The country and its people made a good overall impression on us. Traveling is also safe there. If you're looking for a balance between city life and nature get-aways, Vietnam won't disappoint. Although it's still possible to travel Vietnam on a budget, it's already slightly more expensive than its surrounding countries that we visited. We've noticed less backpackers than we expected. Instead, the more touristic places are full of families, rich pensioners and Australians – the people who generally have more to spend and are happy to tell locals to their face how cheap everything still is for them. The type of tourists and the massive amount of construction going on everywhere, combined with Vietnam being one of the world's fastest growing economies could mean prices … (Continue reading)
Phú Quốc is Vietnam's island paradise and just a stone's throw away from Cambodia's coast. Being a relatively new destination, it's still possible to find long stretches of beach completely to yourself. However, times are changing with investors spreading the word about this blissful slice of heaven, luring more and more tourists into their brand new resorts with fenced off beaches, solely exclusive to those who stay there. According to the plans of Phú Quốc's Prime Minister, major investments on the island to accelerate tourism shall be completed by 2020, leading to a standard tourist destination. Knowing that time is running short, considered the fast growing master plan of the government, we took on a challenge to travel Phú Quốc in the least expensive way before it's too late for it. Compared … (Continue reading)
Wasteland That was our first impression, when still flying over Cambodia. Rows of yellow and brown fields cover a large area with barely any tree in sight. Just some houses piling up here and there form a village. Cambodia – a rural desolate country Soon, after spending nearly 1 month here, we will leave this country behind with an awkward feeling, questioning us: That was it? That was Cambodia? Why? The first impression didn't deceive us. Cambodia is a barren wasteland. Apart from that, it's shaken by a history of bloodshed. Today it's mainly driven by agriculture and tourism. Our challenge was to travel the country for 1 month in the most inexpensive and frugal way, visiting Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep, Battambang and Siem Reap. While researching budget tips for Cambodia, so many times we came … (Continue reading)
While in Bali, we kept track of all our spendings and in this article we will show exactly how much it cost us to travel Bali. Kuta is a place we like to avoid, at least when it comes to accommodation and eating out. Ubud is also a bit more expensive than the rest of the island and we have another, more in-depth guide to Ubud as well. All prices mentioned in Indonesian rupiah (€1 was worth approximately 15,133 IDR (exchange rate on 21/01/2016) during our trip). Total costs: 7,762,890 rupiah. Currently, this worth €513 or €256.48 per person. This is a bit more than €8 per person per day. (The total costs exclude changing money and the plane tickets.) Without paying for medical costs, scooter repairs and … (Continue reading)
Although the majority of the waterfalls around Bali are turned into a profit machine – local supervisors charging entrance fees – there are still some that can be accessed for free. One of them is Air Terjun Pengempu waterfall located close to Ubud, in the area of Tabanan. The falling water streams into a pool with some spots deep enough to swim in. The highlight of local and foreign visitors is a liana, hanging down from a tree, which is used as a natural swing. It's great to watch Indonesian kids doing acrobatics on it.
Finding a scooter rental for a decent price as a foreigner on Bali isn't as easy any more. Prices are going up a lot. For Australians it's very cheap to fly here; for them everything is cheap and they are willing to pay the price. Salesmen will often translate the price – "Only 5 Australian dollars" to rent a scooter for a day. Especially when staying for a month, this is not cheap. Luckily, we got a decent price: around € 2 a day, although it would be possible to find it even cheaper. We got it through a friend who doesn't normally rent to foreigners. "They drive like crazy." This is one thing you will recognize, especially in the Kuta area. Drivers cutting people off, … (Continue reading)