Chiang Mai Eats: Street Food, Khao Soi, Burgers

One of the downside of extended traveling is too much eating out. By the time we reached Chiang Mai, I was craving for simple home-cooked meals. It was a blessing that our accommodation in Chiang Mai, Baan Ploy-in, had a common kitchen that was well-equipped, and we were able to make breakfast and lunches “at home.” Despite that, we still ate out because we can’t help it. Here are some of my best eats in Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Chiang Mai Eats: Street Food, Khao Soi, Burgers”

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Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai

Our introduction to Chiang Mai came in the form of a museum. Come to think of it, this was the only museum we visited in our Thailand trip, and we were only compelled to do this because a local, Joy, the owner of our guesthouse, recommended we make such a visit. We had time to burn while waiting for our 2PM check-in time and Joy suggested we visit the Lanna Folklike Museum, which was just one big block away from the guesthouse. Continue reading “Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai”

Where to Stay in Sukhothai: Vieng Tawan Guesthouse

Lovely. That was the first word I uttered when I saw Vieng Tawan Guesthouse in Sukhothai. It was a small guesthouse, but it was cozy, and on our first night, I heard a familiar language, Bisaya! Turned out, there was a group of younger girls from Davao who were staying at the guesthouse. They were working in Phitsanulok. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Sukhothai: Vieng Tawan Guesthouse”

Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world. Unlike Singapore’s Chinatown that you explore by foot in a day (or even less), Bangkok’s Chinatown is like a city within a city. We attempted to cover all of Chinatown, but three days is just not enough. I realized that when you come to Bangkok’s Chinatown, you must have a purpose and must know the exact location of that purpose. Otherwise, you’ll end up lost.  Here are the highlights of my walking tour around Chinatown. Continue reading “Best of Bangkok’s Chinatown”

7 Days in Siem Reap + Bangkok for P26K

My husband, siblings, and I recently took an out-of-the-country trip, this time to Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Bangkok, Thailand. In this post, I will be sharing with you the planning, budgeting, actual expense (P26,000), notes, and some budget tips and tricks for this trip. Read on for more. Continue reading “7 Days in Siem Reap + Bangkok for P26K”

At the Ayutthaya Floating Market

We capped our day at Ayutthaya at its floating market. It was not the “floating market” that we saw in National Geographic images. It was very far from it. I read (after we visited the market) that this was meant for the locals, which explained why there were only a handful of foreign tourists, and I would not be surprised to learn that the river was a manmade river. Despite this, and the steep 200baht for a few minutes of river cruise, I think I enjoyed looking at how Thai people spend their holidays. Read on if you want to know more about this floating market. Continue reading “At the Ayutthaya Floating Market”

One Day DIY Tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park

Ayutthaya, once Thailand’s capital for more than 400 years, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that I already marked for visit in our trip to Thailand. I did not pre-book a tour with any agency and I set no expectations on what might happen or what to see when we get there. We decided to venture out on a Monday, and I think it was a fun (and not to mention, affordable) day trip from Bangkok. Read on for more details. Continue reading “One Day DIY Tour at Ayutthaya Historical Park”

How to Book Thailand Travel Wi-Fi through Klook

There are many disadvantages to working at home. But one of the many advantages is the luxury of bringing work wherever I go. In our most recent trip abroad, my husband and I opted to rent a pocket wi-fi to ensure that we have Internet connection all the time for work, rather than rely on the wi-fi that would be provided by our accommodation or on the wi-fi that are free in coffee shops. In this post, I will show you a comparison of the travel wi-fi that can be rented out from Cebu. Read on if you’re interested. Continue reading “How to Book Thailand Travel Wi-Fi through Klook”

A Day at The Royal Palaces in Bangkok

Our first Sunday in Bangkok, we decided to pay the king a visit. From our hostel in Silom, we rode a cab (hailed through Uber), and went to The Grand Palace. The cab driver dropped us off near the entrance of Wat Po because the road circumnavigating the palace is one way only and some parts are closed. We saw many people wearing black, many Chinese people, and many Koreans dressed to the nines. When we got to the entrance, we didn’t expect to join a mob to enter the palace. Continue reading “A Day at The Royal Palaces in Bangkok”

Bangkok Along the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok is an ancient city. It is massive, chaotic, and confusing. Touring the city will sap up your energy and will bring you blisters the size of your own toes. I found that using the Chao Phraya tourist boats make moving from one tourist spot to another easier than hailing taxis and arguing with the driver when he gets the location wrong. It is also inexpensive at THB180 for the whole day. Here is my guide to using the river cruise to see all that you must see in Bangkok. Continue reading “Bangkok Along the Chao Phraya River”