Today I’m going to share highlights from Bali, and I’ll save Singapore/Phuket and Hong Kong/Shanghai for other posts. To prepare you, this is going to be long, picture-heavy post!
Let me first explain how we landed on the destinations we did – which were Bali, Singapore, Phuket (Thailand), Hong Kong and Shanghai. As a wedding gif, my mom gave us a week from her timeshare to use for our honeymoon. Our initial plan was to go to Phuket, but we quickly realized we’d need more than a week. So we put the Asia trip (and my mom’s offer to use her timeshare) on hold until our one-year anniversary and instead went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. I know, what a sacrifice!
When it came time to plan our one-year trip, we checked my mom’s timeshare availability and were disappointed to see that there wasn’t anything left in Phuket. We instead found a resort in Bali that was available, so we decided to start there. Phuket was still a must for us, but after seeing it was a 5 hour plane ride from Bali, we decided to break the flight up with a stop in Singapore for a day. The hubs has a bunch of friends who were ex-Pats in Singapore during high school and we figured it would be cool to see the city.
Finally, since we were so close to China, we knew we had to work it into the trip. Originally we only planned to stop in Hong Kong, but one of my husband’s friends lives in Shanghai and said we had to come see him if we were in that part of the world.
With our itinerary set, we jetted off to Bali. It’s a crazy long flight to get there; we left at midnight, flew 14 hours, then arrived in Taipei where we had a four-hour layover before a five-hour flight to Bali. After 24 hours of traveling, we arrived completely exhausted.Continue Reading…