Where to Stay in Tabuk City, Kalinga

Where to Stay in Tabuk City, Kalinga | Top Recommendations

Tabuk is the capital of Kalinga, and with Baguio, is one of only two cities in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). It’s your first stop to get to Apo Whang-Od if you’re not coming from Bontoc.

There’s not much to see or do in Tabuk during non-festival days. But if you want to learn about the culture, or perhaps sample Kalinga coffee, then spending a few days in the city will satisfy these purposes.

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Dagupan vs Bulanao

Where can you stay in Tabuk?

The city’s most developed barangays (or districts/areas) are Dagupan (West and Centro) and Bulanao.

Between the two, Bulanao has more establishments. Three hotels/inns are located in this area. A potential issue is that the establishments are a bit far apart. When the heat becomes unbearable, you may need to take a tricycle (motor taxi) to take you to Jollibee.

This is not a problem in the Dagupan area. Mercury Drug is a few buildings away from LBC, Infinitea, and the City Hall.

Best Hotels in Tabuk City

Here are our top recommendations for the best hotels in Tabuk.

Davidson Hotel: Located at the northern tip of Bulanao, Davidson is one of the most established hotels in Tabuk. Since it’s along Provincial Road, it’s not hard to find. Transportation is also very convenient. When it comes to facilities, there’s an outdoor pool and a restaurant.

Grand Zion: Although Grand Zion is located along a main road it’s quiet and peaceful. Distance-wise, this hotel with a pool is the nearest to Jollibee. You may not, however, want to walk towards the fast food chain.

Golden Berries: This hotel is located between Bulanao and Dagupan, but it’s much closer to the former. The disadvantage is that you have to take a ride to get to grocery stores, markets, and top landmarks in the city.

M Hotel: M Hotel is the newest hotel in the city, but just like Golden Berries, it’s also located between Dagupan and Bulanao. This hotel has a pool, a resto, and a bar.

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KLCC or Bukit Bintang? Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

KLCC or Bukit Bintang? Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

You’ll never run out of things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

If you want some shopping fun, the malls and stores of Bukit Bintang don’t disappoint. For sightseeing, the city’s convenient bus and train system can take you to different top attractions such as Petronas Towers, Batu Caves, Menara KL, and Central Market. If you want to get in touch with nature, Bukit Nanas, Aquaria KLCC, and the KLCC Park are places that you can go to.

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KLCC or Bukit Bintang?

Where should you stay? What’s the best area in Kuala Lumpur? KLCC or Bukit Bintang?

There are two areas that are really popular among tourists – KLCC and Bukit Bintang. But between the two, Bukit Bintang is much livelier, both during the day and at night. It has everything at your doorstep.

Note that these two areas are not that far apart. In fact, they’re connected by the KLCC-Bukit Bintang Walkway, a 1.173-km stretch that allows you to change venues in less than 30 minutes, or 15 if you walk fast.

Here are top-reviewed hotels and hostels in KLCC and Bukit Bintang.

Paper Plane Hostel

Paper Plane Hostel has been consistently given an “exceptional” rating by visitors. The reason? Not only does it have clean and comfortable beds, but it’s also well-located and have friendly staff. Hang Tua Monorail Station and the LRT Train Station is approximately 300 meters away.

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Amethyst Love Guesthouse

Amethyst Love Guesthouse is one colorful and art-filled guesthouse, making it a homey and cozy place to stay while in Kuala Lumpur. Located along Jalan Rembia, it’s difficult to miss considering its all-yellow facade. If you’re a foodie, you’re going to love this guesthouse’s location. It’s only 110 meters from Jalan Alor (Food Street).

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The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel

If you’re looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, book a room at The Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel. If the KL heat becomes unbearable and you want to take a break from your shopping or sightseeing activities, you can always take a dip at the pool.

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The Bed KLCC

The Bed KLCC is a neat and clean hostel. It’s close to Bukit Nanas train station, and it’s only a few-minute walk to KLCC and KL Tower. Check out their cool table.

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Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

A newly built hotel, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur is one of the high-end hotels in the area. This is ideal for travelers who’d like to give themselves a nice treat. Banyan Tree has a prime location. It’s a hotel near a mall. Pavillion Mall is only 150 meters away.

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KLCC Grey Studio

KLCC Grey Studio is one stylish accommodation. As the name implies, it’s a studio room that has everything. It’s ideal for solo and couple travelers who want a spacious room that allows them to cook and not share the bathroom with other guests.

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Best Place to Stay in Kota Kinabalu

Best Place to Stay in Kota Kinabalu | Top Recommendations

After our Mt. Kinabalu climb, we spent a day going around Kota Kinabalu.

