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Boracay – 10 Best Things To Do

Boracy – 10 Best Things To Do

Boracay - Top 10 Things To Do
Boracay – Top 10 Things To Do

 

Boracay is known for its paradise beaches, lush nature, and incredible marine life. I must say, Boracay lives up to its reputation of being one of the world’s most beautiful islands. With fantastic white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and great snorkeling and diving spots – Boracay is the perfect island for adventurers and sun seekers. Whether you’re looking for adventures out on the sea, a great nightlife or relaxation on secluded beaches – Boracay offers all those things and everything in between! If you seek tips on what to do in Boracay, then this is the perfect list for you!

 

1. Watch The Sunset

One of the best free things to do in Boracay is to watch the sunset from one of the Boracay beaches. I highly recommend watching it from White Beach, where you can see the silhouette of the passing paraws (boats) sailing towards the horizon. And don’t forget to watch the sunrise, which is equally beautiful as the sunset. Watching the sunrise is a great way to start your day, and to enjoy a less crowded White Beach!

 

2. Puka Beach

If you’re looking for a beach with plenty of space where you can spread out, then head to Puka Beach! Puka Beach is named after the beautiful Puka shells that you’ll find in the sand. This is one of the most beautiful beaches on Boracay with its lush nature, crystal clear waters, beautiful shells and secluded paradise vibe.
Just catch a ride with one of the tricycles, and you’ll reach this place in about 15-20 minutes from Station 1. At the beach you will find a few bars selling cold drinks and snacks, and where the tricycle’s park you will also find several shops selling souvenirs, snacks, and coconut drinks!

Puka Beach
Puka Beach

 

3. Snorkeling And Diving

All around the island, you will find several places that offer different snorkeling and diving tours. Along the boardwalk of White Beach, you will find most of the operators offering trips where you can enjoy beautiful reefs with corals and colorful fishes, caves, shipwrecks, and even underwater tunnels!

 

4. White Beach

It’s thanks to White Beach that Boracay today is such a popular and famous tourist destination in the Philippines. Thanks to its white sand and crystal clear waters, White Beach is the most famous beach on the island. Nowadays, this is not the secluded paradise beach it once was – today it’s devoted to tourists. But, don’t let that stop you from coming here – the water, sand, and palm trees are still as beautiful as they’ve always been!

If you like the hustle and bustle, then this is one of the best places for you to hang out. Here are the boats lined up along the shore from station 1 to 3, offering both day trips and different water activities. At the famous White Beach Boardwalk, you will find plenty of restaurants, cool bars and shops selling clothes and souvenirs.

White Beach
White Beach

 

5. Diwini Beach

This is by far the coziest beach on Boracay. Diwini beach offers a beautiful environment and a nice spot to see the sunset. At Diwini Beach you can easily spend a whole day – relax and sip on refreshing drinks!
I recommend the lounge bar/restaurant called Spider House, which is a perfect place to hang out and enjoy the paradise vibe.

 

6. Go Paraw Sailing

A paraw is an outrigger boat with two sails, and these you’ll find all over the island. Beach hopping is best done by renting one of these boats, since it will take you to the best sites around the island. Just hop on the boat, take control over it and let the paraw sail you towards a day full of fun adventures!
A tip is to go paraw sailing during sunset, which is both romantic and magical!

Paraw Boat
Paraw Boat

 

7. Water Activities

Round the Island, you will find plenty of water activities that varies from windsurfing, fly fish, diving, parasailing and paddle boarding. Most of the activities you will find at White Beach, which is the best place if you’re looking for a day of endless fun! The price varies depending on the activity you choose; Parasailing cost from P750 – P2500, paddleboarding from P300 – P500 per hour and fly fish from P550 – P600 per person!

 

8. Visit Mount Luho

Mount Luho is the perfect spot for those who seek a breathtaking view of Boracay’s turquoise waters and lush nature. To get here, you can either rent a tricycle that cost around 100-200 PHP one way (depending on your bargain skills) or get some exercise and hike to the top. When you finally reach the top of Mount Luho (additional 120 PHP to enter the viewpoint) you can enjoy fantastic views of Boracay, including Bulabog Beach where the kite surfers like to hang out!

Mount Luho
Mount Luho

 

9. Join The Lively Nightlife

For all you party people out there, Boracay doesn’t disappoint when it comes to nightlife. When it gets dark, the island transforms into a great outdoor club with a fantastic party vibe. Watch the sunset, have a drink (or five), and dance the night away!

