• Asia,  Thailand

    Staying in Bangkok on a Budget

    This guest post from Carley Hollis comes at the most opportune time. I am off to a Thai adventure in June and her tips are very helpful. Money doesn’t buy experience, and some of Bangkok’s most memorable moments can be enjoyed on a budget. The premier tourist destination in Thailand is The Grand Palace, and it’s absolutely free.   Its ornate pinnacles spear the skyline with gold, and it comprises the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the former government departments of Thailand and the halls used for conduction of state affairs. As one of Thailand’s most revered sites, the only payment required is respect for its dress code. In the…

  • Pinaytraveller

    Where in the World is Andrew McCarthy?

    Who would have thought that the actor who played rich boy Blane in Pretty in Pink (who, sadly, was actually prettier than Molly Ringwald)  grew up to be a writer? And a travel writer at that!  Certainly not me.  But yes, there is hope yet for pretty boys. Andrew McCarthy—80s heart-throb, object of every teenage girl’s fantasy back in the day, and lately, because of Lipstick Jungle,  every grown woman’s, too— is a prolific travel writer who was named the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year in 2010. When I first saw his byline in AFAR, I had my doubts about his writing prowess.  But after going through his…

  • Destinations,  Pinaytraveller,  Planning and Daydreams

    Lonely Planet’s Top 10 best value destinations for 2011

    via Lonely Planet Worried that the economy might put a crimp in your travel plans next year? Never fear: travel doesn’t have to break the bank. Your currency may be depressed, but that doesn’t mean you have to be; there are still many destinations around the world that can be enjoyed on the cheap. If you let the global economic ups-and-downs work to your advantage, adopt some personal austerity measures in pricier destinations, and head towards up-and-coming destinations, you can stay on the road longer for less. Fresh from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, we bring you this bargainous bounty of 10 budget-friendly destinations where you can get the…

  • About Pinay Traveller

      Hello! Welcome to Pinay Traveller! My name is Pauline. I am an all-around media person by day and a traveller for life. I originally created this blog to document my trips and file important details such as travel information, (personal) hotel ratings and such. It’s also my virtual travel photo album. But for the past couple of years, I’m glad that more and more people are able to use this blog  as  a resource for their travels.   Pinay Traveller as seen on     Where I’ve Been I have travelled extensively in Asia and Western Europe, both for business and pleasure. In between, I was lucky enough to…