A (Photo) Walk Around the Block: Little India Singapore

I had a very interesting photo walk at Little India Singapore and here are my thoughts.

A layover at Singapore is something I always look forward to in specific trips because I always love visiting Singapore with every chance I get. My trip to Myanmar with Singapore Airlines came with an overnight layover in Singapore since there are no direct flights from Manila to anywhere in Myanmar.

But anyway, I talked about my layover in Singapore experience in another blog, but here I just want to reflect on my first encounter at Singapore’s Little India.

WELCOME TO THE COLORFUL WORLD OF LITTLE INDIA SINGAPORE

Being the most stingy traveler that I am back when I was a broke government employee slash graduate student, I typed “Singapore Little India” at agoda.com and sorted the results from the cheapest to the most expensive, and booked the cheapest hotel, no questions asked. I scored an obviously not-so-fancy hotel along Serangoon Road.

I can say the location was a little jackpot because it made all my navigation throughout the Little India Singapore area very convenient because it’s close to almost every major street art and tourist sites. I woke up very, very early because I always want to enjoy walking around in peace and take clear landscape and shots of everything without all the people at the background.

Little India Singapore
SEE ALSO: Snapshots from one of my breakfast experiences at a hawker centre in Singapore (click the photo to view)

I went to visit the small mall in front of my hotel and waited for it to open so that I can have some currencies exchanged, in case I will come across something interesting to buy or to eat, or in case I need to take some transportation while going around.

I started walking around Little India Singapore and I can’t help but notice how having such vibrant colors in their houses and establishments are naturally part of their culture. I love colorful things. Color makes me feel alive. I feel happy seeing colorful things.

Without any plan in mind, I went around. I saw closed shops. I saw a few people already grinding before sunrise. I saw people cleaning the streets. I saw people going to temples to pray.

I was listening to Mark Manson’s podcast because I love his books and his online content, but when he said that Singapore is all about infrastructure and no culture (he called the country ‘soulless!), I WAS FURIOUS. The island of Singapore is so small and yet obviously he has not been around.

Singapore is full of culture. Singapore has a very rich history. I will always be willing to bet my life in defending the idea that Singapore has a lot to offer, more than the glitz and glamor of Marina Bay Sands, the very futuristic Jewel Changi Airport, and the very efficient train system. I have been to Singapore countless times, and I am already past the phase of romanticizing every part of it because I’ve seen many parts of it. Sure, it’s still not perfect just like any other countries in the world, but if given a chance, I would want to live here, experience more of Singapore, and get to know it better.

Perhaps I should write more about Singapore and the things that other people failed to observe. Perhaps Little India Singapore and other unseen parts of Singapore need more appreciation. I have big dreams to document all my travels in this website for the world to see, but for some reason I don’t understand why I find it hard to gather some inspiration. I’ll try my best, I promise

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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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For more travel articles about Thailand, click on the banner below:

Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers

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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Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers

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.

For more travel articles about Indonesia, click on the banner below:

Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers

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.

For more travel articles about Singapore, click on the banner below:

Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers

Southeast Asia Travel Bloggers: Any Recommendations?

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. 🙂

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! 🙂 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! 🙂

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SNAPSHOTS: Asia Photo Essay #6: BREAKFAST AT SINGAPORE

We meet again, Singapore! I was so happy to have a chance to visit Singapore again, this time not as a tourist but an academic presenter at a conference in Nanyang Technological University. My prior trips to Singapore consists of quick layovers and visits to specific areas, such as Little India and Chinatown. Singapore could be that small if you are a traveler intending to visit the usual tourist spots in Singapore. Also, some people see Singapore as nothing but a typical urban jungle. But behold, Singapore is more than that! And since I got an ample time to go around Singapore this time, I did a proper research. There’s just a lot Singapore could offer to a solo traveler like me –from museums to hawker centres to historical sites and artsy colorful places to modern structures. Yes, Singapore is more than Marina Bay Sands and the Merlion. This time I fell in love with Singapore and I want to actually experience living here. Keep on scrolling to see a snippet of my time in Singapore.

