20 Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

Southeast Asia region is a very popular travel destination, and a lot of travel bloggers have written so much about it. It is popular not only to budget travelers and backpackers (because man, they always say this is the cheapest region to travel to), but also to digital nomads, photographers, and travel bloggers themselves as well.

While everyone has been talking about Southeast Asia travel on blogs, vlogs, and Instagram, I honestly believe there is no other nice way to get insider tips about traveling in the region than from Southeast Asia travel bloggers themselves. Most of them are born and raised in this region of the world and they surely know a lot about their countries of origin than anybody else.

Now, without further ado, I have collected a list of 19 Southeast Asia travel bloggers whom you can stalk on Instagram and learn tips by reading their blogs:

Thiha the Traveller (Myanmar)

Travel Blog: thihathetraveller.com

Thiha is a travel blogger from Myanmar who posts breathtaking photos from the 21 countries he has traveled to so far.

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Nu Myat Around the World (Myanmar)

Travel Blog: numyataroundtheworld.com

Nu Myat is a Doctor by profession and also a travel blogger. Based in Myanmar, she is the Chief Editor of Chic Magazine and My Journey Magazine. She has been to 50 countries so far.

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Move to Cambodia (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: movetocambodia.com

Lina Goldberg created this travel blog to document her life and travels in Cammbodia. She provides meaningful captions on every photo she posts.

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SiemReap.net (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: siemreap.net

This blog can serve as your ultimate guide to exploring the beautiful town of Siem Reap, Cambodia — from places to eat, shop, and stay.

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Khmer Bird (Cambodia)

Travel Blog: khmerbird.com

Santel Phin is an IT guy by profession and a self-proclaimed cinephile. His blog is a good reference when traveling around Cambodia where he provides free travel guides.

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Blogger’s Tales (Thailand)

Travel Blog: bloggerstales.com

Blogger’s Tales is a travel blog specializing in Thailand travel.

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Malaysia Asia (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: malaysia-asia.my

David Hogan, Jr. has been travel blogging since 2007, the year where the first batch of travel bloggers emerged. He is also a bird watcher and scuba diver.

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Places and Foods (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: placesandfoods.com

Wilson Ng is a food and travel enthusiast based in Malaysia who has also been featured in NTV7 & Channel News Asia, Capital FM and Ai FM.

Kampung Boy City Gal (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: kampungboycitygal.com

Kampung Boy City Gal provides SME advisory services, urban farmer, and chef. Aside from travels, their blog also focuses on lifestyle and family life.

Vkeong.com (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: vkeong.com

Vkeong is a Programmer by profession and owns two dogs and a cat. He was also an ex-durian seller based in Malaysia and he mostly posts and blogs about food.

Velvet Escape (Malaysia)

Travel Blog: velvetescape.com

Keith Jerkin’s blog focuses on luxury travel and he is the CEO of iambassador. He is currently based in Amsterdam where he posts stunning photos on his Instagram feed. I also specifically like his interest in architecture and history.

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Sherlyn (Philippines)

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Travel Blog: www.sherlynmaehernandez.com

Sherlyn is a Lecturer of Southeast Asian Studies based in Manila and her Instagram feed is full of vibrant and colorful photos from her travels around Southeast Asia and beyond. She writes about Instagram-worthy spots, museums, and restaurant reviews.

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Discover Your Indonesia (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: discoveryourindonesia.com

This blog can serve as your ultimate guide to traveling around Indonesia where they post articles about different tourist desinations in the archipelago.

Pergi Dulu (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: pergidulu.com

Suan and Adam are Indonesian and Australian travel couple who blogs about their experiences from the 72 countries they have traveled to so far. They are also authors of 5 books and they offer private tours to tourists.

AnakJajan.com (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: anakjajan.com

Julia and Marius are award-winning travel bloggers in Indonesia where they won awards at InfluenceAsia 2017 and RCTISocMed Awards 2016. They also post vlogs on their YouTube channel.

Girl Eat World (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: girleatworld.net

Mel has been eating her way around the wold and the photos she posts of food with tourist spots as backgrounds really captured the inspiration of a lot of wanderlusts.

The Occasional Traveller (Indonesia)

Travel Blog: theoccasionaltraveller.com

Jaclynn Seah’s travel blog is always there to remind us that there is more to life than working, which is taking some time off to travel. She is currently based in Singapore.

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Travel Inspiration 360 (Singapore)

Travel Blog: travelinspiration360.com

Keith Yuen has been solo traveling to 105 countries (and counting!) and has been featured in so many media channels such as Mediacorp TV, Radio, Newspaper, European Union, and China Central TV, among others.

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I Wander (Singapore)

Travel Blog: iwandered.net

Based in Singapore, Bino Chua has been travel writing and some of his works was seen on Lonely Planet, BBC, Forbes, and more.

Traveler Folio (Singapore)

Travel Blog: travelerfolio.com

TravelerFolio has been posting a lot of travel photos and tips mostly from his home country, Singapore.

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There you have it! There is no better way travel stories in Southeast Asia could be told than by Southeast Asian travel bloggers themselves. i hope they were able to inspire you to see more of the Southeast Asia region and the whole world as well. Happy travels!

If you want to be included in the list, don’t hesitate to send me a DM at instagram.com/wheressherlyn. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Southeast Asia Travel Guides You Can Buy at Amazon.com

Southeast Asia is a very popular travel destination to travelers all over the world from all walks of life. Traveling around the region can be a little intimidating because of geographical challenges and language barriers. Moreover, despite being a popular travel destination, a lot of important information are still not available to travelers. I myself as a Southeast Asian citizen still find it hard to gather information about the places I’m going to as I plan my travels around Southeast Asia. Hence, a hardbound or electronic Southeast Asia travel book guide that you can buy online like at Amazon.com can serve as a big help because not all information are available over the internet.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL BOOK GUIDES: THE LIST

For the benefit of my readers and followers (I know most of you are based or frequently traveling around Southeast Asian region), I’ve compiled these list of books on Southeast Asia travel guide that you can purchase in Amazon.com. I’ve provided the links below the books for your convenience, and I actually purchased some of these books that’s why I recommend them.