 

10. Feel The Tranquility Of Ilig-Iligan Beach

Ilig-Iligan Beach is truly a paradise beach that offers plenty of space for you and your friends and family. This beach isn’t that popular among tourists since it’s a bit off the tourist path. But, it’s definitely worth it as it’s one of the most secluded beaches on the island. Here you can snorkel, enjoy the tranquility and watch the nice view over the limestone islets that lies just outside the beach.

I would also raise a warning finger for persons that offer a boat ride to the famous Lapuz-Lapuz beach. It’s forbidden to visit unless you’re staying at their hotel. They try to convince you that it’s ok, but do not trust them – it’s a private beach, and if you go there, you will be thrown out.

Ilig Iligan Beach
Ilig Iligan Beach

 

 

 

About the author:

Christine Wedberg

Christine is a full-time traveler and digital nomad from Sweden who loves photography, exploring new countries, and sharing her passion for traveling the world. She loves spending time out in the wild, relax on tropical beaches and exploring new cultures.

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Boracay - 10 Best Things To Do
Boracay – 10 Best Things To Do

Japan – 10 Best Things To Do

Japan – 10 Best Things To Do

Japan - 10 best things to do
Japan – 10 best things to do

As one of the most visited countries in the world, Japan is likely to be on your bucket list. When visiting, you may feel like you’re in a completely different world. From high tech toilets, to towering skyscrapers, to quirky anime characters, you’re sure to go through a life-changing experience. There are so many interesting places to visit in Japan; like the serene Mt. Fuji and Kyoto’s ancient temples and shrines, as well as bustling cities like Tokyo. Japan is a wonderful place full of history and culture. You will find yourself immersed in the culture while eating traditional cuisines and authentic sushi everywhere you go. Here is a list of the 10 best things to do in Japan.
 

1. Kinkaku-Ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Also known as the Golden Pavilion, it is one of the most popular buildings in Japan. Tourists admire the beauty of the temple and the surrounding lush green backdrop. The top two levels are covered in gold leaf, leaving a beautiful calming reflection against the Pond.

Kinkaku-Ji Temple
Kinkaku-Ji Temple

 

2. Hike in the Fushimi Inari Taisha

The red tori gates symbolize the entrance of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. This was one of my favorite sites to visit in Japan. The Inari Shrine sits on Mt. Inari and has thousands of tori gates leading to the hilltop, which takes up to 2 hours to walk, but is well worth the hike. From the top of Mt. Inari you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the city.

Red tori gates at Fushimni Inari Shrine
Red tori gates at Fushimni Inari Shrine

 

3. Tokyo Parks

Tokyo has the most attractive parks throughout Japan. A few of my favorites are: Shinjuku Gyoen, Meguro River, Yoyogi Park, Sankeien Garden and Chidorigafuchi Park. The best time to visit the parks is during Sakura season, where many cherry blossoms trees are planted throughout the grounds. Fall is also a great time to visit the parks to see the most beautiful foliage.

Tokyo Parks
Tokyo Parks

 

4. Stay in a Ryokan

Dressed in a kimono and walking around a relaxing ryokan was my favorite experience in Japan. I highly suggest others to experience the traditional lifestyle and hospitality, as there is no other experience like it. A ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn that is mostly located around hot springs. It incorporates elements of tatami floors, Japanese style baths and traditional cuisines.

Stay in a Ryokan
Stay in a Ryokan

 

5. Experience Hot Springs/Onsen

Looking to get away from the city and unwind? Visiting a hot spring or onsen is a relaxing and therapeutic way to spend a few hours or an entire day. There are many hot springs/onsens located throughout Japan. The best ones are the natural hot springs located near mountains like Mount Fuji. You can find public hot springs to use for a few hours or stay a night in a hot spring ryokan.

Experience Hot Springs / Onsen
Experience Hot Springs / Onsen

 

6. Day Trip to Hakone

A day trip to Hakone is an easy trip to do from Tokyo. It takes an hour and a half by train. Take a walk along Lake Ashi and see the Hakone Shrine. From the bottom of Lake Ashi you may even see Mount Fuji on a day with clear skies, or if you have time, go on a hike and find the best views of Mount Fuji from the top of the mountain. The Hakone ropeway is also another great way to see Mount Fuji.

Day Trip to Hakone
Day Trip to Hakone

 

7. Eat Street Food

The food in Japan is obviously amazing but the street food is one of the best! I found myself eating street food every single day. It’s surprisingly pretty clean too! How delicious does this Taiyaki look? Taiyaki is a Japanese fish shaped filled pancake. A few of my favorite street foods are Dango, Ichigo Daifuku, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Crepes.

