Monday, January 29, 2018

3D2N in Hua Hin, Thailand

Why Bangkok again? 

Cause there will always be more of new things and places to discover and explore in this City of Angels. But when I went Bangkok for the third times with my friends, I suggested that we should include Hua Hin for our 5D4N Bangkok trip. And so we did. 

3D2N Hua Hin

Hua Hin is a beach resort city that offer number of attractions and a variety of entertainments to the local as well with foreigners. From sunworshipping at the beach, fun thrilling at the themed parks or to shop till you drop at their outlet malls and even night markets. So many things to do, so many things to see, hence it's impossible for you to opt a day trip from Bangkok to Hua Hin. I would advise to spend at least 2 or 3 nights in Hua Hin to discover all these excitement. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kuching Café: Madeleine Cafe & Patisserie

When one mentions about Kuching, can't deny quite number of notable local dishes such laksa, kolo mee, kek lapis, kueh chap and more will instantly hit one's mind and even the mouth too. As I frequently visit Kuching cause it's my second hometown, I have try almost all the local dishes. Plus, I even did a list of what to eat and which shops or stalls are recommended to try for their respective dishes: Food Must Have When Visit Kuching

But because I keep going back Kuching and had the same local food over and over again, I want opt for something new, something unique. That's where I stumbled upon Madeleine Cafe & Patisserie, a very classic and cozy cafe with French-inspired design situated at Ground Floor, The Spring Shopping Mall of Kuching. So in case you are tired or exhausted from shopping spree, take a break and relax by sipping a cup of hot coffee or tea pair with heavenly slice of cake without have to travel far away.  

Madeleine Cafe - The Overview
#1: Madeleine Cafe & Patisserie situated at Ground Floor, The Spring Shopping Mall of Kuching

Monday, January 22, 2018

Da Nang, Hoi An & Hue, Vietnam (Sneak Peek)

Kick off the year of 2018 by visiting Vietnam again and this time around I'm covering the Central Vietnam - Da Nang, Hoi An & Hue which I had been eyeing for quite some time. Once again, thanks to AirAsia for another cheap fare cause I'm quite particular and calculative too when come to buying airtickets. It might not be as cheap as the one I bought to Ho Chi Minh before but as long as within my budget, it's consider reasonable and affordable.

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1: Da Nang International Airport - very close to the city 

Summary of My 6D5N Trip
Day 1: klia2 to Da Nang. Then we hired a private car to Hoi An which takes almost an hour journey.
Day 2: Hoi An Ancient Town
Day 3: Hoi An to Hue by private car
Day 4: Hue to Da Nang 
Day 5: Da Nang - Ba Na Hills 
Day 6: Goodbye Da Nang

Among the three cities, my favourite would be none other than Hoi An Ancient Town. Noted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Hoi An is the most delightful and atmospheric town in Vietnam. I love the old town is manicured and lifted up with vast array of colourful lanterns. Spending two nights here is a wise choice indeed.

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#2: Colourful lanterns everywhere

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#3: Japanese covered bridge with my best travel buddy

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#4: Colourful lanterns at night 

From Hoi An, we hired private car to Hue which takes about 2 and half hours. We did sightseeing tour in between, which including visiting My Son Sanctuary and Marble Mountains (but I personally think you can skip this). In Hue, we managed to venture the Imperial City, a walled palace within the citadel of the city. Hue formally was an imperial capital of Vietnam and now listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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#5: Imperial City, a walled palace within the citadel of the city of Hue


The final two nights we spent in Da Nang and we went to Ba Na Hills, a hill station and resort situated 45 minutes away from the city. This magical resort has been shared virally in Facebook lately and I can't believe finally I left my footprints there. 

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#6: 💗 the clear blue sky and cold weather

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#7

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#8: Magical French village

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#9: Dragon-shaped bridge spanning over Han River on last night before bidding goodbye 

So now I done with Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi & Halong Bay as well as Da Nang, Hoi An and Hue, thinking what next for Vietnam?  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Europe (2017): Salzburg, Austria

After spending a night in the world's music capital of Vienna, I embarked to the next city - Salzburg. Woke up early morning to pack my bags and straightly check-out from the hostel. Bidd goodbye to a Malaysian lady who I met last night staying in the same hostel and right after that, I walked to the train station which not far away the hostel I stayed.

From Vienna to Salzburg
Getting from Vienna to Salzburg, there are two cheapest options; either by bus or train. In terms of fare, both options are not much different with advance purchase fares from €19. I chosen to ride on the train because besides admire riding on the train, the journey time is lesser comparing to taking the bus.

Two competing operators link Vienna with Salzburg:
  • The State-owned OBB (Austrian Federal Railway) - run twice an hour between Wien Hbf & Salzburg main central station. 
  • Private operator WESTbahn - run every hour between Wien Westbahnhof & Salzburg main central station. It also run every house between Wien Praterstern, Wien Mitte, Wien Hbf, Wien Meidling and Salzburg. 
For more info about these two operators, check out "The Main in Seat 61" for more details.

2017 Europe Salzburg 01 OBB Railjet
Economy class on RailJet of OBB. The comfortable open saloons with large picture windows. Some seats are around table, some unidirectional. The best part is there is free WiFi connection in all classes. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Goodbye 2017! Hello 2018!

Happy New Year to all those who's still reading my blog and I hope it's not too late for me to blog about my last year travel reflections like I always did for the past few years, except last year.

Here's the recap of my travel adventures for the year 2017 in a nutshell:
2017 DT Travel

Last year, I managed to visit at least 10 different countries - 4 new countries; Denmark, Hungary, Poland and Finland which are listed in my bucket list. Finally ticked off few from my never-ending long list. Apart from that, I also revisited and rediscovered few countries and cities like:
  • Singapore for my sister's ROM. Stayed at Hotel 81 Dickson, one of my favourite budget hotels for the third time. 
  • Australia - Melbourne for the second time and Sydney for the third time (here)
  • Austria but visited new cities such as Vienna, Salzburg and Hallstatt
  • Czech Republic - Prague after 9 years
  • Thailand - Chiang Mai for the second time
  • Kuching for Rainforest Musical Festival with my BFF

Except for my Australia trip which I bought one year in advanced, almost all the trips above I bought kinda last minute as I wasn't sure where should I travel to and my schedule wasn't fixed due to my sister's wedding. So now her big day is over and I can plan for more upcoming trips.

In relation to my blog, I know I blogged less within these two years due to some unforeseeable reasons but then I hope this year I could catch up especially with all my endlessly backlog travelogues. So for those who's still continuing reading my humble blog, I would like to extend my gratitude to each and every of you for the continuously supporting my blog.

Last but not least, my simple new year resolution is to TRAVEL MORE, as always!

Life is made up of moments. Don't waste a single one. Create one instead.
    P/S: I used to hate travelling solo but since ever I embraced myself to Europe alone last year, I'm getting addicted to it. Can't wait for more solo trip soon.