1. Lonely Planet Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Travel Guide)

Southeast Asia Travel Book

We know for a fact that Lonely Planet produce the best travel guides about a lot of places! With “Southeast Asia”, they meant ALL Southeast Asian countries. I personally own a copy of this book and the information they provide is very comprehensive.

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2. Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Northern Thailand (Travel Guide)

Southeast Asia Travel Book

A very popular Southeast Asian route is the mainland or Indochina sub-region. Lonely Planet came up with this guide specific to exploring this part of the region. This guide provides insider tips that you can never find anywhere else.

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3. Insight Guides Southeast Asia (Travel Guide)

Southeast Asia Travel Book

Insight Guides provide us a lot of stunning photographs on their travel guides, so prepared to be inspired by a lot of stunning photographs all over Southeast Asian region with this guide. The cover photo which was taken in Bali, Indonesia is elegant!

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4. Southeast Asia: An Introductory History

Southeast Asia Travel Book

Milton Osborne made a version of Southeast Asian history that can be appreciated even by non-history buffs. Given the good reviews I read about this book, I can’t help but also purchase a copy of it. No regrets, I also was able to use it in the University whenever I handle courses on Southeast Asia. Awesome!

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5. The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia on a Budget (Travel Guide)

Southeast Asia Travel Book

This particular Rough Guide was able to provide tips on how to explore more of Southeast Asia with the lowest budget possible. This is going to be helpful to anyone planning their trips to Southeast Asia.

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6. Blood and Silk: Power and Conflict in Modern Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Travel Book

As a Lecturer of International Relations and Southeast Asian Studies, I find this book very interesting in terms of painting a picture on how Southeast Asian stats interact. Considering that we are a region with no Great Powers, we were able to thrive and make it as one of the best regions in the world and a primary economic hub. Even if you’re not into Southeast Asian history and politics, reading this book might make you appreciate why some Southeast Asian capital cities are progressive, or why some Southeast Asian countries remain to be the poorest ones internationally.

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7. Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction

Southeast Asia Travel Book

If you do not have the luxury of time to learn everything there is about Southeast Asian history, or if you simply want to have an overview of the region’s history, James Rush has summarized everything for you.

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8. A Traveller’s History of Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia Travel Book

This version of Southeast Asian history is specifically designed for travelers to the region coming from different backgrounds. While I am not sure why the authors did not include the Philippines and Myanmar, it’s still a fairly good Southeast Asia travel book guide.

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9. Southeast Asia – Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam: A Solo Girl’s Travel Guide

Southeast Asia Travel Book

Alexa West is one of the female travel bloggers that I really look up to. While I am not (yet) prepared to ditch my University Lecturing job to travel the world, I just express my admiration to women like her and be inspired to do the same in the future. I also want to write my own travel guides like her Southeast Asia travel book guide!

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10. Southeast Asia Phrasebook and Dictionary

Southeast Asia Travel Book

Whenever traveling around Southeast Asia, it does not hurt to learn a few words or phrases that can be useful when communicating to locals. Not every country in the region has English as their second language, and this Southeast Asia travel book language guide handpicked the most frequently used words in conversing with locals whenever traveling around the region.

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There you have it! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am wishing all of you a smooth trip around Southeast Asia with the help of these Southeast Asia travel book recommendations from Amazon. If you want to suggest some ideas on what I could write as a travel guide around the region, you may always send me an email at sherlynmaehernandez@gmail.com. Happy travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

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6 HALAL-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

Are you a Muslim traveler looking for halal-friendly hotels in Bangkok? Having a lot of foreign and local Muslim friends who traveled to Bangkok and found it hard to look for halal-friendly hotels around, I felt the need to help them and everyone in the community. With that, I compiled this list of 6 halal-friendly hotels in Bangkok, Thailand. I have indicated here the features that make them a halal-friendly hotel, their address, and booking links.

Note that the booking links take you to agoda.com website. This website (www.sherlynmaehernandez.com) is a certified Agoda affiliate, hence I will earn a small commission if you will book through the links I provided (which I use for the maintenance of this website), with absolutely no additional costs on your part. I would appreciate your support to this passion project.

So without further ado, here is the list you clicked here for! ๐Ÿ™‚

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AMARA BANGKOK HOTEL (4.5-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
Amara Bangkok Hotel

What makes Amara Bangkok Hotel a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • There are several halal restaurants nearby
  • There is a mosque nearby
  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There are no adult TV channels in its rooms
  • There is no discotheque
  • It is not part of any gambling resort

ADDRESS: 180/1 Surawong Road , Sipraya, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

THE PRESTIGE NANA (3-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
The Prestige Nana

What makes The Prestige Nana a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • There are several halal restaurants nearby
  • Prayer directions are marked inside its rooms
  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There are no adult TV channels in its rooms
  • There is no discotheque
  • It is not part of any gambling resort

ADDRESS: 8/5-6 Soi Sukhumvit 3 (Nana Nua) Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey-Nua Wattana,, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

ORIENTAL RESIDENCE BANGKOK (5-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
Oriental Residence Bangkok

What makes Oriental Residence Bangkok a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There is a mosque nearby
  • There are several halal restaurants nearby
  • There are no adult TV channels in its rooms
  • There is no discotheque
  • It is not part of any gambling resort

ADDRESS: 110 Wireless Road, Lumpini Patumwan, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

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NOUVO CITY HOTEL (4-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
Nouvo City Hotel

What makes Nouvo City Hotel a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • There is a halal restaurant right inside the hotel!
  • There are several halal restaurants nearby
  • Prayer directions are marked inside its rooms
  • They don’t serve alcohol
  • There is a mosque nearby
  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There are no adult TV channels in its rooms
  • There is no discotheque
  • It is not part of any gambling resort

ADDRESS: 2 Samsen 2, Samsen Road, Banglumphu, Pranakorn, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand

CITY LODGE BANGKOK (3-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
City Lodge Bangkok

What makes City Lodge Bangkok a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There is no discotheque

ADDRESS: Soi 9, Sukhumvit Road, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

WOODLANDS INN (2-star hotel)

Halal-friendly Hotels in Bangkok
Woodlands Inn

What makes Woodlands Inn a Halal-Friendly Hotel?

