[Taipei] Jiufen Ah Gan Taro Balls 阿柑姨芋圓

– Jiufen is a town nearby to Taipei and is reachable by taking a direct bus number 1062 to jinguashi from Zhongxiao Fuxing MRT station; or a direct bus from Ximending or Keelung; or local train to Ruifang and followed by another bus ride
– It is a place with scenic mountain view of Northern Taiwan, with a bunch of scrumptious foods
– One of the not-to-missed is surely this Taro Balls
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Located at: No. 5, Shuqi Road, Ruifang District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 224
#Jiufen #Taipei #Taiwan #travelforfood
Visited in May, 2011
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[Laos] Sawadee Luang Prabang: How did I spend One Million (1,000,000) in a week in Laos !

Sawadee Luang Prabang ~

Mini infos:
 
(A) Of Visa and Currency related:
– visa free for Malaysian passport holder
– USD maybe acceptable at your hostel/hotel but Laotian Kips is still widely use, so you still have to get your Kips ready (2,000 Kips = approximately 0.25 USD)
– you maybe surprise that it’s not cheap to travel in Laos compare with Thailand, Vietnam 😂
– D & T Supermarket is the only supermarket in Luang Prabang, I genuinely believe that they have the most competitive pricing compare with other minimarts. It is located the same row as Lao Lao Bar if I am not mistaken
– big water for 5,000 Kips and small water for 2,000 Kips
 
(B) Of Attractions and Accommodations
– Generally, attractions that I did in Luang Prabang are Kuang Si, Mt Phousi and for Vang Vieng, I did Blue Lagoon + Phou Kam Cave, View Point (Phagern), Jang Cave, Yui Waterfall.
– there is a bar that you can go hea….for one whole day named Utopia (in LPQ).
– Stay 3 nights each at Luang Prabang (Downtown backpackers) and Vang Vieng (Rock hostel). This two hostels provide delicious breakfast for free!
 
(C) More on Laos:
– I do not recommend you to rent a motorbike as it is costly and the route to Kuang Si is not really safe for motorbike
– Business must close by 11:30p.m. No late night party! It is Laos’ law. So the street are extremely quite after 11:30p.m.
– Laos’ people sleep early and wake up early 8) ….So be quiet and go to sleep and wake up before 6am to give alms to the monks
– Don’t treat the monks like monkeys in a zoo. Be respectful if you take photos.
 
Here is my itineraries:
1
Arrived in Luang Prabang early morning, withdraw 1,000,000 Kips from the ATM machine@airport
 
Check in – walk around in Luang Prabang town, settled lunch and go back to hostel to showet and have a nap – Wakeup and climb up to Mount Phousi for sunset (admission is free only after 630pm, there are two entrances. The one at Wat Pha Khe has a longer route to the peak as compare with the entrance opposite the museum) – Night market and bought dinner
 
Expenses:
Airport Transfer 25,000
Lunch (Noodles soup) 15,000
D & T
Dinner (grilled corn & sandwich) 15,000
 
Stay:
Downtown backpackers hostel
 
2
Breakfast at hostel – leave to Kuang Si waterfall at 11am + hiking trails nearby – return to Luang Prabang and did Mt Phousi again – Night market again and found the infamous Vegetarian buffet (10,000 for a plate! The cook at the stall will help you to reheat the food) – Lao Lao Bar for drink
 
Expenses:
Kuang Si 50,000
Lunch : snacks from D & T the day before
Dinner (Vegetarian Buffet) 10,000
Coke at Lao Lao Bar 10,000
 
Stay:
Downtown backpackers 114,000 for 2 nights (booked from Booking.com)
 
3
Wake up early to watch alm giving to the monks along the main street – breakfast at hostel – leave for Vang Vieng – arrived at 3pm – walk around in Vang Vieng town – stargazing at Silver Naga Hotel
 
Expenses:
Rock Backpackers 42,000
Minivan to Vang Vieng 110,000
Lunch 15,000
Tuktuk to hostel from the bus station 10,000
Dinner (Korean cup noodles from K mart) 9,000
Bridge toll 4,000
Tomyam cup noodles 5,000
 
Stay:
Rock Backpackers
 
4
Breakfast at hostel – walk to Blue Lagoon and Phou Kam Cave – Vang Vieng viewpoint (Mt Phagern, not very high but good view of paddy fields from top) – Noodles again from K mart – Smile beach bar
 
