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Sunday, October 14, 2012

2011 Travels

by Regin Reyno

In my previous post, we looked back at my travels in 2012. This time, join me as I look back at my 2011 travels.

“He who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination.”-Jose Rizal

1. March 2011: Ko Kred Day Tour
Ko Kred, Nonthaburi, Thailand 
1 day

A day tour in a man-made island near Bangkok. This island is inhabited by the Mon tribe, one of the ethnic groups of Thailand. Their main industry there is pottery. Cars aren't allowed in the island. So if you want to have a break from all the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, head to this island. Just go to Pakkred via bus 160 from Victory Monument and then take a boat. THB 10 per person is the fare.


A wonderful Sunday prompted us to visit this place. We explored the island by foot and witnessed the locals make pots. We also tried drinking softdrink/soda in a pot.
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Ko Kred, Thailand

2. March 2011: Kuala Lumpur Luxurious Weekend
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 days and 2 nights

A championship presentation dinner with ASEAN Basketball League 2011 champion Thailand Slammers and runner-up Philippine Patriots in a 4 star hotel called Empire Hotel- in Subang Jaya, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur-which also served as our home during our stay there. 


From Bangkok, we were in the same plane with these pro basketball players and team owners. We had the chance to befriend the players and their official photographers.

During the dinner, we were fortunate to meet Malaysia's business tycoon, Tony Fernandez. 

All expenses sponsored by ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). 
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Petronas Twin Tower. Kuala Lumur, Malaysia


3. Songkran Beach Holiday
Ko Samet, Thailand
4 days and 3 nights

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been. Blinding white sand, clear warm waters, and convenient. We spent our Songkran holiday here courtesy of our friends Tom and Dale. 

This island is just approximately 3 hours from Bangkok by van. You can take a van in Victory Monument, head to Rayong, and from there take a boat going to Samet Island. It's a national park so you will get to enjoy the island's nature as well.

Thank you Tom for inviting us and to Dale for letting us stay in his house. 
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Ko Samet, Thailand




4. May 2011: Southeast Asia Backpacking
Bangkok, Thailand-Siem Reap, Cambodia-Saigon, Vietnam 
9 days and 8 nights

This is so far my most adventurous travel to date. My first time to actually backpack. No travel agencies, no tour agencies, no tour guide. Just a do-it-yourself overland travel to 2 countries which we visited for the first time. From our place Nonthaburi, Thailand to the beautiful city of Saigon, Vietnam passing by Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia and the capital Phnom Penh.
We rode almost all kinds of land transportation, songthaew, bus, skytrain, subway, 3rd class train, tuk tuk, shared-taxi, remorque-moto, double-deck buses, cyclo, motorbike, and taxi. 

Thank you travel bloggers specially to Calvin Lo of Calvin's Hub fro sharing your experiences in these places which allowed me to make my own itinerary.
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Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Notre Dame de Saigon. Saigon, Vietnam



5. Bangkok Luxurious Holiday
Bangkok, Thailand
2 days and 1 night

My most luxurious hotel experience. A 2-day relaxation and pampering experience in the Executive Suite of Conrad Bangkok. Together with our friend and batchmate Shine, we enjoyed the hotel's pool, gym, sauna and just simple relaxing in the room enjoying the 3 flat screen televisions located in the different parts of the room (there's one in the bathroom).


We had a fine dining in the hotel's Cafe@2 with a French-Thai brasserie concept. We also had our buffet breakfast there.

The experience wouldn't be complete without a massage at their All-Seasons Spa.

All expenses sponsored by Conrad Bangkok. 
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Conrad Bangkok
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Conrad Bangkok Executive Suite



6. Laos Visa Run
Vientiane, Laos
2 days and 3 nights

A change of workplace required us to get a  new visa. What better way to do it than in Laos' sleepy capital. One of my top ten favorite cities in Asia, this city will offer you a unique city experience, a cultural and historical experience as well.


We visited Patuxai, the War Musuem, Mekong river, the night market, their newly opened mall called Morning Market and Laos Duty Free. 

We opted for Meesuk Travel Agency to go there. The travel time took almost 8 hours from Bangkok via van.

Meesuk Travel offers the ride, hotel accomodation, assistance in the visa process, and 5 delicious Filipino meals.

 I highly recommend Meesuk Travel for your visa run if you're in Bangkok. Their base is at KFC Jusco supermarket/Max Value in Sukhumvit. Take a skytrain and go to Phrakanong Station then take a bus, songthaew or taxi in going to Jusco supermarket/Max Value.
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Patuxai Park. Vientiane, Laos




7. Philippine Christmas Vacation

Mindanao, Philippines
2 weeks

Christmas and New Year means family time. So we are thankful that we have a 2-week Christmas break to spend time with our family. Places such as Impasugong, Impalutao, Malaybalay, Mountain View College, Quezon, Valencia in Bukidnon, Polomolok, General Santos in South Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro city in Agusan del Norte, Davao City and Samal in Davao del Norte, Digos in Davao del Sur were explored and visited during this trip. 
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going to the Philippines






Thank you Lord for the blessings that you always provide and the safety in our travels.

"We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history." E.G. White - Last Day Events - Page 72.

Looking forward for more travels in 2012 and the future! 






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