  • There are several halal restaurants nearby
  • Prayer directions are marked inside its rooms
  • The don’t serve alcohol
  • There is a mosque nearby
  • Its washrooms are water-friendly
  • There are no adult TV channels in its rooms
  • There is no discotheque
  • It is not part of any gambling resort

ADDRESS: 1158/5-7, Charoen Krung Soi-32, Thanon Charoen Krung, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand

HALAL-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BANGKOK, THAILAND: Your recommendations are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

I am happy that I was able to provide you halal-friendly hotels in Bangkok that came from different categories (cheap, mid-range, to luxury). You are, of course, very welcome to book them using the links I provided. So, I do hope you will have a comfortable travel to Bangkok, which is one of the most vibrant but cultural cities I have been to.

In the meantime, happy travels, and let me know if you happen to need some help along the way and I’ll try my best to accommodate them!

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SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #9: FLYING WITH LAO AIRLINES

Flying with Lao Airlines

For me, a chance to be able to visit Bangkok again meant taking the opportunity to visit nearby destinations I haven’t visited yet, especially the ones with no direct flights from Manila. Given that, I took the opportunity to visit Laos. Having a very limited time, it was hard for me to choose between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and between an overnight bus and a plane. A tough decision-making process led me to choose to fly to Vientiane via Lao Airlines. Well, I can always go back to visit Luang Prabang next time.

Flying with Lao Airlines
TOUCHDOWN, WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! There, I felt it once again! That particular heartbeat of excitement upon landing in a country for the first time! I have officially set foot in all ten ASEAN countries and it’s the awesomest feeling in the world!
Flying with Lao Airlines
SEE YOU LATER, VIENTIANE! I flew from Bangkok to Vientiane via Suvarnabhumi Airport. The Lao Airlines check-in counter is at the faaaaarmost right of the airport. I looooove the color and quality of the ticket of Lao Airlines! I’m more than excited to see a new country and my 10th ASEAN country yay! My return flight ticket is yellow green in color which is also very awesome!
Flying with Lao Airlines
LAO AIRLINES GROUND CREW AT SUVARNABHUMI AIRPORT. I will be aboard that small aircraft and the ground staff are getting the flight ready. So excited! The last time I flew with the same kind of aircraft (Legazpi to Manila and Manila to Coron), there were typhoons and those were scary flights. Hoping this flight will go smoothly since the sun is shining bright!
Flying with Lao Airlines
INSIDE THE AIRCRAFT. I love the wooden-ish finishing of the area leading to the cockpit. I am on a flight with some group of Thai tourists and they give a happy vibe inside our small plane. I did not feel alone that time. I was just not able to take a photo of the Cabin Crew uniform of the airlines, but they are very beautiful and elegant.
Flying with Lao Airlines
IN-FLIGHT SNACKS. Aside from the baggage allowance, the ticket cost of course comes with a complimentary meal. It’s just a one hour flight, so this is just perfect. I skipped coffee on a flight this time. The pastries are very good! (They better be, since they are a former French colony jk but seriously, French breads are one of the things I look forward in this trip.
Flying with Lao Airlines
IN-FLIGHT NEWSPAPER. If you know my background, I am a Politics and International Relations major and I am teaching Politics and Southeast Asian Studies, so printed newspapers are my thing. I kinda collect them (they are part of my souvenirs from trips abroad), so I’m keeping this after I read.
Flying with Lao Airlines
WAIT, WHAT? Upon reading the arrival area of the airport, there was some kind of a (happy) commotion. I think some actress or big personality is around, but I’m not gonna identify him/her most likely anyway, so I did not try to see what’s happening. Part of the welcome committee are these three. I kinda get what the message in the jacket is, but it’s composed very badly. She has a nice overall outfit, though! Love her culottes and heels!
Flying with Lao Airlines
AT WATTAY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ARRIVAL AREA. This small airport seemed busier than I thought. There are a lot of arrivals, and the airport staff are very busy providing assistance to the passengers. I was expecting a quaint little town for Vientiane, but I’m happy to see a little bit of a hustle by the locals. Welcome to Laos, indeed!

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Snapshots: Asia Photo Essay #8: GOOD MORNING, SOI NANA!

Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand

Thailand!!! Finally we meet again! It’s been a while since I visited Bangkok. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular place to visit in Southeast Asia (and loved by my friends from Western countries!). Not gonna lie, but Bangkok has a certain kind of charm sans the crazy traffic jam. How locals would greet you “Sawadee ka” is so calming and you will definitely feel their respect for you. Anyhoo, I was able to visit Thailand again, this time for an academic paper presentation at Srinakarinwirot University. I had a short but sweet 24 hours to explore the city before the big day, and taking another red eye flight did not stop me from doing so. I took a GrabBike to beat the notorious Bangkok traffic, and passing by Soi Nana on a GrabBike is such a beautiful experience because a lot of mixes of Thai and Chinese cultural heritage can be seen. Yes, I took all of these photos with my Samsung Galaxy S8 phone while on a GrabBike en route to a temple. Enjoy!

Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
GRAND CHINA HOTEL FACADE. Everywhere you look, you will see an evidence of the grand heritage of the Chinese culture in Bangkok. Grand China’s hotel facade is so elegant but I hope these electrical lines will be fixed sometime in the future to pave the way for a better view of the hotel’s facade.
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
A COLORFUL TUKTUK. Tuktuks are a common local public transportation in Thailand, and if you’re a tourist in Thailand, experiencing to ride a tuktuk is a must. It really defines the local culture of Thailand. Plus, who doesn’t love an open air strolling experience around the streets of Bangkok?
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
SHADES OF YELLOW. This photo could have been taken in a better composition, but since I am on a GrabBike, I can only do so much for this photo’s composition. I love how the shade of yellow of the building met with the taxi’s different shade of yellow.
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
SAWADEE KA, SOI NANA! Look at this!!! This was my favorite photo of Soi Nana because it looks so vintage-y! These LED signs resembles the ones in Hong Kong, and I would love to see this light up at night time next time!
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
AN ‘OCCUPIED’ PEDESTRIAN LANE. At some point in our (driving) lives, we have accidentally occupied a pedestrian lane on a red light. I don’t know about you, but photos like this just depict the real life and energy there is in a place.
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
BANGKOK STREET FOOD. I love love the Bangkok street food scene! And I don’t mean those touristy stalls along Khao San Road or something, but a random street food stall on any neighborhood or street would do! For one, the price is not touristy, and second, I believe it’s a more authentic experience to eat in a street food stall not built for tourists but for locals. Anthony Bourdain once mentioned that if you want to have an authentic foodie experience in a place, ask the locals about their favorite place to eat, not “Where should I eat?”.
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
THE THING ABOUT MOTORCYCLES IN BANGKOK. LIke in traffic-congested areas like Manila and Jakarta, you can win over the traffic jam in Bangkok by taking a motorcycle. When I say the traffic in Bangkok is crazy, believe me.
Soi Nana Bangkok Thailand
MEGA PLAZA MALL. Mega Plaza is one of the department stores in Chinatown area, and is located in a very vibrant neighborhood. I just love the post-processing I did for this photo because of the vintage-y colors.

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IHG Hotels in Thailand: 23 Sophisticated and Superb Choices

When traveling to Thailand, there are thousands of hotels to chose from, but what are IHG Hotels in Thailand? Read on to find out! (This article contains affiliate links)

I am a self-confessed budget traveler, but staying in business hotels or luxury hotels is sometimes an inevitable idea for me because some of my work-related activities require me to stay in the said category of hotels. Moreover, it is also in my #travelgoals to at least consider staying in these kinds of places every once in a while to take a break from hostels. Sometimes, a worthy vacation means splurging a little more money than you usually spend to treat yourself (or perhaps your loved ones as well) to stay in more expensive hotels.

In which case, my choice has always been any accommodation belonging to the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

InterContinental Hotels Group or IHG is a British brand that caters mostly to business travelers and luxury travelers all over the world. I am a self-confessed budget traveler, but from time to time I give myself a treat and stay in any IHG hotel in the city I am in. Locally (I am based in Manila, btw), my favorite is Holiday Inn Manila Galleria because of its location, and their buffet breakfast is something I still consider buffet breakfast I had on any hotel.

So, without further ado, whether you are a traveler loyal to IHG brands or you just want to treat yourself (hashtag self-love), here is a list of IHG hotels you can choose from all over Thailand.

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IHG HOTELS IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: InterContinental Bangkok

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS BANGKOK

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973 Phloen Chit Road, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park

CROWNE PLAZA BANGKOK LUMPINI PARK

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952 Rama 4, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Bangkok

HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK

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971 Phloen Chit Road, Pathum Wan, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom, Thailand

HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK SILOM

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981 Silom Road, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit

HOLIDAY INN BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT

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1 Sukhumvit 22, Klongton, Klongtoey, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SATHORN

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51 Soi Pipat, Silom, Bangrak, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand,

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SIAM

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889 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT 11

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30 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Klongtoey-Nua, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Soi Soonvijai

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BANGKOK SOI SOONVIJAI

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19 Soi Soonvijai, New Petchburi Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Ratchada, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Kimpton Maa-Lao Bangkok

KIMPTON MAA-LAI BANGKOK

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78 SOI TONSON LUMPINI PATHUMWAN BANGKOK, THAILAND, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road

HOTEL INDIGO BANGKOK WIRELESS ROAD

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81 Wireless Road, Lumpini,Pathumwan, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Staybridge Suites Bangkok Thonglor

STAYBRIDGE SUITES BANGKOK THONGLOR

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101 Soi Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor Road) Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand

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IHG HOTEL IN SIRACHA, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn & Suites Siracha Laemchabang

HOLIDAY INN & SUITES SIRACHA LAEMCHABANG

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12 Moo. 7, Sukhumvit Road Tam, Sri Racha, Chonburi, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN PATTAYA, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: InterContinental Pattaya Resort, Thailand

INTERCONTINENTAL PATTAYA RESORT

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437 PHRA TAMNAK ROAD, CHONBURI, Phra Tamnak Hill, Pattaya, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Pattaya

HOLIDAY INN PATTAYA

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463/68, 463/99 Moo 9 Pattaya Sai 1 Rd., Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya Beach Road, Pattaya, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Pattaya Central

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PATTAYA CENTRAL

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293/16 Moo 10 T. Nongprue, A. Banglamung, Chonburi, Central Pattaya, Pattaya, Thailand

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IHG HOTELS IN HUA HIN/CHA-AM, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: InterContinental Hua Hin Resort

INTERCONTINENTAL HUA HIN RESORT

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33/33 Petchkasem Road Prachuabkhirikhan, Hua Hin Beachfront, Hua Hin / Cha-am, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Resort Vana Nava Hua Hin

HOLIDAY INN RESORT VANA NAVA HUA HIN

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129-129 Petchkasem Road Non Gae Sub-district, Khao Takiab, Hua Hin / Cha-am, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Evason Hua Hin

EVASON HUA HIN

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9 Moo 5 Paknampran Beach, Pranburi, Hua Hin / Cha-am, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN KOH SAMUI, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Six Senses Samui

SIX SENSES SAMUI

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9/10 Moo 5 Baan Plailaem, Choengmon, Koh Samui, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: InterContinental Koh Samui Resort

INTERCONTINENTAL KOH SAMUI RESORT

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295, Moo 3, Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Thailand

