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Review: Second Class Train from Bangkok to Hat Yai by Thai Railway

After I took the first-class train from Nong Khai to Bangkok, I decided to take the train again when I left the capital city to Hat Yai. It had been a while since I wanted to stop by Hat Yai in Thailand, so I was quite excited to stop by the city before returning to Malaysia.

Hat Yai is a city in Thailand that is more well-known for Malaysian visitors than the rest. Located in Songkhla province, it’s situated only a few hours by car from Penang. It’s also notable for a higher population of Malay-Muslim and Chinese-Thai citizens than the other cities in Thailand. Long story short, if there’s any city in Thailand that I could relate to my roots, that would be Hat Yai.

Apart from the train, there are also some sleeper bus services available from Bangkok to Hat Yai that you can book through Bookaway. In fact, it was also one of the options when I planned out to leave Bangkok since my first booking was canceled as the ticket to Hat Yai was sold out on my first attempt.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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!

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Best Places to Visit in Asia

Asia is a continent that is flourishing at present. In terms of tourism, Asia has a lot to offer. Although keep in mind to be a responsible traveler in Asia for so many reasons. 

From the romance of Bali to the vibrancy of Bangkok, Asia is filled to the brim with personality. Moreover, what is so great about this continent is the fact that there is something for everybody.

Each location has something different to offer. Keeping that in mind, read on to discover more information about the best places to visit in Asia, the top attractions, and the best cities for street food…

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