Kanchanaburi Thailand Itinerary, close to Bangkok

Kanchanaburi

All of us like to travel to Thailand especially for food and shopping purposes.

Of course, Bangkok (BKK) is in our top priority list, because it is such an affordable, cheap and a food paradise for everyone.

Lately, I just back from Bangkok Thailand. Since I have been to Bangkok many times and I will be there for workaway about a month. I have decided to explore a new place which is near to Bangkok: Kanchanaburi.

Kanchaburi just takes about 3 hours train/van journey from BKK. In the total of 129 kilometres away from BKK to Kanchanaburi.

What is this place about?

It is a historical place where it is known for the Death Railway, built during World War II.
Numbers of Southeast Asian civilian labourers (Burmese, Chinese, Thai etc.) workers were recruited to build on the Burma railway and has been estimated more than 180,000 labourers, sacrificed and died in its construction.

Sadly to say that as a Malaysian, I only got to know about the history after I have visited this place. I know I am a bit outdated but on another note, is it a time to concern and think about our Malaysian education system?

How to go to Kanchanaburi?

From Bangkok

Taking the train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi, it only costs 100THB one way.

I will recommend you to take the old train from Thonburi station in Bangkok to arrive here. Alternatively, you may choose to go by bus or minivan.

There is only two trains to go Kanchanaburi from BKK (per day) :

07:45 am  and  13:35 pm

Check out more here:  Kanchanaburi info

I would recommend you to go by the morning train where you would be able to enjoy the morning fresh air.

Furthermore, the old train is only provided fans.

In addition, the morning train arrives at Kanchanaburi around 11 am morning time.Hence you will have extra time to walk around.

Where to stay?

I chose my accommodation which is close to the train station. It only takes 5 minutes walking distance from the train station. The hostel name is Asleep Hostel.

If you are on budget and a solo backpacker like me, it is a good place for you. You may book from here

home cook kanchanaburi

The host, Mimi from the hostel is very friendly and generous. During my stay, she was invited all the travellers to have dinner at home. It was a home cooked and it tasted good! Home away from home.

Night Market

The night market is just next to the hostel which is way too convenient.

Have you tried foot massage at night market before? 🙂

I always like to try out something new 😛

What to see here?

The Bridge over the River Kwai – I liked this place and recommend you to walk over the bridge

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DEATH RAILWAY MUSEUM : Very informative, but the entrance fee a bit costly which includes one free coffee/tea during the visit.

You may check out Hellfire pass museum which is free of charge if you happen to go there.

War Cemetery – it is just next to the  death railway museum, a place to give some respects to the heroes and victims

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ERAWAN WATERFALL – I skipped this because I have seen many waterfalls throughout my SEA trip. I heard it was similar to Kuang Si Waterfall in Laos

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HELL FIRE PASS – this is a bit far from the town, you have to take the public transport to go. During my visited, I was lucky enough to meet a good Irish uncle and he offered me a ride to go together with his friends from Scotland.

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The museum is free entrance.Afterwards, you may start to track the hellfire pass (in the jungle) :
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Along the hell pass fire trek, you will start to relate  and understand how suffered the labourers were (without food and water) when building the bridge.

 

I have visited hell pass fire with the three of them. They gave me a free ride and treated me for free lunch and sent me back to the bus station to BKK.

I was blessed enough to meet them and they did not want anything in return.Nice people are everywhere indeed.

NAM LOK STATION: Taking the train to the last stop, Nam Lok. I did not manage to go this time.Hence there will be some reasons to come back this place?

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Kanchanaburi is one of the places  that I recommended my friends to visit. It is a lovely and peaceful place. If you’ve ever been here before or planning to go soon, share with me your experience and stories.

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Doha, Qatar Itinerary – The richest country in the world

Do you know the existence of this country~ Qatar?

Yes, it is a small country yet it is the top-ranked richest country in the world.According to FORTUNE:

“The small Middle Eastern country often ranks as one of the richest countries in the world per capita. Qatar’s population is approximately 2.27 million, giving it a total GDP of approximately $124,930 per person and making it the richest country in world as of 2017, according to the IMF. The country has grown despite facing lower prices for hydrocarbon, a major revenue source for Qatar, which is used for fuel. Qatar’s GDP growth is expected to continue through 2017.”

