5 Of My Favourite Things To Do, Places To Visit And Eat In Phuket While On A Budget

It was my first time travelling to Phuket for a holiday and it was a treat from me to Redza for his 22nd birthday. I'm not gonna lie, this time around my planning was pretty bad. I underestimated the size of Phuket, assuming it was going to be another Krabi where the beach was just a walk away and the nightlife was just across the street. Boy, was I wrong! Phuket is huge, the hotel we stayed in was Hotel Ikon in Karon which was quite a distance to Patong. Transport was expensive even though the ride was easily just 10 minutes. However, lesson learned, here are my favourite places to visit and eat with a budget and added tips!

1. Dine In At Mama Jin Restaurant 

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It was the nearest restaurant to our hotel with a walking distance of only 150m. The restaurant was suggested by the staffs at the hotel. We didn't think too much of it, we just needed a meal when we landed at night. We sat down and browsed through the menu, thinking it was pretty reasonable for such a vast variety to choose from. To be honest, it wasn't even priced for tourists! We ordered a feast after being stuck on the plane and ride from the airport to our hotel, we were starving! I'm not lying when I say this but MAMA JIN WAS WHERE I HAD THE BEST THAI MEAL IN THE WHOLE OF THAILAND TO DATE! Redza and I literally went back there for almost every meal after that night because of how cheap and delicious it was. I recommend this to everyone who's visiting Phuket anytime soon, no matter how far you might be from Karon, take the trip! SO WORTH IT.

2. Cocktails And A Dip In The Pool 

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I had the privilege to stay in Hotel Ikon in Karon, Phuket while I was on my holiday there. The boutique hotel had beautiful rooms and since it was nested on higher grounds, the view was just ace. Since we were on a budget, Redza and I spent quite some time in the hotel unwinding as well. One of our favourite things to do was sip on cocktails while having a dip in the pool. The bar served pretty decent cocktails at a good price, nothing more we could ask for with the sun shining on our backs, cocktail in our hand and a refreshing dip in the pool to call it a day. 

3. Sunsets And Massages By The Beach 

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I witnessed the most beautiful sunset on Karon Beach, approximately 15 minutes walk from our hotel. It was cotton candy skies that brought a sense of serenity to it. Not to mention while enjoying the beautiful scenery, I had a decent fully body massage on the beach priced relatively cheap. Redza and I bought a bottle of duty free wine from the airport and brought it to the beach that fine day to enjoy the simplest pleasures. I'd say it was the most relaxing time I had in a while without spending much at all. 

4. Indulge In Cheap And Overflowing Pad Thai At The Pad Thai Shop In Karon

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I was browsing through the net to find things to eat or do around the area on the trip and came across "the best Pad Thai restaurant" in Karon just 300m away from our hotel. The Pad Thai Shop is as local as local food can get. We took a walk there for lunch and found ourselves so lost in translation. The menu was written all in Thai and everyone there couldn't converse in English at all. Not to mention, it was filled with locals as well. Redza and I tried our best with Google's translator and eventually got to order. The Pad Thai came in a huge pile I'd say. One serving could have easily fed two or more. It was such comfort food, definitely lived up to its title. 

5. Party As Hard As You Can In Patong Beach 

 Source: http://www.phuket.com/nightlife/patong-areas.htm

Source: http://www.phuket.com/nightlife/patong-areas.htm

Patong Beach is where the night comes to life each night. We took a trip there one night and was mind blown. The drinks were relatively cheap, however, make sure you walk the entire stretch to compare for the best price before you choose to sit down at the bar. Also, there was a lane dedicated to just the strip clubs in town which was quite an eye opening experience as well. If you're a easily intrigued and always seeking out new and crazy adventures like me then I'd recommend you to go for all the weird shit they have in Patong Beach. From Ping Pong shows to Strip Clubs and plain bar hopping. Once in a lifetime I'd say. 

