Wednesday, November 25

Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses

Planning my Indochina trip was no easy task.  From booking our tickets to shopping for hotels, I considered many factors when I created my itinerary. These include budget, wants and likes, my travel buddy's interests and so on.

This trip was nine months in the making. So dear readers, I am sharing to you the breakdown of expenses I took note of during our travel. 

I hope it would be helpful when you plan yours too.  As I always say, move forward, and never be still. :)

To view it, just click here.

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Other Parts In This Series:

Bagan Lodge:  A Grandiose Gateway to Bagan's Noble Past

A Delightful Stay in Hotel by Red Canal Mandalay 
Once Upon A Time in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel
Tranquility and Nostaglia Equals Pavillon d'Orient 

A Surprise Malaysia Visit
Burma: An Untouched Gem 
Yangon is Yielding
On the Way to Bagan
Bagan is Beautiful
Biking in Bagan
Hello Mandalay!
Pretty in Pai
Overland Border Crossing:  Bangkok to Siem Reap
Finally, Siem Reap
Saigon aka HCMC
Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses 

Monday, November 23

Hello Mandalay!

We only had one night to spend in Mandalay. Me and my friend did not have much idea what this city has to offer. But of course we did our research before embarking on our five-day journey to this beautiful country called Myanmar and had U-Bein Bridge and Mandalay Hill on top of our bucket list.

Sadly, due to time constraints, we were unable to visit these two. We ended up just biking in the surrounding area. Gladly, our choice of accommodation, Hotel by Red Canal, assisted us with our inquiries without any hesitations and so our initial apprehension to explore the unknown disappeared.


Maha Atulawaiyan Kyaungdawgyi

Monday, November 16

A Delightful Stay in Hotel by Red Canal Mandalay

I definitely did not make a wrong choice when I booked a stay at Hotel by the Red Canal Mandalay. Pictures of the hotel did not do justice. The place was elegant, cozy and a wee bit charming if I may add.



One can expect optimum privacy since the hotel is situated in one of the inner streets of busy Mandalay. We felt like stars upon our arrival - complete with a welcome sign and all. The cool drinks served to us was a great way to beat the heat because it was a rather humid morning. 

Friday, November 13

National Museum Free Admission

The National Museum recently announced that it will open its doors to all from November 17-21, 2015, coinciding with the annual APEC meeting.



The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. 

Monday, November 9

Biking in Bagan

Biking is one of my favorite past times back home. I have also found a liking to biking in far-off places in my home country. When I planned for this trip, I made sure to include solo biking around Bagan, even just for a few hours.

I love biking in Bagan

I expected to love Bagan.  But I did not expect to fall head over heels in love. Our hotel was far from where Old Bagan is so I had to settle with biking near our place. I guess if I were alone, I have biked all day long. I would not care if it was sunny, humid, hot or dusty. I just know I needed to pedal on those deserted roads and admire the lonely pagodas on my own.

I did not have a map with me when I went off one afternoon towards the direction of the lovely pagoda I had glimpsed earlier.  Its golden stuppa was a shimmering gold against the fading afternoon sun.  I mentally calculated how many minutes it was from our hotel. I guessed it was a good 15-minute ride.  



After being honked on by cars passing by, I guided my slim bike at the other side of the road and found a bare fork. A tourist map was erected at the corner with arrows pointing to several pagodas I could explore.  I already know which way to go to when a kind gentleman approached me.  I already noticed him and another more sitting in the make-shift shade. I was guessing they were local law enforcement or something like that.  

He asked me where I wanted to go and I pointed to the name of the pagoda on the map.  After telling me which way to proceed, he looked at me and kindly asked, 'Only one?'  I said a curt yes, smiled and said my thanks. The sun was already low on the horizon and I did not want to bike without lights. It would be suicide.

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Other Parts In This Series:

Bagan Lodge:  A Grandiose Gateway to Bagan's Noble Past 

A Delightful Stay in Hotel by Red Canal Mandalay 
Once Upon A Time in Soria Moria Boutique Hotel
Tranquility and Nostaglia Equals Pavillon d'Orient 

A Surprise Malaysia Visit
Burma: An Untouched Gem 
Yangon is Yielding
On the Way to Bagan
Bagan is Beautiful
Biking in Bagan
Hello Mandalay!
Pretty in Pai
Overland Border Crossing:  Bangkok to Siem Reap
Finally, Siem Reap
Saigon aka HCMC
Indochina Trip Itinerary and Expenses


Friday, November 6

Bloggys 2015 Gala Night

Bloggys 2015 is here and will be happening on November 21, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City.

Bloggys is a prestigious award-giving body aiming to recognize the best in the world of Philippine blogging.

If you have time, you may drop by the area and get the chance to meet awesome bloggers and get the chance to make new friends.

It has been great being one of the nominees! Being recognized is already an award for me.

See you there! :)



Monday, November 2

Bagan is Beautiful

What can I say about Bagan?  Simple. Bagan is beautiful. Though I had only stayed for a full two days here, and was unable to witness the famous Bagan sunrise and sunset due to cloudy weather, seeing the pagodas were more than enough to convince me to visit this place one more time.

My friend Chie in Bagan

How I long to try riding one of these!

We opted to take our hotel's offer for a car tour for half day for USD 20. I had imagined doing the tour in the old fashioned way via horse cart or ox cart but it just did not happen. I regret it a bit but also due to lack of funds I could not do it out of my own pocket. Really, a return to Bagan is a must!

Pagodas as far as my eyes can see :)


Bagan Lodge's kind staff assisted us with what our inquiries. They gave us a map on which temples to prioritize given with our limited time. 

We visited several pagodas namely Ananda Phaya, Thatbyinnyu Temple, Mahabodi Paya, She San Daw Pagoda and several others.