Gone in 13 days.

Before archie finally migrated to the US in 2005 (that was a long a time though haha), we decided to make a short trip across Southeast Asia to spend some time together abroad, to escape from work (haha), to have some imported beer and “pulutan”—and of course another adventure to add to our several trips together here in the Philippines.  Since all of us three couldn’t afford much time to go on-leave, we had to squeeze our visit to five countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore in just 13 days.   We had a total of four flights, two bus rides and a boat ride to finish our trip.  Each country has a unique picture, and each photo I have here simply describes its distinct beauty.

Our first stop:  Selamat Datang! Malaysia – as what Malaysians say, it’s truly Asia!  Departing from Clark @ 10pm via Air Asia, we reached KLIA @ past 1am.   To save money (tipid tip no.1), we just stayed at the airport until 7am before we went to KL via KLIA Express.  We spent the whole day roaming around downtown KL. Of course we landed first at the magnificent Petronas Towers, then KL Tower, had lunch @ little India (tried a lot of indian food), then @ night, had some beer @ beach club café.  The next morning, with our huge backpack, we took the monorail going to Bukit Bintang, stayed there for a while, bought some souvenirs, tried some malaysian dishes and then went to the airport via KLIA express to catch our flight to Bangkok in the afternoon.   Terima Kasih!   

Next stop: Bangkok, Thailand (3rd day).  Sawasdee Amazing Thailand!  We arrived at the airport @ dinner time.  From the airport, we took a bus (tipid tip no.2) bound for Silom, where the famous Patpong (known as a red light district at the heart of Bangkok) is located – also a busy night market!  We had dinner along the side street of Silom (tipid tip no.3), had some thai noodles and the famous tom yum.  The next day, we had a typical thai breakfast along the street, Winner!  We strolled around Bangkok, visited the grand palace, a lot of temples, then spent the rest of the day at Chatuchak market, the largest weekend market in Bangkok.  Of course, the night wasn’t complete without a bottle of Singha, Thailand’s pride!  KHOB-KUN Thailand!

Fifth Day:  In the morning, we left Bangkok via a provincial bus and reached the Thailand-Cambodia border at lunch time.   After 2 hours in the line for immigration procedures and security check, finally we crossed the border.  We hired a taxi to bring us to Siem Reap, the home of the Ancient Angkor (a must-see paradise).  After a 5-hour drive, we finally reached Siem Reap, immediately we had dinner and had some Angkor beer (first night pa lang beer na!)  We spent 2 days to see the Angkor, truly– AMAZING!   On the 8th day, we left Siem Reap early in the morning and went to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, visited temples, the historical killing fields during the time of Polpot (leader of Cambodian communist movement), and walked around the city and at night had some Angkor beer by the bay.

9th Day:   Early morning we left Phnom Penh for Vietnam – about 5 hrs to reach the border, and then another 2.5 hrs to reach Ho-chi-minh City (formerly Saigon). we arrived at the city earlier than expected and we had enough time to stroll downtown and have some shopping, and had snack @ Jollibee.  Of course at dinner, we tried the famous vietnamese noodles and some authentic vietnamese dishes.  We spent our night at Eden Bar, had some Saigon Beer and of course we tried our very own SMB — “masarap pala ang feeling” when you encounter Philippine products abroad, we were so proud then.  Thank you, Vietnam.

10th Day! Welcome to Singapore!  Finally we reached the first world (haha)!  Airport pa lang, astig na! we spent 3 days in Singapore. We went to Sentosa , took the cable car.  then we went to chinatown and little india –food trip (tipid tip no.4)!  Had some shopping @ orchard road, hangout with pinoy friends @ lucky plaza – tagged as the Philippine department store in Singapore, met a lot of OFWs (saludo ako sa mga bagong bayani).   Had so much fun! (In the picture @ the lower right: Don, Archie & Joel (BatangMangyan)

Finally, the 13-day trip is over!  Much fun, not so expensive though (courtesy of promo flights and cheap backpacker’s inn we discovered in The Lonely Planet).  Indeed, the trip was no less than extraordinary!  We learned a lot of things – discovered different cultures/values, tried various dishes (this is what I like most haha), and of course met a lot of people.  Along this new adventure, the most important thing is the time we spent together, truly it’s exceptional.   And I’d say that it’s not how many hours we spent; it’s how much we put into the hours. 

