Category: On the road

My S$600 ticket for a two hour flight

[if you’re not an #avgeek, you might want to skip this post 🙂 ] My initial plan was to take a cheap flight from Singapore to Amritsar and catch one of Turkmenistan Airlines’ bi-weekly flights to Ashgabat, which are fairly cheap. However I underestimated how tough it is to get...

Scoot: Mixing up Premium Economy and Business Class

I am currently on my fifth trip with Scoot, Singapore Airline Group’s medium-haul, low-cost subsidiary. So far all my flights (Bangkok, Qingdao, Hangzhou and Guangzhou) have all been pleasant, on-time and good value for money. They are currently probably the only carrier with an all B787 fleet, hence all planes...

From Johor Bahru to Singapore (via China)

Over the past year I’ve traveled to China twice – Qingdao and Hangzhou. Both were weekend trips and yet they required a proper visa which meant going down to the visa center to drop off and pick up my passport and fork out around SGD100. For a while I’ve been...

Seraya Hotel

Flores: private beach feeling at Seraya Kecil

After the mountains and hills around Kelimutu and Bajawa as well as the diving in Komodo National Park, we wanted to end the trip relaxing at the beach for a few days. While doing research, we stumbled upon the Seraya Hotel located on Seraya Kecil (9 out of 10 islands...

A week in Flores: Introduction

We had planned to take a week off over Easter and benefit from Good Friday being a public holiday. Initially we contemplated various options. We had no real preference for any particular destination. But we knew we wanted to do something that we likely wouldn’t do when based on Europe....

Hoi An

I am constantly on the look-out for weekend trips from Singapore. I think I’ve noted down just about all the possible destinations fulfilling the following criteria: direct flight less than four hours leave Friday after 5pm get back Sunday with a departure in the afternoon local time and arrive back...

A weekend at the beach in Rayong

On Friday I wrote about my experiment to organize a taxi driver in Thai through Google Translate. My WhatsApp conversation seemed to have worked and there was a taxi driver waiting for me at U-Tapao Airport as arranged. U-Tapao Airport. Probably doesn’t ring a bell for most of you. In terms...

Train rides in Sri Lanka

I just got back from a week long trip to Sri Lanka. We focused on the Southern half of the island along with the Hill Country in the centre. There are three options to get around: private car, bus and train. We did hire a car and driver for a...

The cheapest way from Hong Kong Airport to the city centre

From a budget traveller’s perspective, I’d say there are many types of airports when it comes “how do I get downtown at a cheap price?”: First factor: how far is the airport from the city centre? I am not talking about airports misleadingly named by some low cost airline (Paris –...