-Zoey

8 Places To Visit And Eat In Labuan

A while ago, I went on a trip to Labuan with the team from AirAsia. Labuan is known for its oil and gas but little did all of us know, it is also a state filled with amazing seafood, untouched beaches and historical landmarks. The exploration really opened my eyes on Labuan as before this I’ve never once looked it up. Here’s a list of places I really enjoyed visiting and eating in Labuan, a few suggestions for your next trip there maybe?

1. Mr. Crab Seafood and Steamboat Restaurant

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With a view of the river, Mr. Crab is a newly opened seafood and steamboat restaurant that I fell in love with. At Mr. Crab, fresh seafoods are served and cooked based on personal choice. We were privileged enough to be served all of Mr. Crab’s best dishes. A quick tip when eating here is to come with a large group so you get to try more varieties of their fresh seafood dishes.

2. Water Village

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This village is occupied by mostly Bruneian's who came decades ago. They’re called Brunei Malays and live on traditional stilt houses above water. They usually travel by boats as most of them are fishermen. A simple life indeed, children running around barefoot and playing in the water at the docks. Not to mention, colourfully painted stilt houses decorated with flora and fauna. 

3. Pulau Rusukan Besar

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Pulau Rusukan Besar is one of the few beautiful islands off the coast of Labuan. There are two Pulau Rusukans’, one known as Pulau Rusukan Besar and another as Pulau Rusukan Kecil. Both islands are near each other. Legend has it, both islands used to be lovers who were cursed by their families. Both were banished, apart from each other and when they died they turned into these two beautiful islands that were always near but never together.  This island also has a turtle conservation area that takes care of sea turtle eggs until they're hatched and ready to be released. Aside from that, there's also a cute and humble boutique hotel by the beach for travellers who want to stay on the island. Not to mention, the clear blue water is perfect for snorkelling and even glass bottom kayaking. 

4. Pulau Papan

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One of the known islands for weekend beach parties and even small scaled music festivals, this is the place to be for party goers. On weekends, there’ll be a DJ spinning music at the beautiful beach, food stalls and even BBQ stalls by the locals. This beach is decorated so beautifully by the locals that I can safely say it’s the ultimate Instagram beach haven. Not to mention, there’s also extreme water sports and snorkelling for beach goers to enjoy! 

5. Mortar Cafe & Lounge

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The only “hipster” cafe in Labuan with a Melbourne cafe-inspired concept, this place serves delicious fusion food that's absolutely irresistible. Nestled in the boutique hotel Lazenda, it is one of my favourite place to be. The interior is not only cosy but nicely decorated. Every corner has a photo op that I was spoiled for choices. My favourites on the menu are their Nasi Kerabu, Laksa and homemade Coconut Gelato Ice Cream. All of them a must try!

6. Museum Chimney 

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I love historical landmarks, they carry so much intense story in them. Museum Chimney is a chimney that was built above the railway tracks by the British during the colonisation. However, the mind blowing part is that while everyone thought the chimney was built for the coal transportation underground, locals later found out that the chimney did not even connect underground. I find it intriguing that a sky high chimney that definitely took some real skills to built at that period of time had no recorded use or purposes to It. If you’re a fan of history, here’s something interesting you might like. 

7. Peace Park 

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During the World War II, many lost their lives The locals told us that when the Japanese surrendered, all the soldiers performed harakiri (suicide) and that many of their souls were still lost in this land far from their home. Hence, the Peace Park was built from scratch with materials imported from Japan to ease the souls who were longing for home. Peace Park is a reminder of the horror of war and also as a memorial for the innocent lives lost then.

8. Labuan War Cemetery

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Source: Wikipedia

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You might think visiting a cemetery on a holiday sounds like a super eerie idea. However, this cemetery is a little different from what you think. This is the cemetery that houses thousands of soldiers from Australia, India, Britain and more. These were the brave men who fought during World War II and are being remembered here. Many of the soldiers were only in their early twenties when they left home and never returned. The War Cemetery brought a sense of lingering peace to me when I visited it . It was overwhelming as many of the graves were unmarked and empty or only filled with uniforms or belongings of deceased soldiers. During World War II, most of the soldiers were killed at the Death March. Hence, many of the bodies were not found as they were only exhumed from the jungle after the war ended. I’ve always found graveyards intriguing as each individuals has a story to tell and it makes me wonder how full their life was before they left. 

