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Sari Ater Hotel & Resort: Natural Hot Springs in West Java, Indonesia - Indonesia

Sari Ater Hotel & Resort: Natural Hot Springs in West Java, Indonesia

Who doesn’t love natural hot springs? Getting deep into natural hot springs is one way to relax, which was also the main reason I decided to go to Ciater for my recent staycation. Although Ciater is not too far from Bandung, I honestly couldn’t remember the last time I went there before my staycation. But I know Ciater is known to be one of the best natural hot springs in West Java, Indonesia.

I know I had been there a few times when I was a child, and I went there with my girlfriends once when we were at the university, but that was all about it. And that’s also the reason why I decided to book a one-night stay at Sari Ater Hotel and Resort in Ciater.

Umi Travel Tea Set: The Best Portable Tea Set for Travelers

Umi Travel Tea Set: The Best Portable Tea Set for Travelers

If you’re a traveler who loves drinking tea and need a portable tea set that is suitable for travelers, this post is for you. Umi Tea Sets, a China-based e-commerce that sells tea sets in any form, now has travel tea set collections that you can consider packing for your next trip!

I got a travel tea set for myself, and I packed it for my last staycation with my family recently. So in this post, I want to review this Umi travel tea set so you can decide whether purchasing one would be a good idea for you as a traveler who’s also a tea lover.

Cihan Palas Yeni Hotel: A Budget-Friendly Hotel in Ankara, Turkey

Cihan Palas Yeni Hotel: A Budget-Friendly Hotel in Ankara, Turkey

Writing a review of Cihan Palas Yeni Hotel, the budget-friendly hotel where I stayed in Ankara, was long overdue as I got super packed after publishing my review on the sleeper train from Istanbul Halkali to Ankara Gar last month.

It was my first time in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey (officially known as Türkiye these days), and I honestly didn’t expect much from the city since I imagined Ankara would be a typical capital city almost everywhere in the world: with so many things going on that it comes off as borderline boring.

In this post, I’m going to write specifically about Cihan Palas Yeni Hotel, the hotel where I spent 3 nights in Ankara. It was also the first time I booked accommodation with the “room assigned on arrival” option on Agoda, so I will share my two cents about the booking process, the hotel, and my stay at the property.

So, how was Cihan Palas Yeni Hotel in Ankara?

TCDD Turkish State Railway: Traveling by Sleeper Train in Turkey

TCDD Turkish State Railway: Traveling by Sleeper Train in Turkey

When I decided to travel to Turkey (now recognized as Türkiye) for the winter, my initial plan was to get on the sleeper train in Turkey with the famous Dogu Express that takes passengers from Ankara to Kars on a 24-hour journey during the winter wonderland. However, it turns out that the route got so popular that when I tried to book it, the Dogu Express tickets were all sold out.

Although it wasn’t my first experience traveling with a sleeper train since I got a chance to get on the overnight train in Thailand and Vietnam, it was my first time traveling with an inter-city train in Turkey.

I know Turkey has decent sleeper cars in some TCDD trains, according to some friends who took it years ago from Ankara to Izmir. So this time, I decided to travel by sleeper train in Turkey but since I didn’t get to book Dogu Express, I ended up booking one for the Istanbul-Ankara route instead.

Previously, I shared my two cents about traveling by bus in Turkey. In this post, I’m going to share my story of traveling by sleeper train in Turkey, including some tips for booking the train ticket, the facilities in the cabin, and also a review of my overall experience of taking a sleeper train with Ankara Express from Istanbul to Ankara and my take on whether it’s better to travel by train or bus if you’re planning to travel between the cities.

Review: Single Room at Apartmani Amaro Novi Sad

Review: Single Room at Apartmani Amaro in Novi Sad

One thing I noticed when I started looking for accommodation to stay in Novi Sad is that the rate is slightly higher than most places in Serbia, even the capital city in Belgrade. I wasn’t picky when it came to accommodation, so I booked a single room at Apartmani Amaro in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Apartmani Amaro is the second accommodation that I booked through Agoda in Serbia after Apartmani Vasic in Banja Koviljaca. But I found booking Apartmani Amaro in Novi Sad more straightforward than the latter, as Apartmani Amaro allowed us to proceed with the online payment through Agoda.

In this post, I’m going to share a review of my experience when I stayed in the single room at Apartmani Amaro in Novi Sad on New Year’s Eve. I got connected with a girl in Novi Sad through Couchsurfing who kinda gave me some hope to have someone to spend the New Year’s Eve together, but she kinda ditched me so I ended up doing nothing in my room to welcome 2022 there.

So, how was my experience staying at Apartmani Amaro in Novi Sad? Here we go!