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Overdue photos of people I took last year in South Korea – Jeju Island, Busan and Seoul. I finally have the time to post some of it. My two-months backpacking photos all over Europe were deleted when I reformatted my macbook. So, I decided to post my other photos in case something similar happens. My blog is a back-up copy of my memories.
By the way, we are backpacking Myanmar tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday (3 days). Do you know where to spend 4-5 hours (1am to 5am) while waiting for Ubein’s sunrise? We’re thinking of booking a hostel but I don’t think it’s worth it. We will arrive in Mandalay from Bagan at 1 am. Either we stay at the bus station (Is it safe?) or go somewhere. We are a group of five so just need a safe place to chill out.
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Check Ryan Reece website – http://www.reecefootball.com/
Thank you for the food and beers.
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Hong Kong can be an expensive city to travel so knowing some budget tips would help you plan ahead. Here are some information that I hope could help you to get around.
1. Airport to the city. The cheapest means to reach the city center is via bus. From HK Airport Terminal 2 to City Center, take A21 flyer bus (approximately 40-50 mins) for 33HKD or 4USD. It’s easy to find the bus station, just follow the signs inside the airport. Buy the ticket on the left side of the bus station entrance. Do not board the bus unless you have the bus ticket. They will only accept cash in fixed amount and will not give you any change. They will let you go off the bus if you insist in asking for the change. The bus routes are flashed on the top and on the sides near the handle bars.
2. Free wifi. HK airport has complimentary wifi so does the buses. (A21 bus has free wifi).
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Grand Canyon, Chonburi, Thailand
Thinking of offering free photography services around Bangkok just to practice more and improve my skills.
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Budget Travel Tips:
I’ve been away from blogging for almost two months now. I got a bit busy with some personal things. Also, I only have 2% remaining space with this blog site and I’m still thinking whether to register it at $18/year or time to stop and move on.
Anyway, I just have to share you my travel photos of the so-called Thailand’s Grand Canyon and Snow Mountain. I don’t usually post photos with people’s faces (friends and travel companions) but I am making this an exception. This could be my last blog post so why not. [After this post, it’s 0% space! haha]
The so-called Grand Canyon in Chonburi, Thailand offers a good view of the surrounding mountains and of the man-made lake below the view-point. It’s actually a remnant of an excavation years ago then eventually shaped by nature to become what it is today. The place is not accessible by public transportation so you have to drive over or hire a cab.
The Snow Mountain is not really full of snow but of white rocks. It’s fascinating and offers a beautiful backdrop for a photo shoot. It’s great for a prenup concept!
Side note: I and Dessa will be flying to Japan for 2 weeks in October (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Miyaji Island, Sapporo & Hakodate in Hokkaido, Fuji, and Nara). Our budget is only $1,300 (hopefully, we can make it alive!). Can anyone recommend a budget hostel and/or some tips how to survive in Japan? I’ll gladly appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
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The Pangsida National Park is sprawled within the thick forest of Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand. It is one of the most common camping sites for trekkers and nature enthusiasts closest to Bangkok. Who wouldn’t love it when you have jungle animals, bursting waterfalls and scenes carved out from a countryside movie? It is less popular and far less-trekked area than its neighboring Khao Yhai National Park but it has long retained its authenticity as a sanctuary.
The aA Photo Club organized the trip for THB999 ($28.5)/person (with a free shirt). The original plan is to do camping for 2 days and 1 night but the month of June’s rainy season altered it to just a day of a road trip. We were looking forward bent high on an expectation of a day filled with fun and the best of nature’s captivating visuals.
The park is known for its exquisite and various species of butterflies. I think there were hundreds of them swarming all over the area. They look beautiful with their intricate patterns in vibrant and powdery colors. Their wings are designed like miniature scales flapping from one stretch to another.
See my butterflies photos.
We missed the viewpoint or observation hill of the whole reserve because suddenly the sky opened on us. This top spot showcases rich verdant forests stretching limitless with patches and strips of mist over the edges of the mountain ranges from east to west. The landscape offers a breathtaking spot for sunrise and sunset.
From the butterflies on a walking distance, rests a waterfall. It is not something extraordinary but with the cuts of mossy rocks and a fresh pool underneath, it has its appeal. It has a certain allure that makes you appreciate nature more. The water makes its way from the mountains vertically into a rocky eroded path and cascade over smoothly on shallow grounds. The evergreen rain forest frames the waterfall on all sides creating a rugged and unspoiled-look scenery. There are other waterfalls located deeper into the forest and if we had more time, I think it’s worth the hike. With the unfortunate bleary and rainy weather, it’s hard to have a perfect shot but you just have to take in the view and feel satisfied.
It was so hard taking photos because the rain is pouring on us so I had to balance taking photos while holding an umbrella. Black ants were crawling inside my pants and I got some red blotches when I checked inside the van. A little bit exhausted and my throat is craving for coffee making me agitated.
There were wildlife animals thriving on the grasslands but we only visited buffaloes. The park lives up to being a UNESCO bio-reserve with a rich flora and fauna. Thailand is increasingly dedicating its efforts to nature and wildlife conservation against tourism-related wildlife exploitation.
I just have to add that this mouth watering grilled chicken liempo at the entrance of the park is a must-taste. It’s juicy with generous amount of herbs and spices. It’s sure to leave you wanting more. It’s unusually very good grilled and its along the road but don’t be too fussy on the location and the interiors of the small place. Served with a beer, it’s the ultimate lunch for an ultimate trekking experience.
At the end of the day, it is a little bit regrettable that we didn’t make it to Lalu rocks or the so-called grand canyon of Thailand. Our travel companions have insisted that it’s 65 kilometers away and with the dusk falling ahead, it will be a waste of time. Oh well. They are from the area so they know best.
Thank you to the aA Photo Club for letting us string along.
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Madrid is the capital of the Spanish peninsula oozing with a vibrant feel that makes the city’s charm even more fascinating. I’ve met some travellers that prefer Barcelona but I’m more drawn to Madrid. There’s so much more history and culture to unravel. The whole city is rich with captivating places that one should not miss whether you are just strolling along narrow alleys or gawking at the architectural brilliance of buildings aged hundred years. The City of Madrid will leave you wanting more as you indulge yourself with a beautiful travel experience.
This park spans 350 acres, the largest in Madrid. It is filled with museums, towering sculptures, galleries, fountains, fancy gardens and a peaceful lake perfect for a laid-back day or kayaking. Don’t miss the Rosaleda garden and the Crystal palace at the edge of the lake!
2. Temple of Debod
Can you imagine an ancient Egyptian temple in an Iberian peninsula? It’s a surprising sight to visit in Parque del Oeste where a beautiful panoramic view of the capital awaits.
3. Palacio De Real
This is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with 3,418 rooms! It astonishes you with its grand architecture, exquisite interiors and interesting historical facts dating back to 1735.
4. Plaza de Cibeles
This houses the City hall and has become an iconic symbol for the city. In the center stands the famous fountain of Cibeles, the goddess of nature and protector of Madrid. It has long become the meeting point for football fans where championships are usually celebrated.
5. Plaza Mayor
This plaza used to host Spanish bullfights but what I love are the traditional shops and cafes around it where you can enjoy beers and tapas! The whole square is bustling with activities and an engaging crowd. Perfect place to end your day.
I miss spring in England! Sadly, there is no spring in Bangkok. Just few more days and I will welcome this beautiful season in South Korea. I am crossing my fingers for cherry blossoms in Seoul. Hopefully.