Coron Island, Philippines

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When is the best time to visit Coron Island?

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There are 2 seasons in Philippines, one of which is stormy season (from June to November). The best time in this island is March and April which is the time of sunshine.

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How to get there?

You can get there by airplane or boat.

By plane: from Manila, you can take the plane to Francisco B.Reyes Island in Busuaga city.

By boat: there are many choices for you to choose the boat, such as SuperFerry boat or other boats from Manila to Coron.

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Where to visit?

Diving and coral seeing: Coron is famous for a lot of diving and coral seeing spots and white sandy. This is a attractive destination for people who like diving.

Having an excursion by boat: You will be served a lot of local food by friendly and warm-hearted local people in the excursion.

Subjugating Tapyas: this is one of the famous tourist attractions in the island. From the top of Tapyas, you can contemplate the very beautiful landscape of this area.

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Visiting Baclayon Museum and Runs Ermita ancient chapel: there are ancient castles which are totally remained here. They bear the Spanish style.

Going to Barracuda lake by boat: one of the unique point when travelling in this island is going to Barracuda lake by boat to enjoy the fresh water and romantic scenery.

Bathing in Banol and Banana beaches: they attract visitors with long beach, especially, there are not many tourists here.

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Envoys, Phuket governor discuss Tourism

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FIVE European ambassadors have asked the governor of Phuket to step up security and safety precautions for tourists and expatriates, while addressing other issues ranging from lack of standard tariffs for services to narcotics and crime problems.

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Chamrern Tipyapongthada, governor of Phuket, which is the country’s second most popular tourist destination after Bangkok, met with ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands and Ireland.

He told the diplomats that local authorities would, for example, ensure that foreigners who rented motor vehicles, jet skis and other equipment for land and water sports, were properly covered by insurance issued by local service providers.

In addition, the European ambassadors said tariffs for various services should be standardised, as they were in Bangkok, so that foreign visitors were charged fairly. Chamrern said the Phuket authorities would provide more information to expatriates who wanted to invest in the tourist resort’s properties.

Chamrern said the European ambassadors raised concerns about road traffic as well as beach and water sport safety. Concerns were also expressed about visitors with visa problems, especially in the wake of a recent murder case in Koh Tao, Surat Thani province, where a couple of young British visitors were killed.

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In the past few years, the number of European arrivals in Phuket – which generates the second highest source of tourism revenue after Bangkok – has dropped due to political and economic factors. Industry sources said arrivals were projected to be less than 10 million this year, compared to the peak of more than 12 million a few years ago.

The Euro zone’s economic crisis has contributed to fewer tourist arrivals, especially from Italy and Spain, while Thailand’s prolonged political unrest has led to problems with insurance cover for some visitors. British tourists are among the largest number of European visitors, with nearly one million arrivals in Thailand in 2014, followed by Germany’s 700,000 and France’s 600,000.

Overall, Thailand’s tourist arrivals are expected to total 28.8 million this year, generating a combined Bt1.6 trillion in revenue.

Source: The Nation

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The 11 most beautiful islands of Thailand

 

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The islands of Thailand, the one even more beautiful than the other, but which one to choose? You read it here. What a paradises !

1THa - Bounty IslandTropical Bounty Islands

Endless white beaches. And blue sea glistening in the sun. Green palm trees. A cooling breeze through your hair. Thailand is a paradise on earth. And with hundreds of islands there is something for everyone‘s taste. At what bounty island you see yourself already there?

1TH - Koh Phi Phi
Koh Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is a small arcihepel in southern Thailand. The largest and only permanently populated island in the group, Ko Phi Phi Don. The islands of Koh Phi Phi are known for the breathtaking beaches and the filming of ‘The Beach’ in 2000. Nowadays attracts Maya Bay, where the film was shot, then still hordes of tourists. Fortunately, there remain plenty of unspoiled places left to discover. Go swimming in the Pileh Lagoon, visit Monkey Island and snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

