weeping Rock parking area, you will hike through East Rim Trail. You will reach the junction for Hidden Canyon Trail after 0.8 mile. Several switchbacks later, the trail enters into the dark slot canyon areas of Echo Canyon. Although the trail is rough you will encounter many amazing views while hiking. You will climb up about 3 miles, and then it will be an easy hike through a forest of pine. After about 0.5 mile hike, you will finally get to Observation Point.


Directions to Trailhead

It is probably the easiest to get a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. You will get off at Weeping Rock (the 7th Stop). The trailhead starts after a short hike from Weeping Rock parking area. The trail actually takes you along the ways to Hidden Canyon, upper Echo Canyon, East Mesa, and other destinations.


Can you drive to Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park

You can drive to the trailhead, but you are required to have a special permit to drive from March to November. Since private vehicles are usually prohibited around Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, it is better to take a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. The shuttles usually run from the visitor center every 10 minutes. For more, check out here. Just note that the shuttles do NOT run in winter. You will have to drive during December and February. Make sure you park at Weeping Rock parking area if you drive.


How long does it take to hike Observation Point?

The trail of observation point is about 8 miles round trip and gains 2148 feet of elevation. The hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours. I would say Observation Point is more strenuous than Angels Landing because it will be a longer hike. However, the paved trail is less intimidating compared to walking on the narrow spine of the cliff and sheer drop-offs at Angels Landing. Also, the hike of Observation Point gives you more photo opportunities compared to any other trails in Zion. You will hike through some of the most scenic parts of the park. We kept stopping to take photos of magnificent views.


How high is Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park
Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation point stands on top of Mount Baldy, a 6507 foot peak. Once you made it to the top of the peak, you will be looking down on the Angels Landing viewpoint and the valley road far below. You will be rewarded with a spectacular view, and you feel like you are on top of the world!


How scary is Observation Point Zion?

I didn’t think hiking observation Point was dangerous or scary at all, especially compared to Angels Landing. There are some cliff edges to look over the views, but you will not walk through any narrow spines and sheer drop-offs. If you want to do a challenging hike but you are scared of heights, then Observation Point is a perfect trail for you!


How hard is Observation Point Zion?

Observation Point at Zion National Park

Observation Point can be very challenging unless you frequently workout. We hiked Hidden Canyon first and then started hiking Observation Point. I have to say it was hard for me. It felt like it took forever to hike through zigzagging trail to reach the top of the mountain, but the view at the end was so worth it. If your age intimidates you to hike Observation Point, don’t! We saw a couple of people who seemed older than 60 years old on the way.


Best time to Hike Observation Point trail?

The best season to hike Observation Point is either spring or fall. Although summer is the most popular season for Zion National Park, it is not ideal to hike Observation Point during the summer. Since the temperature goes over 100ÂșF, you want to avoid long hikes such as Observation Point. I also don’t recommend winter since the trail can get icy, and half of the annual rainfall comes during the winter months.

Although Observation Point tends to be less crowded compared to other popular trails such as Angels Landing and the Narrows, starting early is always a good idea to avoid crowds, and you can also get shade along the switchbacks.


What to bring to Observation Point?

Observation Point at Zion National Park


  • Water: Make sure you pack enough water!
  • Hiking Shoes: We recommend wearing hiking shoes rather than regular ones. Since you will hike 8 miles, make sure you wear shoes you are comfortable with.
  • Daypack: Definitely recommended. We put water, snacks, camera, and basically everything we needed in our pack!
  • Snacks/lunchbox: We brought jerky, dry fruit, nuts, and energy bars. The top of the mountain offers you great places to enjoy your lunch. Just unwind and enjoy the view. You deserve it!
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Even if its cloudy, make sure you bring them as most of the trail is exposed.



Trail Summary

  • Observation Point is the toughest yet most rewarding hike in Zion.
  • It is 8 miles round trip.
  • The hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours.
  • Trail starts at Weeping Rock.
  • Best season to hike is spring and fall.
  • Start early and avoid crowds.



Have you already hiked Observation Point Trail? Or are you planning to hike Observation Point? If so, I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy hiking the most rewarding trail Zion offers!

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Angels Landing Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Angels Landing Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Through this article you will learn things to know before doing Angels Landing hike in Zion National Park.

Angels Landing, located in Zion National Park, is one of the scariest yet most exciting trails in the United States. This unforgettable adventure hike should be on everyone’s bucket list. The reward of a 360-degree view of Zion Canyon’s rock layers will take your breath away. Your legs will be burning and shaking from the hike and the excitement
 but the view will be unforgettable!