As you can see on the map, it is a small (but strong) country as compared to middle east countries.

I got the chance to transit and stopover at Doha, Qatar when I was travelling to Madrid, Spain.

It was a great flight deal from Qatar Airways with the 5 stars service where the flight ticket that time only costs me around MYR 2200 for return tickets from Malaysia.

And I have a half day to go out and explored the city.

Do you need Visa to enter Qatar?

If you are the citizen of these countries, you are now entitled to take advantage of visa-free entry into Qatar.

Qatar Waives Entry Visa Requirements for Citizens of 80 Countries 

Where to visit in Qatar?

The Pearl – Qatar : 

The man-made island, modern housing development.High rise buildings with nice shopping malls.Good landscaping.Mostly expat area.

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Katara Cultural Village:

Reviews from travellers:

  • Katara Cultural Village is one of the grand and unique cultural projects worldwide.
  • Many cafes and restaurants, the open amphitheatre, culture centres and museums over there.
  • A good place to visit.

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Museum of Islamic Art:

Reviews from travellers:

  • Excellent museum with an extensive collection of Islamic art and artefacts.
  • Spectacular Museum, This museum is amazing because of not only the pieces inside but because of the architecture and views.
  • Go on the weekend so you can enjoy the flea market outside as well!

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Souq Waqif:

A traditional Arabian market, where you will find garments, jewellery, spices and handicrafts.

Reviews from travellers:

  • Packed with all kind of restaurants, activities, shops, cafes, and there are also few hotels at the heart of this area.
  • As a Doha base, I recommend this place if it’s your first time in here .this is an Arabic traditional market. you’ll find everything here from cafe’s restaurants boutique hotels, selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts souvenirs and it is almost close to every landmark in the city.

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Below are the pictures I took when I stopover at Doha back in the year 2011. I believed it has changed a lot?!

My Qatar True Story:

Back in 2011, I still remembered that was a national day of Qatar. And all the citizens were celebrating on the street.

Crowded with people and I was walking alone in a totally strange and new country for me. In fact, this was my first ever solo travel in overseas.

And because it was a national public holiday, the road was blocked for National Day celebration. I have no choice but to walk back to the hotel I’ve booked (which was closed to Doha old airport those time).

It was a bit scary for me as the sky became dark around 5 pm. It was not near at all to go back to the hotel because I was taking the cab to come to the town earlier. In the halfway, I saw a Qatar Airway centre. Hence, I went in to ask for some help as this is the only place I am familiar with (I booked my visa and hotel package with them).

Ended up, that was one of the Syed offered me to give me a ride back to the hotel. I know it’s dangerous to go a stranger car but I  trusted my 6th sense that time, and I got into his car…

Luckily enough, the Syed was a nice old man and he really dropped me back at my hotel. Fuiyyy..nothing happened.. 🙂

I know sometimes I am a bit crazy and I don’t know where I got all those guts to do something insane even till now in year 2018. But yeah that’s just me. 🙂

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Is this pearl still exist in Doha?

This is one of my favourite hotels which I have booked via Qatar Airways (inclusive the visa process fee, back in 2011). It was really a great deal and good service.

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How to start a blog

“As this is really beneficial to everyone, hence I’m sharing this in my blog… Or course for my future posts, I will still sharing more about travel relevant posts. However, please take times to read at least this post:”

You may curious about blogging platform…

How to make money via blogging?

How to transform blogging becomes a business platform?

However, it all takes time to see the results and outcome.

First thing first, you must have your own blog website. Trust me, I was using many free blogs when I first started (just to test the water). Ended up, I “migrated” 3 times to create and have my own blog website.

For the newbie, do not repeat the same mistake as me.

Because when you are using a free blog website, there are many restrictions on the free blog.

You might not able to put the advertisement on your free blog – which means indirectly you’ll reduce many potential ways to work with some top brands and potential companies.

Find niche theme for your blog

When you have decided to start a blog, please ensure that what type of topic that you want to focus on writing or sharing.

I understand everyone likes to share many things. Sometimes, I like to share about travelling, sometimes I like to share other topics like sports, movies etc.

