Backpacking Thailand: Solo-ing it out in Chiang Mai

Visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, just came by chance.  Initially, I was only interested in going around Bangkok, since I have not really explored the city.  But, because The Red Backpacker knew that I’m more of a culture person and well, yeah, I do not like crowded places that much, she suggested that I spend my first few days in Chiang Mai instead, before I rendezvous with her and our friend, Helen, in Bangkok to head to Ayutthaya.  I am grateful for choosing to do so.

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Backpacking Thailand: Stay at D-Well Hostel in Chiang Mai

There are a lot of options for accommodation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to be honest.  They’re very much prepared to welcome tourists and the options are very responsive to your budget as well.  If you still haven’t decided on where you would be staying in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a few days, I highly recommend that you stay at D-Well Hostel.  Why so? :)

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How to get to Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you are coming from Manila, there are several ways of getting to Chiang Mai, Thailand.  There are direct flights from Manila to Chiang Mai, easily available via Cebu Pacific and Air Asia.  As of the last check, though, these may be a bit pricey.  But, considering the time that you would be able to save, I would say that this is the most efficient way of getting to Chiang Mai.  However, since I already booked my round trip tickets to and from Bangkok, I took the more roundabout (and cheaper) route.  But, hey, it’s not as much of a hassle as I thought it would be.

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Inside Brunei Darussalam

A few months ago, Justine of The Red Backpacker and our friend, Bam, invited me to join them in Brunei.  I had the same questions as my friends and colleagues had – What’s in Brunei?  What are you going to do there?  What’s to see in Brunei?  Why are you going to Brunei?  Oh, and a classic – is that in the Middle East?  No guys.  That’s Dubai. :|

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A sweet surprise: Microtel by Wyndham – Acropolis, QC

Weekends are always something I look forward to. After five full days of working, this is definitely a welcome breather.  So, when Mai of Budget Biyahera invited me to join the Familiarization Tour organized by Microtel Philippines, I immediately said yes. And, good thing I did. :)

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Where to stay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn

After enjoying the beaches of El Nido, Justine of The Red Backpacker and I headed back to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  Our home for a few days was Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn.

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A sweet surprise: Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub

I long knew that Microtel Philippines exists. In Baguio, they are located just beside the terminal of Victory Liner, where I usually ride whenever I want to visit the place. But, in my mind, checking in there would be expensive and way above my budget for accommodations because of how strategic it is located. I never checked. But, over the weekend, I got the opportunity to visit Microtel by Wyndham – UP Technohub (thanks to Mai of and Sir Dandi of Microtel) and, boy, was I in for a sweet surprise.

Continue reading Tip: How to manage your money when you’re travelling

Managing one’s money during travels can be such a hassle. But, for budget travellers like me, every penny counts! I do not consider myself as an expert, having been caught in a financial rut at one point or another in my life. But, I do learn my lesson. :)  Here are some of the few budget travelling tools I use, the workability of each I have gathered throughout my travels. :)

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Where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia: Uma Dewi Guest House

Ubud, Bali, is a lovely place to spend a few days of your Indonesia trip. It’s quite an artsy place and is a great stopover for foreigners who would want to meet other travelers who are enamored by Indonesia as a whole. But, where to stay in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia?  I highly recommend Uma Dewi Guest House.

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