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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Pista in Phitsanulok

Phitsanulok is somewhere between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It is a small city, but I have heard of it already because Joel’s aunt lived and worked there and their family has stories and memories of the city. We never got to explore much of the city but we did have some “stopover” hours on our way to Chiang Mai, and there are two things we would go back for — friend chicken and Pista Cafe! Continue reading “Pista in Phitsanulok”

The Journey to Chiang Mai

Joel and I have been wanting to visit Chiang Mai for the longest time. We have been hearing of the beauty of the place from Joel’s family. His aunt and her family have lived there for about a decade and has been constantly inviting us to visit. Finally, last year, we decided to give it a go. Our journey to Chiang Mai took years to plan and took 12 hours to complete. Continue reading “The Journey to Chiang Mai”

The Journey to Sukhothai

During our trip to Thailand, I was determined to visit the two most popular UNESCO World Heritage sites because they were accessible by different modes of transportation. Having already explored Ayutthaya with my siblings and husband, only Sukhothai remains on my to-check out list. After a week exploring Bangkok, on a Saturday morning, my husband and I ate our last breakfast at the Station Cafe, checked out, and took the earliest special express train to Phitsanulok. Continue reading “The Journey to Sukhothai”

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”

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”

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”