Streetfood in Japan
Streetfood in Japan

 

8. Visit Osaka

With many things to do, Osaka Castle is one of the most iconic monuments in the city. It is a late 16th century castle with a museum inside and provides panoramic views from the top of the castle. Osaka is Japan’s third largest city with great nightlife and amazing street food.

Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle

9. Bamboo Groves

The Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama is a must visit while in Japan. The thick green bamboos seem to grow endlessly into the sky. Take a few moments while walking through the forest to listen to the wind rustling through the bamboo leaves throughout this magical forest. This place gets fairly crowded with tourists, so a visit early in the morning is best.

Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama
Bamboo Groves in Arashiyama

 

10. Eat Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market for their sushi breakfast! Tsukiji is the world’s largest and busiest fish market, with the best sushi in the world! I’ve heard that the live tuna auction is a must! It is on a first-come, first-serve basis and has limited tickets each day, but you must arrive by 4am to secure your spot.

Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market
Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

 

About the Author:

Christine Tran grew up in sunny Los Angeles, spent three years in New York before moving to San Francisco. She is a part-time travel blogger who enjoys touring the world and has a case of wanderlust. She hopes to inspire others who work full time but make an effort to live a life of adventures. Her favorite things to do during her travels is finding beautiful sunsets, panoramic views and eating authentic cuisines.
 
 
 
 
 

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Japan - 10 best things to do
Japan – 10 best things to do

 

Japan - 10 best things to do
Japan – 10 best things to do

Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

 

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Phnom Penh offers its visitors a wide range of contrasts and experiences. Beautiful colonial architecture stands in neighbourhood to modern glass buildings. Luxury cars drive in the crowded streets next to old tuk tuk’s. Fine Dining and luxury bars are next to yummy streetfood.

Colonial Architecture Pavillon Hotel
Colonial Architecture Pavillon Hotel

Banana transport in Phnom Penh
Banana transport in Phnom Penh

 

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Highlights of Phnom Penh

One of the city’s major tourist attractions is the National Museum of Cambodia, where visitors are treated displays of pottery and bronzes which date back over 1,500 hundred years. There is a collection of wonderful statues of Shiva from as far back as the ninth century and the whole museum is worth it just for the charming courtyard garden, there.

National Museum Phnmom Penh
National Museum Phnmom Penh

 

Close by of the National Museum is the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, which both feature on the majority of tourists’ itineraries. Still a royal residence, the best part of the palace and pagoda are open to the public and you can hook up with a tour which is conducted in a variety of languages.

Royal Palace Phnom Penh
Royal Palace Phnom Penh

 

Wat Phnom is a well known bhuddist temple at the only hill of the city from 14th century, which has given Phnom Penh it’s name.

Wat Phnom
Temple Pnohm Penh

 

Constructed in 1935, the wonderful central market, or Phsar Thmei, is well worth seeking out, too. The market was built in the Art Deco style. Inside the market hall you’ll find all kind of juwelry.

Market Hall Phnom Penh
Central Market Phnom Penh

 

Around the market hall is the food market … have you ever tried spiders? 😉

Fruit Market Phnom Penh
Fruit Market Phnom Penh


 
 

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Culinary Highlights and the Nightlife of Phnom Penh

The Cambodian top address for fine French Cuisine is Van’s Restaurant. The Business Lunch at Van’s seems to be one of the best kept culinary secrets, starting from USD 15!

Van's Restaurant
Van’s Restaurant

 

The riverfront area is full of bars and can be found easily from the Royal Palace. Here, visitors can expect a mix of cafes, restaurants, busy bars and souvenir shops.
 

The Elephant Bar at Raffles Hotel offers the style of the colonial era. Perhaps one of Phnom Penh’s most stylish bars, it has been operating for over eight years and is the perfect place for pre-dinner cocktails with a travel companion whilst watching the sun go down.

Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh
Raffles Hotel Phnom Penh

 

Travel Safety in Phnom Penh

Like many other cities in south east Asia, Phnom Penh is a safe place to visit and explore, but it can often feel more comfortable if you choose to discover it with a female travel companion. Generally speaking, the city is busy but the inhabitants are friendly and welcoming of visitors. Navigating around the capital of Cambodia is simple enough, whether or not you have a travel companion with you, because all of the north-south streets are given odd numbers whilst the east-west ones are designated even. The higher the street’s number, the further west or south you are heading. Like much of Cambodia, catching a tuk-tuk is one of the simplest ways of getting between locations, although it is advisable to settle on a price for the journey before you start rather than at the end. Taxis tend to be only available in the most famous tourist destinations, but are clean and comfortable. When walking around, the city does have a problem with bag snatching, but this is usually overcome by simply taking care with your belongings. However, crossing the road can be tricky, so make sure you look both ways before stepping out, even if the traffic signals indicate you have the right of way!
 

