Exploring the Sri Lankan coast by tuktuk

From time to time you will find yourself in a position you definitely don't wanna be in and you are asking yourself why am I doing this. This after all these months of travelling still happens to me. Obviously the existence of innumerable glorious moments make it that I am still on the road. The last few days my iPhone is acting weird and that sounds not like a real problem to a lot of travellers, but lets just say Im a different traveller then. I definitely need my iPhone and no, I can not travel without. My best travel buddy in years wont charge anymore. He is slowly dying and has about 4% left at the time of writing. Although I got my MacBook with me to keep me online so now and then, an iPhone is a must have travel gadget for me.

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By train through the Sri Lankan highlands

Actually I’m not really in the mood to write about my adventures, but I will give it a go. Where I am now is not fun, it is freaking hot, there are way too many people around me, everyone is annoyed, we are all waiting and there is no information about how long this will take. I made it to the airport in Colombo for my flight out of Sri Lanka, after 16 days of travelling in this lovely country. End good, all good, but not in my case! Just an hour ago the electricity department of the airport decided to strike. There is no power at all, which basically means life stopped here. Flights are delayed, the airport is closed and this frequent flyer is trapped inside!

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Getting an Indian visa in Colombo

It is hard to find a country that is easy accessible, where the tourism industry is flourishing and where I have not been yet, especially in Asia. Though two very well travelled countries were topping that list: India and Sri Lanka. Somehow so far I had never been tempted to go there, although the growing curiosity for especially India. Since there are so many different stories out there, some good, some bad, I thought it was time to put it to the test. A couple days later I flew out from Abu Dhabi and had a smooth landing with Eithad in Colombo: I made it to Sri Lanka.

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Tips and itinerary for 1 day sightseeing in Delhi

Delhi is not the most popular tourist destination in India. There are only a few interesting tourist spots in Delhi, which are all relatively close to each other and therefore can easily be done in one day.

It was my second time in the city and I still had no real interest in sightseeing in Delhi. But with a population of 25 million there must be nice places to visit in Delhi. So I decided that although it was Monsoon season to give it a chance as I was staying 3 nights in The LaLit hotel close to all the tourist spots in Delhi.

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10 reasons Pushkar is the best city in India

Why Pushkar is the best city in India? I can come up with many reasons, but along my journey through the Northeast of India I have been advised to travel to Pushkar numerous times by fellow travellers. Travellers and locals recommended me to hit the road as soon as possible and drive to this peaceful sandy town in the province of Rajasthan. It has to be said, Pushkar definitely is among my favourite cities in India now.

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Multi day treks in the Indian Himalayas

Dharamsala is surrounded by the beautiful Dhauladar mountain range and offers excellent hiking. Most visitors stay 4km uphill in the mountain village of McLeod-Gansj. From here there are many options to hike around and enjoy the serenity of the mountains. You don’t need a guide/porter since its very easy to navigate. Don’t take too much with you, though in the winter months make sure you have warm clothes for the freezing nights!

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A local guide to McLeod-Ganj in India

For a lot of travelers this little hill town overlooking Dharamsala feels like coming home. Loads of people call McLeod their home for a couple months per year. It is not only the vibe that makes people visit this picturesque town. The historical background is also why a lot people make their way up here. It was the Dalai Lama that found refuge here after he was named persona non grata in China. In his trace loads of monks followed him and everywhere in town you can find them. May be that’s one of the reasons this village radiates such a peaceful vibe. The monks are happy to take a picture with you or teach you about Buddhism if you are interested. Nowadays you can even find iMonks: the ones making pictures of the sunset with their Ipads!

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From Srinagar to McLeod-Gansj

Life after Kashmir changed rapidly as we crossed the border into the next state. The Muslim culture changed into a Hindi culture, the military left the scene and best of all I was again connected to the outside world. Since it is impossible in Kashmir to connect to the local network with a prepaid Indian SIM and Wi-Fi is fairly impossible to find, I was cut off from the world for 6 consecutive days.

