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Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Itineraries to Help Kickstart Your Sourtheast Asian Adventure

Ever since I got back from my month-long Southeast Asian trip last August 2014, some friends have expressed their interest of doing the same, but don't know exactly where to start.  

The thing is, when people ask me for my itinerary, I'm a bit hesitant to just give them what I used because it is customized according to MY traveling style. 
I found that it has changed over the years. I no longer feel the need to pack as many attractions as I can in day, and would prefer to pay more for convenience rather than sacrifice comfort for the sake of sticking to my budget. 

I also traveled solo, so my expenses were inevitably bigger than usual. And the only tickets I had pre-booked on sale were my Manila to Bangkok, Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and Bali to Manila flights. The rest of the flights, I booked when I was already on the road. 



I actually traveled for 32 days

With the fuel surcharge now chucked from airfares, and the AirAsia ASEAN Pass launched, I want to share 5 itineraries to help kickstart your own Southeast Asian adventure. The first 3 I have done personally (except for the ferry to Bintan/Batam), and the last 2 are options you can consider if you have more time to travel. 

To make your work easier, here are some guides that you can tweak according to your preference: 

Philippines - Malaysia - Singapore - Philippines (2 flights)


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Review: Hotel Tibet International, Nepal

When visiting Nepal, it's inevitable to start off in Kathmandu, and use Thamel as the base. However, travelers looking for a better alternative and a less congested area can look for accommodations in the Boudha area.


 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Winner 2015

Located just around 15 minutes from Tribhuvan International Airport, and a few minutes walk to Boudhanath Stupa, Hotel Tibet International is an ideal home when in Kathmandu. 


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nepal for Non-Trekkers

Undoubtedly, the first thing that comes to mind when people hear 'Nepal' is Mt. Everest. 

Sure, tourists from all over the world flock to Nepal mostly to climb the 'roof of the world', but did you know there's plenty of other activities for non-trekkers?



How to go to Nepal from The Philippines


First things first. There are no direct flights from Manila. 

The most economical way would be to book a flight from Manila to Kuala Lumpur from any of the LCCs (low-cost carrier) then book another flight from Kuala Lumpur to Kathmandu.

Filipinos can get up to 30-day visa on arrival, and the process is very straightforward. You just need to fill out the visa application form, attach a passport-sized photo, line up at the visa on arrival counter, pay the $25.00 fee, and that's it!

KATHMANDU


It was almost midnight (thanks to our delayed flight) when we arrived in Kathmandu, so we didn't get to see the city until the following day.

First order of business was to visit the 3 famous Durbar Squares (plazas) of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur.

Maju Deval

The driver we hired decided to drop us off at Kathmandu Durbar Square despite being instructed to bring us to Bhaktapur first.

There were pilgrims spinning prayer wheels, vendors hawking their wares, rickshaws whizzing past people, taxis that kept honking like there's no tomorrow, and stray dogs and cows all coming in from every direction. There was so much going on, I was just overwhelmed. 

For a minute, I just stood there trying to take it all in. Kathmandu's chaos is like Manila's, Ho Chi Minh's, and Yangon's combined.