Visiting Davao on a Budget

Davao is among the largest cities in the south of Philippine archipelago and one of the top tourist destinations in the country. This city offers many delights to make your weekend or vacation memorable. It has the balance of city and country life where you can relax and enjoy while experiencing outdoor getaways and truly appreciate nature.

Getting around the town is generally cheap. You can begin with the trek of Mt. Apo, which is now the world wildlife heritage site, protected as the Mt. Apo National Park. Organized treks on established routes can bring you to the 2,954 meter summit, which is the country’s highest peak. You may want to have guides or porters with you at a price of 6 to 7 US dollars per day.

Just an hour away from the city of Davao is the Philippine Eagle Breeding Center. There you can find the endangered monkey-eating eagle. On the other hand, an hours boat ride to Talikud and Ligid Islands can bring you to great diving and snorkeling spots. It is also a great spotting ground for whale and dolphin. Diving rates are offered at $38 for 15 people to be spent for the whole day making it only about $2.50 per person.

Davao is also full of night life activities where you can experience Spanish and French cuisine to all night dancing in bars. Among the favorite hang-out place there is Spams disco at J. Camus Street or the Attic Lounge if you want a more serene place to drink and have more deep conversation with friends or with someone you are really interested in. Foods there are generally served at a very reasonable price. If in case you out until the wee hours in the morning, the top of the Apo offers good breakfast menu and buffet but they also serve lunch and dinner. The most popular destination to stay and find great hotels in Davao is at Samal Island where Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located. There you can relax on white sand beaches or sea side pools while gazing at Mt. Apos silhouette at sunset.

One of the best things that you should never miss in Davao is Durian, it is a fruit known for its distinctive odor, even described by foreigners with an odor that stinks but tastes really great. It is widely available in the area at a price of $2 to $3 per kilogram. You may also want to grab a bite of Durian Cheese at coffee shops in Gaisano Mall, one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city. If you want to shop for souvenir items and crafts in Davao, check Durian Republic at Victoria Plaza or Aldevinco Shopping Center at P. Reyes Street.

In spite of being the worlds biggest city, Davao is very commuter friendly. You can go around the city by Bus or Jeepney but the most convenient way is through taxi. Davao being the safest place to live in the country also has great taxi drivers. They will give you the right change and rate and wont take advantage of its passengers. You may also rent a car or airport limousine services are available. You wont have any problems asking directions either because most people there knows and speaks English.

When going to Davao, you can choose either by air or by taking major shipping lines. Daily flights to Davao are available from NAIA Terminal in Manila. Cost varies but usually about $100USD for a roundtrip package. Going from Manila to Davao through a boat ride takes 3 days and 2 nights but at a cheaper price.

Planning the Perfect Trip to Cambodia

Most travellers planning to take a trip to Cambodia will have heard of the astonishing historic beauty of the Angkor Watt temple complex at Siem Reap but few of them venture further afield and explore the country’s other temple sites tours in Cambodia have become increasingly popular recently but one of the bonuses of visiting these lesser-known sites is that travellers won’t be constantly bumping into other tourists and will be able to enjoy a uniquely enchanting experience.

Koh Ker

This ancient site is still relatively isolated and travellers should allow a day to travel to this northern site from Angkor Watt. There are a few guesthouses in the nearby village of Siyong but there are few other tourist facilities, though access to the temple complex has improved following the demining of the area and the construction of a road from Siem Reap. Temples on the site date back over a thousand years, and many other monuments are still being discovered in the surrounding jungle of Preah Vihear. One of the most stunning is the Prasat Thom pyramid, though it’s now forbidden to climb to the summit of this structure. Prasat Krahom, the red temple, is yet another of the extraordinary buildings that should be seen when exploring this ancient site. Visitors will definitely need to spend a whole day to do justice to the 42 ruins that have been discovered here to date.

