Michael Taylor follows a colourful procession as it passes his hotel. It takes him to a temple on a nearby beach, where a triple cremation takes place. For inexplicable reasons, he feels a strange affinity with the attendees.
Hindu procession in Cangcu, Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
On his first full day in Bali, Michael Taylor takes a Balinese cookery class at his hotel. First a trip to the market. Then a trip back to the hotel, where the Executive Chef gives him a Balinese cooking lesson in his private villa.
Executive Chef Nyoman Mustika (left) demonstrates cooking skills while Personal Butler Dika and General Manager Akiko Yoshioka express amazement at the results. Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Who doesn't like Top 10 lists? But just how reliable are they? (Not very, some would say!) But they ARE fun. EVERYONE reads (even if they don't believe) them. So what are Asia's Top 10 Islands (according to TripAdvisor.com)?
Sunset on the beach at Koh Tao, Thailand. Photo Credit: Queix.
On his first full day in Bali, Michael Taylor is taken to market to buy vegetables for his cooking class. On his way back to the hotel, he stumbles across a colourful festival as he is driven past a Hindu Temple.
A vendor at Pipitan Market in Cangcu, Bali, Indonesia, prepares the religious offerings that Balinese Hindu devotees lay about the landscape three times a day. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Upon his arrival at Denpasar International Airport in Bali, Indonesia, Michael Taylor gets a 'Visa on Arrival', clears customs, collects his bags, and is driven to an intimate boutique hotel, where a warm welcome awaits.
Sign welcoming arrivals at Denpasar International Airport in Bali, Indonesia. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Michael Taylor is about to embark on his latest adventure – four weeks exploring the Indonesian island of Bali. As he prepares for his departure, he ponders the usefulness of travel guides. Are they a help or a hindrance?
Three of Bali's most popular travel guides. Photo Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
Michael Taylor makes several trips a year, but despite his love of travel, he hates packing. As he contemplates his 5th trip to Bali, he decides to invest in 'travel cubes'. Will they de-stress this tedious procedure once and for all?
A suitcase packed with travel cubes. Credit: Accidental Travel Writer.
The spa at The Mira in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui district is launching 3 spa packages for 6 targeted at brides-to-be or groups of friends. They include champagne and snacks as well as access to wellness facilities.
MiraSpa at The Mira Hong Kong. Photo Credit: Miranar Group.
The Makati Shangri-La, Manila, has opened Sage, a new restaurant and bar whose dining and design concepts are a play on the term 'perfect cut', referring both to a 'perfect cut' of meat and a perfectly cut gentleman's suit.
Dining room of Sage at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila, in the Philippines. Photo Credit: Makati Shangri-la, Manila.
A wedding open day will be held Sunday 2 March 2014 at The Park Lane Hotel from 12 noon to 8 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Couples confirming bookings at the event will receive a special discount.
Banquet room. Photo Credit: The Park Lane Hong Kong.
Bangkok has the best restaurant in Asia, but Hong Kong has the most restaurants in the top 10 of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 list. Bangkok, Tokyo, and Singapore have 2 restaurants each. Shanghai has one.
Nahm at the Metropolitan by Como Bangkok. Photo Credit: Como Hotels and Resorts.