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The Best Natural Moisturizing Lotions

Can you believe that it’s almost mid February? My oh my does time fly!

Today, I want to share with you my all time favorite lotion brand: Belif.

Belif is a renowned Korean based skincare company that specializes in creating natural and effective skin products using true herbs and modern Korean technology. All of their products are free of toxic substances including: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, and animal substances.

In addition, since Belif’s products are made using Napier’s original formula, they are packed with rich anti-oxidants and anti-aging benefits for clear and radiant looking skin.

*Disclaimer: I am not getting any money from Belif. I am writing this review because I truly love their products and want others to know about them.

Best Lotion for Fall and Winter

BELIF: The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb

This lotion is literally a lifesaver during those cold and dry months. I have tried several different brands of lotion in the past to combat my dry skin; however, all of those lotions were heavy feeing and oily. Thus, they clogged my pores and caused me to breakout.

After searching feverishly for a lotion that would not cause me to breakout, my mom introduced the Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb to me. I immediately fell in love!

The lotion feels light and non-oily when applied to the face, and leaves my face feeling smooth, deeply nourished, and moisturized. Most importantly, it doesn’t clog my pores or cause me to breakout. Yee-haw!

Price: $38.00

Size: 50 ml

Frequency: Apply Morning and Night Daily

Best Lotion for Spring and Summer

BELIF: The True Cream Aqua Bomb

This ultra-light weight and refreshing lotion is THE one and only lotion you should use during Spring and Summer. It is light blue in color and like the name, feels like an “aqua bomb” when the lotion is applied to the face.

The True Cream Aqua Bomb is a premium moisturizer to keep the face looking bright and soft, while improving skin elasticity and minimizing the appearance of pores.

Price: $38

Size: 50 ml

Frequency: Apply Morning and Night Daily

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If you decide to try either of these lotions, let me know what you think! As always, feel free to email or comment below with any questions or feedback.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my recent blogs Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens and The 10 Best Things to do in Phuket, Thailand here.

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Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: A Gemstone in the Heart of EscondidoFeatured

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Stone Brewery Experience

This past weekend, I took the train down to San Diego to visit my boyfriend. On Saturday, we decided to check out Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido since it received thousands of 5 star reviews.

I thought to myself “Is this brewery really worth the hype?”

The answer is a sound YES!

The Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, is one of the largest breweries in all of southern California, and is Stone’s headquarters.

When we arrived, we were shocked by how big the brewery was. The walkway from the parking lot to the brewery was mystical as it was covered in ivys and other green plants. The lobby was castle like in nature with its majestic brown doors and high ceilings. Immediately to the left, was a gift shop selling t-shirts, jackets, cups, and other Stone Brewery souvenirs.

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When we arrived at 4:45 pm on Saturday, we were told that there was a 25 minute wait for a table.

As one of the most stunning and historical breweries in all of California, it’s no surprise that Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens is packed from open to close on a daily basis. If you don’t want to wait for a table or have limited time, I highly recommend you reserve a table online.

For us, it was perfectly fine because we went to the open bar and got some drinks. I got a glass of wine and Juan got the scorpion beer. With our drinks in our hands, we explored the brewery and the infamous world garden.

Whatever your preference is, you can choose to sit indoors or outdoors, both of which are fabulous choices. The outside seating, however, is slightly more marvelous because it’s located in the beautiful garden. The outdoor area features 2 outdoor mini bars, tons of seating options, a small trail, beautiful pond, games for kids, and a 1 acre organic farm. It’s honestly the perfect setting to get all your loved ones together to hang out and relax. With over 35 specialty types of beers and an extensive wine list, there is something for everyone!

Last but not least, Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido offers tours of their brewing facility and packaging area. For just $8 per adult, you will get a close look at the machines, learn the ins and outs of the beer making process, and taste several specialty beers on tap!

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Outfit Details

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Jacket: CHILLY OUT BLACK AND WHITE GLEN PLAID LONG COAT

The perfect coat to spice up any outfit. Not only is it soft, but it looks even more stunning in person. FYI, the jacket is more of a fashion piece and may not be ideal for very cold weather.

Booties: REECE BLACK SUEDE BOOTIES

I actually bought my booties from Nordstrom last year but they sold out due to popular demand. I have linked the Reece Black Suede bootie, which is very similar.

Purse: TORY BURCH

Unfortunately, my bag was a limited edition and has sold out. However, I have linked to the Tory Burch cross body purses page.

LeggingsBLACK LEGGINGS

My go to black leggings for everyday and workout wear! 

Thank you for reading! If you have not already, discover the 10 Best Things to Do in Phuket and find out what Boulder Bay Park in Big Bear is like.

Feel free to comment below if you have any questions 🙂 

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10 Best Things to do in Phuket, ThailandFeatured

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As one of the most popular and touristy destinations in all of Thailand, Phuket, which is located on the southern tip, is characterized by tropical weather, beautiful beaches, top notch shopping options, and outstanding nightlife.

Whether you are a young adult traveling with friends, a parent traveling with family, or a wanderluster traveling with your significant other, there is something to do for everyone of all ages. You could easily spend a month in Phuket, and not see everything this land of paradise has to offer.

Since there are so many adventurous and fun things to do in Phuket, I have compiled this list of the 10 Best Things to do in order to make planning your next Phuket trip a little easier.

Let’s begin!

Best Things to Do

1) Phi Phi Islands

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The Phi Phi Islands are the most famous and well known Islands in all of Thailand. Depending on where you stay in Phuket, a ferry ride from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands will take approximately 2 hours.

Some of the best things to do include:

  • Monkey Beach
  • Maya Bay
  • Mosquito Beach
  • Bamboo Island
  • Snorkel at Hat Yao
  • Kayak at Ko Phi Phi
  • Hike up to Phi Phi Viewpoint

Since the Phi Phi Islands are the largest with lots to see, it’s recommended to book a hotel to see the main attractions. Additionally, if you’re young and enjoy partying, Phi Phi offers some of the best nightlife.

From clubs to sports bars, Phi Phi has it all. Not to mention, there are loads of top notch restaurants on the island.

Tip: There are no tuk tuks or taxis on Phi Phi Island. The methods of transport include walking or taking a longtail boat to get around.

2) Visit Karon Beach and Kata Beach

Karon Beach and Kata Beach are located towards the southern end of Phuket, and are known to be some of the best beaches in Phuket.