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Penh - A Visitor's Guide
Penh – A Visitor’s Guide

Cambodia – 10 best things to do

Cambodia – 10 best things to do

 

Angkor Wat Cambodia
The tourlina team traveled one month through Cambodia. We found awesome nature, beautiful beaches, great temple architecture, a lively capital, lovely people and insights to the history of Cambodia. Cambodia is definately worth a visit! Here are our 10 favourite places in Cambodia:

1. The Temples of Angkor

Sure, Angkor Wat is one of the most visited sites in the world. Especially around public holidays you’ll find thousands of tourists visiting this place, the main attractions are always crowded. BUT you indeed shouldn’t miss a visit at least once in your lifetime! The architecture of the ruins is simply amazing and they have something “magic”. The main attraction is Angkor Wat, but it is worthwhile to visit some other temples, for example Ta Prohm with its tree overgrown ruins. The temple complex of Angkor consists in complete of more than 1,000 temples and sanctuaries within an area of 200 square kilometers. Besides the main attractions you’ll find also some calmer, nice places. The temples were built between the 8th and 13th centuries; many of them have been restored.

Ta Prohm Cambodia
Ta Prohm Cambodia

 

2. Koh Rong Island

You urgently need some relaxation? You dream about endless beaches with white sand, clear tourquoise water, palms and pure nature in the background? Then Koh Rong is the right island for you! The island is about 25 kilometers far away from Sihanoukville. So far, there are no asphalted streets, no cars, no motorcycles, no tuk tuk’s – no noise at all and only some few small hotels and accomodations. Unfortunately there are already road works, the total calmness is going to have an end soon. So, better have a look into the tourlina app, search for some nice female travel companions and take some days off for Koh Rong chilling soon 😉 . Here is your link to the tourlina app.

Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia
Long Beach at Koh Rong Island Cambodia

 

3. Phnom Penh

Located at the confluence of Tonle-Sap and the Mekong river, Phnom Penh is the lively capital of Cambodia with about 1.5m inhabitants. It’s nice to explore the center of Phnom Penh first with a Cyclo, a traditonal three-wheeled cycle, visiting the beautiful Wat Phnom temple, the Royal Palace and the market hall. In the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum and the Killing Fields you can experience and learn about the dark history of Cambodia. Interesting shops are located in street 240. Read more in “Phnom Penh – A Visitor’s Guide”

Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia
Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia

 

4. Temples of Banteay Chhmar

The Banteay Chhmar temples are located in the northwest of Cambodia, 165 kilometers far away from Angkor, close to the border of Thailand. We’ve ranked Beanteay Chhmar as our number 4 because here you can experience completely for yourself, how nature recaptured the ruins. At least at the time we have visited the ruins, there were no other tourists at all. In size and splendor Banteay Chhmar was comparable to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, it’s a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. There are no hotels in this area. We’ve stayed in a homestay in Banteay Chhmar, which is a unique experience. The roads between Siem Riep and Banteay Chmar are new and well-constructed; it’s also possible to visit Banteay Chhmar by car within a daytrip from Siem Reap.

Banteay Chhmar Cambodia
Banteay Chhmar Cambodia

 

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5. Beng Mealea/ Banteay Srei

Another amazing day trip from Siem Reap by car is the visit of Beng Mealea and Banteay Srei. The Beng Mealea temples are located in a forest, trees are growing out of and in between of the ruins within a subdued light. Banteay Srei is a hinduistic temple complex from 10th century. In difference to the other temples Banteay Srei is made out of pink sandstone decorated with a fine relief decoration.

Banteay Srei Cambodia
Banteay Srei Cambodia

 

6. Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is well known for its long and nice beaches. After reading all the enthusiastic articles about Sihanoukville, we expected to have a great beach time. Well, we realised that at least around new year’s eve the beaches are an extremely crowded place with local people as well as tourists. The streets around the beach areas are massively poluted with waste. It’s not a good idea to come to Sihanoukville around this time. We nethertheless have choosen Sihanoukville as our number 6, because we suppose at any other time, it’s a nice, chilling town with nice beaches 🙂 .

