• Asia,  Country Guides,  Philippins,  TDM,  Tips

    Philippines: 18-day itinerary, budget and advice

    We hadn’t planned to go to the Philippines but to sulk China (which is in cold with Vietnam, my country), we wanted to choose a friendly country in Southeast Asia: the Philippines This is THE country of digital nomads. We have chosen to explore only 2 regions during this first trip to the Philippines: Palawan & Mindoro, to get a glimpse of the Filipino aquatic world and also to try to understand why so many French people are expatriating here Our itinerary We are quite proud of this route which is optimal (in our opinion) in terms of the sequence of different transports. There are several days where you spend…

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    How to get from Coron to Puerto Galera by boat and bus

    Most travel guides advise you to go back to Manila and return home after a stay in Palawan, but we advise you to do as we do: go to Mindoro Island first (and more precisely Puerto Galera), before coming back to Manila The route Coron -> Puerto Galera will take 15 hours in total, spread over 2 days (with a night in Calapan). Unless you agree to pay a little more, it is possible to stall everything in one day Here is the route : Coron -> San Jose (Western Mindoro) by boat. Tricycle to the bus terminal (10 minutes), from there you take a bus -> Roxas -> Calapan…

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    Puerto Galera (Philippines): to go there is to stay there forever

    With El Nido, Puerto Galera attracts many expatriates. The impressive number of dream beaches that this small city offers and the proximity to Manila (only 3 hours by boat and bus) make it the perfect location to live in the Philippines. If we can expatriate ourselves by the end of the world tour, it is here that we imagine ourselves the best for the moment. Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary The trip Coron – Puerto Galera is one of the longest trips we made, with a small surprise in Calapan, where we are told that there is no bus at this time (20h)…

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    Coron (Philippines): wreck diving and hot spring

    The El Nido – Coron trip is one of the most beautiful boat trips I have ever done. It lasts between 6 and 7 hours and the magnificent landscapes pass before our eyes, on the horizon there are always 2 or 3 islands, with or without beach (the Philippines have more than 7000 islands in all). One is never bored. We discover the virtues of slowness and (almost) regret that the trip is so short Part 1: Travel Diary Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diary Contrary to what we can read online, the crossing from El Nido to Coron and vice versa has become very safe thanks to…

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    El Nido (Philippines): dream beaches

    2 hours flight from Manila and we are in Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island. This city is only a stopover because we take a bus directly from the airport to El Nido. Part 1: Travel Diaries Part 2: Practical Tips Part 1: Travel Diaries We had to wait a little while before the bus left. Indeed, we are first dropped in a restaurant by explaining to us that they will come to pick us up after having picked up two other passengers at the airport. During this long wait, the guy of the restaurant has enough time to push us to the consumption: you have to have lunch, you have…

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    Manila (Philippines): the city that scares people

    The Philippines: the country of the French nomads with Thailand. We came here (1) to understand why there are so many nomads here (2) to support financially this country which has done a service to the whole ASEAN by facing China which is invading all the maritime space of ASEAN (the Filipinos filed a complaint before an international court and won. BRAVO friends!!). Yes, we were supposed to spend 1 month in Mainland China but after the Chinese government made its c$nnard to the neighboring countries (including Vietnam, my country), we preferred to spend our money elsewhere. Choosing the Philippines was an indirect (and silent) way to fight against China’s…

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    Philippines: Return ticket / exit required. No exit ticket? Well, you’re not leaving

    This morning I broke a world record: buying a plane ticket in 1 min 30.While we had just made the checkin at the airport of Hong Kong and that we were heading towards immigration, the hostess of the company sprints and catches us in flight.- “I forgot to ask for your exit ticket from the Philippines”.– “Uh… what?”- “Philippine immigration requires us to check that every visitor has an exit ticket, if you don’t have one, I will cancel your registration”. The threat fell like a knife because I was going to do as I pleased and ignore it royally.We tried to cheat by showing our ticket “around the world”…