Most tourists tend to stay in either Karon Beach or Kata beach because there are a large number of luxurious resorts and hotels within walking distance to the beach.

Karon beach, which is north of Kata Beach, is a much longer beach than Kata beach and has lines of umbrellas and beach chairs. Both beaches have become extremely touristy so it can get crowded, especially during peak season (November-March).

Tip: Bring about 200 baht to reserve your own beach chair and umbrella.

 

3) Visit the Big Buddha

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big buddha

The Big Buddha is one of Phuket’s most revered and highly regarded landmarks. This majestic Buddha is located on top of the Nakkerd hills and can be seen from Karon beach and Kata Beach, many miles away.

A tuk tuk ride from Karon beach to the Big Buddha takes approximately 45 minutes and costs 1,000 thai baht for a roundtrip.

Once at the top of the hill, there are beautiful views of Phuket and the ocean. The best time to go is during sunset because the views are breathtaking.

The Big Buddha itself was built in 2004 and is made of white marble. Inside, there are scriptures on the wall, donation boxes, and monks chanting prayers. From my experience, 1-2 hours at the Big Buddha should be sufficient to see everything and take lots of pictures.

Tip: Since the Big Buddha is a religious site, please dress appropriately. Females should cover their shoulders and wear pants that are at least knee length. If you feel you are dressed inappropriately, the site centre will let you borrow a sarong for free.

 

4) Enjoy the Ocean Views from a Rooftop Pool

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rooftop pool

Many hotels in Phuket offer a rooftop pool at affordable prices. I recommend the Pacific Club Resort, a small boutique hotel located on a hill in Karon Beach.

The resort is located approximately 15 minutes from Karon town, which has many restaurants and shops. Not only can you soak in the gorgeous views, but the rooftop pool will be less crowded and more private.

5) Get a Massage

Massage parlors are prevalent throughout Phuket. With a variety of options at extremely affordable prices, it’s a must to get a massage! After all, you are on vacation to unwind and relax.

6) Check out Bangla Road

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Located in Patong Beach, Bangla Road is nicknamed the mini Vegas. At night, the road is closed off to vehicles and becomes a large party of dance clubs, go go dancers, pubs, and restaurants.

Whether you want to chill at a bar while chatting with friends, listen to a live band, or go full out at a dance club, Bangla Road is the place for night entertainment. This road is packed, especially on Fridays and Saturday, from sundown until sunrise.

7) Get Food and Souvenirs at the Night Market

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Almost every town in Phuket has a night market. Simply walk around town and look for lines of white tents selling souvenirs or freshly made food.

In my opinion, night markets offer the best variety of souvenir choices including: bags, tshirts, candy, buddha statues, magnets, handmade jewelry, and hats at affordable prices.

8) Take an Authentic Cooking Class

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A Thailand trip is not complete without taking a cooking class. If you like green curry, pad thai, pad see ew, tom yum soup, and all the other Thai dishes, wouldn’t it be great if you learned how to make it? Heck yes!

Here are some of the top rated cooking classes in Phuket:

  • Phuket Thai Cooking Class
  • Kata Thai Cooking Class
  • Phuket Easy Thai Cooking
  • Phuket Thai Cookery School
  • Pum Thai Cooking School

Most classes are a few hours long and will teach you how to make at least 4 different types of Thai dishes. Bon Appetit!




9) Visit Wat Chalong

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Wat Chalong, which is located in Mueang Phuket District, is the most revered temple in all of Phuket.

Open from 7am-5pm, visitors from all around the world flock over to this temple to see the beautiful architecture and learn more about Buddhism and the temple’s history.

As always, please be respectful to the Buddha and monks by dressing appropriately and removing your shoes before entering the temple.

 

10) Go on a day trip to the Surin Islands or Similan Islands

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The Surin Islands are located approximately 60 km from Phuket, whereas the Similan Islands are approximately 110 km from Phuket. Since both islands are located several hours away by ferry and 1-2 hours by speedboat, it’s best to leave at the crack of dawn to have sufficient time to explore the islands.

Most visitors come to the Surin and Similan Islands for the excellent snorkeling and scuba diving options, clear waters, lush coral reefs, smaller crowds, and hiking.

 

Final Thoughts

I hope this guide about the 10 Best Things to do in Phuket, Thailand was helpful for you!

Although only 10 attractions/activities were mentioned, there is so much more to do.

At a minimum, 3-4 full days should be enough to see the main attractions. In order to experience all that Phuket has to offer and to immerse yourself in the Thai culture, I recommend staying for a week.

What activities are you most interested in doing in Phuket? Let me know in the comments below and thank you for reading!

 

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Krabi is a province located on Thailand’s southern tip, and is characterized by majestic limestone cliffs, sandy beaches, and over 100 islands.

As one of the most popular destinations in all of Asia due to its prime weather, beautiful beaches, and cheap accomodation and food, it’s no wonder everyone is flocking towards Krabi.

I was ecstatic when my boyfriend and I finally booked the hotels and flights for our Thailand adventure in mid November.

Before Krabi, we stayed in Chiang Mai for 3 days, and you can read about all the things to do, see, and eat HERE.

Although we only stayed in Krabi for 3 full days, I highly recommend that you stay for a few extra days to really see all that Krabi has to offer.

With that said, let’s begin the itinerary, where I will show you how to spend 3 days in Krabi, Thailand.

Best Time to Go

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Krabi experiences a tropical climate throughout the year, and has both dry and wet seasons.

May-October are typically the wet months, with a higher chance of rain, followed by monsoon winds.

November-April are considered the dry months, with temperatures reaching the mid-90’s during the day.

We went to Thailand from November 14-26, and it was extremely hot and humid!

In my opinion, November-March are the best times to go; however, it is also considered to be peak season, so you will experience higher hotel and flight prices.

Where to Stay

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We stayed at Krabi Resort, which is a traditional villa style resort located in Ao Nang, just a short walk to our very own private beach!

The resort has two pools and offers a complimentary breakfast buffet every single day.

Also situated in the center of town, the resort is conveniently located near tons of restaurants and shops.

3 Day Itinerary for Krabi, Thailand

Day 1: Railay Beach and Ao Nang

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Railay Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in all of Thailand, and is only accessible by boat because of the limestone cliffs surrounding the beach.

