Philippines – Singapore – Indonesia: Planning The Itinerary

We would like to share the great news of our next Asia journey which starts on February the 1st 2014. We are going to visit the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia. All flight tickets have been already booked and our passports are ready for the next stamps.

The choice of countries was mainly based on flight ticket prices, local cuisine (we have tried some Indonesian and Filipino dishes before and we totally loved it) and the weather of course (we can’t stop thinking of Filipino beaches and sunny Bali). In total, we spent roughly $350 for our flights per person (4 flights). We fly with Cebu Pacific and Tigerair airlines.

As we have already started thinking of most interesting and adventurous places to visit there, we decided to ask you guys for the advice. If you have ever been either to the Philippines, Singapore or Indonesia, please share your experience and give us some budget travel tips on:

Destination 1: The Philippines

A stunning beach in the Philippines. Photo by Justonewayticket


  • What’s the most stunning beach in the Philippines?

  • What off-the-beaten places in the Philippines would you recommend?

  • Any food we can’t miss?

  • How cheap are the Philippines? Is $25 budget enough?

  • Any places we should definitely skip?

  • Any blog recommendations on budget travel tips in the Philippines?


Destination 2: Singapore

  • Singapore in 24h – what places are worth seeing?

  • Any local dishes you should/shouldn’t try?

  • Where is best to sleep without paying (airport, train station, park, etc.)?


Destination 3: Indonesia

We can’t wait to dig into this crispy duck in Bali. Photo by Sharontravelogue


  • Any hidden gems here/ places undiscovered by ordinary tourists?

  • Where to go in Bali?

  • What to do in Jakarta?

  • Any hiking places worth exploring?

As you know, we love to keep ourselves busy with sightseeing and we are keen on exploring off the beaten paths on the cheap so if you know of any places that should be on our travel list, let us know. Besides, if any of you would like to meet up for a cup of coffee or a pint of beer, let us know. We will do our best to make that happen!

Share your advice, any recommendations and thoughts in comments. Many thanks for your help. We are just over the moon to be back on the road.

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103 thoughts on “Philippines – Singapore – Indonesia: Planning The Itinerary”

  1. Bennett - The Further Adventures of Bennett

    Singapore – defs sleep in the airport. I did as well as loads of other people around me on benches, but was glad of an extra layer as was very air conditioned there! :)

  2. super exciting plans! i have only been to singapore of the three, unfortunately…but my time spent there was amazing (ok…because i was in a food coma half the time). i highly suggest getting some murtabek in the ‘arab’ district and some chicken rice at the maxwell hawker center (near chinatown). the most famous stand there…which will have the longest line, is tian tian. very good stuff. and SOOOO cheap! i would stay away from restaurants and eat mostly at hawker center type places.

    as for free sleeping…i have no idea ;) i stayed in a hostel and obviously paid. i do know that the airport there is like the worlds best, so im sure if you decide to crash there, it wouldnt be so shabby.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks Megan! I simply can’t wait to try some street food in Singapore. Good to know it’s so CHEAP! You made my day!

  3. The Philippines, Singapore AND Indonesia – whoo-hoo!
    Can hardly wait to read those posts and scroll through the photos.
    Bon voyage!

  4. what an exciting trip! Have never been to The Philippines, but I heard from a friend about the stunning beaches. Envy you!

    The foods in Singapore are one of my favorites! Try their local Chicken Rice, Chili Crab, O Cien (oyster omellete), Carrot Cake (totally different with the sweet carrot cake we used to know), and of course, Indian food!
    I listed some of my fav Singaporean food here :

    About Bali, just rent a motorbike and ride!

    Have fun, you two! :D

  5. #Philippines
    >if you’ll be arriving at NAIA and don’t have plan to spend additional cost for plane tickets going to Visayas or Mindanao region, i’ll recommend to check this tourist attractions area in Luzon:
    1. Puerto Galera
    2. Ilocos Region (Pagudpud(beaches), Vigan)
    3. Batangas (Laiya)
    4. Pangasinan (Hundred Islands)
    > you may also check some reviews in this website for the right address and perhaps map or means of transportation

  6. #Philippines
    > for food i would recommend kare-kare, adobo, sisig, and sinigang. they’re worth to try. But please try per region delicacies also (a lot to mention). . . God bless to your trip!

