Hanoi Budget Travel and Tour Expenses for 3 Nights

July 9, 2019


Hanoi Budget Travel and Tour Expenses for 3 Nights


This is the breakdown of my travel expenses based on the itinerary I posted in a previous blog post, 5 DAYS IN HANOI: MY TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY. Day 1 and Day 5 was our flight in and out of Hanoi. But we had 3 full days of sightseeing and 3 nights accommodation. 

CHECK OUT MY ITINERARY IN THIS POST:
5 DAYS IN HANOI: MY TRAVEL GUIDE AND ITINERARY


AIRFARE
Cebu Pacific roundtrip airfare without check-in luggage from Manila to Hanoi:
4979.10 pesos
www.cebupacificair.com


PHILIPPINE TRAVEL TAX
1620 pesos


TRAVEL INSURANCE VIA PACIFIC CROSS
508 pesos
Travelsafe Insurance via Pacific Cross


ACCOMMODATIONS
Golden Sun Suites hotel
113.85 usd per room per night for 4 persons
or 28.46 usd per person per room per night
for a total of 85.40 usd
Buffet breakfast is included in the accommodation

Late checkout: 60 usd

http://www.goldensunhotel.com/suites/home.htm

Total expense in peso: approx. 5150 pesos



TRANSPORTATION
Hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel: 
18 usd per car with 4 passengers

Hotel shuttle from the hotel to the airport
15 usd per car with 4 passengers

We requested pickup from the hotel via email.

We didn't incur additional costs on transportation because we walked to a lot of sights from our hotel.

Total expense in pesos: approx. 560 pesos



SIGHTSEEING
Halong Bay tour
95 usd
www.halongbayluxurydaytour.com

Than Long Citadel
30,000 VND

Temple of Literature
30,000 VND

Ho Chi Minh Stilts house
25,000 VND

Total expense in pesos: approx. 5000 pesos



MEALS
Ca Ca Than Long: 160,000 VND
Cafe Trung Egg Coffee: 40,000 VND
Bun Bo Nam Bo: 60,000 VND
Hanoi Beer: 20,000 VND
Cafe Pho Co egg coffee: 40,000 VND
Coconut Coffee: 40,000 VND
Bun Cha Dak Kim: 90,000 VND
Banh Mi 25: 25,000 VND
Limu Paleta: 25,000 VND
Coconut milk with Coffee Smoothie: 45,000 VND

Total expense in pesos: approx. 1200 pesos


SOUVENIR
Vietnamese coffee:103,500 VND

Total expense in pesos: approx. 230 pesos


POCKET WIFI
Flytpack: 780 pesos for 3 days
www.flytpack.com


NOTE:
I changed only 150 USD into Vietnamese Dong. That's for 1 person. I only bought Vietnamese coffee for souvenir. It was sufficient since Hanoi is not an expensive city. Meals are cheap. I never exchanged currency again during the trip. 

CEBU PACIFIC: How to Cancel Flights Online and Get a Refund

July 6, 2019


CEBU PACIFIC: How  to Cancel Flights Online and Get a Refund 

Each flight booked may have different terms and conditions, but this is a way to find out how much refund you can get if you're cancelling a flight on any of the grounds listed in the Cebu Pacific as valid reasons to request for a refund.

Cancelling flights involve 3 steps as shown below. You can go until step 2 to see how much refund will be given to you without actually canceling the 

1. Log in to your get go account to retrieve your booking. Go to Manage Booking.




2. Click Cancel Flight as shown below.











3. From this point, you can see how much money you will recover from canceling this booking.

The booking I'm cancelling is a one-way domestic flight from Puerto Princesa to Manila.

Don't click CONTINUE below if you haven't decided whether you want to cancel the flight or not.



4. If you clicked Continue as shown above, the amount should appear in your travel fund as shown below.



These are the fees paid for the cancelled flight


ANOTHER SAMPLE FLIGHT CANCELLED
This is a domestic roundtrip flight 
from Manila to Cebu. 




VALID GROUNDS FOR REFUND REQUEST




I couldn't cancel the flights below because I used getgo points for the fare. But I requested for refund of government taxes for unused flights. I will update this post when I have the result of my refund request.






OSAKA: HOW TO BOOK THE DOTON YOUTOURBUS

May 22, 2019

Photo from Doton bus Facebook page

OSAKA: HOW TO BOOK THE DOTON YOUTOURBUS


Going to Dotonbori and nearby Kuromon market from Kansai airport is now very easy. There's a new direct bus that can take you from Kansai airport to Doton Plaza, which is around 3 minute walk from the entrance of Dotonbori.