It was our second day when we hiked Angels Landing. It was sunny, clear, and a perfect day to hike. We knew Angels Landing was a strenuous hike, but we didn’t know what to expect along the way. It was a surprise to experience how exciting and scary the trail was. We actually saw a lot of people who didn’t make it to the end of Angels Landing.

You are probably wondering whether you should hike Angels Landing if you are actually capable of such a strenuous hike
 We totally understand you. My husband and I were intimidated by climbing up the hills, but trust us! The view was so worth it. We hope you will make it to the end, and this guide will give you everything you need to know before hiking Angels Landing.


Trail Details

Angels Landing Hike

Starting from Grotto Picnic Area, you will hike through West Rim Trail for about 2 miles. Although it is a steady and paved trail, you will go through quite a strenuous and steep uphill trail to enter the cool and shady depths of Refrigerator Canyon. Since this is the only shady area of the hike, it is a good place to cool off and catch your breath. Once you are done with a short hike of Refrigerator Canyon, you will encounter Walter’s Wiggles. Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 closely spaced switchbacks, will lead you to Scouts Lookout and a trail junction. Scout Lookout has an amazing view, so take a rest and snap some photos! Once you are ready, you can continue 0.5 mile to the summit of Angels Landing.


Where is Angels Landing trail?

Angels Landing is in Zion National Park, Utah. Zion National Park is Utah’s First National Park, and Angels Landing is the most popular trail in Zion National Park. We got a shuttle early in the morning to avoid the crowds, but almost everyone in the shuttle was heading to the same place. Yup, everyone was on the way to Angels Landing.


Directions to Trailhead

Since private vehicles are usually prohibited around Zion Canyon Scenic Drive, the best way to access to Angels Landing is to get a shuttle! We took a shuttle from the National Park Visitor Center. You will get off at the Grotto (Stop 6). The trailhead is at the bridge across from the Grotto Picnic Area. You’ll have to walk through the bridge across the Virgin River to begin.

Note for winter season (DECEMBER – FEBRUARY):
The shuttles do not run in winter, so make sure you park at the Grotto parking lot.


What is the highlight of Angels Landing hike?

Angels Landing Hike

The highlight of the hike is definitely the VIEW!!! The final part of the hike (about 0.5 mile) is nothing but exciting! You will be climbing up the narrow spine of the canyon, which is nearly 6,000 feet. Although this final trail is challenging, lots of chains provide more security for hiking. Once you made it to the top, you will be rewarded with a 360-degree view of Zion National Park. The experience and the feeling you get there are just something you will remember forever. It still gives me goose bumps thinking about the experience!


Is the Angels Landing hike open?

Angels Landing is open every season. However, do NOT hike if the trail is covered by snow or ice. You also want to avoid hiking if thunderstorms threaten. For more, check out the Current Conditions.


Is a Permit Required?

No, permit is not required to hike Angels Landing. However, it could change due to the popularity of the hike. Make sure you check the official National Park website. Currently permissions are required for only the Narrows (Top Down) and the Subway.


Best time to Hike Angels Landing?

Angels Landing Hike

The best time of year to hike Angels Landing is in spring and fall. Although summer months are the most popular season of the year, we personally want to avoid it because it gets crowded, and afternoons can get very hot. We went there in the beginning of September, and we had pleasant temperatures while hiking. We recommend you avoid winter season since it can get dangerous due to rain, snow, and ice on the trail. No matter which season you decide to go, make sure you check the weather forecast and the current conditions at the Visitor Center.


How long does it take to hike Angels Landing?

The trail will be about 5 miles round trip, and the hike usually takes between 4 and 6 hours. While walking the first 2 miles, it offers you an outstanding view of a rich collection of canyons, a shining river, and tall green landscapes. For the final 1/2 mile, the trail allows for unlimited views of Zion Canyon in both directions. Although this is where things get intimidating as the trail becomes narrow and steep, you will be rewarded with magnificent views.


How hard is Angels Landing hike?

Angels Landing Hike
Walter’s Wiggles, a series of 21 switchbacks

For the first two miles, it can be physically challenging since there are only few shady places and 21 very steep switchbacks. Whenever you are tired, make sure you stop and drink water! Bringing plenty of water is a must for Angels Landing. Once you accomplish the 21 switchbacks, you will be awarded with an amazing view at Scout Lookout.

