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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Khao San Road



 "The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Kao-San Road..." reads the opening page of Alex Garland's "The Beach". I first read the book about 5 years ago and I saw the movie immediately following it. Since then I've always been fascinated with Khao San Road. A few people I know have been here, reporting back how it has lost its charm, while some still perceives it as a place to really kick-start one's backpacking trip across Asia. Romanticism aside, Khao San is nothing but a stretch of short road, circling towards another street that houses hostels, hotels, restaurants, souvenir and tattoo shops, food carts and almost everything that will cater to a backpacker's needs.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

A Travel Experience Which will Make you Feel like a Local


As a traveler, discovering a culture up-close is one of the most wanted experiences you can pass through. These days, people world wide are looking for direct connections with locals,  returning back to basics. With the new travel initiative Withlocals, you have this opportunity. Withlocals connects locals from Asia with travelers from all over the world. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Why Go Backpacking in the Philippines?



"It's more fun in the Philippines". 

Last January 6, I was invited to the "top secret" DOT launch of its new slogan along with fellow travel bloggers; Lois, Melo, Angel, Izah and Fung Yu. It was actually my first time to enter the Department of Tourism Building and from the moment I stepped inside the room, I know that a feeling of anticipation started snowballing into what's in store for all of us that day. We all remember the highly polarized and maligned DOT slogan and logo almost a year ago, so you can't blame if people were sort of biting their fingernails on this one.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Wham Bam 3D/2N Itinerary



There is so much to do in three hours - as a number of sleazy motels suggests. What more in twenty-four hours times three? That's almost like an eternity for a traveler, as time like places, should not looked upon as a hindrance to satisfy a craving and a wonder for exploring previously undiscovered locations. Your job isn't your whole life, so email your immediate superior pronto and pencil out that coming long weekend for an "Amazing Race"-kind of trip, even in the farthest and beautiful countryside. Suck it all up and enjoy what the road can offer, because in a span of 3 Days and 2 Nights, you can experience a trip that will finally kickstart your desire to travel further. Give yourself a break, dip your feet into the water and taste the wonderful orgasmic feeling of being on the road. I'm betting my old wrist watch, you will be making another travel plans the moment you return back to sleep on your old familiar bed.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rome’s Cultural Attractions


For decades, tourists have flocked to Rome to discover the city’s rich and fascinating history, and indulge in the rich Italian way of life. This vibrant city is a cultural hub, home to an array of historical sites and cultural attractions making it one of the most popular cities in Europe, little wonder that the city is brimming with tourists. The amount of cultural hotspots in the city can seem a little overwhelming, particularly for first time visitors, so here are three cultural gems you don’t want to miss.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)



It was early in the morning when we arrived by foot at the banks of Chao Phraya River and on the west bank, opposite from the small dock we're standing, the tall imposing prang of Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) stood proud and mightily against the blue skies. To get there, we had to cross the river aboard small passenger boats. We paid an elderly woman manning the seemingly unnoticeable ticket booth, the 3.00 Baht fare for each person. We arrived at the other side after a few minutes and the temple was just starting to open, we watched as the guards were lining up and getting ready to listen to the day's instructions from their commander. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Temple Hopping at Ayutthaya



Ariadne and I woke up at around 5:30 am at our lovely hostel, the Shambara Boutique Hostel in Khao San Road, eager-beaver for our day trip to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which is situated approximately 76 kilometers north of Bangkok. We took a cab from Khao San Road to Victory Monument (81 Baht) and from there, we took a van (a spacious and comfortable Toyota Commuter - 60 Baht) for an hour trip to Ayutthaya. We arrived at Ayutthaya at around 8:30 am and started our temple hopping aboard a motorized 3-wheeler Tuk-tuk, which was driven by the middle-age woman who quickly approached us as we got off from the van. We agreed on a deal for her to take us around and visit at least 10 temples for 500 Baht. (for two persons already). 

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Breakfast at Antonio’s with the Crazies



I heave a sigh of relief when the guards asked us if we have any reservations to Antonio's Restaurant, to which Eileen answered with a negative. Earlier on the car, Lauren was saying "Ang cute, we shall have lunch at Antonio's" and I was like thinking "yeah read online that the average meal costs 1,500 pesos". I could not complain since I'm just a passenger on the car and these two lovable crazies might ask me to buy a pack of black Marlboro on a random highway store and might speed off the moment I get off. So I stayed put planning to order only a glass of iced tea and chips, if ever they serve some. We primarily went to Tagaytay for a foodtrip, but not necessarily to splurge. To think, it was a trip that started when Lauren texted me about a 1,000 peso Pampanga foodtrip challenge.

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