Travel Guide: Bataan

The province of Bataan is best known for its historical and cultural attractions. The Battle of Bataan is famous for being one of the last stands of American and Filipino soldiers before they were overwhelmed by the Japanese forces during World War II. The Bataan Death March, where the infamous march started, was also named after the province.

But aside from its historical sites, Bataan is a rising eco-tourism destination with beaches, mountains, turtle sanctuaries, bird-watching sites, springs and waterfalls. Bataan lies within two major peaks, Mount Natib and Mount Mariveles, which are ideal destinations for adventure-seekers. If you’re a mountain biker or hiker, you’ll want to check out the natural trails that Bataan has to offer. Continue reading

Extra Special Bus Trip from Bicol

Riding the bus from Naga City in Bicol to Manila is usually just an ordinary chore for my family. I grew up in Naga City and have become used to the 10-12 hour long bus rides going back and forth to Manila. I’m based now in Manila, but still go back to my hometown several times a year. My parents who have relocated there, travel even more frequently on the bus. Because of the hassle of going to and from the airport, we prefer taking the bus from Cubao rather than taking the plane to Naga. Night rides are the most convenient. I hop on the overnight bus, just sleep and then wake up in my destination the next morning.


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10 Weekend Getaways Near Manila

The beauty of the Philippines really shines in other provinces and islands. Destinations like Palawan, Cebu, Bohol and Boracay are top draws for foreign tourists. However, many international travelers have to travel through Metro Manila, the capital and main gateway to many of the other destinations before they can get there.

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Road Trip Itinerary: North East Samar Loop

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My solo ride around Samar Island has been one of the most memorable rides I’ve done this year. I got to traverse through three provinces of (Western) Samar, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. Since it’s the third largest island in the Philippines, it’s is a bit challenging getting around by public transportation. The main cities are geographically located far from each other and vans and jeeps don’t leave regularly. Usually, you have to wait for public transport vehicles to get filled up with passengers, so getting from one place to another usually requires a lot of waiting time. Since my main purpose was sightseeing and ease of access getting around, I thought I could cover more ground on a motorbike.

For riders just after a pure straight ride minus all the activities and sightseeing, they could probably loop the whole area I covered in a day. I allotted four days for this because I prefer driving only 4-5 hrs a day in the morning, so I have more time to enjoy the place and chill out in the afternoon.

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Gear Review: Maz Brasil Sneakers

Whenever I travel, I always pick comfort over style. For the airport, city tours and general travel, I usually opt for sneakers or comfortable shoes rather than more stylish high heels or sandals. It always helps to be wearing something easy to take on and off, won’t keep your feet cramped and are easy to walk around in the whole day. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort with the fun sneaker options available from Maz Brasil Philippines.

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Stay connected abroad with Smart’s RoamFree app

Before smartphones and travel apps, part of the adventure of exploring new places abroad was getting lost. Relying on paper maps or directions from locals, trying to decipher foreign public transport systems, and miscommunication with taxi drivers due to language barriers were just everyday occurrences.

These days, travel apps like Uber, Google Maps and Booking have made traveling around so much easier. With the proper apps, you can easily check in your flights, find the best places to eat, book your hotel accommodations, find transport to get around, meet up with locals, get discounts and coupons, reserve tickets to attractions without lining up. You basically have all the travel tools you need right at your fingertips for a hassle-free getaway.

READ MORE: 10 Useful Apps for Travel

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Crazy Jump Day 2017 with AirAsia and AJ Hackett Macau

Participants dressed up as a Thai boxer, a crocodile hunter & a “sumo wrestler from Mexico” emerged as the grand winners for the seventh Crazy Jump Day, an annual costumed bungy jumping competition organised by the world’s top adventure tourism company AJ Hackett and powered by the world’s best low-cost airline AirAsia.

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Craft Beers in the Philippines

A revolution is definitely brewing in the craft beer scene here in the Philippines. It seems that in the past few years, there’s been a boom in local microbreweries. According to the Philippine Craft Beer Community as of 2017, there are at least 36 local breweries: 12 Craft Brewpubs and 24 Nano / Microbreweries with over 250+ Craft Beer Styles in the Philippines.

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If you’re a craft beer enthusiast or you want to try something new, here are some homegrown microbreweries and beers that you should look out for when you travel around the Philippines. Here’s where you can find them by geographical location or where they originated (NOTE: List updated as of December 1, 2017 with new beers sold during the MNL Craft Beer Festival):

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A Wanderlust Weekend in Tokyo

A weekend in Tokyo is such a treat. This is a city of contrasts that collide beautifully together: sprawling skyscrapers sit side by side with ancient shrines, historic parklands blend into a backdrop of futuristic architecture and cutting-edge technology works in harmony with traditional customs. Discovering Japan’s capital can take years, but with a weekend to spare, start with the highlights.

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Luxury Lovers’ Guide to Bali

The very word Bali, evokes visions of paradise and luxury, and the reality lives up to that reputation. It is packed with incredible upscale experiences, from hotels, to dining, to spas, to tours.

Planning a visit to Bali and want to make sure you take in the best of the luxury experiences that the island has to offer? Read on for our guide on where to go, what to do and what to see.

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