Thailand Travel Guide Better Vlogs & Selfies

Thailand is a South East Asian Country and the travel hub for the Asians. This place is famous for its beaches, jungles, temples, royal palaces and figured Buddha’s. Thailand is really cheap for its accommodation, food, and travel.

Accommodation: Northern areas of Thailand are much cheaper than the southern and Bangkok. You will get cheap guesthouses as cheap as $3-$8 per night. After increasing your budget by $12 you might get a bungalow by the beach side. At the South of Thailand you can still get decent prices around 20-30$ but it can also go up to hundreds of dollars for luxury. The choice is up to you.

Food: Food actually I would recommend you to eat from the food stalls, it’s much cheaper than the restaurants. It will cost you ($0.5 – $4) by food stalls and ($5-$10) in cafes and restaurants.  Food stalls serve authentic food, at least way more authentic than many restaurants in touristic areas. Warning though: Authentic often also means more SPICY, so make sure you let them know to make it less spicy if you prefer. And at last, one more advantage is that you can eat there day and night! 

Travel: As a travel guide I would say you must travel through the local buses. Believe me, only if you will live like the locals you will enjoy the fullest. You will get local people to talk to, know more about them, their lifestyle, make new friends who have also come for traveling and share your trip experience. Traveling through the islands by bus would cost you ($1-$5). Please note that the prices may vary.

There is always to talk more about Thailand but the major things you must not miss are what you see down here.

Must do things in Thailand:

Visit Elephant Nature Park and play with elephants:

Elephant Nature Park is in the northern areas of Thailand in Chiang Mai province. This place is a rescue center for elephants, dogs, cats, buffalos and many others. You should go there learn about elephants thriving and get close to them and play with them. Elephants are never threatened or beaten but they welcome tourists and volunteers to help them rescue the elephant and know more about them. I must say an elephant is a really cool animal to play and love with.

Songkran ( The local water fight festival):

The wildest festival of Thailand is said to be the Songkran Festival. In Bangkok, this festival is celebrated in the northern area of Chiang Mai for almost a week in the month of April. You will find the children, youngsters and elders all enjoying it together. The country turns into a war zone for a week. You will find children with the biggest water guns and who come in range becomes the target.

Hangout in Pai:

Pai is a town in Mae Hong Son which is 2.5 hours bus ride away from the Chiang Mai. Personally, I would say this place is really beautiful and you should never miss the waterfall. Grab the food from the street and eat it at the waterfall. Enjoy sitting on a piece of rock rather than sitting on a chair making yourself comfortable. Traveling is all about breaking your comfort zone. Check this video to get a feel of the vibe:

Island Hopping:

Island hopping is the best part of Thailand and my favorite. If you are really an adventurous person you should never skip this. Island hopping means traveling from one island to another. Travel all the island with the local bus so that you don’t miss anything.

White Temple in Chiang Rai:

Yes, we know you may be bored of temples as there are just so many in Thailand and the rest of Asia. But I promise, this one is truly unique.

“Wat Rong Khun” is known as “THE WHITE TEMPLE” which is located outside the town of Chiang Rai. Local and Foreigners both admire the beauty and it has the most visitors out of any other. Its construction was started in 1997 and will continue till 2070. Checkout this video:

Emerald pool, Krabi

Me in Emerald Pool

Originated from the lowland forest of Khao Nor Juji, supposedly Thailand’s last piece of lush forest, this hot spring is a must-see destination. Prepare to be impressed by spectrums of turquoise stream that shifts in different light and time of the day. To experience the most intense emerald colour, visiting at dawn or early in the morning is highly recommended. Here’s a video of my friends at the Emerald pool, as you can see a great place to vlog or take selfies!

I would personally recommend to live as a local and not to travel within a luxury lifestyle. The simplest things will please you the most giving you a deep breath for the peace of mind. If you have visited Thailand I would recommend sharing your experience in comments below to guide others for a better traveling experience.

