Brace yourselves for a very long post (or for a lot of posts, rather) — because I finally got my camera from the boyfriend, so I have the photos with me now.
Just an overview, we went to the following countries: Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. My colleagues at work think that we spent a fortune for this trip, but honestly speaking, that’s not the case.
Here are two tables I made before the trip, hope this helps those who are interested in touring across Southeast Asia.
If to be converted in USD, the equivalent would be USD396.57 (using the rate USD1=PHP41.00) — it’s still huge, I know. But we always book the flights at least 6-12 months in advance so we don’t have to pay for it in bulk. We looked for cheap fares, and fortunately there’s Air Asia and Jetstar! The plane going to Bangkok was the most expensive because we booked it 2 days before our actual flight.
These are not exact amounts, I don’t remember which ones. Being the OC that I am, I didn’t want to include centavos in the amount so I rounded the amounts to the nearest ones. We used Agoda in booking these hotels, which was a good thing, because I used my account in booking our hotel when we went to Hong Kong and I earned quite an amount of points for that— entitling me to use these points to get a discount, which I used in booking our room in Melon Resort.
We rode a plane to Ho Chi Minh City, arrived at midnight and spent the next day roaming around the city. The day after that, we took a bus going to Mui Ne, which took approximately 6 hours. We spent 1 1/2 days there then we went back to Ho Chi Minh and stayed there for another night.
The next morning, we took another bus ride going to Siem Reap. It took 16 hours for us to get there for some unknown reason. It was traumatic, and tiring. We wasted one whole day of our trip for that. Ergo, when we arrived at our hotel, we booked a flight going to Bangkok. We were supposed to ride a bus again and then a train, but after what we’ve been through, we didn’t want to risk it anymore.
That one day that we lost in Siem Reap became a day gained for Bangkok. We spent 2 days there, and then flew to Kuala Lumpur after. Our stay in Kuala Lumpur was the shortest among all our trips (not counting our stay in Penang that did not happen), we didn’t even reach 24 hours in that city. We flew to Penang because we wanted to visit Georgetown, which is famous for its cuisine, but unfortunately, the bus system was very confusing. We only had hours to spare, and we didn’t want to risk missing our flight to Singapore. So yes, we decided to just stay in the airport instead— and it wasn’t that bad because their airport is loads better than that of KL’s (LCC Terminal).
We arrived in Singapore a few minutes before midnight, so technically speaking, we just spent 3 whole days roaming around. One of which was spent in Legoland Malaysia, located at Johor Bahru, just an hour and a half away from Singapore. Very convenient, except for the fact that buses are fully booked and we had to be chance passengers just to go to Legoland and back.
I will be posting detailed entries soon, just writing this one took a lot of effort. Ha ha.