Bali island of Sun and Gods

The island of Bali in Indonesia is one of the jewels of travel in Asia. Unlike most of Indonesia Bali is a Hindu island but also a melting pot of culture from Muslim to western.

For the solo traveller Bali is a superb place to hang out. This is due in part to the many activities that are on offer on the island, they range from surfing, diving, yoga resorts, moutain hiking and spiritual retreats.

There is of course the fine beaches to chill out on too.

Popular places in Bali include Ubud that’s famous for arts, writing and yoga. Kuta, Legian and Seminyak are famous for big surf, great beaches and thumping nightlife. Lovina and North Bali are famous for a more backpacking scene and the East coast is great for diving.

The central mountains are lush with paddy fields and volcanoes that offer challenging climbs and splendid views.

Even if you are travelling solo in Bali you will never feel alone. The island is crowded and millions of tourists and travellers from all over visit the island.

The high season is April thru September and Christmas, New Years.

Bali is not as cheap as it once was but is still affordable by western standards.

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Bangkok is number one solo travel destination

So it’s official and we all knew it anyway, Bangkok is the top destination for solo travelers in the World!

Bangkok is this year’s top city for solo travel, according to MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index.

Matthew Driver, president for Southeast Asia at MasterCard Inc, left, presents the world’s top travel award to Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Monday.

The study looked at the highest international visitor numbers in 2013, with London, Paris, Singapore and New York rounding out the top five.

While London reached the top spot in 2012, it was edged this year by the slimmest of margins with only about 25,000 visitors separating the two, a difference of about 1%.

Thawatchai Arunyik, deputy governor for the domestic market at the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “The Thailand tourism slogan ‘Amazing Thailand Always Amazes You’ is certainly apt as its capital, Bangkok, has emerged at the top of this year’s index.

“And the word ‘Amazing’ focuses on the interest of foreign tourists towards the country of Thailand. What a tribute this is to our city’s hospitality industry, the transport industry and food and beverage and catering industry and more.”

Remember that if you do travel to Thailand please ensure you have taken out suitable travelling insurance with a good level of medical cover.