In this edition of Wanderfolk, we have the lovely sunsets of Bali, the laidback vibes of Siem Reap, and the rainforest sounds of Sarawak. Further afield, the sand dunes and bright lights of Abu Dhabi and the awe-inspiring landscapes of New Zealand beckon.

Sheraton Bali Kuta’s Bali Sunset Escape

Those looking for a Bali hideaway with easy access to everything else that the island has to offer, you’re in luck with Sheraton Bali Kuta’s new offer. While it’s adjacent to the prime shopping destination of Beachwalk (with over 200 retail outlets), the 5.2 hectare property has just 203 rooms and suites. Starting from 46 square metres, each comes with the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience and a spacious private balcony with views of the Indian Ocean or the resort’s courtyard. The package also includes daily breakfast for two, a 60-minute Shine Massage for two, daily sunset drinks at Sundowner Rooftop, a buffet dinner for two, and return airport transfers.

Rates start from IDR 2,168,000++ per room per night for the Deluxe Room, with a minimum stay of four consecutive nights. Book online or email

New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk Opens December 2019

The rugged west coast of New Zealand’s South Island will see the opening of the Paparoa Track this year end. Starting near Blackball and emerging at Punakaiki, the three-day walk traverses the Paparoa Range, which is replete with limestone landscapes, verdant rainforest and panoramic views. 55km from end to end, you’ll spot birdlife unique to New Zealand like the roroa (great spotted kiwi) and the korimako (bellbird). Trekkers can also opt for a side trip on the Pike29 Memorial Track, an 11km tribute to the men who lost their lives in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster.

The Paparoa Track opens 1 December 2019, see here for more information.

Rainforest Fringe Festival Returns to Kuching this July

This July, take some time off and head to Kuching for the best of Sarawak’s music, art, food, and culture at the third ever Rainforest Fringe Festival. A prelude to Rainforest World Music (12-14 July) Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival (19-21 July), the weeklong line-up features the International Indigenous Film Festival, photography exhibition by Ch’ien Lee on Rainforests of the World, Ink Kuching on tattoo art in the region, and Plating the Wild, which explores the uniqueness of nature’s jungle food.

Rainforest Fringe Festival runs 5 – 12 July 2019. For more information, see here.

Etihad Airways Offers Free Two-Night Abu Dhabi Getaway

Image courtesy of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism

Whether you’re getting from Europe to Asia or the other way around, stopping over in Abu Dhabi is one way to adjust to the jet lag – and you get two experiences out of one holiday. It’s simple enough; folks booking online should select a multi-city flight (instead of return). Once the booking is confirmed, guests will be directed to the stopover booking page, where they will have the option of choosing a hotel package with one of the participating hotel partners such as the five-star Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Intercontinental Abu Dhabi, and Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.

The free Abu Dhabi stopover promotion is available for bookings online or via a travel agent made by 1 December for travel until 31 December 2019.

Fit Chill Out Retreat in Siem Reap

Psychologist and life coach Beata Justkowiak founded Fit Chill Out to create spacesto reconnect with their mind and bodies, and their next one is happening 6-8 September 2019 at the gorgeous Navutu Dreams in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The three-day two-night retreat includes coaching workshops by Beata on learning and living with discomfort, and practical psychology in daily life challenges, as well as sweat seshs and two 60-minute yoga, and a day pass to the magnificent Angkor Wat.

Rates start from S$770 per person for twin sharing, see here for more information and bookings.

Top image: Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort