Sydney Australia Itinerary Part 2 【MYR 2,500 / AUD 850 for 6 Days 5 Nights】

SYDNEY ITINERARY:

DAY 1: AIRPORT TO HOSTEL

DAY 2: ROYAL NATIONAL PARK – WEDDING CAKE ROCK- NORTH CRONULLA BEACH

DAY 3: I’M FREE WALKING TOURS SYDNEY – MANLY BEACH – KATOOMBA

DAY 4: BLUE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK- THREE SISTERS – BONDI JUNCTION – BONDI ICEBERGS CLUB:

DAY 5: BONDI BEACH – COASTAL WALK FROM BONDI TO COOGEE – TAMARAMA BEACH – REDFERN

DAY 6: REDFERN – SURRY HILLS – UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY – VICTORIA MARKET – OPERA HOUSE – ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN

DAY 7: SYDNEY DOMESTIC AIRPORT – MELBOURNE

SYDNEY DAY 1-DAY 3: click here

DAY 4: BONDI JUNCTION

After 2 days 1 night in Katoomba, I took another 2 hours train ride back to the central station.
It is always convenient to check the train arrival time (from google map) before heading to the train station to avoid waiting at the train station for an hour.
I took the 620pm train where it arrived central at 821pm. From the central station, change another train at Platform T4, then 5 stations to stop at Bondi Junction Station. From there, take another bus ride (No. 380, Stand B), 13 stops, 11 minutes to arrive at Bondi Beach, Stand C bus stop.
Good Tip: If you are unsure where to change the train or bus, it is always good to ask people around. Most of the time people are willing to help.
The bus arrived at 905pm and stopped right in front of the hostel: Noahs Bondi Backpackers 
Good Tip: As a female traveller, I always search for the strategic location for accommodation which means easy to access and within walking distance from public transport.
Furthermore, the hostel is just right in front of Bondi beach. I walked around the beach area and enjoyed the night view here:

BONDI ICEBERGS CLUB:
“Located at the southern end of Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs Club is an international landmark, and no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to our pool and clubhouse.

Bondi Icebergs has been the home of Winter swimming since 1929 and our famous pool is open to visitors all year round. Located above the pool, our fully licensed clubhouse is open to both members and guests, and all visitors are welcome to enjoy sweeping views over the pool and Bondi beach as they drink or dine on our sunny balcony.” – icebergs.com.au

night viewThe famous Bondi Baths have been a historical landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years.

POOL ADMISSION ENTRY FEES
Adult $8
Child (12 years & under) $5.50
Seniors Card Holders $5.50
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Children): $24
Yoga Entry: $8
Locker Hire: $3
Towel Hire: $4
Learn to Swim Spectator: $4
For more information: https://icebergs.com.au/swimming-pool/pool-sauna/

morning view

DAY 5:  BONDI BEACH 

I spent most of my day in Bondi beach on day 4 and Intan decided to join me at Bondi beach. The hostel has a nice big balcony which allows the guests to chill at the area.

A coastal walk from the Bondi to Coogee is also another popular activity in Bondi. It is six kilometers long and takes about two hours to complete the whole trail and you will get to enjoy the beautiful coastline vistas and cozy beaches.

Coastal walk from Bondi to Congee

It is advisable to walk in the early morning to avoid sunburn. Or else remember to bring the hat and sunscreen.
We stopped at the Tamarama Beach Sydney and had some fun and a great time here:

During lunchtime, we have decided to try out the well-known Hurricane’s Grill in Sydney:
No doubt, it is the “Best pork ribs in Sydney!”

Hurricane’s Grill

After lunch, we were back to the Bondi beach and enjoyed the sunbath.

Bondi beach

It is time to leave the beach and heading back to the city area. For the next two days, I have reserved the 2 remaining stays at Redfern. This area is an inner-city suburb of Sydney and it is located 3 kilometers south of the Sydney central business district. I have been hearing different reviews about Redfern and I’ve searched the area that that would be interested to explore:

“I’ve been told that the Sydney suburb of Redfern, the long-time home to many Aboriginal people, has changed. I’ve been asked if Redfern is safe. It is a few years since I have been here and I have come to see for myself. As I leave Redfern Station, I silently acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land and pay my respects to Elders past and present.”

https://www.airbnb.com/locations/sydney/redfern

As usual, it is always good to use common sense and guts feeling whenever you decided to adventure something.

It started to rain heavily during my last two days in Sydney. However, it did not stop me to explore around the city.

Day 6: REDFERN – UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY – OPERA HOUSE

When the heavy downpour stopped, I started to walk around Redfern area in the early morning.
Views from Redfern along the way to the University of Sydney:

UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
It is worth to pay a visit to the University of Sydney since it was:

-Established in 1850

-Australia’s first University

-One of the world’s leading, comprehensive research and teaching institutions.

-Ranked in the top 50 universities in the world

Uni of Sydney

From the University of Sydney, I used the google map to find a way back to the central district:
The final stop was to see through the Sydney Opera House with closed eyes.

Sydney Opera House

The weather was gloomy and drizzling during the evening time.

I gave a quick walk to The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney which was just right next to Sydney Opera House.

That pretty much summed up my trip to Sydney.
How did I feel about Sydney?
Sydney is a high living expenses city, however, there were many nice, cheap and free things you could do in Sydney. Do your own research and plan your trip nicely, you would not need to need to have a high budget to travel around the city. Aside from the town, it is recommended to spend a few days in the countryside. If you have noticed, most of my travel focus is on sightseeing, understanding the local cultures and take a chance to interact with the locals and meeting new people.
That is also one of the reasons why I enjoyed traveling alone.

EXPENSES (Conversion rate: AUS 1: MYR 3)

Hostel: AUD 166.78
Food: AUD 70
Transportation: AUD 60
Flights: Average RM1100 – RM1500 (return tickets)
My flights:
RM422 (1 way from KL -Sydney, 20 kg check-in luggage) – Air Asia
RM270 (1 way from Sydney to Melbourne comes with 10 kg check-in luggage) -Tiger Air
RM 990 (1 way from Melbourne back to KL, 20 kg check-in luggage) – Air Asia

Total:
RM890 + RM1500 = Approximately RM2300 (For 6 days 5 nights trip)

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Things to see and do in Baler Aurora, Philippines

It was another great weekend that I decided to join the Top View Philippines 2 days 1-night tour to Baler trip.

LOCATION

Baler is a small town in Aurora province on the east coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Baler is situated in the northeast of Manila and distance is about 231km from Metro Manila and took about 6 hours driving distance to reach here.

We departed on Saturday midnight at 12 am and in total 11 of us in a van. The journey would be accessed via a mountain pass hence the roads were curved.

HISTORY

According to Baler history, there was a Tsunami “Tromba Marina” demolished the town on the 27th of December 1735. Many people have been killed by the disaster and there were only 7 families survived. The seven families who were survivors climbed to the top of a hill which today is called Ermita Hill.

These are the statues of the families who survived in the tragedy which you could find at the foot of the hill

Credit: here

1) Giant Balete Tree 

This was the first stop of our trip to visit the biggest Balete tree in Asia. According to Wikipedia, “Balete tree is the several species of the trees in the Philippines from the genus Ficus that are broadly referred to as balete in the local language.”

Apparently, this is a 600-year-old Balete Tree and it is also known as The Millenium Tree.

2) Ditumabo Falls/Mother Falls 

After taking numerous photos at the first stop, finally, the group decided to head to Ditumabo Falls a.k.a. Mother Falls.

It required 30 minutes trekking / casual walk to enjoy the waterfall. It is advisable to wear the waterproof sandal since you will across many small streams.

Entrance Fee30 PHP ( 0.50 USD) & 200 PHP (3.70 USD) for group tour guide

3) SABANG BEACH 

It was a tired afternoon after a long journey to Baler and had fun at the mother waterfalls. We checked in our accommodation at Sabang Beach.  There are many accommodation options you could choose on the beach side, you could search more on Agoda website etc.

Surfing 

People said:” A Baler trip would not be completed without giving a try on surfing.”

If you are a first timer for surfing, this is the best place for you to pick up the surfing skill. Furthermore, the price is rather cheap which costs 300PHP (5 USD) only for 1-hour class with the local surf coach + Surfboard 

Had a great time with this group of people

Sunrise

When you were on the beach, all you need is to be laid back and also don’t forget to enjoy the sunrise view. Woke up at 5 am ++ if you do not want to miss this beautiful sunrise view.

 

4) Historical Walking Tour in Baler Town

Baler is a town full of historical story. When you are in the town, take a look and walk around :

  • Quezon memorial park
  • Museo de Baler *The opening hours only during weekdays. Saturday and Sunday are closed

  •  Baler Marker
  •  Baler Church
  • Dona Aurora Quezon house

5) Hanging bridge

A hanging bridge that allows you take some nice photo shoots. The bridge was made of wood and if you are not afraid of height, have a try walking across it.

6) Ermita Hill

As mentioned earlier, it was only 7 families survived during the tsunami in 1735. They went up to the hill and managed to escape. Ermita Hill is one of the highest places in Baler.

Going up to the hill is not that difficult, you just need to walk up around 250-300 concrete stairs to reach the big cross.

You get to see a great view of the ocean and the mountains in Baler.

7) PAGASA Baler Radar Station

This is one of the weather stations which allowed PAGASA (The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) to collect the data used for weather forecasts and predictive purposes against natural disasters.

8) Diguisit Beach

Next stop was at the Diguisit beach which is only 15 minutes driving distance from Baler town. People come here not to surf or swim, but to explore around the rock formations in Aniao Islets, which was amazing!

No doubt, this is another good photography spot for Instagram posts.

We chose to stay at AMCO Digisit resort to relax for a few hours.

 

Here came to the end of my Baler trip and if you like to join some outdoors activities, I would recommend Top View Philippines travel group which guide by a young team. Especially thanks to Maryse who organised this trip and thanks for the group who brought a lot of laughter and sweet memories during the trip. Hope to join other events in the near future. 😊

 

Below is the itinerary which organised by Top View Philippines Travel Group.

Event Fee: 1,800 PHP ( USD 33)

Day 0
11:00 pm – Meetup@ McD Panay Avenue
12:00 am – ETD to BaLer

Day 1
6:00 am – Breakfast on Pax Account
7:00 am – Start of tour
*Giant balete tree (oldest balete tree in Asia)
8:00 am – Ditumabo Falls/Mother falls
12:00 NN – Lunch on Pax Account
@famous seafood resto/Baler surfer grill/yolly’s seafood resto.
1:00 pm – Historical Tour
*Quezon memorial park
* Museo de Baler
* Baler Marker
* Baler Church
* Dona Aurora Quezon house
2:00pm – Hanging bridge
2:30pm – Ermita hill
3:30pm – Sabang beach Surfing
5:00pm – Check inn Accomodation

Day 2
6:00am – Breakfast on pax Account
7:00 am- Eco strip tour
*Diguisit falls
*Diguisit Rock formation
*Baler Radar station
*Tromba Marina
*Aniao islets
*Diguisit beach
11:30am -Lunch on pax account
12:30pm – Checkout Accomodation
1:00pm – Free time for own leisure
3:30pm – Souvenir shopping
4:00pm – Departure to Manila

Tour inclusions:
* private Van RT (Manila- Baler- Manila)
( GL Grandia )
* Transient accomodation

Exclusions:
All entrance fees
*Ditumabo falls PHP 30/head plus guide fee
*Diguisit beach
*Meals

Optional Activities:
*Surfing lesson with a surfing instructor
*Board rental 200-300/head

Things to Bring:
*Swimwear
*camera
*Personal meds
*Slippers

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Re post: Travelling alone is not as scary as you think

Thank you www.escapewriters.com came out with the topic of solo female travel. In fact, travelling alone is not as scary as you thought. Here is my solo travel experience that I would like to share with my readers:

My name is SuMei and I am from Malaysia. I started my solo travel blog when I’ve decided to quit my previous job and started to travel as a Solo female traveller since last year October 2017 and it was a 4 months trip where I have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Currently, I have started a new job and base in the Philippines for a few months.

How were others reaction when you declared about your decision of solo travelling?

Some were surprised and most of my close friends supported me to so. YOLO and thanks to my supportive parents where they trusted and allowed me to travel by myself.

How many places have you explored until now? Which one is your most favourite and why?

I have visited in the total of 20 countries as of the year 2018. I like Laos the most as the country is beautiful, laid back and people just know how to enjoy life over there.

What is on your bucket list? Your dream place to visit. Any travel destination you would suggest for a female solo traveller.

I would like to visit and explore South America in the near future and as a start, for a female solo traveller, I will suggest going to Japan which is a relatively safe country to travel alone. I had a great time over there.

How do you do planning and budgeting for any trip?

Before I go on a trip, I will do research about the particular country. The expenses and the current situation in the country. And of course will check out the accommodation from hostelworld, Airbnb etc. I found workaway website is meaningful and beneficial to the budget traveller like us. I got to know a lot of local people and stayed with them during my solo travel time which was another different/ great experience.

How do you beat loneliness while travelling? Tips to make local friends or get a group of company.

In life, we can’t avoid loneliness even when we are not travelling. I do enjoy the solo time which allows me to listen myself more, ignore others feedback. Try to enjoy the ME time. Meanwhile, of course, you could use various applications to meet up with other travellers including Couchsurfing, meet up and even staying at the hostel you will get the chance to meet a lot of mutual interest people. To be honest, I really enjoy travel alone where I got to know more new friends and new exposure by myself!

