Majority of Filipinos are extremely passionate to either travel or work abroad. However, our Philippine Passport is always associated with struggles in acquiring a VISA. Some borders from other nations are extremely elusive to set foot to. The good news is most of the countries countries in East Asia do not require a VISA for Filipinos to set foot to their borders, we can fly to these countries as free as a falcon bird. All we have to do is book a ticket and we are all set to explore these East Asian countries.
Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum’s historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country’s northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire.
Indonesia, a Southeast Asian nation made up of thousands of volcanic islands, is home to hundreds of ethnic groups speaking many different languages. It’s known for beaches, volcanoes, Komodo dragons and jungles sheltering elephants, orangutans and tigers. On the island of Java lies Indonesia’s vibrant, sprawling capital, Jakarta, and the city of Yogyakarta, known for gamelan music and traditional puppetry.
Timor-Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life. Landmarks in the capital, Dili, speak to the country’s struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002. The iconic 27m-tall Cristo Rei de Dili statue sits on a hilltop high over the city, with sweeping views of the surrounding bay.
Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the capital, is the site of the That Luang monument, where a reliquary reportedly houses the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth.
Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Hanoi, the capital, pays homage to the nation’s iconic Communist-era leader, Ho Chi Minh, via a huge marble mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) has French colonial landmarks, plus Vietnamese War history museums and the Củ Chi tunnels, used by Viet Cong soldiers.
Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, in 2 distinct sections surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea. It’s known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforest, much of it protected within reserves. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is home to the opulent Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque and its 29 golden domes. The capital’s massive Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei’s ruling sultan.
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country’s largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains Buddhist relics and dates to the 6th century.
Thailand is a Southeast Asian country. It’s known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha. In Bangkok, the capital, an ultramodern cityscape rises next to quiet canalside communities and the iconic temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew). Nearby beach resorts include bustling Pattaya and fashionable Hua Hin.
CHINA SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION
Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. Its vibrant, densely populated urban centre is a major port and global financial hub with a skyscraper-studded skyline. Central (the business district) features architectural landmarks like I.M. Pei’s Bank of China Tower. Hong Kong is also a major shopping destination, famed for bespoke tailors and Temple Street Night Market.
Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is the tall Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.
Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People’s Republic of China to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south.
TIPS & TRICKS
- Book your airfare in advance (6 months to 1 year) Airfare Promotions are normally offered by low-cost airlines when booking ahead of time
- If possible, contact your classmates, friends, and relatives living and working abroad to accommodate you in their residence
- Check for hostel online, it could save you a lot on accommodation expenses
- Browse Travel Guides from bloggers personal experiences
PHP7,299 4D/3N HONGKONG AND SHENZEN WITH FREE DISNEYLAND
HOTELS: SILKA FAREAST and FAD HOTEL
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast .
- Round Trip airport transfers
- Half day compulsory Hong Kong city tour
- Half day compulsory Shenzhen city tour
- Tipping included
- DISNEYLAND TOUR WITH ROUNDTRIP TRANSFERS
DAY 1 – Meet & transfer to hotel.
DAY 2 – Breakfast outside / inside, compulsory Hong Kong city tour.
**VISIT: Stars Avenue, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Mid-levels of Victoria Peak (pass by), Factory Outlet & Jewellery Factory.
Afternoon Disneyland tour or Ocean park tour.
DAY 3 – Breakfast outside / inside, AM transfer to Shenzhen by train. Shenzhen city tour.
**VISIT: Window of the World ( picture raking only , entrance tickets not included ) Mineral Museum, Silk and Pearl Factory or local specialties store.
Accommodation at Gorgeous Fad Hotel or similar class.
DAY 4 – Breakfast inside, free time in the morning (Hotel check-out time is at 12:00noon)
Afternoon transfer to Hong Kong Airport by coach (evening flight, departure time must after 19:30)
P1800 Round Trip Ticket we booked 1 year in advance
SILKA SEAVIEW HOTEL IN HONGKONG
FAD HOTEL SHENZHEN
TIPS & TRICKS
- Do not get hooked on buying unnecessary stuff during the city tour
- The foto memories from the Tour guides are incredibly expensive – unimaginable tourist price
- Buy what you can only afford, keep your credit card locked
- You are in no obligation to bring “gift” aka “pasalubong” to anyone, you are on travel holiday vacations, you are not an OFW – Overseas Filipino Worker
- Most of the stuff in Hongkong are also in Divisoria, we are in a globalized world – no need to shop and carry heavy bags on your way home