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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Southeast Asia Tour

Around this time of the year last year, I was scanning the web for  airline tickets to go home to the Philippines because my mom was turning 70. Doods and I haven't been home for quite a while, so we were really looking forward to making it happen. While going over the online deals, I pulled up several cheap flights.  Oh boy, I got so excited because there were so many good deals that I started to draw up an itinerary of other places to visit. Since we were flying to Asia already, might as well make the most out of the 20-hour flight from US.

Our first stop was home in the Philippines. After two weeks with friends and relatives, we took off with our family to Malaysia. We visited and explored Petronas Twin Towers. We bravely ventured to their China Town where thecountless night markets were lined up. We also visited Merdeka Square. Merdeka is a word in the Malay language that means independence. 

Next stop,  Singapore. We enjoyed Food Republic and got the chance to sample Singaporean cuisine. Our nieces enjoyed Sentosa Park, while my mom and sister got their fill of rich and rare foliage at the Botanical Garden. The ferry ride around Clark Quay allowed us to see the Merlion at a different angle. Having candle-lit dinner along the banks of Clark Q was really romantic.

After a week, we hopped on a plane and flew to Thailand. The Grand Palace in Bangkok was really a sight to see. The different temples were intricately done. Every one has a story to tell, a history to reveal. Sidewalk food were inexpensive in Bangkok. Huge grilled prawns were only 40 baht ($1.00) There were other places we wanted to see in Thailand, but there is always a next time.

Last, but definitely not the least is the awe-inspiring Halong Bay in Vietnam.  We checked-in at a hotel located in the city of Ha Noi, but we did not like to stay in the city, we wanted to see the wilder side of Vietnam. Three hours by land away from Ha Noi is Halong Bay. There we took a boat to the different islands and had the chance to explore the caves and grottos along Halong Bay. 

There were so many wonderful places to visit. Cambodia is also on the list, but I guess it will have to wait. I frequently check  Lonely Planet, the site provides so many valuable information about traveling and amazing places to visit.

This summer, Doods and I are looking forward to our three-month long break. We might not go out of the country since this will be my nieces first summer in America, but we will surely alot a bulk of our time to travel and explore. Every now and then am scouting for cheap flights online.


RNSANE said...

What a wonderful trip you had! I visited VietNam once, for a day only, on a cruise, shortly after tourism began in that country. It was very interesting - I would definitely like to go back and Halong Bay is at the top of my "must see" list, along with a similar place, Guilin, in China.

I love Singapore and have been there several times...except for the heat, I love it...its beauty and its cleanliness...great food in the hawkers centers!

I would love to visit the Philippines - have many friends there.

xinex said...

What a fun itinerary. So much to learn too....Christine

Ayie said...

what a swing around trip! I didn't get to join my family when they had the asian trip due to college but soon me, hubs and baby will =)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Your Southeast Asia tour reminded me of the tour that my brother-in-law and sister-in-law took a couple years ago. You might enjoy reading and viewing photographs of their trip.

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