Sihanoukville Cambodia
Sihanoukville Cambodia
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7. Sambor Prei Kuk

Sambor Prei Kuk is a complex of more than 100 temples located in a forest, 30 kilometers in the north of Kampong Thom. It belonged to one of the first temple cities in Asia, which was called Isanapura. Sambor Prei Kuk was built in the Pre-Angkorean period in the 7th century, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. This archeological site is still off the beaten track, only some few tourists visit the ruins. At some of the temples you can observe the work of archeologists restoring the temples. Sambor Prei Kuk is a candidate for the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

Sambor Prei Kuk
Sambor Prei Kuk

 

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8. Koh Trong

Koh Trong is a peaceful island in the Mekong river close to Kratie. So far there are no cars at Koh Trong, only some few scooters and tuk tuk’s. It’s nice to ride by bicycle around the island; you can see a beautiful countryside, farmers working in the field, chicken and other animals crossing your path. Koh Trong is a perfect place for having a chilling break in between your Cambodia roundtrip.

Koh Trong Cambodia
Koh Trong Cambodia

 

9. Wat Banan

Wat Banan is a well preserved temple on a hill close to Battambang. There are 360 steps from the car park to the site, but it’s worth the effort. On top of the hill you have a great panoramic view. The place is not much frequented and very peaceful.

Wat Banan
Wat Banan

 

10. Kep/ Kampot

Kep has a fabulous crab market and is also well known for its sunsets. Kampot is a quiet, lovely town, which has kept a lot of its colonial history. In Kampot you can visit its black pepper farms; Kampot is well known for its pepper. The town is also a good starting point for trips to the Bokor hill.

Crab Market in Kep Cambodia
Crab Market in Kep Cambodia

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

CAMBODIA - 10 best things to do
CAMBODIA – 10 best things to do

 

 
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Tioman

Tioman – a dragon princess

 

Situated in the South China Sea, Tioman Island is shaped like a dragon with giant trees covering its central area of jungle. The dragon’s horns are in fact cliffs, with exotic birds circling in occasional mist. Legend has it that a dragon princess once stopped to rest here and decided to stay put, because the area was so beautiful. If you take your own princess along with you in the form of a female travel companion, perhaps you will have the same experience. The picture-postcard prettiness of the island’s best parts is clearly the main attraction of Tioman, with waterfalls, palm trees, tropical plants and multiple species of birds and mammals.

 

Underwater adventures and scenery – Tioman Island diving and snorkelling

Affordable and with incredible scenery, the island has a number of public beaches near all the villages, in addition to a number of private beaches in resorts. Tioman also offers adventure with impressive diving and snorkelling, including boat trips to explore the tropical coral reefs and teeming fish. The marine life is abundant and the underwater visibility is superb – even with a mask and snorkel from the surface, you will quickly see why Tioman is a popular scuba-diving Mecca. There are even two different species of turtles here and such scenery is best explored with a travel buddy, so as to share in the experience.

 

See Tioman jungle waterfalls with a travel companion

If you and your female travel companion are active people, it is also possible to go rock climbing with specialist equipment and support. To enjoy a more sedate yet impressive experience, you might like to visit one or two of the various waterfalls, where mountain streams gush over cliffs onto granite boulders, making attractive photo opportunities. Alternatively, a boat trip around the island is a great way to see all of the sights; some locations on the island simply cannot be reached by road! Jungle trekking is an option too, with some paths quite well established but unpaved, whereas others are level and easily accessible.

 

Relaxation and shopping with a holiday partner

If you prefer to switch off and be pampered, one or two resorts and hotels have spas that offer luxurious massages or a choice of body scrubs, wraps and grooming, as well as hand and feet treatments. How better to end a day than to both unwind by receiving some well-deserved wellness? Finally, larger stores in Tekek offer shopping, with duty-free wine, spirits and tobacco.

 

Enjoy Tioman Island with a female holiday companion

It is said that travel broadens the mind; with two for company, the planning and amazing experiences can also be shared. Travelling with a holiday partner lightens the load and helps you feel more secure too. In your chosen lodgings or hotel in Tioman, there will be opportunities to enjoy chatting about the great day, as well as bouncing ideas off each other if necessary for the next day – unless you prefer to totally relax with a spa session and rub down, or a day just admiring the beautiful beach and scenery.
 
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Bagan

Travelling to Beautiful Bagan

 

The ancient area of Bagan is testament to the fact that Myanmar (also known as Burma) is still far from westernised. A 26-mile squared area is covered in Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and any ruins in between, many dating from the 11th and 12th century: Bagan is the ultimate time travelling experience. With only basic travel amenities, and although growing in popularity, this is one for backpackers who love to go back to basics. Find a like-minded female travel companion, team up, and go back in time.