Phnom Chissor

South of Phnom Penh, lies the mysterious and beautiful 1,000 year old temple of Phnom Chissor. This extraordinary site can be reached by climbing 412 steps and the ascent is well worth the exertion. Initially the temple was constructed by Brahmins practising Hinduism and was dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. There is a Buddhist temple at the base of the hill, Son Reveang, which is still inhabited by monks. Western visitors to the area may well recognise the location since it was used as the setting for the 2002 film ‘City of Ghosts.’

Phreah Vihear

This UNESCO World heritage site nearly sparked off a war between Cambodia and Thailand when it was granted its UNESCO status in 2008 with both countries claiming this iconic temple as their own. Thankfully things have since calmed down but travellers to Cambodia who want to visit the hilltop monument should first check with their local embassies to confirm the safety of the area. This Hindu temple, dedicated to Shiva, is situated high up in the Dangrek Mountains and comprises three main levels including the beautiful Central Sanctuary which contains many statues and carvings

Sambor Prei Kuk

For those who really enjoy adventuring off the beaten track, then the isolated 7th century ruins of Sambor Prei Kuk should be just what they are looking for. This ancient capital predates the Angkor Watt ruins by a couple of centuries and once travellers have reached this magnificent destination they will find a complex consisting of 140 temples and monuments. The nearest town is Kampong Thom and can be easily reached from Phnom Penh. When visiting this site look out for the smiling face, carved into the hillside.

Dhaka – An Introduction to Indian Life

Every place kind of has its own story. Discovering these stories while traveling is pretty amazing. Im going to tell some stories of a small crowded city, Dhaka. Traveling here can give you a quite unique experience, its not so much the kind of traveling place that gives you some fresh air and great view, but it certainly can be interesting.

Dhaka is the capital of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a small south Asian country, with area of 56,977 square miles. Dhaka is almost an over populated city. But there are many things you can enjoy here, if you know the right place to find them. Historical places, greatest south Indian foods, best but cheapest shopping places all can be found in this one small city. Besides, you can discover amazing little details about life in small and simple places where middle class people live.

Dhaka is the place of various kinds of spicy foods. You can just go to the old town where you will find foods like Biriani which is prepared with special kind of rice and meat. There are also a huge number of different dishes of red and white meat. They are spicy and mouthwatering. You can eat many popular snacks, like Fuchka and Chotpoti. They are served with a sour sauce, and I cant explain the delicious taste unless you eat them. These snacks can be found in any shopping place or road side shops. But these foods are not always hygienic, so you have to be careful. You can have normal fast food and western foods here. But it will be foolish not to taste the spice of Dhaka.
Dhaka is the place of different type of clothing. As many clothes are imported from Bangladesh, you may find fashionable western dress for men and women, other garments for various uses which are cheap to buy. New Market is biggest market for shopping in cheap. Arong is a famous brand of Bangladesh that sells traditional and local designer clothes and other things. There are many show rooms of it in Dhaka city.

From ancient days, Dhaka was the center of various important events of Bangladesh. If you are interested in history, Dhaka can be a really intriguing travelling site for you. Lalbag Fort, Sonargaon, Ahasan Manzil are the places where different kings ruled in ancient times. Bangladesh has a bloody history of Freedom Fight, in 1971. 3 millions of Bangladeshi died for the independence of the country. There are some memorials for different events of this war in Dhaka.

Dhaka city put on a complete different color on Bangla New Year. It is on April 14th. All the people walk around with traditional red and white dress. Big colorful crowd cover up the whole city. The longest road paint of the world was made in this Bangla New Year of 2012 in Dhaka city.

You can come to Dhaka, to feel the lives among people who are struggling every day. There are amazing places, and also many ordinary narrow places. You may wonder how people live in such a noisy place. But this is our home, and we cant live without this noise or crowd. Welcome to the school of life.

Ready to Take on Everest?

If you’re keen to trek to Everest Base Camp but are wondering if there’s a way to do so without following crowds of other trekkers you’re in luck! There are indeed routes that deviate from the standard trail and the hike via the Gokyo Lakes is probably the most picturesque.

