Lombok Travel Guide

Indonesia, Travel, Travel Guide

Where to go in Lombok, Indonesia

1. Sengigi Beach

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Sengigi Beach 

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Perfect Sunset Spot 

  • Sengigi Beach has one of best sunset viewpoint in Lombok.
  • About an hour rides from the Lombok Airport.
  • Arts market located at the vicinity of Sengigi Beach. Great place to shop for souvenir .
  • Highly recommended to stay at Puri Bunga Beach Cottages. Amazing view!
  • Roadside Food Vendor
  • Happy Café (Live Band Cafe during the night)
  • Asmara Restaurant – delicious Indonesian cuisine

2. Tiu Kelep & Sedang Gile Waterfall

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Tiu Kelep Waterfall 

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Tiu Kelep Waterfall 

  • About 2 – 2.5 hours ride from Sengigi Beach
  • Guide (Not necessary). Be careful if the local kept insisting that you will be needing a guide for the trek.  The trek to the waterfall is pretty obvious and you just have to follow it.
  • First waterfall (Sendang Gile) 5 minutes hike
  • 2nd Waterfall (Tiu Kelep) 20 minutes hike. (The huge one)
  • Entrance fee should cost around (INR 10,000 / USD 0.70 / MYR 3)
  • Normally spend around 2-3 hours here.

3. Kuta Beach

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Michelle & Vera

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Vera

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Michelle 

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Local surfers 

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One of my favorite shot here in Lombok 

  • Normally known as surf beach among the local surfer here.
  • Reggae Bar
  • Visit Pantai Seger (5 – 10 minutes drive from Kuta Beach)
  • Small fee to be paid to the local upon entrance.
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Aerial shot of the Pantai Seger

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Sunset

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Aerial view of Pantai Seger. 

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Kenny‘s friend that brought us around. 

4. Tanjung Aan Beach

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Vera & Michelle at Tanjung Aan

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The Swing 

  • Amazing beach view
  • Boat ride to Batu Payung available here.
  • Family friendly beach
  • Local snacks stall available.

5. Sasak Village (ENDE)

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Traditional House 

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Local stick fighting performance by the locals. 

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Local crafts

  • Local villages open for visitor
  • Pay as you want (donation to the villagers) and also comes with a local guide.
  • Visit their traditional houses.
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Local fighting performances

6. Sambelia Tree Forest

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  • Giant ancient trees
  • Small fee required upon entrance.
  • Skippable if you have tight schedule.
  • About 3 – 4 hours drive from Sengigi Beach.

7. Gili Terawangan Beach

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Sunset at Gili Terawangan 

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Michelle with the swing 

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Perfect sunset spot 

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Love this shot 

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OM

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That Sun peaking 

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Our villa acoomodation 

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Local Vegan Cafe in Gili Terawangan 

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  • About 30 minutes boat ride (local boat) from the jetty. (About IDR 150,000 / USD 11 / MYR 45 including pick up from hotel)
  • Private boats around 10 minutes.
  • Gili Terawangan known as the party island and tons of scuba diving shops and restaurants.
  • Do rent bicycle to get around the island or hop onto the pony carts. (Around IDR 50,000 / USD 3.50 / MYR 15 per day)
  • Night life at Gili Terawangan is spectacular from party bars to reggae music.
  • There are plenty of boat tour around so make sure you compared the prices.
  • Sunset Swing (Ombak Sunset) one of the famous swing that you see on Instagram.
  • There are viewpoint on top of the hill.
  • Do spend around 2-3 days here.
  • Bear in mind that it can get pretty crowded on the island.
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Relaxation 

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Aerial View of the Island 

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Other places to visit

  1. Sembalun Highlands (About 1 – 1.5 hours hike and paddy field aerial viewpoint)
  2. Selong Belanak Beach (Surf Beach & Yoga Class)
  3.  Mawi & Mavun Beach (About an hour drive from Kuta)
  4. Pink Beach 