 

Bagan history

An ancient capital of what would become modern Myanmar today, Bagan once hosted 10,000 Buddhist constructions, leaving over an impressive 2,200 today, many surviving hundreds of earthquakes. In 1990, local residents of ‘Old Bagan’ were forced to a working area of ‘New Bagan’ in preparation for a tourist influx. Here you can find cheap, clean hotels and religious centres. The biggest transport hub of the area, and also the one with the most hotel and dining options, is Nyaung-U located in the northeast corner. Most temples are located near Old Bagan, but it is not common to stay here.

 

What to do in Bagan

Coach tours supply tourists to most popular areas, but it is easy enough to find a soulless piece of history when exploring with a travel companion. Try renting a bike, taxi or even horse and cart and take a gander at the more deserted sites, such as the Buddha dedicated area of Pyathada Paya. Temples can range from behemoth constructions such as Ananda Pahto, while others offer more intimate details and breath-taking views across the land. The deserted nature of these areas create the perfect opportunity for small groups of travel companions to explore. Cut costs on taxis or keep an eye out for each other while cycling on the miles of dirt roads. You could even share a local guide to find the very unexplored parts of Bagan. If tempted to spend a little more cash, the temple views from a hot air balloon will let you and your holiday partner appreciate the sheer breadth of the ancient wonder that is Bagan.

 

Bagan – General tips

Because Myanmar has only recently been opened up to the tourist industry, and because Bagan is far from any of its larger cities, do not expect the level of travel amenities that you might on any normal holiday. Always take plenty of cash (the local kyat, or US dollars can always be exchanged) as ATMs are sparse, and keep the cash divvied up between you and your female travel companion. Also, apply for a visa before travelling. In addition, be aware that conservatism is expected at the religious temples; T-shirts and shorts can be seen as offensive, and covering arms and knees is a good rule of thumb. Further to this, women are forbidden from entering some temples. Because of their ancient nature, temple steps can be incredibly steep and lack any basic handrails. Having a travel buddy nearby will ensure that if you do attempt a dangerous climb, you won’t remain stranded if anything were to go wrong. Make sure to take plenty of water and food refreshments – cafés are charming but uncommon.
 
Bagan is a truly impressive sight, and anyone travelling to Myanmar should not leave without bearing witness to its unique beauty. Further options of hikes to Mount Popa or religious centres nearby make this the perfect chance for female travellers to swap ideas and explore its remote beauty together.
 
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Bali

Bali – Island of the Gods

 

There’s a good reason why Bali is called The Island of the Gods. With its glorious beaches, spectacular natural beauty, colourful ceremonies, vibrant culture and exciting nightlife, this small exotic Indonesian island is as near to paradise as it gets. Whether you like shopping in designer boutiques or haggling in local markets, being pampered in one of the many spas or prefer to go off the beaten track and explore ancient Hindu temples hidden in the jungle, a travel companion will help make it an unforgettable experience. Going on vacation with a travel buddy is safer and a lot more fun, so if your bestie is otherwise engaged and you are looking for a travel partner, our app Tourlina can help. It’s designed for women who don’t want to travel alone and can help you find a compatible female holiday partner. Let’s face it, sharing fabulous food or discovering Bali’s iconic landscape from the back of an elephant will be truly exciting with some like-minded company.

 

Bali’s impressive museums and up-market beach resorts

Bali has a magical vibe wherever you go. If you are a dedicated sun worshipper and avid surfer, Kuta with a five-mile stretch of pristine sand boasts the best beaches and is a magnet for surfers, but the best waves are at Uluwatu. North of Kuta is sophisticated Seminyak with its hip hotels, cool cafes and high-end shops. While far removed from the beach party scene is the town of Ubad in the heart of Bali. Ubad is Bali’s cultural centre famous for its museums, art galleries, crafts and traditional dance. You can learn to dance Balinese style every day for free in the Bali Marketplace. Far better than a selfie, get your Bali travel companion to take your photo to share with family and friends back home.

 

Exploring Bali’s natural beauty

Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Ubad is a good jumping off spot to explore the island’s natural beauty. Within a short distance of the town, you and your Bali travel companion could stroll through terraced paddy fields dotted with some of the island’s estimated 10,000 temples or the Monkey Forest. Adrenaline junkies can try white water rafting or bungee jumping on the Ayung River or take a trek up Gunung Agung, Bali’s highest and holiest mountain, which is still an active volcano.

 

Far from the madding crowd

Many of Bali’s four million tourists choke the streets of Ubad and Kuta, but more peaceful attractions away from the crowds include Barat National Park with its prolific birdlife, fauna and animals including leopards and the endangered wild Javan buffalo. Gianyar has some of the Bali’s most important archeological sites and is home to the Bali Safari & Marine Park. Get your travel companion to take a snap for the album as you explore the park from the back of an elephant.
 