“The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything.”

37 Responses to “Gone in 13 days.”

  1. cool! this post is really a fully-packed entry! “5 countries in 13 days in 1 post!” haha sinulit mo tol ang matagal na pagkawala sa blog ah! nice trip, napagod ako parang naramdaman ko din yung hype! parang ang bilis ng kwentuhan at kailangang i beat ung 13 days from one border to another..

    masarap talagang magbyahe lalo na pag kasama ang mga kaibigan, truly an exceptional bonding experience, international ang level ng laboy nyo astig!!

    congrats sa bagong post!

    http://www.bonistation.com po! dumadatcom na! haha

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    taragis at dumatCOM na ang bonistation. congrats! salamat ‘tol sa pagdaan. masarap talaga gumala, at kahit may kasamang pagod, ay nawawala din lahat in the end, nacocompensate ng ibat-ibang experiences. more power to your new station🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  2. based ako wag magulo.

    basa mode muna kuya joel

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    2nd base ka hamster. 🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  3. “Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Singapore in just 13 days.”
    -montik na ko mag nervous breakdown sa ingget.

    yung sa malaysia, petronas tower ba yung twin tower?

    yung sa thailand, yung binebenta ba ni ate manang ay mga endangered delicasies? yung mga koliglig, tipaklong, etc? Teka naka AMEN si Kuya ronald mcdonald oh! haha

    wow ang ganda ng ankor wat sa cambodia! (teka sabihin mo kuya joel kung naliligaw na ko sa tour mo. hahaha)

    At nakita ko yung lion sa marcos highway ng baguio! aw. SIngapore pala lol. at may jollibee pa pala at glorietta! namamalik mata ba ko?

    mabuhay ang mga ofw!
    mabuhay ka kuya joel!!

    naalala ko tuloy yung post mong may napakalaking picture ni
    andi sa coffee prince!😀 wow

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    oo petronas ‘yong twintowers sa malaysia. natawa ako sa endangered delicacies ni ate manang..oo haha. at si ronaldMcdonald nga eh sobrang magalang pala. hindi ka namalikmata, may jollibee nga sa vietnam at “glorietta grocery” sa singapore haha. salamat hamster sa maagap na pagtumbling. salamat din sa mahabang sinabi mo at next time mas mahaba pa. cool!🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  4. Wow galing panyero! Sino may alam pasikotsikot dun? Astig, kainggit!

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    wow. salamat panyero sa pagbisita mo at nainggit pa! taragis. walang may alam ng pasikotsikot, guided lang ng lonely planet book, hehehe. lakasan lang ng loob. eh kayang kaya mo ‘yon, mas malakas loob mo haha. salamat ulit panyero. balik ka palagi dito🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  5. WINNER! ahaha… binalikan ko yung post mo, binilang ko kung naka ilan sulat ka ng WINNER… hayss… isa lang pala, pero feeling ko bawat basa ko ng paragraph may WINNER! (with matching exclamation point/mark) lagi sa dulo! Hmmm… WINNER! Ahihihi

    Neweis, sarap ng laboy! WINNER! hehe Ang sarap maging foreigner kahit minsan lang… haha.. yan lagi ang nasa isip ko pag umaalis ako ng bansa (as if naman madalas umalis), sa ibang bansa dayuhan ako, foreigner ako may culture at values akong pinangangalagaan, pero masarap din ang malaman ang kultura ng ibang bansa sa ganun paraan matutunan natin irespeto ang bawat isa, iba-iba man ang pinag mulan! WINNER! hehe

    Craving for TomYum! waaahhh… (hayss… nose bleed ako!)

    Ooopppsss… P.S. WINNER! ahihihi

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    Winner! haha. masarap talaga maging dayuhan (huwag lang sa sariling bayan, toinks!). masarap malaman at maranasan ang kultura ng ibang lahi, at matikman ang ibat-ibang pagkain (WINNER). pero ang Pinoy, pag nasa ibang bansa, we respect culture, we follow rules, at isang mabuting ugali ‘yon ng pinoy in general. pero bakit sa sariling bayan, nawawala na ang pagpapahalaga sa sariling kultura, we break rules, at marami pa ang gumagawa ng sariling rules..hahays. nasa tao ba ang diperensya o nasa nagpapatupad ng batas. anyway. salamat teentoinks dahil ang iyong mga sinabi ay WINNER din. salamat sa pagbisita.🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  6. weh. ayos. 5/13? medyo nakakapagod pero siguro nga kapag ganun naman kaganda ang adventure ay walang panahon para maramdaman ang pagod na yan.

    ang astig mo pre. magbe-beer ka lang sa ibang bansa pa. hehe.

