Filipino Food Guide

Food in the Philippines is in our opinion, not great compared to other asian countries we have visited.. They say the reason for this is the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines which was then taken over by the Americans.  You would also think there would be great options for vegetarians and vegan but again there isn’t unless you want to spend more money and head to the western style restaurants. Having said that, there is tones of Spanish and American influence within their food.

 

Foodie Words worth knowing

Ginataan means cooked in coconut milk.

Kilawimn means raw or vinegared seafood.

Inihaw means grilled meat or fish.

Maanghang means spicy.

 

Types of food

 

Adobo - filipino food guide

Adobo – National dish which is either chicken or pork or sometimes both. It is marinated in vinegar and garlic and stewed till tender.

 

Adobong Pusit - filipino food guide

Adobong Pusit – Squid or cuttlefish cooked adobo style.

 

Arróz caldo

Arróz caldo – Spanish style thick rice soup with chicken, garlic, ginger and onions.

 

puppy

Aso – Dog….Normally eaten by the North Luzon hill tribes. I hope this photo makes you feel sad for all the stray puppies in the Philippines.

 

Batchoy

Batchoy – Broth containing onion, rice noodles, beef, pork and liver.

 

duck egg

Balút – Boiled duck egg containing a partially formed embryo.

 

Bibingka

Bibingka – Sweet coconut cake.

 

Biko

Biko– Sweet sticky rice.

 

Chicharon

Calamares/Chicharon – Crispy fried squid.

 

Crispy Pata

Crispy Pata – Deep fried pork hock or knuckles.

 

Dessert Lumpia

Dessert Lumpia- sweetened bananas baked in lumpia wrappers, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate.

Goto

Goto – Rice porridge made with pork or beef innards.

 

Halo Halo

Halo-Halo – Fruit Preserves served in shaved ice and milk.

 

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Kaldereta- Hearty meat stew with potatoes, peppers and liver sauce.

 

KARE KARE

Kare-Kare – Oxtail Stew.

 

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Leche Flan – Caramel Custard.

 

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Lechón – Spit roast whole pig served with liver sauce.

 

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Lechón Kawali – Crispy fried pork.

 

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Longganisa – Filipino sausage.

 

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Lomi- Noodle dish.

 

Spring Rolls

Lumpia – Spring rolls filled with either meat or vegetables.

 

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Mami- Noodle soup

 

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Menudo – Pork bits sautéed with garlic and onion and usually garnished with sliced hot dog.

 

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Pansit Bihon – Thick or thin noodle soup

 

Pinakbét

Pinakbét – Mixed veg stew

 

Rellenong Bangus

Pochero – Hotpot of beef. chicken, pork, Spanish sausage and vegetables, principally cabbage.

 

Rellenong Bangus

Rellenong Bangus – Fried stuffed milkfish.

 

Pork Sisig

Pork Sisig – Pork parts (often: head, liver, cheeks) mixed with onions, chiles, citrus, and egg.

 

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Tapsilog – A modern compound combining three words: Tapa (dried beef), Sinangag (Garlic fried rice), and itlog (Fried Egg) usually eaten for breakfast.

 

Tocino

Tocino – sweetened Cured pork 

 

Sinigang

Sinigang – Hot and sour soup.

 

Ukoy

Ukoy- Crispy shrimp fritters with tangy vinegar dipping sauce.

Fast Food

Filipinos love fast food and sometimes that is the only air-conditioned place around. Jollibee is their version of McDonald’s and the locals favourite. Many tourists opt for the traditional Mcdonalds/Subway or Greenwich Pizza.

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Street Food 

The cheapest option to eat in the Philippines is to try out street food. Many cities have BBQ stands down little streets with hundreds of meat on skewers for you to choose from. These can be as cheap as £0.040 a stick. We tried out many different types of chicken which were all delicious.

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10 Things you didn’t know about the Philippines

1.It is Illegal to kill Turtles in the Philippines

Turtles in the Philippines - 10 things you didnt know about the Philippines!

Under Philippine and international law, it is illegal to capture and kill sea turtles and to trade in sea turtle by-products. Click here to find out where to see turtles for free!

2. The Philippines produces 153,532,000 Tonnes of coconuts a year, making it the worlds second largest producer of the fruit.

Palm Trees - 10 things you didnt know about the Philippines!

The Philippines is the world’s second largest producer of coconuts. It was previously the world’s largest producer before being overtaken by Indonesia. Luzon, Southern Mindanao, and the Eastern Visayas are a few of the country’s most prominent locations for coconut producing.

3.Manilla was one of the cities which suffered the most damage during WWII.

Manila 1940 - 10 things you didnt know about the Philippines!

Other cities included Warsaw, Hiroshima and Hamburg. The United States of America controlled the Philippines at the time and possessed important military bases there. It was bombed 9 hours after Pearl Harbour.  There are many walking tours of the city to learn about its history during the war. 

4. Inception of Lakes

Island of Luzon - 10 things you didnt know about the Philippines!

The Philippine island of Luzon has a lake. The Lake contains an island, this island contains a lake, and this lake contains another island!

5. There are currently 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines

  • Baroque Churches of the Philippines. Located in Manila, Santa Maria, Paoay and Miag-ao.)

Baroque Churches of the Philippines - 10 things you didnt know about the Philippines!

  • Historic Town of Vigan. Vigan is located at the river delta of Abra River, along the northwestern coastline of the main island of Luzon, in the Province of Ilocos Sur

Historic Town of Vigan - 10 Things you didn't know about the Philippines

  • Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The river is 8km long however tourists are only able to travel 1km into the river. This was also named one of the new ‘ 7 wonders of Nature’ in 2011. This Site is commonly refered to as the ‘Underground River’. The Cave dome inside measures around 300m in length, which is filled with deep water holes and river channels.  Located on the island of Palawan, between Puerto Princesca and El Nido.

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park - 10 Things you didn't know about the Philippines

  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are occasionally called the “Eighth Wonder of the World. Located  Nueva Vizcaya – Ifugao – Mountain Province Rd, Banaue, Ifugao.

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras - 10 Things you didn't know about the Philippines

  • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the middle of the Sulu Sea

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park - 10 Things you didn't know about the Philippines

  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. Forming a mountain ridge running north-south along the Pujada Peninsula in the south-eastern part of the Eastern Mindanao Biodiversity Corridor, the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation range of 75–1,637 m above sea level and provides critical habitat for a range of plant and animal species. Location: Mindanao.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

6. The most beautiful country in the world

Beauty Pagent

The following is a list of Philippines’ official placements at the Big Four international beauty pageants, considered the most important in the world. Philippines has won in all four pageants with a total of fourteen victories:

  • Three — Miss Universe crowns (1969 • 1973 • 2015)
  • One — Miss World crown (2013)
  • Six — Miss International crowns (1964 • 1970 • 1979 • 2005 • 2013 • 2016)
  • Four — Miss Earth crowns (2008 • 2014 • 2015 • 2017)

7. Worlds Biggest Snake

10 things you didn't know about the Philippines

The Philippines is home to the world’s longest snake, the Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus), which also happens to be the world’s longest reptile. It can grow to 28.5 feet (8.7 m)

8. It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez

It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez

Move over Kim, the Philippines has their very own version of the Kardashians, The Gutierrez family. The reality show follows the dramatic lives of the Filipino showbiz family. There’s former beauty queen Ruffa and her twin brothers – one’s an actor and the other is a funny/fashionista type, and their parents – Eddie, a ‘matinee idol’ and Annabelle, the classic ‘momager’ slash aspiring politician.

9. Balut – A local delicacy

Balut - A local delicacy

Balut is street food eaten all across the Philippines. A balut is a fertilised bird egg (usually a duck) which is incubated for a period of 14 to 21 days depending on the local culture and then boiled or steamed. The contents are eaten directly from the shell. Balut that are incubated for longer periods have well-developed embryo and the features of the duckling are recognizable.

The eating of balut is controversial due to religious, animal welfare, and human health concerns.

10. The famous Leonardo DiCaprio film ‘The Beach’ was written about El Nido in the Philippines!

The Beach

Hundreds of backpackers flock to Maya Bay in Thailand to set foot on the sand which the film ‘The Beach’ was filmed. Little do they know, the book was based on the author, Alex Garland, experiences living in the Philippines. The Krabi  Province is much more developed than El Nido and much more accessable, which is why the film was shot there. Both places are very simular, both have lagoons, crystal clear waters and of course, hundreds of tourists. El Nido was only discovered by the outside world in the 90’s! 

Can you tell the difference between Krabi and El Nido below?

Krabi - 11 Things you didn't know about the philippines
Krabi, Thailand
Krabi, Maya Bay - 11 Things you didn't know about the philippines
Krabi, Maya Bay, Thailand 
El Nido, Philippines - 11 Things you didn't know about the philippines
El Nido, Philippines
El Nido, Philippines - 11 Things you didn't know about the philippines
El Nido, Philippines

 

 

Gifts for Female Travellers

I know its 2018 and we are meant to be gender fluid, but the beauty of two of us writing these blog posts is having both genders in mind. We will make a post dedicated to Male Travelers, so they don’t get upset. As Milly is writing this blog post, this ones just for us girls!