Breakfast at Singapore
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! I literally have zero sleep this particular day because I took a red-eye flight from Manila to Singapore, but a morning walk, a good local breakfast, and a cup of coffee will already do to energize me for the day. After all, I don’t have enough time to rest because I need to attend the conference at 9AM. I took a walk at the neighborhood as I enjoy the sights and sounds of Singapore.
Breakfast at Singapore
THE ECONOMIST MAGAZINES AT 7-ELEVEN SINGAPORE. I walked inside a 7-Eleven store to buy some bottled water, and to my surprise, I saw that this 7-Eleven store is selling The Economist magazines! I’m not really sure, but in the 7-Eleven stores in Philippines, you will only find men’s magazine, teen magazine, and broadsheets, of course. Can we sell magazines like this so that the population can have more (senseful) options to read?
Breakfast at Singapore
NORTH BRIDGE ROAD MARKET AND FOOD CENTRE. I love local markets and I love watching the morning hustle of the people in places I visit. Upon doing a simple Google search on the nearest hawker centre near me, the results led me to this very busy hawker centre along North Bridge Road. Just like any other hawker centres in Singapore, there’s just a lot to choose from and most of them offer some local food. It took me two full rounds of scanning all the stalls to finally decide what to eat for breakfast.
Breakfast at Singapore
NASI LEMAK STALL. This stall was the winner for that day! I saw the label ‘nasi lemak’ which is a personal favorite of mine so I finally decided to order food from the stall. I had a very minimal trouble communicating because there was a lot of side dish to choose from.
Breakfast at Singapore
HAWKER CENTRE STAFF CLEANING TABLES. It is always a “clean as you go” policy in hawker centres in Singapore, but you can either not expect everyone to do it, or there might be more leftovers on the table after customers leave, that’s why there were people going around to clean the tables for the next customers.
Breakfast at Singapore
MY BREAKFAST: NASI LEMAK. I have of course tried Nasi Lemak in Malaysia and Brunei, but this Nasi Lemak (and all the succeeding nasi lemak I ate after this) are just different. But basically, nasi lemak is a rice meal with chicken, typically with sambal sauce. Different stores have just customized their nasi lemak. But for this one I ate, it has some bitter gourd with scrambled eggs and some pancit on the side. Yum!
Breakfast at Singapore
MORNING COFFEE AT THE HANGAR. I just can’t decide whether or not to get coffee at the hawker centre but I ended up leaving the hawker centre and walk back to the area near my hostel to see if there are open coffee shops already. A quick Google search led me to The Hangar, a Melbourne-style hipster coffee shop at Arab Street. I ordered some coffee and sat there as I kill time before I take the train for the conference opening at NTU.
Breakfast at Singapore
A BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK FEATURING SINGAPORE’S COLORFUL SPOTS. Paintings like this that says something about the place and super colorful enough for my aesthetic always capture my heart. If only I can buy this and take it home, I would. Restaurants all over the world, please feature more local artworks from local artists, please!

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) in Singapore: 12 Superb Choices

When traveling to Singapore, there are thousands of hotels to chose from, but what hotels are IHG in Singapore? 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).

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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 Singapore.

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Six Senses Maxwell, Singapore

SIX SENSES MAXWELL

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 2 Cook Street, CBD, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Six Senses Duxton Singapore

SIX SENSES DUXTON SINGAPORE

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 83 Duxton Road, Chinatown, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? InterContinental Singapore

INTERCONTINENTAL SINGAPORE

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 80 Middle Road , Bugis, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? InterContinental Hotels Singapore Robertson Quay

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS SINGAPORE ROBERTSON QUAY

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 1 Nanson Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

CROWNE PLAZA CHANGI AIRPORT

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 75 Airport Boulevard (Terminal 3), Changi, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre

HOLIDAY INN SINGAPORE ORCHARD CITY CENTRE

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 11 Cavenagh Road, Orchard, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium

HOLIDAY INN SINGAPORE ATRIUM

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 317 Outram Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SINGAPORE ORCHARD ROAD

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 20 Bideford Road, Orchard, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Holiday Inn Express Singapore Serangoon

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SINGAPORE SERANGOON

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 270 Jalan Besar, Kallang, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SINGAPORE CLARKE QUAY

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 2 Magazine Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Regent Singapore

REGENT SINGAPORE

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: One Cuscaden Road, Orchard, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE
WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong

HOTEL INDIGO SINGAPORE KATONG

Check availability, rates, and reviews at Agoda.com

ADDRESS: 86 East Coast Road Katong Square, East Coast, Singapore, Singapore

WHAT HOTELS ARE IHG IN SINGAPORE? Your recommendations are welcome! 🙂

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 Singapore!

4 TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG, SINGAPORE, COMPARED: A Basic Review

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TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG SINGAPORE: Urban Hostel

Singapore is a very popular layover city (which is everyone’s favorite because of the beauty of Changi Airport!) and a perfect tourist destination in itself. But, have you heard of anyone going to Singapore who will choose to stay in Geylang, a.k.a. Singapore’s Red Light District? I bet not. However, I am here to tell you to give this area a chance because Singapore is working on ‘cleansing’ Geylang from this particular reputation. Moreover, Geylang is where the oldest Malay Settlement is located, and it is a gastronomic hotspot in Singapore.

Locals say real estate properties here are cheaper compared to the rest of the state. The rise of top hostels in Geylang Singapore is also observed because of that. The Red Light District aspect of Singapore (which is formerly based in Bugis, btw!) was immortalized by the movie Saint Jack (1979). I have embedded the trailer here for your reference.