WHERE IS DOTON PLAZA LOCATED

Doton Plaza is 190 meters or about 3 minute walk to the entrance of Dotonbori.










This sumo wrestler statue is the landmark from the ground.
The entrance is at the back of the statue.

BUS SCHEDULE



RATES

Starting May 1, 2019, rates will be as follows:

Adult: 1500 yen per way

Child (more than 6 years old and less than 12 years old): 1000 yen per way

Toddler (more than 2 years old and less than 6 years old): 500 yen





Cancellation fees


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Payment is not available at the airport and at Doton Plaza. So the only way to get a ticket is by making a reservation online and paying for it after receiving an invoice via email with payment instructions. 

1. Decide what time to board the bus. 

Doton bus recommends that you take the schedule 1 hour after your plane arrives. From my experience, it took us 1 hour to pass through immigration, claim our luggage and get to the bus stop. 

Take note: If you miss the bus, you forfeit your ticket. 

2. Reserve your ticket at www.dotonyoutourbus.com

3. After making a reservation online, wait for an email acknowledging receipt of your reservation. 

4. Next day, you will receive an invoice by email with instructions on how to pay for the ticket by credit card. Below is the invoice I received by email. Click "View Invoice" then click "Pay Invoice" .







MEETING PLACE AT THE AIRPORT


Terminal 1 Floor 1 South Exit Guide Meeting Place
  • A guide wearing a yellow uniform will be waiting with a meeting board labeled “DOTON YOUTOURBUS”.
※ Meeting time: 10 ~ 20 minutes before departure (source: dotonyoutourbus.com)






MEETING PLACE AT DOTON PLAZA

DOTON PLAZA boarding and exit lot
  • Doton Plaza Floor 1 Entrance, “DOTON YOUTOURBUS” Meeting place: The area where the bus is boarded and exited (source: doton youtour bus.com)






Baggage restrictions 

OSAKA: DIRECT BUS FROM KANSAI AIRPORT TO DOTONBORI

Photo from Doton bus Facebook page

OSAKA: DIRECT BUS FROM KANSAI AIRPORT TO DOTONBORI

Going to Dotonbori and nearby Kuromon market from Kansai airport is now very easy. There's a new direct bus that can take you from Kansai airport to Doton Plaza, which is around 3 minute walk from the entrance of Dotonbori.

WHERE IS DOTON PLAZA LOCATED

Doton Plaza is 190 meters or about 3 minute walk to the entrance of Dotonbori.










This sumo wrestler statue is the landmark from the ground.
The entrance is at the back of the statue.

BUS SCHEDULE



RATES

Starting May 1, 2019, rates will be as follows:

Adult: 1500 yen per way

Child (more than 6 years old and less than 12 years old): 1000 yen per way

Toddler (more than 2 years old and less than 6 years old): 500 yen





Cancellation fees


HOW TO BUY TICKETS

Payment is not available at the airport and at Doton Plaza. So the only way to get a ticket is by making a reservation online and paying for it after receiving an invoice via email with payment instructions. 

1. Decide what time to board the bus. 

Doton bus recommends that you take the schedule 1 hour after your plane arrives. From my experience, it took us 1 hour to pass through immigration, claim our luggage and get to the bus stop. 

Take note: If you miss the bus, you forfeit your ticket. 

2. Reserve your ticket at www.dotonyoutourbus.com

3. After making a reservation online, wait for an email acknowledging receipt of your reservation. 

4. Next day, you will receive an invoice by email with instructions on how to pay for the ticket by credit card. Below is the invoice I received by email. Click "View Invoice" then click "Pay Invoice" .







MEETING PLACE AT THE AIRPORT


Terminal 1 Floor 1 South Exit Guide Meeting Place
  • A guide wearing a yellow uniform will be waiting with a meeting board labeled “DOTON YOUTOURBUS”.
※ Meeting time: 10 ~ 20 minutes before departure (source: dotonyoutourbus.com)






MEETING PLACE AT DOTON PLAZA

DOTON PLAZA boarding and exit lot
  • Doton Plaza Floor 1 Entrance, “DOTON YOUTOURBUS” Meeting place: The area where the bus is boarded and exited (source: doton youtour bus.com)






Baggage restrictions