Catch a glimpse of Labuan on my travel vlog:

-Zoey

4 Resorts & Hotels to Stay in Nha Trang

Nha Trang has been a hidden gem for too long. AirAsia has just recently opened a new route from Kuala Lumpur straight into Nha Trang. As one of the first few passengers onboard the first flight there, I was spoiled for choices when it came to places to stay. Amidst the wide variety of choices, here are 4 of my favourite resorts and hotels in Nha Trang that you have to stay at least a night when you're visiting this beautiful seaside town. 

1. Fusion Resort

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Fusion Resort is an exceptional beach resort with a spa and wellness concept on the beautiful pristine coastline along Cam Ranh, just a few minutes away from the airport. The resort is secluded and undisturbed, perfect for honeymoon goers. Not to mention, what sets Fusion Resort apart from all the other resorts is that all bookings come with a guaranteed two spa treatments per person per night stay. Imagine spending your day just unwinding at the spa with your significant other and catching sunsets by the beach, tell me that's now how a relaxing holiday should be! 

2. InterContinental

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The InterContinental is the ultimate beachfront address on one of the busiest and most beautiful bays in Nha Trang. Located right in the centre of Tran Phu Street, shopping, tourist attractions, restaurants and bars are easily accessible 24/7 and within walking distance. Aside from having luxurious rooms to indulge in, they also have an extensive menu filled with fresh seafood in their restaurants. Everything you need and more is right in front of you, what more can you ask for! 

3. Mia Resort

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Mia Resort is the ultimate luxurious beach house experience. You can expect nothing short of outstanding service, luxurious and comfortable accommodation with an oceanfront or sea view. The resort is located just minutes away from the airport on top of a hill with a breathtaking view I don't think I'll ever be able to forget. I've never felt more in love with the ocean thanks to my stay at Mia Resort. 

4. L'alyana 

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A 15 minute boat ride away from the mainland lies L'alyana, a resort where the sea meets the jungle. There are up to four types of villas in the resort, all elegant mixed with a touch of nature's simplicity. Here you'll find yourself truly relaxed and one with nature. Not to mention, very pampered with the 24/7 butler whole-heartedly at your service at any time you need. Be adventurous here while knowing your privacy is completely secured by taking an outdoor bath or skinny dip in your private pool or jacuzzi. 

Watch my entire trip here on YouTube: 

-Zoey

My Fitness Journey With BodyBoss

It's definitely been more than a while since high school ended. Gone were the days where I was actually involved in sports and always on my feet. I'm not gonna lie, I gained weight and it took some time for actual realisation. After high school, I was just always giving excuses not to exercise because of my hectic schedule. It came to a point where I could no longer fit nicely and look good in the clothes I used to. I got pretty upset and decided I'd finally do something about it. So here goes, my fitness journey with BodyBoss.

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BodyBoss is a 12-Week Step-By-Step Fitness Program that includes fun and challenging high intensity workouts. High intensity workouts is also known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). It's a workout that maximises power and increases fat burning.

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The training program by BodyBoss consists of 4 cycles designed to help people who want to shape up reach their optimal performance, power, fitness and fat burning. The best part? All the workouts are under 24 active minutes and you can do it anywhere at anytime for only 3 times a week.

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The program is uniquely designed and highly structured to drive huge results in a short time. If you're not into carrying a hardcopy around, you can even order the online version. I got myself the hard copy because I wanted to have it around with me for future purpose, just in case technology fails me.

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HIIT is definitely really challenging, even if you do it for a short period of time. You're constantly pumping your heart and that makes you really burn all that excess waste.                            

These workouts accelerate fat loss, torch calories and improve your fitness overall. You’ll also activate what is known as the afterburn effect known as the #Bossffect. This means a higher resting metabolic rate and more calories burned post-workout. You’ll burn fat even while you’re asleep!

