How To Travel Around Myanmar According to Anthony Bourdain: 14 Things To Do

Traveling to Myanmar? You might want to read this whole thing to guide you for your upcoming trip!

Myanmar has been ‘closed’ to the world during the last 50 years or so and this was a product of several political decisions of its government. It recently just opened its borders to tourists, but only a limited number of spots are accessible for sightseeing. But there is so much authentic beauty to Myanmar.

While it was also colonized by a Western power, it has its separate identity compared to other Southeast Asian countries which were colonized by other Western power. Considered as one of the poorest nations in the world, a huge amount of optimism is seen in Myanmar as it moves forward towards economic and political development.

Traveling to Myanmar: My Experience

I was lucky enough to explore some parts of Myanmar last 2016 and it indeed set a very high expectation to my next travel destinations. I have seen Yangon, Mandalay, and the Ancient Capital of Bagan, and I wish I have seen more (but there’s always a next time, girl!). I have documented some of the spots I was able to visit in the article below:

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Needless to say, Anthony Bourdain is every traveler’s spirit animal. Personally, he has inspired me to travel more and learn more about the world. More than the cinematography of his travel TV series, I love the scripts of his every single episode and how he asks the right questions to his interviewees. His very objective and uncensored points of view in so many aspects of life is also admirable.

It was really unfortunate that we lost a great person like him, but to honor his life and how he inspired me to travel braver, I am creating this travel article series tracing his journeys in some of the episodes of his travel series, mixed with some personal anecdotes and perspectives from my own travel experiences.

I wish I was able to see this first episode of Parts Unknown before going to Myanmar so that I was able to follow Tony’s itinerary. 🙁 But since you were able to read this prior to your trip to Myanmar, I was hoping I could help you out with planning your itinerary. Enjoy! 🙂

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Walk around the dark but safe streets of Yangon at night

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Tony mentioned about blackouts being a regular thing in Yangon given its old (and maybe outdated) power grid system. However, from the looks of it, it may be still safe to walk around at nighttime. This was something I was able to do with my female companions during our last night in Yangon, and let me share a beautiful story.

After dining in at KFC Yangon (the first Western fast food restaurant in Myanmar which opened just recently when we went there in 2016), my female companions and I were stunned by the beauty of Sule Pagoda when we passed by it on our way back to East Hotel, so we tried taking a photo with the Pagoda as the background. However, it was really dark and we can’t really find a good angle to take a nice photo. A man from a random car parked near us turned on its engine and lit his headlight facing us and signaled us to try if the photo looks better now with the light from his car. I think that was a sweet gesture and we thanked him after out mini-photo shoot. However, as he was leaving, he almost hit a pedestrian (because the streets are indeed a little dark, guys) which almost resulted on a fist fight, but thankfully it ended up with an accepted apology from the helpful man.

And btw, here is the photo of mine I was telling you about. I honestly don’t know what the photographer was thinking about this angle, but it was really a struggle taking a nice photo. Not your Instagram-worthy photo, but it was indeed a memorable one.

Traveling to Myanmar: Photo by the Sule Pagoda in Yangon

Have a tea and eat mohinga at Seit Thaing Kya Tea Shop

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In the words of Tony, “Morning in Yangon has always been about tea.” (Same, Tony, same.) While there are different kinds of tea around, Myanmar’s is a black Indian-style tea which people would usually add some sweet condensed milk. Depending on your preference, it could be from less sweet to very sweet. Moreover, Tony pointed out that tea shops like this used to be more than just a place to have breakfast but also a ‘secret place’ to discuss the daily news back in the day.

Aside from your morning tea, this tea shop was also the place where Tony tried a mohinga, a rice noodle and fish soup, which is considered as the national dish of Myanmar. While most food served in the country are of Chinese and Indian origin, mohinga is a local thing. It is found both in urban and rural areas in Myanmar.

(I was not able to try any tea shop in Myanmar as far as I can remember, but I was able to buy a lot of Myanmar loose tea which I gave away to some colleagues.)

Ride those iconic overcrowded Yangon buses

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A country where motorbikes are outlawed? Welcome to Myanmar.

Upon arriving at Yangon, we went straight to buy some essentials at Ocean Supermarket before taking the overnight bus going to Mandalay. I saw some beautiful fridge magnets and did not let them go (haha yes I just arrived and I’m already buying souvenirs). One of the fridge magnets I got was a bus fridge magnet with overflowing people by the door. I was like, “Oh, looks just like Manila” so I got some. Little did I know when I was walking around the streets of Yangon one afternoon that I will witness some buses passing by with people hanging by the door. Not safe, guys. Not safe.

Eat different kinds of salads at Yangon’s Feel Restaurant

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Salads are a huge thing in Myanmar (which is healthy, right?) and this is where Tony was able to taste a variety of salads — “pig head salad with kaffir lime leaf, long beans salad with sesame and fish sauce. Penny leaf salad, even this salad of Indian-style samosa”. A typical Myanmar dining experience is where all dishes will be put on the table at the same time because it is about “the interaction between a lot of colors, textures and flavors in one dish”.

Also, you are welcome to be creative about making your own dip with pickles and condiments. (Same with the Philippines! You can customize your own condiment depending on how much of each you prefer. I know someone from college who just love to mix everything. Yes, everything. Eh.)

Btw, Feel Restaurant is very common around Myanmar. I was able to have some snacks one a stop while on a bus from Mandalay going to Bagan. (Apologies for the photo quality, though!)