After the Scout Lookout, it will be mentally challenging since you will be walking on the narrow spine of the cliff and sheer drop-offs. There are plenty of chains bolted into the cliff, and it will make you feel more secure. The last 0.5 mile hike can be quite intimidating, but the view will be so worth it!


Is Angels Landing hike safe?

Angels Landing Hike

Since 2004, eight people have fallen to their deaths on this hike, according to National Park Service. It is a strenuous and dangerous hike, so you have to be extremely mindful to hike Angels Landing. If you have a fear of heights, you should not hike Angels Landing. Maybe you could hike up to the Scout Lookout, which also has magnificent views. Also young children are not recommended for the hike. Take this hike seriously and be careful!


What to Bring on the Hike?

  • Water: Make sure you pack enough water! A hydration pack is recommended for hands-free water access.
  • Hiking Shoes: We recommend wearing hiking shoes rather than regular ones. Since you will be hiking through unstable path, which is only a couple feet wide, make sure you wear shoes you are comfortable with.
  • Daypack: Definitely recommended. We put water, snacks, camera, and basically everything we needed!
  • Snacks: We brought jerky, dry fruit, nuts, and energy bars. If you make it to the top of the canyon, it is the perfect place to unwind and have some snacks!
  • Sunglasses and Sunscreen: even if its cloudy, make sure you bring them as most of the trail is exposed.



Have you already done Angels Landing Hikes? Or are you planning to hike Angels Landing? If so, I hope you find this article helpful and enjoy hiking the exhilarating and amazing trail!



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Zion Narrows Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Zion Narrows Hike – Everything You Need to Know

Through this article you will learn everything you need to know for Zion Narrows Hike.

The trail “The Narrows” is located in Zion National Park, one of the most popular National Parks in the US. If you are planning to visit Zion National Park, the Narrows is a must! There are many amazing trails in Zion National Park, but the Narrows is probably my favorite adventure. I’ve hiked around famous national parks in the US, but the Narrows was by far the most breathtaking hike I’ve ever experienced. In fact, it is known as one of the best slot canyon hikes in the world.

What’s so unique about the Narrows is that you will basically hike through the Virgin River, which means you have to wade / swim to proceed. You will be surrounded by the towering walls of the Zion canyon and beautiful flowing water. Seeing the sunlight come through the dark corners of the narrow canyon is such a magical experience.

For those of you who don’t know what to expect when hiking the Narrows, here is everything you need to know!


Is Zion Narrows hike open?

Zion Narrows Hike

Although Zion National Park is open all year, the Zion – Narrows heavily depends on the weather conditions. According to National Park Service, Zion Narrows is closed when the water flow rate is over 150 cubic feet per second (CFS). There is a higher chance to be closed during the spring snowmelt. Since spring snowmelt is from mid-March to beginning of May, I recommend you check the Current Conditions. Besides the snowmelt, you need to be mindful for a Flash Flood Warning. Since Flash floods are always possible, you need to check the weather forecast before you decide to hike the Narrows.


Is permission required for Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

No you do not need a permit to hike Zion Narrows. However, you can only hike as far as the Big Spring unless you have a permit. There are 2 routes to enjoy the Narrows: Bottom Up Hike from the Temple of Shinawava (NO permit required) or Top Down Hike from Chamberlain’s Ranch (Permit required). For casual hikers who want to see some of the most beautiful and narrowest parts of canyon, I would suggest Bottom Up Day Hike from the Temple of Shinawava. We hiked Bottom Up Route and saw some of the most amazing canyon views.


How long should I plan for Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

You need to plan the entire day to hike the Narrows. We did Bottom Up hike to reach Big Spring, and it took us about 6 hours round-trip. You also have to consider the shuttle (40 minutes each way from the Visitor Center) and riverside walk to and from the beginning of the Narrows. We went to Zion Outfitter for gear rental in the morning, so we started hiking around 11am. At the end, we rushed our way back to catch the last bus. I would recommend leaving as early as possible, especially if you want to take time to enjoy the views, take photos, and stop for snacks or lunch.


How many miles to hike the Narrows in Zion?

Zion Narrows Hike

If you decide to hike as far as Big Spring, it will be an 8 mile round trip. Although you can hike as far as you want to go and turn back any time, you do NOT want to miss the narrowest part of the canyon called Wall Street. Here, you will encounter 1500-foot walls which are the result of millions of years of erosion. There is no formal destination, but you have to return the same way you came. If you want to hike Top Down Route, the journey will be 16 miles, which take an average of 12 hours. For more information, check out here.