2TH - Koh Tao
Koh Tao

3TH - Koh Phangan
Koh Phangan

4TH - Koh Samui
Koh Samui

5TH - Phuket
Phuket

6TH - Koh Lanta
Koh Lanta

7TH - Koh Samet
Koh Samet

8TH - Similan Islands
Similan Islands

9TH - Koh Chang
Koh Chang

10TH - Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe

11TH - Koh Mook, Koh Ngai & Koh Radang
Koh Mook, Koh Ngai & Koh Radang

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Walking in the clouds

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An active volcano on the Indonesian island of Lombok, Mount Rinjani is definitely worth the arduous climb

Lombok - Rinjani National Park
Rinjani National Park

IT IS ALMOST noon and the midday sun is shining mercilessly down on my head so the quiet breeze that occasionally blows across the massive open dry hilly savannah on the foot of the majestic Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, comes as a welcome relief.

I’m on my own and relishing the quiet walk along the dusty dirt path at the foot of the mountain, recalling the journey I made here several years ago that ended in disappointment.

I was 19 when along with friends, I hiked up Rinjani, aiming to ascend its 3,726 metres-above-sea-level peak. Strong winds around the Crater Rim however forced us to return to our base in Sembalun village.

After resting for two days, we launched another attempt, this time from Senaru village. But we were already exhausted from the first attempt and called off our climb. Going back home, I made a promise to myself that I would come back to Rinjani — and perhaps reach its peak.

Lombok - Segara Anak Lake
Segara Anak Lake

So here I am, 18 years later, saying hello to an old and dear friend.

This time I am in a group of 10 – seven Czechs, one German, one French national and myself, the only local. Obviously experienced climbers, they are way in front of me and I find myself struggling to keep a steady pace.

Nazwan, the 35-year-old guide, told us that our first day of climbing would end at the Sembalun Crater Rim, a mere 2,639 metres up.

Starting at 10am from Sembalun village, we have a two-hour lunch break at Tengengean Post, and then set off for the Sembalun Crater Rim. The difficulty comes after Padabalong Post: seven consecutive steep hills in front of us.

Famously known as “The Seven Hills of Regret” as it is here that many trekkers begin to regret their decision to climb Rinjani, I recall ending up in tears on my last visit and almost giving up. Today though, despite the same level of exhaustion, I am simply grateful to be here. Life, it seems, has taught me patience and a greater sense of acceptance.

When I finally reach the Sembalun Crater Rim, the sunset is fading. After a rest, we set off for the summit at 2.45am.

The journey is arduous and I move as much as to keep warm – the temperature is a chilly 3 degrees Celsius – as to reach my target. The soles of my shoes are torn and I can feel volcanic sand and gravel through my socks.

The plan is to catch the sunrise from the summit. Predictably, though, I am still only halfway up the thin Crater Rim as dawn breaks.

Hours later I am still struggling to maintain my pace on the most difficult section of the climb. Every three steps upwards, I go two steps downwards. It’s so frustrating.

Lombok - Climbers take pictures at the peak of Mount Rinjani.
Climbers take pictures at the peak of Mount Rinjani.

I finally reach the Rinjani summit just before 8am and breathe a long sigh of relief that I have finally kept my 18-year-old promise.

The way down is supposed to be easier, but my toes hurt and I am now wearing sandals. That day’s trek is slated to end at Senaru Crater Rim, from where our final descent would begin the next day.

I can’t bear the thought of another gruelling ascent and ask that I be allowed to take the unofficial route down. Between Sembalun and Senaru, the Torean, as it’s known, has a reputation for being a perilous trek.

Nazwan the guide refuses at first, reminding me he is responsible for every one of the group’s members. But after a long argument – I don’t want to slow the group down and I have experienced the Torean route before — he finally agrees, sending one porter – Doni – to accompany me.

So, instead of walking four hours up to Senaru Crater Rim with the rest of the group, I spend the afternoon soaking in the hot spring and hanging out sipping hot coffee.

Passing the enormous Mount Sangkareang (2,588 metres) on our left, we follow a steep narrow path down surrounded by beautiful golden hilly grassland. I slip many times along the trek and pray that my flip-flops will survive until I reach Torean village.

