Its great to be back to Toronto. I’m glad that I got my tropical skin back from 9 years ago when I grew up in Malaysia. I always complain that the weather is too hot in Malaysia but I tried to avoid the Air Conditioner when I was in Asia. I wish i can stay longer in SouthEast Asia. I think my stay is too short. I did not plan my trip well as i went over my budget and also I should have research more on the top destinations to visit. Well, nuff said…………I am going to breakdown the cost of my spending in all 3 countries and my opinion traveling in such a short period of time in each of them.
Here is my completed bucket list:
Scuba Dive in Mactan, Philipines
Water Rafting in Ubud, Indonesia
Tiger Feeding in Siracha Tiger Zoo, Thailand
Flying Trapeze in Manila, Philipines
Elephant Bath and Ride in Ubud, Indonesia
Learn how to surf in Kuta Beach, Indonesia
ATV ride in Ubud, Indonesia
Fish Spa in Bangkok, Thailand
Dolphin Encounter in Subic Bay, Philipines
Mountain Hiking in Tagaytay, Philipines
Wake Boarding in Lilo-an, Philipines
Duration: 17 Days (Jan 10- Jan 27, 2017)
Grand Total: 3,992.05 CAD
Breakdown of my Expenses:
Multi Destination Flight : 2,513 CAD
Destinations : Thailand, Indonesia and Philipines
Philippines (1 CAD = 37.8 Pesos):
The local here are really friendly and welcoming . Maybe because I am a girl :P. Even though I do not know anyone here, everyone I met here offer to lend a hand. They know that I am traveling alone and would offer me food ,shelter, offer to split some of my taxi fare, and drive me to my excursion destination. I booked my last min trip to Cebu City because there’s not much to do in Manila. I am glad i came to Cebu City even though the fare is very expensive. I stayed in Philippines for 6 days and I got to checked off some of my bucket list here. I wanted to do island hoping but I spent way too much so I only choose Scuba diving instead. I stayed about 3 nights in my couch surf host Noemi’s place (Taquig City) in the village. Her place is in the middle of nowhere. Taxi and motorbike drivers do not know /have a hard time finding her place. The security in Manila is pretty tight as there was a rumor that there was a bomb threat. I think it is pretty safe to travel here. The traffic in Manila is worst than in Cebu City. My stay was too short because I was afraid that I might be out of budget , which I am right. I would say that you need at least 1 month to visit the main attractions, island and excursion as the island here are really far from each other. I will come back once day for sure to visit Palawan island. I tried to approach people so I don’t get too lonely and try to make new friends to split the cost with me for the activities that I wanted to participate in. Main religion in Philippines is Catholic. I see people praying a bakery shops too.
Airbnb: 52 CAD for 3 (Cebu City) + Free for 4 days in Manila (CouchSurf+ Hitch Hike)
Many Korean and Japanese people come here to Scuba Dive here as well because they do not have many scuba diving facilities and places to dive in their home country
Check out a video of me doing Trapeze here:
Thailand (1 CAD = 26.8 Baht):
Thailand is a great place for party people. Thailand is a very popular destination compare to Indonesia and Bangkok. Many foreigner love to travel to Thailand because of the island , weather, food and nightlife. Many foreigner like to party at Khao San Road. Even the locals like to party here. There were plenty of street food compare to restaurants. You can try many different traditional local food here (Please be aware of the insects). I wanted to do island hoping but my stay was very short here. You need about 2 weeks or more to visit the most popular island in Phuket,and James Bond Island. Make sure your bargaining skills are very good because you can literally bargain anything here. I learned this from my Malaysian friends. I didn’t really make new friends as I was with my childhood friends most of the time. A lot of the people here do not speak English well. I tried to communicate with one of the taxi driver (while he was on the phone with someone else) and he didn’t understand what I was trying to say to him. Taxi drivers do not have gps/data connection on their phone. Taxi drivers only has pay phones.
Hotel: 279 CAD for 5 days
Food and drinks: 53.23 CAD
Transportation: 18 CAD
Clothes , Gifts, Medical Bill and Miscellaneous (sim card, detergent, etc) : 128 CAD
Excursions and Sight Seeing :130.11 CAD
Total : 608.34 cad
Check out the video of Steve and I trying the Scorpion!
Check out the video of “Crazy Steve” getting his tattoo done for the first time after getting drunk at the bar. I honestly think that he already planned this because its cheaper to do it here in Thailand than in Canada.
Indonesia (1 CAD = 10,153 Rupiah):
My stay was really short because it took me all day to complete a lot of the tours that I didn’t get a chance to do a lot of sight seeing. I didn’t really get a chance to meet a lot of people here except my 2 new couch surfer friends. I got lost a couple of times trying to find my villa. There were more restaurants here than street food near my area in Kuta. I am glad I did a lot of the excursions and met many travelers like myself from other countries. The road here is very narrow. I see many foreigners rent a scooter /motorbike to drive. I don’t trust their driving because they do not know the road signs and not familiar with the area. Australians love to travel to Bali, locals said that they feel like Bali is their second home. I even met a couple that would love to have their wedding here because the price is very affordable and the weather is amazing. There were many villas and I my Airbnb villa that I stayed in. You need to get used to showering in cold water here.
Airbnb: 52 cad for 5 nights
Food and Drinks: 15 cad
Transportation: 23.36 CAD
Miscellaneous, Gifts, Shopping, and Sim Card : 26.88 cad
Excursions :301 CAD
Total : 418.24 cad
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Check out the short video of my ATV ride:
Name one thing you like about traveling?: Doing things that I never did before
How did we meet? College
How many countries have you traveled to? 4
Name : Ivana
How did we meet? College
Name one thing you like about traveling? Learning about different cultures