Monday, October 17, 2016

Recommended Accommodation: Sea Cocoon Hotel

by Regin Reyno

El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines is paradise. So, if you haven’t been there, I encourage you to go visit. Add it in your bucket list. It’s simply a wonderful place.

And upon visiting, I recommend you to stay at Sea Cocoon Hotel. We stayed there for 3 days and 3 nights. It was awesome. It’s one of the reasons why we enjoyed our vacation in El Nido.
photo credit: Siggey Tuazon

Friday, October 14, 2016

Nagkalit-kalit Falls: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

guest post by Raj Medtia 

"The journey is just as important as the destination"
We stayed overnight at Jack’s Place, waking up with what we feared, 0 mosquito bites. We took advantage of the morning and walked up to the view point, revealing a 360 angle of the twin beaches. After, we were expecting our driver to collect us at 3pm so we sat by the beach with tropical drink to hand. To our surprise, and thankfully, he came early. This gave us time to check out Nagkalit-kalit waterfalls on our way back to El Nido. 
We met our lovely guide, by a stall located on the road back, you can’t miss it. With a warm welcome and a flick of his top knot, au natural (they know how to do it without looking stupid)… “We have at least 9 rivers to cross” he said whilst we looked down at our poor choice of footwear. He led us towards a field where a local farmer had set up camp, after paying a 10 peso fee to get through we began.
9 rivers to cross en route to the falls

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Reasons Why Nacpan Beach is One of the Best Beaches in the World

by Regin Reyno

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines made it to the top 10 on CNN’s Travelers’ Choice Award for the World’s Best Beaches. That’s pretty impressive especially considering the number of beaches in this world.

It was also named by travel blogger, LeBlanc, the World’s Most Beautiful Beach. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so they say. So what may be beautiful for Christian LeBlanc may not be so beautiful for some. That title is highly subjective. Nevertheless, it got my attention. So the next thing I know, we were arranging a trip going to Nacpan Beach in Palawan.

To be honest, when I watched that video, I wasn’t really impressed by the beach. It was shot during an overcast day, so its real beauty wasn’t captured. I also searched photos from the internet, and they all looked like a normal beach. So I don’t really understand why it was named World’s Most Beautiful. 

That’s one of the reasons why I decided to go there. To experience it for myself. To see, why it is the most beautiful in the world and one of the best.

Just last week, I had the opportunity to fully experienced it. Not just see, but to actually experience it with my five senses. Not just a day trip, but stayed there, as well.

And here’s my verdict: Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve been and as of the moment, my best beach ever!

Here are the reasons why:

1. It is long and wide

The beach is 4 km. long. and it is very wide. You have lots of space to play games, sunbathe, build sand castle, or just roll. The length of a beach is one huge factor, at least for me, to be considered a beautiful beach. There are many beautiful beaches out there, but they are just a small strip of land. This one is the real deal. Jogging in the morning barefooted? Sure, you can do that here. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunset at the World’s Most Beautiful Beach: Nacpan, El Nido, Philippines

by Regin Reyno 

After our El NIdo Tour C Island Hopping, at about 4:30pm, we hopped into a van. A huge Toyota Grandia, provided for us by our tour agency, Northern Hope Tours. It was just the 5 of us in that huge, comfortable van. We were going to the world’s most beautiful beach, according to famous travel vlogger, LeBlanc.
going to Jack's Place
photo credit: Rajeshwarikumari 

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan is considered by many travelers to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is, in fact, no. 10 in CNN’s World’s Best Beaches.

We were excited to see for ourselves what this beach has to offer. Is it really beautiful, is it worth the 45-minute drive from town proper?   

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Puerto Princesa City Tour

by Regin Reyno

As we looked through our plane’s window, we saw clear, calm, blue waters. We were approaching Puerto Princesa airport. The plane was about to land but I still saw waters all around. It felt like the plane’s going to land on water. 

We were so excited upon seeing the vast, blue, clear waters. We felt a great adventure lies before us. We planned to explore the islands of El Nido, famous for its island hopping, and considered by many to be the best in the world.

But before that, we have 1 night and 2 days in Puerto Princesa, originally designed to visit the Underground River, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour agency, upon seeing our itinerary decided we do a City Tour, as well. It sounds good, so we agreed.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Banana Pancake Trail 2016: 16 days on Southeast Asia's backpacker trail

by Regin Reyno

I just finished Banana Pancake Trail 2016, 16 days of independent travel on Southeast Asia’s backpacker trail. It was a memorable trip. I was able to travel with my family, saw old friends, and meet people along the road. 

I was able to visit 3 countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos
1 layover: Hong Kong
4 cities: Bangkok, Siem Reap, Phuket, Vientiane
3 towns: Vang Vieng, Koh Phi Phi Don, Pakkred

Plane rides: 1. Beijing to Hong Kong (Dragon Air)
                    2. Hong Kong to Bangkok (Cathay Pacific)
                    3. Siem Reap to Bangkok (AirAsia)
                    4. Bangkok to Phuket (AirAsia)
                    5. Phuket to Bangkok (AirAsia)
                    6. Vientiane to Bangkok (AirAsia)
                    7. Bangkok to Beijing (Thai Airways)

Train rides: 1. Bangkok to Aranyaprathet
                   2. Bangkok to Nongkhai
                   3. Nongkhai to Thaleng 

Ferry rides: 1. Phuket to Koh Phi Phi don
                    2. Koh phi phi don to Phuket

Bus rides: 1. Vientiane to Vang Vieng
                 2. Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Countless taxis, skytrain, and tuk tuks

Monday, July 18, 2016

Banana Pancake Trail 2016

by Regin Reyno

I’m so excited for my upcoming travel. This will be my longest independent travel so far. 16 days on the Banana Pancake Trail. It is an imaginary trail in Southeast Asia named after a favorite snack/breakfast amongst western tourists that is being served on this trail; the Banana Pancake. (muesli and yogurt, too)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Top 5 Inspirational Treks in India

guest post by Rohit Agarwal  

India is a land of spirituality. This very spiritual nature of India interlaced with its breath-taking natural beauty lovingly attracts countless trekkers from all over the world. Every year, thousands of pilgrims embark on spiritual journeys in search of that elusive holiness in the mysterious grip of the Himalayas. The imposing yet multifarious Himalayas truly echo the Indian spirit of Unity in Diversity’. This presents, in abundance, opportunities to spiritual trekkers of diverse religious beliefs. 
On your way to piety, you could fill in your lungs with whisk of fresh Himalayan air, bask in the crisp, sunny Garhwal weather, enjoy the serenity of quiet ambience while perking up your ears every now & then to hear the sound of eerie silence. Pamper your taste buds with tangy yet healthy dishes of Uttarakhand heavily influenced by Tibetan & Nepalese culinary styles because of proximity. Let’s find those top 5 places in the lap of the Himalayas where a sense of spirituality has lent an element of profoundness to the beauty of nature.

1. Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers Trek
Image credit - Alosh Bennett, CC BY 2.0

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