Travelling overland from Thailand to Laos is quite easy, especially if your country is a member of the ASEAN. Filipinos for example get to enter Laos visa-free, granted that the trip won’t exceed the 30 days. One of the major factors that make the mentioned overland border crossing relatively easy is the First Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. It connects Thailand’s northernmost province, Nong Khai, to Laos’ Vientiane Prefecture, which are separated by the Mekong River.
A huge amount of meticulous planning and organization went into the making of this trip, and the most challenging part probably was managing the expenses. Since this was going to be a full two-week trip with four countries involved, we knew from the get-go that we would have to shell out quite a bit, but we also knew we wanted/needed to keep the expenses at bay.
Rich. Innovative. Ever-Changing. These three words always come to mind whenever people ask me how Dubai was like during our family trip last February. And when invited to share about it, I can’t seem to choose which superlative to highlight — their towering skyscrapers, each boasting of a unique identity? Their grandiose hotels and malls with lavatories bigger than some actual retail shops in the Philippines? The Emiratis’ crazy rich citizenship benefits?
Valentines Day is right around the corner and we’re sure couples out there are thinking of where to spend that special day. Here’s a list of places near and around Metro Manila for just about every couple type there may be.
Traveling cheap is definitely possible, but a few sacrifices have to be met. Though a small budget might mean less comfort and luxury, the whole trip doesn’t need to be less fun, especially if you’re with the right company.
Bohol on a tight budget? Why not! Last summer, I went back to Bohol (Panglao Island specifically) with some of my closest friends at what might probably be the most budget trip I’ve ever had so far. For four days and 3 nights, with both countryside and island hopping tours, lodging, and airfare (thanks, pisofare!), the whole trip just cost us around P5,000 per person.
Before you continue reading, I would like to emphasize that this is not a budget trip. This travel guide is intended for families vacationing with toddlers and/or senior citizens in tow. Unlike your usual barkada or couple trips, traveling with them will make you choose comfort over savings and rest over adventure. 🙂
Traveling with friends is a lot different from traveling with your family, especially when there are toddlers and senior citizens. You can’t always choose what’s practical, you also have to consider the level of comfort. Despite this, my family and I (composed of 4 adults, 2 toddlers and 2 senior citizens) managed to spend less than P55,000 ALL-IN during our trip to Bantayan Island, Cebu last May. See our budget breakdown below.