Someone you know about to jet off to a tropical place far away? Someone at work leaving and you have been put in charge of arranging the present? It can be difficult to know what someone will need when travelling, not to mention something that will be practical and fit in their bag. No drama, after having a few leaving do’s I have made a list of the best things you could buy someone who is about to be living out of a suitcase for a while.

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1.Travel Wallet from Kikki K 

Travel Wallet - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

I use this every single time I am on the move. It comes in so handy as I have a small rucksack I don’t have to keep taking on and off when I need to present my Passport or boarding pass at airports. It has enough storage to keep important documents, passport, boarding pass, currency and credit cards. You can also get Monogramming done on all of their products for a personal touch. 

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2. Luggage Tag 

Luggage Tag - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Who doesn’t love to match? Also from Kikki K you can purchase a leather Luggage Tag which can also be personalised with initials. There is nothing worse than going to Thailand and seeing 10 of the same bags come round on the conveyor belt at the airport and not being able to work out if its yours or not. 

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3. Instax Mini Polaroid Camera

Instax Mini polaroid Camera - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

 

This camera has come in so handy for my travels! I don’t always want the typical selfie or standard photo on my phone. Having this Polaroid gives my pictures a unique edge to my photos. I like having a hard copy of my photo instantly not to mention it comes in my favourite colour..have you guessed what that is yet?

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You can also get the accessory kit which comes with a camera bag, a photo frame and a photo album perfect for storing all of your Polaroids. 

Instax Mini polaroid Camera Kit- 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This is the cheapest I have found film for on the high street or online –> here.

 

4. Chilly Bottle 

Chilly Bottle - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

There is nothing more annoying when you are out all day exploring a new place and you’re miles away from any shops and your water is warm. Chilly Bottles keep water cold for 24 hours and will keep hot drinks warm for 12 hours. They come in different sizes and colours so there is a style to suit everyone. Speaking as someone who lives off of Diet Coke, having this water bottle makes me drink so much more water than I normally would. It’s bad to admit but I used to never drink water, now I don’t go anywhere without my Chilly!

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5. Passport Cover

Passport Cover - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This one may be cliché but if you can’t buy your friend something that screams ‘traveller’ when they are actually going travelling, then when can you?

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6. Bucket List Book

Bucket List Journal - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This is one for the stationary lovers like my self. My best friend brought me this book and it is amazing. It has pages like the one shown above which you can write down things on your bucket list and gives you the option to tick them off and write down details about each one. It also has doodle pages, quotes and so on. It’s a great present which is so unique and personal to someone who might spend large amounts of time on their own, on planes or busses with lots of time to write things down without doing the whole ‘dear diary’.

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7.  Emergency Essentials Kit

Emergency Essentials Kit - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

This one is for the ladies! Think first aid kit.. but things you actually need on a day-to-day basis. This tiny bag holds a shower cap, deodorant wipes, make up remover, nail polish remover, cotton swabs, cotton pad, nail file, bandages, tweezers, toothbrush & toothpaste, hair band & hair clips, tampons and a sewing kit. This can be a life savour on long journeys.

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8. Card Holder

Card Holder - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

For people travelling to Australia, this one comes in handy! Most hostel keys are key cards and you can be fined for loosing one. Equally Australia has ‘pay wave’ or contact less, which means I never have cash on me, always cards. When I go out in the evenings its much easier to put my card holder in my tiny purse than my whole wallet.

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9. Storage Bags

Storage Bags- 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Often in Asia when you are doing laundry, you have to give over a bag of your washing to a local and collect it in a few days. Equally in Australia you have to do it your self and to avoid going from your room to the laundry room and dropping dirty underwear everywhere because you’re trying to carry it all, put it in one of these bags! You can either use one for laundry and one for underwear or socks.

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10. Micro Fibre Towels

Micro Fibre Towels - 10 Gift ideas for someone going travelling!

Quick drying, lightweight & compact. Perfect for Hostel life, the beach and the gym. 

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11.Giant Inflatable Pool Float

Giant Inflatable Pool Float - The best travel gifts for female travelers

 

Maybe you’re about to hit the beach for a while and just need something to float around the pool all day.  These are the perfect way to stay cool while topping up the tan. Not to mention they make for a great pic!

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12. She-Wee!

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I know you’re laughing, but this baby boy can save a life! Female Ladies Urinal Wee Funnel Lets Women Pee While Outdoors, Walking or Travelling – No Need To Use Dirty Unsanitary Toilets Again With The Ladies Portable Urinal Toilet. In Cambodia I did not find a single clean ‘western’ toilet while on the road, this saved my life.

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13. Loop Scarf with Zipper Pocket

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Sometimes having a secret place to hide money or your phone can be just what you need if you are tired on public transport. Having a hidden pocket in this scarf if ideal!

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The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

The Philippines is a beautiful place and anywhere you point your phone, you’re guaranteed to get a good photo. Some areas have those extra special spots which are an instagramers dream, below are some of my favourite places, along with where to find them!

Disclamer, not all photos are our own unless stated otherwise.

Manila

 

1.Venice Grand Canal 

 

Venice Grand Canal Mall - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Fancy a little bit of Italy? Head here day or night and confuse your followers where you actually are!

LocationUpper McKinley Rd | Cluster B, McKinley Hill Garden Villas, Taguig City, Luzon, Philippines

 

2.National Museum of Natural History 

 

National Museum of Natural History - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Become a culture vulture and get the perfect clean instagram photo. The interior of this place is beautiful at any angle!

Location: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines

 

3.  The Penthouse 8747 Rooftop bar 

Penthouse 8747 Manila, Philippines - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

1920’s vibes with a great view of the city! Cocktails and food is also served here to get the instagram boomerang you can’t help but take.

Location8747 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Luzon 1223, Philippines.

 

4. Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City)

Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City) - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Art BGC (Bonifacio Global City) - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Graffiti wall more your thing? Check out this area for some cool street art.

Location: Taguig City, Luzon, Philippines.

 

Cebu

5. Kawasan Falls 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

This is one of the most famous waterfalls in the Philippines and you can see why. If you get here early enough you can get a photo like the one above, there is a small rock which you can walk along and stick your camera on self timer and run back. They have recently stopped letting people ride on the bamboo floats into the waterfall so this is your best bet in front of the water fall.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Do it for the gram? If you have the guts, you can walk up a set of stairs to the left hand side of the waterfall and climb up to this spot. I do not know how sturdy this tree is but I have seen this shot a few times on instagram and it blows me away every time.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

If you keep walking up the stairs to the left hand side of the main waterfall, you will come across this beaut location. As with everything in the Philippines, get here early so you don’t get anyone else in your photo.

 

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Kawasan Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Kawasan is the gift that keeps on giving, on the path to the waterfall you can find this beautiful walk way which is great with the right filter!

LocationMatutinao | Badian, Moalboal 6031, Philippines

6. Dao Waterfalls 

Dao Falls - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

LocationCebu Island, Samboan 6027, Philippines

 

7.Tumalog Falls 

Tumalog Waterfalls- The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Location: Tumalog, Oslob 6025, Philippines

8. Whale Watching – Oslob

Oslob Whale watcher - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Controvertial I know but they are incredible to witness.

 LocationTan-awan, Oslob 6025, Philippines

9. Issa’s Haven – Oslob

Issa's Haven - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

The Super Mini Santorini themed hotel in Oslob

10. Sardine Run- Moalboal

Sardine Run - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Location: 10 Metres off shore on Panagsama Beach.

 

11. Bantayan Island

THE TOP 20 BEST INSTAGRAM LOCATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

 

12. Magpungko Rock Pools – Siargao 

Magpungko Rock Pools - Siargao Top 20 best Instagram locations in the philippines

 

Location: Pilar, Mindanao 8419, Philippines

13. Cambugahay Falls – Siquijor 

Cambugahay Falls - Siquijor

From any angle this place is amazing. If you get here early enough, this it one of the most photogenic waterfalls. With little tree houses where you swing from, its the perfect instagram shot!

Location: Siquijor Circumferential Rd, Lazi, Siquijor, Philippines

 

14. Starfish Island – Port Barton

Port Barton - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

Port Barton - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

With a drone, this place is ideal! Even without a drone you can get some pretty cool photos. These starfish are OK to hold and pick up but not for long periods of time. If you find the perfect spot you can find white sand and surround your self with these beautiful little creatures.

 

Location: 10 minute boat ride from Port Bartons main beach. 

 

15. El Nido – Literally anywhere on Tour A&C

 

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Location: North on the island of Palawan.

 

16. Barracuda Lake- Coron

Barracuda Lake Coron - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Beautiful fresh water lake which requires life jackets. That being said, as soon as you jump in from the stairs, on the right hand side is this amazing rock formation which you can swim down and get a good insta shot! All you have to do is wait for others to move out the way as the ladder is directly behind this shot. Oh and make sure you don’t loose your life jacket on the surface.

