Warning: Photo heavy post ahead! Remember my sister who we visited in Dubai a few months ago? Well, it was her turn to visit us here in the Philippines last October and to make her vacation worthwhile, we decided to go on a quick family weekender near the metro. We had a number of destinations in mind but eventually went with Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar because it offered the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Luckily, we chanced upon an Early Booking Promotion which granted us a 30% off discount on our booking. Quick Tip: Be in the look out for promos posted on their website. Book with them directly…
Planning a winter trip can be taxing for first-timers, especially for those coming from a tropical country like the Philippines. I myself did tons of research about everything I needed to know to prepare for a weather that was unknown to me, for my South Korea winter trip last year.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam is easily accessible from Siem Reap, Cambodia via two bus rides. You may choose to fly if you’re not a fan of long land travels, but it will definitely cost more. Since we were on a budget, we went with the bus option and only shelled out around PHP 1,800 per person when we travelled from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh via Giant Ibis last June.
WARNING: We wanted this guide to be as helpful as possible so please prepare yourself for a looong post ahead. ✌️ Indochina has always been on our bucket list, and to say that we’re happy we’ve finally fulfilled this dream is an understatement. We’re over the moon! The planning that came along with it was not easy but we embraced it nonetheless. For two weeks, we were able to travel to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And we only spent a total of PhP 44,830.58 each — including airfare, shopping, tours, food and transportation costs.
Being the planning nerds that we are, another thing we personally look forward to when traveling (aside from making the itinerary) is actually planning and organizing the things we should bring 😅 However, we’ve never been in a trip longer than a week, so this 2-week Indochina backpacking trip was definitely a fun challenge, requiring us to travel light and fit two-week’s worth of things into a couple of carry-on bags. Below is a rundown of the things we did bring and how we organized them for an efficient and hassle-free commute.
Travelers from Bangkok mainly use the city of Vientiane as a jump-off point for their journey to the town of Vang Vieng. In our case, we came from Thanaleng via minivan (THB 150), and were dropped off at the Talat Sao Mall in Central Vientiane.