Travel log: I said goodbye to Bali and hello to Ko Phangan
Hey folks! Thought I would give you a quick recap of my time in Bali and update you on my new adventures. If you are following me on Instagram or other social media you know that I decided to head to Thailand after a month in Bali. My visa was about to expire, which I could have extended but thought why not explore new lands. I heard Ko Phangan was a vegan heaven and I haven’t been there before so why not?!
I spent my first 17 days in Canggu at Pelan Pelan, an adorable surf and yoga resort that offers an amazing deal on a week long package that includes, you guessed it, surfing and yoga classes. You can read all about the good times you’ll have there over on the blog I wrote for HappyCow. I volunteered to teach yoga classes and had a blast with the guests staying there. Canggu won me over with it’s relaxed beach vibe, amazing vegan food, and friendly people, both locals and expats visiting or living there. Want to know my favorite places to eat in Canggu? Take a look at this blog I wrote for my top meals.
Probably my favorite meals in all of Bali were found in Canggu. After my time at Pelan Pelan, I headed to Ubud to lead the first Blissed Out Retreats of the year. We had such an incredible time! The retreat went better than I could have ever imagined. Everyone got along really well, each person had beautiful transformations, we ate delicious food at Alam Sari who hosted me again, made gorgeous silver jewerly, had so much fun at a Balinese cooking class, danced, stretched, and relaxed by the pool. Here’s a little recap video!
After saying goodbye to my new friends, I headed to Uluwatu in the southern part of Bali to explore the island a bit more. This part of Bali is known for it’s white sand beaches unlike the black sand found in Canggu. It was very hot, the internet wasn’t working so well, and everything was overpriced compared to other parts of Bali. But I had fun because Leigh-Chantelle of Viva la Vegan joined me. She lent me a book and I finally relaxed for the first time in over 3 weeks! We stayed at Bingin Family Bungalows, which was frankly the nicest, least expensive place in the area. Luckily there is two nice places for vegan options within walking distance (Temple Lodge & Cashew Tree), and another local warung (Hebo) with amazing cheap vegan food a short bike ride away.
I took a selfie to document my relaxing by the pool with a book, and how awesome the pool made my hair. You can see the pool and the book in my glasses. I cut off my hair y’all! It was so hot when I got to Bali I couldn’t be bothered with it. It gets thrown back in a ponytail every day so it doesn’t matter what it looks like. I may regret it when I get settled back home. Then LC showed me how to tether my phone to my computer and use it as a wifi hotspot *mind blown* and I was able to get some work done.
My flight was at 6am so I stayed at a hotel near the airport (Green Villa) and found two amazing vegan spots to eat lunch and dinner at before heading to Thailand (De Rasa Vegetarian and Zula). Bali has so much amazing food! Pro tip: Download the Gojek app while in Bali to get food delivered from anywhere and cheap motorbike taxi rides. It’s the best way to explore the island and faster way to get to your destination!
I had a full day of travel to get to the island of Ko Phangan. There is a number of vegetarian/vegan cafes, many places to do yoga, and I’m staying at a beautiful new hotel called Akuna, which has the best internet ever and super clean air con bungalows! I totally recommend it if you prefer to have something a bit nicer and are okay not being right on the beach. I’ll be here for another week before I head to Bangkok to visit my friend Brighde. I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss home and my normal routine a bit. I’ve been totally slacking on exercising and miss home-cooked food and my green smoothies. It’s so freaking hot here, but I have a scooter and will explore the island in the early morning and evenings when it’s cooler.
If you’ve been to Ko Phangan before let me know in the comments what I should check out!
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