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Review: A Short Quarantine at Livotel Hotel Kaset Nawamin, Bangkok

Review: A Short Quarantine at Livotel Hotel Kaset Nawamin, Bangkok

Can you believe that it’s been almost three months since I published the last post about my Indochina trip, talking about the first-class train from Nong Khai to Bangkok?

If I gotta be honest with you, I have had some seasonal depression lately. I’ve been feeling unmotivated to do anything in life, and I was swamped up to adjust my workloads since my business at Savviesticated started growing earlier this year.

I have to admit that I was quite struggling to plan out content for my blog the past couple of months, but here I am! 😀

Since it’s been over a year since I finished my Indochina trip, I’ll try to catch up so that I can complete the posts ASAP. It’s still a long way to go. Hopefully, it will be relevant soon once the borders are reopening as they start to distribute vaccines all over the place!

So in this post, I will talk about my experience of staying at Livotel Hotel Kaset Nawamin, Bangkok. I stayed at the hotel for around a week after spending my self-quarantine at Sengphachanh Hotel 2 in Vientiane.

What You Could Get in Chiang Rai for $10 – 3-Day Budget Itinerary Around the City

Hi everyone!

How has 2021 treated you so far now that it’s past mid-January? I can’t believe that I was in Ho Chi Minh City this time last year to start my Indochina trip that ended up with me getting sick in Vientiane.

One of the results of the situation was that I had to reroute my initial itinerary and skip some destinations that I was planning to visit, including the city that we’re going to cover on this week’s $10 series. Yep, I was planning to stop by Chiang Rai at the time, but due to the pandemic rising, I had to cancel everything.

So, thanks to Natalie of Voyage Scribe, today we’re going to talk about how you could spend your $10 in Chiang Rai… And this time, she even shares a 3-day itinerary around the city on the budget!

Review: First Class Train to Bangkok from Nong Khai (That You Can Book From Vientiane)

So, after spending a couple of weeks in the self-quarantine mode at Sengphachanh Hotel 2 in Vientiane, I had to change my travel plan from my original itinerary.

My itinerary was supposed to include so many more beautiful places in Laos. Initially, I was supposed to head to Vang Vieng before leaving for Luang Prabang, so I could get a chance to explore the northern part of Thailand before going back to Bangkok. However, due to my situation as I got recovered from my illness, the people from the embassy suggested going back home sooner rather than later.

At the time, I realized that maybe it’s a bad idea to follow my initial plan anyway, so I agreed to head directly to Bangkok from Vientiane. If anything happened, it’s easier to find a reliable (and cheaper!) hospital in Bangkok than anywhere in Laos. Even if I had to return from Bangkok, it’s easy to find a direct flight from Thailand’s capital city to Jakarta than Vientiane.

So I had to follow my gut, and that was to head back to Bangkok instead of continuing my journey to the northern part of Laos and Thailand. The good thing is that I still had some credits from Bookaway, so I didn’t think twice when I found an option to travel from Vientiane to Bangkok using the first-class train from Nong Khai. 

3 Things to Do When You Get Sick While Traveling Solo Abroad

In case you didn’t know, I got sick in Vientiane on my last Indochina trip. This was my first experience getting sick while traveling alone. Ironically, it happened on what was supposed to be my birthday trip. Just when I thought I was all game for my solo trip, I had to face one of the disadvantages of traveling alone!

Visiting all ten ASEAN country members was on my list of things to do before I turned 30. Long story short, life happened that I could only check it from the list this year on my 31st birthday… Who would have thought that the momentum became one of the most bittersweet birthdays ever for me?!

Not only did I finally check something on my wishlist, but it was also the first time for everything… From getting sick during my solo travel overseas, to unexpectedly getting a chance to travel across the Thai-Laos border with corps diplomatique service on my freaking birthday!

50+ Local Beer Around the World You Need to Add on Your International Travel Bucket List

Happy International Beer Day!

Wait, do you even know that today is actually International Beer Day? If you don’t, then just know that there’s such a thing like International Beer Day and it’s celebrated around the world… This Friday!

As a beer enthusiast myself, beer is one of the alcoholic drinks that I can’t simply say no whenever I get offered. More especially when I travel overseas.

It’s the only drink with alcohol that makes me feel like I’m a responsible drinker. Anything stronger than beer, and I start rambling about my life problem. God knows why I am like this. LOL.

So today, I’m excited to present to you a piece of collaboration about beer. Together with more than 50 fellow bloggers slash travelers, we would like to share the local beer around the world with you that you can add on your bucket list.

Do you have your local favorite on the list? Go check this out!