“Hard to the left! Hard to the left!” Doni shouts on the steep parts of the trek and I remember the thrill of crawling along a dangerously rocky and narrow path on the Sangkareang mountain ridge, with an endless ravine on our right.

But the view is stunning and we cross the crystal-clear Lokok Putih sulfuric river without incident.

As we walk down further into the forest and Rinjani’s Crater Rim topography gradually disappears behind us, I silently wave farewell. I don’t make another promise to visit Rinjani again though underneath I know I will be back the moment opportunity presents itself.

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The beauty of Vietman

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Astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling, Vietnam is a country of breathtaking natural beauty with an incredible heritage that quickly becomes addictive.

Sensory Overload

Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a Chinese junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of tens of thousands of war victims.

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A Culinary Superpower

The Thais may grumble, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavors and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travelers – the dozens of cooking schools in Hoi An are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of northern Vietnam, spices sparking up southern cuisine and myriad herbs and complex techniques typifying the central region, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean epicentre.

Meet the Locals

Vietnamese people are energetic, direct, sharp in commerce and resilient by nature. The locals love a laugh and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to socialize with them and hear their tales. Generally the rule is the more uncomfortable the (always tiny) seats in the bar or cafe, the more fun you’ll have. Poor in parts but never squalid, Vietnam is developing at an astonishing pace and inevitably there are some issues to consider (including some minor scams). However, on the whole this is an extremely safe (apart from the traffic!) and wonderfully rewarding country to explore.

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Why I Love Vietnam

I know of few more driven, purposeful people on earth than the Vietnamese. Back in 1991 when I first arrived, the country was broke – one of the poorest on earth – but not broken. The streets were swept, the cuisine was outstanding and visitors (yes, even Americans) were welcomed. Over the years I’ve returned to enjoy the same simple pleasures: chatting with friends over a glass of bia hoi, soaking up the street scenes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, biking lonely mountain roads, and marveling at the locals’ sheer lust for life. And then I start planning a return trip.

Thrills & Chills

If you’ve got the bills, Vietnam’s got the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, like motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments, to simple family run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.

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Loy Krathong and Candle Festival in Thailand

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Loy Krathong (Yi Peng) & Candle Festival in Thailand
21-25 November 2015

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The Festival of Lights is celebrated all around Thailand with Loi Krathongs (lotus-shaped receptacles) released on water to bring luck and fulfill wishes. In Chiang Mai, the observation of the festival of lights, called Yi Peng, is uniquely different. Instead of water vessel, Chiang Mai people release thousand of lighted lanterns in the sky while making a wish. The sky transforms itself in a wonderful and surreal sea of little lanterns floating away. The spectacle is mesmerizing.

Loy Krathong 2015

The local celebration of Yi Peng in Chiang Mai is a religious ceremony in Thai language paying homage to the Buddha. The exact date is not announced and is know only a few weeks in advance. A second lantern release specially catered for foreign tourists is held usually one week after the traditional celebration for a fee of 100USD. For the international Yi Peng, the ceremony is in English and the organizer provides lanterns, seating mat, dinner.

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During the week end, many events will be held in the city of Chiang Mai: traditional Thai dance, Grand Yi Peng Parade,beauty pageants, fireworks, decorations in the old city… Traditional Lanna dance featuring women with long golden fingernails dancing in synchronized movements is one of the event to catch.

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Making the most of an Asian winter

Harbin, China

Eight great places to enjoy the cold

While westerners flock to Asia in the winter for sun, sea and sand, Thais prefer to think about chilly weather, pristine white snow and the chance to wear the cold weather gear that spends most of the year in their wardrobes. For many years they headed to Europe or the US in search of their dream weather. Now, though, thanks to the advent of low cost airlines and the opening up of the world, they need travel no longer than a few hours to literally chill.

We take a look at the best winter destinations.