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    haha masarap matikman ang beer ng ibang lahi pero ‘di ko pa rin ipagpapalit ang SMB, astig syempre ang sariling atin! at nakakaalis din ng pagod ang beer, sabi nga di ba, iba ang may pinagsamahan hehe. salamat sa pagdalaw ng batikang artist. 🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  7. wow ang sarap naman ng biyahe niyo. sana nag sama kayo🙂

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    sige byahe ka din, ako na lang ang sasabit sa byahe. salamat sa pagdaan dito🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  8. angkor wat — yan ang gustong gusto kong pumayat para makapagpapicture sa mga temples. hehe.

    iba ang pose ni ronald mcdonald, hahaha.

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    haha at kelangan pa talagang payat para makapagpapicture, taragis. fr, magalang lang talaga si ronald mcdonald, nasa thailand kasi hehe. salamat po sa pagbisita dito 🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  9. wow ganda namang place yan… sana makapunta din ako dyan

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    ibat-ibang ganda ‘tol. makakapunta ka din doon basta ginusto mo. salamat sa pagbisita, bago ka dito sa batangmangyan, add na kita sa link. bibisita din ako sa blog mo.🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  10. kalbo ka pala nun? madaming pera pang trip lang🙂

    sama!

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    oo kalbo, pero walang pera, taragis. sige sama ka, kaw naman magbabayad eh haha. salamat at binisita ako ng prinsipe ng dubai haha🙂 — BatangMangyan —

    • 30 thousand pesos ang nagastos mo diba?

      aking pera nun!

      dahil dyan,

      ikaw na ang

      prinsipe ng angkor!

      haha

  11. gusto ko din sa angkor!

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    sige lang, hindi naman sa akin ang angkor hehehe tsaka hindi umaalis ang angkor🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  12. huwaw naman! matapos ang hiatus sa blog e bonggang bongga pagbalik.🙂 congratulations for a very nice, fun and adventure-filled holiday. at shempre mas masaya dahil kasama ang mga kaibigan.

    sama mo naman kami sa next adventure. hahahaa!

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    salamat ms kaye.. oo masaya ang gala pag masaya ang kasama. sige sama kayo sa next adventure hehehe. salamat ulit sa pagbisita dito.🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  13. Hello SANDUGO!

    Nice to be back here….

    Nice adventures!

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    welcome back SANDUGO. salamat sa pagdaan. balik lang para sa susunod pang adventures 🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  14. hi joel! wow naman astig sa adventure! parang around the world in 8 days! sa’yo lang yung SE Asian version, at 13 days!

    hopefully, when the kids are bigger na, maka-adventure din with the whole family. favorite ko rin yung angkor! parang solemn na nakakatindig balahibo ang lugar na yan. neways, by june naman if ever baka punta kami singapore so we’ll get to experience what you went thru doon.

    any suggestions? hehehe😀 sya nga pala, add mo new link ko! tenks!

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    haha mas masarap nga sana kung around the world, taragis. salamat po sa pagbisita dito. nabasa ko din yong adventure trip ng family mo sa museo. nakakatuwa at sobrang appreciative ang mga kids. anyway, kung singapore, well timing ang punta nyo kasi open na ang universal studios sa sentosa, pero huwag din kalimutan ang night safari. tapos try nyo din visit ang either Batam or Bintan Island (part na sya ng Indonesia, but it’s only an hour fastcraft ride), kayang magbalikan lang in one day, masarap maglunch sa mga resorts doon, hindi naman kamahalan. for other nice and interesting places to visit in singapore, check out lonely planet, maraming info doon. yong nasa net hindi masyado kumpleto, best thing is to get a copy of the lonely planet @ NBS, yong updated version. it really helps, everything is there. huwag din kalimutan ang little india at chinatown para sa masasarap na pagkain haha. salamat po ulit.🙂 — BatangMangyan —

  15. saya ng laboy ah.
    di ko yata kaya ang ganyang kaikli na time. hehehe
    gusto ko yung cambodia at vietman.
    di pa ako nakapunta dun.