17. Kayangan Lake – Coron

kayangan lake  - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

After many, many, many stairs there is a look out which is beautiful BUT if you keep going down the stairs then you get to the wooden walk way pictured above. If you get here early enough then you can get a good picture, without people disturbing the water you are able to get perfect reflections if it is a good day! This lake is thought to be the clearest in Asia!

Location: 20 minutes off shore from Coron, accessible by day trip boats.

 

18. Twin Lagoon – Coron

Twin Lagoon - The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Another early boat trip to this one, as is everything in Coron. This is the first stop on most  trips so best to beat the crowds. The water is crystal clear but as the boats can only drop you off at the entrance, there is a short swim (with life jackets) round to these stairs. I have no idea how there is no one in this picture above because it was a sea of life jackets when I was there at 9am.

19. Labasin Waterfalls Restaurant

The Top 20 Best Instagram Locations in the Philippines!

 

Who doesnt want water running past their feet while they eat? This is actually located within a Resort.

Location: Tiaong, Quezon, in the Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort.

20. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces - THE TOP 20 BEST INSTAGRAM LOCATIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES!

 

To the North of Manila is where you find these amazing rice fields, thought to be made by ancestors of the indigenous people. These fields are also on the back of a 1000 pesso note, which is the Filipino currency. They are frequently called the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’.

Location: Nueva Vizcaya – Ifugao – Mountain Province Rd, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines

Coron – The Travel Guide

Things to knowCoron is located in the North of Palawan, just above El Nido on the map.

Coron, simular to El Nido, can get very busy very quickly. Book your accommodation as far in advance as possible. We had to change hotels three times just to be able to stay here for a week. My cousin also had issues with accommodation and had to move around a lot. 

There isn’t much to do on land, everything involves boat trips. There isn’t a sun bathing worthy beach on land either.

There are 2 ATMs 🙂

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Getting to Coron

The fast ferry from El Nido is the best way to get to Coron if you are travelling north from Puerto Princesa. The Phimal Ferry takes 5 hours and costs around 1700 peso each. You can buy tickets from the Art Cafe in El Nido town. This boat isn’t huge so I would recommend booking a few days before you intend on leaving. The first boat is at 8am, so make sure you get to the port with enough time to sign in, pay terminal fee 15 peso and get your bags on the boat.

Coron also has an airport which you can fly into. I am not sure how frequent these are as I did not fly in or out of Coron.

 

Accomodation - Bondi the Travel Guide

Backpacker- Hop hostel –  A really nice place to stay, imagine Santorini colours!

Hop Hostel, Coron, Palalwan

 

BudgetDivine Castle Travellers Inn It was a nice hotel with breakfast included. They will also help you with trips and pick ups.

Divine Castle Travellers Inn, Coron Palawan

 

Luxury-  Asia Grand View hotel. This hotel was incredible! The rooms were huge, clean and very peaceful. With a pool and restaurant there isn’t too much of a reason to leave the grounds. 1000 Peso to use the pool if you are not a guest.

Asia Grand View hotel, Coron, Palawan

 

 

Places to Eat

Unfortunately I caught food poisoning here so I didn’t actually eat many places, Olly on the other hand did.

Breakfast and Coffee

Coffee Kong 

Buzz Express – Great coffee and western food. This place takes card!!

Dinner & Drinks

Altrove This place is insanely good! Italian restaurant which is the same owner as Altrove in El Nido. It has the best pizzas and pastas in town! We would recommend the pizza though, the dough was extremely fresh!

La Sirenetta – This place is right over the water, beautiful setting but slightly hard to find. Just look up for this photo (Mermaid photo below) and you will find it at the bottom of the alley way off the Main Street.

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Hangover Bar seems to be the bar open till the latest in the whole town.

Places to visit

Boat trips 

We did one trip as a group with 20 other people which cost 1500. 

Super Ultimate tour is the most popular one to do as you see the most amount places. This normally costs 1500 peso per person, this was the cheapest we found at a shop called Timothy Travel and Tours. All you need is your self, a camera and maybe some cash to buy some beer when you stop for lunch.

Private Boats 

The next day we hired a private boat for 2700 for 4 of us, plus the entrance fees to each location and we went to a market and picked all of our own lunch. 

Kayangan Lake – This is the most popular spot so get here around 8am to beat the crowds. There is a a moderate amount of steps up to the look out and then a walk down to the other side to access the lake. As it is fresh water, you have to wear a life jacket and there is a marshal on guard who will not let you pass without one. The water is crystal clear and worth the hike. Swim around the sides to see the hidden caves!

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Kayangan Lake

Coral Garden & Siete Pecados – Grab a snorkel and go enjoy this incredible reef.

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Coral Garden 

 

Twin Lagoon – Life jackets must be warn here too. Short swim around as the boats do not enter, to some stairs which shows you the other side. You can also swim under the stairs but it is crowded.

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Twin Lagoon

 

Skeleton Wreck  – WW2 Japanese ships are in an abundance in Coron. Most of the wrecks here are only visible from scuba diving, but there is one which you can see from the surface.

Barracuda Lake – Another Life jacket destination. Fresh water lake is the clearest water I have ever seen. You can see straight down to the bottom as it is 70% fresh water, 30% salt. If you are lucky you will spot the famous instagram rock which is very popular for photos!

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Barracuda Lake

Beach/Reef & Wreck tour – If you want to check out a few beaches and snorkel some ship wrecks then this trip is the one for you. 

 

On Land 

Mt Tapyas – Hike to the Coron Sign! Imagine the ‘Hollywood’ sign..but a Filipino version. Lots of stairs for a beautiful look out over the whole island.

 

Leaving Coron

 Go2Travel Ferry to Manila – 2500 Peso Each (Non Aircon)

This is the only company which has a ferry to Manila, this also sells out very quickly. There is 2 boats a week, Thursdays and Sundays and I suggest booking this as early as possible. Air con accommodation sells out and we had to book the open air accommodation which was hell, it was boiling! There is about 200 of you on one floor (see photo below) You do get linen with your ticket which is worth collecting from the first class section. Bring snacks and water as there isn’t much on board. This ferry leaves at 4pm and gets to Manila around 7am.

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Flights were sold out for 2 weeks in advance leaving Coron to Manila. If you are planning ahead, make sure there is an affordable flight if you would rather fly out of here.

Click below for the Manila Guide!

Manila Guide

El Nido – The Travel Guide

Things to knowThere is 1 main ATM in El Nido but we did manage to find 2 smaller ones but these ones don’t always work.

Everything is more expensive in El Nido. After travelling this country for 6 weeks, El Nido is by far the most expensive.

El Nido has blown up in the past few years so make sure to book accommodation as far in advance as possible. Everything has been sold out for a few weeks and we had to change hotels twice due to double booking or no availability.

Wifi is limited but you can find it in lots of restaurants.

Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 19.20.31There is an airport in El Nido now which is the easiest way of getting here.

You can get a van from Puerto Princesa airport which takes roughly 6 hours. The last van leaving is around 1am so if you land at an awkward time, I suggest staying a night in Puerto Princesa. 

The drive is rough, take travel sickness tablets if you can and prepare for the worst.

Standard van 14-16 people –700 peso

Private Van –6000 peso*highly recommended*

Accommodation

 

BackpackerThe Outpost Hostel

The Outpost Hostel, El Nido, Palawan

 

Budget– Den’Gi Inn

Den'Gi Inn, El Nido, Palawan

 

Slightly more luxury– Sea Cocoon Hotel 

Sea Cocoon Hotel, El Nido, Palawan

 

Places to Eat

Breakfast and Coffee

Botanica– Great Coffee

Glow Juice Box( near Peak Gym) – if Smoothie bowls are your thing, then you will love this place!

Lunch/Dinner

Happiness– When I first went here it had just opened and was a small cute bar with some swings. Fast forward a year and a half and it has expanded and become the number 1 restaurant in El Nido!

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Big Bad Thai– Beautiful Pai Thai!

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Art Cafe– Great food and wifi, they will also help you book trips, ferry to Coron and flights.

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Outpost– This has some great western food with a great atmosphere. 

Lucky Alofa– BEST BURGER IN TOWN! 

Altrove– The best Italian in town but there is always a queue it is that good! Worth it though

Drinks

Sava Bar– Right on the beach of El Nido

Outpost Hostel– Down near Las Cabanas beach but not visible from the road. This is a party hostel which is very new and cool.

 

Beaches

Las Cabanas Beach– 10 minute tricycle ride from town, shouldn’t be more than 50-100 peso. Lovely beach to relax on, zipline from one island to another, grab some lunch and drinks and watch the sunset. 

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Nacpan Beach– 40 minute tricyle ride but its worth it. An extremely long stretch of beach you will be able to find a quite spot to take the perfect instagram photos and relax. Accomadation near Nacpan Beach is Mad Monkey Hostel is one of the best hostels around the beach with great reviews.

Places to visit

Island Hopping

If you are short of time I would recommend combining tour A & C as they are the best tours El Nido offers.

Tour A (the most popular)-Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu island and 7 commando beach. Roughly 1200 peso per person. 

Tour B– Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Entalula Beach and Cudugnon Cave. 1300 peso per person.

Tour C-Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine. Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach. 1400 peso per person. 

