Activities to do in Iloilo, Philippines

A heart-shaped province located in Western Visayas, Iloilo is aptly called the “Heart of the Philippines.” It may only have a total land area of 5000 square km with a population of approximately 2 Million, but this province offers countless activities for the young and old!

Food Tour

When you’re in Iloilo, it’s kinda difficult to stay faithful to your strict diet. Why? For starters, mouth-watering dishes are Iloilo’s year round attractions. Find a true blue local to show you places where you can eat authentic Ilonggo cuisines: La Paz Batchoy, native “lechon manok” (roast chicken), talaba and sinamak (oysters and native vinegar), KBL (pigeon peas, pork, and green jackfruit), chicken binakol, Pancit Molo, and fresh seafood dishes (The Philippines is an archipelago, so you see fresh seafood almost everywhere).

Heritage Sites Tour

There are several historical sites scattered all over Iloilo. Don’t forget to visit Calle Real, Plaza Libertad, the Iloilo Provincial Capitol grounds, Cathedral, Lizares Mansion, Casa Mariquit, Molo Church, and Bahay Camiña nga Bato, Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Miagao Church, San Joaquin Church, Dumangas Church, Santa Barbara Church and Convent, Ermita Chapel, and Nazaria Lagos Monument. You will surely be in awe of the history, architecture, and culture of the people. This activity is not only fun but also very educational!

Take a dip in Iloilo’s pristine waters

No travel article about the Philippines has no section about how beautiful its beaches are. Don’t forget your swimming outfit, eco-friendly sunblock, and cameras (these beaches are soooo picturesque)! Head over to Islas de Gigantes, Concepcion, Ajuy, Sicogon, San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton.

Climb, Trek, and Hike

Aside from crystal clear waters, Iloilo is also blessed with lush mountains. Get a trusted local tour guide to show you the roads less traveled: Bucari, Igbaras, Janiuay, Calinog, and Lambunao. Hike hidden trails and be surprised to see amazing waterfalls, overlooking views, and super clean surroundings! Your lungs, eyes, and heart will surely thank you!

Enjoy the city life

In most parts of the Philippines, it is still possible to enjoy the so-called “city life” without losing that laid-back ambience. Iloilo City has a number of lifestyle centers where you can enjoy a cup of coffee while reading a book, spa day (alone or with your loved ones), dine at classy restaurants, and shop at malls. Don’t forget to check out Plazuela de Iloilo, Ayala Atria Iloilo, Smallville Complex, SM City Iloilo, Robinsons Place Iloilo, and Iloilo Business Park.

Or go on a city tour

Iloilo may be a province, but Iloilo City is actually a tourist hub. Aside from its numerous restaurants and shopping districts, it also has amazing museums, hotels, and lifestyle districts.  and nightlife in the province await.

Join a festival

Because the Philippines is hugely Catholic, it’s not difficult to find yourself in the middle of a religious festival while in a province. Iloilo hosts the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festival held on the fourth Sunday of January. Enjoy the tribal music, religious rituals, street dancing, colorful costumes, amazing food, and most of all, the warmth of the locals.

Not a sleepy old town, Iloilo has plenty to offer for the adventurous and young at heart. Reach out to us to help you to plan your next trip to Philippines @askus@ladyredot.com.


 Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

 

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Little Drops of Heaven – Green Island

Volcanic action formed one of the most peaceful and smallest islands in Pacific Ocean – Green Island. This tiny island is also known as “Fire Island” or “Fire-Burned Island”. It is located 33 kilometers off the eastern coast of Taiwan on an area of 16,2 square kilometers. For everyone who wants to run away from the crowded land, traffic and pollution this is the perfect place to relax. Once you are surrounded with green mountains, coast and plush vegetation, you will enjoy the vacation. On the west side of the island is a small town with port and airstrip, while the rest of the island retains its natural beauty both on seaward and on the land.

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Weather and tips

Tropical climate of the island provides vacation whenever you want, but the best time for visit are fall and spring. Winter is theirs the coldest period and temperature is about 20 ºC. While summer is the hottest period of the year and also, you can attend typhoon season.

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The best way to visit the island is by renting a scooter. You must have a motorcycle license, no exceptions.