Download Tourlina, the app to help women travelling on their own to find a suitable female travel companion for your next trip to Bali.

Borneo

Exploring Beautiful Borneo – only the Kalimantan area of Borneo belongs to Indonesia

 

The largest of all islands in Asia, Borneo is one of the most stunning holiday destinations that you could choose to travel to anywhere on the planet. The southern part of the island is known as Kalimantan and the temperatures are fairly constant in this part of southern Asia. Visiting at almost any time of year, you can expect highs of 30 degrees. Sunny weather is common, although December, January and February tend to be rainiest, on average. In most coastal towns, the sea breeze is enough to keep you cool, even when the sun gets hot. As a result of the even climate, you can usually find a female travel companion to meet up with and explore the island at any time of year. Borneo is considered safe so long as you take sensible precautions, but a travel companion can help you to feel at ease, especially if you head off the beaten track.

 

Urban Borneo

Although Borneo is often depicted as a tropical island paradise, it certainly has a lively urban vibe, too. Samarinda, with over 700,000 inhabitants, is the island’s largest city. Here is a place full of bars, hotels and restaurants, many of which occupy former colonial buildings in a kind of faded glory. However, you will also find traditional street markets, cinemas and a vibrant live music scene. Head to the Deja Vu club around midnight for some excitement. Further to the south is Borneo’s second city, Banjamarsin. Here, the Sabilal Muhtadin Mosque should not be missed because it is the city’s most famous landmark. On the west side of the city is a floating market which is well worth checking out, simply for the novelty of shopping from boats and jetties.

 

The Natural Beauty of Borneo

One of the major draws of Borneo for tourists of all types – and their travel buddies – is the large amount of flora that gives the island life. Borneo is home to one of the oldest rainforests in the world which is home to 3,000 species of tree alone. In this environment, many animal species have become specialists and could now only survive in their unique natural habitats. Probably the most famous of these species is the Bornean orangutan which is subject to many conservation project across the island. By supporting these, it is probably the best way to see them up close. In addition, the rainforest is home to species like wild Asian elephants, the Bornean clouded leopard and the dayak fruit bat. Some travellers are even able to spot the rare Sumatran rhinoceros, too. Most wildlife spotters choose to go on organised tours of the rainforest in order to minimise the disruption humans have upon the indigenous species. Given that the rainforest accounts for about 57 per cent of the land mass of the island, there is plenty to explore. Much of it is either swampy or mountainous, so a guide is really essential.
 
When planning your trip to Borneo, don’t forget to download the Tourlina app to find a suitable female travel companion to make your holiday in Borneo that little bit more special.

Myanmar Highlight: Inle Lake

Myanmar Highlight: Inle Lake

 

Fisherman at Inle Lake, Myanmar
Fisherman at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Set in the heart of Myanmar (Burma), Inle Lake is a body of fresh water that stretches 13.5 miles north and 7 miles wide. Against a backdrop of the beautiful Shan Hills that link to the foothills of the Himalyas, this is a lake on an awe-inspiring scale. And, as an attraction to visit with a travel companion, it delivers on many more levels.

Now part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Inle Lake is home to various native fish and other fresh water creatures that are found nowhere else in the world. Home to a further 70,000 people who live in four cities bordering the lake, and this is a fully fledged ecosystem. Various tribes live and die here, maintaining the lake and living off the resources it provides. Local fishermen practice the distinctive technique of leg rowing in order to stand while boating, and impressive garden beds that are resistant to flooding have been perfected here. This is a beautiful, must-see example of human and environment co-existing, so make sure that you and your travel companion take all of this in.

 

The best of Inle Lake and beyond

Travelling around the lake is by commuter tourist motorboats. It’s best to give in, split the cost with a travel partner and take one of the many lake tours that will be presented to you. Here, you’ll encounter a lake teeming with life: one scattered with tiny villages that stand in the water itself, Buddhist temples that are dotted along the banks and channels of water hemmed in by those unique floating gardens.

The land surrounding the lake also has plenty to offer. Stupas are astounding, some comparable to the wonders seen in Bagan. Many are crammed together on an overgrown hillside, and many reclaimed from local jungle. They represent an area easily explored on foot, and an intimate one at that. Dining together is always a beautiful affair, with many hotel restaurants that extend over the water and have different takes on the local cuisine depending on which tribe may have set it up. Hundreds of monasteries are present here, and Nga Phe Kyaung, also known as the Jumping Cat monastery (literally because of trained jumping cats present), is one of the most unique on the western side of the lake. Cats aside, this is worth a look solely because of its collection of ancient Buddha images. Hiring a private boat that includes a tour guide for the day with a travel buddy is the best and cheapest way to pick and choose your favourite locations, and skip some of the more tourist-crowded spots. If you need more time on land, try hiring bikes together and cycle west along the unpaved, bumpy roads. The exercise will be worth it when reaching a series of swimming pools filled directly from the nearby hot springs. Gender-specific pools are also available for female travellers.