Traveling to Myanmar: Feel Restaurant

Eat Prawn Curry at Min Lan Seafood Restaurant

Anthony Bourdain Myanmar Itinerary

Tony was able to witness the unique way people in Myanmar summon a waiter in a restaurant: they make a smooching/kissing sound. (In the Philippines, this is also what some men do when they want to ask a jeepney to stop so that they could alight!) Seafood served here is apparently prepared in Rakhine style. The bestseller in this place is prawn curry, where the prawns are caught fresh from the river then cooked and mixed with some yummy tomato curry. Sounds delicious! (Call me a loser, but I only focused on ordering Thai food and rice meals during my stay in Myanmar.

I was surprised with how big their rice serving was! Clearly shows that there is an abundance of rice in this country. Awesome.) Below is the ‘closest thing to Myanmar curry food with salad’ that I was able to eat while traveling there:

Traveling to Myanmar: My Authentic Burmese Meal

Visit Sofaer Building and appreciate other old British colonial buildings

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Myanmar was a former British colony, and a lot of old British colonial buildings are still standing, from former businesses to offices to public buildings.

Tony visited the Sofaer Building which was once said to be “the swankest department stores in Rangoon” where people can buy products imported from Europe like liquors and cigarettes. The tiles of the building were said to be imported from Manchester. It has been a subject of debate in Myanmar on whether or not to preserve colonial buildings like these. As of now, Sofaer Building houses restaurants and shops at the ground floor and squatters on the top floors.

Watch some people preparing for the Full Moon Festival at Yangon Port

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Tony had a taste of some chicken head/neck and beer while watching the busy scene at Yangon Port as people prepare for the upcoming Full Moon Festival.

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Watch the human-powered Ferris wheels spin during the Full Moon Festival street fair

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Tony witnessed the festivities at Kason/Kasong Day, or the “Full Moon Day”. He compared the food stalls in Yangon with that of the New York Food Festival. The streets have a happy and lively vibe where they tried crispy little birds. One unique thing that Tony witnessed was the human-powered Ferris wheels which he said was “tempting to try” but obviously looks dangerous. (But I want to try this out someday when I go back!)

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Try some Laphet Thoke at Morning Star Tea House

Anthony Bourdain Myanmar Itinerary

Morning Star Teashop was where Tony tried laphet thoke, or fermented tea leaf salad. Tony does not think making salad out of fermented tea leaves is not a good idea, but he found it fantastic when he tried it.

Eat grilled food while watching an indie rock band at Yangon’s 19th Street

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Deemed as a “must-go place” when in Yangon, 19th Street is a lively strip with so many restaurants where you can have some grilled food and beer while watching indie rock bands, which, btw, used to be not a thing in Myanmar. Before, song lyrics have to be screened and the government would ask the bands to censor some parts of their songs or even completely change the songs. Also, the city curfew used to be 11PM, but shops at 19th Street are mostly open until late night.

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Also, this is where Tony said that Creed was “the worst band in the history of the world”. Ouch! But to be fair, in my own opinion, ‘One Last Breath’ is a good song.

Ride the Night Express to Bagan

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Tony endured the 10-hour ride of a 600-kilometer journey from Yangon to Bagan in an overnight train which is made from French engines back in the 70s. It was said to have 75 stops and would start at a very slow cruising speed. Eventually it will be a very, very shaky ride as if the train will be derailed anytime.

Buy breakfast from vendors outside while at the train to Bagan

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As the daytime breaks and the train is almost there in Bagan, some vendors would approach the train to sell some food. Tony was able to try some samosas and fried fish from the vendors.

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Eat chicken curry at a random food stall in Bagan

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He called the random roadside joint he dined in at Bagan “the best restaurant in the country so far”.

Oh, look! I was able to try it also! 🙂 (Well, not the chicken curry, but the Myanmar beer :D)

Traveling to Myanmar: Trying Myanmar Beer

Visit the Old Ruins of the Ancient Capital of Bagan

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Bagan used to be the ancient capital of Myanmar containing so many temples that were built around 250 years ago. This is where you can find people worshiping nats. During Tony’s visit here, he observed that there are not a lot of tourists going here. In fact, “you’re far more likely to bump into a goat than a foreigner”. Moreover, he mentioned that the temple complex looks like “an ode to slave labor”.

The ancient complex of Bagan used to be a habituated area until the government relocated the residents in the 1980s so it purely remains a tourist spot. Tony has been anticipating the ups and downs of the upcoming tourism industry in this area, ranging from kids dropping out of school to sell souvenirs to prostitution.

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I have my share of stories of vendors in tourist destinations and markets. Upon opening the doors of our tour van, vendors will suddenly swarm around you and will aggressively try to sell you some stuff when you haven’t even gotten down the vehicle yet. It was intimidating, to be honest. I have my friends getting harassed by some vendors. 🙁

In the market, the kids would first get you with their charm and suddenly would apply thanaka on your face. They will force you to buy the whole container eventually. I mean, it happens everywhere in the world, right? But seeing this as a product of the booming tourism industry in Myanmar is a little frustrating. But to be fair, there are a lot of awesome and respectful vendors. Some of them I had a memorable conversation with.

Towards the end of the show, Tony has been expressing his delight towards the end of a 50-ish year of “nightmare” to a more forward-looking better future for Myanmar.

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There you have it! We all know that Anthony Bourdain’s main preference when traveling is to try the local food and talking to locals about life in the destinations they are in. Of course, you are always welcome to add and weed out some of the items here to have a more customized travel itinerary. In my opinion, though, I believe the things done by Anthony Bourdain during his travels are worthy of trying out. So, I wish you happy travels and wait for your photos on Instagram? Travel safely!

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: 14 Interesting Places to Visit

This YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE takes you to 14 interesting places to visit in Yangon. This article contains affiliate links which if used, I will earn a small commission without extra costs on your part. Please support! 🙂

If you are visiting Myanmar, Yangon will most likely be your main point of entry since most international flights to and from Myanmar operate in this former capital city. Most tourists would definitely consider going to Bagan and Mandalay, but there is also a bunch of interesting places to visit in Yangon.