If you want to camp you can go next to the hot springs, in the elementary or middle school.

Be sure to visit salt water hot springs, there are only three in the world. On the Green Island is one of them, the others are in Japan and Italy.

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Underwater world

If you like fish, crustacean species or shellfish you will love this place. Around the island lives more than 300 species of fish (abundant is reef fish). These tropical colorful fishes that are swimming around corals can give a wonderful view. One more thing that is going to amazed you, is that you can see coral flourishing under the waves. Be aware of sea snakes on the western side of the island. There live more than four species, they are very poisonous but with gentle nature.

There are many ways you can explore underwater world: with a glass-bottom boat, a semi-submersible, or tourist submarine. For strong water lover`s great way to become a part of an undersea world is diving. The most popular places for exploring underwater are Nanliao, Tapaisha and Chaikou.

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Attractions

Tests of the archaeologists have shown that on this island have been living native cultures from around 4,000 years ago.

The most beautiful landmark on “Fire Island” is Lyudao Lighthouse. It is high about 33 meters and great time to visit that place is before sunset. The most important sightseeing here is religious site at Guanyin Cave, Goddess of Mercy (wrapped in a red blanket). On the entrance into this cavern you will see remarkable Chinese arch and on the inside you will notice stalagmite that looks like deity. The first village on the island is still standing with houses from old stone surrounded with fascinating crags. The Great Wall exists on one more place, on a Haishengping Bay. Actually, it is a mini Great Wall that takes you to a lookout, right from the main road.

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Sleep, Eat and Have Fun

Quiet but very friendly place with hotels and restaurants is Kungkuan Village. You can find more hotels, hostels, guesthouses and B&BS in Nanliao Village. There are also many restaurants with a plenty of fresh seafood. Green Island is not for bars, pubs and discos lover`s, but if you like drinking beer by the ocean you should definitely visit this place.

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KallyHi, I’m Kally. A Singaporean who has been relocated twice, first to Shanghai, now based in Kuala Lumpur. I have always been the avid traveller since young. I had my passport made even before I went to primary school! I travel extensively during my free time, either on tour groups or backpacking around Europe and all within the recent years. I am exposed to many different cultures and places, which allow me, to have the ability to look at many things and situation from various angles. Having gained 20 years of corporate world, I decided it is time for me to hang up my briefcase and heels to indulge my passion: Writing and Traveling. The two passions that give me pure enjoyment and liberation. As much as I enjoy traveling and writing, I strive on assisting people in making their lives easier. This is evidently shown in MiddleMe.net where I am the founder and editor. Allow me @ kally@ladyredot.com to help you to pen down your next trip abroad!

The Otaku Mecca: Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town

Origin of Akihabara
The name Akihabara originates from an ancient Japanese deity called Akiba Junja- translating to fire extinguisher. In 1869 a fire ravaged the region, destroying much of the area. In response, the locals made an Akiba Jinja shrine which later leads to naming the city Akihabara.

Due to its disconnect for the government, Akihabara evolved into a modern entrepreneurial city. In the 1930s much of its economy boomed towards electronics- washing machines, microwaves, radios, etc.… This spurring the nickname Akihabara Deki Gai (Electric Town). As the old electronics lifespan died out, business shifted into video games, anime, and gadgets; transforming Akihabara into a modernistic worldwide attraction. Many in Japan consider the Eclectic Town a sacred place for gaming culture- an Otaku (nerd) Mecca.

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Electric Town Culture
Otaku roughly translating to computer nerd or fanboy/ fangirl. This word has defined the Electric Town culture. From the city’s economy to the buildings. Architects do their best when drawing blueprints, to resemble the popular game worlds. Building to the culture is the enormous colourful anime ads displayed throughout the city. Along with this are Café maids, girls dressed in vibrant character outfits to advertise shops. Another aspect of the playful culture is the many conventions and special events that let players and creators come together and share. Here, also, is a known place for amateur manga (Japanese cartoons) writers to get exposure and network.

