Amsterdam on a Budget Trip

Amsterdam the capital of the Netherlands and  known as the city of Freedom. The city of 1500 bridges, endless canals and even more bikes. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular cities.

img_8323The stoked ninja on the road (maglakad para tipid)

Along with its beautiful gabled houses and flower-decked watersides, there’s an enormous amount to see and do, whether your interests are more Golden Age Art and Architecture, high culture or getting high in a coffee shop. But this wealth of experiences doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag attached. 

14329060259_9d35c45f83_bGorgeous gabled houses – Dutch Renaissance Architecture

IMG_8342.JPGThe Magna Plaza (The Former Amsterdam Main Post Office, currently a shopping mall known as Magna Plaza, is a monumental building located at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182, Amsterdam, Netherlands. It was built in 1895–1899 in Neo-Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style)

Amsterdam is synonymous with its canals, and one of the best free things to do in the city is get out and get lost among them. The city is centred around the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, where three canals form a horseshoe shape around the old centre. But beyond that there’s Jordaan, a former working-class area that’s now full of galleries, restaurants and boutiques among some of the prettiest stretch of canal.

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Amsterdam is a really walkable city, just bring a map with you or join the locals and get on your bike – somehow there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam. Bike rentals cost around €10 (523 pesos) for 24 hours, but if you rent longer-term you get better rates additional days around €6 (315 pesos).

IMG_8271.JPGBusy streets with many bikers

GOPR0490.JPGDam Square (Dam Square or Dam is a town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country)

Dam_Square._National_Monument.JPGDam Square National Monument (The National Monument on Dam Square, Amsterdam, is a 1956 World War II monument in the Netherlands)

There are over 100km of canals around Amsterdam, so one of the best ways to see the city is from the water. A standard 75-minute canal cruise costs €16 (838 pesos) for adults and €8.50 (445 pesos). Or you can take a free boat trip across the IJ, the stretch of water behind Centraal Station, to NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam Noord, a derelict shipyard turned creative community with galleries, sculptures and waterside bars and cafés. But I missed to try this route coz I have a group walking tour and a Canal Cruise with expatexplore

GOPR0493.JPGWith the Explorers

Centraal_Station_(Stationsplein,_Amsterdam).jpgCentraal Station (Amsterdam Centraal is the largest railway station of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a major national railway hub)

IMG_8351.JPGStoked ninja at The Royal Palace (The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century)

amsterdam02.jpgThe Old Church (The 800-year-old Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church)

IMG_8309.JPGThe Old Church -Tapas/Lounge

De Wallen or De Walletjes is the largest and best known red-light district in Amsterdam and consists of a network of alleys containing approximately three hundred one-room cabins rented by prostitutes.

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_mg_8288Red Light District Wall Art

img_8295Red Light District (maraming pinoy seaman dito nag window shopping…. hehehe… 🙂

Aside from getting lost and explore the city alone, I decided to try a group walking tour, and yes indeed it is a great experience to mix and mingle with different types of travelers of expatexplore around the world.

If you’re planning on using the trams or buses a lot, it’s worth investing in a public transport pass. GVB passes give you unlimited travel on trams, buses and the metro for varying periods ranging from one day €7.50 (390 pesos) up to seven days €32 (1670 pesos). Or there’s the Amsterdam Travel Ticket which includes train travel to and from Schipol Airport as well as unlimited public transport (1 day €15 (785 pesos), 2 day €20 (1040 pesos).

GOPR0454.JPGMy first step and ready to get lost in Amsterdam (Hanapin ang information para magkaron ng mapa)

GOPR0447.JPGI’m always Stoked and ready to Explore

trains-holland-1virm6My first time to see a double decker train “haha 🙂 natagaw ako”

 Sa mga budget travelers always take note of this ninja tips.

  • Always bring a map with you. From the airport don’t forget to get 1 from the information counter or from the train station ticketing counter.
  • Learn on how to commute by train, by bus and any other cheap transport. Taxi is not recommended “kasi mahal”. Just enjoy walking and get lost in the foreign place. – Sulitin ang Unlimited public transport 1 day €15 (785 pesos). 
  • Stay hydrated. Water in Europe is expensive. Bring an empty bottle and refill it from your accommodation. – 1 small mineral water €1.50 to €2.50 (78 – 132 pesos)
  • Do not overspend in accommodation since you are just staying their for a few hours. Matulog ka lang naman don at wholeday ka nasa labas.
  • Always bring a waterproof jacket due to unpredictable weather. Umbrella & Raincoat is expensive it will cost you €5 to  €6 (260 – 317 pesos)
  • September is the start of cold temperature (ang lamig ng pagpunta ko month of October with 11 degree Celsius) don’t forget to bring moisturizer, lip balm and of course your winter jacket.
  • Learn some local language. GoodMorning –Goedemorgen, GoodArfternoon –Goedenmiddag, Thank YouDank Je, Please – AlsjeblieftHello – Hallo
  • Be a light traveler to avoid hassle while you’re on the road and on public transport. (Wag dalhin lahat ng gamit like you’re not going back home)
  • Be vigilant and responsible of yourself. (bawal ang tanga tanga) 😜

Expenses:

  • Expat Explore Quote:  €110 (5,788 pesos)for Amsterdam
  • Food: €10 (530 pesos) – snack and dinner, (Breakfast by expat explore)
  • Accommodationincluded in expat explore
  • Transportation:
  • Airfare: 500 Sgd (17,000 pesos) Singapore to Amsterdam
  • Metro: €15 (785 pesos) unlimited 1 day pass within the city

Traveling is never a matter of Money but of Courage. Lets keep on exploring and stay STOKED and inspired everyday.

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