I had a short but sweet time in Yangon during my 10-day Myanmar trip. Since there are no direct flights from Manila to Yangon, I had a layover in Singapore where I had a very interesting story. You can explore Myanmar on a very cheap budget compared to other mainland Southeast Asian cities, and I hope it stays that way. Yangon has a city-like chaos similar to Manila or Ho Chi Minh City, but you can sense its uniqueness with how people live their daily lives there.

Before anything else, I would like to share some other articles about Myanmar I have written in the past:

So, without any other further ado, let’s proceed to the 14 interesting places to visit in Yangon.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MYANMAR (YANGON)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: National Museum of Myanmar. Photo by cushtravel.com

Myanmar was a former British colony, and you will see a lot of British colonial remnants all over the city, mostly from architectural wonders. The National Museum of Myanmar will walk you through the history of Myanmar. If you’re a history buff who’s interested in getting to know Myanmar’s past better, then this is the place for you.

In this museum, you will find important relics and artifacts related to Burmese history, including miniature thrones of ancient kings and an 8-meter Lion throne which was a relic used by the last Burmese King.

MYANMAR GEMS MUSEUM

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Myanmar Gems Museum. Photo by justgola.com

Myanmar is very rich in natural resources, and the most popular among their natural resources are precious gems and minerals, like jade and sapphire. If you want to know more about it, you can go to Myanmar Gems Museum.

SHWEDAGON PAGODA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Shwedagon Pagoda. Photo by happinessplunge.com

Shwedagon Pagoda is considered as the most sacred spot in Myanmar. This temple is 2500 years old and made of precious materials such as 4531 pieces of diamonds. This place is known to be housing a lot of holy relics, including strands of Buddha’s hair. Shwedagon pagoda is a perfect spot to view the sunset and the bright lights of the pagoda are very beautiful at nighttime.

SULE PAGODA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Sule Pagoda. Photo by asiatravelandleisure.com

Sule Pagoda is an octagon-shaped pagoda and Sule is a Burmese word which means “meeting”, because, as they say, “all roads lead to Sule”. Sule Pagoda indeed is located at the heart of Yangon.

YANGON CITY HALL

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon City Hall. Photo by justgola.com

Yangon City Hall, aside from being the biggest city hall in Myanmar, has a very interesting construction story. They say it was originally meant to possess British/European architectural features, but because the construction of the said building was postponed due to World War I, the aftermath of the war became an opportunity to suggest to incorporate Burmese./Bombay features to the building.

YANGON LITTLE INDIA

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Little India. Photo by migrationology.com

If you are looking for an Indian food trip in Yangon, this is obviously the place to be (like the Little India in Singapore).

YANGON CHINATOWN

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Chinatown. Photo by justglobetrotting.com

Also known as Tayoke Tan, Yangon Chinatown is also a good food trip spot in the city.

BOGYOKE AUNG SAN MARKET

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Bogyoke Aung San Market. Photo by whatthepandan.com

Formerly known as Scott’s Market, Bogyoke Aung San Market is a busy area where you can find a vast selection of handicrafts, including longyi, or the traditional clothing of Myanmar. Bogyoke Aung San Market is also accessible via the famous Yangon Circular Train.

STRAND HOTEL

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Strand Hotel. Photo by vagabondbaker.com

Strand Hotel is a popular historical/colonial hotel in Yangon that was built in 1901. This is also a perfect place to have an afternoon tea in Yangon.

CHAUK HTAT GYI BUDDHA TEMPLE

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Chauk Htat Gyi Buddha Temple. Photo by anamoralesblog.com

This is also known as the reclining Buddha Temple. You will see a lot of this in different forms around Myanmar and mainland Southeast ASia, including Thailand and Laos.

YANGON CIRCULAR RAILWAY

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Yangon Circular Train. Photo by scholzdigital.de

You can ride and take the entire loop of the Yangon Circular Railway for only USD0.15 which will last for around 30-45 minutes. It was built during the British colonial era which gives access to Metropolitan Yangon district.

KABA AYE PAGODA (WORLD PEACE PAGODA)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Kaba Aye (World Peace Pagoda). Photo by yangongui.de

World Peace Pagoda is relatively new compared to the other pagodas in Yangon. It was built in 1952 in preparation for the Sixth Buddhist Council. This pagoda is a replica of the Satta Panni Cave in India, where the First Buddhist Council was held.

SWE TAW MYAT PAGODA (TOOTH RELIC PAGODA)

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Swe Taw Myat Pagoda. Photo by pinterest.com

Another relatively new pagoda in Yangon, Tooth relic Pagoda was built from the donations of the Burmese people. It is believed to be housing a tooth relic of Buddha who died 2500 years ago, hence hte name.

INYA LAKE

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YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Inya Lake. Photo by foodietraveller.wordpress.com

Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, which is a very popular recreational spot among locals in Yangon.

YANGON TRAVEL GUIDE: Your recommendations are welcome! 🙂

There you have it! I hope you were able to plan your Yangon travel itineraries with this simple guide I provided. If you have any comments or suggestions, please slide a DM on my Instagram account or send me an email. In the meantime, enjoy your sightseeing at Yangon! 🙂

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PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION: I stayed at East Hotel Yangon! 🙂

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A Quick Guide for Your Next Layover to Singapore

(Below is an exciting travel guide during a Singapore layover. They say Singapore is the best country to have a layover!)