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Walk Down Chuo Dori
Chuo Dori is Akihabara’s main street and a perfect place to start exploring this maze of a town. Close to the road also is Akihabara Radio Center which was the birthplace of the city and its name. At the Radio Center buyers can find a plethora of old electronic parts. Continue down Chuo Dori and you’ll see what once was small stores, huge gaming centers and hobby shops. During the weekends, café maids and people in character costumes line the streets for pictures. After seeing all that this road has to see, try adventuring through one of the many alley ways selling niche games and retail.

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Yodobashi
Yodobashi is a known legend when it comes to cheap electronics and colossal stores. At 9 stories tall selling everything imaginable: TVs, computers, cameras, vacuums, headphones, and more; it is one of the biggest electronic stores in the world. From floor 1 to 6 the stores consist of various gadgets and appliances- PC parts, ovens, games, fax machines, tablet. But when you hit floor 7, it opens up to a couple chain stores selling books, music and retail. At the eighth floor is a full size food court- they probably figured customers would be starving after going through hours of buying options. Finally, at floor 9 Yodobashi decided to stick a driving range and golf store. All they need now is a 10th floor for apartments and people could live there. It’s a gadget wonderland.

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Hello! I’m Josh and I’m a journalism and business student from the U.S. I grew up near Boston but now I’m living in Thailand. In the past I’ve been a ski instructor, waiter, and camp counselor. Now I’ve taken up the pen and want to develop my skills as a writer. I got hooked on traveling last December. I found the microscopic image of my town and realized how much of the earth I hadn’t seen. Since then I’ve had a fire in my belly to see and do as much as I can. My experience here in Thailand has been so great and now I’m eager to share and inspire others to get out, it’s worth it! You can keep in contact with me at LinkedInUpwork or Facebook.

Visit Korea on a Shoestring Budget

As the K-pop and dramas massively spreading worldwide channels, South Korea has become one of the most wanted destinations in Asia. You may expect to work like a horse and saving for your Korea trip as the myth has it, Korea is not for the budget travellers, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Korea is doable on shoe string budget with the two key spells: right timing and well-planning. Let’s take a closer look together:

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When should I go
There isn’t a right time for everyone at this four-season country, where each season exposes its unique charms. There is cherry blossom Spring, hopeless romantic Falls, sweating Summer and snow land fairy-like Winter. On top of all, there is shopping season at Asia’s cosmetic and fashion hub.

Tips:
1. For the shopaholic, good news, the national grand sales are held yearly during Feb and Oct. So even if you are on a shoestring budget, you still can enjoy the shopping pleasure during this time.
2. Summer in Korea is scorching and humid, this is usually the peak time, so best to avoid this period.

Hunt for the cheapest tickets using relevant travel apps for your selected period or check with us!

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Where should I stay
Budget traveller’s best option are apparently hostels or dormitories, where you trade in your privacy for the add-on: free breakfast, WiFi, laundry at extremely low cost. The rate starts from $10 / night. Do make sure you check all the add-ons for the best deals.

Alternatively, there are many options with slightly higher rate, starting from $17/ night for a private single room on Airbnb. Shop around; you will surely find the best accommodation deal, that will not break your wallet while meeting your comfort level needs. As usual, pick the place not so far from tourist spots otherwise, you will end up paying for transportation.

Moving around
The main cities in Korea are well connected by public transports, bus or train. Upon arrival, get yourself a pre-loaded T-money cards, which can be used to pay for bus, metro, taxi and train fares at a discounted rate.

Tips:
Download the app called Ji Ha Cheol to navigate the complex subway system while you are in Seoul.

Extra tip: if you plan to walk around or navigate your route, try the app NaverMap, the Korean version of Google map, which is localised and more accurately updated.

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What to eat
While in Korea, do as the Koreans do, another way to avoid being overcharged. Obviously, if you are going to the tourist districts, be prepared to pay extra for the same delicious street food you would find elsewhere. Watch the locals and follow them; this will save you a significant amount.

What to do
Korea has everything that pleases your taste, from the rich and exciting cultural activities such as Jjimjilbang, visiting King Palace, war museum to the modern theme parks and massive shopping malls.
For natural savvy, the national parks, sighting, islands, snow mountains, there are so many options for you. Korea has much more wonderful places to offer than just Seoul, pick a theme on what you want to experience in this beautiful country, explore and get amazed.
While most places require entrance tickets, there are many places you can go for free if combining with certain offers. Make sure to check out the promotion coupons before arriving at Korea and make the best use of the discounts.