I have compiled here my other travel articles about Singapore which you can check out by clicking on each item below:

So, are you looking for top hostels in Geylang Singapore, like, right now?

Are you planning a backpacking trip or perhaps you are a solo traveler to Geylang, Singapore? I saw you just Googled “top hostels in Geylang Singapore”! Kidding! But I’m sure you are looking for a hostel to stay at this point in time. Well, the good news is, I did the research for you and picked the top hostels in Geylang Singapore that you could choose from! I extracted the basic and essential information for you, and I even compared them side by side! So are you ready to choose your hostel in Geylang, Singapore? Let’s go!

TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG SINGAPORE: SHERLYN’S CRITERIA

Personally, whenever I would visit another city and look for hostels, I usually use the following criteria:

  • LOCATION AND DISTANCE FROM LANDMARKS: As a backpacker/solo traveler on a budget, I would choose a hostel that is in a good location because I want to explore the cities by foot as much as possible and have access to basic establishments, such as convenience stores, public transportation, and such.
  • DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT: Factors such as time of our flights are important to consider choosing a place to stay vis-a-vis their distance from the airport. Some of us are staying in hostels for a layover and some of us just want to make sure we do not miss our next flights. Also, if we fly in or out at wee hours, public transportation is possibly not available and taxi is our only option, which can be more expensive depending on the distance of out hostels.
  • WI-FI CONNECTON: Most of us need an internet connection to do research about places to go and eat and things to do, or update out social media accounts with details from our travels, or connect with our loved ones. Whatever our purposes are, having a wi-fi connection at our hostels is a big factor.
  • FREE BREAKFAST: I am a morning person and I need to have breakfast, so this factor personally matters to me. I believe other budget travelers also consider getting their tummies full with a complimentary hostel breakfast before going out to explore the city.
  • RESTAURANT/COFFEE SHOP/BAR INSIDE THE HOSTEL: Some of us just wants to have access to these facilities at the comfort of being inside the premises of our hostels (especially after a long day of exploring!).
  • FREE BOTTLED WATER: A hydro homie here! This may not be popular in hostels, but most hostels have water dispensers provided but you have to bring your own bottle.
  • TOILETRIES: This is a deciding factor to me since as much as possible I don’t want to experience the hassle of bringing in liquids inside my carry-on luggage (only to get confiscated at the airport! Ouch!), so if basic toiletries are available at the hostel, I might only bring what I really need.
  • WASHING MACHINE/LAUNDROMAT: Light packers usually bring enough set of clothes, but any type of packer might run out of clean clothes to wear. Hence, it is a big deal for me personally if the hostel has a laundromat or a washing machine.
  • ACTIVITIES: Hostels are also places for socialization with other travelers, right? I am an introvert, but if I ran out of things to do or if I feel like socializing or maybe do something inside the hostel, this criteria matters.
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Some hostels offer free airport transfer and we all should maximize this! However if I indicated a ‘yes’ answer for the airport transfer criteria here, please check with the hostel first if it is free or not.

TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG SINGAPORE

So, without further ado, let’s proceed to reviewing and comparing the hostels picked!

CAPSULEPOD@ALJUNIED

LOCATION

76A Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 12.5 km from Singapore Changi Airport
  • 33.5 km from Hang Nadim Airport Indonesia
  • 110 m from Aljunied MRT Station
  • 950 m from Paya Lebar MRT Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

  • Sri Krishna Mandir – 260 m
  • Sri Shivan Temple – 600 m
  • Singapore Flyer – 3.76 km
  • Cloud Forest – 4.19 km
  • Gardens by the Bay – 4.23 km

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineNo
ActivitiesNo
Airport TransferNo
top hostels in geylang singapore

LODGE 41

LOCATION

41 lorong 16 geylang, Geylang, Singapore

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 13.1 km from Singapore Changi Airport
  • 33.5 km from Hang Nadim Airport Indonesia
  • 640 m from Mountbatten MRT Station
  • 650 m from Aljunied MRT Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

  • Geylang Serai – 320 m
  • Hideout – 490 m
  • Singapore Flyer – 3.06 km
  • Cloud Forest – 3.5 km
  • Gardens by the Bay – 3.55 km

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeNo
BarNo
KitchenNo
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesGame Room, Library
Airport TransferNo
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INN@SG

LOCATION

76A Lorong 27 Geylang (Next to Aljunied MRT Station), Geylang, Singapore

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 12.5 km from Singapore Changi Airport
  • 33.5 km from Hang Nadim Airport Indonesia
  • 120 m from Aljunied MRT Station
  • 940 m from Paya Lebar MRT Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

  • Sri Krishna Mandir – 270 m
  • Sri Shivan Temple – 600 m
  • Singapore Flyer – 3.76 km
  • Cloud Forest – 4.2 km
  • Gardens by the Bay – 4.23 km

