Sleeper Bus From Vientiane, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam

Saving a night of accommodation, I and my friends considered a 24-hour bus ride from Vientiane, Laos to Hanoi, Vietnam. Bus fare was around $25. That's already cheap for a backpacker like me.

24-hour bus ride from Laos to Vietnam!

It was my first time to ride a sleeper bus. At first, I thought that I was very lucky getting a good seat where I can watch movies on my tablet without interruptions and I can play music comfortably while on travel. However, after few hours, the rest room which is located a seat away from me, became smelly and odorous. This made my experience a mix of disappointment and excitement. It was worth trying for especially for first timers like me.

Front seats were occupied by old and disabled passengers. Most seats at the back were intended for skinny young men. I have noticed that the upper half had sleeper berths while the lower half had seats.

The Southern Bus Terminal, located 11 km north of the downtown core, straight up Kaysone Phomvihane Avenue from Patuxai monument, is considered the main departure for all international destinations to Vietnam and Cambodia. If you're at the town proper, consider riding a Tuk Tuk to get to the terminal right away. Drivers usually charge 50,000 kip. Buying bus tickets from a travel agency is a bit pricey, however, it includes a transfer to the station.


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Meet Joan and Joy, my travel buddies!



Siquijor: The Philippines' Mystical Island

Travel Guide to Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island, Siquijor

Time to wave goodbye to scary, mysterious unknown, witchcraft stories about Siquijor Island. Believe me, nothing creepy here. Swear! Be ready to be mesmerized and enchanted to Siquijor's natural beauty and mystical charm.
Me mowdeling in Siquijor Island ☺

HOW TO GET TO SIQUIJOR ISLAND


From Manila
  • Book a flight to Dumaguete City
  • From Dumaguete, ride a RORO heading to Siquijor
  • Fare is around Php 130-150 per person
  • Travel time: 1 hour & 30 minutes
  • Terminal fee: Php 15 per person

From Cebu City
  • From Cebu South Bus Terminal, ride a bus to Dumaguete
  • Travel time: 5-6 hours
  • Bus [air-conditioned] fare: Php 215 per person
  • RORO fare: Php 70 per person
  • From Dumaguete, ride a RORO heading to Siquijor
  • RORO fare: Php 130-150 per person 
  • Terminal fee: Php 15 per person
Siquijor Island, Philippines

GETTING LOST/ROAMING AROUND
  • If you have a driver's license, you can hire a motorcycle 
  • Motorcycle rental: Php 300-350 depends on your haggling skills
  • Gasoline: Php 120

Riding a Tricycle
  • Php 1,000 per day; good for 4 persons

Riding a Multicab
  • Php 1,800 per day; good for 9 persons
Siquijor Island during low tide

PLACES TO VISIT IN SIQUIJOR ISLAND
  • Capilay Spring Park [free entrance]
  • Old Balete Tree & Fish Spa [Php 5 parking; Php 10 entrance]
  • Cambugahay Falls [no entrance fee, just donation]
  • Siquijor Boulevard [free entrance]
  • Lagaan Falls [Php 50 entrance; with tour guide]
  • Lazi Old Church & Convent
  • Siquijor Church
  • Siquijor Triangular Landmark
  • Sunset watching at Tubod Beach
  • Coral Cay Resort [Php 100 entrance fee]
  • Salagdoong Beach [Php 20 parking; Php 25 entrance]
Mowdeling in Siquijor Island, Philippines

WHERE TO STAY IN SIQUIJOR ISLAND


Siquijor Island, Philippines

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