We made our booking for Manila – Bangkok – Manila last June 2017, during Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare (read our guide to booking a piso fare), and our ticket only costs 4500 for 2 pax (no baggage, no seats, no meal, no insurance). Our only mistake here was the outbound flight should have been in Vietnam if you want to do a multi country tour.
We only made up our mind to push through with the trip just a week before Christmas. So since its peak season, I had to scour DIY Travel Philippines group for itineraries, hotel recommendations, and how to get to what.
Doing a Bangkok – Cambodia – Vietnam was going to prove costly and time consuming. Hence we decided to visit Siem Reap, then explore Phuket and Phi Phi Islands.
We got hold of a couple of Traveller sim cards for data and calls prior to our departure from Pinoy Travelers Unlimited Data SIM CARD.
Do it yourself booking hotels
Since we are DIYers, I want to be able to pick what I want to do and where to stay. I spent 2 weeks reading Trip Advisor for hotel reviews.
What I love about Traveloka is that I can hold hotel and flight bookings! This enables me to lock in prices, and continue to read more reviews before finally paying for the hotel.
The same thing applies to flights. For days I was going back and forth whether to check out Koh Samui. So at one point, I had a ticket held for Koh Samui and Phuket 😂😂
I booked all of our hotels from Traveloka. I did compare it with agoda and booking.com, but still ended up with Traveloka because of their responsive customer service.
The Dreaded Border Crossing
As I was creating our itinerary, and with budget constraints, I had to think long and hard how to cross from Bangkok to Siem Reap. Taking the train to Aranprayathet, and crossing Poi Pet sounded so exciting, but we eventually settled on booking online our direct bus ticket from 12go.asiaThe Decision
After alot of reading, and I mean alotttt! We have decided to start our journey in Bangkok and explore with Backpack Panda by Seth Encina (a fellow Filipino, based in Bangkok, a member of DIY Travel Philippines). Cross over to Siem Reap and explore Angkor Wat (arranged a tour with Mr Sen Shafie, again found him through the group).
We will be taking a bus back to Bangkok, sleep at the airport and catch a flight to Phuket, then go straight to Phi Phi.
Will spend a couple of nights in Phi Phi, a night in Phuket, and fly back to Bangkok 1 day before our flight to Manila.
This gives us one whole day of shopping!
You can follow my post in the group here, it may help you make your own decisions for your trip. Remember you need to be a member of the group to join the discussion.
- The first thread
- Border crossing bangkok to cambodia options
- Koh Samui or Phuket
- Where to find longtail boats (ang sagot sa Phi Phi)
The Outlined Itinerary
Day 1 Bangkok Temple tours
Day 2 Floating Market
Day 3 New Year!
Day 4 Bus to Siem Reap
Day 5 Siem Reap Tour
Day 6 Angkor Wat
Day 7 Bus to Bangkok
Day 8 Bangkok to Phuket by plane, Ferry to Phi Phi
Day 9 Maya and Pileh Bay
Day 10 Phi Phi to Phuket. Enjoy expensive Phuket hotel 😂
Day 11 Fly back to Bangkok
Day 12 SHOPPING!!!
Day 13 Fly back to Manila
Airfare – 4500 php (Cebu Pac Piso Fare for 2 Pax)
Hotels – 10 nights – 18,688 (all booked)
Transportation (Bus, Plane, Ferry) – 15,000 for 2 pax (does not include airport transfers)
Bangkok – 4500 pesos for 2 pax
Cambodia – 5200 Angkor Wat Pass, tuktuk for 2 days for 2 pax
Phi Phi – 3000 pesos (estimate high)
Food – 15000 (for 2 pax)
Total – 65,888 for 2 pax
Our hotels range from 1000 pesos to 4000 pesos. You can slash that price by booking hostels, taking a bus to Phuket and eating measly!
Hopefully all goes well and will write about our experience when we get back!