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Domestic travel dominated by youth demographic

MILLENNIALS were the most traveled within the country last year, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority and Department of...

Eye to eye with death

Hanging out with predators. WORDS ROLAND HANEWALD | PHOTOS UWE JACOBS It has become customary in recent years to classify sharks as “friendly” creatures, as picturesque...

A 37-year history of descent into airline hell

By Joe Nocera, Bloomberg View IF YOU’RE AN airline passenger of a certain age, you remember what it was like in those years before 1978....

Unpacking the mystery of wobbly suitcase syndrome

PARIS — You are rushing to catch a train or plane and suddenly the suitcase you’re pulling starts to rock from wheel to wheel,...

The most interesting late-night room service around the world

By Chadner Navarro WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE: bleary-eyed from a long flight that lands after dark, staring down an even-more-exhausting work trip ahead. You drop...

Place of the Gods

Text and photos by Bettina V. Roc, Associate Editor Try telling a friend you’re traveling to Mexico and the first thing you will likely be...

All dressed up in Jeonju

Text and photos by Brian M. Afuang FROM SOUTH Korea’s international airport in Incheon, the route to the city of Jeonju, some 200 kilometers away,...

Gardening as art goes on show at famous UK festival

LONDON — From the world’s hottest chilli to a garden inspired by music, Britons celebrate their love for gardening this week at the Chelsea Flower...

Korea’s ports are calling

MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music, beauty products, the hanbok, the...

Sailing away

IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced that its flagship, the Superstar Virgo,...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was once known as a honeymoon destination for...

Nature tripping in Tanay

THERE is a place close to Metro Manila where one can enjoy nature at its finest. The Haranah Eco Park, a privately owned 16.2-hectare property...

Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard

PATTAYA, THAILAND — In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta...

Hammock floors take overwater bungalows to a new level of luxury

CLOSE your eyes and think about the most relaxing place in the world. Is it a private pool overlooking a volcano in Costa Rica?...

An ethnographic museum is Baguio’s latest attraction

MUSEO KORDILYERA, which opened on Jan. 31, is an addition to the must-visit sites in Baguio City. Inside, the Museo Kordilyera–UPB Ethnographic Museum is a...

Hotels worth booking for the workout

THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not...

The flowers of Panagbenga

THE CITY of Baguio blooms in February when it holds its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga — a Kankanaey term which means “a season...

Wondrous Gangwon

There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the beaten track to discover some...

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts

How to fasten your seat belt, how to operate a life jacket, and how to use the oxygen masks — these (and more) are...

Wondrous Gangwon

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the...

Korea’s ports are calling

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music,...

Sailing away

Text and photos by Zsarlene B. Chua IN JANUARY, Star Cruises — a Hong Kong-based cruise line under the Genting Hong Kong umbrella — announced...

Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seat belts

By Zsarlene B. Chua How to fasten your seat belt, how to operate a life jacket, and how to use the oxygen masks — these...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

Text and Photos by Kristine Joy V. Patag JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was...

Nature tripping in Tanay

By Camille Anne M. Arcilla THERE is a place close to Metro Manila where one can enjoy nature at its finest. The Haranah Eco Park, a...

Thai ‘Sin City’ finds abstaining from sex hard

PATTAYA, THAILAND -- In a daring nautical themed outfit, sex worker May confidently predicts the survival of Thai sleaze town Pattaya despite a junta...

Hammock floors take overwater bungalows to a new level of luxury

CLOSE your eyes and think about the most relaxing place in the world. Is it a private pool overlooking a volcano in Costa Rica?...

An ethnographic museum is Baguio’s latest attraction

Text and photos by Erka Capili Inciong, BW Graphic Artist MUSEO KORDILYERA, which opened on Jan. 31, is an addition to the must-visit sites in...

Hotels worth booking for the workout

THE ETHOS that guides those who are permanently fit — other than staying permanently fit — is that working out is a luxury, not...

Zaragoza: A city of Romans and the Virgin Mary

By Alicia A. Herrera The cultural treasures that are Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla, and Bilbao are usually on a traveler’s itinerary when visiting Spain. Add Aviles...

The flowers of Panagbenga

THE CITY of Baguio blooms in February when it holds its annual flower festival, the Panagbenga -- a Kankanaey term which means “a season...

How to survive the longest flight in the world

EARLY LAST MONTH, Qatar Airways took the prize for longest airline route when it debuted its 17-hour, 30-minute flight between Auckland and Doha. Not...

Trip hacks from a germaphobic traveler

By Maxwell Williams, Bloomberg For Hollywood royalty, Sunset Tower Hotel is the place to escape. The art deco building, located on the Sunset Strip, is both...

Getting its sea legs

THE PHILIPPINE boating industry will once again come together for the 9th SEA-EX Philippine Boat Show and Nautical Lifestyle Expo in a bid to...

Spectacular water show opens Venice Carnival

VENICE -- The Carnival of Venice, which each year draws thousands of revelers dressed in masks and period costume, got under way in the...

Singapore sees tourism slowing after record arrivals in 2016

SINGAPORE forecasts slower growth in tourist arrivals this year, citing global economic and political uncertainties and stiffer competition from neighbors in the region. Visitors may...

Culture, cuisine, and adventure

ON FEB. 1, 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted, killing over 1,200 persons in the town of Cagsawa in Albay, and destroying its poblacion or town...

Malolos, Bulacan festival: remembering history

LONG BEFORE other nations in Asia and Africa became republics, we first became the Republic of the Philippines on Jan. 23, 1899. It follows...

New boutique hotel redefines the Palawan beach experience

EL NIDO now has a new boutique hotel — the 42-room Casa Kalaw, the first one in the 325-hectare Lio Tourism Estate of AyalaLand...

Where to go in 2017

Second of three parts PERU In 2017, think beyond Machu Picchu to the Inca salt pans of Maras, the uncharted, snow-capped mountains of Veronica and Sawasiray,...

Where to go in 2017

(Part 1 of 3) TODAY’S FAST-CHANGING, hyper-globalized world has no shortage of incredible travel opportunities. This year, we’ve done all the legwork for you in...

Isabela’s Bambanti Festival

FOOD, MUSIC, AND SCARECROWS — these are just some of the things that a visitor to Isabela will see if they visit during the...

Bustling, bewitching Busan

Text and Photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto No small thanks to a movie featuring a charismatic actor and a train full of zombies, Busan has caught...

Rockin’ in Tokyo

By Cecille Santillan-Visto To watch a summer music festival in Japan was one thing I have been raring to tick off my travel bucket list....

Feeling the burn

How a television producer quit her job and brought a jeepney to the middle of nowhere. WORDS AND IMAGES  ANDREA AGUILAR Once a year, tens of thousands...