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Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc

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Our 3-week trip through the Philippines included a short break at a small guesthouse resort in Loboc in the province of Bohol. However, don’t expect anything fancy at the Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc.

This is a pure backpackers place, with the smallest dormitory I have ever seen (about 16 square meters for up to 8 adults).

Fox & Firefly Resort Loboc

Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc: Reception Area

Apart from the dormitory hut there are two other 2-person huts, and a communal washing/toilet area. If you’re tall enough you can observe (and be observed) from the main building while using the toilet – and the door doesn’t lock properly anyway.

Fox & Firefly Resort Loboc

The shower, but don’t dawdle – there’s only the one…

Even if you pay the extra for a private hut you still have to share the one and only communal toilet/bathroom (and with 12 guests plus staff, you often have to wait in line).

They have an uneven rickety stone path running between the buildings which requires all your attention to avoid tripping.

Fox & Firefly Resort Loboc

Crazy-paving: Challenging even when sober

Paddle boarding at the Fox & Firefly Cottages Loboc

As for activities, you can opt for paddleboard tours (with a guide) starting at 800 pesos per person per hour (longer tours are available). These tours all set off from a small jetty on the river, close to the resort.

You are accompanied by an experienced paddle board guide who’ll make sure you get back in one piece.

If you’re not in the mood for board-balancing, you can just relax on the jetty, or take a swim in the river.

Fox & Firefly Resort Loboc

The wooden jetty: Start you Paddle-board tour from here

During our visit, a dormitory bed cost 450 pesos and a 2-person hut 1600 pesos.

Perhaps the best way to spend your time in Loboc is to simply walk through the lush countryside or along the banks of the river. If you’re less adventurous, you can always take a boat trip along the river, including on-board music and dinner.


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Air Asia Inflight Experience

AirAsia Inflight Experience

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Following a few days in Phuket, we planned to take a short AirAsia flight south to the tropical island paradise of Langkawi. We were curious to see how the AirAsia inflight experience compared to other budget Asian airlines such as Lion Air and Jet Airways.

Although there is a boat that runs between Phuket and Langkawi, the cost is about the same as a budget flight. Also the flight – including a transit stop in Kuala Lumpur – is actually quicker.

Our AirAsia Inflight Experience – Booking tickets

We booked our AirAsia flights online, 2 months earlier. Their booking website is very user-friendly, and you can get some great bargains if you book early enough. We paid the equivalent of €58 each for single flights travelling from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur and then onwards from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi.

Departure from Phuket

Count on at least 45 minutes to get to the airport from the main beach areas of Phuket (early morning or late night). At any other time the journey can take twice as long. You can anticipate long queues at the airport. If you’re short on time, the whole experience can be quite stressful.

Make sure you still have your embarkation card: If not, you’ll lose your place in the queue and will be facing even longer delays.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – Departure from Phuket

Our AirAsia Inflight Experience – Free Snacks!

Our flight from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur was short and comfortable. Unlike equivalent European budget airlines such as Ryanair or Easyjet, we were offered complimentary warm snacks and drinks.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – complimentary samosas and soda

In-transit through Kuala Lumpur and Arrival in Langkawi

We had a couple of hours at the airport in Kuala Lumpur to find our connecting AirAsia flight. The transit went smoothly, and we were soon on our next flight for an even shorter hop over to Langkawi.

We were suitably impressed with the service and efficiency of AirAsia. Additionally they offer a Big Loyalty scheme to all customers for even greater savings.

AirAsia Inflight Experience

AirAsia inflight experience – Arrival in Langkawi

It was raining when we arrived in Langkawi, but the AirAsia staff had anticipated this. We had a covered gangway down from the aircraft to the tarmac where we were offered colorful red umbrellas for the short walk over to the terminal.

Quite a different experience from European budget airlines, who allow you to get soaked in the freezing rain while inefficiently be made to wait to embark/disembark the plane.

Despite the rain on arrival in Langkawi it was warm, and we were looking forward to a week of tropical relaxation.

We would be staying at 2 locations on the island. The first of these in the capital – Kuah, the second close to the popular beach areas around Pantai Cenang. Our first objective after passing through customs was to get some local currency, followed by a taxi to our hotel in Kuah.


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