-Zoey

5 Valuable Life Lessons I've Learned From Travelling

Travelling is something everyone needs to do at least once (I say the more the merrier) in their life. It takes you to a whole new level of open mindedness where you get to be in peace with yourself and others who are different from you as well. You learn so much when you're on a journey and those lessons stay with you for a lifetime. To me, that's priceless. Here's 5 things I've learned from travelling that I hope will ignite a spark in whoever's reading to travel. 

1. Risks Lead To The Most Mind-BLASTING Experiences

We often travel to places where postcards look the prettiest and news reports say its the safest. Risks don't happen because we all live in this bubble that we're too afraid to pop. Through personal experience, I think it's safe to say that all the risks I've taken to see what our beautiful world has to offer has been both an unforgettable lesson, experience and memory at the same time. I'm not saying I took the risk a 100% by choice, it was more of a broke but ambitious *cues forced laughter* sorta choice. I mean, cheap flights go to destinations that you don't usually hear about but when you're thirsty for some adventure, you grab it and go. Through all my broke ass adventures, I've realised how many underrated gems I've found in the world that people don't seem to know about. Aside from that, I've also done some pretty weird shit that I'm going to remember for the rest of my life and I have no regrets. TAKE RISKS, ISSA THANG. 

2. Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder

Who doesn't like the fanciest resort and a top notch destination to travel to? We often see luxury as beauty but in fact, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I've been to third world countries, stayed at budget hotels and still managed to amaze myself. From nature's finest, ancient architecture to the people, they're all so different, unique and beautiful in their own way. The world as you know it isn't just what's in front of you, it's all over you. Take time to explore the ruins of ancient temples, learn how to cook a traditional dish or even dress like a local from another country. These little exchange of cultures and human interaction radiates beauty. In time, you start to learn how to appreciate what the world has to offer and it doesn't just come from canapés and Mimosas. 

3. Fear Is All In Your Head

We all have fears, it's literally a thing, but here I am telling you it's all in your head. The mindset you've preset in that bubble of yours stops you from "crossing the line" to "protect yourself" from harm but I swear, some things are not as scary or crazy as it seems. I said I'd never jump off a bridge because I'm a certified scardy-cat but I went bungee jumping with my boyfriend on our first anniversary. I also almost puked when I saw fried bugs on the streets of Cambodia but hours later, my drunk-ass was having a fried snake and spider for my post-drinking supper. You don't have to be afraid to just let it go sometimes. Literally, #JustDoIt. 

4. You Learn To Appreciate The People Around You More

You don't always have to worry about what to eat, do, spend on etc. when you're in your bubble. There's always people who love you looking out for you when you're safely snuggled in there. Travelling, especially alone or with just a friend or two really takes you on another level of learning how to appreciate the details of everything. I've been travelling since I could even remember with family and everything has always been provided. I didn't have to worry or lift a finger, when I was hungry or wanted to shop I was always able to just by saying the magic word "PLEASE MOMMY/DADDY!". In 2017, I decided to attempt "adulting" and realised how hard it is to travel with your own hard earned money. You ration your food and the money spent on it because you don't wanna starve for the next few days that has yet to come, you don't shop impulsively because it's unnecessary and you think twice when an entrance fee is the price of your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Travelling gives you a sense of appreciation and makes you more thankful in the long run. 

5. I Can Be Beyonce Too! INDEPENDENT WOMAN.

I've never travelled without friends or family but I have been on media trips where they so kindly gave us a room to ourselves. I'm not one who likes to be alone, especially not in a foreign country with a hotel room that can fit 3 people that's mighty quiet at 12am. It takes time to get used to not having people around you to comfort you but the outcome of it is another level unlocked in life. I've been on two media trips and both times, beautiful huge rooms but just me. I was terrified of the monsters beneath my bed and the whack ass people that might try to break in but that was ALL IN MY HEAD. To be independent means you can handle shit on your own, you don't need someone babying you 24/7. If you need something, you go get it yourself despite the paranoia. You learn how to cook and clean up after your own mess and you progress from there. Travelling is life changing, trust me. 