Among Southeast Asian countries, I would say that going to Myanmar and Laos could be the most expensive for Filipinos, basically because we have no direct flights from any airport in the Philippines going to these destinations. In which case, you need to have a layover in cities like Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or Bangkok. For my Myanmar trip, I was able to score an airline promotion with a Singapore layover (I only paid $299 for my round trip ticket, which was not bad! Hey, you’re flying with one of the best airlines in the world!).

For my Laos trip on the other hand, I booked a flight via Bangkok thru a third party booking site (it was my first time not booking directly through an airline website and I’ll tell you more about it later). So yes, the absence of direct flights from the Philippines alone can already cost you a fortune. Buuuuut, on the upside, the daily expenses are so cheap in these two countries!

Arrival: Singapore Layover

I took a flight for my Singapore layover and arrived at nighttime. My flight to Yangon will be around lunchtime the next day, so I have the night and the morning to quickly go around Singapore.

Singapore Layover: Changi Airport Terminal 2
Singapore Layover: Changi Airport Singapore Terminal 2 Arrivals

Check out Changi Airport’s Instagram page and see what else you can do in this very beautiful airport.

Singapore Layover Tip: A Food Trip at Lau Pa Sat

First stop, dinner! I had dinner with some friends at Lau Pa Sat (if you’ve READ Crazy Rich Asians, you would know that this was the hawker centre Kevin Kwan mentioned, but the movie did it at Newton Hawker Centre). I would not miss eating my favorite Southeast Asian food: sate (satay).

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Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat Singapore at Night
Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat
Presenting the love of my life: Sate 🙂

Singapore Layover Accommodation: The Claremont Hotel Singapore

Next agenda: Rest! I tried my best to rush to my hotel as early as I could so that I can have enough rest to wake up before sunrise so that I could go around Little India peacefully. I searched for hotels near Little India Singapore, and yes, I booked my accommodation at this area despite so many people discouraging me to do so (on my succeeding trips, I still stayed at hotels near Little India Singapore and I’m never gonna regret it.). I want to take advantage of this short layover to observe how people there go about their days, and I have been very obsessed with the Indian culture, to be honest.

I booked my accommodation at the Claremont Hotel Singapore. Not that I’m not recommending it, but basically, the Claremont Hotel Singapore is in a very nice location among hotels near Little India Singapore albeit being an old hotel. I must say the hospitality people I’ve met in Little India area are very nice and warm. In my next trips to Singapore, I thought of booking at the Claremont Hotel Singapore again, but I decided to give other hotels near Little India Singapore a try.

Below is a photo of the Claremont Hotel Singapore that I borrowed from agoda.com (you may click the photo to book).

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The Claremont Hotel Singapore has both pros and cons. Perhaps we could talk about the cons over email (or DM me anytime on Instagram!)? As for the pros, aside from the good location of the Claremont Hotel Singapore being one of the hotels near Little India Singapore area, I enjoyed the basic but complete complimentary breakfast here. It wasn’t the best breakfast in the world (definitely not 5-star-ish), but their choices of meals are very healthy. See, this is why I love Indian food!

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So, I guess I could say if you are looking for hotels near Little India Singapore, you could consider the Claremont Hotel Singapore?

Other Hotels Near Little India Singapore

If you are considering other hotels near Little India Singapore, allow me to give you a list of these AGODA PREFERRED hotels near Little India Singapore (you may click on them to book):

Little India Singapore Hotels: Hotel 165

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Tai Hoe Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Sandpiper Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: RedDoorz Plus @ Little India

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Meriton Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: One Farrer Hotel

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Citadines Rochor Singapore

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Park Hotel Farrer Park

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Aqueen Heritage Hotel Little India

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Little India Singapore Hotels: Hilton Garden Singapore Serangoon

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Little India Singapore Hotels: RedDoorz Premium @ Serangoon

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Singapore Layover Tip: Stroll Around Little India

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As promised, I woke up before sunrise, walked around, and took photos. Thankfully, the location of the Claremont Hotel Singapore is right in the middle of usual tourist spots in Little India. I was also able to exchange currency at Mustafa Center which was near the Claremont Hotel Singapore. Since the hotel breakfast was not yet ready when I left, I just planned to go back after an hour or two of exploring the area.

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Little India Singapore at Dawn
Singapore Layover: Little India
Little India Singapore at Dawn
Singapore Layover: Tan Teng Niah's Residence
At Tan Teng Niah’s Residence, Little India, Singapore
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Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, Little India, Singapore

After having my breakfast, I packed my bags and checked out at my hotel. Btw, another reason for staying in Little India is the foooood! I love Indian food so much! Since I still have a few hours left before my flight, I thought of going somewhere mandatory: the Merlion Park. 😀

Singapore Layover Tip: Visit Merlion Park

I took the train going to Merlion Park bringing my very heavy backpack. When I was a little younger (which was not so long ago, hey!), I vowed to develop some discipline in packing light for trips which was also geared towards saving some money on check-in baggage. Two idiot moments here: (1) I forgot that my flight includes a check-in baggage, and (2) I forgot to bring another smaller bag to separate my carry-on stuff and stuff I could check-in inside my big backpack, so I just carried my backpack all the way. It was painful in the back, guys. 🙁 My bag contains 7 days worth of stuff.

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On the way to Merlion Park, Singapore
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On the way to Merlion Park, Singapore
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The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore

I went to the Merlion Park and there’s just so many people and it’s just so hot (it was March when I went there)! I don’t even know why I went there. I could just have visited a museum or something. People are all over snapping photos of them trying to ‘drink’ water from the Merlion Statue (I remember a Singaporean friend who works at a corporate office near the Merlion Park told me that everytime he goes out of his building for lunch, people with their mouths open by the park was his everyday view hahaha). I was able to manage to take a few photos and left as fast as I could to go to the airport.

