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Hotels in Southeast Asia

  • Staying at the Bubu Long Beach Resort at the Perhentian Islands - Hello Raya Blog

    Turquoise Blue Water Views from the Bubu Long Beach Resort

    Absolute beachfront. Amazing turquoise blue water views. Excellent customer service. This are just some of the words I would use to describe the Bubu Long Beach Resort in the Perhentian Islands. The Bubu Long Beach Resort is located in the northern end of Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil. At first I had heard that Long […] Read more…

  • Le Jardin Villas in Seminyak, Bali | The Pool Area | Hello Raya Blog

    A Tropical Oasis in the Heart of Seminyak: Le Jardin Villas (Bali)

    I spy with my little eye something that starts with a ‘V’…. Villa!  Ahhhh Bali. The island of sun, surf, and… VILLAS. With many choices of accommodation in Bali, it can sometimes pose a challenge to decide where to stay. So I have developed criteria to help me choose the best villa to stay in, […] Read more…

Malaysia

Singapore

  • Singapore at Night - Marina Bay Laser Show | Hello Raya Blog

    Discovering Singapore by Night

    My favorite time of the day in Singapore is at night. The city lights up so beautifully, and Singapore comes to life. While there are heaps to do in Singapore, here are my top 8 picks to do in Singapore at night. Exploring Singapore at Night 1. Eat Satay at Lau Pa Sat Satay is a […] Read more…

  • The Library Bar in Singapore - Hello Raya Blog

    Not Studying, Only Cocktails at the Library in Singapore

    You know…earlier during the day, I walked right past “The Study.” I walked right past it not knowing that there would be a speakeasy bar located right behind its walls. In fact, when I looked up where “The Library” should be, I couldn’t believe that I had already been there earlier during the day. So […] Read more…

Thailand

  • Best Areas to stay in Phuket - Sri Panwa Resort - Baba Nest | Hello Raya Blog

    Your Guide to the Best Areas to Stay in Phuket

    Phuket is a big island. It can take about 1 hour to drive from the top of the island to the bottom of the island, and so picking the best areas to stay in Phuket is important. Plus every area is quite different so where you stay on the island really depends what type of […] Read more…

  • Southeast Asia Bucket List | Ayara Kamala Resort Karon Beach | Hello Raya Blog

    18 Awesome Things to Tick Off Your Southeast Asia Bucket List

    What a year it has been! As I reflect on 2016, I am so grateful of all the amazing things I have been able to experience during my travels around Southeast Asia. I continue to be in awe by how beautiful and exciting this part of the world is. Looking back on the year that […] Read more…

Stories from the Road

  • Leslie in Lake Mburo | The Real Uganda | Hello Raya Blog

    A Life Well Lived is the Reward – My Life in Uganda

    The Traveler Stories Series. Each month we feature a story (or two) written by another fellow traveler, who shares with us their own travel experiences. This month, meet Leslie, the beautiful founder of The Real Uganda. Originally from Canada, Leslia has lived in Uganda full-time for over 12 years, and here she shares her story. Throughout my 20s, I […] Read more…

  • Life in Finland | I Took a Leap of Faith to Travel, and it Changed Me | Hello Raya Blog

    I Took a Leap of Faith to Travel, and it Changed Me

    The Traveler Stories Series. Each month we feature a story (or two) written by another fellow traveler, who shares with us their own travel experiences. This month, meet Evan Kristine, the beautiful travel blogger at Pretty Wild World. At the young age of 16, Evan made a brave leap of faith that would change her life forever. […] Read more…

Indonesia

Laos

  • Nam Song River | | 10 Things to do in Vang Vieng | Hello Raya Blog

    10 Things to do in Vang Vieng (Laos)

    Vang Vieng is a lovely town, located about 4 hours north of the capital of Laos. The town is filled with so much to do and you could spend days enjoying the nature, river and the local town…enough to keep you busy day in, day out. So here are 10 of my recommended things to […] Read more…

  • 13 Things to do in Luang Prabang | Hello Raya Blog

    Fun Things to do in Luang Prabang (Laos)

    In the central north of Laos, surrounded by mountainous terrain and the meeting point of the mighty Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, you’ll find the ancient town of Luang Prabang. Whether you plan to be here for a few days or a few weeks, there is plenty of things to do in Luang […] Read more…

Travel Essentials

  • Trifena Belle Swimwear - The Perhentian Islands - Hello Raya Blog

    Trifena Belle Swimwear – The Bikini that Keeps on Giving

    You know what – packing is a real bitch. Well ‘was’ a real bitch for me. Deciding on what to bring was my first problem. I was trying to squeeze in as many items of clothing for those “just in case” moments. That only resulted in a heavy suitcase, that I had to lug around, […] Read more…

  • Surviving a Long Haul Flight | Hello Raya Blog

    11 Things You can do to Survive a Long Haul Flight

    I don’t know how many planes I have been on in my life, but I can tell you that it is a lot. And many of them have been long haul flights. As I am writing this, I am on a long haul flight myself – from Sydney to Los Angeles. A good solid 13 […] Read more…