A PICNIC IN SIEM REAP

It was our first time in Siem Reap, Cambodia and we decided to go on a picnic to surprise our friend with a birthday cake, as her birthday was around the corner. The Beige Resort organised this for us, and it was simply gorgeous. Every detail, from the materials used to the whole set up was so well thought of and presented beautifully.

We were taken to the picnic location in a vintage jeep; the ride with five of us friends together, in the one vehicle was one to remember. We were met with bumpy roads and buffaloes along the way to this secret location.

Hopping off the jeep to find this beautiful setup, was just… magic.

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DETAILS WE ADORE:

Beautiful white chiffon drapes were intertwined with branches beside a hidden temple in the forest. Rattan weaving is very popular in Siem Reap, and our picnic basket, napkin holders and bags were handmade in rattan. We were so inspired and bought a few of these hand-crafted pieces at the Siem Reap market.

The customer service was impeccable. We felt so warm and welcome. The staff at the Beige resort, went above and beyond to make our stay and activities with them memories to cherish for a lifetime. A special shout out to Koichi, Jerry and Monica from the Beige Resort, thank you so much for your hospitality and kindness.

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More on our amazing Cambodian adventure coming soon, until then… STAY WILD

Photos by WILD HARDT

AMONG THE FIELDS OF BALI

Today we are so excited to share with you some highlights from our trip to Bali: Sanur & Ubud.

One of the first things we read about Bali before travelling there was about the temples, so we really wanted to visit one. We drove down to the Tanah Lot temple, a temple that sits on a rock formation and a popular tourist and cultural icon of Bali. Tanah Lot apparently means land in the sea in the Balinese language. The views were breathtaking.

The first few days we stayed at a villa in Sanur, the location was so relaxing, and just right for us. People say Sanur is the opposite of Kuta and known for its laid-back atmosphere. The villa (one of the most beautiful places we have been blessed to enjoy) was away from all the hustle and bustle and not too far from the Sanur beach boardwalk- where you find restaurants and bars on the beach.

Ubud to us was very creative, it is surrounded by rice fields and is apparently 200-300M above sea level, so slightly cooler than other tourist destinations in Bali. It is also home to great cafes, restaurants and markets selling items from the region’s artisans. Eat Pray Love was filmed here. If you want to go out and have a few cocktails one evening, enjoy a live band and dance the night away, Laughing Buddha Bar was a lot of fun.

We loved the folk art whirligigs that we found among the rice paddies, detailing a farmer pulling a bull. They make a sound when the wind blows that scares the birds away. 

We decided to do the Ridge Walk at sunrise. It is a beautiful paved walk along the Campuhan ridge. It showcases the more naturalistic side to Bali with lots of greenery, trees, hills, forest scenery and rice terraces up the top. We finished our walk having breakfast at Karsa Kafe and an amazing four hour treat at the Karsa Spa.

Tips:

  • It may take a while to get used to the currency - you're a millionaire in Bali!

  • If you take the Campuhan Ridge Walk at sunrise, stop half way and take time to enjoy the beautiful views, instead of hurrying to get to the top (Karsa Cafe) before sunrise.

  • We highly recommend the 4 hour Saraswati package at Karsa Spa.

  • Take heaps of repellent and sunscreen – there are lots of creepy crawlies around, especially if you stay at an eco villa.

PHOTOS BY: WILD HARDT