Going Solo in Bangkok

Finally!!! I had to courage to go on a solo trip!!

Quick Backstory – I’ve booked a solo trip (twice!!)Β but ended up making lame excuses about not going. Then, there goes my good friend (Hi Kim!!!!) who braved Hoi An on her own. After hearing her travel story – I promised myself I’ll do it. Fast forward to December 2016, with no booked trip for the following year, I booked a 4-day trip to Bangkok.

When I arrived at the airport for my flight to Bangkok, I was scared. It was very unsettling, but it’s about time to face it – I’m going solo! I slept the entire flight since I didn’t get to sleep the day before since I have to be at the airport by 3AM. I woke up and the plane’s on its final descend – I found myself grinning. This is it! I can do this!

FullSizeRender 2I was proud of myself because I arrived safely from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the hostel by train. I’m really into experiencing their local transport and this got to be one of the easiest train system to navigate. The entire trip I was observing, adjusting and experiencing. I can’t count how many times I prayed for my safety when I’m walking anΒ “unfriendly” street, crossing the street without stoplight or overpass, asking strangers for directions and everything in between. But at the end of each day, I am overwhelmed with joy.

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During my last night, I was video chatting with Kim. I was smiling while narrating my story. Yes, there are tons of things to do in Bangkok, but I opted to do what I know I’ll enjoy – temple hopping, museum and food trip. I was simply enjoying my trip (regardless of all the mishaps) at my own phase. And yes, there are experiences I wanted to try, but I was half-hearted, but time will come for those things. Baby steps, baby steps.

I guess, what I wanted to say is – going solo travel is definitely scary (at first). It’s never going to be that easy. But, it’s liberating. It’s like opening a door full of possibilities. It’s empowering.

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So that’s my quick story of going solo in Bangkok! I’m already back in Manila, but already planning on my next solo trip. To conquering your bucket list!!!

XO.

Travel Story 2016

Haven’t done so much writing lately because of work (not complaining though!). Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up and share all the tipid-hits-travel and camp-sagad-itineraries.

Siargao
Boracay
El Nido, Palawan
Bali, Indonesia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Audio: Adventure (by Evan Gartner)

#WhenInSiargao

Beach bumming in Siargao is a normal thing if not required. During our exhausting 1-day habal-habal tour around Siargao, I fell in love with its beaches. Siargao is surrounded by beautiful beaches with different charm from the others.

Here are some of the beaches (aside from the Naked, Daku and Guyam Islands) I’ve seen while in Siargao:

  1. Pacifico Beach (San Isidro, Siargao)
    If you’re travelling to Pilar all the way from General Luna via the Siargao Circumferential Road, you’ll pass by this beach. We didn’t plan stopping over here, but your tour guide said it was the best beach in the island. So, why not? πŸ™‚

    thumb_GOPR7041_1024The sand is not as fine as those in Boracay or Calaguas, but it is more-like of a small pebble kind. We were the only visitors in the area so we had the beach to ourselves. This is where we stayed the longest too. The place was quiet with the waves humming to your ears. But, be careful. We were just sitting by the shore, but most of the time we end up rolling and rolling as the current is a bit strong.

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  2. Burgos, Siargao Island
    This is such a beautiful sight. We were riding when I saw this view and I had to tell our guide to stop so I could take a photo. But, he had to stop meters away as we were almost uphill. I had to run back to this spot and take this photo.

    I remember telling our guide to stop at any public beach in Sta. Monica as I’ve read that the beaches in Sta. Monica are stunning. This one did not disappoint — it was such a sight!

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  3. Alegria, Siargao
    The benefit of having a local driving us around was seeing these beautiful beaches. This was also a quick stop from our tour as our driver had to collect the money from his friend. He dropped us here to enjoy the view for a while.

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#WhenInSiargao: Caob Lagoon

For our last day in Siargao (which is technically our first day as well!!),Β we were able to visit theΒ very hidden Caob Lagoon (Secret Lagoon). I was curious about it because it was included in Siargao’s top to do list, but with minimal photos in Instagram.

After more than an hour of land transfer from General Luna to Del Carmen, we had to ride a boat from Del Carmen to Caob Lagoon. The ride was long but you’ll be rewarded with nature’s beauty — from mangroves to clear waters to mountain background.

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I was surprised to see that we were alone when we arrived in the lagoon. To say I’m scared is an understatement. We’re too-much-bodies-of-water away from the mainland and our guide told us that he’ll be visiting a friend — I wanted to ask “Where??” but decided not to. There’s a small house where we stayed and at the back is a breathtaking view.

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Caob Lagoon reminded me of Kayangan Lake in Coron. It is such a beauty with untouched beauty (well except for the constructed open area in between). We stayed here for more than hour, just soaking up, enjoying the cold water and the sounds of birds chirping. I was blessed to see this place. It was relaxing and I was thankful that we had this to ourselves.

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View from where we docked.

Upon seeing the view from the opposite side, Marrows immediately told me, “Girl, dapat dinala mo libro mo dito!”Β I wouldn’t mind spending the entire afternoon here as it was as relaxing as I wanted it to be.

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View from the opposite side.

If you’re planning to visit Siargao, I suggest to include Caob Lagoon to your itinerary. It. Was. Worth. It. I promise, you’ll get the serenity you need.

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#WhenInSiargao: Tres Marias Island Hopping

Since we have very limited number of days to enjoy Siargao, we opted to do a last-minute Island Hopping Tour upon arrival. Even though we arrived at Siargao at around 3PM then travelling to General Luna took an hour. We rushed changing outfit upon arrival at Ocean 101, then riding theΒ habal-habal back to the port where we’ve talked to a fisherman to help us with the tour.

The only advantage of doing a late afternoon is that you’ve got the islands to yourself. Might as well focus on that rather than dwelling on the fact that you’re given limited time to enjoy the islands.

Our first stop was the farthest island among the three — Naked Island which is literally naked… since there are no trees or shed in the island. It was surrounded by clear water perfect for swimming. From here, you can also see the waves breaking.

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After Naked Island, our next stop was Daku Island. Since we won’t be staying long as we’re planning to catch the sunset at Guyam, we didn’t rent a cottage. Instead, I ran (and Marrows had no choice but to run as well) towards the end of the island where we downed the sweetest and freshest buco juice I’ve ever had. Surprisingly, I thought I finished it too early, but was surprised to find that there is still buco juice remaining. It feels like an unlimited supply of buco juice.

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My first view after docking. πŸ™‚

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It may not have the same fine sand like Naked Island but I was sure captivated by its beauty. The coconut trees with a quiet spot perfect for staring blankly at the sky was the best! After running like a wild child and enjoying the buco juice with the almost-sunset view, we headed to our last stop — Guyam Island. The ride to Guyam Island was the roughest. With the big waves hitting our small boat, I was terrified. It was even scarier than the ride from Banana Island in Coron during a stormy afternoon!

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Guyam Island is relatively smaller than Daku Island. I was hopping to do surfing here but when I saw the waves at the other side, I’d rather not. Hahahaha! I love the rustic feel of this island. Most of my favorite photos from the trip is from this island.

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Almost cotton-candy sunset sky at the other side of Guyam Island.

I suggest to book a ticket to Siargao for a week then spend the whole day doing island hopping. I promise you won’t regret it and you’ve got more time to enjoy each island (unlike us!!!).

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