Lijiang, Chiana
ULAANBATOR, MONGOLIA
Billed as the coldest capital in the world, the windswept capital of Mongolia, which is surrounded by the steppes, ensures a chilly winter treat. With an average temperature of -1 degree Celsius, visitors can warm up in a traditional yurt or a modern shopping mall. Prosperity has come to gas-rich Ulaanbator in recent years and the city’s Sukhbaatar Square is now home to such luxury brands as Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hugo Boss. Thirteen kilometres from Ulaanbator is the Sky Resort, which typically offers skiing from November to March or April.

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Beijing and then take the Trans-Mongolian train to Mongolia’s capital.

LIJIANG, YUNNAN, CHINA

Tucked away in Northern Yunnan province, Li Jiang means “beautiful river” in Chinese, and you’ll have no trouble seeing why. The 800-year-old town is built where the Jade River splits into three and streams coming off the main waterway flow along the streets of the old town. An attractive tourist destination for 800 years, Lijang once drew the caravans of ancient traders as they travelled along the Tea Horse Road – an ancient network of mule caravan paths winding through the mountains of Yunnan and Tibetan Plateau. Today the Unesco World Heritage Site draws visitors for its charming historic townscape. The city is famous for Naxi traditional houses and it’s easy to spend a week getting lost in the narrow pathways, people watching, shopping and drinking and eating.

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Kunming, Yunnan’s capital and catch a connecting flight to Lijiang. Flight time is just one hour. Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia operate flights between Bangkok and Kunming.

Sapporo, Japan
NISEKO, JAPAN

Niseko is a resort town in Hokkaido, northern Japan. Located in a massive valley, Niseko sits between Mount Yotei-zan to the east and Niseko Annupuri to the west. When the snow is falling (and it does a lot), sounds are dampened, making even a walk out to the car seem like a magic sleigh ride. Skiing at Niseko, with its jaw-dropping views of mountains and its plethora of onsen, is unequalled. Like it’s northern cousin Furano, Niseko enjoys perfect powder snow. If you’re one of the first on the slopes, you’ll feel like you’ve left Earth as you float downhill. For the best winter playground, check into Niseko Village (www.Niseko-Village.com/en). This ski in-and-ski out resort has around 60 beginner, intermediate and advanced runs with a 2m to 3m snow base.

HOW TO GET THERE: Thai Airways operates direct flights between Bangkok and Sapporo (Hokkaido’s capital). Niseko is about three hours on the bus from the airport.

GANGWON, SOUTH KOREA

Three-quarters of South Korea is covered by mountains so it’s no wonder that thousands of tourists fly in every winter to hit the slopes. Many Thai snow-virgins fly to Seoul then travel by bus to Gangwon before taking their first run on the pistes and heading straight into the bushes. For an affordable white holiday, Gangwon Province is the place to go. From November to March, the Gangwon-do mountains transform into a skiing paradise that is sure to excite the most rabid aficionado. Whether you’re in search of an adrenaline-fuelled adventure, the perfect family chalet, or tips on the best way to jump off a cliff, there’s something new for you in here. Check out the Yongpyong Resort (www.Yongpyong.co.kr) for 28 slopes spread across beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert levels or head to Vivaldi Park, an hour’s drive from Seoul, to rub shoulders with the younger crowd. Visit http://www.Daemyungresort. com.

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Seoul.

OTARU, JAPAN

Otaru, a little resort town just a short train ride from Sapporo, is known for the freshest sushi in Hokkaido. A romantic port steeped in a rich history that dates back to its glory days as a major herring centre, it’s a great place to stroll along snowy paths by Otaru canal before defrosting at the Nikka Whisky Yoichi Distillery and Otaru Music Box Museum.

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Sapporo.

Niseko, Japan
LEH, INDIA

Perched at a dizzying altitude of more than 3,500 metres , the remote paradise of Ladakh was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now Leh district in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. In summer Leh is filled with backpackers, souvenir shops, pizza restaurants and guesthouses. In winter, it’s the epitome of solitude and silence as snow blocks the narrow zigzag dirt roads and cuts the small town off from the rest of the world. Despite the harsh conditions, the local market is fully operational and bustling with activity. If you’re looking for a rustic experience, stay with a local family as a paying guest.

HOW TO GET THERE: Air India, Jet Airways and GoAir have daily flights between Delhi and Leh.

