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Philippines / Luzon / Mountain Province / Sagada If you ever find yourself in Sagada, nestled deep in the Philippine Mountain province, Bomod-Ok falls is a must see. While the hike down can be somewhat strenuous to some, you are rewarded at the bottom with a refreshingly cool mist, and a cold stream that is safe to wade in. Both are fed by the areas tallest and most impressive waterfall: Bomod- Ok Tucked away in the far northern corner of the valley, Bomod-Ok or ‘The Big Falls” as

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One would be hard pressed to visit the south eastern corner of Laguna province along the lake and not be overwhelmed by the large number of solicitors holding up the yellow signs offering some time at their natural, hot spring fed ‘private pools’. This tourist attraction is something that has been going on since the 1970’s in the Laguna province when many of the small resorts and motels first sprung up. Some of the places looked like they have seen little to no renovation

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Philippines / Luzon / Illocos Norte / Laoag City Known as 'The Sinking Bell Tower' of Laoag City, it was built in approx. 1700 and is currently sinking at a pace of nearly a foot per decade. The entranceway is now merely a crawlspace, when people mounted on horseback could once pass through it. Entry is no longer allowed. The local government rendered it too dangerous for tourists to enter. Right in the Middle of Town You wont miss it, the tower is the tallest structure in Laoag

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Philippines / Luzin / Illocos Norte Most travelers to this area of the Philippines end up staying in the nearby Laoag (Luh-wahg) City, which has a range of affordable hotels, a host of tourists attractions, and even an international airport! I have a number of posts about Laoag, but this one is simply focused on getting to Paoay (Pah-why) inexpensively, on local transit for the proper travel experience. UNESCO does not just hand out the title of World Heritage Site to just any place. One of the

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Philippines / Luzon / NCR / Malate The Mall of Asia (MOA) Eye is a wonderful landmark and is very photogenic., though do not count on many great opportunities from inside the eye as the acrylic of the individual carriages is usually dirty and pretty well scratched up. I would have to classify this area as 'less than impressive', by traditional travel photography standards, but if you are super creative, or if you absolutely love sunsets; this very commercial area can be a fun afternoon of street, landscape

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Philippines / Luzon / Mountain Province / Sagada While not as famous as the nearly 2000 year old rice terraces in the nearby town of Banaue, the terraces of Sagada will offer travelers on a limited budget (both time and money) an up close and personal experience with very similar structures. Sweeping views of the valley offer an impressive look at the construction marvel that the locals have performed in building these terraces with little to no modern equipment. Perhaps the most impressive fact, and one that is

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Philippines / Oriental Mindoro While it may seem like getting back to Manila from Puerto Galera would be a simple reversal of my directions in the article "How to get to Puerto Galera From Manila", be forewarned, they are not! While the return trip is not too much more difficult, there are some complications that can certainly throw you off, if not ultimately cost you more money on the return voyage. This article is focused on getting you back as cost effectively as possible,

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Easy Right? Probably not... unless you have done it before or are fluent in Tagalog. It seamed easier to find directions to places like Boracay or El Nido) than Batangas. Even then, you will pay more and your journey will take longer if you do not know what you are getting into. After making the journey myself, alone, as a Fil-Am with limited Tagalog, I chose to write this much needed, detailed guide to help you get there and back! Getting to the Terminal in

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