If you decide to stay in Ao Nang, head over to the beach and you will find numerous longtail boats close to shore.

The Ao Nang Longtail boat services charges 200 baht per round trip ticket to Railay Beach, and the boatride is approximately 15 minutes each way.

Try to minimize the amount of stuff you bring and wear flip flops and shorts because you have to wade through the water to climb onto the boat. The boat is not very steady and may seem scary at first, but it is the only method of transport to Railay Beach.

The last boat ride is at 6pm, so make sure you don’t stay too late or else you won’t be able to get back to your hotel.

railay beach

Since Railay Beach is a popular destination, try to arrive early to beat the crowd.

The beach is quite large with restaurants, shops, and hotels. Kayaks are also available for rent and are great options for exploring the ocean and seeing the limestone cliffs up close.

Although the water at Railay Beach is not as clear compared to some of the other beaches in Krabi, the water is extremely calm and pleasant to chill in.

We spent half our time bobbing in the water, and the other half tanning on the beach.

Warning: Thailand is known for having jellyfish in the water.

We both got stung in on our legs, and the affected area got bumpy and red at first. There was some pain, but it went away within a day.

If you get stung, try not to fret and get out of the water as soon as possible. Find the nearest restaurant and ask for some vinegar to rub on your sting.

Make sure to seek medical attention, if the pain does not go away.

Ao Nang

Once you arrive back to Ao Nang, I recommend you grab dinner at the local night market.

When we were in Krabi, there was a night market directly across the street from the Krabi Resort.

The night market consisted of approximately 20-30 booths that served a variety of quick bites including fried shrimp tempura, chicken tenders, pad thai, noodle soup, fresh seafood, burgers, and smoothies.

The food there is cheap and won’t break the bank.

After your belly is full, walk down the street and explore Ao Nang town. There are lots of massage parlors that offer a variety of massages at affordable prices and lots of souvenir shops.

Day 2: Phi Phi Islands

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Phi Phi Island is the superstar island of all islands in Thailand.

Many movies have been shot there, and it’s no mystery why. As one of the most hyped islands, the beaches and views are beyond beautiful.

When approached by ferry, the island looks like a jungle you see in the movies. I immediately fell in love!

Phi Phi Island is about a 2 hour ferry ride from Krabi and offers a variety of activities to do. Some of the best things to do include:

  • Monkey Beach
  • Maya Bay
  • Deaf Gecko Climbing at Tonsai Bay
  • Bamboo Island
  • Mosquito Island
  • Snorkel at Hat Yao
  • Kayak at Ko Phi Phi
  • Climb up to Phi Phi Viewpoint

 

Phi Phi Island does not have tuk tuks or taxis, so you have to walk around the island or take a longtail boat.

We booked our roundtrip tickets on www.phuketferry.com from Ao Nang to Phi Phi, and it also included a private taxi that picked us up from our hotel and dropped us off at our hotel.

The roundtrip ticket was about $43 for each person.

The ferry left Ao Nang at 930am and left Phi Phi at 330pm. With only 4 hours on Phi Phi, we felt rushed for time but enjoyed every minute.

phi phi islands

Monkey Beach

We took a longtail boat from Tonsai Bay (the place where the ferry drops everyone off) to Monkey Beach.

The boat cost us 1,000 baht for a private round trip ride to stay on the island for 1 hour.

With our professional bargaining skills, we were able to stay on the beach for an extra half hour!

Don’t be afraid to bargain because the Thai people will not hesitate to overcharge you.

Monkey Beach is a beautiful and small land of paradise located about a 10 minute boat ride from Tonsai Bay.

It has recently become more touristy and crowded; luckily, when we went, it was not too crowded.

The sand is undeniably soft, water is clear, and the views are brilliant.

Within minutes upon arriving at Monkey Beach, I spotted several monkeys. Oh my, were they were adorable.

I brought a basket with our beach towels and camera gear inside.

The monkeys cautiously approached us and sat next next to us with their innocent faces. We naturally took some pictures…

Then, the monkeys came up to our basket and tried to open it, looking for food and other goodies that they could snatch!

Aghast, we shooed the monkeys away but they were persistent and kept coming back. Eventually, we had to leave our basket in the longtail boat so the monkeys would not steal our stuff.

Although the monkeys look cute, they are not scared of humans and will act aggressively if you taunt them.

After putting our stuff in the longtail boat, we finally were able to go in the water and snorkel.

The water is extremely calm and clear so it makes snorkeling a piece of cake; however, due to all the tourists stepping on the corals and wearing toxic sunscreens, all the coral at Monkey beach were dead.

Even though we didn’t see any fish, we had a great time using our snorkeling gear and paddling around.

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monkey

Before taking the ferry back to Ao Nang, we stopped at Lucky 13 Sandwich for lunch.

This is a slightly upscale restaurant that serves delectable sandwiches and burgers. They have several locations throughout Thailand and I would recommend you try this place!

 

Pro Tip: Try not to bring anything to Monkey beach or the monkeys may steal them from you. Book your ferry ahead of time and decide whether or not you want to stay overnight.

 

Day 3: 4 Island Tour (Poda, Tup, Phra Nang, and Chicken)

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The infamous 4 island tour is something most tourists do when they go to Krabi.

This tour is great for seeing multiple islands in one day, especially if you are short on time.

The tour can be done by booking it online ahead of time or renting a private longtail boat.

We booked a private longtail boat for a few hours with an awesome German couple, who happened to stay at the same resort as us. What a coincidence!

Since we had a late lunch, we did not start our tour until 2:30, which meant we only had time to visit 3 islands: Poda, Tup, and Chicken.

The first island was Poda and it took about 25 minutes to get there.

Poda Island was the most crowded out of all 3 islands, but we were able to snorkel and see lots and lots of cute little fish in the water. I kid you not, I saw about 100 fish. It was so amazing!

tup island

After Poda Island, we set off to Tup and Chicken Island, which happened to be connected to each other, and about a 5 minute boat ride from Poda Island.

Getting off the boat was slightly difficult because the floor was covered in small rocks that made it painful to walk on. Luckily, we brought water shoes, which helped minimize the pain.

Both Tup and Chicken Island were pretty empty so it felt as if we had the entire islands to ourselves. We walked all the way from Tup Island to Chicken Island.

