Where to Stay in Chiang Mai: Baan Ploy-in via AirBnB

Chiang Mai is a city bursting with tourists (but not in an overrated way). The city does its tourism management so well that, despite knowing there are many tourists, it did not feel crowded at all. Because Chiang Mai attracts millions of tourists in any given year, finding accommodation is not difficult. But choosing the right for us proved more difficult than anticipated because there were so many to choose from! Continue reading “Where to Stay in Chiang Mai: Baan Ploy-in via AirBnB”

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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”

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Chic Hostel

After our siblings went back to the Philippines, my husband and I continued our journey throughout Thailand. We checked out of Orchid Hostel and transferred to another hostel nearer to the Hua Lumphong Station or the central train station that would take us to our next destination. We arrived at Chic Hostel in Bangkok’s Chinatown after lunch and we were immediately given our room. Read on for my review of this strategically located hostel. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bangkok: Chic Hostel”

Where to Stay in Bangkok: Orchid Hostel

During our first five days in Bangkok, I booked through Agoda a family room with Orchid Hostel near the Patpong Night Market (and the red light district) because it was the only hostel I saw that could fit four individuals in one room and that would fit our budget of less than P500 per person per night. We paid P248.16 per person per day or a total of P1,240.80 for five days. You can’t have everything for this price, of course. Read on for more. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bangkok: Orchid Hostel”

Where to Stay: Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel, Siem Reap

Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel is a budget hotel that I booked through Agoda I had to cancel my previous booking with another hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The other hotel I booked was resort-type, complete with cottages and a swimming pool. Pan Pan paled in comparison, with no swimming pool, and not even a proper restaurant. But we only had one day in Siem Reap and only needed a good place to sleep and take bath. Pan Pan was able to give all of that to us, and an efficient tour of Siem Reap and the Angkor Archaeological complex. Continue reading “Where to Stay: Pan Pan Saga Villa Hotel, Siem Reap”

Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place

On the occasion of my sister’s annual vacation from work, I was looking for a place our family of 7 adults and 1 child would stay where we would all sleep comfortably and be able to cook. My husband and I chanced upon The Padgett’s Place’s booth at the travel fair in Ayala Center mid-July, and thought the P3,850 per night is reasonable enough. Read on for my review on the condominium. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: The Padgetts Place”

Where to Stay in Bohol: 717 Cesar Place Hotel

Last July, our cousin booked for us a family room at 717 Cesars Place in Tagbilaran, Bohol. I was looking for a hotel that could accommodate four adults, 1 12-year old teenager, and 1 10-year old teenager, and my search in Agoda led me to Cesars Place. I think the hotel can be classified as mid-range, but it is relatively new and is still clean. Read on for my reviews, whether I recommend it, it’s pros and cons. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Bohol: 717 Cesar Place Hotel”

Where to Stay in Cebu: Wellcome Hotel

I now understand why “staycations” are a thing. It is having the best of vacation plus just staying inside. I used to not get the concept but I love it now especially maybe because stress at work can sometimes take the better of me, and all I want is to do nothing — just lay in bed all day, watching Stylist Inc. (I enjoyed the show so much!). Last November, my husband and I booked a double room at Wellcome Hotel, a small hotel located near Ayala Center, for a “staycation.”

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Where to Stay in Cebu: Spianada Condominiums

My husband and I live in a tiny apartment in the city. When my family comes to visit, we do not mind how cramped it gets but it does get uncomfortable at times. So the last time my family visited, we decided to look for a bigger place. My sister suggested we go to a hotel with a swimming pool but I thought it would be expensive, so we decided to check AirBnB especially after we were very satisfied with our booking in Melaka. In Cebu, we found several good places but we wanted some place where we will have access to a swimming pool because our nephews are water babies and a place very near the center of the city and the port. We were glad we were able to chance upon MC/Hatena’s one-bedroom unit at the Spianada. Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: Spianada Condominiums”

Where to Stay in Cebu: Paragon Suites

Last August, my sister’s friend invited her to stay at Paragon Suites as she has booked for an extra day she won’t be using. My sister dragged us with her, and because we loved our stay on the first day, we booked for another day. I have passed by the Paragon Suites building countless of times but has never considered staying there, mostly because it was far from where we were staying. But… our stay there was great and there were some things I thought I should share why you should consider staying at Paragon Suites in your next visit to Cebu (probably in the 2017 Sinulog?). Continue reading “Where to Stay in Cebu: Paragon Suites”