Backpacking Indochina Travel Guide: Where to Go, What to Eat and What to Do

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there. – Gandalf the Grey

April 11-19, 2014

“Indochina? Indonesia and China?” I always get this response whenever I tell my friends that I am going to Indochina. Saying Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam in one is already hard but explaining what Indochina is, is even harder.

So what does Indochina mean? Or rather, where in the world is Indochina???

The term Indochina was derived for the term French Indochina, a combination of India and China, which refers to the territories/lands between these two countries. Other countries included are: Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar.

Now, why did I decide to visit these Southeast Asian countries when I could have enjoyed the spring in Korea or cherry blossoms in Japan? Simple. Because of the rich culture and tradition of these countries. Because of the endless adventures that I knew awaits me there. Because I knew that upon returning from this trip, I will be a different person – made better by the long hours of travel without having a proper meal and carefree transportation; more appreciative of what life I have back home; and wiser with the many lessons I have learned from the people I met on my journey.

Let me share now a snapshot of my Indochina adventure with Travel Factor. The detailed posts per city/day will be posted soon. For now, eto muna. 🙂

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Hong Kong and Macau Shopping Guide

Where and What to Shop in Hong Kong and Macau

by: Melvin Corales  – Certified Shopaholic

Melvin - certified shopaholic and my travel buddy

Melvin – certified shopaholic and my travel buddy

Traveling in a foreign country is not just about the never ending experience, new culture, exotic food and tourist spots; it is also about splurging a couple of bucks for s-h-o-p-p-i-n-g. Yes, shopping!

Hong Kong is a heaven if shopping is your cup of tea. Did I say Hong Kong was a huge mall? It is considered as one of the best shopping destinations in the world; no wonder malls popped up in every corner of HK, from Mongkok all the way to Causeway Bay. You’ll surely be overwhelmed with what HK can offer.

Sky’s the limit. Shop ‘til you drop. If you have lots of “kaching-kaching”, then you can say those. Unfortunately, that was not the case for us or maybe also for other people who are on budget travel. But I assure you, you can find great deals in HK even when you are on a tight budget.

First thing first: set yourself a limit. You would not want to enjoy HK and shop all you want then go back to your country broke. Sounds horrible? Believe me, it can happen. I have seen a lot of people who splurged on shopping then come home with credit card bills piling up. But don’t freak out because I’m here to give you idea on what to expect when you are in HK.

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