Extra Tips

  • Lombok is a huge island so make sure you have your main destination in mind and plan your travel well.
  • Would highly recommend to stay in Lombok for at least a week to get full experience of Lombok.
  • Rent a car or motorbike is the best way to get around.
  • Check out our travel vlog here Lombok Travel Guide

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Surabaya Quick Travel Guide

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Where to go in Surabaya, Indonesia

1. Mount Bromo

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Michelle & Vera

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That’s Vera 

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Making their way to Mt.Bromo 

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The Iconic Postcard Photo (This is not Mt Bromo though) 

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Michelle looks sleepy there

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Mount Bromo

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Wear mask to prevent inhaling too much of the gas

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That morning ride 

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Crowded with people 

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Sunrise View 

  • Sunrise in Mt. Bromo viewpoint is very popular with tourists.
  • Book early with your guide for the jeep ride or ride with GoJek (Local Bike Sharing)
  • It can get very crowded at the viewing point so do go early and find your perfect spot. (Highly suggested to ask your guide bring you to other spot for sunrise)
  • Mt. Bromo located far away from Surabaya Airport so make sure you arrive one day earlier.
  • Normally trip to Mount Bromo is a guided tour and they will bring you to few attractions around Mount Bromo.
  • They will drop you off at the parking area and gotta walk about 20 minutes to Mount Bromo.
  • There’s temple located at the middle of pathway to Mt. Bromo.

2. Teletubies Hill

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Teletubies Hill 

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New member of the Teletubies squad

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Good Times! 

  • After visiting Mt.Bromo, we were brought to the Teletubies Hill.
  • Beautiful green mountainaoeus scenery
  • Horse Riding Available

3. Lautan Pasir (Sea of Sands)

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Jumpshot 1 

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Jumpshot 2 

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Jumpshot 3? 

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The Gang Lair

  • Vast land of dark sands, locally known as Lautan Pasir (Sea of Sands) 
  • Perfect spot to get your Instagram picture with the iconic hill.

4. Colorful Village (Malang, Surabaya)

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Rainbow Town 

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So colorful 

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Amazing arts 

  •  A small village located at Malang, Surabaya.
  • Rainbow colored house and townhouse.
  • Entry fee required

Extra Tips

  • Surabaya has a lot to offer so make sure you spend more than 3 days here.
  • If you have more time to spare do visit the famous waterfall and Mount Ijen.
  • Indonesian cuisine is a musts try although it can be extremely spicy.
  • We booked our trip through  Javanation Trip Organizer.
  • Our trip cost around IDR 975,000 / USD 68 / MYR 294 per person.
  • Very reliable guides and friendly. Highly recommended.
  • They know the places well and can bring you to eat awesome local food.
  • Check out our travel vlog here Surabaya & Lombok Travel Blog

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Jodhpur Travel Guide

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Where to go in Jodhpur

1. Clock Tower Market

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Clock Tower Market

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Riding his bike

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Textile Shopping

  • Located at the heart of Jodhpur
  • Free Entry
  • Local wet market and shopping districts
  • Textile and jewelry shopping

2.  Mehrangarh Fort

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Mehrangarh Fort (Hogwarts in real life)

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Almost there

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It comes with audio tour

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Turban Museum

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Opium Ceremony

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Local performances

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Aerial Tours Available

  • Open daily (9am – 5pm)
  • Entrance fee (600 Rupees / USD 9.30 / MYR 38 )
  • Entrance fee including an audio guide
  • If you’re a student, do bring along your student ID because it is cheaper.
  • Follow the audio guide to explore the fort (Normally around 1.5 – 2 Hrs)
  • Can hire a Tuk Tuk / taxi to get here or walk through the local villages about 10 minutes to get here.
  • Souvenir shops available towards the end of the tour
  • Opium Ceremony
  • Best description for this place is it look exactly like Hogwarts.

