Missing the Mount Pinatubo

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday the only real reason to come to Angeles City was to visit the volcano Mount Pinatubo. The Pinatubo became infamous for its disastrous eruption on June 15, 1991 which coincided with the arrival of the typhoon Yunya causing a deadly mix of ashes, torrential rain and wind. Fortunately the eruption could be predicted relatively precisely leading to the evacuation of thousands of people in the area. Since then the volcano has … Read More

Angeles City? Strange City!

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I had Angeles City on the list of my destinations, as I wanted to visit the nearby Mount Pinatubo for quite some time. Therefore, I rented a car at the airport of Manila, where I got the first stress. I had made an online reservation with Europcar as I had done many times before without any problem. However, this time the registration process at the counter took forty-five minutes. The person serving me was obviously pretty nervous for … Read More

Sunny Trip along the Coast of Palawan

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Day three out of four full days. And the sun was finally shining. Perfect weather to drive up the coast. My first destination was the Honda Bay around 30 kilometres north of Puerto Princesa. The bay is famous for some islands with beautiful white beaches which can be reached by chartered boat. A lot of tours are on offer, but it is all the usual same stuff. The prices range in between 600 and 1500 Pesos depending on … Read More

Two Hours in a Philippine Prison and ending up in a Brothel (Part II)

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On Palawan there is not really too much to see. The island has three main attractions: El Nido on the Northern tip of the island and famous for its beaches, the islands in the Honda Bay near Puerto Princesa and the underground river, the longest one in the world. Apart from this the island has beautiful landscapes. And that´s why I was simply driving down the bay around the capital to a small fishing village. I had to … Read More

Two Hours in a Philippine Prison and ending up in a Brothel (Part I)

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Day two of four days on Palawan island. And the sky was extremely cloudy again. But I said to myself that I cannot wait any longer especially as Puerto Princesa does not have much more to offer than the cathedral, the seaside and the market all of which I have already ticked off. I took the risk and drove off to one of the most renowned attractions on Palawan, the so called Palawan Prison and Penal Farm. It … Read More

Exploring Puerto Princesa on a cloudy Day

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Well, my first full day out of four. But the weather was more than cloudy. Dark and deep hanging clouds! And first of all I had to change my hotel. So I could not really start the photo day before 13:00. Basically I wanted to drive to one of the more interesting places outside the town, but the weather forced me to stay here. I did not dare to drive fifty kilometres through the countryside without shelter when … Read More

Impressions of Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island in the Philippines

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Before we come to Puerto Princesa I just have to say a few words on the Philippines starting with: I love the Philippines!. If you have never been to this wonderful archipelago before, it is time now to do so. Not only that the Philippines can boast some of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. But in this country you also meet the most friendly and warm hearted people you have hardly ever met anywhere else … Read More

Luxury Housing for the Dead – The Chinese Cemetery in Manila

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Going to the Chinese Cemetery adjacent to the North Cemetery and having been to the latter one first is a contrast as it could hardly be stronger. While the North Cemetery with the poor people living here and giving you the feeling of being in a nice village rather than on a cemetery, the Chinese one represents order and wealth. The whole compound is very clean and is also closed and protected over night. It was founded when … Read More

Living with the Dead – The North Cemetery in Manila

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Cemeteries are usually an interesting place to see. In a way they give an insight into the culture of the people and represent the way they deal with their dead. I have been to a few cemeteries in the world but I have never been to a cemetery like the North Cemetery of Manila, the Cemeterio del Norte. It is the oldest and largest cemetery in Manila founded during the nineteenth century and covering an area of 54 … Read More

The East Coast of Koh Chang – Rural Idyll (Part II)

I reached Salak Kokh after a few kilometres. As mentioned before I expected another tourist trap and lots of souvenir stalls. But to my surprise this was really a very traditional fishing village. The first thing I saw was a little shipyard, the only one on the whole island providing repair service to the local fishermen. There were two old vessels which looked like in urgent need of maintenance. I then came across an old boat wreck that … Read More

The East Coast of Koh Chang – Rural Idyll (Part I)

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After driving down all the busy and beach plastered west coast two days ago I could not refrain from the nightlife that day and needed some rest yesterday. Now after full recovery today I went down the east coast. I had some doubt whether I should do the 100 kilometres trip at all because everything I was reading about this part of the island was not really very exciting. But this is not a leisure trip! I am … Read More

Koh Chang – Another Paradise Island

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For quite some time I have been thinking about spending six to nine months in a year in Asia. And Phuket has always been my favourite place to stay. After having seen Koh Samet first doubts came up. But now being on Koh Chang Phuket is loosing even further ground. Koh Chang! What a beautiful island! Koh Chang, the name means elephants island, is the second largest island in Thailand situated at the eastern coast of the Gulf … Read More

170 KM – A ten Hours Trip to Kho Chang

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When I travelled from Pattaya to Koh Samet it took me one hour by minivan and one hour by ferry to reach my destination. All in all for the roughly eighty kilometres it was only two and a half hours from door to door. From Koh Samet to Koh Chang it is around 170 kilometres. My mathematics capabilities have never been my strength, but I could still make the simple calculation that for about twice the distance I … Read More

