19.10.2013 31 °C
One of the many benefits of living and working in an Asian country is the close proximity to other countries. And for someone who has a travel bug as I do, this means lots of travelling of breaks!! 2 months in to teaching thus far and I have been fortunate enough to travel to Langkawi, Malaysia over a long weekend and I just got back from Palawan in the Philippines. Both were absolutely amazing trips but very different trips to say the least.
On a long weekend in September, a group of 9 teachers and myself got together to make the trek to Malaysia. Initially it was mind blowing that you could travel to another country for 3 days but I think I could get used to it! We ended up staying at an absolutely gorgeous resort called Berjaya. It was one of those picture perfect resorts on stilts over the blue ocean. It was an UNESCO ecological park. Monkeys were hanging around everywhere, massive monodor lizards, and even "bat eating" centipedes!
Our weekend consisted of eating amazing food, laying on the beach, swimming, kayaking, and hiking to a pretty cool waterfall. The waterfall had rock areas smooth enough that you could slide down them like a waterslide! Awesome!! Our stay in Langkawi was definitely not long enough so Im sure one day I will be back!
A little added drama to the trip.... on our way back home, "super typhoon Usagi" was supposed to be hitting Hong Kong and Macao. It was forecasted to be the biggest typhoon of the year in the world. Needless to say, all flights were cancelled and we were stuck in Kuala Lumpur for a couple nights. The storm never ended up amounting to anything.
Just got back from quite the adventure in the Philippines! We had a week break from school so another teacher and myself decided to take a trip to Palawan in the Philippines. The location that we went to was called "El Nido". It is pegged as one of the last "ecological frontiers" in the world and well as one of the best beach locations in the world. One of the Survivors was hosted here as well as "Bourne Legacy" was also shot here.
Although worth it when you arrive in El Nido, it is definitely not easy to get to. Our flight was Macao to Manila and Manila to Puerto Princesa. Once we got to Puerto Princesa you had to get on a van and drive 5-6 hours to El Nido through some of the bumpiest roads I've been on. And that was their national highway! Once you arrive in El Nido it is absolutely spectacular! Beautiful blue waters, white sandy beaches, and a very "untouched" Philippine village. The village only has power from 2pm-6am (if you are lucky) which kind of adds to its allure!
Our vacation was spend island hopping, waterfall trekking, searching out some amazing beaches, eating and drinking great food, and paddle boarding along the coast!
Our Thanksgiving was spent on a Island Hopping tour where we got to visit some amazing islands and beaches! Some were only accessible through small little cave openings that you had to snorkel through! Lunch was a BBQ complete with pork, chicken, barracuda, rice, and mangos! Yum! And some of the best snorkelling I've got to experience to date. Saw sea turtles, sharks, lion fish, and much more!!
Despite the adventure getting to El Nido it was definitely worth it!
2 amazing trips and hopefully many more to come! Borneo is next on the list over Christmas! Stay tuned!