These two islands are great for relaxing and seeing the natural and untouched beauty of Thailand. Except for a small and empty shack, you will not find any restaurants or stores on Tup or Chicken Island.

At the end of Chicken Island, there is a large tide pool with starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and other mysterious sea creatures.  

Tip: If you ask your boat driver to go around Chicken Island, you will see a rock formation toward the edge of the island that is shaped like the head of a chicken!

Bring your snorkel gear and water shoes to make the most of your 4 island tour trip!

chicken island thailand

Other Activities to do in Krabi

  • Take a day trip to Koh Lanta – Clear water that is perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. The downside is that the ferry ride is long.
  • Visit the Hong Islands – A great island but is touristy.
  • Visit a temple in Wat Tham Sua – Located in the caves
  • Take a refreshing dip at Klong Thom Hot Springs
  • Party at Ao Nang Beach – There are lots of bars to choose from
  • Visit the Krabi Elephant Jungle Sanctuary – Never ride elephants because they have delicate spines.

Thoughts

  • Thailand is a beautiful country! Always pick up your trash before you leave.
  • Wear reef safe sunscreen
  • Use a lot of mosquito repellant. Mosquitos love American blood! I got  bit more times than I can remember.
  • Keep your belongings with you at all times
  • Exchange your money at exchange booths. The exchange rate is 1 US Dollar = 32  Thai Baht

 

Krabi is one of my favorite destinations of all time, and I would happily go back.

It is a land full of adventures, beautiful sights, sunny weather, and delicious food. With over 100 islands in Krabi Province, you’ll never run out of things to do or see.

What places do you want to go to in Krabi? Have you already been to Krabi? If so, what did you like most?

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Boulder Bay Park

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First of all, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with all your loved ones. This year went by too fast, and I can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for both you and me! 

This past weekend, I went to Big Bear with some of my friends that I’ve known since high school. Out of the blue, we suddenly had the urge to see the snow and experience “winter,” something Californians never get to experience.

It had been years since I last been to the snow, and I guess I wanted an excuse to wear my Columbia puffer jacket and beanie. After some last minute planning, we set off to Big Bear on Saturday morning.

Since it was the weekend before Christmas, there was some traffic on the way there; however, it was expected.

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We decided that our first stop would be Boulder Bay Park, a quaint and beautiful park located a few miles before the infamous village.

The drive from the San Fernando valley to Boulder Bay park took approximately 2.5 hours. During the entire drive up the mountain road, we saw no snow!

It wasn’t until we reached Boulder Bay park that we started to see some snow…and my was it beautiful! The weather outside was a stunning 55 degrees, and I wore a long sleeve, thin sweater, jeans, and sneakers (Snow attire, i know).

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Due to the drought, the lake at Boulder Bay park receded so low that most of the docks were sitting on dirt.

On the plus side, there was a nice dirt path straight to the middle of the bay. Naturally, my friends and I took advantage of the low water level and walked on over to the magnificent boulders.

We struggled at first to find a safe and way up the rocks. After some time, we found a path to the top, and boy was the view amazing.

Boulder Bay Park is a place you must visit if you venture out to Big Bear. With its lush and green grass, picnic tables, and paved walking paths, what’s not to love! The park’s parking lot is small and fills up fast; however, there are lots of free parking on the street right along the park.

I highly recommend that you spend an hour or two to walk around the park and relax before continuing your way to the village.

Hopefully by Spring time, the lake will rise to its proper levels so people can kayak or fish in the lake.

Have you ever been to Boulder Bay Park? What do you like or dislike most about it?

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Budget Friendly 3 Day Itinerary for Chiang Mai

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General Tips to Know for Chiang Mai

Currency: 1 US dollar = 33 thai baht

Here are some money tips: 

1) Before leaving for Thailand, make sure to call your bank to let them know that you will be traveling so your card does not get declined when you withdraw money.

2) Bring cash with you to Thailand and then exchange it into Thai baht at an exchange booth.

3) ATMs charge a withdrawal fee of approximately $6.50. Some banks will reimburse you for all fees incurred abroad.

4) Credit cards are rarely used. Cash is preferred.

Dress Code: During the summer, Women can wear shorts, tank tops, and dresses. However, when going to temples, women should make sure to dress appropriately by covering their shoulders and wearing pants that are at least knee length. The same applies to men.

Transportation: The old city, which is surrounded by 4 gates, is where most tourists stay. Transportation is extremely easy as you can choose from a taxi, tuk tuk, or songtaew (thai taxi) to get around. It’s even possible to walk around the old city on foot as long as you wear comfortable shoes.

 

Language: Most of the locals living in Thailand speak thai; however, do not fret because most of them speak some sort of basic english. Additionally, a lot of the signs are in both thai and english.

Food: There are tons of restaurants in Chiang Mai. Most of the restaurants serve thai food, but there are also a few that serve American style food. Night markets are also another good option because there are many booths that offer cheap, fresh, and tasty food.

Accommodation: You will find a lot of boutique hotels in Old City. I stayed at Estia Hotel, located in the middle of Old City, which was close to all the main shops and restaurants, as well as the Sunday night market.

 

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Essentials to Bring/Buy: Bugspray, sunscreen, pepto-bismol, and probiotics

Water: Drink bottled water and stay away from tap water. Ice is fine because most of the restaurants get their ice from ice factories, which use purified water.

Special Event: If you happen to visit Chiang Mai on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month, it is a must to experience the Loi Krathong festival. The Loi Krathong festival is an annual event in which krathongs (baskets) are placed in the moat surrounding Chiang Mai to show respect to the Buddha. During the same time the kratongs are placed in the water, lanterns are released into the sky. If the Loi Krathong festival is on your bucket list, make sure to book your hotel room early.

Day 1

After checking into your hotel and depending on what time of the day it is, you may want to rest, get food, or start exploring the city.

If you decide to get lunch, go to Keatocha, which serves delicious Hainanese chicken, fried chicken, and chicken satay. The food is cheap and always packed with a lot of people.

Just a few minutes walk from Keatocha is a small temple called Wat Inthakin Sadue Muang located in the center of the old city. Surrounding the temple are adorable baby buddha statues.

The temple will only take 5-10 minutes of your time. After, walk around old city and check out the souvenir shops and food stands. There is no “correct” path that you should take; just go wherever your heart desires.

During your walk, make sure to stop by an exchange booth to exchange your money into thai bahts. The exchange rate is 1 dollar to approximately 31-33 thai bahts.