IHG HOTEL IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Chiangmai Hotel

HOLIDAY INN CHIANGMAI HOTEL

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318/1 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road,T.Watekate, A.Muang, Charoenmueng, Chiang Mai, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN PHUKET

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: InterContinental Phuket Resort

INTERCONTINENTAL PHUKET RESORT

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333, 333/3, Moo 3, Kamala Sub-district, Kamala beach, Kamala, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Crowne Plaza Phuket Panwa Beach

CROWNE PLAZA PHUKET PANWA BEACH

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9/99 Moo 7,Sakdidech Rd,Vichit,, Panwa Cape, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Resort Phuket

HOLIDAY INN RESORT PHUKET

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52 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Kathu, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach

HOLIDAY INN RESORT PHUKET MAI KHAO BEACH

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81, Moo 3, Tumbol Mai Khao, Mai Khao, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong Beach Central

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PHUKET PATONG BEACH CENTRAL

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8 Hatpatong Patong Beach, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong, Thailand

HOTEL INDIGO PHUKET PATONG

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124 Rat U Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Phuket, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Six Senses Yao Noi

SIX SENSES YAO NOI

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56 Moo 5, Koh Yao Noi Sub-district, Koh Yao District, Phang-nga Province, Koh Yao Noi, Phuket, Thailand

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IHG HOTELS IN KRABI, THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: holiday Inn Resort Krabi Ao Nang Beach

HOLIDAY INN RESORT KRABI AO NANG BEACH

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123 Moo 3, Ao Nang Beach, Muang, Krabi, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Holiday Inn Express Krabi Ao Nang Beach

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KRABI AO NANG BEACH

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123/3 Moo 3 Ao Nang, Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

IHG HOTEL IN KOH PHI PHI THAILAND

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND:
Holiday Inn Resort Phi Phi Island

HOLIDAY INN RESORT PHI PHI ISLAND

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Lam Tong Beach, Laem Tong Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

IHG HOTELS IN THAILAND: Your recommendations are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

There you have it! But did I miss anything on this list? Let me know by either sliding a DM on my Instagram account or sending me an email. I can assure you that you will have the best time on any of the IHG hotel that you will check in because their services are superb. In the meantime, happy travels to Thailand!

One of the hotels I stayed when in Bangkok was The Journey Hotel Laksi, If hostels are your option, I listed some Instagrammable ones. Lastly, if you are a Muslim traveler, there are also halal-friendly hotels in Bangkok.

PASSION AND PAD THAI: Trying to Mix Business Travel and Vacation

This was my attempt to assess if my current professional circumstances can mix business trips with vacation. (I wish I can just travel for work! But can I?)

Every chance I get to go out of the office, whether it’s for an out-of-office task, a training/workshop, or a visit to another office, believe it or not, I consider them excursions. Being stuck sitting the whole day for five days a week sometimes get to my nerves. I know some people who are very good and comfortable with routines, but I’m not that kind of person (but of course, it doesn’t necessarily mean that routines are bad). If you’re gonna see the personality tests I took in the past, you would realize why constantly yearn for changes in scenery, why I am bored all the time, and why things seldom work out for me.

The truth is, I’m the kind of person you should not expect to be in the same place for a long period of time. I have always been a wanderer. My mind loves constant change and the quest to find something new and exciting. I know, I know, a lot of people have told me it’s not a healthy state of mind, but where I am right now is a result of that kind of mindset, and it this kind of life? Something I will never trade with anyone else. I’m completely okay with it.

I have handled several responsibilities when I worked with the Philippine government not-so-long ago, but all of those responsibilities have occasional travels and fieldwork, that’s for sure. My out-of-office tasks could be as simple as going to another part of Manila for a meeting, attending or organizing activities wherein we would live in a hotel for a week, or performing project monitoring activities, data gathering, and fieldwork. Sometimes in faraway places you never knew existed, sometimes in high risk areas where you have to be escorted by military personnel.

“Hey, it’s been a long time since I visited this city still inside Metro Manila. Perhaps after the meeting I could visit this coffee shop or eat at this restaurant.”

“A week of workshop and working beyond 5PM? No problem! I’m staying in a nice hotel, anyway! And the breakfast buffet was great!”

“Traveling all the way here and leading this project is so exhausting! Perhaps after today’s activities, I could call a massage service, or do a quick city tour, or catch-up with long distance friends based on this area.”

“Going to a conflict area? Challenge accepted! I am not certain if I will get this kind of chance to visit that place and meet people there in another occasion. I’m in!”

You see, this is how I treat any kind of work or task outside the office. A lot of people call me “lucky” to having the kind of job that sends me to places, but I’m sure they’re aware that it’s absolutely not for a vacation, right? But my mantra has always been to treat them like mini-breaks or vacations, and to tell you the truth, it’s not all fun. Not at all.

I remember asking one of my friends who does field work maybe 80 percent of the time and only stays in the office with the remaining 20 percent, “Do you still go on vacations? Like a REAL vacation?”

“No, it’s pointless. First, no kind of work ever gets done. Second, if you went missing for a few days to relax and take a break, going back to the office with a pile of backlogs only offsets your whole vacation.”

That kinda made me think. I had my moments when I would file leaves for my birthday or for some long holiday, and my supportive bosses would approve them. They were guilt-free, worthy vacations. However, when I go back, I have to catch up with everything I missed out during the time I was away, and it was stressful every single time. The feeling sucks and I kinda don’t wanna do it again.

That’s when it hit me: If traveling will be of a high priority to me and it is something I really, really want to do, then I need to have the type of job where I could travel. Sure, this government job has pinned so many new places to my travel map, but this is not the kind of travel I am looking for. I want some real travel and I want money at the same time. I’m not gonna lie, money is the first thing that will make every traveling possible, so I aspire for it as much as I aspire to travel.

