A picturesque paradise. The Beach. (Yes, that movie was filmed here.) Welcome to Koh Phi Phi. Located in the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Krabi, the Phi Phi Islands are a very popular tourist destination in Thailand. More than 1,000 people visit Koh Phi Phi ever single day. Below is a photo gallery of our journey from Phuket to the Phi Phi Islands and our time there: Departing Phuket Island's harbor on a ferryboat A long tail boat near Phi Phi Island's shore Impressive sailboat visiting Phi Phi Don Phi Phi Island's harbor Green waters at Phi Phi Ley Island…
...it's "Have you eaten already?" When you travel somewhere, you get to know the culture of the country you're visiting, and its language(s) is a big part of the culture. There are so many more languages and dialects on this world than there are countries, so one shouldn't substitute a country with a culture. A few steps down the road, you may encounter something utterly different. Of course, every culture and every language has its particularities. There are some amazing facts in etymology and linguistics that allow us to draw connections to culture. Obviously, food and its collective consumption plays…
Visiting Bangkok at any time of year is a great choice. Visitors from around the world will enjoy the fascinating culture, incredible attractions and friendly residents regardless. However, planning a trip to Bangkok during the annual Songkran Festival is one of the best possible decisions you could make. Songkran Festival is the traditional New Year celebration in Thailand, and being in Bangkok during this time is a way to get an inside look at the incredible culture and traditions in this country. Whether you are interested in the spiritual and religious aspects of the holiday or you just can't wait…
I am the type of traveller who loves to get off the beaten track. I head to a destination keen to see the famous sights and the not to be missed attractions, but the highlights for me are always the ones you can’t plan. The experiences you cannot predict in advance but end up enjoying because you are open to having them. The highlights that occur because you take the road less travelled, you engage in conversation with the locals, you travel on local transport or you try food you have never eaten before. These experiences that appear insignificant at…
I first visited Myanmar in December 2010 shortly after the elections took place, an event that received mixed reactions internationally and signalled that a potential change was on the horizon. The release of Aung San Suu Kyi from decades of house arrest became a key catalyst for the international community lifting the informal travel boycott that has kept many travellers away from the country in recent times. Myanmar has appeared in every ‘top travel destination’ list online and in published articles this year, as travel companies begin creating new itineraries for group tours and more independent travellers add the country…
I have been to the Philippines several times and each time I enjoy it more than the last. This last trip I went to Bohol, specifically, Panglao Island. I spent a great time on the beach where every morning I woke up and had a 20 meter walk to the surf. There is nothing like taking a dip in cool water first thing in the morning. If you have never spent time in the Philippines you have to go. There are so many islands and things to do/see. The people are great, the food is good -- with the exception…
We had a day in Hanoi before departing for Halong Bay, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes. Ha Long Bay is a center of a larger zone which includes Bái Tử Long bay to the northeast, and Cát Bà islands to the southwest. A community of around 1,600 people live on Hạ Long Bay in four fishing villages: Cửa Vạn, Ba Hang, Cống Tàu and Vông Viêng in Hùng Thắng commune, Hạ Long city. They live on floating houses and are sustained through fishing and marine…
Tagaytay City was proclaimed as a chartered city by President Manuel L. Quezon in 1938. In 1992, Mayor Benjamin Erni built the iconic fruit arch marking the city's boundary. The city is further divided into 34 barangays. Tagaytay City is part of Cavite province in Luzon region. So what makes Tagaytay City as the Philippines' 2nd summer capital and a constant weekend destination? The iconic view of the Taal Lake and Volcano, where you can marvel at an active Volcano located in a lake. To make it more inviting, the volcano houses another lake within and that lake has an…
I have been hearing about Bacoor, Cavite’s halo-halo treasure called Digman and not until I worked on my Cavite article for Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine that I was able to visit this legendary halo-halo sanctuary. The hunt was quite an adventure, though I am with my Caviteña friend Michelle, we braved the streets of Bacoor by commute. Good thing her brother Ryan was just a phone call away to monitor us and made sure we did not make the wrong turns or end up in another area. Once we got down from the jeepney at Barangay Digman, just…
Surviving Jakarta. It was afternoon when I arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta airport and first thing I did was get a cab. The most reliable taxis are the Silver Bird (the make is Mercedez-Benz, very comfortable), Blue Bird (the make is Toyota), and Express. Most locals will recommend this and only this for you. For the record, I took Silver Bird because my friend's uncle was the driver. Traffic In Jakarta One thing you will notice as soon as you get on the road is the traffic. Superbly congested in a nice way. You can see people along the road promoting…
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