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeYes
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineYes
ActivitiesNo
Airport TransferNo
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URBAN HOSTEL

LOCATION

67B/69B Lorong 27 Geylang, Geylang, Singapore,

DISTANCE FROM THE AIRPORT AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • 12.6 km from Singapore Changi Airport
  • 33.4 km from Hang Nadim Airport Indonesia
  • 120 m from Aljunied MRT Station
  • 940 m from Paya Lebar MRT Station

NEARBY LANDMARKS

  • Sri Krishna Mandir – 210 m
  • Hideout – 540 m
  • Singapore Flyer – 3.59 km
  • Cloud Forest – 4.01 km
  • Gardens by the Bay – 4.04 km

FACILITIES

Wi-Fi ConnectionYes
Free BreakfastNo
CafeYes (and it’s halal!)
BarNo
KitchenYes
Free Bottled WaterNo
ToiletriesNo
Washing MachineNo
ActivitiesNo
Airport TransferNo
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TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG SINGAPORE: COMPARISON

CapsulePod@AljuniedLodge 41Inn@SGUrban Hostel
Wi-FiYesYesYesYes
Free BreakfastNo No NoNo
CafeNo NoYesYes (and it’s halal!)
BarNo No NoNo
KitchenYes NoYesYes
Free Bottled WaterNo No No No
Toiletries No NoNo No
Washing Machine NoYesYes No
Activities NoGame Room, Library No No
Airport Transfer NoNo No No

TOP HOSTELS IN GEYLANG SINGAPORE: YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ARE WELCOME!

There you have it! I hope you were able to decide by now and book your corresponding chosen hostel in Geylang, Singapore, based on the criteria I picked. Btw, if you think other criteria needs to be included in this list, or if you want me to add more hostels to compare, please let me know! 🙂 Happy travels to Geylang, Singapore and please share me your experiences with your chosen hostel from this list!

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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).

Singapore Layover: Lau Pa Sat
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.

Singapore Layover: Little India
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)

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! 🙂

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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

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Cambodia
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

Southeast Asia Travel Adapter: Travel Plug Adapter Indonesia
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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ALSO READ: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO 23 INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SPOTS IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

Where to stay in Brunei Darussalam:

So thank you, next! Where to? Did you know that you can actually directly fly to six (6) Southeast Asian countries from Brunei?

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: A COMPLETE GUIDE

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DENPASAR (DPS)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-DPS): 2 hours and 20 minutes

Airline that has direct flight from Brunei to Denpasar:
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Places To Visit in Denpasar:

Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Park

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Bali Museum

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Goa Gajah Temple

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Where to stay in Denpasar:

JAKARTA (CGK)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-JKT): 2 hours and 20 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Jakarta:
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Places to visit in Jakarta:

National Gallery of Indonesia

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Wayang Museum

Museum Bank Indonesia

Where to stay in Jakarta:

SURABAYA (SUB)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SUB): 2 hours and 10 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Surabaya:
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Places to visit in Surabaya:

Hotel Majapahit

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Heroes Monument

House of Sampoerna

Where to stay in Surabaya:

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BINTULU (BTU)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-BTU): 55 minutes

Airline that has direct flights from Brunei to Bintulu:
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Places to visit in Bintulu:

Similajau National Park

Niah National Park

Taman Tumbina

Where to stay in Bintulu:

KOTA KINABALU (BKI)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-BKI): 40-45 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu:
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Places to visit in Kota Kinabalu:

Mount Kinabalu

Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

Manukan Island

Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu:

KUCHING (KCH)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-KCH): 1 hour and 50 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Kuching:
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Places to visit in Kuching:

Kuching Cat Museum

Fort Margherita

Bako National Park

Where to stay in Kuching:

KUALA LUMPUR (KUL)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-KUL): 2 hours and 20-25 minutes

Kuala Lumpur is known to have a lot of direct flights to Southeast Asia destinations, including flights to Brunei Darussalam, because of the presence of low-cost carrier AirAsia.

Airlines that fly directly from Brunei to Kuala Lumpur:
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Places To Visit in Kuala Lumpur:

Petronas Twin Towers

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building

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ALSO READ: 4 MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur:

SANDAKAN (SDK)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SDK): 1 hour and 5 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Sandakan:
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Places to visit in Sandakan:

Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Park

Turtle Islands National Park

Puu Jih Shii Temple

Where to stay in Sandakan:

SIBU (SBW)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-SBW): 1 hour and 10 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Sibu:
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Places to visit in Sibu:

Tua Pek Kong Temple

Sibu Central Market

Sibu Night Market

Where to stay in Sibu:

TAWAU (TWU)

Non-Stop Flight Time (BWN-TWU): 1 hour and 5 minutes

Airline that flies directly from Brunei to Tawau:
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Places to visit in Tawau:

Tawau Hills National Park