Which season to visit Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike

Summer (MAY 15 – SEPTEMBER 15)

Summer is known to be the best time to hike the Narrows. Water levels tend to be low, and hiking along the river is a perfect reason to escape from the hot weather. Just be mindful for thunderstorm though. Make sure you check the weather forecast and flash flood warning before heading out.

Autumn (SEPTEMBER 15 – NOVEMBER 1)

Fall is another lovely season to visit the Narrows. The water levels are generally very low, so hiking in the river tends to be easier than other months. We visited the Narrows at the beginning of September, and it was beautiful. Just be mindful as the day becomes shorter. Also be prepared for the colder water.

Winter (NOVEMBER 1 – MARCH 15)

Some people say winter is a great time to visit the Narrows, mostly because it’s less crowded compared to other months. However, you need to be well prepared for the cold water. A drysuit may be required, depending on the temperatures. Also be mindful that the water level could rise rapidly if the sun is out and snow starts melting.

Spring (MARCH15 – MAY 15)

Spring is the least ideal season to visit the Narrows. If you can, you should probably avoid visiting the Narrows in spring. As I mentioned earlier, there is a higher chance the Narrows is closed due to spring snowmelt. Also the water tends to be very cold, and March and April are the rainiest months in Utah.


What to bring on Zion Narrows hike?

Zion Narrows Hike


  • Water-proof Shoes: Water-friendly shoes are necessary for hiking the Narrows. Since water-proof footwear tends to be expensive, we decided to use rental ones from Zion Outfitters. They have a package including water-proof footwear and hiking poles. It is $24 per day.
  • Walking Stick: It is highly recommended since the bottom of the river tends to be slippery and uneven. My husband and I found it very useful while hiking the Narrows. It also helps when testing the depth of the water in some areas. Again, you can rent the stick at Zion Outfitters.
  • Backpack: Some people want to bring water-proof backpack, but we brought just the regular ones. We went there in September, and the water was no more than waste high mostly. Of course there is a chance that you fall, so be mindful of what you want to pack. There is a rental water-proof backpack at Zion Outfitters.
  • Packed Lunch and Snacks: Since it will be a day hike, you want to pack a lunch for your hike. We brought a sandwich and an apple for lunch. We also brought jerky, dried fruit, and nuts.
  • Water: Make sure you bring enough water especially if you hike during summer!



How difficult is the Narrows hike at Zion?

Zion Narrows Hike

I would say the Narrows was relatively easy compared to the other trails in Zion, especially Angels Landing and Observation Point. However, you should be well prepared, and be mindful of the weather as the water levels can frequently change. If you have kids it might be difficult to hike as far as Big Spring and to keep them safe the entire time.



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Myanmar Travel Guide: 10 things to know before you visit

Myanmar Travel Guide: 10 things to know before you visit

You want to go to Myanmar, but you don’t know what to expect? For someone like you, this Myanmar Travel Guide should be a big help! Ever since they opened their door to the tourism, I had always wanted to see Myanmar. Since 2012 tourism has continuously increased, and it is expected to hit  7.5 million tourists by 2020.

People always ask questions like, “Is it safe to go to Myanmar?” In my experience, the answer is yes. However, like any any other country there are many rules and cultural norms tourists should follow. If you are planning to explore this mysterious land in the near future, here is the Myanmar Travel Guide for you! I listed 10 things you should know before you visit Myanmar.


Tourist Visa

Myanmar Travel Guide

You will need a tourist visa before going to Myanmar (Some countries are exempt from this requirement). Getting a visa seems time-consuming and lots of paperwork, however it became a lot easier because you can apply for an e-Visa online since 2014. The only things you need to prepare to apply for the visa are â‘ passport, â‘Ąyour picture, and â‘ącredit card. You can apply through the website here. The application fee is $50 (USD). Once your application is acknowledged, you will get an authorization via email. Just keep in mind that e-Visa is only valid for a single entry. Re-entry will require a new visa.


