Vietnam: A Developing Bike Culture

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Typical motorbike scene in Vietnam

Looking back to my last backpacking trip in Indochina countries Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia, one thing’s noticeable about the cities of Saigon and Hanoi – there are motorbikes everywhere. Literally everywhere. Anywhere you turn your head to, there will surely be bicycles and motorcycles either parked or driven by both Vietnamese locals and of course, foreign tourists.

Limitless honks will be consistently heard as most locals use motorbikes for their work or school. I remember when I asked one Vietnamese man at a Burger King restaurant about why do most of them prefer motorbikes than four-wheeled vehicles, and his response was “It’s faster and cheaper. Cars need high maintenance too.” This is true in all aspects. With this, I’ve come to realize that a developing country like theirs, Vietnamese’s general concept is to settle for the obviously cheaper motorbikes.

Anyway, let’s not dig deep on the reasons, but rather highlight the positive impacts of motorbikes to the Vietnamese community. Motorbikes basically serves as one of the modes of transportation. But because of their creativity, they tweak it a little bit and invent something to make it more useful to them. There are flower shop-on-wheels, a scooter that delivers a huge cage of live chickens, an entire family of 5 in one motorbike (not creative!), a banh mi store-on-wheels and the list goes on. Unlike other countries, motorbikes are not purely recreation in Vietnam. It’s a way of life. It’s part of living.

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Night scene in Hanoi

And so I made my research on the web regarding best motorcycle parts store and the top metzeler motorcycle tires, and I think I’ve seen the best one yet. Head over here for more info. Tạm biệt (bye)!

How I Scored A Cheap Flight to Bohol

Admit it, almost everyone you know wants to travel. May it be international or local travel; there are plenty of options to choose from on how you can score a cheap flight to your dream destination. Let me share to you my experience/guide how I scored a cheap flight to my first backpacking destination.

I started to realize the fun behind backpacking during my trip to Bohol. Although admittedly, I had committed a lot of mistakes during that trip, I can still say something that perfectly contradicts my recent post about the unexpected mishaps and inconvenience I encountered that time.

Since my trip to Bohol was my first ever solo backpacking experience, it was very memorable. And that doesn’t exclude how I ended up booking a low-cost flight to the beautiful province. My dream of seeing the Chocolate Hills in person was finally crossed out on my list! I would also never forget how chill I was while being served with sumptuous food and be serenaded by a local Boholano band, while cruising on Loboc River. Rode a jeepney that carried not only people, but also big buckets of fish! Lastly, felt romantic (although I was solo) in Café Lawis’ inviting ambiance and mood.

It feels like giving back to the province. My experience there was a great backpacking starter which made me more thrilled to travel solo in the future. The province didn’t fail me to appreciate what we can boast of despite its earthquake-stricken situation during that time.

So now, how did I score a cheap flight to Bohol? It’s simple. Follow these steps below:

  1. Spent a lot of time browsing different airline sites to view the hottest promo offers.
  2. Spent more time checking it from time to time.
  3. I subscribed to each airline’s newsletter.
  4. I got updated each day on the latest deals offered by them.
  5. I received an email notifying me about an upcoming seat sale.
  6. I waited for that day.
  7. The seat sale came. Faced my laptop, quickly opened the browser, and never hesitated to book that cheap flight to Bohol.
  8. Achievement unlocked: Low-cost flight to Bohol had been booked!

Basically, I just shared you how easy it was when I made that flight booking. It costed me just ₱1,173.24 for roundtrip tickets to Bohol. I know I made the right decision and actually caught the travel bug. Now you don’t have a reason not to book that Tagbilaran flight.

7 Honest Mistakes I Made On My First Backpacking Trip

Okay to start with, I was just 19 then when I decided to take on an adventure by myself. I was so stupid and naive in solo traveling. Actually, traveling in general. It wasn’t a good idea. It was full of risks, (a bit) of home-sickness, and anxiety – but all these were worth it. Continue reading “7 Honest Mistakes I Made On My First Backpacking Trip”

Stay Cheap and Stay Hip: Blossoming Romduol Lodge

A touristy destination ≠ an expensive stay. Here’s your cheap stay guide in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Stay cheap and stay hip: Avalon Bed & Breakfast

Vientiane, Laos may be one of the underrated backpacking destinations in Southeast Asia. But let me tell you, this city is fascinating. Our stay there was cheap and hip! Here’s how my two friends and I saved a lot of money on accommodation. Continue reading “Stay cheap and stay hip: Avalon Bed & Breakfast”

Crossing the Thailand-Cambodia Border: How We Got Scammed

The Thailand-Cambodia border could be the trickiest and worst border crossing process across Indochina countries, if done without research. Continue reading “Crossing the Thailand-Cambodia Border: How We Got Scammed”

5 Frequently Asked Questions I Hate Every After a Solo Backpacking Trip

Backpacking solo is the most rewarding experience I have ever done — it’s truly a great accomplishment for myself. I got to set my own list of places to go to, got there at my own pace, made friends with other nationalities, lived like a local, ate delicious authentic food foreign to my tastebuds, and on top of these, I got to be FREE!

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Café Lawis: A Spot to Spend Your Drama

Pristine white sand beaches, century-old Baroque-style churches, world-class diving spots, different adventure parks, the famous Chocolate Hills and let’s not forget the tarsiers. But Bohol is more than that, it is also home to Café Lawis.

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24 Ways to Prove that Batanes is Truly Breathtaking

The northernmost province in the Philippines is now one of the top emerging tourist destinations in the country. More and more people are coming to witness the breathtaking beauty it has, as it becomes more accessible to tourists. If you want a preview of Batanes’ charm, here I listed different ways to make your stay worthwhile. Okay I admit it, there are more ways than the ones listed here, but I promise these are the best ever! Continue reading “24 Ways to Prove that Batanes is Truly Breathtaking”

Mt. Balagbag Climb: Guides, Photos and What to Expect

Admit it, mountain climbing is the millennials’ new trend. Social media has been a powerful tool to inspire us to plan a hike with our friends, get our bags and discover what we can see from up there. We all have that dream weekend escape from stressful academic-related or office works. Well thank God, there’s a less than two hours away mountain we can depend on. Continue reading “Mt. Balagbag Climb: Guides, Photos and What to Expect”