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Kashmir Travel Guide And Best Things To Do In Kashmir

Is it safe to travel to Kashmir? Where exactly am I going and is it safe enough to go there? These kind of questions I asked myself only at the airport while waiting to board my flight to Srinagar, the capital of this disputable region. Not that I was really looking for an answer to those questions to be honest, but it did cross my mind while roaming Instagram for the best things to do in Kashmir.

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India for first-timers: hate it or love it!?

When visiting a new country I don’t really research what to do, where to go and neither do I use a Lonely Planet anymore. The best thing is to keep your ears open and listen to what travellers around you have been doing. Though India is so freaking big, I at least had to have some kind of plan. Where to start? I had to fly to somewhere from Colombo! I chose New Delhi, cause if India was not my cup of tea the Taj Mahal would only be 3 hours away, I'd make a picture and fly out again! During my research though I stumbled upon many cool places to visit, all located in Rajasthan, the province southwest of Delhi. The more I found out about this region, the more excited I got about travelling in India. Finally!

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My favorite viewpoint in the Himalayas: Poonhill

The Poonhill trek in Nepal is a great way to get a glimpse of the Annapurna mountain range if you dont have that much time. The Annapurna mountain range in Nepal offers a wide range of treks and is extremely popular with tourist during the trekking seasons in autmun and spring. Experiencing a sunrise over the Machhapuchhare range where the first rays of sunlight will hit some Himalayan hotshots is the highlight of this trek.

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Thailand vs Philippines | Comparing Two Of My Favorites

When people ask me about the best country I have traveled to I don’t name either Thailand or Philippines. It is really hard to compare countries in the first place as all of them have its own charm, but I always come forward with a list of 5 amazing countries in where I had fantastic adventures. As I traveled extensively through The Philippines and Thailand and created absolutely fantastic memories in both countries I always add them as number 6 and 7. What I actually mean is like it goes without saying that these are my favourites! ;)

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Best Islands To Visit In Thailand

Island hopping Thailand is probably one of the most popular holiday packages in Asia for young people. Everyone once heard stories about the Full Moon party, crazy nights in Koh Phi Phi or the early mornings in Phuket, but it is not only about partying, there are way more things to do in Thailand than that.

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Planning a trip to Thailand

Are you imagining about your first big trip? The first time overseas with your friends or even more adventurous, you are thinking about going alone? Many people dream about it, still not everyone has enough courage. A trip like this can be life changing and therefore I would recommend everyone to try it at least once. Let me help you planning a trip to Thailand.

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Is It Safe To Travel To Thailand

Probably one of the most popular countries in the world for travel yet still everyone is having doubts about the safety situation in this lovely country. With so many travellers coming back home every year telling their friends about their island hopping adventures in the South or their motorbike tours in the North I would suggest word of mouth would do its job, right? The majority of these people come home with great memories, but there are also those stories in the media about the Koh Tao murders and disappearing people in Bangkok. So how safe is Thailand?

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How Much Does A Trip To Thailand Cost?

The main reason I love to travel in Asia is because it is affordable and the value for money is the best in the world. I have managed to stay on the road for 4 years without working a single day, so I can understand people keep on asking me the same question over and over again. How do you afford to travel? Then I explain them, traveling does not have to be expensive. So their next question always is: how much does a trip to Thailand cost for example…

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What to do in Koh Tao? 5 times a Koh Tao Viewpoint

The time that this little island was solely a diving paradise is long gone! Just like any other popular island in Thailand many tourists and travelers are finding its way to this tiny little nirvana in the Gulf of Thailand. Nowadays not only for the amazing underwater world anymore: hiking to an amazing Koh Tao viewpoint is getting more and more popular.

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18 Things I Miss About Thailand

Being away from Thailand for more than 6 months made me realise there are a bunch of things I miss about Thailand. The last years I have been back for several months each year, but so far I have no plans to go back in 2017. That saying I am somehow sure I will end up there again anyway! LOL :)

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Best way from Bangkok to Koh Tao

In the last couple years I have visited ‘The Rock’ many times and it is great you guys are all asking me about this lovely little island. In this article I will explain how to get to Koh Tao in the most convenient way. Actually it is pretty straightforward, there is only one way to get to the island and that is taking a boat to Koh Tao,  but from where do you take the boat? There is no airport for those people who are still not aware of that! ;)