Dress modestly

Myanmar Travel Guide

Be mindful that you need to dress appropriately and modestly when you visit any of the Pagodas in Myanmar. Although a pagoda such as Shwedagon Pagoda has become a huge tourist attraction, it is the most important religious site in Myanmar. Men and women are both required to wear clothing that covers the knees. Also shoulders should not be exposed, and you want to avoid tight or revealing clothing as well. Dress modestly is the most important etiquette for visiting pagodas in Myanmar. It is easy to wear shorts for hot climates, but remember to show your respect. 🙂

If you want to learn more about Shwedagon Pagoda, check out the article here.


Bring Wet Wipes

You think why? You are expected to be barefoot when entering pagodas in Myanmar. Many pagodas require you to remove your shoes, socks, and stockings at the entrance. It might be better to bring wet wipes so you can wipe your feet after exploring in bare feet. Some of the pagodas permit footwear though. If you do not know what to do, observe the locals. If they keep their footwear on, you may do so.


Thanaka

Myanmar Travel Guide

Thanaka is a cream colored organic paste, made from ground bark. The Burmese use thanaka to protect the skin from the sun, and they usually apply it to the face.  In addition to protecting the skin, thanaka also cools the skin in hot weather. According to Wikipedia, the Burmese have used thanaka since the 14th century. That’s a long history, isn’t it! Not everyone applies thanaka, but you’ll see most females and many boys do while you stay in Myanmar. Since thanaka is also believed to lighten the skin and works against acne, it is recommended as your souvenir from Myanmar.


Street Food

Myanmar Travel Guide

One of the best ways to get a taste of a city is through eating street food, don’t you agree? With influences from all its neighbors; India, China, and Thailand, the cuisine of the Burmese truly is diverse. Some of the street food you want to try are Mohinga (rice-noodle dish served in a fish broth), samosa salad, and tea leaf salad. I also found their stool seating so interesting. The table and chair are so tiny, and they are usually colorful. Eating on the side of the road, sitting on a micro plastic stool, is definitely a unique experience.


Best Season to Visit

Myanmar Travel Guide

The dry season and the best time of year to visit Myanmar are between November and April. Between November and February, it is cold and dry, with average monthly temperatures between 20°C and 24°C. Between March and April, temperatures get between 30°C and 35°C. The rainy season of Myanmar is between May and October with average temperatures between 25°C and 30°C.  My husband and I visited Myanmar in September. It rained most of the days while we stayed, so I recommend you avoid the rainy season.


Get New US dollar bills

Myanmar Travel Guide

Burmese are extremely particular about the quality of US dollars. A lot of them will not accept US dollars unless they are clean and crisp. Trust me, this happened to us even at one of the most famous sights, Shwedagon Pagoda. Since most of the places do not take credit cards, I recommend you exchange money at reputable places like the airport and hotels beforehand. When exchanging, the higher the denomination of your US Dollar, the better the exchange rate.


Longyi

Myanmar Travel Guide

A longyi is around 2 meters long, and it’s worn around the waist, running to the feet. It looks like a bit of long skirt, but it is common for both men and women to wear in Myanmar. Myanmar is a conservative country and the locals prefer covering the skin, so longyi is a perfect item to wear. It actually also allows those who wear it to stay cool in the heat of the climate as well. If you want to try them on, I definitely recommend you check out the local market such as Bogyoke market in Yangon. There are plenty of choices. The picture is my husband wearing longyi at Shwedagon Pagoda.


Street Dogs

Myanmar Travel Guide

Street dogs are everywhere in Myanmar. It is common to see street dogs in South East Asia, and I saw many while I traveled countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand. So it was not a surprise to see them everywhere in Myanmar, but… compared to the size of dogs in other SE Asian countries, the street dogs in Myanmar tend to be huge. They are usually sleeping and not aggressive at all, but you need to be mindful as a dog bite can be dangerous. I would suggest not carrying food while walking on the streets, and you want to avoid dark streets at night where you can be surrounded by street dogs. Also, watch your step so as not to stand on the tails of the dogs.


British Architecture

Myanmar Travel Guide

If you go to a city like Yangon, you will notice that a lot of buildings were heavily influenced by British architecture. There are unique touches of buildings in disrepair with moss and shrubs growing out of every nook and cranny. Colorful and chaotic, the buildings make it a feast for the senses. It is worth visiting their vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets. You will never get bored of the sights you will encounter, especially the crowds of people.


Conclusion

These 10 things are what I learned based on my experience, and I believe some of these make the country so unique and fascinating! I totally fell in love with Myanmar, and I hope to return in the future. I’m sure you will find something new and interesting while you stay in the country as well. If you are debating whether to go to Myanmar, why not!! I am sure you will have an amazing time. I hope this Myanmar Travel Guide will help you for your future travels.