Tour D-Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach and Bukal Beach. 1200 Peso per person.

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El Nido – Our Journey

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My favourite place in the world is El Nido and I am finally back! As soon as we get closer to somewhere I recognised I instantly am in awe of how much El Nido has changed. I was thinking maybe my minds playing tricks on me and I don’t remember as much as I used to. We arrive at the hotel and I want to go and explore to see if I am right and again I am shocked how much everything has changed. There are so many more hotels, restaurants and generally more western looking shops. I was only here a year and a half ago, how could it of changed this much in that time?!

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That evening we met up with Sasha and Simon and headed to the Outpost hostel for some food and drinks and to book our trip for the next day. This place is amazing, brand new, great food and cheap trips! I was beginning to think that change was a good thing for El Nido. Unfortunately the next day it rained all day and we postponed our island hopping trip but as we had a private boat we didn’t loose any money. We spent the day in bed, watching films and updating the blog and doing ‘Life admin’. 

 

Island hopping day!! First stop was to the Big Lagoon, which our boat literally drove in and drove out as it was very busy. We then went to Shimizu Island for some snorkelling but the current was so strong I thought I was going to drown!

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Our highlight of the day was the secret  lagoon, we arrived here later than we expected and we were the only ones here. Me and Olly became the dream team and kayaked though the cave to reach it. We stopped paddling and just floated around, amazed at how clear the water was and how blue it was. It was amazing!!!

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We kayaked over to a secluded beach and of course a photo shoot broke out. This boat trip was amazing and I was reminded why I loved this beautiful place so much. 

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The next day I demanded a beach day to top up the tan, we headed to Las Cabanas beach which was the closest one to El Nido and spent the day chilling and swimming and not really doing much. As the sun was setting we headed to Beach bar to grab a bean bag and a few drinks and this is where we met Ali, Mo and Patricia. These guys had a drone and drone wars took place which was cute to watch as Olly and Mo were teaching each other about their drones. I didn’t care too much as I found two puppies and instantly my day was made.

 

We figured out that we were all on the same ferry to Coron together and planned to see them there. The ferry was a 5 hour fast boat at 7:45 am which I wasn’t too happy about but once we got on board it actually wasn’t bad. I couldn’t even feel the fact I was on boat and passed out while Olly took photos of me 🙃

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El Nido is so beautiful, but I can already see how it will slowly lose some of this beauty. The amount of tourists they put on boat trips, the amount of new hotels going up and the amount of money things are costing, not to mention they now have a functioning airport. It’s loosing it’s untouched feel already and it is 100% due to how much the Philippines has blown up on social media and bloggers promoting it. This place is still as popular as ever, the hotels are still booked up weeks in advance and it’s still people’s number one place to see here in the Philippines. Not all of it is bad, every restaurant is adamant on not using plastic straws and reducing their waste. This can only mean good things and hopefully the government won’t have to close it like they have Boracay.  

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Coron is the last island we are visiting before we head back to Manila to catch our flight to Sydney. We tried to look for flights to Siargao as Olly really wanted to go surfing here, but Boracay has closed and everything has sky rocketed in price. Coron is also another island neither of us have visited. I enjoy going to new places much more as I don’t have any expectations or anything to compare it too. So far every place we have moved on too has seemed to top the last place. Hopefully Coron doesn’t disappoint and tops what El Nido has to offer. 

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Port Barton – Our Journey

We have landed in Puerto Princesa!! This is our third week in the Philippines and this was only our second flight, which I am very impressed by. Last year I did 9 flights within 2 weeks in the Philippines to get around as there are so many islands to visit. We arrived at the airport and boy has it changed since I have last been here, I didn’t recognise anything! We found a tour company who would take us to Port Barton in a van with a few other people. We got to the van and there were already 12 people squished inside, plus bags. I get the seat near the front and push Olly into the back where the bags go, not enough room for a human. I was already in a bad mood as I wanted to sit next to Olly for this 3 hour drive and the journey is not pleasant. I knew this drive was bad but I clearly had chosen to forget how bad it was. About half an hour in Olly shouts for me and I turn around and he’s saying he needs to get out, I turn back around as I was thinking he’s joking but then he shouts to me again ‘Milly I need to get out’. As soon as I saw his face I knew he wasn’t joking. I signalled to the driver to pull over and call us a private car. Olly gets travel sickness anyway but being cramped in the back with no way of seeing where we are going, no air con, 13 other people and bad roads- It was a recipe for disaster. As soon as we pull over another couple get out and ask if we can split the private car with them as they didn’t feel well either. It’s situations like this I don’t care how much money things are, as long as Olly felt OK that was my main concern. We all jumped in another car, just the four of us and we all fell asleep within half an hour. 

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I had herd Port Barton was a beautiful fishing village which broke up the journey to El Nido. I also herd there wasn’t much here but I didn’t really think too much in to it. If I have learnt anything from being in the Philippines, it is to not expect anything. We arrived at our accommodation which were 3 rooms in the middle of nowhere. We are told that there is only electricity from 5:30 till midnight and that goes for the whole town, so if we want to sleep, make sure we fall asleep before midnight so we don’t notice the fan going off. HAHA..THIS..IS..GREAT. This is also the first time I haven’t even looked at what Olly is booking and he’s booked us here for 4 nights. Our first evening we took a stroll into the main street and got something to eat but we were pretty tired so we headed back to make the most of the fan. I have said to Olly on this trip, I need to get back into the backpacker head space and I need to not be such a princess but this place has me waking up sitting straight up and screaming. I am either screaming because there is a millipede on me or a mango from the tree outside and has fallen and hit our tin roof which makes it sound like someone has fallen through the ceiling in the bathroom. Yes I did make Olly check if there was someone in the bathroom on the first night and no I do not feel stupid.

Our second day in Port Barton was much better. We had arranged with the couple we have travelled here with, Sasha and Simon, that we would rent a private boat and do an island hopping tour. We all met on the beach and jumped on our boat and headed to the first snorkel spot. The water was so clear!! Oh my goodness it was incredible! As I am the biggest wimp known to man I still make Olly hold my hand, just incase I see a shark and he pointed out all the clown fish! I have always wanted to see a bright orange clown fish and I finally saw an adult one!! It was amazing!

We headed off to German Island which was just out of this world, we saw the biggest turtle which literally turned and posed for me and I reckon it was bigger than Olly is tall. As we were on a private tour we asked our driver to take us to the spots where the tourists weren’t. WOW did he pull through! He took us to his friends island who let us visit and there was no one there. The crew started to cook our lunch which was fish and veg whilst we took photos. Naturally Olly’s drone caught the attention of the locals and some kids ran over to come and play with us.

An afternoon of more snorkelling and swimming was just what we needed and we dropped Sasha and Simon back off at their accommodation. On the way back to our place we stopped at the sandbar to take some drone shots while there was no one around. At this point me and Olly had drank some beers and were tired. Olly starts to land the drone and shouts ‘ catch it’ to which I panicked. ‘What do you mean catch it! No I DONT want to’. He ignore this and keeps telling me to catch it so I put my hand up. Right as I am about to grab it he shouts ‘ turn it over’….WHAT! Its so strong I cant turn it over, its naturally trying to take off again and me being an idiot start to bring my other hand up to help bring it down. This was a bad idea and my fingers met the drone blades while they were full power, I didn’t even feel a thing. I brought my hand down and was so worried I broke the drone I didn’t even look at my hand, I handed the drone to Olly and turned around. At this point my driver has run over shouting and 4 of his friends are also running over. I looked down and see my whole hand covered in blood dripping on the sand. I couldn’t even see what had happened and I was still trying to see if the drone was OK. The Filipino’s brought a first aid kit over and kept trying to get me to sit down but I was insisting I was fine. At that point I got extremely dizzy and had to squat down as I didn’t want to sit in the sand. I turn to look at my hand and I still cant feel any thing but I can see a lot of blood. They wrap me all up and we get back on the boat. It isn’t until we are right about to dock I burst into tears as suddenly the adrenaline wares off and all I can feel is so much pain in my fingers. I am crying my eyes out and all I can do is hold my hand up to stop the bleeding. Olly tries to do anything he can to calm me down which involved chips and a milkshake and him telling me to breathe. The pain was unbearable and all I could think was, what an idiot I was. Why did I bring my other hand up!! I hurt two fingers but as I haven’t had an injury in years I just freaked out and I wouldn’t even let Olly clean them as it hurt so much. 

Worth this shot though !

The next day called for some much needed rest and a lazy day on the beach, which is exactly what I have been after. I just had to slice my fingers open to get it! We topped up our tans, drank on the beach and chilled. We managed to explore more of Port Barton by just walking around. We didn’t want to get a moped as this was the time we set to relax and not do much!

Not having wifi for a few days was really nice and refreshing. I know how lucky I am anyway to have Olly in my life but these few days put it all into perspective for me. He lets me watch Drag Race, he calms me down when theres a bug on me, he investigates the mango intruder and he mends me when I am ill. I am so lucky to have him in my life. Not only are we 99% of the time on the same page, but he is all I need to make me happy or cheer me up in what ever situation and its times like this which make you really appreciate this and makes me want to hold on to him even tighter than I do.