-Zoey

AirAsia Now Flies To Nha Trang At Low Fares!

AirAsia has always been my number one choice when it comes to cheap flights to see the world. Not long ago I remember getting a notification on my AirAsia app saying that they now fly to Nha Trang. My initial thoughts were "where is Nha Trang?" but after some Googling, I realised that it was a beautiful beach town in Vietnam. To my surprise, Nha Trang resembles Gold Coast in Australia. There are reputable 5-star hotels planted alongside the main beach, street markets, plenty of bars & clubs and even a theme park! 

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I took a chance based on all the pictures I've saw on Google and decided to just book a flight with Redza there next year for a short holiday. Amidst planning for our trip to Nha Trang next year, Air Asia surprised me and a few other bloggers on the first flight from Kuala Lumpur to Nha Thrang a few months back. I was so excited that I got a preview of the amazing town, it was just as what I had imagined from the pictures. 

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It was not possible to get to this town before AirAsia launched their new route to Nha Trang, there was only an 11-hour train ride from Ho Chi Minh city. Imagine all that hours on a train versus a two hour flight straight from KLIA2! Aside from that, you can't compare an in-flight experience with a train. The flight was smooth sailing and we even got to stay connected thanks to the wifi onboard. AirAsia served us a delightful lunch on board and I can confidently say my favourite is the Biryani. Not to mention, the hot seats that we were provided were extra comfortable and with luck I even got a whole row to myself! 

Flight Schedule for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KUL) – Nha Trang, Vietnam (CXR):

Flight no   From    To      Departure   Arrival     Flight Schedule
AK204        KUL      CXR         1030            1135                 Daily
AK205        CXR      KUL         1200            1515                 Daily

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If you're a seasoned traveller who likes to jump from one town to another city, Air Asia provides the optional Fly-Thru service connecting to other flights for their guests with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. With this optional service, guests can now travel to Nha Trang seamlessly from 14 cities in Asia and Australia such as from Johor Bahru, Penang, Singapore, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Changsha, Xi’an, Wuhan, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney, or Perth via Kuala Lumpur. AirAsia also connects guests to other cities in Vietnam including Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and Hanoi. 

I can't say I'm not in love, I'm definitely looking forward to my next trip there in 2018! Stay tuned for a thorough guide then.

-Zoey

7 Things To Do & Places To Visit In Siem Reap, Cambodia

Southeast Asia is rich in culture and full of historical wonders. Last August, Redza and I decided to fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia for our 2nd year anniversary. While planning for a trip overseas, we honestly didn't think we'd conclude and agree on flying to Cambodia as it's not a place where people often talk about visiting like Bali or Phuket. The common question would be "what's there to do in Siem Reap, Cambodia aside from the Angkor Wat?". Well, you'd be amazed! Read on to find out about the adventures you can have in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

1. Learn Pottery At The Khmer Ceramics Fine Arts Centre

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Redza & I had so much fun learning how to make our own ceramic bowls and plates out of clay. Pottery is such a relaxing fine art skill, it looks easy but it definitely takes a lot of patience. It costs 20USD per person if you pre book online and the best part is you can be a total amateur to join the class. The skilled potters are always on the look out to see if you need help and they'll guide you from A-Z so you can get the whole idea of how to do pottery the right way. The class is about an hour and 45 minutes, they have classes at 8am, 10am, 2pm and 4pm daily. This activity is great for families and couples, one of the plus points of this class is that you get free pick-up and drop off before and after class at your hotel! 

2. Have A Meal Or Two At Local NGO Restaurants 

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NGO restaurants are common in Cambodia. They're usually set up by foreigners living in Cambodia who want to give back to society. I would say NGO restaurants are kinda like the "hipster cafes" aka they're surprisingly the most Gram-worthy ones. These restaurants and cafes hire locals who are suffering from poverty to work in their cafe or restaurant and pay them a fare wage. Aside from that, these eateries also donate a percentage of their profit to various causes in the country. It may come off a little pricier but do note that it's for a good cause! 