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Tip, tips, and more tips:
– Buy the local specialities at the tax-free malls like Dong Hwa and Lotte; you get the best deals here. Buying at the popular night markets is another good option only if you know how to bargain and distinguish the qualities.
– Check out the site http://www.visitkorea.com.my/node/events-promotions/promotions/ if you want to hunt for discount vouchers on some shops or events

So the myth has been debunked. Korea is possible on shoestring budget. Don’t put your Kim Chi dream up any longer, let’s us help you to cross out another destination from your bucket list. Reach out to us at askus@ladyredot.com.


juneHello, I am June! I love to explore different roles to find out what is my passion. I used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, I figure that my passion is to express the hospitality spirit from my heart and inspire others from my work. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where I get inspired and inspire others, and running my own bed and breakfast in Vietnam. I view life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join me as I share my passion with you! You can reach out to me @ LinkedIn.

How to visit Japan on shoestring budget

Japan, the little island with so much to see in culture and nature, always on the bucket lists of wanderlusts worldwide. But, there is a big but, it’s too expensive, the bias that stuck in our head all the time has stopped us from exploring this beautiful country. The reality is, you CAN visit many cities in Japan on your tight budget if you plan well, let’s us brief you a little.

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Time to visit
Cherry blossom is extraordinary in Japan, so no doubt, Spring is the best time, that is March to May, but avoid the golden week around the end of April and beginning of May.

Next best time is, of course, autumn, September to November in Japan. Finally, for winter lover, who enjoy the snowy cold, book your flight to Japan between the December – February time, again, avoid the peak at New Year or Christmas.

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Accommodation
Of course, if you are an avid traveller and has an excellent profile on Couchsurfing, you can cut off the cost of accommodation intensively. Sadly, not everyone is lucky enough or comfortable enough to crash overnight at stranger’s house, so here come a few suggestions for accommodation:
There are plenty of budget options: (around $20 – $40/night): hostel, dorm or capsule hotels are among the top choices for shoestring travellers. All these places are facilitated with shared shower, toiletries and kitchen. Around this range, you can also make use of internet café, where you can buy the pass for 5 hours or so, with shower, the internet, snack, drinks, not bad at all.

Travelling with a friend? Opt for business hotels, as you pay the same price for hostel option, but being much more comfortable and private.

A few more tips to save extra on accommodation: make use of the 24 hours’ bath if you are only transiting in town, and opt for the comfortable overnight bus to save on the hotel cost.

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Transportation
Japan has it all that will suit your budget requirements comfortably. From the bus, train to flight.

Once decided on the destinations you love to visit, check out the bus or train pass, which gives you the best deal for intercity trips. One of the best public wide coverage bus passes you can reserve online is Willer Express, where you can enjoy three non-consecutive days pass starting at 10000 Yen (about $90). The site even offers an illustration on how this option benefits you, check it out, and you will be surprised that at least you can hop to 5 major cities in Japan with the 3 or 5-day pass.

Another incredible deal you can get if you travel in Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama, Shiga, Hyogo) is the Kansai Thru pass (about $50). The single use pass works for bus, subway and train, non-consecutive day and also comes with several discounts at major tourist spots.

Compared to the seven consecutive days pass JR train at nearly $300, the bus pass is a better option for budget concern folks with the extraordinary flexibility.

Tight on time? Don’t worry; Japan is incredibly convenient when it comes to purchasing a flight pass, check out at http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2364.html for the most suitable pass.

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Food
If you fancy noodles, fantastic! Follow the locals and enjoy your cheap, delicious ramen meals, which is typical around $4-5. If you are not that into the local food, the pre-packed meals from the supermarket, convenience stores or kiosk at train stations are also very economical while still delicious and nutritious. Finally, don’t forget to hit the street markets and Japan’s vending food machines for the variety of options that won’t break your wallet.

