Category: Philippines

Manila

We had another two nights in Manila before leaving the country and booked a nice hotel in the old part of the city called Intramuros (because it’s a walled city within the city). Manila – a city of more than 11 million people – is one of those cities...
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Fantastic Rice Terraces of Banaue

Once we had arrived in Manila we headed straight for the bus terminal to get our tickets for the ride to Banaue in the Cordilleras region of Luzon. The few hours till our night bus left were killed in a nearby shopping center. The amount of people frequenting the...
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Sabang Underground River

We left El Nido by mini-van which was slightly more expensive than the big Roro-bus we had taken to get to El Nido but was also about twice as fast. About five hours later we arrived in the little town of Sabang. Besides two luxury hotels there were plenty...
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Palawan Paradise

A one hour flight with Cebu Pacific brought us to Puerto Princesa which is the main city of the Island of Palawan. We booked two nights at Tres Inn which was a bit outside the city center. The next day we wanted to do some sightseeing. First stop was...
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Relaxing in Siquijor

After a bit of planning we decided to continue our Philippines advent further south and headed for Dumaguete on Negros Island. So first we had to take a bus to the nearby ferry terminal at Liolan (what a tongue twister). Twenty minutes later we arrived at Sibulan from where...
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Whale Shark Watching in Oslob

Our travel companions flew back to Iloilo in the early morning and we had to the extend our visa before we could move on. Unfortunately the Philippines only allow you to stay for 21 days with the initial visa on arrival – which is way too short to explore ...
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Cebu City

The next morning we headed back to Cebu City where we stayed for two days at the Pensionne La Florentina. The accommodation was quite old and we suspected bed bugs infected (but then as a backpacker one is getting used to sleep under all kind of circumstances). The rest...
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Bohol

It was time to say good-bye to Boracay as we were supposed to meet Helen and her nieces Michelle and Jean again in Cebu City. After a ferry ride back to Caticlan we took a bus for the two hours ride to Kalibo (from where the flights were about...
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Not Bored at all in Boracay

The day started early at 4:30 AM as we wanted to go to Boracay and it also started quite badly for Kevin. He took a misstep on the path to the main road and sprained his ankle. Things gotten worse as he fainted a bit later – probably as...
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It’s more Fun in the Philippines

Hello again – after a month in Singapore where we caught up on some personal and business matters and even manged a trip to the gambler paradise of Genting Highlands, we are once again on the road. The second part of our year long trip will start with a...
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