How does the Gokyo trail differ?

The main difference between the normal Everest Base Camp trek and the trail that leads you there via Gokyo is the length you’ll need to allow 21 days for a trip to the Gokyo Lakes and Everest, while the standard route typically takes 17 days.

Not significantly longer, granted, but the extra few days of walking will lead you past some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in Nepal, making it more than worthwhile. Youll actually follow the beginning of the main Everest trail as far as Namche Bazaar and youll still get to ascend Kala Patar for amazing views of the worlds highest peak, as well, of course, as visiting the Base Camp.

Gokyo and its lakes

One of the highlights of your holiday in Nepal will undoubtedly be exploring the Gokyo Valley and its lakes. You’ll see the first of these bodies of water after you leave Machermo one of your acclimatization stops and head towards the valley. Youll climb to over 4,000 m, as you hike to the top of the Ngozumba Glacier, from where youll see the first small glacial lake.

Next, youll pass Taboche Tsho, another of the Gokyo Valley lakes, but it is Dudh Pokhari lake which is near Gokyo itself that is truly breathtaking. The water here is a deep emerald colour, making it really stand out from the grey of the rocks and the white of the snow-capped peaks.

Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar

The most spectacular views youll get of the mountains during your trip will be from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar. The latter is a famous vantage point from where to see Everest in all its glory, but Gokyo Ri can rival its panoramas. At 5,360 m, Gokyo Ri is slightly smaller than Kala Patar (which stands at 5,545 m), however, from the top of the former you’ll be able to see Everest, Makalu and Lhotse, as well as the Ngozumba Glacier and the lakes an impressive array of sights.

Of course, Kala Patar is famous for good reason, so tackling the ascent is a must on any Base Camp trek. As well as Everest, you can see the summits of Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Changtse and Nuptse from the top its hard to describe just how stunning these views are.

Cho La pass

One of the great things about the route via the Gokyo Lakes is that there are several challenging sections to it weve already mentioned Gokyo Ri and Kala Patar, so now its time to talk about the Cho La pass.

This is one of two passes that leads out of the Gokyo Valley and it reaches 5,420 m at its highest point. The track here is steep in places and it can require a bit of scrambling to get through the boulder field. The upper sections are permanently covered by ice and between November and January, snow regularly falls here. From the top, you’ll be able to look back over the Gokyo Valley and will have a great view of Ama Dablam.

Davao City – A Look Into the City that Drives the World

Once regarded as the Most Livable City of Southeast Asia, Davao City has become one of the key destinations of the Philippines. The city, located at the southern part of the archipelago, promises a kaleidoscope of fun and leisure for tourists and the locals. Famous for its natural beauty and hospitality, the Crown Jewel of Mindanao is a perfect adobe for seizing the worlds best.

Davao is perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate. Home of the Philippines highest peak, Davao City offers a relaxing view of the Mt. Apo, which also happens to be the niche of the Philippine National Bird- the Philippine Eagle. The city has a multitude of beach, mountain and natural resorts. Enjoy a get away from a busy life of the metro in the citys foremost travel destination, Eden Nature Park. Be united with nature as you visit the animals in Crocodile Park, see the citys rich flora in GAP farm, and unwind in the breathtaking beaches. Take a bite of the citys pride, the Durian, a commercially grown fruit, famous for its exotic smell and taste.

Nightlife is more fun in Davao. The downtown area is mushroomed with multitude of bars and disco houses. Though, the liquor ban of the city ceases you to get a sip of your favorite drink after 2 am, you will still enjoy the dancing and band concerts the city has to offer. Catch this excitement in Torres Street, J.P Laurel Avenue, Matina Town Square or even in the beaches of Matina Aplaya. These are just a few of the many places to go for the night of your life. Moreover, before you lit a cigarette, make sure you are in a proper smoking zone because the city has imposed a smoking ban on public places.

