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FAQs Answered By a Woman Traveler: Traveling Solo Around Southeast Asia

Hi everyone!

So, in case you didn’t know, I’m finally back to Vietnam after 3 years. It was the first country that I visited as a solo traveler.

And while this time I kinda get used to doing everything alone when I travel, I understand as someone who comes from Southeast Asia region, some people just ask you a lot of questions about your journey.

Some ask questions out of curiosity, some do it because they’re inspired to do it too, while the other one has a little concern about the idea of you traveling alone. And that’s totally fine with me. After all, not everyone has their privilege to experience solo traveling, I guess?

Now that I’m in Chau Doc, I’ve got some spare time to write as I’ll be on my way to Ha Tien tomorrow, and then continue my journey crossing the border to Cambodia the next day.

This time, I’ll share with you some questions frequently asked about traveling solo in Southeast Asia. The questions that I often get asked, especially as a woman traveling alone around the region.

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What You Could Get in Kuala Lumpur for $10 – More Than Just the Twin Tower

If you ask me what city I’m most familiar with in any ASEAN countries, apart from Singapore then I will definitely mention Kuala Lumpur for the next. Ever since I visited the capital city of Malaysia for the first time in 2013, I always stop by the city at least once in every year. It could be for the sole purpose of travel, transit, or even work.

No kidding, back when I was working as a flight attendant, I probably flew to KUL more often than most of my Malaysian colleagues. There were times when I even had a week layover in the city. If you asked me whether I’ve ever given up a room at DoubleTree for a university to a dormitory room in a university, my answer is yes I have.

I left my hotel room unoccupied to a dormitory room at UTM, just so I could have a sleepover with Miza during my long layover in the city.

After quitting my job as a flight attendant, I surprisingly travel more frequently. And whenever I get to choose a transit in either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, more often than not I’d choose the latter. And the city itself will be the one that we cover now. Thanks to Kirsty from World for A Girl who will be sharing her recommendation with us!

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Less than 100 Reasons Why You Should Think Twice Before Begpacking in Asia

There was this article that has been shared for way too many times on the travelers’ group lately, and it is the one about Bali reporting begpackers to their embassies.

Look, I know I’m some kind of a failed Indonesian as I’ve never been to Bali before. However, I’ve seen this begpacker phenomenon a few times in Bangkok and Hong Kong. I don’t know though, there’s probably somewhere else that I’ve been where there were also begpackers. But at the time, I wasn’t familiar with what begpacker is.

However, I remember I was curious about why so many white street musicians around Tsim Sha Tsui when I was about to see Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. It was only a few minutes when I saw some hippies spreading a floor mat and taking out some stuff from their traveling printout pics to even their friendship bracelet whatever.

I was amused and annoyed at the same time. And let me speak for myself, as a traveler holding a weak passport like the Indonesian one. Frankly speaking, if I were to do the same thing as they did in their country, I would be deported in no time.

But life isn’t always fair, so the only thing I could do about it is to spread the awareness on why you should think twice before deciding to begpack around Asia. This especially applies in the less developed countries like those in Southeast Asia region.

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A Guide for City Dwellers in Kota Kinabalu: Enjoying the City for a Day Without Stopping by Mount Kinabalu

Whenever you heard the word Kinabalu, I suppose you’d be more familiar to the highest peak of Borneo: Mount Kinabalu. It is one of the world heritage sites in which some consider a must visit place when in Borneo. In fact, it was also one of the places that I wanted to go long before I planned out my trip to Borneo.

However, I decided to skip Mount Kinabalu and focus on the city of Kota Kinabalu instead. For so many reasons.

I mean, a few years back I felt like I wanted to go since I was still in the mainstream mood to follow the hypes. You know, YOLO stuff. But as of now, my consideration is more than just YOLO stuff. It also has something to do whether I’m gonna enjoy it or I do it just for the sake of people telling you to do it.

Easy for me, as the packaged tour to Mount Kinabalu from Kota Kinabalu kinda stopped myself from going to the mount itself. I figure, I might not be the only one who could just skip Mount Kinabalu during my Borneo trip.

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Island Hopping in Sabah: Manukan Island from Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton Point)

As much as I wanted to go to explore Mount Kinabalu, I had to skip it as it turned out to be so expensive. I only spared 3 days in Kota Kinabalu, and I tried to make the most out of it to explore the city itself. One of the dos in the city, through some research prior to my departure, is island hopping to some islands that I could do from Kota Kinabalu.

At first, I was considering to book a tour for the activity. Lucky for me, I met a fellow traveler Yukyeong in Brunei. She told me that she was in Kota Kinabalu a few months before she came to Brunei. And she suggested me to just book the tour go-show from Jesselton Point.

During her trip, she booked the tour online and she found out that the price was much cheaper around Jesselton Point. She also told me that one of the popular islands to go from Kota Kinabalu is Manukan Island, the island that she stopped by in her last travel too.

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