Arriving in Bangkok from the Balinese jungle was like being airdropped into a sweaty, congested maze of concrete and motor exhaust. After our first attempt at being true backpackers and staying in a hostel, we relocated to the trendy expat neighborhood of Thonglor and started to truly appreciate the unique beauty and energy Bangkok has to offer.
The island of Bali is a magical place brimming with a unique culture that is at once traditional and modern. It is the perfect destination for a first time visitor to Asia (us!) due to its robust tourism infrastructure. Yet with its varied regions, vibrant local community, and strong Hindu belief system, the Balinese experience is anything but a cookie cutter island get-away.