Hongkong-Saipan Route. This route is the cheapest way. If you happen to be exploring Hongkong, then Saipan is just 5 hours away.
For Filipinos though, we need to have a US visa when we enter Saipan. You can book a flight at Hongkong Express Airlines (Hongkongexpress.com). The cheapest deal you can get is USD 50-99 and if you’re lucky enough, business class.
If you plan having this route, just travel light. Check in at least 2 hours before your flight. After checking in, you have to find your boarding gate. Hongkong airport is frigging huge. In your boarding pass, you can see your gate number. Follow the signs and directions where to go. A short train ride might be needed.
Guam-Saipan Route. Guam is a 3 hour flight going to Saipan. This route is best and the most hassle-free way getting to Saipan. US visa is needed though. The airfare should cost around USD 200-US 250.
From Bangkok, take a taxi going to Hua Lamphong Train Station. Be there before 4:30AM to make sure you have enough time to secure a ticket and all that.
Buy a ticket going to Aranyaprathet Station. Train leaves at 5:55AM. Ticket is about USD 2.5 (48 Baht) (6 hrs travel by train).
Get off at Aranyaprathet Station and take Tuktuk to the border (12 minute ride). USD 2.00 (48 Baht).
Upon getting off at the border, Just follow the post/sign or other travelers who are crossing the borders. Thailand Immigration Office (left building). Fill out Thailand Immigration Departure Card and line-up.
Get out of the building and walk to the Cambodian arch. Line-up at Cambodian Immigration office for your passport stamp. Go outside the building and take a Khmer cab (you can talk to other travelers to split fare with, at least 4 passengers) going to Siem Reap. ( USD 15 each).
La Vista Hotel. Located in Chalan Kanoa, the heart of Saipan. I’d recommend this for backpackers. For US$25/day, it’s a steal!
Best Side.It’s just few steps from:Local restaurant (Gold something, I forgot the name hehe, but good food and desserts at very reasonable price), a supermarket, a fresh fruit vendor, a laundromat, and Subway Sandwiches.
You can use the kitchen (You can use all Mr. Lee’s kitchen stuff there). Its well-maintained. Staff are friendly.
The 2 minutes walk going to the front beach is awesome.
The not so good side: Restrooms are separated from room and they’re shared, though WC are clean. Rooms can be shared with other travellers at 4 in one room. I had Korean and Russian roommate and they’re amazing people.
The rooms. No bad at all…it was really comfortable and the AC was really cold… You have your own locker. And ooops! Breakfast included—for free 🙂
We need to try new things. It is so exciting to discover what’s out there. Long travel by bus, train rides on the countryside and travel by sea. What culture is it in other places. How does their food taste? Is it scary to go there?
2. It creates positive outlook in life. What’s far better than spending 10 years of your life in one place and be unhappy about some things? Get up, pack your bag, and leave. Go to some places that you can be relaxed. Take a walk in the beach. Listen to the sound of the flowing stream. It feels so good just to be laid back and let the time pass by, isn’t it?
3. Brand new start. Let’s forget about what happened yesterday but be excited to what will happen tomorrow. Let’s start making some memories!!!
US land in Chamorro soil, Northern Mariana Islands is a hidden gem. With just a right amount of sunshine, and the rain tastes like a warm coffee……
Island hopping is different here in US territory. Planes like 8 seater will take you to this secluded beautiful tiny island and experience a complete relaxation or probably just to escape the horrific hustle and bustle life in the city. Experience local cuisine and Chamorro culture. Visit Rota Island and it will never disappoint.
This is the city capital and the melting point for tourists and shopping area. This is still surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, historical sites, and a tiny white sand beach islet called Managaha. Such a wonderful place in the US territory, indeed!
Amongst these beautiful arrays of beautiful islands here in CNMI, Tinian is the most lovable. It is just a 10 minute plane ride from Saipan. The most simplest form of way of living in the world can be found here. Of course, talking about the whites sand beaches and beautiful views? Tinian Island is one of the best.
Our blog intends to inspire and educate families from all walks of life. It is exciting to share our experiences on how to travel with family, and we will do it economically. We will take one step at a time.