If time permits, visit Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.

wat inthakin sadue muang

Day 2

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Book a half day morning tour with the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary (They also offer a half day afternoon tour and a full day tour).

I advise that you book the tour on their website ahead of time to ensure the tickets do not sell out. The tour is extremely popular!

On the day of the tour, a jeep will pick you up at your hotel between 630am-7am. It will also stop at other hotels to pick up more people until the jeep has a total of 10 passengers.

Once everyone has been picked up, the ride to the sanctuary, which is approximately 1 hour and a half, will begin. The ride will stop halfway at a market for a 15 minute food and bathroom break. Towards the end of the ride, it gets extremely bumpy because the roads are not paved. 

Once the jeep parks, there will be a short 10 minute walk to one of the elephant camps, which houses 5 elephants.

Enjoy time feeding the elephants lots of bananas, massaging the elephant’s body with mud, and then bathing in the river with them to wash off the mud. Lastly, you will eat a homemade lunch before heading back to the hotel around 1pm.

What to Bring

Before heading out to the elephant tour, I suggest wearing a swimsuit under your clothes, bringing an extra set of clothes, a towel, waterproof case for your phone, and sunscreen.

After the Elephant Tour

After getting back to your hotel, get some rest at the hotel or pamper yourself with a traditional thai massage. Massage parlors are located on almost every street and prices are always more than reasonable.

If you are not tired for the elephant tour, take a tuk tuk to the silver temple. The Wat Sri Suphan temple is located just outside of the Old City and is known for its impressive hand crafted silver decoration.

Due to old buddhist rules, women are not allowed inside of the temple, so they can only walk around.

For dinner, give Dash  a try. Consistently ranked in the top 5 restaurants in Chiang Mai, Dash is beautiful and has a great lively atmosphere. The green curry, fried noodles, and drinks are top notch. The restaurant is extremely popular with tourists so there may be a wait. 

Day 3

Take a 45 minute songtaew ride up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, one of Thailand’s most venerable temples. Admission into Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is 30 thai baht per person and there is a short walk up some stairs to reach the temple.

The temple itself has a magnificent chedi that is made completely from gold, and includes lots of statues and paintings. Since the temple is located high in the mountains, you will get a great panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

There are also many shops and small restaurants located near the entrance of Doi Suthep temple in case you get hungry or want some souvenirs.

If you are adventurous and up for a challenge, hike to either Sai Yoi waterfall or Mon Tha Than waterfall. The trail takes approximately 2.5 hours so make sure you wear running shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

When you finish seeing all the sights at Doi Suthep National park, there are songtaews lined up at the Doi Suthep entrance. The songtaew will take you back to the Old City gate for only 60 thai baht.

For lunch, head on over to Umakutegoukyura-men Ramen, a small restaurant located in the middle of Old City that offers a wide variety of delicious ramen.

        

ramen

Last but not least, if you happen to be in Chiang Mai on a Sunday, take a stroll at the Sunday night market (aka the most popular night market in Chiang Mai).

The night market runs along the entire length of Ratchadamnoen road and is open from 4pm-midnight.

Why is this night market so popular?

The market consists of hundreds of small booths selling handmade artwork, jewelry, clothing, food, bags, lamps, and more! It is literally a souvenirs galore type of market.

 

Pro tips:

1) The night market gets extremely crowded so keep a close eye on your backpack/purse to not get anything stolen.                                                                                                                                                                                         

2) Bargain with the merchants to try and get a cheaper price.

Chiang Mai is a wonderful city full of history and lots to see.

Although 3 days is not nearly enough time to see everything, it’s more than enough to get an idea and visit the main popular sites. As long as you visit at least 3 of the attractions listed above, you will have a blast.

Where in Chiang Mai are you burning to go?

Let me know in the comments below. Thanks! 🙂

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Best Lipsticks for FallFeatured

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         I can’t believe it’s already November! Everything is happening so fast and the holidays are just around the corner. Anywho, I know all you ladies know that lipstick is the perfect final touch for your look. Whether you’re going for a casual, simple look or a full glam makeover, choosing the right lipstick can definitely get overwhelming, especially with all the lipstick brands and shades on the market. Well, I thought this would be a good time to share with you my favorite (aka best) lipsticks for fall.

         Before we dive into my favorite lipsticks for fall, let’s start with the prep work. You’re probably wondering “prep work? What’s that?” Well, all it really consists of is applying chap stick and lip liner in order to make your lipstick have that final WOW factor.

Preparation: Fresh sugar lip scrub

         To get my lips soft and exfoliated, I like to use the Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub once a week. At $24 a jar, the lip scrub may at first seem pricey, but it is worth every dollar because it works wonders on my lips. The lip scrub is gentle exfoliant that buffs away dry flakes from your lips leaving them soft and smooth. Made from brown sugar crystals, natural humectants, shea butter, and jojoba oil, it also conditions the lips and makes them perfect for prime lipstick application.

         To use the sugar lip scrub, all you have to do is gently dab a very tiny amount of the scrub onto your finger. Then, rub the scrub all over your upper and lower lip. Wait a few minutes for the scrub to work its magic on your lips before washing it off with water. Within seconds, you will surely notice how much softer and refreshed your lips feel.




Chapstick

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         The next step is to apply a moisturizing chapstick. I personally use the Burts Bees tinted chapstick or the Blistex chapstick, which can both be purchased on Amazon or at your nearest CVS store.

Lip Liner

          The next step is to use a lipliner in order to outline the shape of your lips. The lipliner helps define your lips, makes them appear fuller, and acts as a helping hand when applying your lipstick. I am currently using the Bite beauty matte creme lip crayon in the Glace color. According to various makeup professionals, it is best to choose a lip liner shade that is closest to your lip color. Getting a lip liner that matches each and every one of your lipsticks can be time consuming and costly.

         The bite beauty matte creme lip crayon in Glace is an amazing lip liner and I full on rave about it. The crayon is creamy, highly pigmented, long-wearing, and hydrating with a matte finish. With over 2,000  5 star reviews on Sephora and shades to match all types of lip colors, I’m certain you will love it to!

