Elske Sri Utami de Vries

About the Author

Elske Sri Utami de Vries was born in Indonesia and grew up in the Netherlands. After completing her Master’s in ‘Languages and Cultures of South East Asia’ at a Dutch university she headed to Bangkok to travel and learn Thai. Elske has been working as a tour leader since 2006 in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In 2012 she published her first book, TravelKids Thailand, a guide book just for kids and which parents will be jealous of! Her favorite pastime is getting out and about with her camera and laptop, gathering inspiration for her next book.

Badung and Kumbasari markets are two of the oldest and busiest markets in Denpasar, Bali. They are the perfect place to get a real feel of the daily life of the Balinese people. Tour leader and blogger for Khiri, Elske advices: “forget about the beaches, the arts and big tour groups for a while and get the senses going by the smells and colors of these lively markets.”

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