 

Next stop El Nido

Bohol – The Travel Guide

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To get to Bohol you can get the ferry from Cebu or Dumaguete. In Dumaguete we advise you to go around the corner to this place to buy your ocean jet ticket ( the left red started dot). No queue, no drama!

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It costs about 700-800 pesos per person but you are in a aircon seating areas with set seats and a movie. To us it’s worth it!

The ferry from Bohol back to Cebu cost us 500 peso per person, 150 peso for a bag, 20 peso terminal fee.

The ticket office is just outside of the port and looks like this

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Accommodation

Tagbilaran is the area where most backpackers stay.

Backpacker – Henry’s Hostel For a basic double bed private room for 2 nights being £32 (2400 peso) that’s £8 each a night. Not too bad.

Henry's hostel, Bohol

Budget  Bohol Sunside resort– £27 a night for a studio. £14 per person

Bohol Sunside Resort, Bohol

Luxury– Henann Resort– this is £££ a night but if you walk round to the beach side, they let you drink in the bar and if they aren’t looking, jump in the pool!

Henaan Resort, Bohol

Places to Eat

Shaka – Best veggie food in the area!

Outback – the Nachos were to die for

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Always take cash on trips for extras/lunch/water

Day trips from Tagbilaran 700 peso – includes dolphin watching, snorkelling on Balicasag Island pictured below ( gear included ) turtle watching, sandbar called Virgin island.

Butterfly sanctuary

Firefly watching- on a boat or kayak

Loboc  river tour – lunch and tribe dancing

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Chocolate Hills 
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Tarsier sanctuary
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Loboc River Tour 

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For Travel tips on things to do in Bohol, other than the Chocolate Hills..and everything else mentioned on this page click here!

Kabankalan- Our Journey

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The next day we got the ferry from Siquijor to Dumaguete with no problems, even though the last time we were in Dumaguete we were glad to see the back of it after the ferry troubles getting to Siquijor. We found the bus and all jumped on it but it was already packed. These busses normally stop every 10 minutes so we assumed people would get off and we could sit down. An hour into the journey we are still standing in the isle and now there is a man walking up and down the isle selling dried fruit and other things in a huge bag of his head and we are looking at each other like..is this guy for real?!  Of course numpty Oliver wants something from him which leaves me bent over the poor lady sat next to me while he is getting the money out of the bags as the isle fits a Filipino standing up, not us!! Anyways we get to the stop and call Sarah to let her know we have arrived and we realise every single person is looking at us. People have stopped in their cars, people are crossing the road to see us and it dawns on us that in this small town they do not get westerners and evidently by everyone’s reaction they had never seen one in real life!

Sarah takes us to her lovely house and we see all the kids again and drop our things off and we all jump on the back of mopeds to their restaurant to meet her husband and have dinner. Sarah’s husband wasn’t in Siquijor so she came home from the trip with her sisters and children and told him “ we have three guests coming tomorrow” poor guy didn’t even have a chance!!Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

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We tried some lovely local foods and jumped back onto the bikes and headed to Mag Aso Falls but it was pretty dark so we headed back but not before stopping on the side of the road next to all the trucks and asking them to try some sugar canes straight from the fields. Kabankalan is the biggest sugar cane producer in the whole of the Philippines and it is everywhere being harvested!!

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After that we headed to a local restaurant and all sat around some tables and chairs outside on the street, picked our meats and they chucked it all on a bbq. Me and Olly went for fish but we were useless at picking the bones out so Sarah got her hands on it and within 10 seconds she had deboned the whole thing, handing me the edible fish. Me, Olly, Sarah and Mary chatted for hours about everything from marriage and kids to mental health in the Philippines. It was a fantastic experience to learn from locals what they actually think about certain topics and for them to share an insight into the Filipino lifestyle was incredible.

The next day we had accommodation booked in Sipalay, a town 2 hours away which had lots of hotels as we didn’t want to burden Sarah and her family anymore. Sarahs brother had driven us around the whole trip and they didn’t let us pay for anything! Before we headed off to Sipalay Sarah took us to a market where again they had never seen white or black people by the looks of things and we walked around the markets as I was after an avocado and Sarah needed things for the restaurant. We became celebrities, they all wanted photos with us. Even though they asked to use my phone to take the photo meaning they would never see the photo again !! It was an experience haha.

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Sarahs brother took us all onto Sipilay where we stopped on the way to see her friends and Olly had stupidly mentioned he wanted to climb a coconut tree so they brought us to one he could climb. Obviously he couldn’t do it and a local showed him right up haha! But I was left amused as PUPPIES ran out from the house straight to my feet. OMG THEY ARE ADORABLE!!!! I didn’t want to leave haha.

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After all of this we jumped back on the road and not long after we arrived at our accommodation in Sipalay. Bless Sarah and Andrea they didn’t want to leave us there. The main town was a 15 ride away and they even offered to leave their brother with us so we had the car to use and they would get the bus the whole way back!!!! Honestly the kindness of these people blew our minds. They were so lovely!!! After an eventful few days we were exhausted and had showers and fell straight to sleep. The next day we were headed to Bohol which meant we had to get 3 more public busses back to Dumagette which took roughly 4/5 hours but we made it. We arrived and knew instantly we did not want to get the ferry to Bohol then and there so we booked into the Flying Fish Hostel which was amazing (pictured below).  Apart from the stupid staff, the hostel its self were just what we needed to relax after our travel day. Next stop Bohol!

Siquijor- The Travel Guide

Siquijor is an island at the bottom of Cebu, the best way to get there is a ferry from Dumaguete port. We got a Ceres bus from Moalboal to the Liloan port which takes you to Sibulan port, get a tricycle for 100 peso to the other port. This picture makes it a lot easier to visualise

Once you are at Dumaguete the you will need to get a ferry over to Siquijor. The fastest and most popular ferry is the Ocean Jet. There is another ferry called Montenegro which takes 2 hours and takes you to a different port in Siquijor which is slightly further away from the main town but it’s not the end of the world, we got this ferry as Ocean Jet had all sold out. Aleson boats also run during the week but these are much smaller and I wouldn’t chance it. There is also a small terminal fee which is 15 peso.

  • Ocean Jet Ferry- quickest and most popular. Holds 300 people, arrives at Siquijor main port.
  • Montenegro Ferry170 peso, 2 hours, holds 300 people, arrives at Lorena Port and Siqujior, so check which one you have booked.
  • Aleson Ferry– only during the week, unsafe, holds around 20 people.

 

Get there as early as you can as when we arrived at 12 there was only 1 ferry left with limited tickets!!! This took us 4 hours to get a ticket, with an hour wait then. 2 hour ferry ride. Give your self enough time to travel. You may be able to buy tickets online but with the limited WiFi in the Philippines I wouldn’t have a clue.

Failing that, there is a Ocean Jet office around the corner which we did not realise until we spoke to someone else who had a lot less stress than we did.

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The left red dot is the hidden Ocean Jet Office 

Rent a moped from the port as it will be easy to return it once you leave the island as you will leave from the same port. Mopeds are around 350 peso for the day and if you are not confident then make sure you get an automatic bike. A full tank of petrol is around 150 peso, the petrol stations are small shacks with huge coke glasses filled with red or green liquid. This is the petrol, get the person there to check if you need red or green.

Accommodation

Tori’s paradise and Toris paradise backpackers are two separate places.

Toris Paradise, Siquior

I stayed at Tori’s paradise which has its own beach and pool and with dorms from £6 you can’t go wrong. With the island being very chilled and relaxed, what better place to chill by the spool or in the sea than here. The backpackers are more wooden shacks on the beach.

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If you are looking for a bit more luxury then Coco Grove Resort is the place for you! It can be argeued that this is the best hotel on the resort and its easy to see why in the picture below.

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With all the waterfalls there will be a parking fee of anything between 10-50 peso. The ‘volunteers’ will also insist you have a guide but most places you don’t need one as they will ask for a tip at the end, just say you have been there before and they will leave you alone. At one of the waterfalls they were kids and it felt so fake and forced we didn’t feel comfortable being there. We don’t mind paying a volunteer tip if they are worth it..we are backpackers after all.

The famous Cambugahay Falls! Each rope swing is at different levels and cost 50 peso for each one with unlimited jumps as well as a bamboo raft you can pay to use. You can find a good spot and go for a swim but this place gets super super busy so make it one of the first places you go if you’re setting off early to get the Instagram shot. This places also has about 200 steps to get down to the waterfall so buy water for the hike back up.

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Cambugahay Falls 

 

Lugnason Falls – This was by far the best waterfall as it was completely empty when we got here early. This place has a huge free rope swing into the pool underneath.We didn’t have a guide but it does actually help to have on here as they show you where is safe to jump and help you climb up the waterfall to jump off the top. They also become your biggest fan if you’re scared about jumping and It’s also kinda cool to watch them all do the most incredible backflips here .

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Lugnason Falls

Lagaan Falls 50 peso to enter, 20peso parking there is a smaller swing here with places to slide off and climb up. Not as exciting as the others & most expensive to access.