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Merlion Statue, Singapore
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Selfie at Merlion Park, Singapore (this is the best I can!)
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View of Marina Bay Sands by the Merlion Park

Okay, so THE fiasco…

I met with two classmates at the airport because we were taking the same flight to Yangon. Since the check-in staff in Manila already checked me in to Yangon before I flew out of Manila, I do not need to check-in at Singapore. Before going to the boarding gate, one of my companions asked if we could stop by the restroom first. I don’t need a restroom break so I just waited for her outside together with our other companion.

While my companion and I were busy talking about random things outside the restroom, we did not know 15 minutes have already passed and our other companion hasn’t showed up yet, considering we’re just by the entrance of the restroom. We started to (1) worry about her, and (2) worry about missing our flight.

I went inside the restroom to check up on her, but there was no sign of her. Why did she leave us there? I mean, what kind of person in her right mind does that?? I told my other companion to just proceed to the boarding gate, and IT WAS ALREADY PAST THE BOARDING TIME so we had to literally run (with my heavy backpack, remember? huhu). As we were approaching the security check area, the staff have been informing via her walkie talkie that the two passengers (which was us. Sorry!) have finally shown up.

As my backpack was being scanned, they rolled it back and forth three times inside the machine. I have no clue what was happening, and then one of the staff started opening my bag. What on earth was happening? She found my sunblock and took it. (Man, I never had the chance to check if it’s more than 100mL but it made its way through NAIA (Manila), so I was wondering why. 🙁 Then she started rummaging through my other stuff.

She started opening the case of my sunglasses and other stuff inside my bag before she cleared us. The plane was supposed to fly by the time we reached the airplane door. We were panting from all the running and panic attacks, and you could just imagine how the other passengers looked at us with their judging eyes. At that point, I want to cry.

Have you ever wondered where on earth was my other classmate who went to the restroom the whole time? She was sitting on the plane with her headphones and her sunglasses on, as if she did not really care about us being left by the plane. I was really upset and frustrated, thank goodness the flight was only around a quarter full, so instead of sitting next to her, I sat at the seat farthest from her.

Arrival at Yangon, Myanmar

We arrived safely in Yangon, but totally delayed. And no, she did not apologize at all. I was the one who apologized to her instead. I apologized to the flight crew also before deplaning.

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Yangon International Airport

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Some Takeaways

Ladies and gentlemen, I am not placing the blame on my classmate on this incident, but I learned so much from this. Since this incident, I always go to the airport literally 5 hours before my flight, be responsible about checking all my stuff if they qualify for carry-ons (even if it’s less than 100mL, you can still never be sure). I was really proud of myself for keeping my cool (and not crying!) the whole time during this stressful situation.

This was 2016, by the way, and I’ve grown into a more responsible traveler by now. Things like this (or worse) could happen to anyone at anytime, but what always, always matters is how we react to the situation.

I like it that the airport staff were strict for good reasons. I like it that the flight was supposed to take off on time. I like it that the airline waited for us even though it’s completely my/our fault. This is why I love Singapore and I keep on coming back to Singapore. Whenever going to other cities, I would still prefer a Singapore layover.

On a bigger note, now you must already know why I always prefer to travel solo.

(This blog post is dedicated to that classmate who brought us to this fiasco. Next time you have to pee, please have some courtesy in letting the people know that you want to go to the gate on your own instead, or whatever your lame excuse was. It’s a basic social rule.)

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Visa-Free Southeast Asian Countries for Filipinos (Philippine Passport Holders)

A lot of Filipino travelers I know have expressed some frustrations on how less ‘powerful’ the Philippine passport is compared to other countries because we are only eligible to enter a few countries without the need for a visa. To someone who is aiming to visit all nation-states in the world, yes, it would be a struggle, but it won’t hurt if you start traveling to visa-free countries first, right? That’s also what I am currently working on.

But hey, it is not the end of the world, guys! In fact, setting up a good and clean travel record to visa-free countries is a brownie point should you apply for a visa in the First World, like Europe and the US. After all, there is so much to explore in these visa-free countries which deserve to be visited first by us, Filipino travelers.

With “start traveling to visa-free countries first”, I meant the Southeast Asian region. In fact, Southeast Asian region is one of the most popular regions visited by travelers from all parts of the world and from all walks of life. There is so much to see in this region: cultural and historical heritage sites, natural wonders, cities, beaches, mountains, name it! Did you know that your Philippine passport entitles you to travel around Southeast Asia, visa-free? 🙂

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Why can Southeast Asian citizens travel around the region visa-free?

The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an ASEAN Framework Agreement on Visa Exemption in order to achieve a lasting friendship and cooperation among ASEAN countries, hence as ASEAN Citizens, we Filipinos can travel around ASEAN region without a visa. How cool is that? You can have your own Southeast Asia visa free travel bucket list before exploring the rest of the world!

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Without further ado, here is the list of visa-free Southeast Asian countries for Philippine passport holders:

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (visa-free for 14 days)

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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Anyone up with seeing some beautiful mosques and feeling a legitimate sense of peace away from your home countries? Brunei is definitely the place to be.

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CAMBODIA (visa-free for 21 days)

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Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Temple run, anyone? You are entitled to roam around Angkor complex in Siem Reap and explore magnificent historical structures around Phnom Penh without a visa!

Oh, btw. Some sad news: Cebu Pacific suspends Siem Reap route

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INDONESIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Bali Museum, Denpasar, Indonesia
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Mount Bromo, Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia
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Hotel Majapahit Surabaya, Indonesia
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Bank Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia

Whether you’re exploring historical sights in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya, exploring the countryside and natural wonders in Probolinggo, or having the vacation of your life in Bali, you can do all of these without the need to apply for a visa. How’s that?