HARBIN, CHINA

Tucked away in China’s north, Harbin means “a place for drying fishing net” in Manchu, but has evolved into a world-class winter destination. From November to January, Harbin draws tourists for its International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The festival features a grand opening ceremony, firework display and theatrical performances. Visitors can also enjoy snow activities in Sun Island, Ice and Snow Amusement World, and Zhaolin Park. It’s also the best place in the world to enjoy a hot pot.

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly to Beijing, and then take a domestic flight or train to Harbin.

SAPPORO, JAPAN

The capital of Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo offers endless treats from three-star Michelin French restaurants to Japan’s haute kaiseki cusine. The best place to be in Sapporo is, of course, in winter when the city is hosting the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. The upcoming festival runs from February 5 to 11 and will see the streets around the Susukino neighbourhood and Odori Park filled with snow sculptures and ice carvings. Street vendors ply their trade offering delicious Hokkaido seafood delicacies like snow crab. End the day with a visit to Sapporo Beer Museum. Kanpei!

Leh, India
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You looking for safe holiday destinations in Asia.

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You looking for a safe holiday destinations in Asia.

We have so many questions about safety in different Asian countries.
We advice you to visit safe countries as Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, ……

People ask me is Thailand safe ?
We must answer, but we must be careful what we write on the web.
The military coup government use to easily article 44.

But you can ask us this on email or skype.

Our personal advice is to visit for your next holiday in Cambodia.
Rich on culture and very gentle people. (and cheap)

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Voyage of discovery on Bali

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Benoa (Bali), Indonesia

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java and Lombok. With miles of sandy beaches, towering volcanoes, flowing rivers, and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife, Bali has been the favorite destination for locals and international tourists for ages. Experience Bali’s rich cultural heritage through tales from the Ramayana, while shopping for woodcarvings, silver work and paintings in the artisan villages, or through a traditional Barong dance.

Ulun Danu Temple, Bali

The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss
Theater and dance are an integral part of Balinese culture. Balinese dances are a very ancient tradition, part of the religious expression in Bali. There are various categories of dance that are based on separate religious functions and include different types of performances. Barong includes a contest between opposing forces of chaos and destruction; Legong is characterized by intricate finger movements and Kecak is performed by a circle of 100 or more performers. Regularly scheduled performances can be found throughout the year.

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Other Fun Things to Do
Surf’s up in Bali. Lakey’s Peak, Lakey’s Pike, Periscopes and Nuga Dora are just a few of the classic Balinese waves. Depending on the time of year, you’re sure to catch big waves somewhere on the island.
In 1963, Mt. Agung erupted, just as the ceremony of the 11 forces was being performed. Take a tour of Mt. Agung and Mt. Batur where a volcanologist will help you to understand the connection between them and Krakatau, Mount St Helen’s and Mount Fuji.
Temples are everywhere in Bali and they remain a focus of life throughout the island. Visit the Besakih Temple, the largest and most important Hindu Temple in Bali or Sebatu, the temple with the holy springs.

Bali, Indonesia

Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Like the food of other regions in Indonesia, Balinese food is rice as the central dish served with small portions of spicy, pungent vegetables, fish or meat and served almost always with sambal or chili paste. Though the tourism industry has brought international fare in Indonesian restaurants, local food still remains in the culinary spotlight. Balinese still keep to their traditional culinary roots especially in a temple ceremony, Balinese birthday Otonan, or when hosting special guests. Traditional Balinese dishes you should not miss include babi buling, pieces of a roasted suckling pig and the Bebek Betutu, a smoked stuffed ducked wrapped in bamboo leaves.

BaliBesakih

Shopping for Bargains
Enjoy a most distinct shopping experience in Bali. Shop for fine art and handicrafts which include antiques, semi-antiques and modern furniture, a variety of paintings, delicately crafted gold and silver jewelry, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics and so much more. Popular shopping centers are Geneva, Kuta Square, Bali Galeria and the huge, fully air-conditioned beachfront Kartika Discovery Mall.

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Local Currency
The Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) is the official currency of Indonesia. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.

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