Diniwid Beach

I ended up on Diniwid Beach by total accident - and it was one of the best un-planned visit during my visit to the Philippines. 

I set off from downtown Boracay in the morning in search of Chowking's Halo Halo, and determined not to take a tuk tuk, I ended up walking on the road for over an hour - just to reach the shopping mall for a very well deserved Halo Halo! After making it that far I decided to find the closest beach to Chowking to rest my legs and jump into the ocean. Thankfully for me, that closest beach was the quaint Diniwid Beach. 

Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
Diniwid Beach Boracay
 
 

Downtown Boracay

After spending two weeks in the Northern Philippines it was time to head down South to explore the Islands. The first stop on my Island tour of the Philippines was Boracay - a very popular tourist island destination. While I tired to get off the beaten path in Boracay and explore more remote areas, it was still exciting to walk around the busy 'downtown' area where locals sold hats and sunnies on every corner and the vibe was exciting and alive. 

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Journey to Batad

One of the best ways to explore Northern Philippines is on TOP of a Jeepney! Holding on for life we zipped around the mountain side on our way to the famous rice terraces of Banaue. A bit of misty rain did't stop a few of us from jumping on top and going for an extreme ride into the hillside. 

Along the way to Banaue we passed little villages, religious statues, and shopkeepers selling their local produce and fruits. I must admit, riding on top of the Filipino Jeepney was a highlight of my time in the country! 

Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
Banaue Rice Fields
 
 
 

The Country Side of Sagada

The little one lane village of Sagada is visited by tourists as a launching point to the surrounding country side - most specifically to see the hanging coffins. This landmark is an unusual sight - coffins nailed into boulders - an ancient tradition practiced by the Igorot Tribe in the Norther Philippines. 

We took off in the morning, and after a visit to the large cathedral like church, we headed into the jungle path towards the hanging coffins and a series of waterfalls and rice fields. After our day we relaxed with a glass of local rice wine in a small restaurant. 

Sagada Travel Blog
 
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Sagada Travel Blog
 
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Baguio, Philippines

Baguio is known by the local Filipinos as the Summer Capital - the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the heat of Manila and the surrounding lowlands in the Philippines.

We arrived into Baguio at the end of the Flower Festival, a very festive and lively time in the city, where locals and Filipino tourists come together to celebrate the colorful flowers and vegetation that grows around the region. I wandered around the city watching as visitors enjoyed street food and flower floats in the park. Children dressed up in the costume of the local villagers and families hopped aboard swan shaped paddle boats for cruising in the small lake. It was a wonderful experience to see Baguio alive and energetic! 

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Baguio Travel Blog

Intramuros, Manila

There are not too many 'must see' places in the city of Manila - but Intramuros and Chinatown are two places that many visitors check out while spending time in the big city. As I only had one full day to explore Manila I set out to see both Intramuros in the morning and Chinatown in the afternoon, and with a fast pace I was able to see both spots during my time. 

Intramuros, also known as the Walled City, is the oldest district and the historic center of Manila, and during the Spanish Colonization Period this area was the city of Manila. I loved wandering around the cobblestone streets lined with palm trees taking in the historical setting and stopping for a local meal of rice and Adobo. 

Chinatown was a bit more chaotic! Chinatown, also known as Binondo, is the oldest Chinatown in the world, and I could feel the layers upon layers of history as I walked around the streets. There were so many smells, colors, and movements to experience while I spent time in Binondo it was actually quite overwhelming as a visitor - I ended up cutting my time short after an hour and headed back towards my hostel for a relaxing evening on the rooftop with new friends! 

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Manila Travel Blog

Langkawi

I loved my time in Langkawi. While the island is relatively small there are many small roads and little beaches to explore that my four days in Langkawi were quickly filled with adventures. I scootered around to beaches, local restaurants, night markets, and had a ball! 

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Langkawi SkyCab

It was time to get out of the city and head to the beach ... and Langkawi was the perfect place to spend four days. I hopped on the ferry in Penang and several hours later arrived to beautiful Langkawi where I rented a scooter to get around the island for several days. 

My second day on the island I scootered to the SkyCab for an amazing experience high in the island mountains. Hovering over the jungle the cable cars climb over 650 meters above sea level and the views are fantastic of the island below. 

After experiencing the SkyCab I jumped back onto the scooter and headed to the beach for a cold beer and a swim! 

Langkawi Sky Car Travel Blog
 
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Langkawi Sky Car Travel Blog
 
Langkawi Sky Car Travel Blog
 
Langkawi Sky Car Travel Blog
 
Langkawi Sky Car Travel Blog

Penang Street Food

Penang is a foodie heaven - on every corner there is a hawker stall selling some delicious Malaysia classic done to perfection. Each stall specializes in one particular dish, which they have masted over the years of operating their stand. 

I had so much fun walking around town, with a wad of $1 bills in my pocket (each dish is around $1), and trying each dish. From famous noodle dishes such as Wonton Mee and Char koay teow to local desserts like cold cendol or durian creme puffs .... Penang real has it all! 

Penang Street Food Travel Blog
 
Penang Street Food Travel Blog
 
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Penang Street Food Travel Blog

Melaka

After several days in Kuala Lumpur it was time to escape the big city and head two hours south to Melaka - known on the tourist map for its UNESCO Chinatown. 

I stayed in a little hotel located within Chinatown and spent 24 hours getting to know Melaka. I walked the main streets, tried the infamous chicken and dumplings, and even squeezed in a ride on the colorful rickshaws around the city. 24 hours was the perfect amount of time to explore Melaka as Chinatown is not too large and you have the ability to see the main sights in one day. 

I loved the colors and liveliness of Chinatown. Antique and souvenir shops fill the streets and visitors wander around sampling pineapple tarts or cooling down with a cold drink over the canal. 

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