After finishing my Master’s Degree a few years ago, I created this travel blog because I have a lot of stories to tell from my previous travels (which, btw, I really need to write soon before they totally vanish from my memory huhu!). Moreover, the whole time I was doing my graduate studies, my whole life only revolved around work, waiting for paydays, paying my tuition, and attending my classes, with occasional business travels in between. Now that graduate studies is (temporarily) out of the picture (I say ‘temporarily’ because I have an upcoming PhD studies to prepare for), I needed to fill the huge hole that it will leave.

I had a fierce and bold attempt at full-time travel blogging when I had my “F*ck it, I’m leaving!” moment with my government job. After blogging for only a year while still with my government job at the same time, I learned a lot, and I realized it’s not that simple. (I could talk about ALL the things you need to learn as a travel blogger in another post. For sure, it’s waaaaay more than just posting photos and writing articles.) I quit my government job and tried learning as many things as I could.

I was a newbie nobody travel blogger, I was able to land big and small projects which made me survive financially for a couple of months. But seeing that I still have a lot to learn and it’s still a long way to go, I went back to having a full-time job, again: this time, I went back to teaching. Teaching was actually the post-Masters grand plan (and not the full-time travel blogging thing), and given that the job is more travel-friendly and has a more flexible schedule compared to my previous government job, I went in.

I discussed my typical day as a travel blogger and a Professor at the same time in another post and mostly mentioned the upsides of the flexible schedule I have with this kind of job. The first few months into teaching, I saw the value of another platform: Instagram. I have been earning with Instagram way more than I was earning with my website alone, so I started abandoning this website for one f*cking year (MY BIGGEST MISTAKE, EVER).

The “Pad Thai Incident”: My Business Travel to Bangkok

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Can we mix business trips with vacation? For PAD THAI, YES!

One of the perks of being a research-oriented University Professor is being able to present your written works in academic activities all over the world, sometimes for free (because some organization might fund your trip or the university would do it). Being a research Professor is also like being a travel blogger — landing projects, negotiating with client organizations, and producing outputs in exchange for sponsored trips. Already excited with being a Professor now?

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Can we mix business trips with vacation?

But let me tell you what you have to do before landing those kinds of precious perks.

This Bangkok conference I attended, for instance, started with a ‘Call for Papers’ which you have to submit a 300-word-ish research abstract (in other words, you are pitching something you will present before the international academic community of your discipline. In my case, I proposed a research paper exploring the factors fueling the terrorist activities in Southeast Asia (by the way, in case you’re new here, I am an International Relations Professor who intends to specialize in Southeast Asia and terrorism. Here’s my LinkedIn account to prove it). Hashtag: LEGIT.

Then. you have to produce a plagiarism-free, grammar-checked, academically-written paper of a minimum of 6000 words. In order to produce that, you need to go camping inside the library. No, I’m kidding haha, but before finishing this paper, I would be the last person to leave the office at 9 or 10-ish (PM!) or the library around the same time. Or sometimes you would find me in 24-hour coffee shops at wee hours in the morning. Those things, ON TOP OF MY 5 CLASSES PER WEEK.

I could say, it was all worth it. I was happy with my paper, and I am excited to present it to esteemed and popular Professors, which, if they criticize my paper, I will be happy instead of being sensitive about it, because it’s them guiding young Professors like me (this, guys, the mindset of winners!). Plus, my trip was fully-funded by an international NGO! I literally don’t have to spend a dime for this trip (I mean, work). Bangkok, here I come!

“Why don’t we make it x days? The conference is for x days, but you take the earliest flight to Bangkok the day before it and depart with the latest flight the day after it?” This was the reply of the Country Manager of the organization sponsoring my trip.

Anyone who will read this kind of email reply will instantly think about doing temple runs, rummaging around for the best pad thai or mango sticky rice, or looking for a massage service near my hotel. And naturally, since they have given me two free days (free, I mean time-wise, I was the one who paid for the expenses beyond the scope of the conference, like side trips), I thought exactly of planning side trips. No, I did more than that. I flew to Vientiane for a quick day tour, using my own money, where I cried on the plane going back to Bangkok.

Touchdown, Bangkok!

It’s not my first time in Bangkok, but I never had the chance to go around like how I did for this more recent trip (because my main destination then was Siem Reap). I did not have time to visit the temples then, so for my first day in Bangkok, I went temple-hopping. BUT, since I am there for work, I have to go back before dark because I have to prepare my corporate attire, finalize my slides, and rehearse my presentation for the actual purpose of my trip: the conference.

As I was going temple-hopping, I realized everyone was right about Bangkok (or Thailand in general) could be the most visited Southeast Asian destination, especially by Westerners. People are everywhere — your typical big group of Chinese tourists, families on a trip, couples on a trip, solo travelers, Western backpackers, Instagrammers, there’s just a lot of people everywhere. But to be fair, people in Bangkok are very calm and respectful. I met some locals who struggle to communicate in English, but you would really feel their desire to connect with you.

The Grand Palace is something I missed in my previous Bangkok travel because I failed to plan that trip properly. When I went to visit the Palace, it as closed around lunchtime but will reopen in 2 hours. There’s just an important event involving His Majesty. I was wearing my usual white button down shirt which I love wearing to work which I repurposed to match with my tan maxi skirt and white sneakers. I walked all the way from Wat Pho to the Palace entrance (which was far, btw, but my “always ready to have some exercise” body accepted the challenge). But I would stop for some fresh, overpriced coconut juice along the way.

As I was waiting for the reopening of the palace, it started to rain. I had to go to a nearby establishment to kill time. You know where I (always) went? Starbucks.

But there’s a fancy-looking Thai restaurant beside that Starbucks in the Bangkok Riverside I was in. But there’s no way my haggard ass will get in there. I have been spending the morning moving from one temple to another in a scorching heat and riding GrabBikes to move around. But no, I freshened up in a public washroom (which, btw, I observed that Thai people queue up in public places very orderly. Respect.) and went in.

