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Review: Solo Staycation at VillaCamp Salse Bandung

Review: Solo Staycation at VillaCamp Salse Bandung

It’s been a couple of months since I had my last staycation at Salse Bandung, and to be honest, I wanted to write a review of my stay since last month, but I was so swamped up with work since the past few weeks that I just didn’t have the time to do it, so here we go! 

Salse Bandung has two types of accommodation in total. One is VillaTel, which is a hotel-type accommodation that comes with some different types of rooms, from Deluxe to Premium. The other one is the one that I’m going to write about, because that’s where I stayed for one night: the VillaCamp!

Dubbed as their exotic cultural resort experience, the type of the accommodation is inspired by Central Javanese joglo style, with a gazebo-type accommodation that is more affordable than the VillaTel Salse. If anything, VillaCamp feels more like glamping with a twist, since it’s not exactly a camp, since half of the accommodation was built with bricks and all, but then again, you can zip out the “window” to get the view around your accommodation. 

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AirAsia Premium Red Lounge: Is It Worth Upgrading Your Flight Ticket?

AirAsia Premium Red Lounge: Is It Worth Upgrading Your Flight Ticket?

As someone who used to work for AirAsia years ago, I had to admit that I always tried to be as vigilant as I could be when it comes to the benefits that I could get from purchasing any of their products. Call me petty, but I spent my early 20s trying to absorb their product knowledge, and I still missed out on a thing or two that made me lose both temper and money.

From dealing with some irritating passengers (a guy from the House of Representative of the Republic of Indonesia once threw money on my face simply because he didn’t want to pay for freaking IDR 25,000 – around $2 USD – for a check-in service fee!) to even missing the payment for some excessed baggage that made me have to pay from my own salary!

Only when I already resigned, I finally realized the benefits of knowing their product knowledge by heart. That’s why I didn’t even bother to freak out when I missed my flight from Kuala Lumpur to Jakarta on my last trip. At the time, I just booked a room at Tune Hotel Aeropolis KLIA and then another flight ticket for the next day. I rarely upgrade my flight ticket, but since I was flying from Kuala Lumpur at the time, I decided to upgrade it to Premium Flex since I got a chance to experience their AirAsia Premium Red Lounge at KLIA2 terminal.

So, is it worth upgrading the flight ticket?

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Tune Hotel KLIA Aeropolis: How It Is and What You Need to Know

Tune Hotel KLIA Aeropolis: How It Is and What You Need to Know

Before the pandemic hit, KLIA had become my preferred airport to have a short layover for some of my international flights. Despite Changi’s popularity in Singapore, I never really enjoyed having a transit there as everything felt so pricey in Singapore. On the other hand, Kuala Lumpur is three times cheaper, and the airport is big enough to people-watching even though it’s not exactly a shopping haven or any place that is effective to kill boredom while waiting for your next flight.

I can’t remember how many hotels around Sepang area where I spent a night or two in Kuala Lumpur for my flights. I wrote about Capsule by Container, which is currently known as CapsuleTransit Airport Hotel in KLIA2. I also had an article about Bary Inn Hotel for when I waited for my flight to Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam Airlines.

Other than the hotels that I wrote about, I also stayed in some others long before I started this blog. I remember, once I stayed at Sri Langit Hotel, a hotel close to Kuala Lumpur National Airport with an aircraft concept in their rooms. It was quite a nice, not-so-pricey hotel to stay for a night.

And as mentioned the other day, I missed my flight to Jakarta from Kuala Lumpur that forced me to extend my stay in Malaysia for one more day. Since I was too lazy to even spend 50 MYR to leave the airport, I decided to find a room in one of the few airport hotels available around KLIA/KLIA2. And this time, I got a chance to stay at Tune Hotel KLIA Aeropolis.

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The Worst Staycation Experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung - The BeauTraveler

The Worst Staycation Experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung

Actually, it’s been half a year since I had a staycation at Horison Green Forest Bandung. The reason why it took so long for me to write the review of my experience was that… I had it so bad that I wasn’t even sure whether it was worth the effort to write about it.

I got a chance to have a staycation at several hotels in Bandung. From Chez Bon Hostel, the budget hostel where my late uncle used to own the place a couple of years ago to hotels like Blackbird Hotel and the legendary Savoy Homann. By far, my experience at Horison Green Forest Bandung has been the worst staycation that I’ve ever had in my hometown.

Honestly, I only decided to write my review of the hotel as I had a chat with Gema the other day, and he also told me that he had a bad experience staying at Green Forest…

So, what does make the property so bad?

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Self-Service Laundry in Penang

Review: Self-Service Laundry at Summer Tree Hotel in Penang

Whenever I’m on the road, self-service laundry is my best friend. I’m not exactly a light traveler, but that’s why I travel with as little laundry as possible. Laundry makes my baggage heavier than it should be. So, when I’m on a big trip, I usually go to the nearest laundromat to get my laundry done to make sure that I only have to bring a few pieces of my dirty clothes.

A lot of people ask me what I usually do with my laundry whenever I’m on my trip, I usually just roll my eyes and tell them that they act like they don’t live in the 2020s where we can find a laundromat in almost every big city in the world.

But to be fair, there are some cities where a self-service laundromat isn’t too easy to be found. Among many places, I was quite surprised that there weren’t many laundry places around Siam Road in Penang. At least not that I found on Google Map.

So in this post, I’m going to write about my experience using a self-service laundry facility around Georgetown in Penang. It’s the one located in Summer Tree Hotel, which, according to Google Map, is the nearest laundromat from SO Hotel and Ink Hotel.

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