As suggested by travel blogs such as this, we visited the city’s top landmarks such as the Atkinson Clock Tower, the City Mosque, Tanjung Aru Beach, and the Sabah State Museum.

We also got to try Stall No. 6‘s fruit smoothie (see image below), and at the Gaya Street Sunday Market, we ate seedless rambutan, an exotic tropical fruit just like the salak.

Going to Kota Kinabalu (KK) soon? Here’s a list of the top places and areas to stay in the city.

Central Business District

Kota Kinabalu’s CBD is the best place to stay in Kota Kinabalu. It makes a good base for everything that the city has to offer. It is the best place to be if you’re interested in dining, shopping at markets and malls, and a self-guided walking tour to check out KK sights that are within walking distance.

The airport bus stop is also within the district, so if you want a cheap and convenient airport-hotel transport option, book at a hotel near the airport.

Here are three top-rated hostels within Kota Kinabalu’s CBD.

  • Homy Seafront Hostel has been given an “exceptional” rating by previous guests because of its location, staff service, and clean facilities. Let’s not forget the sea view!
  • Jk Capsule Hotel is only 180 meters from Imago Shopping Mall. It can get really hot in KK, so this is an advantage.
  • B&B@21 is near three KK landmarks: Atkinson Clock Tower, Gaya Street Sunday Market, and Kota Kinabau City Mosque.

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Image Below: Beautiful clothes displayed at a store in Kota Kinabalu

Central Business District Shopping Window

Tanjung Aru

Tanjung Aru Beach is the main tourist attraction in the area. While we don’t recommend the beach for swimming, it’s a good place to be to wait for the sunset or sunrise.

Tanjung Aru is for vacationers who would like a place with a seaside background. Below are three top-reviewed hotels in the area.

  • Dock In Hostel is a 15-minute walk to the beach. It’s close to restos, groceries, and even a 7-11. And according to one guest, complaints regarding unruly guests are acted upon immediately.
  • The Atelier KK is a newly built hotel. It’s near the airport, which makes it a perfect place to stay if you have an early flight the next day.
  • The Crown Borneo Hotel is one of the more established hotels in the area. It’s a cozy hotel that’s approximately 1.4 km to/from the airport.

Image Below: Sunset at Tanjung Aru Beach

Tanjung Aru Beach

Image Below: 3 layer fruit smoothie purchased at a stall in Tanjung Aru Beach

3 Layer Fruit Smoothie Tanjung Aru Beach

Top-Rated Unique Hotels in Hanoi

Top-Rated Unique Hotels in Hanoi | Where to Stay in Hanoi

Hanoi is definitely a city that you’d want to go back to repeatedly. The people are warm, the weather is almost always cool, and it seems like the city doesn’t run out of things to offer.

Although not a guarantee, staying at one of the following unique hotels in Hanoi will definitely add to a memorable trip in the city.

Church Boutique Hotel 95 Hang Gai

A beautiful boutique hotel, Church Boutique Hotel 95 Hang Gai sticks to a mesmerizing blue-and-white color scheme that reminds us of Mykonos in Greece. Even the carpets that adorn the hallways follow this combination.

Rated “excellent” by previous guests, this hotel is within Hanoi’s Old Quarter and very near two popular landmarks. About 400 meters away are St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake. Enjoy a walking tour!

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Hanoi La Siesta Premium Hang Be

You’ll love the unique pieces of furniture that are scattered at the lobby of the Hanoi La Siesta Premium Hang Be. Can you spot a few of them in the image below?

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Dahlia Hotel Hanoi

Dahlia Hotel Hanoi is one cozy hotel, thanks to its interiors. Its brown-and-white color combination instantly brings out some delicious, “chocolatey” vibe.

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Viola Royal Hotel

Upon entering Viola Royal Hotel, you’ll instantly feel the difference. Check out the furniture pieces. If a lot of them look familiar, you’re right. They look like the pieces in Beauty and the Beast.

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Zebra Loft

Zebra Loft is described as a “Scandinavian home” with a garden located at Hoan Kiem District. As mentioned in our post on the best place to stay in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem is sprawling with French colonial architecture, so Zebra Loft offers a unique and refreshing vibe. Its mostly black-and-white interior is fresh and modern. It’s very much Instagram-worthy. The balcony has a garden from which you can enjoy some views of the city.

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Nexy Hostel

Don’t be fooled by the building’s facade. Upon entry into your Nexy Hostel room, you’d be impressed with the unique artwork on the wall. The room may not be as spacious as the other hotels, but it gives you a nostalgic dorm-like feeling that you don’t want to leave.

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