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Top 5 islands of the Philippines

Of all the islands of the Philippines, Coron might be the hidden gem you are looking for

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Looking for a paradise island to call your own? If you wish to pursue this ambitious goal, there are few better places in the world to search for your dream hideaway than in the Philippines.

With over 7,000 islands, this nation in the tropical Pacific has been largely overlooked by tourists over the years, making it prime hunting grounds for those looking for a place to get away from it all.

With companies like philippinestravelpackage.com offering great deals on stays there, it is easy to sample many islands in the Philippines without having to worry about logistics.

If you are unsure where to start, we have a few suggestions that will get your travels in this intriguing nation rolling.

1) Palawan

Located far from other islands in the Visayas, Palawan’...

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Eating Penang: a foodie’s guide

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Penang has been widely lauded in the food and travel media over the past few years for the quality of its cuisine, especially from its street stalls.

In order to make the most of your meal times on this flavorful Malaysian island, we have pulled together a list of a few dishes that you should eat before pressing on to other destinations in this exotic country.

Check’em out below…

1) Assam Laksa

This sour seafood soup is one of Penang’s most famous dishes, so be sure to hunt down a bowl as soon as you get settled in the bustling city of Georgetown.

Usually made with poached mackerel, noodles, shrimp paste, lemongrass, tamarind and chillies, the broth and ingredients are bursting with flavor, so much so that leading food critics consider it to be among the world’s best street meals.

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Experience Christmas in a different land this year

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Want to experience Christmas in a different land this season? If you are looking to shake up your celebrations at the last minute, this post will give you some suggestions to make this dream happen for you and your family…

1) Germany

Home to the rapidly spreading concept of the Christmas market in other parts of the world, Germany has a holiday charm that cuts to core of its original origins.

The best market to visit is in Dresden, which first put together a festival based around the holiday season in 1435.

At this event and equally popular ones in places like Berlin and Munich, you’ll find traditional crafts, the irresistible aroma of spiced gingerbread, and tasty and dangerously addictive mugs of mulled wine.

The latter will warm you through, but do bundle up tight, as the temperature ...

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Five essential Vietnamese dishes you must try

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Heading to Vietnam soon and have no idea what meals to eat to get a clear picture of the local cuisine? This article will introduce five essential Vietnamese dishes you must try to gain the understanding you seek.

Let’s delve into the details of this matter below…

1) Pho

While there are many types of soup you can enjoy while in Vietnam, Pho is one of the best loved bowls you’ll be able to get.

Consisting of beef or chicken broth with slices or balls of either meat, spring onions, greens, and flavored by ginger and coriander, this ubiquitous treat can be found at street stalls and hole in the wall restaurants countrywide.

There are even fast food joints exclusive to Vietnam that specialize in this dish, but we recommend that you stick to the independent dealers for the best meals.

2) Banh...

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Cultural must see attractions in Beijing

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Looking for some must see attractions in Beijing that show off its culture? Below, we go over 4 points of interest that will accomplish this goal…

1) The Forbidden City

Serving as the Chinese imperial headquarters for 500 years from the 15th to the 20th century, the Forbidden City is no longer off limits to outsiders or commoners, allowing you to see how the Chinese royals of yesteryear lived.

Covering 180 acres and consisting of just under 1,000 structures, the name of this massive historical site is an apt one, so be prepared to spend all day walking around to its various points of interest – don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes!

If you are in a hurry, spend your time in the Palace Museum, as its collection of vases and other priceless artifacts will give you much of the value that ...

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Dishes to discover on your trip to Cambodia

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While the cuisine of Thailand is lauded throughout the world, the meals of its Khmer next door neighbour is less well known.

In this article, we will profile dishes to discover on your trip to Cambodia: from breakfast to dinner to dessert, there is much to love about this nation’s culinary potential…!

Fish Amok

One of the most common dishes you’ll have the opportunity to sample during your trip to Cambodia is fish amok.

With much of its interior taken up by the massive presence of Tonle Sap Lake (the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia), and frontages on the Gulf of Thailand and the mighty Mekong River, seafood is on many menus across the country, and this dish will be on almost all of these.

Fish amok is comprised of a fish fillet covered in coconut milk that is cooked slowly in a ...

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Best countries to visit for art lovers

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If one of the things that you look forward to the most when traveling is seeing how different cultures express their innermost thoughts on canvas, then you will enjoy today’s post.

Below, we will reveal the best countries to visit for art lovers. From the grittiness of Colombia, to the Old World classics of Italy, there is much to love about the countries on this list…

1) Italy

A serious discussion on the best art destinations in the world simply can not be had without mentioning Italy first.

Home to some of the most creative minds in history, cities like Florence stand out, as being home to Michelangelo’s David (Galleria dell’ Accademia) and some of the finest pieces from Raphael and Rembrandt (Galleria degli Uffizi) has put it firmly on the global art map.

The Eternal City is a must ...

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Sights to see in Jaisalmer

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There are many places to go in India, from the heights of the Himalayas to the sultry tropical beaches of Goa. One corner of India that should not be neglected though is the state of Rajasthan, as its desert culture is often missed by many that tour India faster than they ought to.

Its most significant city is its capital, the majestic city of Jaisalmer. Sticking out like an island of civilization in the midst of sterile sand seas, this historically significant centre has endured assaults of nature and man over the ages, standing up as a proud survivor in the early years of the 21st century.

What are the major sight to see in Jaisalmer? These points of interest should not be missed by anyone that makes the trip to this special corner of the Subcontinent.

1) The Golden Fort of Rajasthan

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Lesser Known Sights to See on your Trans Siberian Railway Tour

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If you are looking for an adventure for your next holiday, a Trans-Siberian Railway Tour may be exactly the type of holiday that you are searching for. The Trans-Siberian Railway is not just one railway line connecting Moscow and Vladivostok, but is actually a collection of many different railways.

This allows for easy transportation and allows you to explore some of the least popular tourist destinations for Western travellers. With the railway running at around 5,700 miles, it is the longest railway in the world. This means that you are going to have to plan your trip carefully, to make sure that you are able to take in all of the sights that you wish to see.

  • Ulaanbaatar
  • Ural Mountains
  • Kazan
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • Lhasa

With so much to see and do on a Trans Siberian railway, you will need to pla...

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Touring The Natural Assets of China

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Home to a civilization that has inhabited this land for over 5,000 years, China is known around the world for its deeply influential culture. From The Great Wall of China, the longest and biggest fortification in the world in its time, to it diverse and flavourful cuisine, millions of travelers arrive in this heavily populated nation every year looking to experience one of the world’s most prominent nationalities for themselves.

Yet, despite the fact that much of China is crowded with an unfathomable population of over 1 billion people, there is also no shortage of natural wonders to discover here, which comes as a surprise to most visitors...

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