EL Nido: a paradise away from home

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Imagine white fine sand and clear blue waters. Then imagine yourself relaxing on a hammock under the green leaves of the coconut trees, looming in to give you shade. Then you can dig your toes under the sand and bask under the sun on a perfect beach. CNNGo considers this place as the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines due to its “extraordinary splendour and ecosystem.” This tropical paradise is called El Nido, a first class municipality in Palawan, Philippines. El Nido is just 420 kilometres southwest of Manila, and 238 kilometres northeast of Palawan’s capital, Puerto Princesa.

Features

El Nido offers you a wonderful location for island hopping, diving, and kayaking. It is home to 888 species of fish and five species of marine turtle, with a quarter billion year-old limestone cliff, four archeological sites, 45 islands and over 2,000 hectares of mangrove. El Nido is also home to over a hundred species of birds.

Island Hopping

El Nido is perfect for island hopping because it is home to 1,780 islands. Unlike other countless tourism beach destinations in the Philippines, El Nido is still scarcely populated, which means, you can enjoy the islands without much disturbance from other tourists or party people and their loud music.

Attraction

Palawan is considered as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines,” and El Nido is one of its main tourist attractions. El Nido offers you crystal-clear water, flora and fauns, and pristine beaches.

Transportation

It takes about 55 minutes of flight time from Manila to El Nido. This travel path may be a bit expensive, but it is the easiest and fastest way to get there.  The cheapest way to get to El Nido is via land from Manila to the capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa. There are travel tours online that can give you the best tour packages to El Nido.

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Visiting Asia’s Bests: Five Outstanding Attractions and Things to Do

Asia is home to a total of 49 different nations. Each country boasts some of Earth’s wonders—from towering infrastructures up to nature ranges. With countless places to go to, it’s actually bewildering where to head on for vacation. But with some tidbits from travelers who went there, we’ll surely have an idea of the best destinations in Asia.

Bangkok

Getting around Bangkok is like entering the magical world of fairy tales. Thailand’s capital city ranked first with its majestic museums and architectures. It’s where you’ll see the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho or the Reclining Buddha Temple, and City Pillar Shrine. Bangkok is a great terminus for day trips. Get to see the world’s largest crocodile farm at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo or revisit the past at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. For those who are up for adventures, Bangkok also has eco-friendly bike tours anyone can try. It’s also a better way of touring the city as you see more of its picture-perfect views.

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Tokyo

A stay in Tokyo is a one of a kind in way that you’ll get amazed with its tradition and pop culture. Go to Minato for antique and art museums. Then watch the city’s breath-taking view at the Tokyo City View in Mori Tower. Or go along Sumida River to catch some cherry blossom trees in full bloom. But stay keyed up, as nightlife in Tokyo is as colorful as its day-time activities. Bring your friends at a karaoke bar and sing along while munching on yummy sushi and udon noodles.

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Beijing

China’s pride is among the best destinations in Asia with its many historic sights and tourist attractions. Beijing is heaping with parks, castles, and gardens. Aside from the famous Great Wall, this is where you’ll also find the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, and Palace Museum. This place is the perfect destination for adventure seekers as one could hike and camp while touring Beijing. With its big demographics, there are more types of tours to choose from and most of them are private tours.

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Shanghai

Another pride from China is its largest metropolitan. Shanghai is divided into two districts, Pudong and Puxi. You’ll get to see a stunning skyline in Pudong. On the other hand, you’ll get to see the old Shanghai at Puxi. This China giant is also the most cosmopolitan of all its cities. Stop over Shanghai Museum for stunning state-of-the-art galleries. Then watch an extraordinary acrobat show at Shanghai Circus World. Or go to Shanghai Confucian Temple for a peaceful and religious place. Shopping at People’s Square is also a nice experience as you explore more of China’s largest city.

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Cambodia’s highflier is last but not the list on our top five best destinations. Watch the sunrise at Ankor Wat while being amazed at the overgrown temples nearby. Then head on to Angkor Thom for a royal city experience. This is where you can enjoy a boat ride while watching the breath-taking sunset. The night market in this place is also very lively with its food vendors and shopping stalls.

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Traveling to East Asia – Helpful information & Tips

First, when you plan a travel to East Asia, you should notice the rain season, which falls all over the summer months. Even in the rain season, it’s rainy only for a few hours of the day, and the rest of the day is shiny and could be perfect to pass time on the beautiful beaches.

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In addition, you should always prefer internal flights because they are really cheap and it does the job.

The tour bus service is an excellent way to sense the real East Asia, you could visit the villages and  and stay a night or two to sleep with indigenous tribes that will be more than happy to host you.

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The toilet and sleeping facilities are very basic, though the tour purpose is to make new friends, learn about interesting cultures, and deeply integrate with the locals.

You should always remember that most of the cultures in East Asia are completely conservative, so you should cover yourself when you visit the locals, and especially when visiting religious sites.

Now regarding drugs, It’s everywhere in east Asia. Be careful when you buy drugs because it’s absolutely illegal there. Despite you can find a heap of drugs pretty much anywhere you can look at,  from the street corners and hotel lobbies, If you get caught you could spend an impressive amount of time in the jail, and no one wants to visit the jails in East Asia, The living conditions is simply horrible and terrifying.

Cooking courses are pretty much found anywhere in East Asia, and you should absolutely give it a try. Just imagine how impressed your friends would be if you could make them some kind of exotic meal. One last advice regarding food in East Asia; always buy your food from the markets and not restaurants if your goal is saving money so you could stay in the area as long as possible.

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Don’t be afraid of Asian street food, it may frighten some of you, but after you give it a try for the first time, you will discover that you found an excellent food source for a fair price.

You shouldn’t worry too much if you forget to pack something, East Asia is full of markets and it’s kind of shoppers heaven, you can find there almost anything you wish and for a reasonable price.

Regarding transportation, Most of East Asia is linked with trains and buses, and taxis are also affordable for shorter journeys. East Asia contain lots of backpackers and thanks to that you can arrange yourself pretty much easily, you could get help from backpackers with vast knowledge on the place you are currently located.

In conclusion, East Asia is an amazing place you should visit. You can discover there a mix of ancient cultures and friendly people, and a visit to East Asia will broaden your horizons for sure.