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Lagaan Falls

 

Mt Malabahoc- it’s a beautiful drive of you’re confident on a moped. Just stick it in maps and drive up there. We did manage to find a look out up here too.

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Cantabon Cave

Salagdoong beach which I think you have to pay a small fee to jump from the cliff edge

Paliton beach BEWARE OF JELLYFISH

Kagusuan Beach

Firefly sanctuary- in Hambilica resort ( search it on maps.me) you can pay a small fee and go check them out.

Places to Eat

Monkey Business – $$ I loved this place, it has such a cool vibe and a beautiful interior and In the middle of the main town which is surrounded with local tin shacks is this place that stands out. It gets crazy busy for dinner as there isn’t much in the way of nightlife on Siquijor and shuts at 11:30pm but it has live music and great fruit shakes. Try the spicy spring roll challenge for free beer.

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Monkey Business 

Legends $$- craving English coffee or food? Take the short drive here. The English owner is so friendly and has some amazing stories and photos of famous people he has met. Well worth it for the chat

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El Monte $- in Lazi this place is super cheap and had the best WiFi I have come across on the whole island

Twenty 4 Burger $– also in Lazi, it’s trip advisors number 2 place to eat in the whole of Siquijor.

Bahar Bar $– by far the best place to have dinner, sit downstairs and eat by candle light with a beautiful singer. Upstairs has a drinking game where every time you order they put a tick by what nationality you are so you can do your country proud by destroying your liver.

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Siquijor – Our Journey

Getting to Siquijor

The journey to Siquijor can be a nightmare, well for us it was. We arrived at the port in Dumaguete around midday, after getting a tricycle from Sibilant port where the last ferry dropped us off, and we faced a queue of locals waiting for tickets. So we got in line and after some investigation work I discovered that there were only three ferry’s at the weekend and one in the morning and one of which was cancelled so the next one was at 6pm.. Not too bad only a 6 hour wait. Fast forward 3 hours later and we are still queueing as the Ocean Jet ferry has sold out and everyone is in a rush to get the other ferry even though the other ferry goes to a different port. Not to mention everyone that had tickets for the cancelled ferry were also trying to get their tickets reissued. So now we are standing in the queue with some people that we have been chatting too as we have been in their personal space for the best part of the day and they inform us that there are only 11 tickets left..ha..ha..ha did I mention this was the only way of getting to Siquijor and the current temperature was the same as the surface of the sun? I’m going crazy people are pushing, Olly is keeping calm but both of us are aware how incredibly English we are at how annoyed we get with queue jumpers. Anyhow we get the tickets, we get on the ferry which takes 2 hours and we eventually arrive at our accommodation. It’s now dark so we can’t see much but when we arrive we are convinced the tricycle driver has made a mistake.. this place was amazing and the receptionist walked us to our room and we walked along the beach.

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Turns out we have a beach view room with air con and a private bathroom not to mention a private balcony on the beach. This has to be wrong..we paid £11 each for this room. Instantly knowing we wanted to stay longer than 3 days we went online to check if we could extend and we saw the room prices had gone up to £245 a night. Completely baffled at how we had managed this we got chatting to another backpacker, the only other person in the resort, and he informed us there is a backpackers with the same name even though this resort had dorms, it was further down the road. The dorms were only £6 a night so we extended at Toris Paradise but swapped into the dorms as this accommodation offered free breakfast, had its own private beach and pool and was a very descent place to chill out for a while. It sounds crazy but we have been so busy and on the move so much we just wanted time to sleep in and chill around doing nothing, which is exactly what we did here.

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After meeting Johnny and Aled at our hotel we all went to the waterfalls one day which were amazing as we were the only ones there which is unheard of. The boys spent most of the morning swinging off a 25ft rope swing or jumping off the top of the waterfall.

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There’s something about having so many accidents the first time travelling and having my sisters voice in the back of my head which puts fear into my mind when it comes to these kinda things now. The fact I didn’t do something because of fear kills me as I wouldn’t of even given this a second thought before, this is something I 100% want to overcome on this trip. That and my baby biceps wouldn’t of been able to handle the rope swing and I would have fallen in fabulous fashion and gone viral for the wrong reasons.

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So me and Olly carried on exploring for the day and took it easy. We found some great places to eat and making use of Olly’s eating talents he took on a spicy spring roll challenge in order to get a free beer, it really doesn’t take much to amuse us, of course he ate them in 0.25 seconds and got his beer 😂Processed with VSCO with m5 preset

We mainly chilled on this island and walked up and down beaches and found hundreds of blue crabs, a dogs skull, jellyfish and millions of sandflies 🙂. Oh and on Paliton beach I couldn’t swim due to jellyfish and I couldn’t sit on the beach because of the sandflies so I sat on the water edge thinking I was safe.. I open my legs and a bloody shrimp bit my bum!!! That was it back to the pool for me. 🏃🏼‍♀️💨

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We met a Canadian girl in our dorm called Ally and some amazing locals at our accommodation who invited us back to their home on a different island..so the next day we backed our bags and off we went. After my Siquijor guide I will post about what happened when we went to see Sarah and her Family In Kabankalan!

Oslob and Moalboal – The Travel Guide

 

Screen Shot 2018-04-16 at 19.47.04The island of Cebu is south of Manila and is in the country’s Central Visayas region. It is home to many top tourist attractions such as Kasawan falls and the famous Whale Sharks.

Getting out of the airport

Using the app Rome2Rio we were able to see that from Cebu airport we needed to get to the bus station (south bus terminal ) and there was a Ceres bus for only £2 which is 140 pesos for a 4 hour journey. As soon as we got out of the aiport there were lots of taxi drivers who are trying to take you the whole way to Oslob for 3000 pessos but if you manage to get to the taxi rank (white taxi’s are cheaper and always ask for meter) then you can head to the bus station. On the way to the bus station our driver agreeded to take us to Oslob for 1800 Pesos as we wern’t aware we had arrived on a Holy Day and the traffic was horrendous, the bus would have taken 6 hours.

 

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Accommodation

We stayed at New Village Lodge here which we found on Agoda. The location was great, very close to everything we needed. The rooms are very clean and the wifi is great in the reception area. They can help you plan all your trips you want to do from Oslob and arrange pick ups which is super helpful!

New Village Lodge, Oslob, Cebu

Another great acoomdation is Noordzee Hostel which is located on a beautiful beach and the hostel itself is close to the ports with boats taking you to Bohol or Siquior. 

Noordzee Hostel, Cebu

 

 

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Whale Sharks

Oslob is home to the famous Whale Shark experience. This trip has become extremely popular so I advise to go as early as you can to beat the crowds. We left our hotel at 5:30am and was in the water with the Sharks by 6:15. The whole trip takes roughly an hour depending on crowds but you get 30 minutes in the water. There is also nowhere to leave bags or valuables so if you are doing this without a driver to look after your things, only take your camera and a towel. The fee to swim with them is 1000 pesos per person and our travel to and from the Sharks cost us 300 pesos. Bring your GoPro as it is a huge one ticked off both of our bucket lists! 

This is a hugely controversial subject as many people do not agree with the fishermen feeding them for tourists and think it is changing the feeding habits of these Sharks. Others believe it is keeping this once endangered species alive. Make of is what you will but I would suggest going with an open mind. Both times I have swam with these giants I arrived in Oslob not convinced if I would take part. This time swimming with the whale sharks the locals have a much better structured interaction and seem to be handling the influx of tourists well. I did no witness any sharks being touched or bashing into the boats which I did witness in 2017. 

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Waterfalls

Tumalog Falls and Aguinid Falls, with the furthest of the two being a 40 minute drive away. They both have a 40-60 peso per person fee to enter and the whole journey cost us 500 Peso each. Both waterfalls can get very busy so I advise to go early again to beat the crowds. Tumalog is a pretty and you are able to swim where as Aguinid falls you trek up the waterfall with a guide. I wore wet shoes which saved my life as flipflops slide off the vertical walls you will walk up and I took my wet bag with me too. The guide is free but they expect a tip.

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Tumalog Falls
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Aguinid Falls

 

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Oslob Heritage Park

 

Getting from Oslob to Moalboal

From the main road in Oslob we caught the Ceres Bus which is 40 peso per person to Bato where you get another bus from Bato to Moalboal which costs 90 peso per person. There are two buses, one with aircon and one without and I would wait for the aircon bus as it takes around 3 hours for this journey. 

 

Moalboal

Pronounced Mo-ahl-bo-ahl

Things to knowThe main town of Moalboal is 90km from Cebu city, on the west side of the island. The part everyone goes to and talks about is actually called Panagsana Beach. In resent years Panagsana Beach has become internationally reowned for the incredible Sardine run just meters offshore. This tiny town is the most touristy part of the island we have come across. There are lots of bars and restaurants and is a great place to meet people. On Panagsana beach (which is tiny) you can hire a snorkel and flippers from a nearby shop and swim out to see millions of sardines.

In Moalboal its self there is an ATM but in Panagsana Beach there is only 1 ATM which doesn’t always work.

Accommodation

We stayed at a lovely lodge called Divers Lodge which was 1500 peso a night for a luxury room..by luxury we mean a working shower and fan but the owner did hook us up with a great moped to rent for the whole time we were there.