3. Jaswant Thada (White Temple)

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Jaswant Thada (White Temple)

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Local guard playing their traditional instrument

  • Open daily from 9am – 5pm
  • Entrance fee is 30 rupees / USD 0.50 / MYR 2
  • Walking distances from Mehrangarh Fort.
  • If you’re going to take a Tuk Tuk / taxi to the fort, make sure you visit this place.

4. TOORJI KA JHALRA (STEPWELL)

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Stepwell in Jodhpur 

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Local spent their evening having fun here

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One of mine favorite shot

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Happy kids

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They jump at least 5 storeys high

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Leap of faith

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Chill in well

  • Free entry.
  • Walking distances from the Stepwell House Cafe.
  • Go in the evening when it is more crowded with local.
  • They will dive and perform some stunts to entertain you .
  • Check out our travel vlog if you are interested to watch them jump.

What To Eat in Jodhpur

1. The Omelette Cafe

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The chefs and his eggs

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Other services they offer beside making you an omelette

  • Located close to the Clock Tower Market
  • Seats are limited
  • Highly recommended
  • Try more than one type of omelette and you’ll be amazed

2. Cafe Royale

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Cafe Royale 

  • No.1 in Trip Advisor lists.
  • Great snacks food & coffee options.
  • Located in the vicinity of the Clock Tower Market.
  • Run by local Indian family.
  • Super friendly and informative
  • Highly recommended this cafe

3. Stepwell House Cafe

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Comfy interior 

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Great view

  • Located right at the step well.
  • Great views
  • Comfy ambience
  • Food was just okay but great place for chilling and watching people dive into the well.
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The blue city, Jodhpur

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People of Jodhpur

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All blue 

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We even stay at this old all blue backpacker lodge. 

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Last day in Jodhpur

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Check out your name on the train list before you board 

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Can you spot ours 

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Inside of the train 

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Moustaches is a thing for men here. That’s me trying to blend in. 

Extra Tips

  • If you have extra time here in Jodhpur, do visit the village safari
  • Mehrangarh fort is can be reach by walking from the city
  • Mehrangarh fort and Jaswant Thada are close to each other so do not let them charge higher.
  • Cafe Royale and Omelette Cafe are not to be missed.
  • Cafe Royale owners are very lovely people so do chat with them and they will be very delightful to spare you their thoughts.
  • Do watch our travel vlog here Jodhpur City Guide

 

 

Jaipur (The Pink City) Travel Guide

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Getting there

  • Jaipur city is accessible by trains and buses from other part of India.
  • Do check out the train schedule on Clear Trip Apps
  • Do plan and purchase your train ticket in advance.
  • Uber services available.
  • Metro railway available in Jaipur, so hop on!
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Jaipur Railway Station

Where to go in Jaipur City

1. HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)

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Haha Mahal (Palace of Winds) 

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Interior of Hawa Mahal

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Climb all the way up for this view. 

  • Open Daily (From 9am to 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Do explore inside out of Hawa Mahal and you will be amazed.
  • Climb all the way up for the view. (Bird eye view of Jaipur City)
  • Local guide available for hire.
  • If you would like to take the shot of Hawa Mahal building, visit theopposite cafe on the third floor and they have a rooftop there where you can take your shot of Hawa Mahal during sunset.
  • Walking distances to Jantar Mantar & City Palace.
  • In house museum.

2. AMBER FORT

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Amber Fort 

  • Open Daily (8am – 6pm)
  • Entrance Fee (500 Rupees / USD 8 / MYR 32)
  • Light show available from 7pm – 9pm.
  • Duration for visiting Amber Fort normally around 2 hours because it is freaking massive.

3. PANNA MEENA KA KUND (STEPWELL)

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Stepwell 

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Located at the village after Amber Fort

  • Free Entry
  • If you would like to take picture at the staircase of the step well, the security guard would ask for some tips. (Negotiable)
  • We did not take any because we cheapskate. Budget backpackers you know.
  • Instagram-worthy photoshoot right at this place.