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Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon is the former capital city of Myanmar, and it is one of Myanmar’s most busy and exciting cities.  But let’s be honest…how many people are actually interested in visiting Yangon? Maybe there are not many world famous things to do in Yangon, however there is no doubt you will fall in love with the city.  It is a perfect city to walk around on foot to see what there is to discover, eat, and love. The things I listed here are not everything you can do in the city, but these are a good start to begin exploring the exciting city!


What to Do

Shwedagon Pagoda

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

If you are in Yangon, you must visit the 2,500 years old Shwedagon Pagoda.  Shwedagon pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a stupa in the center of Yangon. The only reason I wanted to visit Yangon was to see this beautiful Pagoda, so I was super excited to be there. The Golden Pagoda was truly mesmerizing, and it was probably the most impressive Pagoda I’ve ever seen.  The opening hours are between 4AM and 10PM. Since the Pagoda gets crowded during the day and sunset, I suggest you visit at sunrise. The entrance fee is 10,000 Kyats per person. Just be mindful that visitors need to dress appropriately and modestly.  Trousers or at least knee length shorts or a skirt is required, and you are also expected to be barefoot when entering Shwedagon Pagoda.


Pansodan Street (Downtown Yangon)

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

The buildings in Yangon were heavily influenced by British architecture, but there were unique touches of building’s in disrepair with moss and shrubs growing out of every nook and cranny. Colorful and chaotic, Yangon is a feast for the senses. It is undeniable that Yangon’s most iconic sight is Shwedagon Pagoda, what makes it worth visiting is their vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets.  The best way to explore downtown Yangon is by foot. You will never get bored of the sights you will encounter, especially the crowds of people 🙂


Bogyoke Market

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

The market is to find anything from antique, Burmese handicraft, jewelry shops, art galleries, and clothing stores. Also, it is the best place to find your longyis. Longyis is sheet of cloth widely worn in Burma, and it is an appropriate cloth for visiting Pagoda in Myanmar. It is fun to wander around the central alleys and bargain with vendors. The market is open every day between 9 AM and 5PM.


Where to Eat

999 Shan Noodle Shop

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

If you are looking for some local noodles, 999 Shan Noodle Shop is the place to be! This small restaurant is at a calm road just off a congested street in downtown. My husband ordered sticky Shan noodle, and I ordered basic chicken-base Shan noodle. Although both noodles were delicious, my favorite was their dumpling soup. The soup was refreshing, and each dumpling was juicy and flavorful. The people working there were friendly and attentive as well. If I go back to Yangon again, I will definitely visit again.

130b, 34th Street, Yangon, Myanmar


Rangoon Tea House

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Rangoon tea house is on Pansodan Street, and it is close to Sule Pagoda. If you are looking to experience an authentic tea house, the Rangoon Tea House is a must. The interior was classic yet comfortable. We were pleasantly surprised by their extremely spacious and comfortable atmosphere.  Even though there were many tables, it seemed like almost all tables were filled with customers.  There were many choices for food and drinks, and the menu was in all English. We wanted to try their food, but we decided to order tea and sweets since we were still full from Shan noodles (hehe).  The cake was big enough that we shared together. Although the service was a bit slow, there was free WiFi, which was a big plus!

77-79 Pansodan Rd (Lower Middle Block), Yangon, Myanmar


Where to Stay

The Strand Yangon

Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar
Exciting Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

Since Yangon is a big city, there are too many areas to choose to stay in. We ended up staying in downtown Yangon, and we made the right choice! We stayed at The Strand Yangon.  The Strand Yangon is an iconic and historical hotel. It was founded in 1901 and known as one of the most luxurious hotels in Myanmar.  There were only 32 suites available, and each suite is lavishly decorated with a colonial interior. The hotel staff were also very attentive and friendly everywhere we went in the hotel. It was such an excellent service with superb facilities.

If you want to check out my full review for the Strand Yangon, click here.



Conclusions

Above all, I hope this list gave you some ideas of where to go in Yangon, but one of the best ways to explore Yangon is to just immerse yourself in a thriving culture. I recommend you just walk around without any specific plans and enjoy learning about their beautiful culture. This city has tons of things to offer, and you will not be disappointed.