There are a variety of means of getting around the city. The most common way of transportation is through jeepneys and taxicabs. Jeepneys travel in a definite route, so you have to see the cards displayed on the windshields to know where it is going. Taxicabs offer a more convenient way to those who are new in town. Moreover, Davao City has been known to have the most honest drivers of the country. Rest assured, they will give you the exact amount of change. Other means of transportation are through buses, tricycles and habal-habal (that is how the locals name motorcycles).

Davao City is also known for its cheap cost of meals despite the fact that it is a highly urbanized city. One can get a full meal for only Php30. Buffet restaurants abound also and offer a sumptuous meal for as low as Php120. Classy restaurants are also patronized- the experience is worth the price! Davao is also one of the fruit baskets of the country. The city sells fruits in the cheapest price, and the good thing, the market is open for haggling!

The hotel experiences in Davao City are superb and enjoyable. Because of the heartwarming hospitality and kindness of the locals, tourists find Davao City as their second home. Considered as one the best hotels in Davao, the Marco Polo Hotel offers great accommodation for tourists, giving them a rejuvenating Western comfort merged with Filipino hospitality at the heart of the busy city. Also, there are many other hotels to choose from such as the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Apo View Hotel and the Grand Men Seng just to name a few.

There are still many things to discover about Davao City. Its beauty can never be fathomed by just reading this article but it can be sensed through undergoing an actual Davao experience. Truly, in Davao, life is here!

Davao is among the largest cities in the south of Philippine archipelago and one of the top tourist destinations in the country. This city offers many delights to make your weekend or vacation memorable. It has the balance of city and country life where you can relax and enjoy while experiencing outdoor getaways and truly appreciate nature.

Getting around the town is generally cheap. You can begin with the trek of Mt. Apo, which is now the world wildlife heritage site, protected as the Mt. Apo National Park. Organized treks on established routes can bring you to the 2,954 meter summit, which is the countrys highest peak. You may want to have guides or porters with you at a price of 6 to 7 US dollars per day.

Just an hour away from the city of Davao is the Philippine Eagle Breeding Center. There you can find the endangered monkey-eating eagle. On the other hand, an hours boat ride to Talikud and Ligid Islands can bring you to great diving and snorkeling spots. It is also a great spotting ground for whale and dolphin. Diving rates are offered at $38 for 15 people to be spent for the whole day making it only about $2.50 per person.

Davao is also full of night life activities where you can experience Spanish and French cuisine to all night dancing in bars. Among the favourite hang-out place there is Spams disco at J. Camus Street or the Attic Lounge if you want a more serene place to drink and have more deep conversation with friends or with someone you are really interested in. Foods there are generally served at a very reasonable price. If in case you out until the wee hours in the morning, the top of the Apo offers good breakfast menu and buffet but they also serve lunch and dinner. The most popular destination to stay and find great hotels in Davao is at Samal Island where Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located. There you can relax on white sand beaches or sea side pools while gazing at Mt. Apos silhouette at sunset.

One of the best things that you should never miss in Davao is Durian, it is a fruit known for its distinctive odor, even described by foreigners with an odor that stinks but tastes really great. It is widely available in the area at a price of $2 to $3 per kilogram. You may also want to grab a bite of Durian Cheese at coffee shops in Gaisano Mall, one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city. If you want to shop for souvenir items and crafts in Davao, check Durian Republic at Victoria Plaza or Aldevinco Shopping Center at P. Reyes Street.

In spite of being the worlds biggest city, Davao is very commuter friendly. You can go around the city by Bus or Jeepney but the most convenient way is through taxi. Davao being the safest place to live in the country also has great taxi drivers. They will give you the right change and rate and wont take advantage of its passengers. You may also rent a car or airport limousine services are available. You wont have any problems asking directions either because most people there knows and speaks English.

When going to Davao, you can choose either by air or by taking major shipping lines. Daily flights to Davao are available from NAIA Terminal in Manila. Cost varies but usually about $100USD for a roundtrip package. Going from Manila to Davao through a boat ride takes 3 days and 2 nights but at a cheaper price.