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LAOS (visa-free for 30 days)

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Haw Phra Kaew, Vientiane, Laos

Laos is the most underrated Southeast Asian country!!! Please please consider exploring this beautiful country! There’s so much history and culture in here, and oh, it’s the most heavily-bombed country in the world (well, Vietnam War-speaking, because I know Syria feels the same way, too). Unfortunately we don’t have direct flights from Philippines to Laos, but hey it doesn’t hurt to include this in your itinerary, let’s say, when you go visit Thailand.

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MALAYSIA (visa-free for 30 days)

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Malaysia
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Sunway Lagoon, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Malaysia is a melting pot of different cultures, and as a result, there’s just a variety of good food here! You can explore Malaysia if you want to go shopping (everything here is, for some reason, cheaper than Manila), have some food trip, or have some cultural immersion, Kuala Lumpur can provide them for you. If you want to have some amusement park-ish type of fun with friends, Petaling Jaya is the place to be.

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MYANMAR (visa-free for 14 days)

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Shwenandaw Monastery, Mandalay, Myanmar
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Old Bagan Ruins, Myanmar
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Yangon Zoological Garden, Myanmar

Myanmar is also one of the least popular Southeast Asian destination to Filipinos because there are no direct flights to here from Manila. But, I could attest that you will not regret going this far because Myanmar is so authentically uninfluenced by any external culture (I’m talking about Westernization hehe). It’s indeed the “Golden Land”, literally, because of the golden stupas all over.

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SINGAPORE (visa-free for 30 days)

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Central Perk Cafe Singapore

Deemed as one of the best countries in the world, this small island nation never failed to impress everyone who goes here. From the vast number of museums, to hawker centres, to the very efficient transport system, and the very progressive economy, I could say that Singapore is really very utopian for me.

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THAILAND (visa-free for 30 days)

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Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

From beautiful temples to happy people to nice beaches, Thailand is a perfect destination for almost all types of travelers. Drinking some Thai tea overlooking Chao Phraya River? Priceless.

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VIETNAM (visa-free for 21 days)

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In front of Ben Thanh Market with a view of Bitexco Tower, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Vietnam, being the second largest producer of coffee in the world, is not only home to the best coffee out there, but also to the healthiest set of green leafy cuisine! A legit banh mi sold by the street sides is a must-try!

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There you have it! To Philippine passport holders, Southeast Asia is literally visa-free! It can ease everyone’s travel hassle and more energy and money can be dedicated to this beautiful region. I just hope Southeast Asia visa requirements for all Southeast Asians will be lifted indefinitely because it can indeed contribute to the region’s economy as well as the awareness of ASEAN citizens about the region and the countries surrounding them.

So, I’ll just wait for your travel stories, then? Safe travels and prepare your passports to be stamped now! 🙂

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Sherlyn’s Practical and Honest Overseas Hotel Reviews: To Stay Again or Not to Stay Again?

To be honest, I have been planning on writing hotel reviews of all the hotels and hostels I I have checked in during my overseas travels (meaning outside the Philippines, because I’m based in Manila). However, I never had the time to actually take photos to help my readers appreciate my reviews. Most of the time, right after checking in, I would jump in the bed and throw away my stuff all over. I am either very tired, had no sleep, or just not in the mood to do the effort of taking photos.

But don’t worry! Here I am, and I will try to make use of the limited photos that I took from the hotels I stayed in, together with a very quick review. I will also tell you if, based on my standards (which are not really so high, believe me), I will consider checking in again in these places. Also, feel free to click on the hotel names for more info and booking. Enjoy!

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STAR LODGE, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Star Lodge Hotel Brunei
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Will stay here again? YES!

The hotel is a little far from the airport, but don’t worry too much about road distances in Brunei. You can get there in no time. The hotel is located in Jerudong area, a very quiet and peaceful part of Bandar Seri Begawan, and you will definitely enjoy your time there. The rooms are beautiful and elegant. When I stayed there during the Christmas holidays, I saw that they were preparing a backdrop for the New Year’s Eve, so I guess they were planning an event then. I wish I was able to witness it. There was just one morning when I woke up to the sound of the mass at the mosque, but it was really calming and I did not really mind.

TIMES HOTEL, BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Times Square Hotel Brunei
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Will stay here again? Why not?

This is a hotel within a mall. On the Ground Floor, you will find restaurants and shops, and there are a lot of restaurants to choose from! Above the hotel are more shops and the cinema. You don’t need to go out of the building and it has got everything you need. It’s also very close to the airport. I stayed in a room with a window but no view, and if you got assigned to a room close to the elevator, you will hear the noise of the people. I did appreciate their complimentary newspaper, though. Breakfast buffet was a little meh.

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KOLAB SOR PHNOM PENH HOTEL, PHNOM PENH

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Kolab Sor Phnom Penh Hotel Cambodia
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Will stay here again? YESSS!

I love Kolab Sor! The design was very minimalistic and the lobby was super big and beautiful! They have desktops that can be used by guests at the Ground Floor. The rooms were so minimalist and cozy. The shower was very spacious, and I remember clearly that they have a good set of toiletries. It is also near establishments like restaurants.

NEW ANGKORLAND HOTEL, SIEM REAP

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Will stay here again? Haha! Please, no.

To be fair, this hotel is near Pub Street, but I had a lot of issues. The hotel is old and I feel like dusts are everywhere. The oldness of the hotel is like more of ‘woods and red carpets’ type. Elevators and hallways are a little creepy, but the rooms were surprisingly okay. They have a big pool but the water is dirty and mossy. Breakfast was served outdoor by the pool, but it doesn’t even look good, I did not trust its cleanliness, and they lack so many utensils and necessities.