4. JAIGARH FORT

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Jaigarh Fort

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View from Jaigarh Fort. 

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Massive Fort 

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Take Instagram-Worthy Photo Here 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance Fee (85 Rupees / USD 1.30 / MYR 5)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here. This fort is huge! You will be amazed!
  • Do inform your driver to wait for at least 1.5 hours or else they will charge you extra. ( P/S : We had so much fun exploring that we forgotten that we agreed with our driver for just an hour here and he asked for extra pay.)

5. NAHARGARH FORT

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Amazing Architecture 

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Classic Window 

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Aerial View of Jaipur City 

  • Open Daily (8am – 4.30pm)
  • Entrance fees for foreigner (200 Rupees / USD 3 / MYR 13)
  • If you are a student, bring along your student card (Cheaper fee)
  • Hire a Tuk Tuk or Taxi to get here (Normally less than 500 rupees)
  • Uber services not available at this area. (We tried)
  • Normally combined day trip with Nahargarh Fort & Amber Fort because all these forts located nearby.)
  • Explore around 1.5 – 2 hours here.
  • Wax museum open for visitor (Separate Ticket Fee)
  • In house restaurant.
  • Check out their Bawri (Step well) .

6. JAL MAHAL

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  • Not accessible
  • Free to view from the waterfronts
  • Used to be a palace but then abandoned till now.
  • Located at middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur City
  • About 15 – 20 minutes drive from Jaipur City depending on the traffic.
  • Do ask your driver to stop along the waterfronts if you are heading towards Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort or Amber Fort.

7. LMB RESTAURANT

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They served sweets, snacks and local food. 

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Chips!

  • Serve all kind of desserts, snacks and food.
  • Located at the heart of City Palace.
  • Local recommended.

8. PINK SQUARE MALL

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Pink Square Mall

  • Legit shopping mall in Jaipur City equipped with supermarket, restaurant and cinema.
  • Do you groceries shopping here.
  • Escape from the heat if you have to.
  • If you would like to enjoy local ambience cinema with a short pee-break in between the movies and have your food deliver to you directly. Experience that here.

9. NIBS Cafe (Chocolate Heaven)

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Hipster Cafe

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Chocolate Pizza! Yes! It is! 

  • My favorite cafe so far in India.
  • Uber your way here as I do not know the public transport to get here.
  • Find them of TripAdvsior.
  • Try their chocolate pizza and chocolate shots! You have been warned!
  • Fast Internet Speed.

Buying Bus Ticket in Jaipur

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This is the ticket counter (Near to the Jaipur Railway Station

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Two Pax Sleeper

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Sleeper Bus by Rishabh Travel 

  • In addition to train, you can also travel around India by bus.
  • This probably not as comfortable as train AC sleeper and may take longer time to reach your destination but it offer you an affordable budget.
  • We were recommended by Zostel staff to buy our ticket from this travel agent.
  • Highly recommended.
  • We bought our bus ticket to Udaipur from Jaipur for 550 Rupees / USD 8.5 / MYR 35.
  • It was an overnight bus and it took around 6 hours.

Other Places To Visit

  1. The Pink City Palace & Bazaar
  2. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
  3. Royal Albert Museum
  4. Sun Temple (For Sunset Location)
  5. Niro’s Restaurant (Famous for Lal Maas)
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Jaipur City Palace

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Local Vendor in Jaipur 

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People of Jaipur

Extra Tips

  1. Always bargain 70%-80% less for the gifts / items that you want to buy.
  2. Always bargain or negotiate with the Tuk Tuk / taxi driver for your trip here because you can visit few places in one day.
  3. Jaipur city is a shopping heaven. Do all souvenirs shopping here from textile to bangles. They offer tons of affordable and colorful gifts here.
  4. Do get a tourist composite tickets if you plan to visit more than one site. (Multiple monuments entry tickets for the price of one)
  5. Spend at least 2 full days here to get a full experience of The Pink City.
  6. For accommodation, highly recommended Zostel or Panda Backpackers.  Check them out in Trip Advisor or Booking.com 
  7. Watch our travel vlog here Jaipur Travel Guide

 

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Pokhara Travel Guide

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Aerial View of Pokhara Town

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Pokhara Old Town

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View from Pokhara Town. That is Machhapuchhre.