For unique souvenirs, the locals of the Inn Paw Khon village are well known for their loom-made textiles. From sarongs to scarfs, everything is hand-crafted here by women of all ages, and they also boast lotus fabric made from the flowers that bloom in the peak tourist season (October to February). Purchase directly and take home a piece of Myanmar heritage.

Inle Lake is beautiful part of Myanmar. It blends together an array of village cultures with local beauty and wildlife, and presents it in a charming and accessible way to tourists. Make the most of it by downloading Tourlina and exploring it safely and more economically with a female travel companion.

Find your female travel buddy for your next trip to Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma) with our app Tourlina

An Inle Lake photo tour:

Inle Lake in the Morning
Inle Lake in the Morning
Inle Lake in the Morning
Inle Lake in the Morning
Festivities at Inle Lake
Inle Lake
Inle Lake - Indein
Inle Lake – Indein Stupas
Inle Lake - Lokal Market
Inle Lake – Lokal Market
Festivities at Inle Lake
Festivities at Inle Lake
Festivities at Inle Lake
Festivities at Inle Lake
Fisherman
Fisherman
Inle Lake - Lokal People
Inle Lake – Lokal People in the Floating Gardens
Inle Lake - Lokal People
Inle Lake – Lokal People
Inle Lake - Sunset
Inle Lake – Sunset

Vietnam Highlight: Ho Chi Minh City

Traveling Made Fun in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

 

Old Meets New in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is still also given its colonial French name of Saigon, and the French influence really shows in this modern Asian city. With a Notre Dame Cathedral and a fabulously ornate central post office designed by Gustave Eiffel, there’s a definite old-meets-new, East-meets-West vibe here. Famous for its Pho (delicious -and healthy- Vietnamese soup), Ho Chi Minh City is filled with beautiful sights and attractions which range from the indulgent to the daring (a high-quality manicure or spa experience can be obtained for the loose change in your pocket, while lightning-fast motorbike tours through crowded backstreets will definitely make for an experience to remember).

 

Female Travel Companions while Traveling in Vietnam

Sometimes there’s nothing more liberating than travelling alone – and lengthy trips can work as a form of therapy or self-discovery following trauma or loss. This has proven a popular theme in novels and films in recent times: think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s divorce/travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love, or of Reese Witherspoon’s Oscar-nominated performance in Wild. Other times, though, women may feel a sense of solidarity and companionship in finding a female travel partner or travel companion to accompany them on their trip. From sipping glasses of fermented scorpion wine to bagging bargains at the 3,000 stalls of Ho Chi Minh City’s Ben Thanh Market, a travel buddy not only offers someone to watch your back, but also someone to share your new experiences with.

 

Fun and Safety in Ho Chi Minh City with a Travel Companion

They say that there’s safety in numbers, and it’s certainly true that going around with a travel companion can make you feel more comfortable and secure, particularly if you want to go out and make the most of Ho Chi Minh’s nightlife. Pham Ngu Lao Street is the city’s backpackers’ quarter, and in this area the music and parties continue well into the small hours. Equally, sophisticated times are to be had in the city’s upmarket rooftop bars, and who better to share the good times with than a like-minded travel companion?

 

Cooking Classes, Architecture & Culture in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnamese food is undoubtedly amazing, and some of the city’s better cooking classes will take you to local markets to source fresh food, before a local chef shows you how to prepare Vietnamese classics such as summer rolls- and you’ll likely be given a pack to take home so you can recreate the dishes for your friends. If you have a travel blog, you’ll definitely want to write about the city’s museums: the War Remnants Museum offers some serious reminders of the grim recent past for many local people, while Lam Son Square’s colonial French architecture (and great cocktails at the chi-chi Hotel Continental) are a must-see. A travel companion means you’ll have more fun while you take it all in, while a visit to the Thien Hau Pagoda will definitely remind you that you aren’t in Kansas anymore.

 

Find your female travel companion for your next trip to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with our app Tourlina

 

A Ho Chi Minh City tour:

Municipal Theatre in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City
Scooter traffic in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Scooter traffic in Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Thien Hau Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh City
Pagoda in Ho-Chi-Minh-City
Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Woman produces sugar cane juice
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Yummy! Sugar cane juice!
Market impressions
Market impressions