The breathtaking Pagodas, delicious Burmese food, and the extremely friendly people are some of the reasons why you should visit Yangon! If you have any questions or more suggestions about Yangon, I would love to hear. I hope you enjoyed this article 🙂



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7 Best Cafes in Bali

7 Best Cafes in Bali

There are so many amazing cafes in Bali, but I just picked the best of the best cafes in Bali for YOU!! Exploring cafe is one of my favorite things to do when I visit new country, and Bali is no exception. Food photography is one of the biggest trends in the country and more and more “Insta-Worthy” dishes are being created lately.  The atmosphere is so cute and the food is always so fresh.  Here are the 7 best cafes you can’t miss in Bali!!


 Cabina Bali

Best Cafes Bali

Cabina Bali is a great place to chill with your family and friends. Atmosphere, music, food, service, and everything was just perfect. There were varieties of food and drinks, so it took us a while to decide the menu. I finally chose avocado toast for my lunch, and it was delicious! The veggies were fresh, and the bread was crunchy. We also loved their colorful and very photogenic atmosphere. If you want to experience floating brunch, it’s available from 9AM to 12 PM ONLY!

Cabina Bali

Jalan Gang Daksina No 01, Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Denpasar 8031

Open 9AM ~ 9PM everyday


 La Laguna Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

If you are looking for fairytale atmosphere, you need to visit here. The minute you walk in it feels like you’ve stepped onto a movie set for some mystical magical movie. The restaurant had gypsy inspired decor which looked amazing, and we loved it.  We didn’t eat there so I cannot comment on the food but my coffee was tasty! The restaurant area looked busy and you can watch the chefs cooking.

La Laguna Bali

Jalan Pantai Kayu Putih, Berawa, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara

Open 9AM ~ 12AM everyday


Cafe Organic

Best Cafes Bali

This place is well known for vegetarian food and the cute atmosphere. We ordered smoothie bowls, and they were delish! The fruit decorations were so cute, and they made us smile. The price was reasonable and the quantity was generous. Their breakfast menu also seemed attractive! There were too many things on the menu that we wanted to try. I saw many reviews saying that they had horrible services there, but I thought their service was friendly and helpful. One of the servers took lots of photos for us even though we didn’t even ask!  It is a lovely place to sit and relax away from the busy Seminyak streets.

Cafe Organic

Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 7AM ~ 10PM everyday


Folie Bali

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Okay, so I believe this is the most Instagram worthy cafes in Bali! Folie serves modern French cuisine in a clean and relaxed yet tasteful setting.  There are both indoor and outdoor seats, and the dĂ©cor and furniture are beautifully appointed.  We sat in the outdoor area, and it was very quiet and relaxing (we visited around 9am).  Food and drinks were prepared perfectly and the staff were both attentive and friendly.  Everything was delicious but my favorite was croissant!!  It was the BEST brunch I had in Bali.  Plus there are so many cute spots you can’t miss for taking photos!! 🙂

Folie Bali

Jl. Subak Sari 30A, Canggu, Bali

Open: Monday: 8 AM – 6 PM Tuesday – Saturday: 8 AM – 10 PM Sunday: 8 AM – 9 PM


El Mexicano

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

After exploring Monkey Forest in Ubud, we came here for dinner. We loved the cute colorful atmosphere, and they serve fresh Mexican dishes.  Our margarita was average in my opinion, but the food was delicious. We ordered tacos, and their portion was generous! The staff were also very friendly and helpful. If you are going to Monkey Forest, give it a try! There are happy hours between 3pm and 7pm, just FYI 🙂

El Mexicano

Jl. Monkey Forest No.15, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali

Open: 11AM ~ 11PM everyday


Folk Pool & Gardens

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Folk Pool is located in very central location of Ubud, and dining by the pool was just a great experience. You could swim, read a book, listen to the DJ, and just generally chill out.  It was not crowded when we went there so we were seated at the bed, but I recommend you to make a reservation because it gets super crowded there. The smoothie bowl wasn’t my favorite but food overall was tasty! Staff was friendly and helpful too.

Folk Pool & Gardens

Jl. Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali

Open 9AM ~ 10PM everyday


Kynd Community

Best Cafes Bali
Best Cafes Bali

Probably one of the hottest photogenic cafes in Bali so our expectation was high, but it didn’t disappoint us!  The place was quite busy when we visited, but we managed to grab a table outside.  I was hungry so I had avocado toast and smoothie bowl, and both were fresh and delish! I don’t say that was the best bowl I had in Bali, but it was probably the cutest bowl 🙂 If you want Instagram-worthy shots, grab outside seats!