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The Ultimate Guide For Island Hopping Thailand

Island hopping Thailand is probably the most popular first big trip for young travellers and I can totally understand why! Some say the islands are overcrowded and there is nothing authentic left. Yeah true, it definitely changed a lot over the years but I am guilty as well. A Thailand island Hopping adventure is always calling and I could never say no to the beauty and the amazing travel vibe on every trip to Thailand.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Bangkok

The Thai capital can be intimidating at first, but give it a chance and you will seriously love it. There are so many cool things to do in Bangkok that it is not hard to tell you where to go and what to do. But to name you the best things to do in Bangkok is a little harder. Some are so standard and touristy that you just have to tick them off regardless. If you are going to Paris you will also take a look at the Eiffel Tower, right? To me the city is more than just the Bangkok tourist attractions, I also like to walk around and enjoy the amazing street life. To me this city is more like an experience!

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Co van Kessel Bike Tour | Bangkok By Bike

Bangkok tourism is booming and so is Co van Kessel. This late Dutchman started cycling in Bangkok over 30 years ago, taking tourists to the best places in Bangkok. First time I took the tour was in 2009 and since then the business grew a lot and they are offering multiple tours a day ranging from 3 to 9 hours long. I opted for the ‘Co Combo tour’, a 5-hour bike/boat tour through the remote areas of Bangkok.

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People on the road in Bangkok

What is the best thing about travelling? Exploring would probably come up in your mind first and I can understand. Isn’t that why we travel the world? I am still an explorer and I would love to go to place like Pakistan or the North Pole to see stunning landscapes.

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The Best Beach In Krabi

Finding the best beach in Thailand can be a hard job. With so many beautiful places in the Land of Smiles you will have to spend months on a Thailand island hopping adventure to find the best beach. But those who go around will for sure find a place to their likings. Around Krabi there are many islands, but may be the best beach in Krabi is not even located on an island...

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The best Thailand tourist SIM card

Almost every tourist that travels to Thailand wants to buy a Thai SIM card, but which one? If you did not gather some information before your trip you are relying on the sales guys at the airport. Can you trust them? Nope! So here is your guide to what is the best Thai SIM card for travellers.

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A Bar Guide Plus Best Restaurants In Koh Tao

 

You only have a couple days on the island and dont know where to go out in Koh Tao? With this little guide I will give you some insider tips and the best restaurants in Koh Tao. I have lived on 'the Rock' for 4 months and visited 5 times, I think I know most places by now. You are spoilt for choice with upscale dining, local Thai cuisine, party places, live music and of course beach lounge bars, most of them all clustered around Sairee Beach. Koh Tao is developing more and more and new places are popping up all the time!

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Dream Places To Stay In Koh Tao | Bamboo Huts

Looking for a hidden gem in Thailand? Somewhere to fully enjoy your holiday and relax with your partner? Want to unwind from stressful corporate life but not in the standard places to visit in Thailand? Then this charming hotel might be something for you! The isolated Bamboo Huts Resort is one of the best places to stay in Koh Tao. Start your stress free holiday here. Located on the rocks of the southwest coast of the island all bungalows have a prima oceanfront location with magnificent ocean views. Because every bungalow is facing west great sunsets are guaranteed. 

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Hotel review Aonang Cliff Beach Resort

After two lovely nights in the Alisea Boutique Hotel I switched hotels and checked in at the Aonang Cliff Beach Resort on the other side of the town. The hotel arranged a pick-up and at 10.30am sharp there was an air-conditioned mini van waiting outside the hotel to escort me to my new hotel.

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Koh Tao Murders: Is Koh Tao Safe?

Unfortunately another tragic accident occurred on the island recently with a British traveller found death in a hotel pool. There are a lot of rumors going around but so far no one really knows what happened. Fact is that they found another dead body, one of the many tourist deaths in Thailand per year. Koh Tao was already struggling with a very bad reputation after the Koh Tao murders in September 2014 when a British couple was killed and left behind on Sairee Beach, the most popular spot on the island.

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To Full Moon or not to Full Moon

The Fool Moon Parties in Thailand got hyped so much through Social Media that it has problems satisfying the expectations of the tourists. Thousands of youngsters from all over the world are still heading to Koh Phangan to go completely wild on the famous beach of Haad Rin. The entire bay will be filled with crazy party people that dance the night away.

