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.

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Traveling is the best thing in the world, but there are some important differences between traveling on your own or with a group. When traveling with a group there are some rules to live by you don’t want to mess with. It’s a little like Mother Nature, don’t obey her rules and things can get […]


About the things we need to know. Before a tour starts, I have a to-do list that I go through a few days on beforehand. This is to get back into the being-on-tour mode which is a little different from the I-can-do-whatever-I-want mode. On this list are all the things that I need to do […]

things to do on trekking travel trip with tour guide

Is it difficult? Thatʼs usually the first question I get about a trekking during a tour. Sometimes a few days before the trekking and sometimes already on the day the group arrives. Not the easiest question to answer since the consideration if something is difficult or not depends on so many factors and is very […]

things to do at Plan of Jars, Laos

Somewhere in the middle. Thatʼs usually the position of a tour leader during a tour. We sit on our own little tour leader island that is floating around the different countries connected to similar islands of agents, transportation companies, guides, hotels, local people and of course the travelers. We travel with the group, but we […]