Try Destinations A Bit More Off the Radar

It’s easy to be so cautious when choosing a destination for your next holiday. A lot of people like to go for the same sort of holiday destinations because they know what they’re getting.

You can’t really go wrong with an all-inclusive in Europe. They’re pretty much safe, the hotels are great, and you know exactly what you’re getting when you’re going.

But this style of holiday is preventing you from seeing the world in a different light. There is just so much to see and do out there, you shouldn’t keep yourself sheltered behind the doors of an all-inclusive.

Instead, you should have a read of the holiday destinations that we have below, and see if you’d like to go for any of them.

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

Hi everyone!

So, in case you didn’t know, I’m finally back in 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 others have a little concern about the idea of traveling alone. And that’s totally fine with me. While I think I’ve had a fair share of experience getting the benefits of traveling alone, I understand that not everyone has been exposed to the idea.

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.

Around The World With The Beauties! – (Brunei) Beaute Rossera Botanical Lip Balm Honey Lemon & (Thailand) Annabella Angel Aqua Expert Hydrated Facial Mask

Hi everyone!

I know, the feature that was once to be posted monthly has now only appeared once in a semester. I’m so sorry for the inconvenience. In my defense, it took me a while for me to decide which product from which country to be posted first. Not to mention that I’m still trying my best to connect the two stuff that I’m going to cover here.

To be frank, at first I was really planning to write about a beauty product from both Brunei and Malaysia. That was just so it would be related to my Borneo trip. Unfortunately, one of the Malaysian beauty products that I was about to recommend ended up being so disappointing.

That forced me to wait until I got another product to recommend so I could start working on the new feature after my last series on Around The World With The Beauties.

Thankfully, now that I’ve got 2 new beauty product recommendations from 2 different countries with a similarity between both: Brunei and Thailand. From Brunei, I’ve got Beaute Rossera Botanical Lip Balm Honey Lemon. Also, I’ve got Thai Annabella Angel Aqua Expert Hydrated Facial Mask.

Jesselton Express (Subsidiary of Sipitang Express): A Public Bus from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu

Slowly but sure, the story of my Borneo trip will come to an end now that I’m gonna talk about how to get to Kota Kinabalu in Sabah from Brunei.

There are a few options that you could choose if you’re planning to travel within the route. Apart from the fastest way through a flight, you could also opt for either by bus or by ferry. For my Borneo trip, I chose the public bus as the way of my travel. Although to be honest, if I could go back to Borneo, I’d totally go for the ferry option just for the sake of experience.

As usual, I rely on Easybook for all the reservations for my transport during the trip. And this time, I chose the one and only option for Brunei-Kota Kinabalu trip by bus: Sipitang Express.

So, why did I end up using Jesselton Express instead of Sipitang in the title of this post? Well, this one will be explained later. Keep calm, and carry on. 😉

How and Where To Go Around Brunei

In the past few weeks, chances are you’ve read something about Brunei in some mainstream media. Yes, you’ve probably read something about their new anti-LGBTQ law that has been applied since earlier this month. Honestly, I don’t really care whether you’re pro or against the law, because I’m here to just share my experience. An experience to explore the country called Brunei Darussalam.

My first mistake when I arrived in Brunei was the thought that Brunei would be pretty much like Singapore: a small, rich country where everything is expensive. That’s basically the stereotype I’ve got as an Indonesian.

Well, I gotta say… Things around Brunei are much more affordable compared to Singapore. And did you know that the gas only costs around 3 cents BND per liter?!

I know, it’s not surprising as they’re a country that is rich with oil anyway. But believe me, I was surprised by the fact that I could control my expense quite easily in Brunei. If anything, I suppose Brunei has a currency that is on par with SGD, but the living cost is slightly on par like in Malaysia. And for me, it’s a sweet spot! 😉