Day 60: Sneak Peek – Bagan

I’m still having a hangover from my recent 5-day trip to Myanmar. Here are some shots of my trip highlight in Bagan:

More blog posts about this trip in the next few weeks. 😁

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Day 59: Lakawon Island Daytrip + Taw Hai Floating Bar and Restaurant Budget Guide

“Saan ka dadalhin ng 10 Getgo points mo?” (Where will your 10 Cebu Pacific’s Getgo points bring you?)

My friend and I were one of the lucky ones who were able to avail of Cebu Pacific Airline’s fly for 10 Getgo points only. We were supposed to go to Islas de Gigantes via Roxas, but got rebooked to Iloilo because the Roxas flight got full. This gave us the opportunity to explore two cities instead. 

Because both of us were feeling beach-y, we decided to spend a day in Lakawon Island Resort. Most of our time was spent in Taw Hai Floating Bar and Restaurant. Who could say no to drinks and beach? Haha

If you’re traveling on a tight budget, the transportation alone from Bacolod city will eat up much of your budget.

The roundtrip boat ride to/from Lakawon Island is Php 300. There’s an additional fee of Php 250 if you’re going to Taw Hai. From the bus drop off point to the ferry, you’ll need to hail a tricycle that costs Php 120 for a special trip.

Here is our total expenses:

All in all, I would go back here and spend a night. We did not take photos of the resort as they’re still constructing some buildings, and it would not do the place some justice. I like how it’s not that crowded even though we went here during a kite surfing competition.

Credit: Photos without my watermark are taken by my friend.

Day 57: Sneak Peek – Solo Backpacking in Hong Kong

Here are some random shots during my solo backpacking trip in Hong Kong. I highly recommend this place for those who like to have their first solo travel abroad as everything is accessible, and directions are in English. 

By the way, you can follow me in Instagram @kat_the_wanderer for some real time (I try to, okay?) update on my travels. More HK-Macau blog posts to come! Cheers!

Day 56: Sneak Peek – Solo Backpacking in Macau

Here are some highlights from my solo Macau – Hong Kong trip. After a short travel hiatus to revive my comatose bank account, I’m finally back on traveling again. I’ll be posting more on my trip in the next few weeks.

Day 55: Seychelles – Visa for Philippine Passport

Applying for a visa is one of the challenges a traveler would face. Having a Philippine passport, I keep on looking for those countries I could go to without the hassle of visa application. Upon learning that Seychelles give visa upon arrival, I decided to pack my bag and spend a few days and *ahem* a few euros in this African country.

To enter Seychelles, all you need to present are the following:

– Passport with at least 6 months validity

– Outbound airline ticket

– Hotel voucher for the whole duration of your stay

The immigration officer will then put a stamp on your passport that indicates the duration of your stay based on the outbound ticket. And that’s it!

Travel date: January 2016

Note: It’s better to always check with the embassy for any changes. 

More of my Seychelles adventure here.

Day 54: Photodumping Cambodia – Big Circle Tour in Angkor Wat

This is one of the highlights of our Vietnam-Cambodia trip. Make sure to have spare memory because there are many photo-worthy places here.


  • Photos without any watermark are taken by my friend.
  • Entrance fee for one day in Angkor Wat is USD 20/person. 
  • Always keep your ticket with you as they check it whenever you’re going inside the temple.
  • Wear appropriate clothes as some temples are really steep. Also, wear comfortable shoes and drink lots of water.
  • Start your Big Circle tour at 5 am if you want to see the sunrise in Angkor Wat temple.
  • Ta Prohm Temple is the one used in Tomb Raider. That’s the “tree-infested” temple you would visit.
  • We paid USD 20 for the tuktuk ride. We highly recommend our tuktuk driver, Mr. Tim, as he always checked with us where we wanted to go next. He also made sure we always had a bottle of water with us. He was referred by my friend as our tuktuk driver in Siem Reap as she was also happy with his service. You can reach him at Just wait for a day or two for his reply.

Day 53: 4 Days Vietnam-Cambodia Itinerary

3 girls, 3 cities, 2 countries. Because we only have 4 days to enjoy Vietnam and Cambodia, we decided to do the Ho Chi Minh-Phnom Penh-Siem Reap route.

Here is our itinerary:

Day 1:

0030 – Arrived in Tan Son Nhat International Airport

0200 – Checked in at Ailen Garden Hotel (District 1)

0900 – Breakfast

1000 – Start of our walking tour around HCMC / visited the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace (and got lost… a lot)

1700 – Dinner / shopping in Saigon Square and Ben Thanh night market

Day 02:

0730 – Breakfast

0800 – Checked out and picked up at the hotel

0830 – en route to Phnom Penh via Giant Ibis

1530 – arrived in Phnom Penh / checked in at Sla Boutique Hostel

1700 – Dinner / walked around Riverside

Day 03:

0800 – Breakfast

0900 – Walking tour in Phnom Penh

1100 – Checked out

1130 – Picked up at the hotel

1230 – en route to Siem Reap via Giant Ibis

1800 – arrived in Siem Reap / checked in at Buo Savy Guesthouse

1900 – Dinner and shopping in Angkor Night Market

Day 04:

0500 – started the Big Circle tour in Angkor Wat

1300 – back to hotel

1900 – checked out / dinner

2000 – en route to airport

2245 – flight to Manila


We were not able to go inside Royal Palace and National Museum in PP due to time constraint. If you had limited time, it would be better to travel to Phnom Penh on the night of day 01 or take a bus with earlier departure.

Click here to see our budget.

Day 52: Survive 4 Days in Vietnam and Cambodia with USD 200


I decided to celebrate my birth month by having my IndoChina trip. I went with 2 other friends, and we’ve spent 4 days roaming Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap.

For this trip, I dared myself to spend only USD 200 for my Vietnam-Cambodia trip. We’ll see how it goes:


For pasalubongs (aka souvenirs):


Grand total: USD 232.75

Apparently, I shopped too much in Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap. Haha!

Click here for our itinerary.

Day 49: Survive 3 Days in Seychelles with 300 Euros and Some Budget Tips

Traveling solo can be pretty expensive, especially if your only choice is to stay in a hotel. That’s why I dared myself to just spend 300 euros (almost 16,000 Php) when I was in Seychelles.

Here are my expenses:
I almost managed to keep my budget. I could save more if:

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Day 47: Where to Stay in Seychelles – Row’s Villa Self-catering Guesthouse

It took me almost 5 days before I booked my accommodation in Mahe. The backpacker in me wanted to spend only 35 euros per night for my accommodation. However, my sister probably got fed up with my cheapaz ways suggested that if I would stay in Seychelles for 3 days only, I might as well look for a cheap accommodation near the beach because, to quote her, “everyone goes to Seychelles for the beach.”

After intensive research of checking the price, converting from Philippine peso to euro and vice versa, and reading  hotel reviews from 4 different websites, I finally booked a room in Row’s Villa Self-catering Guesthouse via Agoda.


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