So much to do, so little time. Make everyday count! This is my bucketlist, what’s yours? Witness cherry blossoms in Japan Roam the temples of Angkor Wat See Cappadocia on a hot air balloon Sip coffee on the European side of Istanbul while overlooking the Asian […]
It was a little overcast when our plane finally landed at Adisucipto International Airport but at least it was no longer raining. After a quick check through immigration ( my friend and I did not need a visa as we are Filipinos), we exited the airport and looked for transportation to the hotel. You will find many taxis and private cars in Yogyakarta and you can hire most of them for as little as $40 a day.
It was a great thing to finally be in Yogyakarta; however, luck was not with me during my recent trip. A nearby volcano, Mt. Kelud, had just recently erupted and most of the place was covered in ash. I was disheartened to hear over breakfast on our second day that only up to level 2 of the temple would be accessible to tourists as they were still cleaning. I was disappointed but I was already in Yogyakarta and I was not going to pass up the chance to finally see Borobudur. Bring on the ash!
If you want to lie down on powdery white sand or swim in pristine turquoise waters without the high price tag, the Philippines is definitely the place to go. With more than 7000 islands to choose from, there is always something for everyone.
The Philippines is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia. Having been under the influence of the Spanish conquerors for more than 300 years, it offers something more than the usual pagodas and temples which abound in the neighboring countries. Head to the Philippines if you are yearning for a change of scenery or if you want the best diving and beach experience in the world.
El Nido, Palawan
Palawan has been dubbed as “the last frontier” of the Philippines. El Nido, the quiet coastal town is the gateway to Palawan. You can enjoy powder-fine beaches, clear waters and a jaw-dropping view. El Nido is also a popular base for divers because the surrounding waters contain more than 50 species of coral reef. You can also see manta rays, whale sharks, endangered turtles and whales.
When talking about beaches in the Philippines, it is a travesty not to mention Boracay. Although more “touristy” than other places on the list, it remains one of the top beaches not only in the Philippines but all over the world. White Beach is the place most frequently associated with Boracay but there are other calmer resorts in the area.
Travelers who are in search of gorgeous beaches should not miss out Panglao, Bohol. Aside from getting a tan and swimming, there are other activities tourists can indulge in. You can dive with barracudas, go dolphin watching, or whale spotting.
Aside from the gorgeous beaches, the island has natural charms which you won’t find elsewhere. Bohol is also famous for its Chocolate Hills and there are more than 500 of these dome-shapes hills. The grass dries up during summer giving the hills a brown color, hence the name.
Bantayan Island, Cebu
If you do not like crowds of “touristy” beaches, you should go to Bantayan, Cebu. The island has remained relatively untouched by modern life. There are no malls and no 5-star hotels in the island but there are foreigners who have taken up residence after falling in love with the clear blue waters, the perfect sunsets and the island’s white sands.
Bohol is an island province of the Philippine Islands which is located in the Central Visayas region. It consists of Bohol island and 75 other smaller islands. The province’s capital is Tagbilaran city and it has an area of more than 4,000 square kilometers. The […]
Cambodia is a country which is most popular for its ancient structures called Angkor Wat. After being featured in Angelina Jolie’s movie, Tomb Raider, it has gained worldwide popularity. The movie was not very good but the location they have chosen for it was spectacularly […]
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is indeed one of the most beautiful places on Earth and I just cannot get enough of it. I definitely want to go back and one of these days, I will. Here are more pictures from our trip. Angkor Wat should definitely be on everybody’s bucketlist.
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It has a past that is deeply soaked in culture and it has otherworldly landscapes, sumptuous cuisine and the friendliest people. These are the reasons why it is one of the most visited places in the […]