However, based on my research online. Most of the bloggers encourage to only FOCUS on one theme. I totally agreed with that. Just imagine when one reader searching for a topic about travelling. When he/ she comes to your page and read one of the relevant articles, and the readers might interested to know more about other travelling ideas or stories. But since you have so many different themes on your blog, it might lose the attention or interest from him/her.

It is the same thing as you want to buy a genuine watch, you will search and walk to a few shops who selling only watches. Imagine the shop is selling many other different things including toys, clothes and jewellery. How would you feel?

You need to have your own domain & web hosting

In order to own a blog, you will need to register a domain for your blog website.

First, brainstorm a good name for your blog. For example, if you like to have a blog for food, I will suggest a name which will be relevant to “food”.for example,  the well-known brand “foodpanda” in Malaysia, this is quite straightforward and readers will be directly related to food. Isn’t it?

Next, choose a reliable hosting company.

Depends on your target audience, if your main focus is the local audience in Malaysia or somewhere Asia. Here are a few companies that I want to suggest:

1. BLUEHOST: 

This is one of the most hostings company recommended by most bloggers. Yes, I have looked around online and read most of the other bloggers’ review about each hosting company.

It is one of the oldest web hosts started in 1996, Bluehost has become the largest brand name when it comes to WordPress hosting. They are an official ‘WordPress‘ recommended hosting provider.

Again, as mentioned, if your target audience is international readers. I would suggest this.

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Alternatively, you may consider companies from Malaysia:

2. SHINJIRU: click here  or below banner:

3. EXABYTES : click here or below banner:

I know there are a lot of us do not have the technical background to set up the blog.

Don’t worry, I have been through and learnt many things from other experts. If you ever need help to sign up with either one of above companies (by clicking above links), do not hesitate to let me know via email or leaving a comment below.I would be assisting you and to ensure your blog goes live.

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WORDPRESS

This is the blogging platform that most of the bloggers are using. I have tried many other blog platforms as a start,  it is not saying wordpress is the best user-friendly kindly of a platform. However, there are many functions, plugin, widgets that you can install in wordpress.

I am still learning to improve better in terms of blogging and using WordPress.Each day I have been learning something new either in writing or resolving technical issues.

Whenever I have problems with WordPress, I try to google search online and it is not hard to find solution online as WordPress is commonly used by most bloggers!

Remember, everything should start from somewhere.If you think blogging is not risky to start with, why don’t you give it a try?

Despite I have just started my own blogging lately, I truly have faith in this industry.

It is not all those sorts of traditional business or multi-level marketing where you need to approach people to join you. But it is only sharing your knowledge, skills and experiences to beneficial for others.

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Why should you own a blog?

Blogging is no longer considered a new thing for most people. Since many years ago, even when I was still a young kid, I already had my own blogspot. I liked writing down everything about my feelings, my life and goals etc.

Now to tell you why everyone should have your own blog website. Below are the Reasons:

Diary and Keep the memories

This is the place for you to present yourself and keeping some great memories for yourself. You can write anything you like on your own blog, because it belongs to you.

Able to help others

Alternatively, you may able to share some great and useful information with other people and readers.

For example, whenever I wanted to plan a trip, I always searching online and referring other travel bloggers’ itinerary and travel tips.

Because it is always good to get the pieces of advice from those who have been and experienced to the particular country and places.

Good place to start online business/ Entrepreneurship

Blogging is a hobby for someone but eventually may become the career for some people. This is a good platform for you to show your talent and interest.

If you want to be an entrepreneur, it is good to start with online blogging. Why? Because blogging is cheap and low cost as compared to open a new shop.

You do not need to own any products in order to earn the profit.

All you need is about doing branding for your own website. Engage with some companies brands, working on the affiliate marketing plan/sponsorship contents/ Google Adsense etc. to monetize your blog.

It might get the potential to earn up to 5 figures eventually. And who knows it turns out to be your long term life career. Quit 9 to 5 job. I have seen many successful cases online.

However, it won’t happen 1 to 2 days. It takes time to build up.

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Educate others

You will never know whatever you have posted online might become the education materials for other people.

For example, if you are interested and know about Information technology, who knows you could share new knowledge with the others. Even though you might only sharing your feelings on your blog,  it might help someone in the same situation to understand their feelings too.

In a nutshell, do not underestimate whatever you have written online. You might be giving a great impact on other people.