Diver Lodge, Moalboal, Cebu

 

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From Panagsana Beach we swam for an hour in the other direction, to the left of the beach, and we saw 4/5 turtles just swimming along. I wouldn’t pay for a trip from the shops if you are looking to save money to see turtles or sardines as they are just off of the beach in this area. There is a small island called Pescador Island you can do a trip to which does have incredible snorkeling but other than that just grab a mask and jump in!

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If you are after a better beach, White Beach is about a 15 minute moped ride away which is mostly locals but it is a nice beach and not busy during the week. There are two goverment tolls on the way which I think were 5 pesos each. 

White Beach

 

Kawasan Falls 

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Kawasan Falls – I have done the canyoneering before and it is really fun and exciting but it is hard! It takes a moderate level of fitness and swimming and it does take 3 hours to finish. One tip is to save your GoPro battery for the end of the canyoneering as it is the most beautiful part. 

If you don’t want to do the trekking, you can head straight to the bottom where it is 50 peso to park your moped and 75 peso to enter and you can swim around the bottom famously pictured waterfall. It does get very busy so go early as possible and head up to the left of the waterfall just above it to get some different shots to everyone else. Find more info on the perfect Instagram shots at this waterfall here.

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Places to Eat

Pleasure Principles – Slightly more pricey than other places but 100% worth your money. We reccomend the prawns!

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Cockonuts- Great wifi and very cheap food. You can sit right on the water edge and enjoy sunset with a cocktail and spring rolls!

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The French Coffee Shop – Perfect place for your morning ice coffee!

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Stay tuned for our travel tips for the island of Siqujior! 

Or do you want to read what we got up to in Siquijor? Check out our journey below!

Our Siquijor Journey 

Manila – The Travel Guide

Manila

Manilla doesn’t come across as the safest place in the Philippines. Just like any main city, there is a lot more crime here. As long as you are not an idiot, you will be fine!

On the plane or airport they are likely to give you a free SIM card. This can be extremely handy as you can load your phone with 90 peso worth of credit (£1.30) and get 2gb of data a week which can help with getting around and booking accommodation. 

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You are a pale newbie to the Philippines and the taxi drivers know it. This is where people get ripped off the most as they know you are unfamiliar with the currency and how much things should cost.

Walk out of the arrivals, turn right, cross the road to the taxi rank. The taxi’s are white and on a meter and there is a marshal who will help you. We were quoted 3000 peso for a 5 minute journey right outside the airport doors. A metered taxi cost us 300 peso.

Failing that, download Grab – the Asian equivalent to Uber.

 

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Makati is the main area which is good for tourists to stay and eat out.

Lub D Hostel – Huge rooms, great beds and clean rooms. Showers are very clean with straighteners and hair dryers for ladies. Wifi is great and they have a Netflix chill room if you just want to chill. We equally have been here to just chill every time we are in Manila if we have time to kill before a flight.

Lub d Hostel, Manils

 

Z Hostel  – Every single person we have met in the Philippines has stayed here

Z Hostel, Manila

 

Knightsbridge Residence – Why not rent an apartment in a fancy residential building ? At £22 a night for two of us you can’t go wrong. It also has a pool, gym, sauna and steam room for you to use.

Knightsbridge Residence, Manila

 

 

Night Life in Manila

The Penthouse

1920’S themed bar over looking the whole of Manila.

Location : 8747 Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Luzon 1223, Philippines

SECRET BARS IN MANILA 

 

The Bunk

This is a secret bar hidden in a storage of a 7/11 store . You just find the secret door the with bouncer, he looks you up and down and decided whether you’re let in or not! Dress code is pretty strict, no open toes or flip-flops.

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Location: Ground Floor, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

 

ABV

ABV stands for Alcohol by Volume and is an underground bar inspired by the infamous speakeasies of America’s 1920’s. The venue is located behind a large wooden door inside the hole-in-the-wall fast food restaurant Lazy Bastard, and the entrance looks like an antique elevator shaft. You’ll only get in if you know the password (we won’t tell you, of course), but once you’re inside, a warm and cozy set up with moody interiors awaits you. With classic and signature craft cocktails and music from the 1920’s – this place brings you back to the golden era of Prohibition. ABV got voted #14 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars

 

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Location:  Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter Corner Galaxy Street, Bel-Air, Makati City.

The Curator

Hidden in the backdoor of Cyrano Wine Bar in Legazpi Village, The Curator serves delicious handcrafted coffee during the day and high quality cocktails during the night. The interior design is kept quite minimalistic–concrete walls with warm lights, artworks, wooden furniture and a few plants, as The Curator focuses on the quality of drinks rather than a pompous design. Definitely a great place to visit, and the service is excellent as well! The Curator got voted #16 of Asia’s 50 Best Bars

The Curator

Location: 134 Legazpi St. corner C. Palanca St., Makati, 1229

 

Ocean’s Telephone Company

This place can only be entered by an old British phone booth, which is located on the upper floor of the American-Italian restaurant Frank & Dean in the Forbes Town Center area of BGC. Once you’re inside, you’ll find a cozy and dimly lit set up, with leather seats and red lights. Imported beers, wine and spirits, and a small selection of food including Frank & Dean’s Pizza.

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Location: Inside Frank & Dean, Forbestown Rd. cor 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

 

Exit Bar

This bar lies behind an exit door of the Plaza Cafe in the Corinthian Plaza building. Cozy set up with quilted leather couches, dark interiors and dim lights, Exit Bar creates a perfect mysterious and speakeasy atmosphere. The menu offers a wide selection of imported beers and whiskies, and a few selected signature cocktails.

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Location: Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo De Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati.

 

Blind Pig

One of the very first speakeasy bars in Manila, Blind Pig opened its doors for the first time in 2011 and has kept its secret vibe ever since. Once you’ll spot the small braille sign that marks the entrance of Blind Pig, you’ll have to knock on the door for a sliding peephole to open up, and a staff will allow you to enter (or not). The place bursts with a romantic, dark and intimate ambiance–luxurious interiors, dark wood furniture, a dimly lit chandelier and scores of fantastic cocktails. If you are not sure what to drink, just share your current mood with one of the bartenders and he will prepare the perfect drink for you! FYI, flash photos and loud conversations are not allowed in this place!

 

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Location: 227 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati

 

Travelling Take Two

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We flew into Manila which is the capital of the Philippines and only stayed one night as we had our flight booked to Cebu the next day but after a 14 hour direct flight from Heathrow we needed one night to recover.

There isn’t too much to do here, most people only use Manila as a stopping over place but we did book into Lub D Makati. The Lub D hostels are a chain throughout Thailand and some have been voted the best hostels in South East Asia so we thought this was perfect for our first night getting used to being a backpacker again. The rooms are huge, the beds are comfortable and the wi-fi is great. Not to mention the clean bathrooms with hairdryer and straightener on the side for everyone to use. This hostel was great and it is very safe here. The staff are also super friendly and helped us get a ‘Grab’ (Philippines equivalent to Uber).

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As I was only here for one night we went out for one drink in Penthouse, a fancy 1920’s bar that looks out over the most of Manila. The bar is on the 24th floor and the entrance on the ground floor looks residential, so just walked in and ask the guard for the bar. The first thing we see is the ‘no guns’ sign. 

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The first night here I did wake Olly up at 2am thinking we had slept in till the afternoon and started to panic but he told me to shut up and go back to sleep. We managed to sleep until 7am and we were wide awake which was so annoying. Somehow we managed to get back to sleep..and woke up at 1pm! Just in time for lunch! God how I have missed being able to sleep as much as I want. Olly doesn’t share this love and wants to get up and go and explore straight away. Lets see how long this lasts..

Our next post will be about the island of Cebu and everything this amazing place has to offer.

Lolz behind the Holz

Travelling to those who are stuck in their 9-5 jobs seems like heaven on Earth and don’t get me wrong, it is, but.. its not always the perfect Instagram picture its made out to be..

This page is to show you the truth behind the glitz and the glam of travelling 

Speaking of  getting the perfect Instagram shot, some picture perfect moments are often more crowded than expected. I find it extremely awkward taking photos in front of other people anyway ( shocking I know when I have as many Selfies as I do) but I do get funny around stranger and taking selfies which makes these situations horrendous. 

Behind the scenes..

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The walk to this swing was 20 minutes of hell walking on extremely sharp shells and then waiting my turn and fending off the profession photographer who wanted to sell you a picture of your self. Nah mate

The end shot 

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Or when strangers think this is acceptable..

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Or sometimes trip adviser lies to you and you actually end up visiting a building site..

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Or when you try and get someone else to take a cute candid photo of you and these are the results.

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Or when you’re too scared to carry on hiking over a waterfall with your new friends so you let them go on ahead and then suddenly you realize you are all alone and if you fall and crack your head open, that’s it.

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But it isn’t all bad. You get to meet the locals too..

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HE BROKE MY BAG!!!

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Don’t forget to do as the locals do..

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Thailand’s Hulk Hogan

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The hat kills me every time I see it..