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Best Place To Stay In Koh Tao

Why do you think people on Tripadvisor chose this as the most romantic hotel in the world 2015? No explanation needed, right? This picture says it all! As I was staying two months on the island, I was looking for the best Koh Tao hotels and I wanted to find some spots on the island that were not really well known yet to the big audience. Chekcing out some places to stay in Koh Tao I stumbled upon this incredibly luxurious boutique villa resort named ‘The Place’.

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Best Things To Do In Koh Tao

Of course scuba diving will always be the main tourist drag simply because it is one of the cheapest places in the world to make your first steps in breathing underwater. But there are more things to do in Koh Tao besides scuba diving! Since I have spent so much time in this little paradise I should reveal the list of the coolest Koh Tao things to do according to ‘locals’.

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Where to go? Koh Tao or Koh Samui

Although I had 3 amazing days in Koh Samui I can’t wait to go home! Yes, this is how I feel when I am boarding a boat to Koh Tao. Right now I am on the Lompraya high-speed ferry that takes me from Koh Samui to Koh Tao in 2 hours for $17. It was my 3th time visiting Koh Samui, I really like it, but what I learned in 3 days Samui? I really adore Koh Tao, by far my favorite island of the Thai east coast!

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Where To Stay In Koh Tao

Things are changing in Koh Tao. Where it has always been an exclusive divers paradise, more and more people make the trip to the island not only for the diving. It still is one of the cheapest places in the world to get your Open Water certification and loads of young adventurers do so, but it is not only those travelers that take a boat to Koh Tao. An increasingly amount of islands hoppers come to experience the laid-back vibe, to snorkel in the stunning remote bays, party on the beach or just chill out and watch incredible sunsets.

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Renting a motorbike in Koh Tao or not?

Renting a motorbike in Koh Tao is a must if you want to see the hidden gems of the island. Though at the same time this island is very infamous for its motorbike scams. So what to do? Miss the cool spots? Or take a leap of faith and go for it?

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Malaysian Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok? Is it worth taking a train from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok or is flying from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok a better idea?

To me it is worth paying a couple dollars more for some more comfort and therefore I booked a flight with Malaysian Airlines.

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Where To Stay In Singapore | 8 Best Luxury Hotels In Singapore

During all my recent stays in the Lion City I have been spoiled by the best luxury hotels in Singapore. From the best suite in W Sentosa cove, a Marina view clubroom in Marina Bay Sands and the presidential Suite in the Intercontinental to the most historical room in the first luxury hotel in Singapore The Raffels. I have never been disappointed in Singapore but all hotels have a different style. Let me tell you my experiences and find you the best hotel pools in Singapore.

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Best Indonesian Sim Card For Tourist

 

Nowadays we all want to be online when we travel and not just connect to the Wi-Fi when we get back to our hotel in Bali. We want to share our moments on the beach in Canggu or while chasing waterfalls in North Bali, climbing mount Rinjani in Lombok or standing on a cliff watching manta rays in Nusa Penida. Therefore as soon as we arrive at the airport buying an Indonesia tourist sim card seems a good idea, but which one? As I have been in Indonesia a lot of months the last year I figured out it was time to find out what exactly is the best Indonesia sim card for tourist.

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Toraja Travel guide | Things To Do In Toraja Land

Lately it was the Indonesian Tourism Board who took me away from the islands around Bali and showed me more of what Indonesia has to offer. I felt like I was exploring a different country as the Trip of Wonders showed me parts of North Sumatra, Central Java and a region in Central Sulawesi: Tana Toraja.

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Nusa Penida Blog | Things To Do In Nusa Penida

As you know I have traveled extensively around the world the last years and I am all about adventures and islandlife. Although I ended up in Bali several times the last years I only made it to Lombok and the Gili Islands and totally overlooked the magical Nusa Penida just a 45-minute boat ride from Bali. This summer though I finally found my way to this magical place.

