Guide to Visiting Bahay na Bato Open Gallery in Luna, La Union

After seven years, I finally got to visit Bahay na Bato La Union again last weekend. Bahay na Bato is located in Luna, La Union, and was originally built as a rest house of Dr. Edison and Dr. Purita Noble in 2000. The couple commissioned Korean stone and wood sculptor Bong Kim in building and …

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Where to Stay in Baguio: City Center Hotel

Are you planning on a weekend getaway to the Summer Capital of the Philippines? Wondering where to stay in Baguio? I highly recommend City Center Hotel. It is located in the heart of the city, a relatively cheap hotel near Burnham Park. It has comfortable rooms and is newer than most hotels in Baguio. Last …

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Mt. Yangbew

Mt. Yangbew and Mt. Kalugong Hike: Easy Day Hikes from Baguio or La Union

If you are in Baguio and looking for something other than visiting the usual tourist spots like Burnham Park, Mines View Park, or Camp John Hay, why not go hiking in nearby La Trinidad? Mt. Yangbew and Mt. Kalugong Hike are easy day hikes that you can do from Baguio or even La Union. The …

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John Suwan Viewpoint

John Suwan Viewpoint, Koh Tao: Guide to Hiking Solo

One of the things you shouldn’t miss when you visit Koh Tao in Thailand is the John Suwan Viewpoint. Located on the island’s southern tip, it is the most stunning viewpoint on Koh Tao. John Suwan viewpoint offers a perfect panoramic view of the whole of Chalok Baan Kao and Thian Og Bay. The viewpoint …

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entry requirements to the Philippines

Entry Requirements to the Philippines and How to Register in the eTravel Platform

Although the Philippines has eased its entry requirements, travelers to the Philippines are still required to comply with some conditions. Pre-departure tests are no longer required for fully vaccinated Filipino and foreign travelers. Also, the One Health Pass was recently replaced with a new eTravel platform. Aside from the applicable visa requirements, as of this …

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How to Get from Phuket to Koh Tao, Thailand

Ever since I joined the Facebook Group Southeast Asia Backpacking many years ago, I’ve been reading a lot about Koh Tao. Fellow backpackers keep recommending it, and I’ve been reading comments like “skip Phuket and go to Koh Tao instead”. Koh Tao is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand, so small that when …

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