Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Quick Guide: Peterhof Palace

Saint Petersburg is one of my favorite cities so far, it has a mix of old and new with many buildings that represented a design aesthetic of its epoch and palaces turned into museums. I also had this impression that the entire city is one big museum. During my visit, I went on a day trip to Peterhof Palace.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Travel Guide: Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake is arguably one of the most beautiful parks I've seen in Asia. It takes a lot of time and effort to get there, but is definitely worth it. My friend and I should've stayed longer, but there's always next time. Here's a guide for your planned trip.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Travel Guide: Okayama

Okayama was on my itinerary during my return trip to Kansai, I was unable to go last time because of time constraints. However, this trip I made sure to finally visit the city and its nearby attractions. It was only a day trip, but it gave me a glimpse of what else to expect, if ever I decide to return.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Visit These Attractions with Your JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass

Japan offers different kinds of passes and cards to make traveling within regions and across the country easier for foreign visitors. One of the options you have when you visit the country is the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass. This allows you to explore Kansai and other areas. I used this pass recently and came up with a list of places you can include in your itinerary.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Travel Guide: Heavenly Lake, Xinjiang

I was in Urumqi for a couple of days and was considering going to Tianchi or Heavenly Lake. There were a lot of negative reviews about it. Since I was running out of things to do, I decided to go anyway. I had apprehensions, but when I got to see the lake, I felt it was worth it.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Travel Guide: Vladimir, Russia

I was in Russia for almost a month and one of my stops was Vladimir, the latter is one of the Golden Ring Cities. I was looking for a small town vibe away from the bustling city of Moscow, and I got just what I was looking for with my trip here.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Commom Long Term Travel Problems

Long term travel has may perks; you'll stay longer in certain places which means you get to know more about the people and culture, you'll have the opportunity to set routines and make friends with the locals just to name a few advantages. However, despite all of these, you may still encounter some problems.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Drifting Down the River in Trang An

Ninh Binh has beautiful landscapes and a countryside that reminded me of home. I rented a motorcycle with driver to see what this part of Vietnam had to offer. One of the places on my itinerary was Trang An. The latter is best explored by going on a boat ride down the river.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Visit to Van Long

I was in Ninh Binh for a couple of days and was looking for places to visit. I stumbled upon Van Long Nature Reserve as I was browsing pictures and websites. I was sold and decided to include it in my itinerary.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Travel Guide: Suwon Fortress, South Korea

Suwon is a destination you can visit as a day tour from Seoul. I was deciding between this place and Nami Island, and ended up going to the former instead.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Riding to Hang Mua, Vietnam

Hang Mua was one of the places I went to while exploring Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam. It was an overcast and humid day, but I didn't let the bad weather ruin my trip.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Travel Guide: Persepolis, Iran

I visited Iran and one of the places I went to was Shiraz; the latter is the jump-off point for day trips to Persepolis. The ancient city is in ruins, but its legend goes beyond the borders of the country. It was amazing to see it even in its ruinous state.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Experiencing Kindness at Ta'er Monastery, Xining

I had some time before my train departed from Xining. After exploring Qinghai Lake, I decided to visit Ta'er Monastery.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Travel Guide: Chongqing

Chongqing has such a large population. In some cases, more people live in it than entire countries' populations. I visited this gigantic metropolis twice during a handful of trips to China. I didn't do much the first time around because I was just passing through. On the second visit, I made a couple of day trips to see more of the region.

I made a guide on what to do, how much you might spend and how to get in and out of Chongqing, based on my experiences.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Travel Guide: Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China in many ways such as economic, political, cultural and historical. This makes it a premier tourist destination. Some would even go as far as saying that if you've been to China but never visited Beijing, you've never been to the country at all (IMO this is debatable as I've been to other regions). The city is most likely the first stop of many that visit.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

The Temple of Heaven is a popular attraction while exploring Beijing. The temple is a huge complex with a park and ancient but well-maintained structures. It is a good place to stroll around in and learn more about the country's culture and history.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Quick Travel Guide: Summer Palace, Beijing

The Summer Palace is one of the destinations you can visit during your trip to Beijing. It is a cultural and historical attraction that provides visitors with a glimpse of the country's glorious past.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Travel Guide: Pingyao, China

Pingyao has an old town that is centuries old; I decided to visit it and do some time traveling. The walled city was a mix of old and new. Fortunately, it was low season during my visit as I saw parts of the town that barely had any people in it.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Travel Guide: Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing

I was in Chongqing again and looking for more things to do, as I was browsing, I found out about the ancient rock carvings in Dazu. After reading more about it I decided to include it in my itinerary.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Travel Guide: Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a chill and laid back destination in Laos' northern region. I was in the former for a few days (back in June 2017, late post haha) because I wanted to see the old town and Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Luang Prabang is budget-friendly and is along the popular route while traveling around Southeast Asia.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Travel Guide: Three Natural Bridges, Chongqing

The Three Natural Bridges in Wulong is one of the places you can visit as a day trip from Chongqing. These wonders of nature are a sight to behold. The bridges are also part of the Wulong Karst National Geology Park.

