Backpacking is an adventure. You meet different kind of people from all walks of life. You have the chance to know and understand their culture and all.
When I went to Boracay, Philippines this year. I decided to book a hostel, for a change. And there are a lot to choose from.
However, after reading some of the reviews from different kind of Hostels in Boracay. I choose MNL beach hostel Boracay. One reason is that the room is air-condition. Because, other bed and breakfast hostels only have fan rooms. And I cannot live with that (not that I am very picky, I just need some cool place to standby when the outside world is at 25 degrees… you know what I mean)
MNL Boracay Beach Hostel is located just a 15-minute drive from Boracay Jetty Port, which is a 20-minute boat ride from Caticlan Jetty Port. It offers free Wi-Fi and 24-hour front desk service.
The rooms of MNL Boracay Beach Hostel has air condition, concrete flooring, and a wardrobe or a locker. There is a shared toilet and a shared bathroom. Some rooms also include an en-suite bathroom and balcony.
The hostel has a shared kitchen. The stay include continental breakfast. Toast and bananas are over flowing (no kidding).
They also have a bar. A Roof top where you can sit around and mingle with other travelers. Billiard table and a hammock.
There are also restaurants only a 10-minute walk away, offering local and Chinese cuisine.D’Mall is a 10-minute walk from the hostel. Kalibo International Airport is a 2-hour drive away.
Since It’s my first time staying on a Hostel. I can say that I enjoyed my stay. Because I met new friends and made new memories. I’ll definitely recommend and go back to this hostel.
Note: Book 1 month in advance during peak season (specially LA Boracay. They are normally fully book that time)
After exploring Wat Pho. Since it is already 4pm, my last stop was Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. This temple almost directly opposite to Wat Pho, so it is very easy to get to. So from, Sapphan Taksin boat pier you can take a river boat, there is a small shuttle boat that takes you from one side of the river to the other for only 3 baht. There is an entrance to the temple which is for 100 baht. It is open from 08:30 to 17:30.
Unfortunately, the weather was really fickle minded that day and the temple was being repaired, I was not able to get inside. I was not able to see the sunset due to the sky was cloudy. But, it’s still okay, the view was still stunning.
Exploring Bangkok was really amazing. It would be more amazing if I have more time to explore it. Aside from that, having a me time once in a while is a bliss. And I am very happy to have this chance. I will definitely come back.
Here are some of the picture I have during my stay.
(After all the confirmed bookings and flights. I received a call from my Family in the Philippines that my grandmother was in the ICU. I was in doubt if I should push through with this travel or not. However, Since my flights and bookings are mostly promos, I cannot cancel nor refund it. So I need to continue my original plan. And YES, my heart was really not on a festive mood to travel. And since I am in Bangkok, at the back of my mind, I’ll just make the most of it. )
So, it’s the second day in Bangkok. I woke up late. And sad to say I was not able to get the morning tour that i was planning the day before, which was a bum. Instead of getting another tour which will start around 4pm, I decided to wallow inside my room for a moment and plan on my own tour instead.
After battling with myself whether to take a shower or just sleep the whole afternoon. I choose to shower.
My itinerary was a total mess after not following it. Instead of visiting the malls and exploring Khaosan road. I decided to see the Wats. So I drag myself to take a shower. Prep my things and went out.
And since I am a budget traveler (which I wish I’m not) I took the train From Silom going to the sky train. When I arrived in the Sky train station I ask for direction where to ride a bus or what I should be riding going to the Wats. And believe it or not, I wish I did not ask…I was lost …literally LOST and I have no Idea where to go, since most of the people I ask, either they don’t talk in English or they really don’t understand what I was babbling.
So for 2 hours walking through the streets of Bangkok, and still try my luck to ask on how to get to the Wats, it was no help at all. The hard part is, the signage’s are written in Thai, I was like… Okay. I’ll just get a taxi.
By the way with that perilous journey, I was able to enjoy the street of Bangkok. Bangkok provides mouth watering tropical fruits , barbeques and some of Thailand’s delicacies are just laid there waiting to be eaten. So, that 2 hours was really not a waste of time at all.
After the turmoil I have of being lost. Thank God for Taxi drivers that don’t take advantage. I arrived safe and sound near the grand palace. And the taxi only cost me 130 baht, not bad. I walked my way through the traffic. Took a picture of the vicinity and the 3 elephants in the middle of the road. (note: if you plan to visit the Wats, it would be best if you will just ride a taxi. For one its much faster and easier. Just make sure to advise the driver where you are heading exactly, because sometimes, they do take advantage. And yes, watch out for scams and those tok toks, they are just overrated.) It was a bitter sweet moment. Walking by myself. Camera in my hands. And watching those groups that are uberly happy. Them taking picture on one another. And it dawn on me … I am Alone. Then again..I am here because I want to be alone. So I tread the street around the wats.
The first place that I visited was the Grand Palace. When I saw how much is the entrance fee I was doubtful if I’ll pushed through or not. I decided not to go inside since my time was really limited and I have other wats to explore. And my budget was depreciating. no regrets. After exploring the grounds of Grand Palace. I decided to eat. Yes, I was famished. I stopped on one of the places where most tourist eat.Just walking distance from the Grand palace. And guess what I have for lunch? You got it right. Pad Thai, again. Sorry guys, but I will never get tired of eating Pad thai. hihihi.
After taking my lunch. The next Wat that I was going to visit was Wat pho. Before you reach Wat Pho, your eyes will be entertain by street vendors along the way selling stuff. From souvenirs, knickknacks and street foods. Some of the sale items are some what off. Some sells used combs, glasses, weird looking dolls and some old biscuit box. Not sure if its for a collection or just simply for the sake of selling it.
(to be continued. more pictures of wats on my next blog..)