Monthly Archives: September 2009

9 Fine Cruising in Halong Bay, Vietnam

I have to admit that never in my wildest dreams had I expected a cruise in Halong Bay to be as good as it turned out to be. Not only were the views incredible but the boat per say was top notch: the cabins albeit small were spotless and tastefully decorated, with a very efficient […]

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2 Discovering Hanoi on a Budget

The uneventful trip was so until we reached Hanoi, where customs agents would not let us get money from an ATM so that we could pay in USD the pre arranged visa we had prepared through an online travel agency. Fortunately, a portuguese tour operator who was escorting a group of travellers saw our situation […]

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8 Japan: Osaka and Kyoto during Obon

Obon is the most important holiday in Japan; it is the week when all the dead are remembered and mourned. This means that it is also the busiest holiday week of the year, thus the most expensive, and finding accommodation is most difficult (forget cheap accommodation). Within this context we made our way from Shizuoka […]

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Three Weeks in the Philippines: Travel Video

This travel video of the Philippines includes highlights of our three week trip across several islands. We landed in Manila after a scary flight (our plane was struck by lightning) and explored the city, then visited the islands of Cebu, Bohol, western Mindanao and finished surfing Cloud 9 in Siargao. The Philippines is one country […]

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The Best Places to Go in Tokyo

It was difficult for me to imagine Samurai soldiers once rode their horses into battle on the same fields I was now travelling through in a bullet train at over 300 km/h. I could picture them with their flashing armours and mysterious weapons raging into battle but never loosing what Japanese are famous for: honor. […]

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12 Temples and shrines in Gyeongju, South Korea

No visit to any SEA country is complete without immersing yourself in its past at some point; this usually involves visitng a temple or a remote town that still mantains its old character, but when this happens it’s because there is an important temple somewhere nearby. In South Korea there are two cities notorious for […]

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Internet does not mean freedom

Most of us believe that the internet is a placer where everything goes, where you can type pretty much anything and let anyone read what you want to say, right?  Wrong! It is well known that China has a strict control over what can be seen in the www,  so  much in fact that this […]

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