44-days Backpacking Challenge: Total Cost of Travel

This post is way overdue but, here you go guys. More than 7 months ago I embarked on a backpacking journey for 44 days covering 4 countries. The original itinerary was to visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand. But as fate would have it, it didn’t go as expected and ended up just visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. No regrets, I still had a blast!

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Sleeping in Vietnam Airports

Part of travelling around on a tight budget will be all sorts of way to save money, one of which will be sleeping in airports. I was actually looking forward to the experience and see how is it like to sleep in an airport.

Sleeping in the airport is nothing new. (Source)

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Ha Long Bay: Endless Limestone Cliffs

Ha Long bay is a must-see when you are in Northern Vietnam. Ha Long bay literally means “descending dragon bay” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is made up of thousands of limestone isles with emerald green waters. Imagine El Nido or Coron limestones but BIGGER! It is a 4-hour bus ride from Hanoi to the port heading to Ha Long bay. After spending a night in Hanoi, I booked a 2 days 1 night tour for Ha Long bay in my hostel. There are also options for a day-tour and 3 days 2 nights.

Sunrise in Ha Long bay

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Hanoi: The Perfect Introduction to Vietnam

Where do I start? I fell in love with this bustling city in the North of Vietnam instantly. I was actually surprised that the weather was pretty cold during this time of the year. The plan was to spend a day in Hanoi and head to Halong bay and stay for 1 night and be back again and stay for 2 more days.

Normal day in Old Quarter

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is located North of the country. Hanoi is a great place to experience both traditional and modern Vietnamese culture. It offers an eye-popping introduction to Vietnam. From the narrow and busy streets of Old Quarter to the serene and peaceful atmosphere of Hoan Kiem Lake, there’s always something for everyone in Hanoi.

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Postcards: Hanoi

All photos came from my Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. I wasn’t able to purchase a decent camera before I left Manila because I wasn’t able to pay my credit card bill before the long weekend. But  I believe that it’s not the camera but it’s the photographer that makes the picture. Charot! (Excuses!) I’m planning to purchase one during this trip but for now my phone is doing a great job. 

Entrance to the famous bright-red Huc Bridge in Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

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The 44-days Backpacking Challenge

I guess by now you already know that I left Manila last night for Hanoi which is my first stop. Here I am, currently staying in the airport waiting for the first bus to take me to the city which is at 5am (6am Manila time).

Route for the 44-day journey

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