  7. I feel like packing my bags just reading this post!

    My personal favorite place in Singapore is the Asian Civilization Museum. It’s the type of museum for everyone. Kids would love it, adults can appreciate it too :-)

    Near Gambir/ Juanda Station in Jakarta there are several places to go, from the National Monument (Monas), the National Gallery, Istiqlal Mosque and Jakarta Cathedral. The old town (Kota Tua) is also interesting. Full of old buildings. My favorite is the Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang). The Art and Ceramics Museum, though huge, is a sad place and I don’t really recommend it. By the way the old town is located only a few stations away from Juanda Station (they’re within 1 line), so visiting some of those places in one day is doable :))

    Bandung (about 3 hrs from Jakarta) has some charming places to go, like Kawah Putih. A lot of tourists go to this city for shopping (mostly Malaysians and Chinese I think). But it’s also the place to go to find some really good food :D Next week the mayor will launch a new program close 1 street (Braga) every Saturday night, allowing pedestrians to taste various food from different stalls, from the most humble street food to pretentious (LOL) food. I think I will go there next weekend to see how this program goes.

    My comment is already this long, maybe others can add more :p Have a nice trip! Travel safe guys!

  8. Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Yay, how very exciting for you guys! I actually just flew out of Singapore (layover in Frankfurt now!), and although it was a quickie one night stay as more of a pass-through city, I would definitely recommend checking out the famous infinity pool for the view, and grabbing some street food for tasty (but cheap!) eats!

    Excited to hear about your adventures!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks a lot! We won’t have much time in Singapore, but hope to explore it properly within 24 hours.

  9. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    What an awesome adventure you have in store for you! Tony & I have been fortunate to have visited all three of the places you’re heading to, so I know from experience that you’ll have a wonderful time. We’ve written extensively on our site about The Philippines and Singapore, so there should be plenty of posts there to get you started on places to visit and things to do (as well as giving in depth budget breakdowns—check out our “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About…” posts for that information).

  10. Agness, if i’m not busy, I will accompany you to travel around Jakarta on the weekend :) just let me know when will you arrive in Jakarta.

    In Jakarta you can do some museum tour, park and night market. If you like an architecture, then in central Jakarta there’re a lot of buildings with colonial architecture.

    You should try our street food too, like somay, batagor, chicken satay, gado-gado (mixed vegetable with peanut butter sauce), ketoprak (rice cake with beansprout and peanut butter sauce), chicken noodle, baso (You must try these), kerak telor, and many other local dessert.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hey Meidi. That would be so awesome. We don’t want to spend too much time in Jakarta though unless there is something interesting to do there. We will dig into some local street meals, no worries! Let’s keep in touch!

  11. I’m so excited for you!!

    I went to Singapore last January for 2 days… with how small it is, I was actually able to cover a lot of ground. I enjoyed visiting the Singapore Zoo, eating in Chinatown and of course wandering the Marina Bay Sands and infinity pool!

    For sleeping, the airport would be perfect. It’s easily accessible by the train and it’s a super nice airport. They even have comfy lounge chairs and massage chairs.

  12. Amanda Slavinsky

    How exciting! I can’t wait to read about all your travels in Asia as I try to relive my own :) In the Philippines, definitely go to El Nido. It is stunningly beautiful and the town is a lot of fun. Make sure you lechon, sinigang, and lumpiah. The fresh seafood is also delicious. Accommodation can be a little pricier in the Philippines than in the rest of SE Asia, but you could probably manage $25 a day if you try hard. Singapore is expensive, but worth it. Eat at a hawker center. In Bali, I really liked Ubud even though it is super touristy. Also, try to get out east (Candidasa, Padang Bai, or Amed) as it is waaaay less touristy than the rest of the island and the beaches are beautiful.

  13. Stefania - the Italian Backpackers

    Congratulations on those cheap airfares! I’m excited for you: Indonesia has been on my bucket list for years. When I finally make it to Asia I’m definitely checking it out. Oh, and the Philippines seems to get more and more love from travel bloggers recently. People there are supposed to be super friendly, so enjoy your stay!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thanks! We actually think the flight tickets were expensive, but it’s National Holiday so we are lucky to get them for this price!

  14. Hey Agness,
    Your plans sound awesome, I just had to chime in.

    Okay, so I have not been to the Philippines or Singapore, so my info is second hand.

    In college, I had the privilege of having mostly Filipino friends so I have some insight as to the food. My absolute favorite is “pancit” which is a thin and salty noodle. I am surprised I’ve never heard of a travel blogger talk about it, but I’m sure you’ll like it. Cebu was hit hard by the hurricane so I would check if it would be a problem. If you want more info, I recently came across this blogroll or only pinoy (filipino) travel bloggers. I got it from Flipnomad, which is also a Filipino travel blogger I follow.

    I dont have first hand knowledge, but since you will be there 24 hours, I’m sure you will have time at night. The night zoo is very famous and many people have recommended it to me in the past. It is one of the few zoos that open at night.

    My most recent trip (outside of Korea) was in Indonesia. I know you like off the beaten path places so I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you split your time in Bali and take a quick flight over to Labuan Bajo and a boat to Komodo National Park. Komodo is a thing of legend with its amazing Komodo dragons, and some of the most unreal scuba diving in the world. Bali is the island of the gods…Komodo is where the gods go on vacation.
    Here is a how to guide I wrote:
    And my (very long and picture heavy) post on Komodo NP:

    As for Bali, I was pretty surprised how developed it was, and to be honest, I didn’t spend time in the south part of the island at all. I am really into scuba and snorkeling and if you are too, Tulamben has a shipwreck (U.S.S. Liberty) you can see 15 meters from the shore (north Bali). The town next to that, Amed is known for its black sand beaches, and also has another shipwreck (Japanese ship). Both of these are quiet towns and have relatively cheap accommodations.

    If you have more time in Indonesia, and are feeling like the most adventurous person in the universe, consider Mt. Tambora. The volcano erupted in 1815 and caused planetary wide cooling for a year. The blast was 10 times greater than pompeii and coincidentally, also covered the Tambora people and village with lava.

    I have never seen another travel blogger post about tambora, so if you go, you could be the first and I’d love to hear about it!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hey Julio! Thank you so much for the tips. We really wanna visit Mt. Tambora! I will of course check out all of the links you sent me. Cheers mate!

  15. Hi guys, when will you be in the Philippines? I’ll arrive on 20th January and will stay for a while. Hope to bump into you guys at some point…

    Cheers, and see you soon!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      We will meet for sure. We will be arriving in Manila in February 1st and then travel around for another 2 weeks so we will meet for sure!

  16. Oh lucky you. Feeling jealous as I look outside and see the drizzle dripping down the window. I look forward to reading about your travels.

  17. I am a Filipino and this post actually got me very excited. Hmmmm, where to start? There are actually a lot of places you can visit here, if you love nature, if you love history, if you love food. There’s a lot. And i would like to think that my country is very tourist-friendly, we speak English so you guys won’t have a problem getting around. 

    However, one thing you need to understand is that my country is made up of islands. 7,107 to be exact. There are 3 major “regions”: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. You can access one region to another by plane (or by water, but I am
    assuming you’ll only have a limited time here, so I’ll stick to air/land travel) 

    Most likely, you’ll arrive in Manila, which is in Luzon. Starting from the north, you’ll see Banawe Rice Terraces (around 12 hours from Manila by car,  no direct flight), this is also near Sagada Province, where you can see the hanging coffins. Then you also have the Ilocos Region (around 8-10 hours from Manila by land, 1 hour by plane where you’ll get off in Laoag, Ilocos Norte) You’ll see the Bangui Windmills, Paoay church, Pagudpud beach (white sand beach), then there’s Ilocos Sur, where you’ll see the famous cobbled stone streets in Vigan. A lot of old houses here. Must try the Vigan empanada sold at the streets. A little bit further south will be Baguio in Benguet province, when you are craving for colder temperature. You must try UBE (i think its called Taro in english, I am not sure). Then you have Zambales, where you can see Anawangin and Nagsasa beach. The sand here is ash-colored, they said its because when Mt. Pinatubo in Zambales, it was covered in ashfall. You can also go trek to go inside the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. A plane ride away is the province of Palawan, where you can see the underground river (it is in Puerto, Princesa, if you like diving, you can go to Coron instead, a lot of nice dive sites here). I almost forgot, a plane ride away is Batanes, up north, it is probably one of the most picturesque places here. It is so beautiful and peaceful, and thankfully, away from the hordes of tourist. Plane fare going there is a bit expensive because there are only limitef flights. The cheapest can set you back around $200.

    Then we are off to Visayas! unfortunately, the famous Bohol was affected by a strong earthquake, where centuries-old churches crumbled. These
    were made using corals and egg-whites, and have proudly stood until the earthquake. This is where the famous Chocolate hills are located and where you can find the cute and lovable tarsiers.   After Bohol, you can go to Donsol, Sorsogon or Oslob, Cebu to swim with the whale-sharks. 
    Boracay, our famous white-sand beach is also in Visayas, and there are flights going there direct, via Caticlan or you can also go to Kalibo, Aklan, its around 2-3 hrs by land. Its a bit too touristy for my taste, but a great place to hang-out if you don’t mind the crowds.

    I haven’t explored Mindanao that much, but here you can try white-water rafting in Cagayan de
    Oro. I have also tried the longest zipline in Asia in Bukidnon, the place of a great pineapple plantation.

    My country is a safe place. Most of what you see on TV about rebels fighting are usually in the far flung areas and away from the touristy areas. As with all places, research well so that you will not be ripped off. Don’t go out flashing your valuables, specially in Metro Manila. Our transport sytem is a bit messed up, but taxis are kinda cheap. around 4 dollars for a 10 km ride. But do try to ride the tricycles, jeepneys and habal-habal..

    And try to endear yourself to the locals by saying: 
    Salamat po- thank you
    Magandang umaga-Good morning
    Magandang tanghali-Good afternoon
    Magandang gabi-Good evening
    (Maganda is beautiful in english)
    Ako si.. I am ..

    There are still so much to say about my country, but I will leave that to you to discover. Plus, I am
    sleepy. Goodluck! 

  18. IndieTraveller Marek

    Excellent choices for destinations!

    In the Philippines do not miss:
    – Palawan. Home of many of the most stunning unspoiled beaches!
    – Sabang and El Nido on Palawan for beaches, incredible islands, snorkeling and nature
    – Northern Luzon: rice terraces of Batad (better than nearby Banaue) and hiking in Sagada
    – Malapascua Island is a MUST if you like diving
    – You can go off the beaten track pretty much anywhere and experience the friendliness of Filipinos. I did so in central Bohol.

    As I recall Philippines was just a bit more expensive than other SEA countries. Might have to budget $30… but you may be more resourceful than I was.

    – Eat chicken rice at a Hawker Center
    – Visit the Sky Park and infinity pool

    I recently wrote some tips about Philippines and Singapore on my site:

    Enjoy!! :)

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thank you so much for the tips! El Nido looks so amazing! I’ll check out the links you posted here! :)

  19. Deia @ Nomad Wallet

    Nice deal, guys! I’ve lived for a few years in two out of the three, so here’s some initial info. I’m just a Tweet away if you need more details. :)


    Singapore in 24h – what places are worth seeing? Singapore is all about the shopping and the food and the pretty buildings, so spend some time in Orchard, the Marina Bay Sands and maybe do the ferris wheel if you want a bird’s eye view of the island.

    Any local dishes you should/shouldn’t try? There’s nothing you shouldn’t try! It depends on how adventurous you are. There’s durians of course, but you can find that in other Southeast Asian countries, so don’t schedule for it. Go for local fares instead. Chicken rice is a must have!

    Where is best to sleep without paying (airport, train station, park, etc.)? LOL my husband slept at the Mount Elizabeth hospital, which is really central, one block away from Orchard Road. But you’d have to look like you’re relatives of a patient and, depending on how big your backpacks are, you might not be able to pull it off.


    Any hidden gems here/ places undiscovered by ordinary tourists? Too many to mention here! There are 17,000+ islands in Indonesia, so millions of beaches. There are volcanoes, waterfalls, lakes, craters and temples. This really depends on your routes and schedules.

    Where to go in Bali? For hippie heaven, go to Ubud. For tourist central, Kuta. For hidden beaches, Uluwatu. My personal favorite pastime when I was there was finding secluded beaches. I love the Karma Kandara Resort’s private beach — you have to pay to go down the cliff via the resort elevator, but there are stairs right by the resort entrance (with 300+ steps). I also love Nyang-nyang beach; the only beach in Bali where we were the only ones there — really tough to find!

    What to do in Jakarta? Don’t spend too much time in Jakarta, you’ll waste it all sitting in traffic. Jakarta has impressive malls; I know malls aren’t very cool attractions, but Grand Indonesia is really over the top and quite an experience. Antique shops along Jalan Surabaya, Museum Nasional (aka Museum Gajah) and Kota Tua (great photo ops, but sadly really run down).

    1. Agness Walewinder

      OMG Deia! That is just so amazing. Thank you ever so much for all of these awesome tips. We will add them all to our travel list!

  20. This trip is going to be fabulous! Singapore: Go to the Tekka Center in Little India for great, cheap food and shopping. Eat a murtabak, you won’t regret it! Gluttons Bay hawker center is also nice because it’s near the water. My favorite place in Singapore was the zoo and think it’s well worth splurging on. The Gardens by the Bay weren’t open when we visited, but the photos look amazing and I’d definitely go there as well. Have fun!!

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Thank you Heather so much! We will add these places to our list. We want to focus on different food so the Tekka Center in Little India sounds perfect to us!

  21. Bridget @ A Traveling B

    What an exciting itinerary! I have friends who are in the process of moving to Singapore this year so I will be looking to visit them in the future. I’ll be looking for your tips when I decide to book my trip! Have fun!

  22. This is spooky as I was just thinking of Singapore last night! I’ve never been there but absolutely want to go so I must have been catching your vibe. As Jess mentioned I so want to go to the infinity pool. I watched a show about how safe and clean it is there along with amazing food! My very close buddy that I work with is from the Philippines. Another one from work has a girlfriend in Singapore! I’m sending this to both of them. Great post, Agness! :)

  23. Really looking forward to hearing about your adventure!

    For Singapore I’d recommend getting down to Parliament and Boat Quay for the amazing view of the CBD skyline, then wandering down to the Esplanade for stunning evening views of the amazing architecture. Chinatown there is also pretty colourful, if a little artificial, with plenty of street food options.

    As for Bali, I’d recommend getting out of Kuta as quickly as possible and checking out super chilled Ubud and Padang Bai with it’s awesome secluded beach.

    Have fun guys!

  24. WoW what an exciting plan. I would love to go to the Philippines and Indonesia one day. Some sun and great beaches is definitely something I could use right now :) I have been a couple times to Singapore and have a post on my site regarding things to see. The food is all great and there are lots of food markets where you can get great food for little money. I’m not sure about sleeping in a train station or in a park, Singapore is very regulated and strict.

  25. Pedro @ Travel with Pedro

    Hey guys, that’s quite a nice itinerary! My suggestions for Indonesia are:

    – In Bali, avoid Kuta and Legian or spend as little time as possible there, as it’s too crowded and too commercial. Instead, spend time in Ubud.
    – Do visit the Gili Islands, or at least Gili Trawangan, the largest of them, with an evening food market selling great and cheap food.
    – Time permitting, go trekking Lombok’s Rinjani Volcano.
    – Skip Jakarta and instead go to Jogyakarta, from where you can visit the temples of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and Prabanan.