 

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Dalat, the highlands of Vietnam

After Ho Chi Minh trip, I continued and heading my journey to the south central highlands of Vietnam. The next stop was Dalat city, which is the highlands in Vietnam.

The distance was around 308 km and it took about 6 hours to arrive at Dalat. Since it’s at Highland, prepare yourself with the warm jacket.

The average temperature was around 21 Celcius when I was there during the month of November.

Dalat is a great place to enjoy the nice view, nice coffee and feel the cold weather.


What you can see and do in Dalat:

Sightseeing around Dalat town:

Rent a bike and ride around the town. Have a look at the unique buildings there such as:

Sunflower Architecture Lam Vien Square –watching a movie on Wednesday (half price)

Doha Cafe

it’s just next to sunflower shopping mall, such a unique design of the shop.

Dalat has been influenced by European culture since a long time ago. According to my research, Dalat got discovered because since last time many Europeans wanted to escape the heat from Saigon (aka HCMC).

Xuan Huong Lake– It is a peaceful and relaxing place.The restaurant next to the lake is high-end scale and mainly for foreigners tourists, the price was slightly expensive.

Image from Panoramio

Crazy House – It is worth to go once

Initially, the house was named “Hang Nga guesthouse”, but was then changed to “Crazy House”.

It was originally built as a personal project by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, who received a PhD in architecture from the University of Moscow.

 

Dalat Waterfalls – check out 3 main waterfalls in Dalat:

  • Pongour Waterfall – this is the largest waterfall in south Vietnam

Image from dalatrip.com

It was a rainy season when I was there, hence the waterfall was a bit heavy with water.

  • Elephant Waterfall

Dantala Waterfall

St. Nicholas Cathedral – also known as roaster church, spot the chicken on top

Canoeing

Coffee farm – taking a break and enjoy the nice coffee at coffee farm

Or try some exotic food?

There are many more things you could do in Dalat including walking at the  night market, water rafting and taking cycling tour to Mui Ne.

Cycling from one city to another one is something that I wish to do the near future.

Hope you enjoy reading and happy travelling to you!


 

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Itinerary for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

I started my trip from Vietnam since it always has good deal flying to Ho Chi Minh City and I stayed there a month for workaway/ voluntary service.

Anyway, here are the places you should visit there and some of my feedback as below:

  • Independent Palaceworth to check out once
  • Saigon Notre-Dame BasilicaI only managed to take pictures from outside

  • War Museumworth to go but there are still many other museums along the journey

  • Bến Thành Marketgood to window shopping only, mainly for tourist to try local food and expensive souvenirs. Do not recommend to buy things there
  • Bitexco Financial TowerI missed out this, just saw from far
  • Saigon Central Post Office – it’s free to go and it’s good to buy postcards and post it to friends and relatives. Remember to check out the working hours!

  • Next to the post office, do not miss out the book street

  • Tan Dinh churchcatholic church with a pink facade, I only took picture and from far

  • District 1: a lot of Pubs, Clubs for tourists. Good to check out Glow Skybar and my favourite club is still Apocalypse Now Bar.
  • Taking Uber Ride: You should experience to take Uber motor ride in HCMC. It is convenient and cheap to go around the city.

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Food to eat:

  • Banh Mi (baguette sandwich)
  • Pho (noodles)
  • Bun thit nuong
  • Oc (Vietnamese Shellfish)
  • Goi Cuon (Vietnamese Spring Rolls)my favourite
  • Banh Xeo (Crispy Pancake)my favourite

  • Banh Cuon (Rolled Cake) 
  • Bun Thit Nuong (Vermicelli Noodles with Grilled Pork)

There are so so many nice foods in HCMC, in fact the whole Vietnam. I eat everywhere.

Besides this, if you have more time, you can take a tour to the places which a bit far from the town:

  • Cu Chi Tunnel1 and 1/2 hours from HCMC, and I booked from this tour agency (recommended by my local friend):  The Sinh Tourist: overall my feedback was good with this half-day tour, comfy bus, good tour guide.
  • Mekong River TourI booked a 3 days 2 nights tour from this travel agent:   Daily Travel Trading Service Company Ltd– price 1150,000 VND. Why I booked 3 days tour instead of 2 days? Because my friend and I wanted to see the Tra Su Forest, where most of 2 days tour did not cover that. Below is the picture taken in Tra Su forest:

  •  Phu Quoc islandI did not go but hear it’s nice and commercialize, cost and expense slightly expensive. Full of Foreigners
  • Vung Tau – fishing village I heard, did not get the chance to visit this time.I think mainly for local people staying (which I like)


 Places to do gym and Brazilian jujitsu:

  • I practised BJJ at  Saigon Luta Livre in district 3, not far from town, take uber bike / grab bike to go and the coach was awesome, professional and funny.

