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Maldives: The Good and Bad

Maldives: The Good and Bad

Many travel sites have been suggesting that the Maldives is one of the “in” places to spend a tropical vacation. One travel blogger from BoardingArea.com spends some time in the Maldives after numerous suggestions from readers and she has these to say: The superficial – “The Maldives… is a bit like most Miss America contestants–absolutely […]

Going to Boracay Island

Going to Boracay Island

Avid travelers have been advised never to miss Boracay Island, a tiny piece of paradise located in Central Philippines that has been known for its low and quiet tides that are ideal for swimming, powder-white sand, and an amazing variety of amenities and entertainment.  Getting there, however, provides a challenge even for seasoned adventurers. Aside from the usual “by air” method, there are many ways to get into Boracay Island.  Here are some of the options.By air and seaThe main port of entry …

Where to Go in Boracay Island

Where to Go in Boracay Island

Even though Boracay Island in Central Philippines is a small stretch of land, it has a myriad of possibilities. You can have your piece of quiet paradise or enjoy the pulsating rhythms until the wee hours. Here are some of the recommended areas and venues when coming to Boracay. White BeachThis stretch of powdery white sand is where most tourists go. Not only it has a vast sand area where you can never run out of space to lay your towel and sunbathe yourself, it is also the island’s commercial a…

Dili, East Timor Travel Guide

Dili, East Timor Travel Guide

In one of the tiniest countries in Asia, its capital city is rising from the ashes by inviting weary travelers to take a dive deep into their majestic coral reefs.  Coming to the charming seaside city of Dili in East Timor, you may still see the ruins left by past conflicts when the former Portuguese colony declared independence from Indonesia in 2002. Squeezed along the narrow plains between the Timor Island and Ombai Strait, Dili was a backwater even during colonial times, being in a remote co…

Shandong Province Itinerary

Shandong Province Itinerary

Shandong Province in the eastern part of China is famed for its being one of the birthplaces of the Chinese civilization. It was home to the great philosopher Confucius. It is also known for its interesting customs and beautiful sites. The moment you set foot in the province you’ll be overwhelmed by its one-of-a-kind offering. Read on to have an idea for your itinerary when you visit Shandong.Day 1 Shandong Province’s capital, Ji’nan, is the first stop. Wake up early in the morning and take a bu…

Lord Howe Island: A Timeless Paradise

Lord Howe Island: A Timeless Paradise

Lord Howe Island holds the distinction of being the most beautiful island in the Pacific. Less than two hours by plane from Sydney or Brisbane, it is an island of pristine sand beaches, crystal clear water, and the southernmost coral reef in the world. It also boasts natural forests that are home to a variety of animals, some of them listed as endangered species. Here are some of the many activities you must do in the island. Surfing, swimming, and scuba divingThe pace in Lord Howe Island is rel…

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

If you are spending your holidays in April, Japan is a great choice as the much-awaited cherry blossom viewing season is at its peak. Cherry blossom festivals in Japan are a feast for the senses. Here you will get to experience exquisite tea ceremonies, watch traditional Japanese dance or music performance, and sample delicious Japanese foods while viewing the delicate white and pink blossoms. It is the time of the year when Japan’s time-honored culture and traditions are celebrated best.Locally…

Places to Visit in Nepal

Places to Visit in Nepal

That Nepal is one of the most amazing destinations on the planet is not surprising. With its exotic wildlife, lush jungles, diverse people, and rich culture, this lovely Himalayan Kingdom of high mountains and deep valleys is the dream destination for many holiday travelers. Nepal is the land of the sublime, the magical, the ethereal, and the surprising. The Hill region, also known as Pahadi Bheg, is considered by locals as the heart of Nepal. Found in this region are the fertile valleys of Kath…

Yunnan Province of Beauty

Yunnan Province of Beauty

In the southwest region of China lies a land that they say we can find “The Beautiful Clouds in the South.” The province of Yunnan-situated near Vietnam, Laos, and Burma-was listed as one of the best travel destinations for 2009 by prominent travel guide The Lonely Planet.Yunnan prides itself of having the richest landscape in the Far East, from alpine mountain ranges to tropical rainforests. Because of this very diverse topography, Yunnan is also home to the greatest number of plant species in …

Saint Martins Island, Bangladesh Tropical Secret

Saint Martins Island, Bangladesh Tropical Secret

We have always pictured the south Asian country of Bangladesh as cyclone-prone and highly chaotic, but this country actually holds a secret destination that travelers love to discover.About 10 kilometers southwest of the southern tip of the mainland, one will find Bangladesh’s only coral island: Saint Martins Island. Simply called “Coconut Island” by the locals, this coconut-fringed island is a clean and peaceful place where you can do absolutely nothing but to lie on the beach and get a tan.It …