Koh Samet – The Beach Paradise

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Have you ever dreamt of going to one of those beautiful tropical postcard like beaches you have seen in magazines or on television? White sandy beaches, palm-fringed with turquoise crystal clear water? And have you ever asked yourself where to find those paradise places? Ok, the answer is simple now: Go to Koh Samet. This small island is a true beach paradise with not only one such dream beach but lots of them lined up on the east … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Floating Market

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Last day in Pattaya! And I am definitely not sad about it. Today I visited the floating market, a must see in this town. Floating markets in Southeast Asia have a long tradition and usually reflect the way of life and the culture of the local people. Foreign visitors get a good insight into the life on a river or the coastline. Farmers and fishermen flock in early in the morning to trade their goods like vegetables, fish … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Sanctuary of Truth

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As I mentioned in my last post I am a bit tired of temple viewing, but Pattaya does not have so much else to offer. So I went to the Sanctuary of Truth, a large temple completely constructed of wood and only wood. It is about five kilometers away from the northern end of the beach road, situated right on the coast. When you arrive at the complex you have to pay 500 THB (12€) entrance fee which … Read More

Sightseeing in Pattaya – The Big Buddha

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Can one like Pattaya? The answer to this question is pretty simple NO! Why? Because it is hard to develop a differentiated view on Pattaya. You probably either love it or you hate it. So, who could love this fast growing city with its just over 100.000 citizens? Maybe people love the beach, stretching over 4 km but being only 4 meters wide, with a questionable water quality and packed with sunshades and looking like this: Or people … Read More

The Protesters´ Camp at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok

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Protests and demonstrations against the incumbent, now caretaking government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been ongoing for weeks now and will continue. I abstain from trying to give a comprehensive or brief insight into Thai politics here. It is much too complicated, I do not understand enough about it and in the end this is just a travel and photography blog. But today I had a mission. And this was to bring peace to this country by … Read More

Visiting the Temple Wat Arun on New Year´s Day

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Wat Arun is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Bangkok. And to visit it on New Year´s Day is a special experience on top of the temple as such. Thousands of Buddhist believers follow the tradition of “Merit Making at Nine Temples” in Bangkok. In other words, every Buddhist should visit nine defined temples in Bangkok on this one day with the objective to uphold Buddhist principles and thereby to find spiritual happiness. If you consider … Read More

Banjasiri Park and Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

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Do you know the real Thai name of Bangkok? Of course you do not! But don´t worry! I guess not even the average Thai or even Bangkok citizen knows it because it is long. Very long: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Actually this is the longest city name on earth. And that is probably why the Thais just call it Krung Thep … Read More

Visit Singapore but stay in Indonesia

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Singapore is an expensive city, even for western standards. When I decided to visit Singapore and searched for a hotel I was pretty shocked and distracted by the hefty prices you have to pay for a moderate middle class hotel. And if you look at the reviews it did not sound very promising either. I was already thinking about deleting Singapore from my list of destinations for this year´s Asia trip when I came across Batam. Batam is … Read More

Arab Street and Chinatown in Singapore

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After I had been so disappointed by Little India yesterday and not to forget the rain, I asked myself, why not giving Singapore and its ethnic districts another chance?! So I went to the Arabian quarter around the Arab Street. On my way there I passed by the Parkview Square building on North Bridge Road. It is a really beautiful and very impressive skyscraper with great architectural details. It was designed in the classical Art Deco style of … Read More

A Rainy Day in Singapore

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You better don´t visit Singapore during November and December when it is the most rainy time of the year – the monsoon season! But I did! And will never ever do so again! I wanted to go to Little India. If you expect to be beamed into a real kind of Indian flair and atmosphere, you better forget it. Little India in Singapore is just as sterile and clean and orderly like all of Singapore. When I left … Read More

Day Trip over Phuket

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Well, after ten days of more or less doing nothing apart from lying on the beach it was time now to rent a motorbike and make a little tour around Phuket. The only problem was once again that my driving license actually does not allow me to drive the 125 ccm engines which is standard here. My license is limited to ridiculous 50 ccm only. The friendly hotel owner recommended to me that in the case the police … Read More

Never mess with Thai beach boys

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Although Patong is the main tourist hot spot on Phuket and consequently you encounter a few more people on the beach, a pretty peaceful and cheerful atmosphere prevails. Essentially contributing to this atmosphere are the Thai beach boys, who rent out Jet Skis, work as lifeguards or generally take care of the well being of the tourists. They collect the fee for the beach chairs, place your parasol just as you like it, serve you a coffee or … Read More

Impressions of Patong Beach, Phuket

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Today once more I was on Patong Beach to shoot some photos using the warm light of the late afternoon sun. But today was also the day of the high season opening on Phuket when all hotel owners go to the street as part of a big parade alongside the beach road. A number of cars tuned with magnificent sound systems up to the roofs and playing deafening techno music are heading the parade and passing by the … Read More

Asia No. 5 – Where to go this Time

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On 10th December I will take off to Asia once again. This time I will head towards the following destinations over a period of roughly eight weeks. At first I travel to my favourite island Phuket, where I will hang out a lot on the beach and tour around the island to take lots of photos. On Christmas Day I will fly on to Singapore and then take a ferry to Batam, an island belonging to Indonesia. There … Read More