Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chain of Travelling

Dalai Lama once said "Once a year, go some place you have never been before". I would nod in agreement. Whether it is some where near your home or whether it is some where far away from home, just take some time off to go to that place, to experience another side of the world which you have never seen or been. I am a person who enjoys travelling, not because I can be in those planes. It is because I love the fact that I can walk around in those new places, exploring their cultures, witnessing the way of their lives by capturing that through my camera lenses. Also, getting lost in the big cities with maps in my hands. It is not pleasant to be lost, but being lost in cities are part of the journey of travelling, I would say.

Magnificent Wat Arun in Bangkok 

The Ferris Wheel in AsiaTique in Bangkok

The traffic jams in Bangkok

The great pork rice in Bangkok

The yummy cakes in "After You" restaurant in Bangkok

Halong Bay in Hanoi

Cathedral in Vienna

Political objections from the people in Thailand

Be it the ancient temples or the excellent food, another reason why I love to travel is that I can always meet new friends from other countries as well as to meet up with my friends. Those people do make the travelling extra fun!

Feem, my buddy

from left to right: Angeline, me, Jeremy, Pop, Fuiyen

Cute Mint! :)

Viet & Hwa

from left to right: Lily, John, Fuiyen, Viet

from left to right: Le, Lily, me, John, Fuiyen

dinner with Joe & Plan

dinner with Ai & Ice 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hanoi Backpackers Hostel

I have always wanted to back pack in few countries and YES! I did it! This time around, I went to Hanoi, Hua Hin and Bangkok for 10 days. As this trip is a budget trip, thus my friends and I decided to stay in a Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi. I have read few reviews regarding to that particular hostel and I just gave it a try. There are 3 Backpackers Hostel in Hanoi. The "Orignial" and the "Downtown" hostel is situated in Hanoi and the "Imperial" is at Hue. Rooms available including "Mixed Dorm", "Female Dorm", "Male Dorm", "Private Room" and "Queen Size Dorm Bed".  I stayed in the Female Dorm in the "Original" Hostel throughout my 4 nights stay. Staying in the downtown area was quite an advantage to us travelling around the city. It is easy to access to food, historical sides and buildings etc. The price is affordable and cheap which only cost me for one night 7USD inclusive breakfast and free wifi. Below are the photos which will help you to get a better picture of the hostel. 

48, Hanoi Backpackers' Hostel

Front part of the Hostel

The registration counter

the dining and hang out area

the rooftop bar which is at the top of the building. They have free drinks from a certain time of certain days. a nice place to chill and to talk to other backpackers.

the female dorm. each dorm will have its own washroom and bathroom. this room can accommodate 10 people.

After staying for four nights in this hostel, I therefore rate them accordingly: (poor, average, good, excellent)

1. Hygiene - good
2. Food - average
3. Location of the hostel - Excellent
4. Staff - poor
5. Facilities - good

The staff is not as friendly as I thought they are. Well, maybe they are friendly towards the other foreigners but I personally do not think they are friendly towards us, the Asians particularly. Otherwise, the facilities including the internet wifi, four desktops for the backpackers, water dispenser etc are well.

Below are the link where you can do your booking.