  • I went once to star fitness gym for BJJ and using the gym facilities including swimming pool for one whole day, cost me 100,000 VND. I liked the experience.

These were all my experiences and own reviews for each place and food in HCMC. Do I like there? Yes, I do despite the crazy traffics and polluted air over there. People are so nice everywhere and I met most of new local friends who willing to take me to try some nice food and toured me around.

See you next time, HCMC!

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How I planned my 4 months South East Asia trip?

  • Preparation is the key.
  • Impromptu Plan is good too.
  • Willing and be ready to accept any unpredictable/unexpected situation.

How I planned my 4 months trip? The most important thing is by doing research.
Google is my best friend, here are my ways :

1) Google Map

Take a look at the map.
I want to explore four countries for my last trip, hence I took a look how each country looks like.
And which country is next to each other.

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2) Google Flight

I do use a lot of Google Flight engine to search for the cheapest flight.
There are many good deals from different airlines.
For example, Vietnam airline is one of my favourite airlines. I have flown with them for three times, and so far the flying experiences with them were great. They always depart on time. Yes, they are very punctual.
Guess what, I got a great deal to Tokyo, Japan which only costs me about RM700++ (for a return ticket) on last two years ago.
And of course, since it is the airline from Vietnam, so you need to stopover at Vietnam.
For me, which is great because I managed to go out Ho Chi Minch City (HCMC) that time for a half day trip.

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I also booked with Vietnam Airline which costs me around RM120+ for a one-way ticket, but it is inclusive of
meals on the plane, insurance, luggage etc.
If you are a smart traveller, I am sure you know how to compare to pick the best deal.

3) Contact friends in the country that you are going to visit

If you have any friends in the country that you want to visit, try to ping them and ask some information.
Local knows the best! And if they are willing to hang out and meet up with you, that would be even better.
Don’t worry even if you do not have any friends over there, you are always able to use these websites to ask more questions: Couchsurfing, Travelfish and Lonely Planet .
Or you could also search for any relevant facebook group to join and ask questions from there.
There are many nice people out there which they are willing to share their own travel tips and ways.

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When I was planning for my solo Japan and Mount Fuji hiking trip that time, I posted on the forum in Courchsurfing.
Ended up I met a nice couchsurfer and we had a great time in Japan..will share my Japan stories on upcoming new posts.

4) Ask yourself what type of travelling you like

This is your own trip hence you could decide what type of travelling style that you like.

For me, I just do not want to have a simply pure travelling kind of trip.
It’s would be boring for me and I like getting involved in voluntary service.
There’s where I started my research for Volunteering in South East Asia.
I did put a lot of research into this because majority volunteering in overseas it seems required to pay for a lump sum
(up to USD1000) which for me, it does not make sense at all. I want to be a volunteer because I want to help people, but ended up
it seems it’s just a tour/ package me to get “participate” in the voluntary service.

5) Volunteering

Luckily enough, I managed to find a website  WORKWAY which I managed to find some hosts and stayed with them.
Despite you still need to pay for USD34 (around RM135) for a yearly membership, for me, it is definitely worth it because
with the amount of RM135, most probably I might just spend it at one day hotel.
The experience to stay with the locals is totally priceless.By doing workaway, they will be able to provide you with a referral letter( if you managed to
receive good feedback from at least 2 hosts)

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6) Buying insurance

This is essential and must-buy item for your long travel trip.
You cant predict what would happen during your travel time.
It is an adventurous trip and of course, safety is important too.
I have chose Alliance insurance after compared many other insurance companies. And again, it all depends which country you are planning to go.
You can use this website: https://www.gobear.com/my

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Overall it was a safe trip for the whole solo trip (besides a few roller coaster journeys on the bus ).

7) Transportation in local

use www.Rome2rio to check if it’s possible to travel from one place to another by bus/train.