Tips: make lunch as your main meal, as many restaurants offer the cheaper lunch set menu, starting around $9 or take away at $5. While take away the meal from groceries in the evening will help you to save a few more bucks. Another way to save is to pay attention when booking your accommodation that may offer 1 or 2 meals per day.

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What to do
Regardless if you are a museum people, nature wanderlust, photography hobbyist or a technology geek, Japan has plenty to offer for free. Make sure you research well at each destination, there are always a mix of experiences you can try for free and get the authentic tastes of Japan, like watching cherry blossom if you come during Spring time, stroll around the famous temples or time your visit right and get free entry to museums.

Finally, bear in mind that planning in advance is the best way to keep your budget in control, as being such popular tourist spot, several services in Japan got booked out several months.

So, I hope after this article; start planning your Japan trip without worrying about the cost, after all, it is entirely worth it to visit a country where the beauty of tradition and nature has well blended with the most advanced modern technology.

Or leave all the planning to us. There is always a travel plan to suit every budget and lifestyle. Just askus@ladyredot.com.


 

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June explores different roles to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works. Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Shopping Paradise in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers not only good food and city attractions but also retail therapy. If you haven’t been in this shopping paradise, learn the ropes by reading this article.

The Best Time to Shop
Well, Hong Kong is a great place to shop all year round. However, if you are keen on saving some dough, it’s best to go during the sale seasons: Summer Sales, which runs from July through September, and Winter Sales, which runs from December through February (or from Christmas to Chinese New Year or Spring Festival).

Shopping Finds
Whether you are looking for international labels or local goods, Hong Kong has a wide array of merchandise no matter the season. Its top sales are from electronics, beauty products and perfume, and apparel. However, you can also find designer bags, gems and authentic jewellery, leather goods, luggage, and even local delicacies.

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Where to Go
Hong Kong has a number of shopping areas. From street markets to shopping malls, it’s obviously not difficult to find what you need (or want) in Hong Kong. So with all that shopping spots, where should you start? It depends.

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Street Markets
If you are looking for local goods with affordability as your priority, the street markets are your hunting ground:

Li Yuen Street – Offers fancy jewellery, affordable clothes and shoes and souvenirs.

Stanley Market – Has one-of-a-kind goods like artworks, silk and collectable items.

Ladies’ Market – If you like to follow the latest fashion trend but have a limited budget, visit this place. Shoes, clothing and even stationery can be found here.

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Malls
Whether you’re looking for luxury goods or affordable ones, we give you three of the many malls in Hong Kong that offer you the best shopping experience:

Harbour City – Located right on the pier at Kowloon, the biggest shopping mall in Hong Kong offers not only shopping but also dining and entertainment. It has around 700 shops, cinemas, and several dining spots.

Pacific Place or Admiralty – This mall has a broad range of stores, from the affordable Zara and H&M to high-end brands like Chanel, Cartier and Chloe.

Landmark – This mall’s location gave it its other famous moniker: “Central”. It is Hong Kong’s oldest and most famous shopping mall. Among others, you can shop in Dior, Louis Vuitton and Harvey Nichols in Landmark. It also offers an exceptional dining experience in top-end restaurants.

Citygate Outlet – If you are a bargain hunter, you will know Hong Kong is a tax-free paradise, and it is even better when it is paired with factory outlet shopping! Citygate Outlet Mall is perfect for those who are on a stopover in Hong Kong as it is only 10 minutes drive away from the airport.

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Specialty Stores
Looking for something not found in any of the previously mentioned shopping places? Try these:

Tai Yuen Street – This is a paradise of purchase for the young and young at heart. It offers fantastic yet affordable toys.

Goldfish Market – It’s called the Goldfish Market because of what is sold there: yes, goldfish (and other aquatic animals, actually). Visit the place and get a lucky goldfish for you or a loved one.

Flower Market – Flowers, plants or anything that is garden-related can be found here. If you enjoy growing your greens, this place is perfect for you.

Jade Market – Tourists flock here for everything jade. There are also occasional rare gems, but jade is its main feature.

We can help you to plan your shopping route, sniff out the best bargains even source for delicious food, best-valued accommodation and cheapest air tickets to squeeze every penny and every single minute for your next shopping trip in Hong Kong. Just askus@ladyredot.com!