Do you remember any crazy thing that happened to you while travelling?

When I was travelling to Japan alone and met my US host which he sent me to Mt. Fuji in the midnight and I just tagged along with other Japanese to reach the peak of Mt.Fuji. The whole journey took me about 14 hours back and forth and it was indeed a crazy adventure with all the people I have met there!
There are many other stories during my solo trip and I just enjoy creating more stories during my travel time!

Your backpacking tips for other women. Just pick 5 must-have items you would love to have in your travel bag.

Sunblock, comfortable sneakers, camera, selfie stick, phone.

Any bad experience you faced? Safety tips.

Well in order to avoid the bad experience, try to use common sense not to go out at night alone if you feel the place is not safe. Listen to your intuition and six sense, if you do not comfort to the particular things, dare to say NO!

Do you think male solo traveller are easily accepted?

In my opinion, the male solo traveller is still easier to travel compared to Female due to social perception. However, ignore the norm which had set by the society, just enjoy yourself! Do whatever you like!

Any advice or word of motivation you would like to give to other women who have a dream to be a solo traveller just like you?

Dare to go with your dream. When your mind wanted to do something and you keep thinking instead of taking action, it will forever be stuck in your mind. Just go ahead and dare to do it! Join the relevant female travel group and get more support from other girls! Remember, we are always there for you.

 

 

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Siem Reap, the famous tourist spot in Cambodia

After 2 days 1 night in Phnom Penh, my journey continues to Siem Reap by sleeper bus. This was my first solo sleeping bus experience and the overall bus journey was considered quite comfy.

However, I did not sleep tight as I have read some of the other travelers’ blogs stated that we have to be aware and be alert when taking the night bus. Because some of the “pickpocket” / thieves would take advantage to steal your stuff when you asleep.  Luckily, throughout the whole South East Asia trips (about 9 solo bus trips from one province/country cross over to another province/country ) I’ve only lost one of my favorite scarfs in Cambodia.  🙁

<Double-decker sleeper bus

To cut a long story short, it is possible to go to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh by a road trip and it takes about 8 hours to arrive (by overnight sleeper bus). The road was smooth and not as bumpy as from my journey Hanoi Vietnam to Vientiane, Laos (will share it next time)

The bus stopped at the bus terminal and if you arrived as early as me (around 6-7am), there are many tuk-tuks awaiting there to send you to your hostel.However, within a short distance (less than 10 minutes) to my hostel, it costs me USD3.

Where did I stay?

I chose The Hostel Mekong after comparing most of the accommodations in Siem Reap:  the cost + the total people I need to share in a room. This was the most reasonable and affordable stay.

In overall, I gave 4 out of 5 Stars for this hostel. Here are the reasons:

  • A mini swimming pool is included
  • The hostel has a spacious area to chill and relax
  • Bar and breakfast are available
  • A pool table is available
  • The female dorm room with a private toilet is available
  • The check-in time was in the afternoon and I have arrived earlier. At least I could chill in the living room, using Wi-Fi and took a shower.

Book here: website

 What have I done here?

Everyone comes here for Angkor Wat. If you did not visit it, it seems it’s pointless that if you tell someone that you have been here before.

Entrance Ticket: 1 Day / 3 Days / 7 Days? 

My answer is 1 Day. Unless if you are really interested in all temples’ architecture/ designs.

Because the weather was rather hot and to visit all the temples you have to take transport from one to another which considered quite exhausting. My Angkor Wat trip starts at 430am until 12 pm noontime which is more than enough for me.

Most of the hostel /hotel would provide the tour to visit Angkor Wat. I booked the transportation arrangement with Mekong Hostel.

Suggestion: Try to ask other travelers [in the same hostel] to visit Angkor Wat together in order to share the transportation cost.

In the early morning, a Tuk tuk driver will pick you up to buy the entrance ticket around 430am.

Credit

Entrance Fee (Year 2017):

1 Day: $37 

3 Days: $62

7 Days: $72


What have I seen in Angkor Wat?

Sunrise. All the tourists gather in the early morning just to witness the sunrise. Yes, it was impressive. I took many of the sunrises pictures and found this is among this best (what to do you think?) 🙂

And many pictures from different Wats :

Since I came alone, most of the pictures I was asking strangers to take it for me.  And some local people might “standby” at the temple and offered the service to take the photos for you (they only asked for tips after they took the pictures).

PUB STREET 

As you can see from the street name,  it is the street full of clubs, bars, and restaurants.

