“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.
Ever wonder the cost of solo traveling in expensive cities like Hong Kong? Fret not as I’ll be posting here my travel expenses plus some tips while being on a budget in Macau and Hong Kong.
My total expenses (excluding the souvenir expenses) = HKD 2809.40 or less than Php 18100 / USD 362 *Airfare/airport fees and taxes are not included as they are relative to where you’ll be coming from
Some money-saving travel tips:
- Utilize the shuttle provided by hotels/casinos while in Macau
I stayed in Ka Meng Villa in Macau as it is walking distance from Senado Square and other spots. If my flight was not delayed for 30 minutes, I could board the Wynn Macau Shuttle from the airport and walk for about 15 minutes. The damage? 98 HKD
- Stay in Hong Kong and have a 1-day trip to Macau instead
There’s no hostel in Macau. Compare if the cost of 1 night in a hostel in HK plus the ferry fare is cheaper than 1 night stay in Macau. Travel time is only for about 1 hour, and ferries leave every 30 minutes.
- Befriend your neighborly convenience store
My meal and snack while in Disneyland already took half of my meal expenses for 5 days. Not good, dude.
My checklist when looking for a hostel:
- Proximity to bus stop/metro station
- Neighboring buildings/communities
- Hotel reviews
- Proximity to restaurants
- Budget per meal for those restaurants
- Cheapaz option (aka alternative to restaurants)
- Check the weather and bring appropriate clothes
Just when I thought my Asian body can handle 15 degrees Celsius, the Universe laughed at me and decided to further drop the temperature to 10 (and sometimes less than 10) degrees Celsius. Cost of defrosting my frozen fingers by drinking hot choco and coffee – HKD 95.00
Hong Kong has a good transportation system. They also have better sidewalks for walking. If you’re fit, having walking tours in Hong Kong and Macau will save you lots of moolah and keep your body fit. Two birds with one stone, right?
Preview of my trip here and here
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!
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.
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:
Singapore is considered as one of the most expensive cities, if not the most expensive. Budgeting a trip here can be quite a challenge for backpackers as the hotel room can go up to SGD 130.00. That’s why I challenged myself to limit my budget to SGD 250 during my 2 nights’ stay here with friends.
Just a quick note though, my friends and I already visited Singapore at least once. So we’ve decided to spend more time in Malaysia.