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Island Fever!






Are you looking for your next island paradise? Asia’s tropical seas are filled with little island gems just waiting for you to visit them. However, each place contains it’s own character and culture - some are better for relaxing on the beach while others have a more active party scene. To help you plan your next island getaway, here are some of the best islands the Asian seas have to offer.


Bali, Indonesia

The quintessential island retreat, laid-back Bali has just about everything you could want in a holiday. Spend an afternoon surfing at Kuta beach, and then migrate to the clubs that fleck the coastline. Or, for something more relaxing, head inland to the quaint village of Ubud, where you can partake in such calming activities as yoga, Balinese massage, traditional dance classes, or visit a temple. The people are also friendly, and English is widely spoken. For an extra excursion, take the ferry to nearby Nusa Lembongan, for some peace and quiet as well as superb surfing and diving.

Phuket, Thailand

This beautiful corner of southern Thailand is truly a slice of heaven. It’s an excellent place to visit if you’re looking for an active holiday. You can swim, dive, parasail, and snorkel in the lagoons that surround the island, or hire a yacht and sail along the coast. Phuket is also becoming a popular destination for weddings, so you will find no shortage of quality hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants that cater toward tourists and special events.

Cebu, Philippines

Located in the central Visayas Islands, Cebu is home to luxurious resorts, gorgeous beaches, and vibrant green jungle. The city, also called Cebu, is the oldest in the Philippines. Here you can find great hotels, restaurants, and activities, but don’t forget to venture out to some of the small coastal villages to catch a glimpse of traditional life. You can also partake in such activities as dolphin watching, hiking in the highlands, cage diving with thresher sharks.  There are many small islands scattered around Cebu where you can set up a beach umbrella and catch some rays.

Penang, Malaysia

This densely-populated island off Malaysia’s west coast is known for its vibrant cuisine and restaurant culture. You can visit the city and sample world-class Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and international cuisine, or head out to one of the smaller towns for a humble yet delicious bowl of noodles. You can also work off those extra calories by visiting the jungles on the west side of the island or strolling along the beaches.

Make It Happen

While visiting an island in Asia is definitely a worthwhile experience, the trip does not come cheap. But there are plenty of ways that you can raise money to fund your dream getaway. For example, you can sell bottles of water at neighborhood events, walking your neighbors’ dogs, or by selling your things online .

No matter what, don’t miss the opportunity to experience paradise found!

18 comments :

  1. Rochkirstin SantosMay 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    I am keen to go to Bali, Indonesia to meet that paradise island. But how much would it cost for the travel? (likely)

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  2. Bali is one of the places I'm planning to go to this year. I hope I get to push through with it. Great list of places to visit by-the-way.
    - Wanderer Juan

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  3. If there's a will, there a way. Dream vacations like Bali, Phuket, Cebu or Penang can be a reality if we find ways like selling your stuff online or working hard.

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  4. Miss reading your post Love Mindanao. Anyway, why is Davao hasn't included here? Hahahahaha....come to the Island Garden City of Samal and take a splunge in our white beaches. :)

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  5. wow paid links hehehe pakape naman dyan- nasa Butuan lang ako :)

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  6. Since it is best to see our own attractions first, I would like to go to Cebu and have an island escapade adventure with my family.

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  7. O'll go fitsr sa Cebu then to Bali and goes the other great SEA islands. Bali, as several friends of mine have stated offers great island scenery.

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  8. Maria Estrella LedesmaMay 4, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    A quiet beach with all the amenities at affordable cost...know any place like that?

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  9. Ohhh how I wish I could get a chance to visit this beautiful island soon. Indeed, it's a paradise. :) - Algene

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  10. There really are a lot of stunning places to visit in our country and the rest of Asia. It does help having a tropical climate and being archipelago :)

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  11. I really wanted to go back to Bantayan Island, but sadly too far for me since I'm now back in Davao. But if I were still living in Cebu, it would be easy for me to take a break and grab my pack to have a quick weekend trip to Bantayan Island.

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  12. Sarah Andres EstorMay 5, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Awwww... i really wanted to visit places like these. One of the places in my bucket list is Thailand. :)

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  13. haven't been been to penang malaysia! hoping to visit it soon when we already fully adjust ourselves since we just moved here in malaysia last nov. also want to go boracay and cebu!

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  14. I have never been to other islands ever! I better go island-hopping soon! :)

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  15. I've been to Phuket, Thailand with friends last 2011 and it was one of the best out-of-the-country travels! :)

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  16. I want to visit Cebu and Bohol soon by any means of transpo. lol

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  17. This post just reminded me that I haven't spent my summer in a beach yet >.< Hopefully before the season ends, I get to hit the beach. If not, a visit to Cebu some time this year should be in order.


    PS: I'd love to visit Bali, Phuket and Penang soon! :)

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