5 Best Fall Lipsticks

1) Bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick (chai)

         Okay, I am so in love with this lipstick at the moment! Are you looking for that perfect fall lipstick that isn’t too bright and is great for everyday wear? Well, this is the perfect one for you. The amuse bouche lipstick is creamy, easy to apply, and highly moisturizing. In addition, this lipstick is balanced with lip quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils. Not to mention, it tastes like chai tea! The color is a beautiful and natural looking dark pink color and looks great on all skin colors. This lipstick will knock your pants off, i’m certain.

2) MakeUp Forever Artist Rouge Creme Lipstick (C211)

        The makeup forever artist rouge creme in C211  is similar to the Bite beauty amuse bouche lipstick in Chai, but slightly darker and just as beautiful. The artist rouge lipstick is very pigmented, long lasting, creamy, and even seems to make my lips appear fuller. Great for everyday wear or on a date. I can’t wait to try the artist rouge creme lipstick in different shades.

3) BareMinerals GenNude Liquid Lipstick (Swank)

         The Bare Minerals GenNude Liquid lipstick is as its name says a liquid lipstick! Untwist the cap off and simply dab the color onto your lip. The liquid lipstick in the swank color is a dark and moisturizing full coverage lipstick with a matte finish. It is creamy, velvety, and glides on the lips without any effort. I usually do not buy matte lipsticks because they are typically drying. The Bare minerals GenNude lipstick, unlike other matte lipsticks, keeps my lips hydrated for several hours and doesn’t get hard. The swank color is great for a night out or making a statement.

4) MakeUp Forever Artist rouge creme Lipstick (C206)

        Beware, the Makeup forever Artist Rouge lipstick is pink! It is highly pigmented, creamy, and just plain fun. This is not your typical daily lipstick, but rather one you would wear on special occasions. If you’re not scared of being bold and different, I dare you to try this lipstick.

5) Urban decay lipstick (f-bomb)

         The Urban Decay lipstick in F-Bomb is the most amazing color of red you will ever see! The color is bright and vibrant, with a little shine. Not only does it glide on well but it is also creamy and long-lasting. Packed with aloe vera, jojoba, vitamin c, vitamin e, and various antioxidants, the lipstick provides highly pigmented color and essential nutrients that are beneficial for your lips.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the best lipsticks for fall. Give the lip scrub, lip liner, and some of these lipsticks mentioned above a try. I want to know what you think of them. What is your favorite lipstick color? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. If you haven’t read my previous blog, click HERE to read it.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

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East Oahu – Fun Things to Do
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East Oahu – Fun Things to DoFeatured

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         Venturing out to the east side of the island is a must do while on Oahu. A trip without a visit to the naturally beautiful and less crowded east coast means you don’t get to truly experience all the wonders of what Oahu has to offer. Unlike Waikiki, the east side of the island does not have multi-million dollar sky rises or lines of designer shops and high end restaurants.  It definitely will have a place in my heart for a long time.

         Instead, the east side of the island is a dream come true for those who enjoy the outdoors and the ocean. The beaches are less packed and stunning in ways that words cannot fully describe. Small and authentic restaurants serve fresh pulled luau pork, sweet tropical fruit juices, and poi. The options are endless!

         Now, lets start with how to get to East Oahu from Waikiki.

 

Getting to East oahu

Taken from the car on the highway to East Oahu

         If you are staying in Waikiki, it is generally a good idea to either take an Uber/Lyft or rent a car for 1-2 days to get to the east side of the island. There are a multitude of car rental stations that you can choose from with discounted pricing and flexible options to meet your needs.

         The drive from Waikiki to the east Oahu takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on whether or not you decide to make stops along the way. Although the drive is somewhat long in length, the beautiful sights throughout the ride are 100% worth the drive. The two main highways, H3 and 61, are the two choices to get you from Waikiki to east Oahu. The highways are surrounded by magnificent, towering mountain ranges and millions and millions of trees.

         No matter if I looked left, right, straight, or behind, I was greeted by green vegetation everywhere! I really felt as if I was in a jungle…something I never get to experience in Los Angeles.

 

things to do

1. Go on a tour at kualoa ranch

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View from the jungle jeep tour
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Ah, I'm about to Enter Jurassic World. Dinosaurs don't exist, right?

         Have you ever watched Jurassic World or Jurassic Park? If so, then you will definitely want to spend some time at Kualoa Ranch. Why? Because, put simply, Kualoa Ranch is the place where they filmed the movies. It is an undeniably gorgeous working ranch with horses, cows, chickens, cats, and more. Kualoa Ranch offers various tours including: UTV raptor tours, jungle jeep expeditions, zipline tours, ATV tours, horseback riding tours, and movie walkthrough tours. With reasonable pricing ranging from $30 to $100+, these popular tours sell out fast and it is highly recommended to book them at least 2 weeks – 1 month in advance.

         My family and I did the jungle jeep tour and we had such a blast! The jungle jeep tour lasted about 1.5 hours total and was $45.95 for each adult ticket. The tour guide gave us detailed information about the Hawaiian culture, talked about the different films shot at Kualoa ranch, and even gave everyone a freshly plucked strawberry guava to sample. Man, the strawberry guava was sour! BUT also delicious… I guess it was comparable to a sour patch gummy.

         Not only did we absorb interesting cultural information, but we also got fabulous views and pictures of Kualoa ranch, Chinaman’s hat, and of Kualoa beach throughout the tour. There was not a second where I was bored, especially because of the bumpy ride that felt almost like a roller coaster. The jungle jeep tour was worth it, and I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat.

 

2. Visit kualoa park and kayak to chinaman's hat

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         Kualoa Regional Park is literally a one minute drive from Kualoa Ranch. I got stunning views of the park, ocean, and Chinaman’s hat while at Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Regional park is an actual park right next to the beach. There are several benches to sit and eat lunch or BBQ your own food. My family and I went to an authentic Hawaiian cafe beforehand and got to-go orders of Kalua Pig and Poi. It was relaxing eating our lunch at the park with the waves crashing onto the shore and the gentle wind blowing around.

         Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoli’i Island, has been termed that nickname because the island itself resembles the hat of a Chinaman. It is located about ⅓ of a mile offshore of Kualoa point. If you crave adventure, feel free to rent a kayak from Hawaii Beach Time. Hawaii Beach Time offers free delivery to any beach on the island, like Kualoa Regional beach. Choose from kayaks and paddle boards to beach chairs and umbrellas. Although I did not kayak to Chinaman’s hat, I did my research beforehand and I would have used Hawaii Beach Time.

