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Station Hopping On Board Manila’s MRT Part II

July 30th, 2010 by

To pick up where we left off in Part I, the Metro Rail Transit System is a popular mode of transportation in Manila. Tourists who want to explore the expansive metropolis can rely on the MRT to ferry them around quickly and efficiently.

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Read on to learn more about the different attractions and landmarks near these eight MRT stations:

Boni MRT Station (Mandaluyong City)

Travelers who need to go to a hospital can disembark at the Boni MRT Station as the Victor Potenciano Medical Center is just a few minutes walk away.  This station is also near fast-food chains as well as a public market.  As for malls, tourists can head to the nearby Robinson’s Pioneer.  There are also other modes of transport in this area like buses, taxi cabs, and jeepneys.

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Station Hopping On Board Manila’s MRT Part I

July 23rd, 2010 by

There are various modes of transport to consider while abroad, from planes to trains, taxis to buses. While certain parts of the world debate the merits of light rail and rapid transit, many urban areas throughout Asia already boast highly efficient networks of both. Tourists in Metro Manila for example, can take the city’s Light Rail Transit System.

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The LRT is divided into several lines that serve segregated sections of Metro Manila.  The main line of the LRT is further divided into two lines: the LRT Line 1, or Yellow Line, which travels from North to South and the LRT Line 2, or Purple Line, which travels from East to West.  Manila’s Metro Rail Transit System however, is the main focus of this article.

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Three Countries In Ten Days: Chao Phraya Express Of Bangkok

October 23rd, 2009 by

Our Ayutthaya Day Tour really left us tired but giddy with all the new adventures that we experienced.  It was definitely fun exploring the grounds of the Bang Pa-in Summer Palace.  It was enriching seeing the temple at the Wat Yai Chai Mongkhol.  We could not believe that we saw the famous large Buddha head image on a tree at the Wat Mahathat.  From here, we even visited and took all the photos that we wanted at the Wat Pra Si Sanphet.  When we felt like it could not get any better, our driver Phan drove us to see the highly popular huge leaning Buddha at the Wat Lokayasutharam.  We did not notice the terrible traffic jam as we slept in the taxi the entire trip back to Bangkok!  Phan just woke us up after almost three hours to let us know that we were back to our hotel.

Onboard the Chao Phraya Express Boat

The best thing about booking a room in a nice and comfortable hotel is that you do not have to worry about anything after a long and tiring day.  You can decide to relax by the pool, soak away the strain in your muscles in your bathtub or order delectable room service and have dinner by candlelight.  All these you can have and more so make sure that you reserve a room in any of the reputable hotels in Bangkok like the Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok.  My partner and I decided to try the pool at our hotel to freshen ourselves.  It was scorching hot in Ayutthaya that we immediately relished the cool pool water.

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Ride Like Royalty Aboard The Palace On wheels

May 21st, 2009 by

Indian trainDespite what the movie Slumdog Millionaire shows, not all of India is swamped in squalor. After all, what other country boasts of a train ride fit for a majarajah? The Palace on Wheels combines at least three things that India is renowned for: the world’s largest rail network, the elite lifestyle of its former monarchs, and the rich heritage of buildings and structures still existing today. Following the trail of history in Delhi, Rajasthan and Agra, this touring carriage is reserved only for those visitors with simple needs: only the best will do for them.

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Getting Around Macau

April 3rd, 2009 by

TurboJet FerryMore and more people are heading to Macau for their vacations.  This is not in the bit surprising as there are a lot of wonderful things to see and experience in this former Portuguese colony.  Tourists can visit any of the sacred temples, walk around Senado Square, check out museums, or go take a dip in Macau’s beaches.  With all these exciting stops, it is important for all travelers in Macau to know the different modes of transportation to take while touring this vibrant and colorful city.

First and foremost, there are different ways to reach Macau.  If by air, there are a number of airlines that service this line headed by the flag carrier, Air Macau Company Limited or simply Air Macau.  This airline operates to a total of twelve destinations in China plus other international countries.

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Picturesque Palawan, Part II

February 21st, 2009 by

PalawanAlthough visitors can enjoy the rustic simplicity of Palawan to get away from the stresses of modern living, they may experience a culture shock as they try to cope with the less-than-efficient ways of getting there. Traveling to any specific place require the boarding of several vessels and vehicles, and the operators of each these transports need to be approached to engage their services.

There are two primary ways to get to Palawan: by air and by sea.  Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines, and ZestAir (formerly known as Asian Spirit) all make daily flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 to Puerto Princesa, which takes more than an hour. From there, smaller airlines can take you to different points in the region, or you may take land vehicles or ferries, instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Savour The View From The Cable Rides Of Asia

December 30th, 2008 by

One great thing about Asia is that there is always something new to see, cultures to experience and great adventures to test yourself with no matter how many times you’ve visited a particular place.  You can learn a country’s local language and taste the local dishes.

Personally, I try to immerse myself in every country’s culture and way of life.  This is why I also make sure that I get to ride on the various modes of transportation in each country most especially the unique ones.  But I would have to say that it is quite a different experience to get a full view of a thriving city from a cable car.  The wind will be blowing on your face and your eyes will be the ones doing the traveling for a change.

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How To Get Around Thailand

December 16th, 2008 by

I love Thailand! I love the food, culture, the people, and all its interesting places. I also enjoy staying in their nice hotels like Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok located at South Sathorn Road.

Tuk Tuk

But this country is not only known for all these exciting things. It also has a notorious reputation when it comes to congested roads and pesky traffic jams.

This is why it important to know the various means of transportation that you can take in Thailand so that you can maximize your visit. First of all, keep in mind that there are so many ways to get around Thailand and that the key to appreciating the “real” Thailand is not to be confined to see only the popular tourist areas but also visit roads that are less travelled. This is where the different modes of transport can come in as some roads are accessible only to selected vehicles.

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Different Modes Of Transportation To Take In Indonesia

November 28th, 2008 by

Traveling can really be fun, exhilarating, and exciting! You get to visit new places, try out new cuisines, experience different cultures and, of course, meet people then eventually make new friends. Plus, you can stay in really nice hotels like the Ascott Jakarta Hotel.

You will live through these and more during your trip to Indonesia. But before you head to the nearest restaurant, visit the museum, go on that tour or explore every corner of this energetic city, it is highly advisable to familiarize yourself with the various modes of transportation that you can take in Indonesia so that you can save time, money and most especially to ensure your safety.

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The Vibrant Vehicles And Vessels Of Asia

October 16th, 2008 by

Star FerryA few Asian countries can boast of first world-levels of transportation in terms of speed, safety, and efficiency. Some Asian countries use native ingenuity to convert western modes of transport into practical vehicles for their local environment. Still other Asian countries continue to operate traditional vessels and vehicles as part of their centuries-old culture, not to mention their value as tourist attractions.

When visiting Asia, take time to visit the sights aboard these unique transports.

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