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Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Guest Post: HOW TO DO A DIY YOGA RETREAT IN KOH TAO, THAILAND.

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I started to look into yoga retreats after four months on the road. I wanted a break from the constant moving around, and a place to chill out for a bit. Now, just to be clear I am not a yogi. In fact I’ve only ever been to a handful of classes, before deciding I was way to intimidated by the other people wearing fancy yoga pants, with super flexible backs, strong arms and actual ab muscles. I came out of downward facing dog red in the face and regretting the cigarette I’d just had outside. Essentially I lacked the commitment to further any sort of practice.

So I don’t really know what compelled me to go to a remote island and do yoga. I’m not doubting that I needed to go; my behaviour is erratic, my emotions are generally out of control and I’d spent the last four months boozing and eating burgers.
But my body is just not made for yoga; I don’t mean that like I’m just not that good at it. Literally I’m not built for yoga. An old abdominal operation left a scar running across my belly; as a result I basically haven’t used my very important yoga core muscles in 20 years. The same operation nicked a blood vessel to my left leg, causing it not to sweat (I know, I am so weird). So my danger of face planting is very, very real. I also don’t know my rights and lefts, and of course I am not at all flexible.
Nonetheless, I knew my mind needed to go, even if my body was non-compliant. So I boldly strode off to my first yoga class, not actually that apprehensive, but I think that was just lack of sleep from my journey down from Bangkok.
When I first arrived in Koh Tao, I had planned to go to different yoga studio, Grounded. Which I found out had recently moved and after much googling I just couldn’t find it. So I set out to look for another, and came across Ocean Sound Dive and Yoga. Which was closer, the reviews were great, and they had a budget approved deal on classes. I also needed to commit to this quickly, as with every minute that passed I was at more and more risk of reverting my decision and just signing up to the pub crawl instead.
I had originally planned to stay in the cheapest hostel I could find, and just eat the inflated islands prices for a few weeks. But after the first class  I got talking to another girl, who ended up giving me a lift home, we got chatting about accommodation, plans, life etc etc… Anyway, she was moving out the next day for three weeks, I planned to stay for three weeks; it was perfect, super convenient and dirt cheap. The following day I was in. I was committed.
My first class at Ocean Sound fortunately Restorative and eases me and my aching body in nicely. The instructors were easy going, totally non-pretentious and really knew their shit. The clientele varied from short to long term holiday makers/backpackers and workers from the island. Mostly women, but with the odd guy thrown in for good measure; and all really  lovely.
The studio was super homely; beautifully decorated with large windows, high wooden ceilings, tiled floors, a few discrete spiritual symbols and what I’m told is top of the range equipment. It had a calm and chilled out atmosphere, was really clean, with an abundance of fans, free water refills (which I totally abused) but most importantly it was just super friendly and everyone was welcome.
Classes covered Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative. Yin was my favourite because I’m lazy, but I tried to mix it up. Classes are at 7am (I never made it to any of those), 10am and 6pm mostly lasting 90 minutes.
The total pricings worked out at 6,500 bht for 3 weeks at P&N Guesthouse (although there were many others like it). I had my own double bed, shower, kitchen, a small living room and balcony. A two minute walk from the yoga studio in Ban Koh Tao; it seemed  a popular choice for others in my position. The entire block was filled up with European girls spending a few weeks on Koh Tao being all hippy an’ shit.
For the yoga I paid 1000 bht for a one week unlimited pass. So two classes a day (could’ve done three if my body didn’t feel so middle aged). Which worked out at a ridiculous 70 bht per class (approx. £1.55/$2/1.80euro).
To keep my spending down I got the majority of my meals (mostly Pad Thai) from the street stall by my house ‘Lady Sandwich’ and although Lady was a little frosty at first, she soon warmed up to me when she saw I was a repeat customer.
One week in and I really loved the little retreat I’d made for myself. I felt calmer, and the subtle changes to my body were satisfying. I guiltlessly found myself searching yoga inspiration on Insta and Pintrest. I think the yoga has me now.
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A talented 29 year old traveler and writer of the blog https://goneshmavelling.com. Come and follow her adventures around South East Asia, then on to South America on a very strict budget.