They have a mini-outdoor gym but the equipment are just dumped in one side and accumulating rust. Oh, there was a power interruption exclusively in that hotel only for two nights and it scared the heck out of us! I feel like the place used to be very elegant (like Manila Hotel-type) but it just lost its former glory. Our shower’s ceiling also has a huge hole and we had to cover it in a plastic just to make sure nothing bad will happen.

Don’t trust the photos of this hotel you see in Agoda.

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AH SHAN HOSTEL, HONG KONG

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Will stay here again? Sure.

This place is located right at the heart of Mong Kok area and very close to the Mong Kok MTR station. There are so many establishments and big malls around and it is a busy area. The rooms resemble a typical Hong Kong tiny apartment, but it was clean and the view outside was great. They provide hot and cold water in a dispenser outside the room. The price is good for a private room in a hostel.

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DTEGALE HOMESTAY, BALI

Dtegale Homestay Bali Indonesia

Will stay here again? YES.

This is located in Central Bali (therefore far from the airport). It is situated in an area where a lot of farms are located, and it was really quiet there. I was told by the cab driver that the area is a favorite retreat spot of Westerners, so no wonder the vibe is like that. I rented a very nice rustic room for a very affordable price, and a healthy breakfast was served. The staff went the extra mile to help me with my broken luggage lock and even assisted me with my luggage upon check-in and check-out because the homestay was a few walks from the main road.

VILLA KORU, BALI

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Vills Koru Bali Indonesia

Will stay here again? DEFINITELY, YES!!!

If you have been dreaming of a #thisvillalife Bali vacation, this place is perfect for you! Situated at the heart of Seminyak area, Villa Koru is a luxury 3-bedroom villa with a big and beautiful pool that can accommodate solo, couple, and family travelers! The staff were very helpful and efficient, and the owner was one of the kindest host I have met so far in all of my travels abroad! He will make sure you are provided with everything you might need: from floaters, to day tours, to airport transfers, and many more!

SIGURAS LIVING GUEST HOUSE, BALI

Siguras Living GuestHouse Bali Indonesia

Will stay here again? Uhm, okay.

To be fair, the hotel has a relaxing vibe at the outside. There were trees, and the corridors are white. However,the room I stayed in was a little small, the AC unit was broken, there were no toiletries provided, and the water pressure was meh. The rooms have sliding doors and will not completely close, therefore you’ll hear all the sounds from the outside. I did not like my stay there hence I took back my payment for the next succeeding days I checked-in and went to another hotel. But, they have a big potential to improve.

HARRIS HOTEL RESIDENCES, SUNSET ROAD, BALI

Harris Hotel and Residences Sunset Road Bali Indonesia
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Will stay here again? Yes.

You can literally walk from this hotel to the airport! It was a big hotel with many rooms, and I liked its swimming pool. It has a nice vibe with great music. The rooms are very clean, great, and comfy as well. The staff are very friendly and will give you tips on where to go around the area. Oh, they have free transfers to and from the airport, since it’s literally a couple of meters away.

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MINI S HOTEL, VIENTIANE

Mini S Hotel Vientiane Laos

Will stay here again? OMG YES!

Laos in general surprised me! And this hotel is part of all the surprises I had. The room I had is very, very cheap! The same quality in another country could cost 3 or 4 times I paid for Mini S Hotel. The staff, even though finding it hard to understand my accent, were very patient enough, and they were kind enough to help me out in terms of places to see. The small outdoor pool is also beautiful and every corner is clean and Instagrammable. I had the perfect chill vacation because of Mini S Hotel. they provided a porridge breakfast which was good and the hotel is near convenience stores, restaurants, and that al fresco restaurants by the Mekong River. They also provide shuttle services to the city center.

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MACAU HOTEL S

Macau Hotel S

Will stay here again? OMG YES!

The moment I was looking for an accommodation in Macau for my very quick trip, Macau Hotel S caught my attention when I saw that it participated in a street art activity and its vicinity has a lot of beautiful street art (street art enthusiast here!). Macau Hotel S was not the cheapest deal, but it was the best deal.

The room I booked was so big and nice and I love their toiletries! I also love the complimentary jasmine tea they provide, and from my room window I have a nice view of the Macau Tower. It is also a few walks away from the bus stop which you can wait for a bus which could drop you exactly at the airport. It is a walking distance from tourist spots such as Senado Square. Lastly, I can’t stress enough that the hotel restaurant has a very creative interior and good food! I will definitely stay here again.

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VIPOD RESIDENCES, KUALA LUMPUR

ViPod Residences Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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Will stay here again? Yes yes yes!

ViPod residences is a walking distance from Pavilion Mall and the KLCC train station, and it also has a club/bar just across, which also explains the presence of street food vendors around the area. Entering the building feels like you’re entering an Embassy or something. The security is a little tight, and there are several doors leading to the lobby. The room we stayed is very tidy and spacious and the price was really affordable. There is a convenience store at the ground floor (where I bought some Maggi Kari) and wait until you go to the rooftop pool and gym! The view of Petronas Towers is perfect!

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OWAY GRAND HOTEL, MANDALAY

Oway Grand Hotel Mandalay Myanmar
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Will stay here again? Yes.

This hotel is right in front of the Mandalay Railway Station which is very, very convenient! I love the whole ambiance of the hotel, from the reception area to the rooms. They serve a good breakfast, and the place is near many establishments, including a mall and the Ocean Supermarket. Staff are very friendly as well.

GOLDEN CROWN MOTEL, BAGAN

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Golden Crown Motel Bagan Myanmar

Will stay here again? Yes!