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Clear sky will give you a magnificent view like this from Pokhara. That is Annapurna South.

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Annapurna I peeking behind the Sarangkot Hill. 

  • About 8 hours of bus ride from Kathmandu. A bumpy ride but with a breathaking luxurious green mountain views.
  • Bus ticket normally cost NPR 600 / USD 6 / MYR 25. 
  • There are many hotels and lodges available here in Pokhara. We stayed at Hotel Hakoniwa (Budget). Highly recommended.

 

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View from our balcony. They have rooftop view as well.

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Our room (Non A/C)

 

What to do in Pokhara

Boating at the Phewa Lake

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Kenny & Chris. Paddling. Harder than we thought.

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Here’s the price list. Each jetty has its own price list. Do compare them.

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Third Jetty 

 

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Phewa Lake

  • You can hire a local paddler or paddle on your own. (2 paddle max)
  • Do paddle in the afternoon or during the sunset. You will get spectacular view of the mountains and lakes.
  • There are few boat jetty around so make sure you get the one with reasonable price.

Watch the Sunrise at Sarangkot Hill

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View from Sarangkot Hill 

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Kenny contemplating his future.

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This chicken nailed it!

  • Hire a cab from town. (NPR 1500 / USD 15 / MYR 63)
  • 30 – 45 minutes car ride.
  • Find your sweet spot or you could be sipping a cup of hot coffee while watching the skies breaking the dawn at a cafe rooftop nearby.
  • It can get pretty crowded so make sure you arrive early.
  • If you’re not a morning person, sunset is doable and you can witness the skies breaking the clouds in purple rays as it getting dark.
  • You can hike all the way up here. About 2 – 2.5 hours of hiking. Our friend, Chris did that.
  • Sarangkot Hill  is famous for paragliding activities. We skipped that since it is not within our budget.
  • Price normally ranged from USD 80 – USD 120. Bargain!

HIKE UP TO PEACE STUPA

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Follow this sign. About 20 minutes hike up.

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We made it in 15 minutes. Chris is happy.

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View from Peace Stupa. 

  • Free Entrance.
  • Sunset view.
  • About 20 – 35 minutes hike.
  • Paddle across the lake and hike your way up.

RENT A BICYCLE OR BIKE

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We came across this beautiful landscape at the countryside.

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Amazing Nepalese crossing lake full of water buffalos.

 

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3 modes of transportation here in Pokhara. 

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Sunset

  • Cycle around town or the countryside. You will be amazed.
  • It can get very hot in the day so do spray your sunscreen.

‘CHUKPA’ LOCAL SNACKS

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Chukpa (Local Snacks)

  • Famous local snacks.
  • You can find it almost any where in Pokhara. 
  • Mixed of chopped onions, cucumber, tomatoes, garlics, potatoes and instant noodles with sprinkled noodles spices.

BEST SANDWICH IN POKHARA

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  • Locate this sandwich cafe with TripAdvisor.
  • We kept coming back because it tasted amazing. All fresh ingredients.

