Philippines/Vacation Advice

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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby Pingdong » 18 Apr 2012, 00:09

cambodia is nice, but at least for me the risk of getting blown up stepping on some unexploded US bomb makes other places more attractive in the nature sense. you can hike through jungles in thailand and phili. but not so much in Laos/cambodia, unless you just stick to well used trails. i also found cambodia slightly less interesting form a nature perspective as its much flatter in many places and dry looking compared to so many of the dense jungle mountains of the other 2 countries mentioned.


In reality, we should really go to all of them and find out firsthand. Our trip overall we found Palawan cheaper than Thailand (southern Thailand), but aside from the hotel, we cheap out on almost everything. i also like palwan because its WAY less busy than other places.
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby trubadour » 18 Apr 2012, 08:53

Looks like Secret Paradise Resort is Sold out in July...
Do you guys book in advance or just turn up?
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby Feiren » 18 Apr 2012, 09:57

I usually just turn up. Especially if I'm dong the sort of thing you are doing.
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby Shaktipalooza » 18 Apr 2012, 11:49

Pingdong wrote:cambodia is nice, but at least for me the risk of getting blown up stepping on some unexploded US bomb makes other places more attractive in the nature sense. you can hike through jungles in thailand and phili. but not so much in Laos/cambodia, unless you just stick to well used trails.


when was the last time a foreigner done got blowed up in Cambodia?
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby trubadour » 18 Apr 2012, 13:01

Feiren wrote:I usually just turn up. Especially if I'm dong the sort of thing you are doing.


dans/sans backpack/suitcase?
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby Feiren » 18 Apr 2012, 14:58

A small pack.
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby tango42 » 18 Apr 2012, 15:27

You can find simple cheap clean places near the beach in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Sammui, etc. for NT$800-1200 a day. I've seen rooms for $500 within walking distance of the beach. Eat the cheap food at the markets with fairly cheap access to just about any activity you might be interested in, from hiking to kayaking to watching movies or hitting shopping malls, to just laying on a beach doing nothing except let people bring everything to you, from fresh seafood to a massage. You can socialize or be around people as much or as little as you prefer. Quite a few of the restaurants/pubs have free wi-fi, so even if not interested in drinking or socailizing, its convenient to grab a seat, watch the sea, and catch up on email.

Flights direct to Phuket, or fly into Bangkok and catch a cheap shuttle direct to hotel in Pattaya.
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby jdsmith » 18 Apr 2012, 15:31

Alona Beach. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby Feiren » 18 Apr 2012, 15:55

tango42 wrote:You can find simple cheap clean places near the beach in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Sammui, etc. for NT$800-1200 a day. I've seen rooms for $500 within walking distance of the beach. Eat the cheap food at the markets with fairly cheap access to just about any activity you might be interested in, from hiking to kayaking to watching movies or hitting shopping malls, to just laying on a beach doing nothing except let people bring everything to you, from fresh seafood to a massage. You can socialize or be around people as much or as little as you prefer. Quite a few of the restaurants/pubs have free wi-fi, so even if not interested in drinking or socailizing, its convenient to grab a seat, watch the sea, and catch up on email.

Flights direct to Phuket, or fly into Bangkok and catch a cheap shuttle direct to hotel in Pattaya.


Pattaya is almost unbelievably sleazy. Probably should be experienced once. This is sexpat central.

Phuket and now, sadly, are package tourist destinations.

Listen to JD. Alona beach.
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Re: Philippines/Vacation Advice

Postby tango42 » 18 Apr 2012, 16:09

Feiren wrote:
tango42 wrote:You can find simple cheap clean places near the beach in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Sammui, etc. for NT$800-1200 a day. I've seen rooms for $500 within walking distance of the beach. Eat the cheap food at the markets with fairly cheap access to just about any activity you might be interested in, from hiking to kayaking to watching movies or hitting shopping malls, to just laying on a beach doing nothing except let people bring everything to you, from fresh seafood to a massage. You can socialize or be around people as much or as little as you prefer. Quite a few of the restaurants/pubs have free wi-fi, so even if not interested in drinking or socailizing, its convenient to grab a seat, watch the sea, and catch up on email.

Flights direct to Phuket, or fly into Bangkok and catch a cheap shuttle direct to hotel in Pattaya.


Pattaya is almost unbelievably sleazy. Probably should be experienced once. This is sexpat central.

Phuket and now, sadly, are package tourist destinations.

Listen to JD. Alona beach.


Agreed. But can still enjoy cheaply by avoiding what you don't want, and finding what you do want.
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