It’s More Fun in The Philippines Part 1: Bohol

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Welcome to Bohol, the land with many treats!

Panglao/Bohol Islands

Located South of the Main Island of Bohol – 2 hours apart by ferry from Cebu to Bohol, you can find this beautiful beach with clear water (not as clear as in Gili but still better than most beaches). Unfortunately it was constantly raining during our time there so we could not enjoy the beach that much but still managed to tour the area as much as we could.

Although the place has become very touristy nowadays, we only stayed there a night as we decided to spend our time at a quieter island. However that did not stop us from enjoying a really nice Wine while the sun was setting and patiently waiting for a very busy next day.

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Let the Tour Begin!

We decided to take a package tour that would allow us to enjoy the various landscapes and sightseeings that this place has to offer. The whole package for the three of us costs about 8,000 Pesos (inclusive of transport, driver and Ferry Terminal transfer). However you have to pay the ticket for the Attractions yourself, but it is completely fine because they do not cost a fortune at all!

The Blood Compact

Blood compact was a tribal ritual in the Philippines intended to seal a friendship, pact, or treaty, or to validate an agreement. The contracting parties would cut their wrists and pour their blood into a cup filled with liquid, such as wine, and drink the mixture.

A famous example of the blood compact was the 1565 Sandugo between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol. (source: Wikipedia)

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Baclayon Church

A visit to one of Philippine’s oldest Church, dating right back to the first arrival of Spanish Conquistadores.

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The Hanging Bridge

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Meet the Tarsiers – “THEY ARE SO CUTE AND FLUFFYYYYYYYYYY” – Camilla.

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Lunch at the Loboc RiverCruise

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Man Made Forest

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Chocolate Hills

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This is the End of part 1 of the Adventure, next post “It’s More fun in the Philippines Part 2: Road to Malapascua” will be out next week!

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**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié and Camilla Haugaard Kristensen.
Camilla Haugaard Kristensen owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

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Phnom Penh – A travel back in Bright and Dark Times

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Ahhhhhhh Phnom Penh,

I think I have found my second love… right after Bangkok. It has completely similar features except for the fact that PP is much more relaxed. Which is something to appreciate! The locals are great and friendly, everything is cheap there eventhough the main currency used was the US dollar.

The city is rich in culture as well as in history – It is literally like a living chronology judging by the temples all the way to the colonial Buildings.

With a couple of friends, we stayed at the Okay Guesthouse, which is a very comfortable backpackers lodge and for just 12USD a night, you get an airconditioned private room as shown in the pictures below – the staff were very friendly and helpful during our 3 day stay!

This beautiful city has so much to offer, and I am definitely coming back!!
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Very much like any city in Thailand, PP was dotted with traditional buddhist Monuments as well as monks that you can come across with at any point any where in the city.

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The Local transport is called the Tuk-tuk which is very similar to the ones in Thailand however the ones in the latter country are more “pimped” out.IMG_2951 IMG_2890

Here is an interesting fact about the laws in the country: It is legal to ride a bike without a helmet on, however it is illegal not to have the helmet hooked on your bike while riding!IMG_2885 IMG_2883

The S21 prison durin 1971-1979 : Pol Pot’s Ruling Era..

Some facts to know: this was once a French school and turned into a prison. throughout the years, it has taken in 17,000 prisoners, out of which only 7 have survived.
The pictures below are quite gruesome and depicts the lives of, mostly, innocent citizens.

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**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié.
Norris Capsié owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

Gili Islands – Welcome to Paradise

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Where to begin with this Post…
To be completely honest, my experience at the Gili Islands has been beyond any possible imagination. I have never been to such a beautiful beach throughout Asia, and I have been living in this area for over 20 years. That is saying something.

If you think Koh Phi Phi, Boracay and other beaches in Asia is Beautiful, you clearly have not been to the Gili Islands.

Located just 2 hours east of Bali by speed boat, the Gili Islands consists of an archipelago of 3 small Islands : Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Each separated by 5min ferry boat.

Gili Trawangan is the more popular island with bars and parties all night long and get to meet people from all corners of the world.

We were at Gili Meno, because we were looking for a place to relax, tan, and enjoy the beach – I have yet to see something more beautiful than that in Asia.

Gili Air is where you can find the local fishermen on the island.

To get to the Gili Islands you can either fly to Bali or Lombok and get a ferry right away.
We took the ferry from Bali – which will be my next post, that cost us 600,000 Rupiah/person (return ticket). A mini bus comes to pick you up at the hotel, and drives 2 hours to the port where you will take your speed boat.