Tips when travel to Pokhara

  • Do check the weather forecast.
  • Avoid monsoon season as you would not get clear view of the mountains when you in Pokhara.
  • Spend about 2-3 days here for a full travel experience in Pokhara. 
  • There are plenty of good restaurants here. Highly recommended Tibetan Restaurant. 
  • Check out Blues Bar if you want to chill and have some good rock band music.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park if you want to see some Rhinos. 
  • Go to the North side of Pokhara Town if you’re a hippies.
  • Check out my video here about Pokhara Pokhara Travel Guide

 

HA LONG BAY

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AT THE PIER

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Apricot Cruise

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Lunch On Board

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Twin Bed Room

 

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SUPRISING CAVE

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Ti Top Island

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Dinner on Board

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Squid Fishing

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THE ONLY SQUID WE CAUGHT ALL NIGHT

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Pearl Farm

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VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLL LESSON

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Vietnamese Spring Roll that I’ve made

 

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Another cruise in Halong Bay

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Local Vendor in Ha Long Bay

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Sunset in Ha Long Bay

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  • There are variety of cruises available for Ha Long Bay tour.
  • Normally there are 3 options to choose from 1 day, 2 Days 1 Night or 3 Days 2 Nights.
  • Price range differently depend on type of cruise you choose (Budget – Luxury)
  • Apricot Cruise (USD 90 – USD 110) – Mid Range Cruise
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Hanoi – Ha Long City Pier (4 – 5 Hours Bus Journey)
  • They will have one stop at the souvenir shops along the way.
  • Activities for cruises are different (Surprising Cave, Pearl Farm, Tip Top Island, Squid Fishing, Tai Chi Lesson, Spring Roll Lesson etc)
  • Avoid peak / holiday season (Too crowded)
  • Low Peak (June – September)
  • Kayak activities temporarily on hold (April 2017)
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Friends that I met in this trip

Tips when travel in Hanoi, Vietnam

  • Be careful of the slippers thread scams (Random strangers will point at your slippers and grab it, then glue new thread on it without your permission)
  • Avoid buying donuts from the street (They will charge you A LOT MORE)
  • Check out our video here Ha Long Bay for more details.

SAND DUNES IN MUI NE, VIETNAM

Adventure, Travel

RED SAND DUNES, MUI NE

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LOCAL VENDOR AT THE RED SAND DUNES
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RED SAND DUNES, MUI NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Many jeep tours available (Red Sand Dunes, Fishing Village, Fairy Stream & White Sand Dunes)
  • Solo Travel (Rent bike / Hire a local bike tour – VND 170,000 /  USD 7.50 / MYR 32)
  • Sunset location
  • Free Entry
  • Get your sunscreen / sunblock (Sun Burn is REAL)

FISHING VILLAGE

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FISHING VILLAGE

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FRESH SEAFOOD MARKETS

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FISHERMAN BOATS

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FISHES TO THE MARKET

  • Free Entry
  • Fresh seafood available
  • Be here early in the day

FAIRY STREAM

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Entry Point

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Fairy Stream

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You can spend 20-45 minutes here

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Vietnamese in their traditional dress

  • Free Entry
  • Walk barefoot (It will get wet)
  • Several cafe / shops along the stream

WHITE SAND DUNES

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WHITE SAND DUNES

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DO COME HERE FOR SUNRISE

  • Free Entry
  • Sunrise Location (About 4AM)
  • About 30 Minutes – 45 Minutes Drive from town
  • Hire an ATV (Some of the ATV drivers are pretty reckless, so be careful)

COUCHSURFING IN MUI NE

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Pavel Sannikov (Host)

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Highly Recommended Couch Surfing Host in Mui Ne

 

Cheapest way to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Hua Lamphong Train Station, Bangkok

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Hua Lamphong Train Station

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Train Schedule

  • Check out our full video here Lost in Cambodia
  • Get to Hua Lamphong Train Station in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • If you would like to stay overnight nearby can consider Train Guesthouse (Highly recommended)
  • Train ticket would cost you THB 48 / MYR 6 / USD 1.50
  • It scheduled 5.45AM daily.
  • Train tickets available for purchase on daily basis (No need for pre-booking)
  • 6 hours – 7 hours train ride.
  • Third Class Train.
  • No A/C.
  • Local food vendor will sell various food in the train.
  • Multiple stops along the way.
  • Last stop at Aranyaprathet Train Station, Thailand.
  • Take Tuk Tuk to the Thailand Border (15 Minutes Drive) cost THB 80 /  MYR 10 / USD 2.30
  • Cross the Thailand – Cambodia Bridge.
  • Avoid all touts and VISA scams along the way.
  • Go through Immigration (Visa & Non – Visa).
  • Private Cab Ride (USD 40).
  • 2 hours drive to Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • They will drop you off to a Tuk Tuk Driver
  • Tuk Tuk Driver will tell you it’s free of charge but they will want you to use their service or they will charge you USD 5
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Platform 6