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She popped up everyday in Phuket with the same Hat 

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Travel in style, always.

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Yes this is a train, a train I slept on 

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Don’t put plaster on and then be in the Sun, just dont

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And always bag up lotions and potions 

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Apply sun cream every 4 hours in Australia.. this is no joke

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If the animals wont get you, then the bad weather will

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Travel insurance comes in handy when you are a backpacker

Australian Hostel Bible↓ You will be amazed how many stupid people are allowed out of their houses.

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Thailand Travelling Guide

Welcome to Thailand the home of tacky galore and beautiful beaches! I did visit this amazing country twice but I have been home along time so forgive me if my memory is a bit rusty. So first thing you need to know is Thailand’s currency is called Bahh, it is highly worth having a currency app to hand which you do not need WiFi for as they will try and rip you off every single time. Personally I know bartering can be the most cringe worthy thing a human can do because I’m the type of person that will happily pay the 5 year old Thai child £5 for a Diet Coke. You will quickly learn to barter for your 20p toasties.


I used this currency app EX currency which was brill. I am also going to take an educated guess and say you don’t speak or understand Thai so please download this maps app called MAPS.ME. When you have WiFi download the country/town you are in and when you’re outside of WiFi you can use it, star locations and route your journeys. I used this everyday getting around and even found some fun things to do on it. Also don’t ever give the cab man/Tut Tut driver your phone to look at directions.


Getting around -This may sound hella racist but you are western person entering a third world country, they will charge you more for being western or white. Me and my boyfriend wasn’t allowed on a public bus to take us to the airport and they made us take Taxi which was three times the price. Another thing to note, do not get in the yellow taxis as they are more expensive than a London black cab and always ask for meter. Uber is super cheap out there and they have an a equivalent for where Uber doesn’t run called krab I think.

Hostel world and trip Adviser a must for booking accommodation. I also used the cheap eats section on trip adviser a lot when it came to saving money.


Dress code – Yep in the humidity best believe you are hiding those knees and shoulders in all temples or holy grounds. Not even ripped jeans will get you in so make sure you pack long sleeve and buy some elephant pants for the exploring days . A scarf around your shoulders will also not be allowed, you will need a t-shirt.


Some good things to be aware of

The old king (he died last year) is basically what Kim k is to the modern world, do not talk badly about him in front of any Thai person.


7/11 will be your best friend for air con and cheese and ham toasties. Trust me..

Most places down south you can get coaches too, the over night ones being cheaper just make sure you have a jumper and some food!


If you click on the title of each place it will take you to my individuals blog post about these places.


Oh yeah don’t be a dick and ride an elephant or go to a tiger kingdom. You might as well be a trump supporter who kills turtles for a living.


Bangkok

Bangkok is a huge city but not the most beautiful city in the world. Spend the smallest amount of time here if you can but if you are here a few days there is lots to explore!

 

Hostels

  • Lub d Bangkok Silom – met a lot of people, great hostel but lots of stairs
  • In a box – right next to the train station
  • Coop hostel – right next to a train station so easy access to the airport with a cute hang out area.
  • Hotel royal Bangkok in China town – if you’re feeling fancy with a rooftop pool looking over the whole of Bangkok.

 

Things to do

  • Khao SAN Road- just go there get a bucket and know you will have a great night.
  • Sky bar – the one in the hangover film but it has a dress code so no flip flops!
  • Temple of reclining Buddha- cover shoulders and knees
  • Temple of dawn (Wat Arun)
  • Blue spice restaurant
  • Bangkok arts and culture centre- check out online what’s on.
  • Jim Thompson’s house- who knew it wasn’t just a pub in stoneleigh, very interesting to learn about.
  • The grand temple- dress code and 500 bahh to enter so worth jumping on a tour for someone to tell you facts while walking around.
  • Hor Phra grand Hararat
  • The temple of the emerald Buddha
  • Floating market – early start as it is outside the city
  • Airplane graveyard

Chaing Mai

The most peaceful city without a beach. Elephant riding is banned and you can only play with them. I got an over night coach from Bangkok to Chaing Mai and back again.

 

Hostels

  • Hug hostel
  • A good place- the owner is such a lad, sorted out all of our tips, bus tickets, coaches back to Bangkok, our trip to PAI, he knows so many people he will get a good price for everything and even let us use the hostel to shower at when we weren’t staying there.

 

Things to do

  • Elephant jungle sanctuary
  • Ploen ruedee night market- cute little hipster market and bars
  • Anusarn market
  • Chiang mai Cabernet show- best lady boy show I’ve seen
  • Wat Rong Khun
  • Night bazaar place
  • THC rooftop grippy ass bar
  • Mu’s Katsu
  • Tikky cafe- trip adviser top rated cheap eat, the yellow curry was to die for.
  • Wat Inthakhin Sadie Mueang temple
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham the temple of the golden mountain.
  • Chiang Mai Canyon- hire a ped and take swimming stuff and go have fun on the massive blow up obstacle course
  • Lantern festival – Around November time

Chiang Rai

We did a day trip here which leaves at 7am as it is 3 hours away but worth it as there are no tourists other than the Chinese.

 

Things to do

  • Wat Rong Khun
  • White temple
  • Blue temple
  • More not springs

PAI

The home of vegan food and the stereotypical traveler!

PAI is in my opinion the safest place to hire peds. The roads are huge and empty and you need one or get around . It was one of my favourite days in Thailand as we plotted out on maps.me all the things we wanted to do and set off. I booked a bus from my hostel in chaing Mai which is horrendous, see my PAI blog post for details.

 

Hostels

  • Common grounds Pai

 

Things to do

  • Bigs little cafe
  • The three little pigs soul kitchen
  • Spirit bar
  • Street food is unreal
  • Coffee in love
  • Sai Ngam Hot springs
  • The lands split- the owner is super nice and will give you food and bevs for free so leave a donation as this poor sod has had his land turned into an attraction due to earthquakes
  • Pam Bok Waterfull
  • PAI canyon – for sunset is unreal. Grab a beer and get there early as it gets busy.

WEST SIDE ISLANDS

Krabi

I flew from Bangkok to Krabi.

 

Hostels

  • K-Bunk hostel, its a chilled hostel but the sister hostel a few doors down is the party hostel called slumber party.

 

Things to do

  • So nang beach – all the way to the left of the beach if you are looking out at the sea is monkey trail leads to a better more private beach called PAI Plong Beach.
  • Krabitrek day tours
  • Koh Mor and Tub Sandbanks
  • Chicken head island
  • Koh poda island aka Jame bond island
  • Phra nang cave/ princess cave aka THE PENIS CAVE.

Phi Phi

The party island of the west side. I got on a boat from Krabi to Phi Phi which you can also get from Phuket.

 

Hostel

  • Hangover hostel- it’s far enough you won’t hear the bumping music from the beach but close enough to everything you need. Hostels on phi phi are either expensive or 48 bed dorms so it’s the best of a bad bunch. The owner is now on trip adviser thanks to me but he will look after you! He got me drunk, put me on boat trips I didn’t pay for and will make sure you are having a great time, Mr SiNG is a legend.

 

Things to do

  • Grand PP arcade – beaut restaurant
  • Monkey beach
  • Night swimming with with plankton
  • Boat trip to the lagoon
  • Maya bay – note 400 bahh to step foot on this beach as the film ‘the beach’ was filmed here so try to go later in the day when it isn’t so busy.
  • View Point – bring water, lots of it. I died on this hike ! Leg day is here and it hurts.
  • Banana bar – rooftop films every evening at 7pm if you want a break from drinking.
  • Long beach – literally as it sounds it’s long to walk to but it’s worth it !

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I got a boat from Phi Phi to Phuket.

 

Hostels

  • DFeel hostel- the private rooms where cheaper than dorms sometimes and it’s about half hour walk into town but it’s a nice walk.
  • Hao hostel – in the old town

 

Things to do

  • Patong beach is Russia mania
  • Bangla walking street- every 18-30’s holidays/lady boy/Brit abroad dream. It’s an experience but you have to go there to see it and experience a ping pong show, or in my case 4 flung into my hands. I cross the line at frogs btw..
  • Red duck restaurant- Kata beach
  • Horn Frill Steak House – Kata Beach
  • The biggest Buddha in the world..

EAST SIDE

I got a train to the east side islands which I booked at Bangkok Central Station.

Koh Sok National Park – I got the train from Bangkok to Surat Thani.

Koh Samui

I flew from Bangkok to Koh Samui and thenaboat to Koh Phangan for the full moon party. Note I booked a hotel on Koh Samui to leave my big rucksack and valuables in the safe while I took a smaller over night bag to Koh Phangan. Everyone knows you will be at the full moon party so it’s very common for hostels to get robbed.

Book your hostel on Koh Phangan as soon as you can as it gets sold out very quickly and can be expensive.

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Things to do

  • Hin Wong bay
  • Mango bay
  • Nang yuan Island
  • Shark bay
  • Janson bay
  • Sairee beach with the famous low palm tree

 

There is lots more to do in Thailand but these are all the places I visited in my short time there. Above Is a list of all the places I visited and the hostel’s I stayed at. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions 🙂