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4 General Indonesian Etiquette for Travelers

Never get confused again! We offer only tips that work in most places in Indonesia.

From eastern to western ground zeroes of Indonesia, there lies archipelago of more than 17.000 islands with a massive assimilation that differs from place to place. They have six constitutionalized religions with hundreds more of local animism-dynamism wisdoms that represent their conservative ethinicity. So in terms of cultural, customs and etiquettes, there are huge differences that comprehensively pretty difficult to get our heads around. So we wrap for you 4 general Indonesia etiquette for travelers that work in most places. Just remember, it might only suit you enough for days or a few weeks of casual visit on the country, and obviously don’t want to be bothered with the complexity of the locals. If you want to enjoy the rich history and cultures, live somehow nomadicly blogger-like, or want to engage deeply with the natives, that’s a whole another story which needs to be very specific and pretty time consuming.

So for you casual visitors of Indonesia, you can follow this 4 general Indonesian etiquette for travelers:

1.Always do almost everything with the right hand (or at least prioritize it)

Indonesian always wipe with their left hand after their business in the toilet. That’s basically their top of mind considering the usage of left hand. So you must use the right hand for any activity, including shake hands, pointing objects, taking and giving, paying, etc. Especially if the activities are involving other people. You still may work or lift things with the left hand, they’ll give you some slacks if they’re not involved.

Except for eating, while considered as a private activity and even if you’re using spoon or fork without actually touching the food, most of them will find it at the least displeasing. Try to imagine what you wrap and comes to mouth, that’s how they preserve.

2.Acceptable Handshakes

Handshakes has its own categories based on “class” and gender. Not every handshakes is your everyday casual handshake with one hand shaking the other’s one hand. This can be applied only if you have a business meeting or as a casual handshake for coevals.

If you meet an older or respectable person, you should offers two hands simultaneously and remember to bend slightly. And don’t offer a handshake to women, except they offer it first. Instead, offer your no-touch handshake with a closed clap gesture.

3.Learn Basic Bahasa Indonesia

You don’t want yourself stuck in pantomime interactions with the natives which not english-able. Especially if you’re going to some villages or remote objects, yet even then some urbanized people still can’t even understand basic english. Hire a guide can come in handy if you have a little budget to spare and not planning on solo traveling.

4.Always Smile!

It’s obvious, smiling is a universal language for hospitality. Especially when you stare at someone first, they’ll consider your stare as a challenge when not neutralized by a smile.

Remember these 4 general Indonesia etiquette for travelers and you’ll enjoy your stay much more!

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Why the Tagline “It’s More Fun in the Philippines?”

Where else would you want to live in a country that offers crystal-clear beaches, cost-effective accommodations, rich culture, friendly and smiling locals, sumptuous food choices, and beautiful natural resources? We almost have everything you need for your perfect vacation.

Can you imagine the happiness naturally painted on your face when you’re in the Philippines? Allow me to give you an idea what is in-store for you when you spend time in our touristy archipelago.

Weather in The Philippines

Philippines is strategically located in an area that has an annual temperature of about 26.6°C.

This tropical weather makes the country very adaptable to tourists from anywhere across the globe. It would be best to come here from the months of November to May. You can even enjoy our monsoon season between June and October as we created lots of activities indoors like recreational events inside hotels.

People in The Philippines

Ask as many non-Filipinos worldwide who have been here and you will be captivated by how they describe their experience with our one-of-a-kind hospitality. Actually, it’s already ingrained in our culture. We’ve been known to be friendly and kind to our guests no matter our status in life.

Flora and Fauna

The archipelago is gifted to have the most diverse wildlife throughout the world. You will find different animal and plant species wherever you are – in the highlands or under the ocean. We are proud to be the home of the cutest monkey (Philippine Tarsier) in Bohol and the smallest fish (Pandaca pygmea) in the world.