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48 THB TRAIN TICKET

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THIRD CLASS TRAIN

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RICE WITH EGG OMELETTE

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Classic

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Saying goodbye to her family

 

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ARANYAPRATHET TRAIN STATION, THAILAND

ANGKOR WAT

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Sunrise Silhouette. 

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Ta Phrom Temple

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Ta From Temple (One of the scene in Tomb Raider was shot here)

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Reality

 

  • Sun starts to rise at 5.30AM.
  • Get your entrance ticket for USD 37.
  • Some locals will ask you to buy long pants for Angkor Wat visit. (Shorts are allowed).
  • Tuk Tuk ride to Angkor Wat normally cost around USD 15 – USD 20.
  • You can get a guide in Angkor Wat or your Tuk Tuk will brief you the history of Angkor Wat and some other temples around it.
  • Food in of Angkor Wat are normally expensive (One fried noodle would cost around USD 6)
  • Visit some other nearby temples (Not just Angkor Wat)
  • Check out Central Hostel in Siem Reap for accommodation (Highly Recommended)
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Places to visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

PUB STREET, SIEM REAP

 

  • Siem Reap night life
  • Shopping heaven
  • Make sure you visit Angkor What! Bar.
  • Pub Crawl Available
  • Exotic food (Scorpion, Snakes for you try
  • Night Market
  • Try Khmer noodles on the street
  • Cheap beers & liquors
  • Do not give money to the young kids who begged on the street.
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Pub Street

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One Dollar Fried Noodle

  • They have plenty stalls along Pub Street Area.
  • This particular stall is my favorite.
  • Try their one dollar vegetarian fried noodle.

SIEM REAP COUNTRYSIDE

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USD 3 FOR A DAY (MOUNTAIN BIKE)

  • Do visit the country side of Siem Reap.
  • Can book with the local tour or rent a bike on your own.

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These kids are getting last few pieces of snails

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Catching fishes at the Paddy Field

 

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Happiness

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This family saved my day! Check out my video for more details!

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Lost while searching for the sunset spot.

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They offered me this for free.

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Uncle Mech

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Uncle Mech’s Mum

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Laos (Part 2)

Adventure, Kayak, laos, Travel, Uncategorized, YouTube, Youtube Channel

Vang Vieng, Laos.

Found out about this place from a travel blogpost by Yoga Wine Travel. Check out Flo’s blog if you wanna travel to Vang Vieng. This is definitely my favorite destination in Laos.

Check my video here to know why What to do in Vang Vieng

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Vang Vieng Aerial View

Mount Pha Ngren Viewpoint

  • 30 – 35 minutes hike to the viewpoint.
  • 10,000 Kip (USD 1 / MYR 5) for the entrance fee.
  • Make sure you have a proper hiking footwear (Goes very rocky towards the summit).
  • Do come here for the sunset view.
  • Enjoy your Tuk Tuk ride (50,000 Kip / USD 6 / MYR 27) to the starting point of Mount Pha Ngren viewpoint. 

 

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Peak of Mount Phangern 

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This is the aerial view of Mount Pha Ngren Viewpoint. If you do not bring any water or snacks along, you can always buy it from the snacks lady on top of Mount Pha Ngren.