Famous Bars:

Angkor What? Bar is the very first bar to open on Pub Street back in 1998

Temple Club & Temple Balcony – another favorite and popular club for tourists on Pub Street

Credit: 

Angkor Night Market 

Opened in 2007 and apparently, it was the FIRST night market in Cambodia and it is just next to Pub Street.

Siem Reap Art Center Night Market

Location: Right across the bridge from the old market (Psa Chas), 5 Minutes walking from pub street

It is one of the newer night markets in town and as you can see from the street name “Art Center”, you can find various and a range of souvenirs and handicrafts over here.

WAR MUSEUM CAMBODIA

It is the Biggest War Museum in Cambodia. What I liked here was they provide a free guide (a war veteran) and you can examine and hold the small arms.

Entrance Fee: USD 5  (Year 2017)

More info: check here

It was a short trip for me. I stayed there for 3 days 2 nights and heading next to Sihanoukville, which is a province in southwest Cambodia known for its beaches. Will share next post soon!

Cheers.

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Chiang Rai Thailand, My itinerary

This post is sharing my itinerary to ChiangRai, the north of Thailand (I went to visit 3 places here: Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle, and Chiang Mai)

Photo credit: here

The journey continues from the slow boat- Laos to North of Thailand  When I’ve arrived in the border of Thailand, it was already evening time and the sky was dark. I have to make a quick decision either to take the mini-van by myself and to meet my workaway host in Golden Triangle. The second was to follow the other travellers to Chiang Rai for one overnight.

After getting the advice from them, I followed the group to Chiang Rai instead (since the cost to go alone to Golden Triangle was rather expensive).

Photo credit: Here

CHIANG RAI

What have I seen there?

The minivan arrived around the late evening time and it stopped right next to the night bazaar. We were checking out and walk in randomly to any hostel.Eventually, we managed to find a nice and affordable hostel: Sabaijai Hostel which I liked it a lot (clean, spacious and having own privacy) :

The spacious dormitory room

Lovely breakfast and free herb teas!

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CHIANG RAI NIGHT BAZAAR

It is rather easy to find the night market aka night bazaar. You can shop for food, souvenirs and the clothing item etc.

WHITE TEMPLE ~Wat Rong Khun

The next morning after we had our breakfast, five of us went to visit this beautiful temple.

It is a must see and to-do list in Chiang Rai. Wat Rong Khun was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who known for his use of Buddhist imagery in his art.

The entrance fee is 50 Baht for foreigners and Thai citizens will still be able to access the contemporary temple for free.

During the time we went, it was crowded with people because it was a public holiday in Thailand.

White temple -crowded with people

I tried hard to get some nice pictures :

How to get to the white temple?

Just right next to the night bazaar, there is a bus station where you can take the public bus to the white temple which costs 20 Baht only. Below is the bus timetable to the temple:

After visiting the temple with the four gentlemen, it is the time to farewell with them and heading to Golden triangle to meet my localhost.

It was my pleasure to meet all of them and travelled together from Laos to Thailand. Wishing all the best to them and hope our paths cross again someday.

What else to see in Chiang Rai?

Black Temple a.k.a  Baan Dam Museum / Black House

It is near to White Temple, which takes about 30 minutes driving distance.

This is the major landmark in the city centre, where it also serves as a traffic roundabout.

It was designed by the same person, Chalermchai Kositpipat who created the city’s famous White temple.

You may sign up the one-day sightseeing package tour with the local travel agent (which will cover most of the tourist spots in Chiang Rai):

chiang rai tour package

Next post:  Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle Thailand where the 3 countries meet.

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17 Things that every Solo Traveller can totally relate to

This is the post that I like it so much, it is absolutely related to all solo backpacker like us.

If you have ever done solo backpacking before, these are the things that you may be related to yourself:

All images credit to TripZilla:

I just carried the bag with valuable things into the toilet.

It is fun to ask the stranger to take photos for you. Some of the strangers took me nice pictures though.

That is why do not shy to talk with other travellers (who might be going to the same destination).

I enjoyed this part. Got to enjoy and observe the surroundings.

It is the best time to talk to yourself.

I will write it down and perhaps share with others later on.

I’m kinda enjoying it!

I don’t choose in the hotel alone unless it’s a business trip.

Hmmm…not necessary.

Sort of.

Indeed.

I control and do what I like.

Aha aha.

Indeed. Too many foreign friends now 😛

And forgive yourself.

Deeply.

Get to understand yourself  better. Forgive others. Improved EQ. Better life direction. More brave and confident. Be a better you and many many more!

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Kanchanaburi Thailand Itinerary, close to Bangkok

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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 

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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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