         From various reviews on Yelp and Tripadvisor, kayaking to the island takes approximately 20 minutes. Some reviewers noted that during low tide, it is even possible to wade, or walk, over to the island. Just make sure to check the tide levels beforehand, or it will be a somewhat difficult swim and back. Also, bring water shoes so you don’t cut your feet on anything sharp on the seafloor. Safety first!

 

3. visit the legendary sandbar

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Me sitting on the seafloor - I will never forget this moment
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That "dark stuff" is coral

         On my last day of the trip, my parents and I took an Uber to He’eia State park. I previously made a reservation for a 4 hour self guided kayak tour on www.holokaiadventures.com in order to kayak to the legendary Sandbar. Upon our arrival at He’eia state park, we checked in at the front desk, signed a waiver, and took a short trek to the kayak dock. The helpful employee at the kayak dock gave us a waterproof map, life vests, and quick instructions on how to kayak (and how to get ourselves back in the kayak in case we flipped over…AHH).

         The kayak adventure took a terrifying, yet thrilling 45 minutes from shore to the Sandbar. For inexperienced Kayakers like myself and my mom, I sure had lots of confidence. Originally, I thought to myself…how hard can it be to kayak in the ocean? I’ve kayaked several times in lakes, this should be no different. Er, no. Big no.

         The first 5-10 minutes were quite pleasant. We laughed, smiled, and took a bunch of selfies. Everything was great. Then, came the ginormous patches of coral in the water. They were so large that our kayak touched the coral reefs numerous times, even accidentally breaking off small bits of the coral. After maneuvering our way farther into the ocean, the water began to get darker and the waves stronger. We furiously paddled our way through the “rough waters” and throughout that time, my heart was beating so fast because we were literally the only kayak, and humans, in the water. We were totally scared out of our minds and just wanted to get to land as fast as possible.

         30 minutes later, soaked with ocean water and drenched in sweat, we finally made it to the sandbar!

         Oh my god, it was so amazing. Words cannot describe the beauty of this wondrous place. The sandbar, which is the largest saltwater sandbar in the world, is basically a white beach in the middle of the vast ocean. After anchoring our kayak in the sandbar, we hopped off into the water. It was around 9 am and low tide so the water went as high as our ankles. It was an amazing experience being able to stand in the middle of the ocean and get stunning views of the the lush mountain ranges, Mokoli’i island, and Coconut island. There were only a few other boats so it felt as if we had the same sandbar/ocean to ourselves! A group of people eve brought their own beach chairs and umbrellas, relaxing while drinking a beer. What a dream come true. 

         If you decide to venture out to the sandbar, make sure to look at the tide levels beforehand. The Sandbar can only really be experienced when the tide is low, or else the water levels will be too high for you to stand in. Going in the early morning is preferable than in the afternoon because the tide will be much lower. Although kayaking to the sandbar was terrifying, I did not regret it one bit. If you ask me whether I want to go to the Sandbar, I will say YES! But via kayak? Hmm, I may prefer going by boat next time haha. Not only did we get an awesome arm workout from kayaking, but we had plenty of time to soak in the views of the sandbar and take lots of memorable photos and videos.

 

Victorious Shot after Kayaking in the Ocean. Yay me!

These were the only places I personally visited in East Oahu. Each and every place was stunning in its own way and I highly recommend visiting all three places if time permits.

Other places to visit in east oahu

4) Lanikai Beach: A beautiful and popular beach spot destination. Great for snorkeling!

5) Lanikai Pillbox Hike: Depending on how far you go, this hike offers spectacular views of the ocean, especially during sunrise and sunset. It can get crowded at times…so the earlier, the better!

6) Waimanalo Bay: Another beautiful beach area that is typically less crowded.

7) Makapu’u Point: Also along the coast and it even has an awesome tide pool. Great for the kids!

kaneohe bay

       East Oahu should be experienced at least once in your life. A good 2-3 days should suffice to see everything; however, if time allows, spend as much time there and just relax…I mean, that is what a vacation is for. Right?

        I hope this post was helpful and gives you a better idea of what fun things you can do on your next trip to East Oahu. As always, I would love to hear you feedback. Feel free to leave a comment below or email me. 

         If you haven’t already, check out my first blog on the Best Things Do In Honolulu – A Travel Guide  

Thank you so much for reading!!!

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Honolulu Travel Guide – What to See, Where to EatFeatured

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Without a doubt, Oahu is considered to be one of the most desired vacation spots on the planet.

With its lush green vegetation, dreamy white sand beaches, exotic hawaiian culture, and fresh coconut juice, it is no surprise why tourists come near and far.

Oahu, one of 8 main islands, is full of surprises and unlimited things to do. 

Whether you are traveling alone or with family or friends, there is definitely something for everyone. If you like a combination of city life with some of the most beautiful nature spots, Oahu is definitely the place for you.

 In this blog post, I will share with you the top fun things I did in Honolulu. Hopefully, it will convince you to explore this wonderful city, if you have not been already. :}

Now, let’s begin!

Where I Stayed

During my trip, I stayed at the Wyndham Royal Gardens – Waikiki , which overlooked the Ala Wai Canal and was situated within walking distance to downtown Waikiki.

The hotel room was pleasantly sized, included a half kitchenette, and a balcony with a view of nearby sky rise buildings.

waikiki

How to Get Around

Parking in Waikiki is known to be a real pain.

The hotel I stayed at, including the majority of other hotels in Waikiki, charged $35 per day for valet parking. WOW! (Self parking was not available.) $35 a day just for parking at your hotel adds up, especially if you plan on staying in Waikiki for at least a week.

Instead of renting a car for the entire duration of your stay, I recommend either walking or taking a Lyft/Uber to get around.

Traffic in Waikiki is horrendous, especially with all of the trolleys full of tourists and pedestrians constantly crossing the crosswalks. I personally preferred walking around the city not only because it was faster than driving around but because there were a plethora of shops to look at!

ABC Stores, Gucci, Chanel, delicious restaurants, coffee shops, Nordstroms…you name it, it was there! By walking around, you not only save money but you also get to truly see Waikiki and its little wonders.

Things to Eat

If you know me, then you know that I love to eat. Trying new types of food? Double yes!