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8) Budget and Money that you need to bring

Money is the most crucial one. How much do you need to bring for such long trip?
In the beginning, I was thinking to open an account in overseas lol..
After chatting with my friend, she just advised me to bring Vietnam Dong and change some USD first.
It is not necessary for you to carry so much cash for your whole journey.
For my case, I started from Vietnam and wanted to stay there longer (ended up I stayed for 2 months) hence I brought the rough costs for 2 months.
And I have also have some USD currency with me (to travel to Cambodia) and when you are going to both Laos and Thailand, you could use the USD currency to change to local currency.

Tip: Laos kip is a pretty small currency, many countries did not accept it and in Laos, and most of them do accept Thai Baht.

9) Be spontaneous 
Despite I have prepared and planned my itinerary initially, there were some places which I’ve decided to go and not to go at last minute.
When I was in Dalat, Vietnam and I have met an old friend. So he suggested me to check out Quy Nyon city (which was not in my list initially)
I went and I liked it a lot.

My Hainoi trip was decided at last minute too.

Do it. Trust me, it’s fun!

10) Enjoy and have fun
And last but not least, just enjoy the whole journey and safe travel!
If you know you are a female traveller, do not go out at night by yourself. This is a common sense, even if you are in your own country, you know what to do
to avoid or to minimize the crime case.
Be a Smart traveller and enjoy the whole journey!

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Tips to get money for travelling

I have met many long-term western travellers  and they could travel for at least 6 months or up to 1 year
Some people might think this is insane, how could they do so?

One of the advantages is because of their stronger currency, and they do not commit themselves for loans like buying car/ house once started to work… I assumed one of the reasons it was also too expensive to buy the house in their country and the majority of them prefer to have a good lifestyle and enjoying life instead?

While in Asia culture, we just tend to be “kiasu” which means a person very anxious not to miss an opportunity/ grasping.Including myself. We want to own everything in hand, for example, business, car, house and family etc. We do not want to be left out of the normal norm. For example, when you are approaching the age of 30, and if you still do not have a good career, do not own a car and house yet, hence majority might categorise you as an unsuccessful person.

Perhaps this might not only happen in Asia unfortunately mostly this is the case for Asian.There is no right or wrong, it is the just different style of living.

Anyway, If you want to take a break just like me and get to travel for a while.These are the few things and tips I have done:

a) WORK

There is no other shortcut.Work and save it to get travel fund.
If you are a student now, and you know you want to go for overseas travelling
Hence you should have started to do part-time while you are studying.
If you know and clear about your goal earlier, you would plan it earlier.

Alternatively, you could find out those programs such as

b) Sales Field Got Me Money
I worked as Sales in order for me to get more funds.Sales is the channel that allows me to get more cash but of course, pressure would be there.

However, when you managed to get the 5 figures income, everything is worth it.And there are many types of Sales, you do not necessarily sell it to end users.

You could also do in a professional and corporate way.

c) Saving
Make sure you have some savings every month.Set a goal when you will be going to get enough money to travel.

For my case, If I have overspent that month, I will save up some money on next month or figure out various ways to invest in something else.

c) Investment

I diversified my money to various investments – mutual funds, share etc.(depends on your ability, do not put all eggs in one basket)

These are the ways how you could make more money, increase your cash flow.

d) Part-time job

Besides full-time job, find a job that you think you are good at. Or even though if you are not good at it but you are willing to try, still go ahead.

You will never know what would be the outcome. For me, I like writing despite I am not good at grammar. For me, by writing could I express myself better.

Hence I do write articles for other companies, at the same time building up my new blog, coming up post: why should you have your own blog

e) Assets
Ok, I am also a typical Asian. Buying houses so that I feel secure and I am implementing Airbnb concept and rent it out for extra money.

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Besides this, renting out the car park at my condominium is also another money source for me.

f) Car rental
I rented out my old car to my ex-colleague when I was away for the past few months.  Of course, you have to be careful and have a mutual agreement before renting out your car to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.

g) Carousell

I sold out all my unnecessary kinds of stuff , when I was planning to buy a new laptop (easier to carry during travel ) I sold out my old laptop. Same case for my phone.

As you could see, I tried many ways to increase my money and it seems these things everyone knows about it.And it is pretty common ways, isn’t it?