My Pad Thai is legit and don’t you dare argue with me

I ordered some Thai food in the menu that I could consume, playing blind with the expensive prices at the side. At that point, I was tired, it’s gonna be my first legit Thai meal in Thailand, and I’m gonna splurge on it. I ordered pad thai, mango sticky rice, and Thai iced tea.

No, it’s not the legit Thai food you could eat in the floating market or the streets, but boy, I’m eating it in freaking Thailand so don’t argue with me when I say it’s legit. Plus, it was one of the most valuable expenses I spent on any trip.

It was one of the best meals I had. I’m not exaggerating. I could even recommend you the place.

When I billed out, the staff asked me if I have a Facebook account because he would request me to review the place. It took me him a few repeats for me to understand the word ‘Facebook’ because his accent was a little hard to understand. When I confirmed, he handed me a QR code and when scanned it, it directs you to their TripAdvisor page *scratches head* (Kuya (brother), I thought you’re asking for Facebook?)

Upon going back to my hotel, I had to accomplish all the real to-do list I brought. It also means that I have to wake up very early and forget about all my travel fantasies and focus on attending the event in the next couple of days. The mindset-switching involved in a business trip slash vacation is mentally exhausting. It has its downsides.

As much as I want to wake up as late as I can when I will have enough time to go to the University for the event, I have to wake up as early as 5AM to rehearse my presentation, again. Take note, I am a young, inexperienced Professor who will be presenting in a room full of experts and notable people in the field of International Relations worldwide, so I cannot screw this up. That presentation should attract other scholars with the same research interests for possible collaborations in the future. (But at the back of my mind, I am also obsessed about the content I want to produce for my blog and Instagram).

Mixing business trip with vacation (or maybe mixing two kinds of jobs in one trip), if not planned very, very carefully, will ruin your whole trip. I have a very active spontaneous side when it comes to traveling, but even if you’re spontaneous, an enormous amount of planning is still necessary, especially for complicated or multi-category trips like this.

Can we really mix business trips with vacation?

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Can we mix business trips with vacation? SANA ALL!

YES. I’ve done it a long time, and it’s totally doable. However it depends on the kind of work you’re expected to perform in that business trip, and how much time you can allocate for non-work stuff. There’s just ONE BIG TAKEAWAY from this trip: PLANNING. You need to plan things out. I am a huge advocate for planning everything and every aspect of your life. In the meantime, we could talk about planning in a different post.

Can you mix business trips with vacation? Your thoughts are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚

I see, you’ve reached this far. After all, what’s travel without some drama, anyway?

10 INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN BANGKOK
INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN BANGKOK: Apartment45 Hostel

As a traveler coming from Asia, I have been hearing from my fellow travelers from Western countries that Southeast Asia is a very affordable destination to do backpacking, and I must say, I feel #blessed for coming from this beautiful region. I have visited all Southeast Asian states, and per my observation, Bangkok is one of the most popular cities among backpackers.

Budget traveling encourages us to stay in hostels which we only had to pay for as low as USD5 per night to have a comfortable bunk bed, a nice place to socialize with fellow travelers, and possibly to snap that beautiful photo to be posted on your Instagram accounts and other social media accounts featuring the beautiful interior design of the hostels. Yes, I will repeat, all for as low as USD5 per night.

I have been to Bangkok several times, and I must say, there are countless Instagrammable hotels and hostels to choose from! I make it a point to stay in another hotel or hostel whenever I have the chance to travel back to Bangkok so that I can try the best of the best.

But before anything else, you can check other best hostel recommendations in other countries/cities:

Moreover, you can watch this simple vlog I made from the street video clips I collected from one of my previous Bangkok trips:

So without further ado, here are some Instagrammable hostels in Bangkok that I recommend you to stay! You are welcome to book any of these through the links I provide via Agoda.com. I am a verified Agoda affiliate (hence the links are legit, promise!) where I earn commissions from your bookings with no additional costs on your part, at all (sometimes you will even get discounted deals from my links)! ๐Ÿ™‚

KINNON DELUXE HOSTEL COWORKING CAFE

ADDRESS: 39/22-24 SILOM SOI6 SILOM ROAD BANGRAK We accept the age 18-45 years old only, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand

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DARAYA HOSTEL

ADDRESS: 374/234 Soi Phetchaburi 12 Phetchaburi Rd., Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

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SIAM ECO HOSTEL

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3TOwRMllNz/

ADDRESS: 486/106-107 Petchaburi Road, Thanon Petchaburi, Ratchathewi,, Siam, Bangkok, Thailand

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TINY TALADNOI HOSTEL

ADDRESS: 80 – 82 Yotha Road, Talat noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand

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HOSTEL URBY

ADDRESS: 1222/1 Songward Road, Chakrawud, Sumphantawong, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand

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BANGKOK SANOOKDEE HOSTEL

ADDRESS: 319 Thanon Krung Thon Buri, Thonburi, Bangkok, Thailand

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GOOD DAY HOSTEL

ADDRESS: 1/13 Soi Petchburi 15, Petchburi Rd., Ratchathewi, , Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand

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LOBSUEK HOSTEL

ADDRESS: 141 Prachathipatai Road, Ban Phan Thom, Phra Nakhon, Khaosan, Bangkok, Thailand

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APARTMENT45 HOSTEL

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuZBFgBjSY6/

ADDRESS: 45/2 Soi Saphan Khu, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

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ZHELTER’BKK

ADDRESS: Charoen Krung Road 64 Soi Charoen Krung 42/1 Wat Suan Phlu Bangrak, Bangkok Riverside, Bangkok, Thailand

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There you have it! These hostels do not only provide basic but comfortable places to sleep, but also corners to snap that Instagrammable shot to be shared to your social media followers! A vacation does not only involve seeing different spots in a place, but also having a wonderful experience in the place that you checked in, whether it is a hotel or a hostel.