  16. ako naman ang napa-WOW dito, batang mangyan. i like these types of adventures. you just have to be with the right people din. walang arte arte and game lahat.

    sayang ngayon lang ako napadaan dito. i could have met you when you dropped by singapore.

    i plan to visit Cambodia (i’m really fascinated with Angkor Wat) and Vietnam this year. sana matuloy. i love seeing new places and faces..

    mukhang mapapadalas ako dito. we share the same passion for adventure.

    ingats na lang sa mga paglalakbay mo🙂

  17. wow ang tagal ng trip nyo pero msaya! Sana magawa din naming mga kaberks ko gya ng sa inyo!

    Habang bata pa magtravel na ng magtravel! Gogogo!

    By the way, paupdate na lang po ng isa pang link ang aking dot com

    http://thedormboy.com

    Maraming salamat!

  18. wow. gusto ko rin itry to😀
    kelangan kong mag-ipon. at sana, makaipon ako. haha.

    kayo mismo yung naglano ng trip niyo?
    asteeeeeeeeg🙂

  19. kagaling naman Igan, in 13 days nalibot mo ang ilang mga bansa, super ka. ang makarating sa mga places na yan ay isa sa mga dreams ko – kaya lang hanggang dreaming na lang yata ako…hehehe. napadaan lang.

  20. wow…ang galing.ang sarap sana nung ganyan.13 days na pasyalan sa iba’t ibang bansa.

    i’ll put you in my link.ingat lagi and keep sharing the adventures para sa katulad kong walang passport at pambili ng ticket.hehehe!

  21. huwaw 5 bansa sa 13 araw! inggit ako!!

    gusto ko yan…travelling w/ backpack! isa sa mga plano ko pag napasakamay ko na ang papel de hapon ko eh EU tour…backpacking…train ride…kung saang train station abutin ng tulog don na lang hihiga. walang ligo ligo..ahahaha! hardcore!

  22. bakit ngayon lang ako magkokoment eh last week ko pa to binabalikan/binabasa? (inggit ba sa adventure?=)

    saya ng gala ah..

    tanong: ano yung Quan Quan Jollibee?

  23. hanep!!! ang sarap naman nyan!!

  24. wow! ang dami ng bansang na visit1 kainngit naman!🙂

  25. (another) wow!! galing wanna try that also..

    makikidaan po!

  26. Alam ko may nagtatampo.😛

    tol, una pinapahanga mo tlga ako sa taglay mong pagka gala! ahehehe

    i have been into singapore pero di ko na natagpos ung malaysia at cambodia. Its nice to explore places around the world (only if u have the money!) aheheh weh ako buti nlng tlga ako, dahil lang sa work kaya nakaka explore ahehehe.

    tol late man daw at magaling, si toper at si mangyan magkaibigan pa din!

    toinks aheheheh

  27. Wow International Travel… I had always dream of it, kaso wla pah akoh passport it… hehehehehe🙂

  28. Sarap ng buhay ni BM pagala gala nlng🙂
    nakita ko sa fb mo toh..kaya dali dali akong bumisita sa iyong bahay… 🙂
    nice trip!!!!🙂
    kainggit ka aman BM!!!🙂
    si ronald mcdonald … ang kuleht ng ayos🙂 parang gusto kong lagyan ng pakpak hehehe🙂

  29. wow!🙂 this a nice post! parang nakakapagod na byahe pero super saya!

    pupunta po ako cambodia/vietnam ds june. and i am sooo excited.🙂

  30. BatangMangyan, natuwa naman ako sa mga post mo. You are living my dream in terms of traveling. Ikaw pala dapat resource person ko pagdating sa mga DIY tours hehe.

    Pag next EB ng mga iskolar ng batas, mag-field trip tayo sa sinasabi kong “almost authentic” Thai resto🙂

    Pasalubong naming japaneeeeee😛

  31. Kuya Joel! saan ang next destination mo hah!!

    gusto ko nga palang sabihin na nagbalik na kO! hahahahaha

    (parang ako lang natutuwa!) hahahah!

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