Visit and be awed by our scenic geographic offerings including the stunning Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the naturally-crafted Banaue Rice Terraces, and the 2016 world’s best island – Palawan.

Islands and Beaches

With the 7,107 islands composing the archipelago, it will make you feel like you are having heaven on earth. Have a feel of our very fine white sand with your naked feet and get a plunge at the clear waters of our beaches. Never miss Travel+Leisure’s list of “The World’s Best Islands” in 2017 including Palawan, Boracay and Cebu when you visit in our country.

Food

Although we already adopted American, Malay, Japanese, Chinese, and Spanish cuisines, we still have our own menus for our guests. Among the must-try local Filipino foods are adobo, balut (boiled developing embryo of a bird), halo-halo dessert, pancit (noodles), and sinigang. Seafood is everywhere; just ask some locals where you can buy some.

Language

Almost everyone in the country, no matter the age, speaks English. You will never get lost your way so long as you can communicate in English.

Transportation

Complete your travel across the country, especially in remote areas or in the countryside, riding in or on a jeepney and motorcycle (locally known as habal2x). These vehicles are already part of our culture and this kind of ride will absolutely make you feel like a natural-born Filipino.

Isn’t more fun in the Philippines? Try to book your next trip here and experience all these first-hand.

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Do’s and Don’t’s When Travelling in Japan

Everyone wants to visit this arguably most famous destination in Asia. Couldn’t agree more–the food, culture, lifestyle is very interesting! Even though Japan is pretty pricey, it worth the money! However, travelling to Japan can be a little bit frustrating. So here are some do’s and don’ts that can ease and better your holiday in Japan. 

Do travel with the public transportation  

Japan has excellent public transportation. Subways and trains are the perfect choice to travel between cities. Bear in mind that it can get a little too complicated! Many of the big cities like Tokyo, has extensive subway lines. You might think that as famous as Japan is, English will be everywhere! But unfortunately, that’s not the case. So make sure to ask for help in the customer service desk.

Don’t forget to walk it too!

Even though the transportation is excellent, don’t forget to walk! There is no better way than exploring the city than by walking. You will see and do a lot of things you don’t expect. Sometimes, the best time is one that was unplanned. 

Do meet your Japanese friend if you have one!

There is no better way to explore Japan than with the locals. If you know someone from Japan from your past travels or universities, do contact them! Local knowledge will lead you to one the most unique experience in Japan. Ask them for some tips!

Don’t forget to learn a little bit of the language

At some point, you will find yourself lost in the city or looking at the menu. Knowing some of the language can head you to the right place. Having a dictionary is one way to solve the problem. A little bit of Japanese will go a long way! 

Visit the local shrines

The crowds and cities in Japan can be overwhelming. One perfect solution to find peace is going the local shrines. There are many shrines located somewhere in the bustling cities of Japan. Google it and you will find a plenty of choices to choose from.

Don’t get stuck staying in big Hotels

Japan has one of the most unique places to stay. There is the capsule hostel where the price is relatively cheaper and popular with other tourist. When travelling in rural area, you can check out the ‘Minsyuku,’ local Japanese houses run usually by Japanese grandparents. The perfect way to live the local way!

Do experiment with the food

There are much more than just sushi! You will find nothing like you’ve tried before. Japanese cuisine is diverse. Some of the food is one that you will like it or hate it. But hey, never try, never know!

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When in Asia

Living in Asia means experiencing the world. The continent itself will give you everything from its four seasons, biodiversity, wonderful people, natural resources and boundless sceneries ranging from the highest of heights to the depths of the seas. The famous tagline that says “in everything you do, there is always an Asian better than you” speaks for itself for so many reasons you must know and here are the things that you need to know on how to live and fully experience ASIA.

Culture Diversity in Each Country

There are funny impressions about Asians most Western people give. One, that all Asians know Karate, two, that all Asians eat rice and All Asians do Karaoke which is partially true but not necessarily for every Asian country you visit such as in the Middle East.