To visit: New Leaf Eatery & Sister Srey Cafe 

3. Let History Amaze You At The Angkor Heritage Park

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Explore the ruins of the centuries old Khmer Empire in Siem Reap while you're there. The ruins consist of man made temples and kingdoms from stone. Inside, you'll find yourself amazed by the man made carvings on the wall and statues build from stone. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and the Bayon Temple are famous sights you ought to see while you're there. Redza & I were so fascinated with the architecture that we were constantly in awe. Travelling to the Angkor Archaeological Park that houses the ruins of the Khmer Empire does not cost much unless you sign up for a tour. As we were on a budget, we decided to just book a remork that cost about USD25 in total for the journey there and back to our hotel. We disregarded any tours because we knew we could just rely on Google for information while we were on site. The only other thing we paid for was the one day entrance pass to enter the park. 

There a 3 types of passes for the park:

  • 1 day at USD37
  • 3 days at USD62
  • 7 days at USD72

Note: The main ticket sales office is at the Angkor Conservation Area on Charles de Gaulle road. All Angkor passes are available there.

4. Shop For Local Crafts At The Made In Cambodia Market

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For those who love local handmade crafts, the Made in Cambodia Market is the place to be. An outdoor flea market with everything from decor to accessories. Not to mention, there are a few cafes around the area for a break from the shopping. Redza & I went during mid day and we cannot stress how bad an idea it was. Cambodia in general is scorching hot so if you plan to visit the market, the best time would be at night when the weather drops and the lights are all brightly lit up. 

5. Shop Like A Local In The Old Market 

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The Old Market is where the locals shop for their fresh veg and meat at dawn. The market is located indoors and it's huge. Aside from fresh produce, they also have clothes, accessories, decor, arts & crafts, a salon and even a nail parlour inside. With a wide range of variety and an affordable price, this is the place to nab some souvenirs from Cambodia for tourists.

Tip: Never buy from the first store, scout around the market and enquire about the price along the way before making a decision. You never know but you might just get your goodies for a cheaper price! Also, make your grandma proud by bargaining all the way! Make sure you're paying a fair price for the goods you're getting. 

6. Have Local Cuisine For Only USD1! 

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This is no false alarm! Food is cheap in Cambodia if you know where to eat. Eat where the locals eat, right outside the Old Market when night falls. A whole row of food stalls on remorks will be selling local cuisine for a minimum of USD1 only! I'm not kidding when I say you actually get a full meal at that price. Local cuisines to look out for is definitely the Fish Amok and Lok Lak. 

7. Drink And Party At Pub Street

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Pub Street is where all the party goers come together at night for cheap drinks, loud music and strobing lights. The streets consists of restaurants, bars, clubs and stalls selling snacks. Our favourite bar/club would have to be Temple, a three story high bar/club that consists of a different ambiance on each floor. The first being a club, second a restaurant & bar and third being a bar with live music, beanbags and artificial grass to sit on and relax. After dark, at around 1am, just at the junction of Pub Street you'll find a row of neon lit remorks that are actually makeshift bars on-the-go! Serving up some real cheap cocktails and playing music off their laptops, they practically made their very own mini version of Pub Street right outside of it. Aside from that, among the neon lit row of bars on wheels lie a few stalls that sell fried bugs (YESSSSS, FRIED BUGS!). If you're up for it, give it a go! Redza & I tried a fried scorpion and snake while we were tipsy. No regrets there, the fried scorpion tasted like soft shell crab and the snake tasted like a really boney fish. 