However, just how many people willing to try it out? We are just too comfortable with our current comfort zone, again, there is no right or wrong. This is your life.We do not need to tell you what you should you do in your life, you should already know what is your game plan in life.

Cheers.

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东南亚之旅后@感言

这是个充满惊喜的旅程
很多的冒险和刺激
身边没有熟悉的家人朋友陪伴

所有所遇见的人事物都由你自己来应对

好玩吗?
真的很不错
如果你再问我是否想要再一个人自助旅行
我的答案还是一样

会的

虽说一个人旅行很潇洒
可是做足好功课是必须的
特别是女生的我们
要背起重大的背包到处跑
适合的衣着还有那舒适的鞋子
是非常非常重要的
过重的背包让你腰酸背痛

一双不适合的鞋子让你去到那里都不自在

从头到尾所需要的物品
该带的应该都得写下来
这次的旅程我准备是大约一个月的背包
从衣物,护肤品,鞋子
都一一精心准备
虽说可以在当地买衣物
可是当你是穷游时
基本上你是没有什么需求去购物
因为你的目标一致
想用最经济的预算费用走完整个行程
 
四个月回来我没填很多新衣服
也没购买新鞋子
因为还很耐穿
这是我本身的个人体验
即使没有血拼
可是旅游得到的心灵满足
是从物质上体会不到的
 
当我回到土国马来西亚
很多人问我学到和得到了什么
老实说很多
可是无法从表面具体表达出来
我知道我思想上我体会到了一些东西
而这些是外人无法体会到的
 
所以我每次发新文章
重复又重复鼓励读者去旅游
如果无法做到长期旅游
至少一个人短暂的旅游
这与平时的两三天旅程无法相比的
最好像别人有幸到国外求学
正如广东话所说的:浸过盐水的果然不同
 
 这不是说你回来后
到处炫耀
这是你个人体验
全部所学到的是归于你自己
 
也许现在的你无法
体验我以上所说的
如果有机会做到
日后记得再与我分享你的经历
另外分享一下:
很幸庆这次选对和带对了
舒适的鞋子
我选择带上FUFA 台湾休闲鞋
这四月里它陪我走偏四大国家
手工制造和厚的垫底让我无忧的走看世界
最重要的是价钱很合理
直到泰国曼谷最后一站
我将这双鞋赠送给一位当地友人
因为她说很喜欢这款式
好的物品是需要很别人分享的 🙂
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Why should you travel alone at least once?

  • Because solo traveling is fun (if you know how to plan and enjoy it)
  • No pressure from others
  • You can do whatever and go wherever you like
  • Literally, you could control everything
  • Freedom is the key
  • Get to know more friends easily
  • Dare to venture out something new
  • You could heal yourself
  • Overcome Loneliness feeling
  • To know more about yourself

Sharing my own story here:

It is always my goal to staying long term in overseas.
It is not because I do not like my homeland, somehow I just tend to see, explore and experience new and different stuff in overseas.

Ever since young, I used to have this passion (even till today) and I always shared with my close friends that I want to find a job in overseas, even just going to the neighbouring country Singapore is also Ok for me… you could see how  desperate I am to stay abroad for a long term.

I thought a lot of ways to do make it happen.I tried to apply working holidays to New Zealand on 2017 and it failed. I was upset a while and decided instead of continuing to wait for another opportunity, why not I try to find out other ways to achieve my dream.

Hence it started my research where should I go…where can I travel cheap? I did a lot of online research and consult my friends who have done that before. After everything getting ready, I just tendered my resignation letter to my previous employer without any hesitation.
There how it started my almost 4 months solo trip to Indo-China aka Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand in 2017.

Travelling alone indeed brought me a lot of interesting stories.I still remember Doha, Qatar was the first solo trip that I have ever done. I will share it more in my next new post for “Qatar“ about what happened over there and what had I done with Arabs. Another story about my solo “Japan” trip where I have met a crazy couchsurfer and what crazy stuff I have done over there. Stay tuned for my new posts!

To be frank,traveling alone is not as scary as what you thought.If you are not confident enough to go abroad alone at the moment, try to test yourself in your own country first. Then slowly to those countries which are safe to travel alone.  I could say that I could go anywhere and wherever I like now.(by proper preparation) If I could make it, why not you?

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