Cambodia: Expectation versus Reality

Elephant in Phnom Penh

To explore a new place often goes along with some kind of expectations cooked by many different ingredients. The main ingredients for expectations are objective research on the one hand and on the other hand subjective experiences shared by friends, strangers or online. Expectations have two sides. Create hope and encouragement are the good parts whereas a lack of facing the reality belongs to the not so tasty ingredients. The moment we set foot in…

Backpacking Cambodia on a Budget – The Complete First-Timer’s Guide to Cambodia

Having a nice view in the mountains of Kampot

Wasteland That was our first impression, when still flying over Cambodia. Rows of yellow and brown fields cover a large area with barely any tree in sight. Just some houses piling up here and there form a village. Cambodia – a rural desolate country Soon, after spending nearly 1 month here, we will leave this country behind with an awkward feeling, questioning us: That was it? That was Cambodia? Why? The first impression didn’t deceive…

From island to island in the Philippines

Sunset at Bohol Island

Bohol and Panglao Last time we wrote about our arrival in Tagbilaran, the main city on Bohol Island. The town was just another crowded, noisy place so we were glad when we checked in at a nice place called Coco Farm on Panglao Island the next morning. Panglao is a smaller island than Bohol but but is near Tagbilaran, just across a bridge. Coco Farm was in quiet, tranquil place. Nice beaches were all around…

Budget Travel Guide: Philippines, Siquijor island

I Love Siquijor

Siquijor (pronounced sicky whore), also known as the Island of Fire is a fascinating destination that shouldn’t be missed when traveling the popular Visayas region (Bohol, Dumaguete, Negros) in the Philippines. There are several ways to access Siquijor by all the ports of the surrounding main islands. Once you’re in the Philippines you’ll see how easy it is to jump from island to island. Siquijor is the third smallest province of the Philippines, thus perfect…

5 Things that prove that Bohol was once inhabited by Giants

Tina at the Chocolate Hills

Travelling the Philippines is like immersing yourself into an ocean of fairy tales. Each island opens a new chapter to another fabulous world full of magic and mystery. Today we’ll tell you the fairy tale of Bohol, the most visited island in the Central Visayas Nobody told us that we were heading to an island that was once inhabited by giants. We found out in bits and pieces. Read what the giants have left behind…

Philippines: a peculiar folk – 25 reasons to love and hate the Filipino people

Tina at the beach during sunset

Things that we find awkward 1. How can you eat pork all the time – and I don’t mean the good parts? It smells burnt in the Philippine streets. Barbecue is very common here, especially grilled pork. Don’t expect to get a typical Western steak or roast. Usually there is a list of pork parts you can chose from, everything from the head to the toe is served. Even the ears and the snout can…