This article was first published on 3 June 2018, 1:41PM; updated on 3 June 2019, 8:12PM.
Hi, VoicePoints readers! It’s me again. I know you miss my #WhereIn series which features places and cuisine. I am changing the name of my travel corner. I now call it “The Solo Drifter”. I have been featuring landmarks, new spots and cuisine solely for years so I decided to change my corner to #TheSoloDrifter.
In this first episode of #TheSoloDrifter, I am featuring three countries from Indochinese Peninsula or Mainland Southeast Asia – the most visited in the world, Thailand, and two of the famous countries from French Indochina which is Vietnam and Cambodia.
In May 2018, I had a three-day Asia-Pacific Conference in Bangkok, Thailand so I used this opportunity to visit the neighboring countries of Thailand. I prepared a video of each country and uploaded it in YouTube. Please follow the link below:
In this article, I am sharing my suggested itinerary and budget:
Note: I suggest to use Oanda Currency Converter
|DAY 1 – Nature|
|1:30AM||Manila International Airport||Flight to Bangkok, inclusive of travel tax of PHP1,620||6,785|
|4:10AM||Suvarnabhumi International Airport||Give at least 45 minutes for immigration processing||700|
|Taxi fare going to hotel, plus toll fees|
|6:00AM||Wild Orchid Villa||Check in||1,782|
|6:30AM||Travel time to Ekkamai. Take Grab||188|
|7:00AM||T-Tour Station||Travel time to Pattaya||190|
|10:30AM||Nong Nooch Garden||500|
|12:30PM||Elephant Jungle Sanctuary||3,748|
|6:00PM||Travel time to Bangkok||150|
|8:00PM||Khao San Road||Budget||500|
|DAY 2 – Temple Run|
|7:00AM||Travel time to Ayutthaya||150|
|9:00AM||Ayutthaya Historical Park
Wat Maha That
Wat Phra Si Sanphet
|11:00AM||Travel time to Bangkok||150|
|1:00PM||Chatuchak Weekend Market||Budget||500|
|2:00PM||The Grand Palace (opens until 3:30PM)
Wat Phra Kaew (opens until 3:30PM)
|Entrance fee, including taxi fare||750|
|6:00PM||Damnoen Saduak Floating Market||Budget||500|
|8:00PM||Asiatique The Riverfront||Budget||500|
|DAY 3 – Bangkok to Siem Reap|
|1:00AM||Travel time from Bangkok to Siem Reap||1,558|
|11:00AM||Little Prince Resort & Spa||Check in||29.67|
|DAY 4 – Temple Run|
|4:30AM||Angkor Tour||Service and Angkor Pass||37||100,000|
|12:00PM||Travel time to Phnom Penh||715|
|5:00PM||Ohana Phnom Penh Palace Hotel||Check in||37.80|
|6:30PM||National Museum of Cambodia||Plae Pakaa Cambodia Living Arts Show||1247|
|DAY 5 – Phonm Penh and Ho Chi Minh|
Wat Moha Montrei
|1:00PM||Travel time to Ho Chi Minh||703|
|5:30PM||A25 Hotel||Check in||660,000|
|7:00PM||Ben Thanh Market||1,000,000|
|DAY 6 – Ho Chi Minh|
|5:45AM||September 23 Park||Morning walk|
|Bitexo Tower and Sky Deck|
|8:00AM||TNK Travel||Meet up for Cu Chi Tunnels tour|
|9:30AM||Art Shop (Agent Orange victims), Cu Chi Tunnels and Mekong Delta Tours||22|
|10:00PM||Ho Chi Minh to Manila||5,165|
|Total (in PHP)||40,849|
If you are planning to visit Malaysia-Singapore-Indonesia after Thailand, here’s my travel guide.
12Go Asia (Bus Booking)
Long Phuong Cambodia (SGN-PNH)
Kumho Samco (HCM-PNH)
Siem Reap Angkor Transport Services
Number (WhatsApp): 088 84 14 866 or 081 42 47 11
Wild Orchid Villa (Bangkok)
RECREATION AND ADVENTURE
Cafe Cheo Leo
Monday-Friday, 9AM-10PM; Saturday, 10AM-10PM
FIRE & DINE Bar n’ Restaurant
Yi Sang Restaurant
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Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a youth and environmental advocate, leader, writer, blogger, filmmaker and an organist. He’s the former Chairperson of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chapter. As a writer, he has found focus and interest on reproductive health, deaf rights, youth development. At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership by leading student organizations and college publications. He was a recipient of the PGMA Campus Journalism Award. He joined and won national contests and published some articles related to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in a Spanish paper and website. Some of his articles were also published in leading Philippine news websites and featured in international organizations website.
He launched his career as a CPA in KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. Paul is currently leading the Data and Analytics Network (and its university arm) of KPMG in the Philippines. He is also the Business Lead for Innovation. He provides trainings to KPMG professionals in the Philippines. He also joined Financial Services Academy for Shared Service Centres (SSC) as a presenter. He is part of the Technical Advisory Group of the Firm's Department of Professional Practice, focusing on data and analytics, audit methodology, accounting standards, root cause analysis, system of quality management, and financial statement quality control review. He represents the Firm as a resource and motivational speaker, arbiter, adjudicator and judge in academic conferences, audit conventions, accounting and audit cups, and audit case study competitions. He sits as a member of Root Cause Analysis team of the Firm. Paul is an Audit Methodology Champion and Workforce of the Future Champion of the Firm. He is also the Firm's System of Quality Management Implementation Manager.
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