Friday, June 22, 2018

How to Get Visa on Arrival for Iran

Iran is a country that is rising on bucket lists. The allure of culture and history around it, and the common misconceptions waiting to be debunked make it an attractive destination to some. I went to the country recently (April 2018) to explore and discover what it has to offer. Fortunately, Filipinos can get a visa-on-arrival at select airports, my port of entry was Tehran.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Travel Guide: Xi'An

Xi'An is an interesting city that has centuries of history under its belt. It was one of my stops during a trip to China last year (2017). There was a mix of old and new as I explored the bustling metropolis.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Top Places to Visit while in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar is Mongolia's capital; most people visit the country and leave the city as soon as possible. If you have a few days to spare or only have a limited time, there are a couple of things you can do during your stay.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Travel Guide: Mongolia

I was in Mongolia for around two weeks; went camping and stayed a little too long in the capital (I was waiting for others to share expenses with for camping). I wanted to visit more places, but it got way too cold and didn't have enough time, maybe I'll return during the warmer months in the future.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Travel Guide: Shifen

One of the places you can visit during your stay in Taipei is Shifen. The latter is an interesting place to visit because of the food, and historical and natural attractions.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Travel Guide: Biliran Itinerary and Expenses

I squeezed in a trip to Biliran after a writing assignment in Samar. The province is a nice, laid back and idyllic place to visit. Sambawan Island has a beautiful overlooking view of the cove and the rock formations and the waterfalls are good places to hang out in.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Iran's Beautiful Mosques

I went to Iran with no expectations, as I went to some cities during my short stay, I visited some mosques and found them beautiful. These are more than just places of worship, walking into one provides a glimpse of the country's storied past, culture and daily life.

Here are the beautiful mosques I went to during my trip.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Way Back: The White Mountains in Mongolia

Our trip to the Gobi Desert was about to come to an end, before we returned to the big city, we made a stop at the White Mountain.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Into The Gobi Desert

Our main destination for the camping trip in Mongolia was the Gobi Desert. It took a few days through scenic landscapes, extreme weather and long van rides, but it was definitely worth it.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Travel Guide: Longshuixia in Wulong, Chongqing

The first time I went to Chongqing, I wasn't able to do much because I was simply passing through. I made sure that upon my return I went to some of the attractions within and without one of the biggest cities in China. One of my stops during my visit was Longshuixia Fissure Gorge in Wulong.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Journey to the Gobi Desert: Rock Formations

The total number of days of the trip was seven, I was excited to finally begin the journey; I had to wait for a few days before starting my camping trip in Mongolia. It was too expensive to do things on my own, so I waited for other people who planned to do the same thing. Luckily, I met other travelers that came from Russia and wanted to do the same trip to the desert.

Our first stop was the Rock Formations.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Travel Guide: Qinghai Lake

Qinghai is a beautiful region that requires more time to explore because of the many places you can visit. During my trip to the region, I decided to go to the famous Qinghai Lake.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Journey to the Gobi Desert: Yolyn Am

Yolyn Am was part of our itinerary during our trip to the Gobi Desert. The area has a beautiful and rugged landscape that has one of the best sunrises I've seen. The longish road trip to it was worth it as well because of the views.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Chasing Waterfalls in Biliran:

Biliran is an underrated province that has yet to reach its potential. Other than Sambawan Island, you can visit the many waterfalls that are in the region. During my recent trip, I was only able to see two, Ulan-Ulan and Tinago Falls.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Travel Guide: Sambawan Island

Biliran is one of the places I wanted to visit for some time now, and I finally got the chance to do so during my recent trip to Tacloban. Sambawan Island was on my itinerary, I decided to visit during my second day in the province.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Travel Guide: Terracotta Warriors

One of the most popular attractions in China is the Terracotta Army. These statues have withstood the test of time and provide a glimpse to the country's storied past.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Colorful Stobosa Houses in Benguet

I had some time to visit the colorful Stobosa houses in Benguet during my trip to Baguio. I've heard of this from friends and social media posts. It piqued my curiosity, and I finally got the chance to see the homes up close.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Top Things to Do in Taipei

Taipei is a bustling city that has plenty to offer, from day trips to attractions just outside the metropolis, cultural and historical destinations and markets for shoppers and foodies.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

A Trip to Kuang Si Falls

I was in Luang Prabang for a couple of days, so I decided to visit one of its most popular attractions --- Kuang Si Falls. I decided to just join a tour offered by the many agencies in town. You could get there on your own, but I just didn't want the hassle.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Journey to the Gobi Desert: The Flaming Cliffs

I went on a 7-days trip from Ulaanbaatar to the Gobi Desert with stops in between. One of the places included in our itinerary is Bayanzag or also known as the Flaming Cliffs.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Glimpse of the Past in Las Casas

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar has been on my travel radar for a while, I finally had the opportunity to explore this quaint town where many heritage houses are being restored and rebuilt.