Puerto Princesa Images

Honda Bay, Sabang Beach and the Underground or Subterranean River. There are frequent flights to and from Manila and Cebu, and a wide range of hotels and guest houses from lux to backpacker, there are also better than average dining options in town particularly Kalui and Captain Ribs and even a French-run bakery! Before heading up to Honda Bay or El Nido, Puerto Princesa itself has a decent pristine beach and the hilltop Baker’s Hill - a kind of kitsch theme park with bakery and restaurant just outside of town.

Banaue Images

The small city of Banaue, Ifugao Province in the Cordilleras Mountains of the Philippines is hard to access. There is no airport, and the nearest one at Cauayan, is a 4 hour drive away. Most visitors come in by night bus from Manila - a long, tedious journey. Most visitors agree, tthough, that the trip was worth it once they feast their eyes on the magnificent rice terraces, especially those at Batad and Bangan-an - both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Local transport will get you there by jeepney or tricycle at least most of the way. High speed internet is just about nonexistent, and cellphone coverage is spotty at best, so Banaue is a chance to really get away from it all.

Goa Images

Goa is a state in South India and a former Portuguese colony with a rich history. Goa is tiny by Indian standards. Goa is made up of a unique mix of cultures: Indian and Portuguese. Its architecture reflects this historical fact. Since the sixties, Goa has been attracting a steady flow of visitors - hippies, pilgrims visiting Catholic and Hindu shrines, and many settling in Goa and making it their home. Goa is looks and feels different from the rest of India, thanks to Portuguese rule which isolated it from the rest of India for 451 years. Because of the extraordinary harmony between Hindus, Christians and Muslims Goa is regarded as one of the most peaceful states in India.