INSTAGRAMMABLE HOSTELS IN BANGKOK: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME! ๐Ÿ™‚

Do you think there are other Instagrammable hostels in Bangkok that I missed including on this list? I know there are a lot of Instagrammable hostels in Bangkok, but letโ€™s see if we could include more on this list. If so, please feel free to slide me a DM on my Instagram account @wheressherlyn. In the meantime, I hope you have a safe and Instagrammable travel experience in Bangkok, and if ever, let me know if you happen to pass by or stay in Manila! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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FREE INSTAGRAM STORY TEMPLATE: SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL BUCKET LIST

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

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (visa-free for 14 days)

Omar Ali Saiffudien Mosque Brunei
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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO TRAVEL PLUG ADAPTERS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Travel Plug Adapters in Southeast Asia: A Practical Guide

(Keep on reading to be informed about what Southeast Asia travel adapter suits your travel needs.)

Traveling to another country could be a pain if you forget to consider the electrical plugs that your country of destination uses, especially if it is different from the electrical plugs you use in your home country. Some hotels have universal electrical plugs, but what if you went somewhere with no such plugs? That is when you will need a travel adapter and I found learning about these things practical and useful since I’ve been traveling around Southeast Asia for a couple of years now. This is why I came up with this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide to also help other travelers out there.

When I went to Singapore this year, I forgot to bring my travel adapter, and the hotel I stayed did not have a universal electrical plug. I asked the receptionist if I could borrow one. However because of language barrier, he kept on insisting that there is an electrical plug available at my room and he’s not aware that my gadgets have a totally different type of electrical plug required despite showing him the actual cables. I ended up buying an adapter in a convenience store which cost me SGD8.

Another instance I had was when I went to Indonesia for a couple of days where I had to stay in different hotels as I move from one city/town to another. Some hotels I stayed only had the Type C electrical plug. As a result, I had to connect my phone to the USB outlet of the television and let it charge while I sleep.

These are some of the possible reasons why, my friends, you will definitely need this Southeast Asia travel adapter guide.

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

I’m sure you don’t want to experience these inconveniences during your trips abroad. Since I am traveling around Southeast Asia the most frequent and most of my readers also do, I compiled this practical guide to Southeast Asia travel adapter guide:

TRAVEL ADAPTER BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Brunei
Travel Plug Adapter Brunei

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Brunei Darussalam.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA

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Travel Adapter Cambodia

TRAVEL ADAPTER CAMBODIA. You need to have either Type A, C, or G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Cambodia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA

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Travel Adapter Indonesia

TRAVEL ADAPTER INDONESIA. You need to have either Type C or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Indonesia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER LAOS

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Laos
Travel Plug Adapter Laos

You need to have either Type A, B, C, E, or F Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Laos.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MALAYSIA

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia
Travel Plug Adapter Malaysia

You need to have a Type G Travel Plug Adapter when traveling to Malaysia.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Myanmar
Travel Adapter Myanmar

TRAVEL ADAPTER MYANMAR. Surprisingly, Myanmar uses a variety of electrical plugs: Types A, C, D, G, and I. You have to prepare these travel plug adapters when going to Myanmar.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER PHILIPPINES

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Philippines
Travel Plug Adapter Philippines

The Philippines uses Types A,B, and C electrical plugs, but Type A is the most commonly-used type. To be sure, you can consider bringing all 3 types.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER SINGAPORE

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Singapore
Travel Plug Adapter Singapore

Like Brunei and Malaysia, Singapore uses Type G electrical plugs, hence be prepared to bring the same travel plug adapter to avoid the hassle I just shared you earlier.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER THAILAND

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Thailand
Travel Plug Adapter Thailand

Like the Philippines, Thailand also uses Types A, B, and C electrical plugs. In addition to that, Thailand also uses a special Type O electrical plug:

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Thailand Type O Adapter
Type O Travel Plug Adapter used in Thailand

Be sure to prepare these types of travel plug adapters when traveling to Thailand.

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TRAVEL ADAPTER VIETNAM

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam
Travel Plug Adapter Vietnam

Vietnam’s electrical plugs are similar to the Philippines and Thailand: Types A, B, and C.

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The Southeast Asia travel adapter variety can be intimidating, but it does not hurt to prepare all travel adapters for the types of electrical plugs in the Southeast Asian countries you will visit. After all, you want your travel to be hassle-free. Happy travels!

SOUTHEAST ASIA TRAVEL ADAPTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What plugs are used in Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asian countries use different plugs, so it is best to either learn what specific plugs each country uses, or bring your own universal travel adapter when packing for your trip.

What plugs are used in Vietnam and Cambodia?

Vietnam used Types A, B, and C plugs while Cambodia uses Types A, C, and G plugs.

What travel adapter is needed for Thailand?

Thailand uses Types A, B, and C plugs (similar to the Philippines and Vietnam). In addition, some parts of Thailand also uses a special Type O plug.

What plug adapter do I need for Cambodia?

For Cambodia, you will need either Type A, C, or G plugs, depending on what the specific place/establishment uses.

(Most of the information from this blog are collected with the help of information from ASEAN website: www.asean.org)

Flying Around Southeast Asia: Direct Flights From Brunei Darussalam

Direct flights to Southeast Asia may have been limited before, but more routes have been opening to so many destinations connecting the East and the West every now and then. Flights to Brunei Darussalam, for instance, are increasing, hence Bruneians and other travelers have more options on where to go next. Brunei has direct flights to six (6) Southeast Asian countries. As part of my passion project to help travelers have a seamless navigation experience around Southeast Asia, I am writing a series of flight guides to help you have the best travel experience in this beautiful region of the world. The first of this series is this comprehensive article guide about direct flights from Brunei Darussalam.

DIRECT FLIGHTS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA: FLIGHTS TO BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

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Are you currently in Brunei and planning your next Southeast Asian destination? But wait, I do hope you were able to visit this beautiful places during your stay in Brunei:

Places to visit in Brunei Darussalam:

Omar Ali Saiffudin Mosque

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Jame ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

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Kampong Ayer

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Where to stay in Brunei Darussalam: