Sunday 22 October 2017

Sunday 9 July 2017

Travel like a local with Maxther

When you travel to Siem Reap, you always go to Angkor Wat and a few famous museums. Do you want to try a unique way to explore and learn how the locals live?

I tried half day cycling - experience the off-beaten track of Siem Reap through the help and thoughtful suggestion by They specially customise for my activity for my like.

Before I start my activity, my tour guide share about the village and simple greeting.

This is my tour guide, Bunsorng. 

Here are the activities:

1st Stop: Local Market

A short stretch of the local market that sells everything what the local need. When we arrived, there were not many people in the market. My tour guide shared that locals always go to the market at` least twice a day. It is because they do not have a refrigerator at home.

I tried their local snacks, Khmer sticky rice cake. There was two flavours, banana, and pumpkin. I prefer pumpkin sticky rice.

2nd Stop: Rice Paddies

I did not get a chance to see the process of making noodle because I arrived late morning. But my tour guide explained the process of making noodle. They using the manual machine to make noodle daily. Every day they need at least 50-kilogram rice to make the noodles for the locals.

3rd Stop: Handmade Rattan Basket

A traditional handmade rattan basket that passes down from the older generation. 

We stopped at one of the houses to take a look how it makes from rattan to a beautiful basket.  The young woman said that it takes her to finish 3 hours if she focuses doing it. Her husband will help her to collect the rattan from the nearby river. 

4th Stop: Rice wine (included small pigs, ducks, and chickens farm)

Rice wine is very popular in South-east Asia. Commonly used for cooking. 

I learnt the process of the brewed rice wine. It takes a few weeks to brew a rice wine. For the leftover rice, it will feed the pigs, ducks and chickens.   

I tried freshly brewed rice wine. The smell was sweet. 

5th Stop: Handmade Piggy Bank

Our very last stop at a family house that produces handmade piggy bank. 

Piggy banks are very popular in South East Asia. Since I was young, my mother bought a plastic piggy bank for me. In Singapore, we usually saw plastic piggy bank instead of clay. 

I learnt the process of making a piggy bank from the clay. It's a traditional way of making and moulding their clay into animal forms. The owner is very creative because he designed different type of animals even angry bird. 

Additional Information

Cycling estimated distance: 17 - 20 km

Cycling Environment: Flat terrain, dirt road

Fitness Level: 2/5 

What to wear: Comfortable clothes and covered shoes

What it included: Local snack and drink

Where to Book:

Promo code: MAX-DIARI

Sunday 4 June 2017


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Monday 1 May 2017

Budget in Ho Chi Minh & Vung Tau (5D4N) for SGD350

This is my first-time travel to Vietnam. We spend total $350 which included flight, accommodation, food, and etc.


Singapore - Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh

VietJet Airline is Vietnam budget airline.

To take note, many locals said that VietJet Airline always delays more than 2 hours. Please try your luck. We are lucky enough that our flight no delay and very smooth.

VietJet Airline (round trip) - $130 


All our accommodation for this trip was book through Airbnb. Our hosts are very friendly and helpful to share with us what to eat and where to visit.

One of the Airbnb Accommodations

Toilet and bathroom are outside the rooms.

4 Nights - $55 per person.

We stayed at district 1 and 3 in Ho Chi Minh. However, we love to stay in district 1 because everything is just a walking distance to tourist place. You can save your money in transportation. 


*Please take Uber or Grab in Ho Chi Minh for your transportation especially in the airport. Taxi drivers in the airport always charge more than 200,000 VND to drive you to district 1. 


International Airport to Ho Chi Minh (District 3) - 70,000 VND 

Hoa Mai Limousine (Recommend by my Airbnb host)

Hoa Mai Limousine
Hoa Mai Limousine Office in Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh (District 1) to Vung Tau - 140,000 VND

Pro: It provides water and wet tissue.

Con: Driver neither understands nor speak English. It is hard for us to tell the driver where we want to stop.

Address: 93 Nguyen Thai Binh, Quan 1 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh (District 1) to International Airport - 85,000 VND

Total price for transportation in Vietnam: 295,000 VND 

What to eat in Vietnam?

1.  Bánh Tráng Nướng - Rice paper wrapper with minced pork, dried prawn, egg and etc.

Price: 1,500 - 2,000 VND

2. Spicy Squid

Price: 45,000 VND

3. Banh Khot - Vietnam crispy pancake

4. Goi Cuon - Vietnamese Spring Roll

Price: 5,000 VND each

5. Bánh Kẹp Gốc Cột Điện - Bánh Bông Lan Trứng Muối - Cake with salted egg (Very famous in Vung Tau)

Price: 25,000VND packet


Sunday 19 March 2017

What to do in Kaohsiung?

Here are my top 5 must do in Kaohsiung.

1. Cycling in Cijin Island

Cijin Harbour

Motorbike in the ferry.

Tianhou Temple

Fresh seafood
Selfies with Spiderman

Street vendors

Seaside Park

Cijin Star Tunnel

Dried seafood market
Local ice cream
Cihou Fort

View from Cihou Fort

Cijin Island is a tiny island just a 5 minutes ferry journey from Kaohsiung Harbour to Cijin Harbour. This Island will definitely give you unforgotten memories.

Here are some attractions in Cijin Island: Cijin Seaside Park, Cihou Fort, Cijin Star Tunnel, Tianhou Temple and etc.

How to get there?
  •      Take the orange Line and get off at Sizihwan (O1)
  •    Go to exit 1
  •    Please follow the signboard. It takes about 10 minutes’ walks to the harbor.
  •    Take the ferry to Cijin Island. It’s cost 15NT per person.
  •     It take about 10 minutes to reach Cijin Island
    2. Eat and Shop at Rui Feng Night Market

Outside the night market.


More food!

Fresh bread.

More hidden food

BBQ and mini Steamboat seafood.

Throw throw!

More throw!
Outdoor massage.

Shoes shop

      Ruifeng Night Market is the best and busiest night market in Kaohsiung. There are lots of food stalls selling all kinds of local delights, from drinks to beef steaks.

       How to get there?

  •             Take the red line and get off at Kaohsiung Arena (R14)
  •             Go to exit 1
  •             Please follow the large crowd and you will be able to see the bright Signboard "瑞丰夜市"

   *Closed on Monday and Wednesday.*

     3. Dragon Tiger Pagodas / Lotus Pond

Enter at Dragon mouth

      This is an iconic landmark in Kaohsiung. The attraction is free. You must enter through the mouth of the dragon and leave through the rear of the tiger.

      How to get there?
  •        Take the red line and get off at Zouying (R16)
  •        Walk down Mingtan Road to Lotus Pond or Public bus red line #35 at platform 5
     4. Shopping at Kaohsiung Arena / Hanshin Arena


      The Kaohsiung Arena is nicely located at central Kaohsiung. It is also beside the biggest mall with many nice restaurants, cafes and etc.

       How to get there?
  •      Take the red line and get off at Kaohsiung Arena (R14)
  •       Exit from No.1

2    5. Take a stroll at Ai He (Love River)

Cycling path

      The love river is a long river in Kaohsiung. The river is best to view during night time. You can also travel by boat and enjoy the scenery. There is also a few bars and restaurant.
      How to get there?

  •         Take the Orange Line and get off at Yanchengpu (O2)
  •         Exit to Wufu road and walk east up Wufu road toward the Love River
s   I spend a total of 250 SGD for 4D3N in Kaohsiung.