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El Nido, Palawan, The Philippine’s Absolute Stunner

Philippine’s ‘Last Frontier’, Palawan Island, is the westernmost point of the Philippines archipelago.  Once the realm of pirates, it’s now a relatively popular spot for sun, scenery and turtle seekers.  On its northern tip, along with 45 islands nearby, is the municipality of El Nido.

 

El Nido’s landscape is simply breathtaking.  Dotted with dramatic limestone cliffs humping everywhere, dropping down to countless sandy beaches.  It looks like something between Jurassic Park and Robert Louis Stevenson ‘s Treasure Island.  The golden sand, blue sea, green mangroves, palms and other foliage felt especially vivid coming from a slightly smoggy Shanghai in the winter.

 

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El Nido’s stunning island scenery

 

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Koh Rong Island, Cambodia: Paradise … for the Time Being

Something I love about travelling in places like Asia, the Nile River and even New Zealand, is discovering those jaw-droppingly-magical places that are still unspoiled from the tentacles of development.  We were lucky to stumble upon another gem, Koh Rong Island, in a recent trip to Cambodia.

 

One of Koh Rong Island's 23 beautiful beaches

One of Koh Rong Island’s 23 beautiful beaches

 

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Trincomalee – Home to Sri Lanka’s best beaches

Trincomalee on Sri Lanka’s east coast is my new favourite beach.  There are more dramatic bays, and seaside spots serving tastier margaritas, but something about Trincomalee’s beaches hit my sweet spot.

 

What makes it my favourite beach?  It’s raw, rustic and the first cheap, sunny, beautiful place that I’ve been to in a long time where the locals aren’t trying to peddle their wares.  Its people are wonderful, architecture charming, history fascinating and it ticks every box that I love to tick when I’m travelling…

 

Tamil fisherman overlooking Trincomalee Beach

Tamil fisherman overlooking the Indian Ocean at Trincomalee Beach

 

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My wife Ellen and I are currently living in China, bumbling our way around this fascinating and fast-changing country. We kicked off our stay with a semester of Intensive Mandarin studies at Beijing Language and Culture University and are now living in Shanghai. These posts cover some of my experiences, views and curious facts in and around the Middle Kingdom. Please let me know what you think!


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