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Getting a Guided Adventure Tour in Vang Vieng

  • There are plenty of tour agents here in Vang Vieng.
  • Always compare and bargain the tour price with multiple agents before you make the booking.
  • Buggy ride tour here is a bit costly around USD 50 per ride.
  • We highly recommend this adventure tour agent. (Picture below)
  • This agency run by two brothers and they offered us a cheaper price.
  • We took (Tubing in Than Nam, Elephant Cave, Kayaking in Nam Song River and Blue Lagoon). All these for the price of 100,000 Kip (USD 12 / MYR 54)

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Talk to the owner (The guy with yellow shirt) for lesser price. Very kind and easy going gentleman.

 

One Day Adventure Tour Itinerary

Tubing in Tham Nam (Water Cave)

  • You will get pick up by their Tuk Tuk driver.
  • Journey to Tham Nam (Water Cave) gonna took around 20 minutes drive from Vang Vieng Town.
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Briefing by our local guide, Sai. 

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Walking through villages to Than Nam (Water Cave)

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Water Cave Entry Point (Than Nam)

  • However, we felt that the tubing was a bit rushy as the guide kept asking us to pull the rope along till the end. You will need to paddle yourself on your way out from the cave (Only for a few metres). Water get very shallow at some point and you have to carry your own tube and walk.

Elephant Cave

  • Moderate cave with Elephant lookalike stone wall.
  • If you are not into religious visit, I would suggest you skip this cave. Do not hire a Tuk Tuk just to visit this cave. It’s not worth it.

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Kayaking at Nam Song River

  • Tuk Tuk driver will drive you to this kayak/tubing starting point (About 15 minutes drive).
  • Guide will brief you about basic rules of kayaking (Beginner friendly).
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Kayaking Starting Point 

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Remember to chill here when you do kayaking as plenty of restaurants and bars blasting dance music.

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Locals having fun in the middle of the river. You can literally walk across the river as the water are very low this season.

 

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Michelle & the guides. 

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The views

  • About 45 – 50 minutes kayaking along Nam Song River (You do not have to paddle hard as you will be kayaking with the river streams).
  • Do visit their riverside bars.
  • The view is to die for. (Not literally)
  • Highly recommended
  • Skip tubing (Not as happening as before and lesser bars to party with)

Blue Lagoon

  • One of the most famous tourist spot in Vang Vieng.
  • Blue Turquoise River and icy cold water.
  • It is normal to see flocks of  Korean tourist here (Korean Variety Shows took place here)
  • Get pretty crowded in the late afternoon.
  • If you prefer less crowd,  go to Blue Lagoon 3 ( We did not go there as our time in Vang Vieng was very limited)

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The best part of the tour for me was kayaking along Nam Song River. Ditch the river tubing cause it is not that hype anymore and only couple of bars are open. Finally, we were dropped at our hotel feeling satisfied that late evening.

Cycling along Vang Vieng Countryside

  • We rented bicycles for the day (15,000 Kip / USD 2 / MYR 8)
  • Do ride along the country side because it’s very instagrammble.
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Michelle and her pink ride. 

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Cross this wooden bridge to the other side for free

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Perfect

Tips when travel in Vang Vieng

  • If you are into adventure and nature, please stay here for at least 3 days. You will fall in love with this amazing lively backpackers town.
  • Always compare and bargain tour prices with agent.
  • It might get quite chill if its rain or in the early morning.
  • This place is backpackers heaven.
  • If you love to party, there are several bars that are available. Do check them out in Trip Advisor.
  • Do try their sandwiches (Any streets sandwich vendors will do as they all taste amazing).

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  • We stay at Laos Haven Hotel & Spa. Highly recommended. About 5 minutes walk to Vang Vieng main street.
  • This time, we took the minivan which pick us up directly from our hotel to Luang Prabang. I would suggest you to leave day time because the scenery along the ways is just so breathtaking. The journey was so calming and therapeutic.  Overnight bus would take 8 hrs instead of 4 hrs for normal day time ride.
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That smile is a guarantee. 

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