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Things To Do In Lombok | Mount Rinjani Trek Reviews

Are you ready to push your limits and go on an epic adventure on your holiday? I love islandlife: walking around in flipflops and board shorts but the memories that stick to me the most are the ones from the mountains! I added another epic experience to my long list as lately I have been climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok, one of the highest peaks in Indonesia.

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Bali On A Budget

While searching for a holiday destination money is for mostly everyone always an issue. Of course you are willing to spend a little extra because yes it is your holiday, but when you travel there are more things you have to think about. Travelling is not like a holiday I have explained that many times in other articles. When travelling you are always looking to find the right balance between comfort and price and that is exactly one of the reasons why Asia is so popular for travellers: the value for money is the best in the world! Bali on a budget does not mean you stay in shabby places or eat crappy food at all! Go for it, you will be fine!

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12 Reasons To Visit Bali

I used to say that I had a love hate relationship with this Indonesian island, but things changed: I am totally in love with this little green paradise! Due to its popularity the island went through massive changes the last years. The first time I decided to visit Bali was in 2010 and back then it was not at all a favourite: I got sick, it rained all the time and traffic was horrendous!

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Renting A Scooter In Bali

With so many tourists visiting this tiny island, Bali is notorious for its traffic. This was one of the reasons I seriously did not like it when I first visited and that was back in 2010. The traffic back then was horrendous. Trust me it got even worse over the years, but I do love the island nowadays. How is that possible? Just avoid the overcrowded touristy areas like Seminyak and Kuta and you will find some truly magical places this island has to offer.

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Find A House For Rent In Ubud

Ubud is one of my favourite destinations in Bali so it was no surprise that I lately ended up here again. This time I wanted to stay a little longer and I searched for a house for rent in Ubud. It depends of course how picky you are, but don’t picture yourself coming into town in the early morning and the same evening you are chilling in your private villa in Ubud. It is all a little more complicated and remember you are in Indonesia; everything takes a little more time here!

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Sailing through the Raja Ampat Islands With Mutiara Laut

Everyone has that one trip in his mind that he dreams of taking once in his life. Some will never even turn their dreams into reality, but when it comes down to travelling there is always a way to make it happen. Sailing the Raja Ampat islands of West Papua was one of those trips for me where I kept on saying some day. That day lately became reality as I set sail with the Mutiara Laut to explore my number one destination on my bucketlist.

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14 Places To See In Ubud | You Might Fall In Love!

If you are not sure what to do in Bali then you should put ‘Ubud’ on top of your list. This village just an hour drive North from the popular beaches in the South is perched in and between rice fields and is where you will find the authentic Bali feeling.

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Siquijor Travel Guide | Things To Do In Siquijor

Welcome to the island of witchcraft and natural healing. This bewitched island is an off the beaten path destination in the Philippines and magical in many ways. A Siquijor tour is a great experience for every adventurous traveller. This lush green mountainous islet lies South of Cebu and East of Negros and can best be reached by boat from Dumaguete.

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El Nido Island Hopping: 14 things to do in El Nido

Have you always been dreaming of tiny islands, deserted beaches, limestone cliffs and dramatic sunsets? It was in 2008 when I found El Nido Palawan for the first time and this year I had the chance to come back to this exotic paradise. El Nido Island Hopping should be on every travellers bucketlist.

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Fall in love in 20 photos: Kalanggaman Island Leyte

My new island crush is Kalanggaman Island Leyte somewhere in the East of the Philippines. In a country with so many gorgeous islands it must be hard to stand out, but from the moment I arrived it was love at first sight and I decided to write a Kalanggaman Island blog post about my new crush.

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Southern Cebu tourist destinations

I already wrote a blog about the Northern places to visit in Cebu, this blog is about the Southern Cebu tourist destinations. There are many things to do in Cebu and it is fairly easy to travel around. But if you are looking for some more comfort I would recommend staying in one place and book tours around the island to see the tourist spots in Cebu.

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Best places in Cebu | Island hopping in the North

Island hopping is a great way to visit the best places in Cebu. Most of the tourist destinations in the North are islands close to the main island and with so many cool places to visit in Cebu I decided to write two articles to display all the tourist spots.

Up North there are three main spots that are the top destinations in Cebu and a great escape to unwind and get a real islandlife feeling.

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