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Off the Beaten Path: Kanchanaburi, Thailand

June 30th, 2010 by

Travelers touring Thailand tend to hop from major city to major city, paying very little attention to the villages that exist in between. This is, especially in the case of Kanchanaburi, a huge mistake.


The town of Kanchanaburi is small, and is located a few hours west of the city of Bangkok. Travelers tend to pass Kanchanaburi when they leave Bangkok to visit either the northern city of Chaing Mai or the islands. Read the rest of this entry »

Puerto Galera: The Perfect Destination For A Quick Getaway

June 25th, 2010 by

The workweek can really be stressful at times, and for some people, it is stressful all the time!  This is why it is very important for working guys and gals to find something to look forward to during the weekend.  The “something” can be an enjoyable hobby, a cause that is one is passionate about, an activity like watching the latest blockbuster in the cinema or even a trip out of town that would allow one to escape the hustle and bustle of city life even for short time.

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In the Philippines, there are a lot of destinations to consider when it comes to quick getaways.  There are beach resorts that are just two to three hours away from the capital city of Manila.  A lot of beach bums head to Cavite or to Batangas for the perfect combination of sun and sand.  As for those who are willing to go a bit further, a favorite choice would be PUERTO GALERA.

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Korea’s Must-Visit Summer Festivals

June 24th, 2010 by

Summer means lots of festivals for Korea, and with the outdoor-friendly weather and peak season for visitors both local and foreign, lots of people will be sharing fun, food and fascination in different settings and activities. From shamanistic rituals to martial arts events, festivals are some of the best ways to learn about Korea’s traditions and culture.

Here are some of Korea’s must-visit summer festivals:

Haeundae Sand Festival

Haeundae Sand Festival. Begun in 2005 as part of an APEC summit activity, this sand festival in Busan is a collection of exhibits and activities featuring the beach’s powdery white wonder. Every June, Replicas of famous monuments throughout the world are formed with astounding detail by international teams for a chance to win prizes, while people are buried in hot sand as part of a health regimen. Afterwards, you can wait for the nighttime fireworks display and performances, or just enjoy the rest of the 1.55-kilometer beach, regarded as one of Korea’s eight scenic wonders. To get to Haeundae Beach, exit Haeundae Station at #3 or #5.

Gangneung Dano Festival. A day of spiritual rites, this shaman festival occurs during the 4th day of the 5th lunar month and is dedicated to a bountiful harvest, peaceful times and dispelling misfortune. The locals believe that spirits descend from the mountains into the festival grounds beside Namdaecheon River during the first day of the festivities. Lantern-bearing townsfolk walk alongside the spirits towards the festival, and release the lanterns on the river afterwards, offering prayers. The spirits linger in the altar for five days then return to the mountain on the last day.

A huge market also springs up during festival time and all sorts of merchandise and souvenirs are for sale, from DVDs to native cuisine. To get to Gangneung Dano Festival, take a bus for Gangneung at the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, get off at Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal then ride a taxi to the Dano Cultural Center.

World Taekwondo Culture Expo. More than 2,000 competitors from 50 countries will descend in Jeonju and Muju for a series of matches, seminars and exhibits. Cultural activities, participatory programs and international exchanges all strive to promote the excellence of Taekwondo and Korea, as a whole. The Expo will occur from July 2 to 7 at the Muju Dome Stadium and Muju Resort.

Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival. Originally an event meant to promote the town’s therapeutic mud, this festival now draws more than a million people to the messy activities of this festival. To read more about the mud festival, click here.

The Great Battle of Hansan Festival. Celebrated in Gyeongsangnam-do from August 12 to 16, this four-day festival is dedicated to Admiral Lee Sun Shin’s great naval victory in 1592, one of the country’s proudest historical events. The highlight features replicas of Geobukseons (Korea’s turtle-shaped warships) engaging Japanese vessels in artillery fire. There is also a parade, dramatic performances, dance exhibits and plenty of seafood, all within the lovely port city of Tongyeong, the so-called “Naples of Asia”.

To get to the festival from Seoul, take a bus from Nambu Terminal, then get off at Tongyeong Terminal after a 4-hour trip. Afterwards, ride a taxi to the festival grounds. The festival occurs in August.

