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

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

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

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