Watch my travel vlog to Siem Reap here:

 

-Zoey

6 Places To Visit In Vietnam That You Never Knew Existed

Last month, Sheryl & I took a trip to Vietnam to explore the wonders that it hosts thanks to Packist - A new age E-travel “Packform”. Packist is essentially an online travel platform that assists travellers in finding the most suited and affordable package for their upcoming adventures with a secured online payment gateway. From tickets to theme parks, city cruises, unique experiences and more, Packist aims to be your one-stop-shop in terms of nailing everything you need for your travels. Moving on, here’s a few places you never knew existed in Vietnam that you have to visit at least once in your lifetime!

1. Explore The White & Red Sand Dunes Of Mui Ne

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Who knew you could have a piece of Dubai’s glorious desert without actually being in Dubai? Located in the Southeast of Vietnam, Mui Ne - a beautiful beach resort town hosts sand dunes just like the ones in the Middle East. Sheryl & I had the pleasure of visiting both the White and Red Sand Dunes of Mui Ne. At the Red Sand Dunes, you’ll see locals trying to sell you their handmade plastic slides that you can use to slide down the bumpy desert for a thrill ride. They usually cost about USD2-4 if I’m not mistaken. Aside from that, the White Sand Dunes which is relatively larger would require tourists to rent an ATV to ride through the bumpy desert. The ride was very much like a roller coaster but definitely worth it! At the end of the endless desert, there’s a beautiful lake much like those you see in fairy tale movies.

2. Take A Stroll In The Magical Fairy Stream In Mui Ne

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This whimsical soft red creek in Mui Ne is also known as the Fairy Stream. It is colored by particles of clay and limestone that filter in from the oddly shaped rock formations at its shores. The water of the stream is only about an ankles depth so there’s no hazard there. Sheryl & I took a stroll up the stream to take some pictures and even went off road up the hills for an entirely different view. The Fairy Stream is beautiful for pictures and that itself is the reason why hundreds of tourists visit every day.

3. Take A Stroll Down Memory Lane At Bao Dai’s Summer Palace In Da Lat

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Bao Dai was the late king of Vietnam and the last king of Vietnam’s feudal court. Da Lat, also known as the city of love in the highlands has amazing weather for retreat. The palace was built from 1933 to 1937 for the royal family to escape the Summer heat. The palace is now open for tourists to visit and it hosts an array of the late king’s treasures. Surrounding the palace is acres and acres of beautiful greenery, perfect for picture taking.

4. Go Wild In The Crazy House In Da Lat

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The Crazy House in Da Lat was build by a Vietnamese architect that pursued her studies in architecture in Moscow, Russia. The Crazy House looks exactly like what you’d imagine if you went down the rabbit hole with Alice from Alice In Wonderland. There are different parts to the Crazy House, each with a theme that resembles a part of nature. From the forests, oceans to the antarctic, each section has an equally crazy theme to live up to the house’s name. The entire house consists of large trees, huge spider webs, gigantic mushrooms and more! Honestly, very trippy and very exciting to take pictures in. Not to mention, the Crazy House is also a bed and breakfast where travellers can actually stay in. Definitely an experience if you’re asking me!

5. Immerse Yourself In Nature In The Da Lat Flower Park

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The Da Lat Flower Park has the biggest selection of flowers in it. It is also host to the annual Flower Festival in Da Lat, Vietnam. A stroll down this park will make you feel like one with nature again. Sheryl & I had the best time going through each and every flower patch for pictures because they were all in full bloom. Aside from that, there are also cute bees and butterflies figurines in the park that. Not to mention, they put a lot of thought and creativity in the topiary surrounding the park. For those who love nature, here’s where you ought to be!

6. Shop At The Da Lat Market

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The Da Lat Market is your one-stop-shop for local treats. Here, you’ll find an array of food stalls selling local delights. Not to mention, there are also a bunch of stalls selling clothes but mostly thick and knitted as the weather in Da Lat is relatively chilly. Sheryl & I found some cute sweaters here for sale and I even managed to get a ship in a bottle as decor for my room back at home for around RM15 after conversion. Things are generally cheap in the market, bargaining can get you a lower price as well so if there’s anywhere I’d recommend shopping at, it’s at this market.

-Zoey