Cebu: Where we stayed (Cebu Budget) Tropical Hostel

Tropical Hostel is located South of Cebu  and is a short distance from lots of top attractions and just minutes from one of the biggest shopping malls in Cebu.  
This was the second time we stayed in Cebu. The first time we we stayed there we opted for a hotel in ‘Cebu City’. Just to let you know, there isn’t actually anything really in the city, so staying in the south will be your best option. 

The receptionist at the front desk of Tropical is so lovely and helpful. Dominic provided us with a map of the city and an A4 sheet with the city’s top attractions on and directions of how to get there. 

In your room you also get a guide for day trips, boats and transport times which is really useful.

The rooms are clean and simple, the bed is comfy and the wifi works!
A double room is only £15 per night and they also have dorm rooms available. Don’t forget that they add on 12% tax everywhere in the Philippines! 

Quick tip if you book here: many taxi drivers have no idea where ‘tropical hostel’ is.  We learnt this while searching for it for at least an hour; just be sure to call it Cebu Budget and not tropical!

LwL X 

Lazing in Sihanoukville

We’ve recently spent 5 nights having some much needed beach time in Sihanoukville. My best friend and her boyfriend came out to meet us for a holiday which was super exciting as I haven’t seen her since I left in November! We’ve had so much fun.


We spent most of our time on Serendipity beach which is the tourist part. The sand is lovely and the water is clear. 

  Chill days, minimal activities, a few sunsets and the odd night out. We wanted to laze in the sun to try and get our tan back after Vietnam! 


 The only downside to this place is that there are lots of beggars, ladies offering manicures and massages and very young children selling bracelets. Unfortunately a ‘no thank you’ the first time is not enough. You have to be stern and repeat no 3 times and you’ll get this repeatedly throughout the day. I understand that this is their  living but it can get annoying! It’s also very sad to see such small children having to work, especially as a sign just up the road says not to promote this and buy from them as they can be victims of abuse and can get ill from working on the beach!

Other than that the place is lovely and lively. There are lots of restaurants and bars. We gorged on some lovely food at Porkys and Angkor beach restaurant too (even though I had food poisoning again from somewhere). Its easy to see why this seems to be a tourist hotspot!

  For one night we treated ourselves to a night at the Deluxx Boutique Hotel. Its newly opened just around the corner and cost £100 for a 2 bedroom apartment for 4 people. The hotel had a jacuzzi,pool, free tuk tuk service and included an impressive breakfast the next day. We really made the most of the facilities..


 Not so bad for ‘backpackers’ eh? 


 I would definitely recommend this place to holiday makers or travellers looking to flashback for a night. 

  I’ve also learnt a new card game called shithead – have you ever played before? We have literally played it 100 times in the last week or so ha. It is our new favourite pass time.

Although this is a touristy area, thankfully there are still lots of places you can stay for cheap as a traveller, drink deals on the beach are great and there’s a few places that do nice food for cheap.  

I have many more posts to come on Sihanoukville nightlife and where to stay, our night in Koh Rong and the days of Phnom Penh. I’m about a week behind I’m afraid so bare with me!


The Riviera Resort: Koh Lanta

This is the hotel we stayed in Koh lanta. I have to say, after 2 weeks of hostels and guest houses this was a bit of a treat!

Riviera is located in the north of Koh Lanta along Kong Khlong beach. As mentioned in my previous post we didn’t do much on this island, just spent most days in the hotel and here’s why..

  We stayed in small huts and credit to the designers I loved our purple feature wall!
And look, so much space for activities! (Yes we watched step brothers). We had a flat screen tv in our room! I almost forgot what one of these looked like as I feel like I’ve been away so much longer than two weeks. The TV was perfect for popping in our USB for group movie nights in. 

The swimming pool was big and had a waterfall  

The restaurant was amazing!   

A great big selection from French fries with cheese and peppercorn sauce, to a lovely chicken Chinese style noodles dish.   

Rivieras ‘Freedom bar’ was the best and busiest around, with potentially the most random selection of music genres compiled together each night. I think that’s what made it so appealing.

Did I mention that the beach was a 10 second walk from our room?   

You can sip ice tea by day overlooking the beach, and cocktails by night watching the sunset. Need you go anywhere else?  

The only thing the resort doesn’t have is a swing, but it’s ok, I found one of those further down the beach 😊

I’m not surprised that this was the priciest place we’ve stayed so far. Though I think it was worth the treat. Unfortunately I don’t have an exact figure how much it was as we booked as part of our month package, however, speaking to someone who stayed here, I think it’s from 800-1200 baht a night. 

Have you ever been to Koh Lanta before? 

LwL x 

Afternoon Tea at the Marriott Hotel

To celebrate National Afternoon Tea week last week, I headed over to the Marriott hotel for a sophisticated birthday celebration for one of the important older ladies in my life.   I have to say, there was a time when the image of afternoon tea consists of a group of 60 year olds sitting in a circle sipping cups of tea and pointing their pinky finger out, while discussing current affairs. These days it is hard to find a hotel around London that DOESNT do afternoon tea. It’s become something of a craze, is our generation swapping the vodka for earl grey?  Now one of the questions that are always on my mind for this sort of thing is what do you wear? This can be a tricky one. Whilst you want to dress up for this occasion, I dare say mini skirts and stilettos are a good choice for these sorts of places. Bearing in mind that these hotels are 4-5 star establishments, the safe bet is to go for a smart-casual look.

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