If you find yourself in Bali or in Indonesia, I highly recommend you go to the Gili Islands. We did not book any hotels or resorts, we found one just 100 meters from the beach which cost us 50 Singapore Dollars per night – can fit 3 people, aircon, clean shower and breakfast included.

Enjoy the pictures and if you want further information on this Island, feel free to leave a comment below.

*Post by Norris Capsié
Photographer : Camilla Haugaard Kristensen

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**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié and Camilla Haugaard Kristensen.
Camilla Haugaard Kristensen owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

Tioman Islands, one of Malaysia’s Wonders

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If you are looking to have a nice relaxing time with a group of good friends, Tioman is the place to be.
Situated on the eastern Malaysian shores, this island has so much to offer.

The crystal clear water, fun diving place, nice chilled evening – you name it!
I don’t have to say much, just look at the pictures for yourself! They are simply breathtaking to say the least.

We went there for just a quick weekend getaway, 3 days and 2 nights. However if you find yourself with more free time to spare, extend your stay with the good company you have. Such an amazing place to bond with your friends, and simply enjoy your company.

If you want to find out more information about getting to the island from Singapore, lodgings among others, just leave a comment below.

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**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié.
Norris Capsié owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

Little Singaporean Escape – Pulau Ubin

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Changi Village Ferry Terminal

Walking to the Ferry

Ship Deck

Boarding the Ferry

After Several months hiatus, I am back again from various adventures, and many more travel posts will be up soon on this blog!

But I will first start off with my very first trip out of a few this year. And it is within Singapore itself (I lived in Singapore if you had forgotten my previous posts)

Living on that the tiny island of Singapore for almost 9 years, never did I have the urge to visit the sister islands until my scandinavian friends showed up in my life!
I have only heard good things about the place, amazing wildlife, great cycling tracks and good for family picnics.
It was nice, indeed, however the wildlife we saw were stranded dogs and a hooked fish in one of the reservoirs. However the landscape was pretty impressive. Nothing compared to the Main Island.
Pulau Ubin has many small villages surrounding the island, and upon reaching the place, I could feel that i am in a completely different place, as though I had travelled back in time. It is amazing to see what 40 years has done to the island of Singapore, which used to look alot like Pulau Ubin but on a larger scale.
The pictures will speak for themselves. Although disappointed with the wildlife, if you are a trek-enthusiast or mountain biking-enthusiast, this is the place to be.

The Ferry costs 2.50S$ per way per person which is dirt cheap, and you have boats taking you back and forth quite regularly !

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**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié.
Norris Capsié owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

Siem Reap – We want an Angkor!

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Did you get the title? Angkor – Encore! Okay, Okay, I know it is a little bit lame but hey might as well give it a shot! And quite literally, once you visit that place, you would definitely want to go for an Encore.

Having lived in Asia for over 20 years, and having lived so close to Cambodia, I have never taken the opportunity to visit one of the 7 wonders of the World! INSANE!
Anyway, I finally packed up and decided to be an adventurer.

Despite seeing some parts of the city that have shocked me (will put it in another post) I was left amazed by the thousand-year old city, that used to be one of the biggest in the world during its time!

In this post I will share pictures I took with my camera, not quite as amazing as the ones I took in Thailand as I was still trying to get used to it still.

I still hope you enjoy them, and that you would want to go to Angkor Wat!
If you want to know more information about the city, feel free to comment below and I shall do my best to provide the best answers.

Cheers!

**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié.
Norris Capsié owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**

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Sawasdee Krap!

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Nothing can ever take away my love for Thailand. This is where it all began for me, Thailand has made me the person I am today, and have never been prouder than that – aside from the fact that I am French too! why hide it ? we are proud of ourselves!

Land of Smiles – I think it is an understatement!! – Once you go to Thailand, it is impossible not to be a fan.
From the heavy traffic jams in the middle of the City to the white sandy beach of its Islands, Thailand has the perfect mixture that is able to cater to anybody’s needs!

Words cannot describe the experience as much as pictures can! so that is exactly what I’ll do! During my numerous trips to Thailand, I have captured a few shots that illustrate how richly beautiful the Country is.

I will start off by sharing pictures I took at the Royal Palace

Enjoy!

More to come: How to Bargain in Thailand; 30 Places to visit in Thailand.


**All pictures in this post are taken by Norris Capsié.
Norris Capsié owns the rights to all pictures in this album. If interested in any of the pictures, please pm directly. Any copies or inappropriate use of these pictures without my authorization will be addressed directly with legal authorities.**