This hotel is just like a typical provincial home. The price is very cheap but you will be provided with a quality stay. It is located at the Old Bagan area which is near the market and the temple complex. They have bike and e-bike rental services. The staff are very kind and friendly. When we left our keys inside the room, one of the staff was kind and patient enough to climb the window just to get access to our room. We also saw squirrels through our windows and they are amusing.

EAST HOTEL, YANGON

East Hotel Yangon Myanmar
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Will stay here again? Okay.

What I love about this hotel is its interior design. They have a lot of artworks hanging around the entire place. Moreover, this hotel is right at the center of Yangon and everything is really accessible from there, from market to cinema, to the zoo, and the Sule Temple in particular. Their breakfast area and the way going to the rooms were a little tight, though. But if you are catching a flight at Yangon International Airport, I think this place is a strategic and practical one to choose.

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CLAREMONT HOTEL

Claremont Hotel Singapore
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Will stay here again? Uhm I don’t think so.

To be fair, this hotel is located at the main road (Serangoon Road) right at the heart of Little India, which is a good starting point if you want to go around the district. Their breakfast is also great (I have a bias towards Indian food because it’s delicious and healthy at the same time). The staff are accommodating and friendly as well. However, I think the entire building is a little old and therefore needs improvement. When we entered the room, we were greeted by cockroaches and the room was dimly lit. The shower also looks untidy. Good thing we only stayed there for a layover.

CUBE BOUTIQUE CAPSULE HOTEL @ KAMPONG GLAM

Cube Capsule Hotel Kampong Glam Singapore

Will stay here again? YES, DEFINITELY.

There are several Cube Hotels around Singapore, but I think location-wise, this one at Kampong Glam is the best. It is located right at the heart of the Kampong Glam tourist area, very near the Masjid Sultan. The hotel is quite new and it was my first time staying in a capsule. At first I thought it’s going to make me claustrophobic, but I had the most comfortable stay. The idea of capsules give you the privacy that you need. The bathroom and shower is clean and well-maintained, and their toiletries are good! They also have a washing machine and dryer where detergent and fabric conditioner are provided. Breakfast is also awesome!

THE GREAT MADRAS

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Will stay here again? Yes.

I heard that this hotel was newly-renovated and I think they did a great job doing it. The Great Madras has a very friendly staff and the location is near establishments, including the Indian Heritage Centre. The have millennial-friendly Instagrammable interiors. They have nice bathrooms with good set of toiletries. The swimming pool area is a nice place to chill and the poolside is good for doing some yoga. I love their breakfast (also given my bias with Indian food).

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XIMEN HEDO HOTEL KAIFENG, TAIPEI

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Will stay here again? YESSS!

In a nutshell, this hotel is very affordable and yet you will be provided a good quality of stay! It is located right at the heart of Taipei (walking distance from the Taipei Main Station), and very near establishments and tourist spots. The reception area is so nice, it’s literally a pink beetle with a lot of cute plushies. The rooms were clean and nice, and the room we stayed has a bathtub. The breakfast is so good and the brewed coffee is the best thing there!

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THE JOURNEY HOTEL, LAKSI, BANGKOK

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The Journey Hotel Laksi

Will stay here again? Yes!

This hotel has a very clean and minimalist look. It is located near the Don Mueang International Airport but a little far from the city center. Do not worry because the area where the hotel is located is very secure, quiet, and elegant. We were able to find several good coffee shops, convenience stores, and restaurants around, as well as yummy street food! The rooms are very spacious, and the toiletries there are the best ones I had so far!

SALIL HOTEL SUKHUMVIT SOI THONGLOR 1, BANGKOK

Salil Hotel Bangkok Thailand

Will stay here again? Can I instead stay here for good? 🙂

I love, love, love this hotel! The staff were really friendly, and they embody the Thai hospitality. I was assisted very well from check-in to check-out. They also gave me a room closest to the reception desk, which was favorable and convenient for me. I could walk from here to so many establishments, like restaurants, pharmacies, groceries, fastfood chains, coffee shops, etc. I can’t stress enough how colorful and Instagram-worthy the place was! The pool was beautiful! The breakfast area was very relaxing and the food selection was very heavenly! My room has a bathtub also! I wish I could live here!

JOSH HOTEL, BANGKOK

Josh Hotel Bangkok Thailand
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Will stay here again? I want to, but I really don’t know.

I’ve been seeing nice photos of the hotel on Instagram and other online sources, and it’s a little popular among young travelers, given its location which is very near a lot of bars and restaurants. The room photos in the booking sites were also good. However, upon arriving at the place, the door men will not even provide you a little assistance with your luggage and will not even open the doors for you. The reception area was great, the staff were friendly, and upon the looks of it, the hotel is really a beautiful hipster place. However, I was given a room at the topmost floor and at the other end of the elevator which was a loooooong corridor walk and you will be greeted by creepy life-size mural of people as you walk.

They have no telephones at the room, so when my keycard did not work, I had to go back to the reception area myself. The room was a little dim and the vibe was a little heavy. I want to give the hotel another chance by seeing how good their breakfast is, only to find out that the breakfast is only available at 0730, which was a little late. Since I had to leave before 7AM for my flight, I was only provided bread and coffee (which was okay), but did not really get what I paid for.

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DRAGON PALACE II HOTEL, HO CHI MINH CITY

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Will stay here again? I think I’m gonna pass.

I had a short but good stay in this hotel. The rooms are spacious and homey, and there are some furniture items made of bamboo. The hotel is just right across YOLO Bar (which is a good bar!) and near a lot of convenience stores and restaurants. The breakfast was awesome (you can make your own banh mi sandwich!), but the lady at the breakfast area was a little rude and yelled at me.