Southeast Asia

Inle Lake: Myanmar’s Aquatic Shangri-la

Posted on October 5, 2011

Wooden footbridge at Maing Thauk Mrs. Soe, the motherly owner of Queen Inn, sent us off on a day tour – as with most Burmese we encountered in our journey – with the warmest congeniality matched with a familial smile at the wooden dock next to the guesthouse along the river canal that led away from the township of Nyaung Shwe. My friends and I were on a week-long backpacking trip, racing around Myanmar’s so-called “Big Four”: the tourist hotspotsRead More

Traveling Easy in Singapore with VISA Debit Card [SP]

Posted on September 30, 2011

Before my two-week trip to India last summer, one of my biggest concerns was in what form I should take my money. Should I bring cash, credit or traveler’s check? I decided to take them all with me, missing out on another convenient option: paying in debit. A business-slash-leisure trip last week to Singapore gave me the opportunity to try VISA Debit, my blog’s first sponsor, while traveling for the very first time. With the VISA logo, your ATM cardRead More

Jakarta Jaunt

Posted on August 19, 2011

Schooners moored at Sunda Kelapa, as they have since colonial times Like Manila, Jakarta suffers from an image problem. Tourists would rather skip this polluted, poverty-ridden and “dangerous” Southeast Asian megacity and scoot off to the cultural heart of Yogyakarta or the resort island of Bali, just as Philippine visitors would rather spend more time frolicking in Cordillera, Boracay, or Palawan. Nonetheless, Jakarta, like most Asian megacities, is an exciting primer to the country’s diverse culture, food and everyday life.Read More

Ko Kret: Bangkok’s Island Getaway

Posted on August 2, 2011

Bangkok is an urbanite’s dream. But when one needs to tune out from the backpacker abandon of Khao San, or the manic consumerism of Chatuchak or even the irresistibly neon fantasies of Patpong, there’s an “island” oasis upriver where, surprisingly, rural life still rolls by at a relaxing pace. Ko Kret is best explored on two wheels! To start with, Ko Kret (Koh Kred), the island I’m taking about wasn’t an island until the late 17th century when a canalRead More

Burma Basics: Big Four in Seven Days – An Itinerary

Posted on July 13, 2011

Taking advantage of overnight trip aboard private buses, this packed itinerary will reward you with the best sights around Burma’s ‘Big Four’ – Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake – in only a week. Yangon and Mandalay can each be explored in a day, so we spent more time in Bagan and Inle Lake which is best enjoyed when you take your time. We didn’t want to spend a night in Yangon so we booked the bus for Bagan daysRead More

Burma Basics: Visa Application, Money Matters & Getting There

Posted on July 12, 2011

Sule Paya glows behind the gloomy atmosphere in central Yangon (Rangoon) IS IT ETHICAL TO VISIT BURMA? Read up on Lonely Planet’s free chapter to help you decide. VISA MATTERS: Filipinos need a visa to visit Myanmar. Visit the embassy: 8th Floor, Gervasia Corporation Centre, 152 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. Tel. Nos.: +632 893-1944 or +632 812-3644. Requirements: application form (get hard copy from the embassy), 2 hardcopy passport photos (white background), 1 CD containing a soft copyRead More