    Have a great time!

    1. Agree. If you skip Jakarta entirely, you won’t miss a thing. If you have the time, though, maybe one day of sightseeing around Gambir Station is enough before you catch a night train to Yogyakarta :-)

  26. Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER

    350?! UNbelievable. I so want to move back to Asia. Avoid Kuta like Carl. There’s another popular tourist one similarly and I’d avoid that too… total waste.Nothing Balinese about it. Ubud is chill. Still touristy but it’s closer to sites by motorbike and there’s a lot of natural beauty and local villages surrounding. Definitely rent the motorbike and explore. My favorite cafe was Kafe. Good veggie food. I also took one of those cheap day tours to cover the places that were harder to get to by scooter. Have fun. Loved Bali!

  27. Great choices of countries! Too bad you guys won’t be dropping by to Yogyakarta in Indonesia otherwise we could’ve meet up :(

    Wishing you tramps an awesome journey, pretty sure it will be super awesome!

  28. Hi Agness, no plan to come to Malaysia?

    If your visit to Bali is firmed, please try Babi Guling, signature dish in Bali:)

    Simon Lee

    1. Agness Walewinder

      Hi sweetie! That is so amazing of you. Thank you so much. I will check them out next week with Cez when we finally start planning everything.

  29. I am not sure about Philippines and Indonesia but being a Singaporean,I can offer some recommendations in that short 24 hours in Singapore.

    1) Watch the light and water show at Marina Bay Sand. You can refer to the website below for more details.

    2) from Marina Bay Sand, you are able to walk over to the beautiful Garden by the Bay. It is really pretty at night.

    3) You can also visit the National Museum of Singapore, Chinatown or even Little India for a slice of India in Singapore.

    As for food, there isn’t any street food like other parts of S.E.A however the best food can be found in hawker centre. You can try the one at Maxwell Market or maybe even Newton Circle. You gonna try the authentic Hainanise Chicken Rice, Chinese Rojak and if you are feeling tad rich, have a taste of chilli crab in a seafood restaurant! :)

    Last but not least, Changi airport is one of the best airport in the world so I am sure it is more comfortable than the rest of the places like parks or even some train station (basically it is illegal to sleep at those public areas)

    Hope the above information help in your planning! :)

  30. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans

    I have yet to visit any of these destinations, so no advice. But I’ll definitely be looking to your blog for advice when my travels finally take me to these destinations. Have fun and safe travels!

  31. Cool, the trip is finally booked! I can’t comment on Singapore or the Philippines but Indonesia…

    Bali really didn’t do it for me. Like everyone says, avoid Kuta/Legian/Seminyak. Even Ubud was sooo touristy and busy, though a good base for renting a motorbike and exploring. I just found it quite expensive as well since there are so many nice cafes/restaurants you’ll want to visit and it really adds up. We did do a fantastic cooking course in Ubud though that I’d highly recommend (Paon Cooking School).

    We did a day trip (but wish I spent more time) south of Kuta, Bali around Uluwatu and the Bukit Peninsula. The beaches were nice, it was less busy and a surfer’s paradise.

    Nusa Lembongan (an island off Bali) is a good, relatively cheap place to hang out for a few days. Rent a scooter and explore the island and a couple others that are connected by bridge. There’s this awesome place where you jump off this diving board into the waves where some surfers are :) The diving in NL is good as well.

    Head to Lombok, waay cheaper! Gili T was fun for a few days of snorkelling/sunset watching/drinking. Don’t bother with Senggigi, I don’t know why it’s recommended in the Lonely Planet but it’s really only a place for people spending a week in a flash hotel by the beach. We hiked Mount Rinjani – I have mixed feelings about it… the views were amazing and the exercise was much needed but it was sad to see all the rubbish EVERYWHERE (among other things…). Kuta Lombok is the gem though… super budget friendly, beautiful beaches and fun to drive around by scooter.

    I’d suggest heading over to Flores Island – it’s so beautiful! I really wish I could have explored it more. We did a trip from Labuanbajo to Kanawa Island and that was fun – a bit more expensive than a dorm/hostel (I think around $15/night for a tent, $25 for a bale, ++ for an actual bungalow) but it’s like you’re on a private island :) and since you’re over there you could take a boat back to Lombok that hits Komodo Island, Rinca Island and other spots to snorkel/walk to waterfalls etc.

    Java… it was fun taking the train! They’re actually quite nice. We took a bus from Bali – ferried to Java – hopped on the train in Surabaya and went to Yogyakarta for a few days. Yogya was alright for a few days… we rented a scooter again to visit Borobudur (kind of expensive at $18/entry but it is a world wonder…), walked around the town…

    We then took the train from Yogya – Jakarta and only spent one night, and that was enough. It’s expensive and crazy. The national museum is great though and worth the visit.

    I hope you visit Sumatra though! I think it was my favourite island I visited in Indonesia. Get up to Bukit Lawang and spend some time with orangutans and chilling in the river :) It is insanely cheap as well.

    Have fun planning and let me know if you have any questions! I’m just thinking off the top of my head but for more details check out the “Indonesia” section of my blog ;)


  32. In Indonesia, I loved Mt Bromo, the volcano south of Surabaya in eastern Java. Jakarta – meh. It’s not a bad place, and there’s stuff to do, but there are many more interesting places in Indonesia. West Sumatra, Padang and the Minangkabau of Bukitinggi was an intriguing cultural experience – but you’ll fly to get there in the short time you’ve got.

    On Bali, make sure you visit Pura Tanah Lot, the Hindu temple on a rocky island just off the coastline. You can sit and watch the sun set in a nearby restaurant, if I recall correctly (very touristy though). Anyone who is tells you to steer clear of Kuta and Legian has your best interests at heart! Ubud is meant to be lovely, but I didn’t have enough time to go :( Flores is a beautiful island way to the east – a 1 hour flight from Bali, but again, probably not enough time to justify the effort of getting there.

    Singapore is great fun, I just spend my time flittering between Chinatown, Little India, Arab Street, the Malay area, downtown, Orchard Road, Clarke Quay, Sentosa Island (the beaches, not the developed bit)… Everywhere you go has its own personality and theme – it’s like Urban Disneyland, built by everyone in Asia! And getting between each area on the SMRT couldn’t be easier.

  33. Mary {The World Is A Book}

    Such exciting trips and itineraries. I can’t get over how cheap your flights are! That price barely gets me across the USA. I’m excited to read about this trip. I haven’t been back to the Philippines for 30 years. We left when I was a little girl. I always love reading foreigners’ take on the Filipinos and the country. Haven’t been to Indonesia but have we were in Singapore a few years ago. Definitely go to Sentosa and visit Chinatown. Also, try to go to the nighttime safari at the zoo. It was such a great experience. Have you reached out to Aleah of Solitarywanderer for Philippine information? There’s a network of Philippine travel bloggers that I’m sure would love to show you guys around.

    1. Agness Walewinder

      That’s amazing Mary. I can’t wait to share my Filipino experience with you when I’m back!! :)

  34. My absolute favourite beach in the whole world is in the Philippines; Pagudpud, in the north of Luzon (the largest) island. Hope you have a great time!

  35. What an exciting trip! Glad to know you are visiting the Philippines. If you will be in Manila for a few days, I would recommend Intramuros (if you like a bit of history) and maybe Chinatown for cheap eats and shopping.
    But outside Manila, I have a number of favourites:
    Pagudpod – relatively less crowded than Boracay
    Boracay – but this is too touristy now
    Palawan (El Nido or Coron) – home of the best beaches in the country

    Singapore – I love the hawker centres for inexpensive eats (Laupasat, Makansutra Gluttons Bay). Sentosa is also perfect for the child at heart :)

    Have a fun trip!

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