Darwin Travelogue: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

After seeing pictures of Wildman Wilderness Lodge, my friend and I knew we had to have a vacation there. You could say that we actually planned our 6D5N Darwin trip around it. We spent 3D2N at the lodge because the stay cost us AUD$1260 and we could not afford to visit any longer.

Getting There

To get from Darwin airport/ city centre to Wildman Wilderness Lodge, it takes about two to two and a half hours (depending on traffic). The lodge offers shuttle bus transfers, but at an exorbitant rate of AUD$195 (one way) per person and only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12 to 1pm. At any other timing, a private transfer can set you back AUD$800 one way.

Hence, we decided it made more sense economically to rent a car. We rented ours from Bargain Car Rentals (AUD$250 for five days). The pick up and drop off locations were very accessible and prices were reasonable. In addition, we read many good reviews about the company.

It was a good decision in the end as we could stop along the way to take pictures or grab a meal. Also, it allowed us the flexibility to drive around when we were at the lodge rather than being restricted to the compound (parking is free at most places).

Lodging

Initially, we chose the Safari Tent (good for four people). I had never done glamping before and thought it would be a good experience. Unfortunately, it was sweltering inside (no aircon) and after enduring it for half an hour, we decided to switch to a Cabin.

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The Cabins are good for two people. As quoted from their website, the cabins are “romantic”, seeing that there is no door to the bathroom! We had to make do by opening both cupboard doors to close off the bathroom.

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It was a relaxing stay and we could see both wallabies and cockatoos at all hours of the day.

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Khao Yai Travelogue 4: What To See, Do, Eat and Stay in Khao Yai

If you have been following my blog closely, you would have realised that this is my second trip to Khao Yai this year. I visited the area in September with friends, and this time it was with my sister. This blog post will not include details about the places I visited during my first trip as well as safari at the National Park, so if you want to find out more about Khao Yai and how to get there, here are my other posts:

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I have created a map to show the major attractions in Khao Yai and the relative distance between them so that you can have a rough gauge.

What To See

  1. Sunflowers at Saraburi Sunflower Field (November to January)
  2. Flowers at The Bloom

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To get to Saraburi Sunflower Field, it is a slight detour from the route from Bangkok to Khao Yai. It should cost you about an additional 200 Baht if you are taking private transport. While blooming period is from November to January, the sunflowers only started blooming in December this year, so it would be good to check before going there.

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Balkans Travelogue 10: Side Trip to Venice, Murano, Burano and Torcello

It was one of the worst days to visit Venice. It was so foggy; we could hardly see anything. We spoke to one of the shopkeepers, and she said that the weather was quite abnormal as it was fine the day before.

You can get to Venice through a variety of ways, but we opted for private car service as we were staying about 1.5 hours away. It was way more expensive compared to taking public transport, but still bearable when splitting five ways.

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You can hardly see the famous Rialto Bridge in the distance. The picture below is taken on the bridge.

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To get to St Mark’s, you just have to follow the yellow signages.

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Balkans Travelogue 9: Bled Caste and Lake Bled, Slovenia

The most scenic place we visited during the trip was Bled in Slovenia, a town best known for its lovely castle, Bled Castle, which is perched atop a cliff overlooking beautiful Lake Bled.

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Our hotel, Hotel Park, is situated near the lake and it offers a magnificent view of the castle. Other than the landscape, the region is also famous for its Original Bled Cream Cake, which you can order from almost all the restaurants in that area.

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We had ours at the rooftop cafe of our hotel for 3.70 Euro. The cake comprises of a puff pastry, custard cream, whipped cream and vanilla sugar. Hands down the best pastry we had during our trip.

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Balkans Travelogue 8: Postajna and Ljubljana, Slovenia

Our first stop of the day in Slovenia was Postajna Cave. Apparently, it is the most visited tourist cave in Europe! To enter the chambers, you need to take a short ride in (3.7km) on the cave railway, which has been in existence for 140 years.

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From there, it was about 1.5 hours of walking (5km) while observing the stalactites and stalagmites. Throughout the entire duration, you will be accompanied by a guide who would call out numbers at certain points for you to press on the audio guide.

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Balkans Travelogue 7: Zagreb, Croatia

Our last destination in Croatia was Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. The city is quite chilly as it is 122m above sea level. It is relatively easy to get around the city as they have an excellent network of trams, buses and trains.

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The statue of Saint George and the Dragon located in front of the Stone Gate.

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I could not get a good shot of the miracle painting of Virgin Mary at Stone Gate because I felt weird taking a picture while people were doing their prayers. This picture is taken from the website of Absolute Croatia.

Here is a background of the painting: A great fire broke out in 1731 and burned down 50 buildings, including the chapel that the painting was in. However, after the fire, the painting was found undamaged! And since then, the painting has been a symbol of hope and was displayed at Stone Gate.

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Balkans Travelogue 6: Mostar and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

We visited the Old Town of Mostar and the famous Mostar Old Bridge on the river of Neretva in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The name Mostar was derived from medieval bridge keepers, mostari, who protected the bridge since the 16th century.

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(Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/travel/comments/4yox3u/taken_yesterday_stari_most_old_bridge_in_mostar/)

The country went through a war in 1993 and the bridge, which had stood strong for 427 years, was destroyed during that period. It took many years to rebuild the bridge, and it was finally reconstructed in 2004.

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