Bai Hotel Cebu: The Biggest Luxury Hotel Outside Manila

Posted on June 13, 2018

One of the newest places to stay in Metro Cebu is also the biggest in the entire Visayas-Mindanao region. Conveniently located in the North Reclamation Area, near both the cities of Cebu and Mandaue, the 23-storey Bai Hotel Cebu boasts a whopping 668 guestrooms and suites – making it the largest hotel outside Manila! The massive structure of steel, glass and concrete is topped by swimming pools and a rooftop lounge overlooking the entire metropolis, as far away as MactanRead More

A Heritage Tour of Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental

Posted on June 12, 2018

After attending the Kaamulan Festival, a unique celebration of ethnic diversity in Malaybalay, Bukidon over the weekend, our media group of bloggers and journalists, organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines and assisted by tour operator Earth Explorers Travel & Tours, spent the night in Cagayan de Oro City, then drove westwards, crossing the narrow mouth of Panguil Bay by car ferry to Ozamiz City in the province of Misamis Occidental. Despite being considered the gateway to northwestern MindanaoRead More

Kaamulan Festival: Tribal Revelry in Malaybalay, Bukidnon

Posted on June 11, 2018

One of the Philippine celebrations I’ve long wanted to attend is the Kaamulan Festival in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Last March 22 to 27, I finally had the opportunity to experience this cultural event as part of a media tour of Northern Mindanao, organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, under the Department of Tourism (DOT), with the assistance of Earth Explorers Travel & Tours, an outstanding tour operator based in Cagayan de Oro. This year’s festival climaxed onRead More

inchantreedoopool: A Chic Boutique Hotel Near River Kwai Bridge in Kanchanaburi

Posted on June 8, 2018

Its name may be a mouthful, but this designer hotel in Kanchanaburi, Thailand will leave you speechless. inchantreedoopool is conveniently located a short walk away from the city’s most famous landmarks, the JEATH War Museum and River Kwai Bridge popularized by the French historical fiction novel adapted into an Oscar-winning Hollywood movie. The passion project of its architect owner, this 18-room boutique hotel showcases a minimalist “contemporary-vintage” design that exudes rustic warmth with its use of unfinished concrete, brick, and, most ingeniously,Read More

Koh Larn (Coral Island), Pattaya: A Quick Island Getaway from Bangkok

Posted on June 8, 2018

The 7AM call time time by songthaew (pick-up truck) from Ibis Pattaya Hotel, a great-value stay in the middle of the city, got us queueing early along the main beach of Pattaya, a resort city just two-hour drive from Bangkok, which is now linked by affordable flights from Manila on AirAsia. Our destination for the day is Koh Larn (also known as Koh Lan or Koh Laan), a popular island getaway only 7.5 km away from the mainland. Given itsRead More

Cebu Parklane International Hotel: A Haven of Cebuano Cuisine & Hospitality

Posted on June 6, 2018

Located at a busy intersection near Cebu Business Park, Cebu Parklane International Hotel may be right in the middle of the action, but a convenient location isn’t only the thing that’s happening for this locally-owned hotel designed for both business and leisure travelers. While it has the polished look of a contemporary world-class hotel, what I really liked about this midrange hotel is how the interiors reflect Cebuano heritage and culture, as seen in the lobby diorama and murals of famousRead More

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