Expenses:
Rock Backpackers 50,000
Lunch at Blue Lagoon 15,000
7-up and coke 10,000
Spicy noodles and water from K mart 12,000
 
Stay:
Rock Backpackers
 
5
Breakfast at hostel – Jang Cave (by foot, less than 3km) – lunch in Vang Vieng – Yui waterfall (by foot, 6km from Vang Vieng) – stargazing at Silver Naga Hotel
 
Jang Cave 17,000
Yui Waterfall 10,000
Lunch 25,000
Soya 4,000
 
Stay:
Rock Backpackers
 
6
Breakfast – Back to Luang Prabang – lunch – sunset watching and stargazing at Utopía
 
Expenses:
Minivan to Luang Prabang 100,000
Lime drink at Utopía 10,000
Stamp for postcard 8,000
D & T
 
Stay:
Downtown backpackers
 
7
Expenses:
Hostel 47,500
Tuktuk to airport 20,000

[South Korea] Nami Island – Mr Dakgalbi 닭갈비

– A visit to South Korea is not complete without having the authentic dakgalbi in a local restaurant
– You can eat Dakgalbi alone! Lunchmate(s) or dinnermate(s) is not needed
– I am very happy that they accommodated to my need by making the portion of dakgalbi into 1-person’s even though the minimum serving is two on their menu
– Dak-galbi is a popular Korean dish, with spicy stir-fried marinated diced chicken in gochujang-based sauce
 
#Seoul #SouthKorea #NamiIsland #dakgalbi

 
Address: Chuncheon 春川 Nami Island Ferry Point
 
Visited in January, 2015

[Cambodia] Siem Reap – Fresh Fruit Factory

– Mango shake. Serving is big, unable to finish it as I was eating alone.
– Tasty and good hang out place on a hot afternoon
– Hipster cafe in Siem Reap runs by a Japanese couple
– Price is on the high side, Five US Dollars for this bowl
– I splurge as the day before my visit was my birthday :DD
– It was quite a walk too, especially under the scorching sun
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Address: Taphul Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
 
#Cambodia #SiemReap #SiemReapCafe
Fresh Fruit Factory
 
Visited in December, 2016

[Cambodia] Siem Reap – Sinn SisaMouth Cafe

– Veggie Pineapple Curry -> I still do not understand why Khmer curry has pineapple cubes in it instead of potatoes
– The serving has a good size
– Reasonable price for authentic Khmer food
– Quiet location, with nice atmosphere and friendly waiter and waitress
– My post birthday treat (and my me-me time)

20161224_133448#Cambodia #SiemReap #SinnSisaMouthCafe #SouthEastAsia

Visited in December, 2016

[China] Hostel@Gui Lin, Guangxi – Cyan Box Hostel

– The hostel I first stayed in Guangzhou is not really clean and I was quite disappointed (fyi the name is LazyGaga, hostels in Guangzhou are expensive as it is an urban city)
– To my surprise, hostels in Guangxi province are much better – cheaper, clean and comfortable. All of the 3 hostels I stayed are worth recommending.
– Downside for this one is the number of shower rooms is limited.
– I heard they have another branch nearer to the city centre, but I stayed here because it is cheaper.
– Please do not walk to your destination. China is big. Public bus costs only one (1) Yuan
– I heard eLong net is the cheapest room/bed booking platform in China, do compare it with Booking and Hostelworld before making your booking.

Address in English: No.3 Jian Gan Road, Guilin.
Address in Chinese: 桂林市七星区建干路3号

http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldet…/CyanBox-Hostel/…/95588

#Guilin #Guangxi #China #GuilinHostel #CyanBoxHostel

visited on September, 2016.

[Vietnam] Hostel@Ho Chi Minh City (a.k.a. Saigon) : Sigoong Hostel

– Trust that they are one of the best hostels in HCM
– Strategically located near Bui Vien (pub street) (5 mins walk) and because of the distance, you get to have peaceful and quiet night sleep.
– BUT! This is HCM! What is in Ho Chi Minh without being waking up by the hustle and bustle of this city? Trust me, the noise from the busy traffic, they are much better than your alarm clock :DD
– Free breakfast provided! And you gonna have your breakfast on their rooftop bar (*double ups)
– Do note that they do have curfew ~ The gate was locked and I feel guilty for waking up the man on night duty
– The toilet is clean, rest assure you will definitely enjoy your good shower.
Address: 92 De Tham, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Sigoong Hostel Bar
#HoChiMinh #SigoongHostel #Vienam #Hostelworld
Oct | 2016