TigerAir review (Adelaide to Bali)

UPDATE: Feb 2017 – Jetstar now have a monopoly 😦
When Virgin Australia pulled out of flying from Adelaide to Denpasar in March 2016, the route was handed to partner airline TigerAir Australia. The only other competition for direct ADL to DPS flights is Jetstar.
How do the 2 compare and does TigerAir offer anything that Jetstar doesn’t?

Lai Reua Fai festival 2016 cancelled following death of HM the King of Thailand

The Lai Reua Fai festival at Nakhon Phanom is spread over the final week of Buddhist Lent in October (varies based on lunar calendar) each year. Bamboo scaffolds are constructed on pontoons and wire frames of elaborate religious designs are fastened to the scaffolds and thousands of candles added to the wire frames which are then lit and the boats slowly floated down the Mekong. The boats are released as thousands of small candles, floated from upstream, reach the launching point on the Nakhon Phanom riverfront. Spectacular!!

Nong Khai, noodle soup and cycling

Nong Khai has a lot to offer including; ease of access from Bangkok or other regional centres, a laid back feel, some great local foods, colourful markets, stunning river views and its easy to find a suitable bicycle to make use of the 8 Km stretch of riverfront bike paths.

Candidasa beachfront

Candidasa, a beach front resort in decline

An interesting conversation over breakfast, the staff member summarising succinctly, the plight of his home town.
On my first visit, Candidasa seemed underdeveloped with a slight shortage of facilities. Everyone seemed to be running at about 50% to 60% capacity and there was a feel of prosperity.
Fast forward 25 years and there is an oversupply of both accommodation and food outlets and a sense of desperation amongst the local inhabitants.

Ubud pic

Ubud – is it still worth visiting?

Is it a mistake to revisit places that you have seen in their tourist infancy, back when the reason that people wanted to visit in the first place was still obvious and before tourism became the dominant source of revenue? Is Ubud one such place?