Indonesian Travel: A Guide for First Timers

June 23rd, 2010 by

Planning your first trip to Indonesia can be a bit overwhelming. After all, Indonesia is considered the largest archipelago, or chain of islands, in the world. There are 5 main archipelagos and an additional 30 smaller chains, housing a total of over 17,500 separate islands.

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Take In The View At The Window Of The World

June 18th, 2010 by

A lot of people who have gone to Hong Kong might have experienced, at one point or another, crossing over to Shenzhen in the People’s Republic of China either via ferry or by riding the train. The reason for this is Shenzhen’s accessibility.  It is also known to be a great stop for shopping.  Another bonus is travelers can have another stamp on their passports just by crossing over for a day trip.  One can make the trip to Shenzhen in the morning and head back late in the afternoon to catch the last train back to Hong Kong.  This is something that I have done a couple of times in the past and each trip was worth it.  I go back to Hong Kong with an extra suitcase filled with marvelous shopping finds that I bought for a fraction of the price of what I would have paid for if I bought them in Hong Kong.

Photo by:  shoppingfan

Aside from shopping, travelers also go the extra mile to visit Shenzhen to check out some interesting tourist attractions.  One popular stop is a theme park called The Window of the World.

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Things To Do In Seto Inland Sea

June 17th, 2010 by

Seto Inland Sea is a strait passing through Japan that connects the Pacific Ocean and the Japanese Sea. Located between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku and stretching 300 miles from Osaka to the resort town of Beppu, the Inland Sea is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the country. The strait snakes through a multitude of islands, villages, beaches and natural sceneries.

Here are some things to do while in Seto Inland Sea:

Shimanami Kaido

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Cycle throughout the Inland Sea. There is a dedicated bike path along the Shimanami Kaido, a 60-kilometer toll road which connects Honshu’s Onomichi City to the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima before ending in Iwabari City in Shikoku. Experienced cyclists can enjoy the numerous islands dotting the route, and there are no big climbs to challenge them. A bicycle rental system is in place where visitors can rent any of several types of bicycles, then drop them off at twelve terminals along the path if they wish to continue on by bus, instead. There are even kid’s type and electrically-assisted models available.

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Satisfying Your Appetite in Thailand

June 16th, 2010 by

So here’s the deal. Every country has its own special style when it comes to decadent cuisine. It just so happens, however, that the flavors you’ll find in Thailand are extra special. The food in Thailand is delicious, relatively healthy, and incredibly inexpensive. There’s no reason to visit Thailand without at least attempting to try some of the local cuisine. So here’s what you should expect.

The Tantalizing Thai Pepper

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Visit The Guangzhou Zoo

June 11th, 2010 by

Travel junkies who are at the same time fascinated with animals would surely not pass up the chance to see the zoos of the countries that they are visiting.  It seems that there is one, if not more, zoo in every country and this is the reason why zoological parks or wildlife parks are common items in travel itineraries.

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Guangzhou, the capital of Guangzhou province, is no different. Guangzhou plays an important part as a port and heart of China’s trading engagements.  Because of this role, Guangzhou has become very accessible to the world.  But these days, millions of people head to Guangzhou not only for business but also to learn more about this region’s rich history and culture.  There are numerous wonderful historical and cultural sites to check out as well as wildlife parks.

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Things To Do In Laguna

June 10th, 2010 by

Laguna is a thriving province in the Philippines just south of the capital of Manila, rich with coconuts and other natural resources. Due to its proximity near the city, Laguna is popular with the weekend crowd who wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Many towns benefit from the amenities of modern life plus the laid-back tranquility of small-town living. There’s plenty to enjoy here for visitors, from the resorts and hotels to the natural, historical and modern attractions that abound.

Here are some things to do in Laguna:

Mt. Makiling

Trek up mystical Mt. Makiling. An inactive volcano with a height of 1,109 meters, Mt. Makiling is said to be the abode of a fairy who protects the residents around her. The mountain itself is great for nature hikes and is a favorite among mountaineers. The University of the Philippines, Los Banos, a satellite institution of the premier state university, is located at the foot of Mt. Makiling.

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Ithaa – The First Underwater Restaurant in the World

June 9th, 2010 by

Every exotic destination has something special going for it – white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and a string of luxury hotels. If you’re looking for something really strange and inviting, though, look no further than a trip to Maldives. There you’ll find the Ithaa restaurant within the Conrad Maldvies Rangali Island hotel – the first underwater restaurant in the world.

The Ithaa Restaurant

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