Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Future of ASEAN Travel

Immediately after arriving at Siem Reap International Airport, we queued on the Visa on Arrival counter. A gracious airport staff approached us, and upon seeing our passports, he said; You don’t need to queue here, you are exempted. And then I remembered that ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries enjoy the privilege of visa free or visa exemption requirement when traveling around Southeast Asia for their citizens. We gratefully smiled at him and proceeded to the special counter dedicated for ASEAN member states.  My Philippine passport is powerful.

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand

Prohibited Outfits: Sleeveless shirt, vest, short top, see-through, short pants, torn pants, tight pants, culottes, mini skirt, sleeping suits, and sportswear. The sign greeted us as we entered the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Looking at my buddies, I knew that we’re in trouble.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Scammed: Ayutthaya Historical Park - Thailand

So yes, we were scammed at the floating market by our cabbie, nevertheless, we’ve outsmarted him by sticking to our original plans on heading to Ayutthaya Historical Park afterwards. It was 2.5 hours of just relaxing on his cab while he endured the heavy traffic.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Scammed: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market – Thailand

We grabbed a cab from our hotel going to the van terminal (Ayutthaya-bound vans) when the cabbie told us that he could bring us there for the same rate they would charge us when we commute, we agreed, worst decision of the day.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sofitel So Bangkok: Luxury Redefined

I just need a decent hotel to snooze on and stow my luggage while I’m out exploring the city. That was me before Sofitel So Bangkok came into the picture. It’s the first time that I was wishing the city tours would end right away so I could go back and enjoy the comforts of my room and the hotel. Sofitel So is an experience in itself.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Gorgeous Bangkok Skyline at Baiyoke Revolving View Point

Our dinner reservation was at six in the evening. We were stuck in traffic for two hours and we’re just traversing a good two kilometers from our hotel to our endpoint (gotta love Manila traffic eh?). We then decided to jump out of the cab and go on foot to the highlight of that evening, the Baiyoke Revolving View Point at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok, Sukhumvit 15

Asok Station, Light Green Line, BTS Sky Train. I kept on memorizing the landmark and the stations. Bangkok has a good train system, but for a cost. I realized that it’s cheaper to travel around the city via cab if you’re in a group of four. But then we had to try the efficient train system of the city. We walked a few blocks and reached Four Points by Sheraton along Sukhumvit 15, our home for three days.