Kynd Community

Jl. Petitenget No.12X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali

Open 6AM ~ 5PM everyday

Thoughts for the best cafes in Bali?

I hope this lists help you to find your kind of best cafes in Bali! In my opinion, there are tons of amazing cafes, especially in Seminyak area. If you have other recommendations, comment below and let me know! And for those who have a plan to go to Bali soon, ENJOY the fresh food and coffee!! 😉


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Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Nusa Penida Full Day Guide

Most of you may have seen this beautiful place on Social Media, but Nusa Penida really is a paradise and you can’t miss here if you visit Bali!!! Nusa Penida will give you an experience and a chance to feel the purest nature.  There are crystal clear oceans, white sandy beaches, and many other beautiful and romantic places to see.  But first, do you know how to get there?

 

How to Get There

Opt1. Using Tour

If you are staying in Bali, but still want to spend a day experiencing how amazing Nusa Penida is, you can take a day trip on a speedboat to Penida and tour around the sights for the day with a guide before returning back to Bali in the evening. We used Bali Mahesa Tour, and it didn’t disappoint us. They charge around 75 USD per person.

1 Day Tour includes:
– Transportation from your hotel (Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, and Jimbaran) to the Sanur harbor and back
– Fast Boat Roundtrip Tickets
– Tour around Nusa Penida Island (car charter with driver)
– Mineral Water and Lunch

If you want a stress free & productive trip, using a tour is the way to do it!!

Opt2. Public Boat

If you want to visit without taking a tour, the easiest and cheapest way to access from Bali is by getting to the Sanur beach and using a traditional public boat called ‘jukung’. Jukung will cost you a maximum of around IDR. 40,000 and it will take around 90 minutes to reach Nusa Penida. You can also take a Speed Boat which is a lot faster (50 minutes) but more expensive.

There is plenty more information at Nusa Penida Travel Info .

 

Things to Do

  1.  Kelingking Beach

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Thanks to Instagram, Kelingking Beach is becoming one of the most iconic spots in Indonesia. If you are visiting Nusa Penida, this place is a must!!  If you want to avoid lots of tourists, I recommend you to visit in the morning. We went there around 10am, and we didn’t encounter many tourists.  If you want, you can go down to the beach and relax for 1 or 2 hours. The water is crystal clear, and there are abundant manta ray!! It is important to mention that the path is really steep and you should definitely pack some sneakers.

 

  2.  Broken Beach

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It was such a breathtaking view of the ocean and the cliffs…  I mean look at the magical blue color!!  It was quite mesmerizing watching the waves crashing into the rocks.  As you can see the strength of the waves have carved their way through the rocks forming a beautiful arch from a long time ago.  The view from accross the way is the best view.  Just remember, this place is not for swimming, but you can take great photos for sure.  Also, be mindful when you get close to the edge, as there are no safety ropes (Yikes!).

 

  3.  Angel’s Billabong

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Right next to Broken Beach, there’s an infinity pool called Angel’s Billabong.  Due to the terrible roads on the island, coming here could be a little bit tricky.  However, we were definitely fascinated by its natural beauty.  Make sure you have your swimsuit on when you visit this place.  The water is so inviting and practically begs you to take a dip (I mean…who wouldn’t?!).  Going down to this natural pool is a bit of a challenge, but it’s definitely worth it for the pictures.  Just be mindful of the wind and the waves!  Also, this place could get super crowded so come early if possible 🙂

 

  4.  Local Food

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Honestly I didn’t have lots of expectations for food since Nusa Penida is such a remote area, but boy I was wrong!  We had a quick lunch at Warung NG, and the food was fresh and delicious.  I mean look at this succulent mango!  It was absolutely delicious 🙂 Also the people working there were super friendly and welcoming.

You can also check out the restaurants below for alternative options!

 

  5.  Crystal Bay Beach

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This place is not so fancy in comparison to other sites, but I recommend taking some time to enjoy the still moderately remote and peaceful Crystal Bay. Especially since the beach was so clean and the water clear as glass, and it is a perfect place for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling!  We didn’t swim much this time, but it was very relaxing to simply lay on the beach.  Maybe you can enjoy a beer or coconut juice as well. However you plan to spend your time, this is the place to do it! 🙂

 

 

I hope these pictures are helpful when planning a trip to beautiful Nusa Penida. XoXo

 

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