Natalie Bailey

Correspondent

  • Brooklyn, New York, USA

Natalie Bailey is a correspondent who lives in Brooklyn and covers Bangkok; Bali; Yangon, Myanmar; and Siem Reap, Cambodia for Forbes Travel Guide. With Bangkok as her home base, Bailey traveled extensively as a reporter throughout Southeast Asia. Some of her pieces have appeared in GOOD magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Boston Globe Magazine, Real Simple.com, IRIN News and McClatchy News. After embarking on 40 different flights to 14 different countries in one year, Bailey is rediscovering the charm of staying in one place. Her travel advice can be boiled down to this: Pack light and learn how the locals say hello and thank you.

  • On July 31, 2012
    Natalie Bailey answered the question: Natalie Bailey

    Where is the best shopping in Bali?

    Bali has incredible shopping with strips going through the island lined with unique boutiques. Seminyak is the place for the most upscale, design-forward shopping. We love Blue Glue, found around the island, for it’s walls and walls of flattering swimwear designed locally, and Buddha Wear for its form-fitting, yet insanely comfortable dresses and casualwear. Ubud is the place to find flowy skirts, cotton blouses and beautifully died sarongs. Expert carpentry is another enticement as you drive through the countryside and spy beautifully carved door frames (it is possible to have these custom-made and shipped). The road out to Ubud takes you through sterling silver shops and outside of Ubud, artists colonies make for possible finds for both novice and expert art collectors.
  • On July 31, 2012
    Natalie Bailey answered the question: Natalie Bailey

    What are the best things to do with kids in Bali?

    Bali is a vacation paradise for kids and their parents. You’ll find plenty of activities that the whole family can enjoy. When (or if) the kids get tired of the water, here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors say are the best things to do with kids in Bali:
     
    1. Visit Bali Treetop Adventure Park. Set in the Bali Botanical Garden, this unique park offers a bunch of fun circuit challenges designed for kids as young as four. The challenges involve Tarzan swings, zipwires, footbridges and more.

    2. Sign up for a cooking class. See if your resort offers cooking classes or choose one that does if something like this interests you. The one at Amandari involves a trip to a local market followed by a multi-course meal. If older kids are interested in cooking, it’s a great way to learn about the local culture and enjoy mouthwatering cuisine you prepare together.

    3. Visit the Monkey Forest. There are a ton of monkeys in Ubud, but they are mostly hanging out in the Monkey Forest, which makes visiting them convenient and easy. The monkeys roam free, so watch your sunglasses.

    4. Go to Bali Safari and Marine Park. You can’t go wrong with a zoo in a tropical paradise that houses elephants, tigers, leopards, komodo dragons and more.

    5. See Bali Bird Park. Among the 1,000 birds and 250 species, you’ll see local birds as well as some from Africa and South America. The kids will enjoy seeing some outrageous looking birds.
  • On July 31, 2012
    Natalie Bailey answered the question: Natalie Bailey

    What are the best things to see and do in Bali?

    Here’s what our Forbes Travel Guide editors say are the best things to see and do in Bali:
     
    1. Hit the beach. It’s why you’re in this island paradise. Seminyak is a great place to enjoy the beach. It has white sand and a charming town with lots of restaurants and shops, which brings us to our next thing...
     
    2. Shop. The shopping in Bali is as diverse as the landscape of the island. Seminyak is great for boutiques that sell beautiful crafts. The Klung Kung Markets on Saturday, a 45-minute drive from Ubud, are also great for antiques and local handicrafts. You’ll be tempted by sterling silver jewelry, wood carvings and beautiful sarongs.
     
    3. See some wildlife. Whether it’s through snorkeling and seeing the fish in their natural habitat or on a trek through the Safari and Marine Park to get a glimpse of some white tigers and leopards, Bali offers you the chance to get up close and personal with nature.
     
    4. Hike. Bali is beautiful and you will only truly grasp the truth in this statement if you get out into the mountains and rice paddies of Ubud. The tiered irrigation system is incredibly tranquil and the people seem to be among the happiest on earth. Put on your sandals, hire a driver and go.
     
    5. Eat. From every part of the pig to fresh fruits and vegetables, food in Bali does not disappoint. Be sure to check out Naughty Nuri’s for its legendary ribs and Ku De Ta for a gourmet breakfast with a view.