August 19, 2017

THAILAND BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary, Budget, and Accommodation

In my  five-week trip across five ASEAN countries, the Thailand leg was the most comfortable. Perhaps because I was traveling with Tobi. The discomforts a solo traveler had to endure were replaced with the comforts of a pampered traveling couple. Another reason is the food: Thai food is the closest to the rich taste of home, is cheap, and is photographable. Plus, our bus trips were well-planned, and going around was much easier because we rented a scooter. This 9-day itinerary covers Bangkok (3 nights), Chiang Mai (2 nights), and Chiang Rai (3 nights). On our last day in Thailand, we […]
August 19, 2016
Right Motorbike For Vietnam Road Trip

DOWN SOUTH | I’m Sorry for Being a Spoiled Traveler

This post first appeared on my travel column Down South on Interaksyon.com last July 2, 2016. I refined it a bit and added more photos. Please, I would love it if say something about this. “I’m not comfortable taking their photos,” said T. We were on our way back to the dirt road where we parked our rented motorbike. We waved goodbyes to the rice farmers whom we shared a brief moment of fondness and unadulterated laughter. Our encounter was the welcome unpredictability traveling is known for. A few minutes ago, we saw them beyond the tall shrubs fencing the […]
August 15, 2016

DOWN SOUTH | Of Trails and Traces in Chiang Mai

This post first appeared on my travel column Down South on interaksyon.com on June 12, 2016. Included more photos here. 😉 I grew up climbing trees, hunting wild guavas, assigning names to animals to pass them off as friends, and wishing there was a living river nearby. Life would have been a lot easier for me and my siblings. Life would have been graced with laughter—the kind unique to constant frolicking in the water. T grew up biking the hills and climbing snow-capped mountains and swimming in a massive lake—so massive they called it “der see,” which literally means “sea.” […]
June 12, 2016
Wat Chiang Man

DOWN SOUTH | Creating Our Own Chiang Mai

This first appeared on my travel column DOWN SOUTH on interaksyon.com. I added a lot of photos here. Enjoy reading through! This is our love story.  Hahaha! Thank you! I’m going to wrap up our Thailand trip pretty soon with accommodation, itinerary, and budget in it. After writing about Chiang Rai. Our Chiang Mai story started with a petty fight: we did not know where to stay. T was used to have things planned; I was not. If I were traveling solo, I would have just winged it. After stretching our limbs weakened by a ten-hour bus ride from Bangkok, […]