Hotel Review: Dusun Villas, Bali

TRAVELLING THE WORLD SOLO

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Yep, you are reading it right. This chica went back to Bali for the third time this year!

After having a wonderful stay at the Kunja Villas in Seminyak I was pretty excited to get offered a stay at Kunja’s sister property – Dusun Villas – for a three night visit.

So how did the Dusun stack up against the Kunja?

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Much like at the Kunja, the check in process was seamless. After quick photocopy of my passport and putting a few signatures on a few bits and bobs, we were off to go settle into our one bedroom villa.

Now you may be thinking, ‘why does it say we?’ Well, remember that fella who I told to meet me in Bali for our second date? Turns out that that whole situation is lasting a bit longer than just two dates. Said fella lives in Adelaide and I…

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Bangkok: To do list

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It has been a while since I was in my favourite city and the list of new and interesting places I want to check out is growing ever longer, especially since I discovered the Thai magazine “aday”, which has lots of great tips like this cafe near the Hua Mak airport express stop in Ramkhamhaeng called Sunday.

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Or this pretty jogging track around the Ram Inthra stadium:

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Restaurant Harmonique with its courtyard under a banyan tree.

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Plus a secret drinking den in the city’s US military headquarters

The Skytrain jazz bar

The dining table inside a swimming pool at 3nvy.

The city’s riverside Protestant cemetery.

And the cluster of art workshops and galleries amid old European buildings on the Charoen Krung Soi 30, also known after an obscure historical figure as Soi Captain Bush.

Plus there is the new incarnation of the Thailand Design and Creativity Centre nearby in…

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Jaipur the Pink City

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Our armchair travels had taken us to Jodhpur the Blue City now we go from blue to Jaipur the Pink City. Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan state in India. The city was founded in 1727 and now is known as the Old City or Pink City for the trademark color of its buildings.

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Mubarak Mahal  (Wekcome Palace) part of City Palace was built in the late 19th century for Maharaja Madho Singh II as a reception center for visiting dignitaries. It is a multi-arched and colonnaded construction built in a mix of Islamic, Rajput and European styles by architect Sir Swinton Jacob. Today it is part of the Maharaja Sawai Mansingh II Museum where you can see a collection of royal costumes and impressive shawls. An incredible exhibit is the capacious clothing of Sawai Madho Singh I. They say that he was 2m tall, 1.2m wide…

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Jodhpur the Blue City

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No this city is not sad. In this case it is a blue city because the dominant color of the buildings and walls in the Old City is blue as far as the eye can see. There are many wonders that Jodhpur can offer and is located in the Thar Desert of the northwest Indian state of Rajasthan.  Traditionally, blue signified the home of a Brahmin, but there are non-Brahmins here too. The blue appears to glow with a mysterious light and the blue tint is thought to repel insects. It is also known as the “Sun City” because the city enjoys bright and sunny weather all through the year. The Old City circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Of course this city has now expanded greatly beyond the Old Blue City.

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