Asia is a huge continent divided by several countries, Kingdoms, Dynasties, and Religion but there will always one thing that binds people from Asia, it’s their resilience, from everything.

Similarities and Differences in Asia

Most Asians are similar in the color of their skin, might come to many shades of tan except Chinese, Korean and Japanese people who have lighter, yellowish skin color. Yet, you may also meet some Asians who have Western or Hispanic looks and culture for it could be the result of the past Western colonization in Asia.

Another similarity you can find in Asian People is their strict implementations of discipline, culture, and tradition. Asians have unique values practiced in family, society, politics, and religion. When you come to Asia, you will see how the people value their churches, monuments, and manners. Asian people are more conservative. Societal standards may differ from each country with various factors such as clothing, use of languages, religious practices, and public etiquette. Asian government and religion have so much contribution on how the people act, speak and live.

There are countless differences when you are to compare Asian people, culture, and etiquette based in every country. One country’s way of expression might offend another country in so many ways though they live in one continent. For example, Japanese people may be very polite and respectful but you will find them slurping when they eat their noodles as their way of showing gratefulness and enjoyment for a hearty meal served to them and slurping in front of other people might be very wrong when you do that in countries like Philippines and Dubai who already adapted the dining etiquette of the Western world to be really refined and quiet.

Asian Family Virtues

In Asia, you must know how to practice good manners and proper conduct when it comes to respecting your parents, siblings, most especially the elders. There are several ways you can show respect to them from Japanese’ way of bowing their heads to Indian’s “Namaste” greetings while placing hands together while bowing or the Southern Asian countries’ hand kissing and “bless you” gestures.

Most Asian families practice Patriarchal, fathers are given to earn for their living and most girls would stay home and do babysitting or chores but this is no longer practices in some Asian countries that are influenced by modernization and women empowerment. You may now find women CEOs and military who prove themselves to be stronger than how the society sees them.

Business Etiquette

We all know that most Asian people most especially Chinese have so much devotion when it comes to business. Most Asian businessmen value their time as much as Westerners do yet not with some other Asian people who were influenced by the Mañana habit of their Spanish ancestors who would always come to work and meetings late.

Common gestures you can use for business meetings as a greeting is either bows or handshakes. It is also important for you to give time for the speaker to talk and speak your mind when the guest or the leader is done talking.

Casual and Business suits are worn when in business meeting yet there will always be exceptions on how important the event is and there would be a must to wear a national costume.

Dining Etiquette

Not all Asians actually eat rice and use chopsticks for these are only practiced mostly in China or Japan. Like in the Middle East, aside from rice, their staple food is bread. Asians respect their food so much, they pray and do worship just before or even after eating.

Asians are well disciplined in having their meals. Some Asian countries can never leave their plates with leftover for that’s considered as an insult to both nature and God’s provisions. Aside from that, Asians eat together at the same time, for food is one of their many ways to bond and share with their loved ones.

 

 

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The beaches and weather

Thailand has the world’s most beautiful beaches and some of the most famous diving spots. People come from all over the globe just to spend a week lying on a Thai beach drinking coconut milk right from the shell and getting beach massages, or to hire a boat to go diving around the country’s coral reefs. The sand is soft and fine, the ocean is blue and warm, and the marine life the most spectacular you have ever seen.

Hot, hotter and hottest — that’s how Thais describe the weather in Thailand. It’s sunny almost all the time and, yes, it’s roasting hot. But that all fits in with the exotic nature of the country, the sights, the sounds and the smells. Yes, in the rainy season it rains, but even then rarely for more than an hour. Then the sun comes out, the heat rises off the streets, and you’re once more luxuriating in glorious heat.

 

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Put some tissues in your bag

Even in big cities like Beijing or Shanghai, half of the restaurants, cafes, schools, shopping malls, hospitals don’t provide toilet papers in their restrooms.  Always keep a small pack of tissues in your handbag. This will be a good way to avoid awkward situation.

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