Here is a list of some of the top restaurants/dessert places I tried:

  • Hula Grill – Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner located right on the beach
  • Top of Waikiki – Waikiki’s only revolving restaurant with stunning views
  • Marukame Udon – Most amazing thick udon noodle soup with crunch, mouth watering tempura
  • Maiko Green Tea Ice cream – Creamy Matcha and Vanilla Soft serve with freshly brewed coffee
  • Honolulu Cookie – Pineapple shaped shortbread cookies dipped with various sweet flavors. Perfect as souvenir gifts.

Fun Things to Do In Honolulu

1) Waikiki beach

Waikiki Beach, easily the busiest beachfront city on Oahu, is where the majority of hotels, restaurants, shops, and other million dollar skyscraper buildings are located.

If you are trying to decide which city to stay on the island, I highly recommend staying on Waikiki because not only is that where the majority of tourists stay, but it also offers the largest choices for hotels (at least 90%) right next to or within a close proximity to the beautiful beaches.

Waikiki, in essence, is a big posh city on the beach with expensive designer shops like Gucci, Chanel, and Hermes, chain stores like the typical ABC Stores and McDonalds.

Everywhere you go, Waikiki beach is packed with millions of tourists from all around the world. Waikiki beach tends to get very crowded so make sure to get there early to snag a good spot!

2) Koko Head Crater Trail

Koko Head Crater Trail, an exciting and popular trail, was one of the hardest “StairMaster” workouts I had ever done in my life. Located in Koko Head District Park, my mom, cousin, and I left around 6am to begin our hike.

As our Lyft driver dropped us off, I was surprised to find a full parking lot. The air was crisp and cool once we stepped out of the car, and we were warmly greeted by the rising sun.

The short dirt stretch to the beginning of the trail was easy and relaxing. 

koko head crater trail

Once we reached the beginning of the trail, I couldn’t help but feel a tab bit nervous as to what lay before me…stairs and stairs and stairs! It was nearly impossible to see the end of the trail.

With determination and a strong desire to accomplish this trail, we pushed through our fears and climbed.

The trail was easy for the first 100 steps, but steadily got increasingly difficult and steeper the farther up we climbed. After a few hundred steps or so, I would stop to wipe off the sweat from my forehead and take a sip of water while enjoying the views.

With a total of what felt like 5,000 steps, we finally made it to the top, and boy was it worth it! The spectacular panoramic views of Hanauma bay were jaw-dropping.

Throughout the hike, there were several times where I was so out of breath I felt like my body could not possibly go any further.

However, my positive mindset pushed me to keep climbing and not give up. All the sweat I wiped from my neck and sore legs was worth every minute. At the top, there were a multitude of fascinating view points to take pictures,  rest, and simply soak in the views. 

When attempting Koko Head Crater trail, make sure to bring a large bottle of water, a hat, lots of sunscreen, and your determination.

 Avoid hiking Koko Head Trail after 11am because it will be sweltering hot.

The hike took me about an hour each way. Going down was somewhat easier, but by this time, my legs were heavily fatigued. Locals, who regularly traverse this hike, climbed Koko head trail within 20 minutes!

In the future, I hope to complete this hike as fast as the locals.

3) Hanauma Bay

hanauma bay

After hiking Koko Head Crater Trail, we continued our journey to the next place: Hanauma Bay.

A short distance away from the trail, we were able to walk to Hanauma Bay within 15 minutes.  By this time, my legs felt like jello and all I could think about was laying on the soft beach under the warm sun with a cold drink in my hand.

It was a good thing we decided to walk to Hanauma Bay because Ubers and Lyfts were not allowed to drop tourists off at the Haunama Bay entrance. Only Taxis were allowed due to government laws.

The rest of my family took a taxi and met us at Haunama Bay shortly after we arrived. Admission into Haunama bay was $7.50 per person (13 years and older).

We arrived around 11am, which was considered late, as most people flock to the bay as early as 6 or 7 am. The earlier you get there, the less crowded Haunama Bay will be, which means the waters will be calmer and clearer, with better views of the coral and fish.

My family and I found a spot under some palm trees and laid down our towels. My cousin, mother, and I immediately applied a thick layer of sunscreen and put on our snorkels and fins.

If you have room in your luggage, I highly recommend bringing your own set. Not only will it save you lots of money in the long run, but it is reassuring knowing that your snorkel set is clean and has not been used by hundreds of tourists.

Get the snorkel set I used here:

Cressi Palau Snorkeling Fins

ProDive Snorkel Mask

The snorkeling fins were easy to put on, stylish, and extremely comfortable.

The snorkel mask was adjustable and almost never fogged up during my snorkel adventures. I highly recommend both and promise you won’t regret it.

I had such a blast snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Not only did I see Parrotfish, Triggerfish, and the Hawaiian state fish aka Humu Humu Nuku Nuku Apua, but it was very easy to snorkel in Haunama Bay.

What I mean by “easy to snorkel” is:

1) The salty ocean water was super dense, which meant that I automatically floated without exerting much energy.

2) The ocean was shallow so I could literally stand anywhere I went…except on the coral, of course! Thus, even if you have never snorkeled in your life, I can assure you that snorkeling in Hanauma Bay will be an enjoyable experience.

By the time I got out of the water, several hours had already gone by.

There is a myth from the 19th century that says “if you put a frog in cool water and very gradually heat it up, the frog will ‘be stuck in the comfort of its surroundings,’ and stay complacent until it is too hot, and too late.”

In my case, I too, like the frog, gradually got burnt by the sun until it was too late…aka, I got burnt! 

 

To prevent making the same mistake as I did, make sure to frequently get out of the water every 45 minutes or so, and reapply sunscreen because the sun rays are strong and damaging. It is easy to forget that you can tan in the water.

Pro Tip: Use oxybenzone free sunscreen so you do not damage the coral reefs and fish inhabitants.

Overall, I had a wonderful experience and hope that everyone gets to experience this stupendous bay. Even if you do not swim or snorkel, make sure to walk around Hanauma Bay because the views are memorable and definitely one for the books.

Thank you!

Mahalo for reading my article on the best fun things to do in Honolulu.

Let me know your thoughts or feedback regarding this blog post.

What did you like best? What did you not like? What kind of topics do you want me to write about in the future?

I truly hope you enjoyed reading this! Stay tuned for my next blog post: What to do in Kualoa and Kaneohe.

Until Next Time!

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