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[Vietnam travel guide] Hanoi: The chaos and charms of the capital

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Planning to explore Hanoi? Here's what you need to check out

WATCH: Scenes from Sagada's 'Concert in the Clouds'

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:26 PM

Ely Buendia, Gary Valenciano, and more – here's a look back at Sagada's 'Concert in the Clouds'

From Left: TERRY ANN AREVALO, JET COSALAN, FRANK CIMATU, MALEN CATAJAN, BEAU MACLIING, MARY CARLING, SABRINA, MIA FOKNO groufie - Photo courtesy of Nars Santos

This Bangkok restaurant is covered in condoms – for good reason

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At Cabbages & Condoms, it's all about safe sex

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS. The restaurant gives out free condoms and raises funds for a family planning non-profit. Rappler screenshot

Baguio named to UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:17 PM

Baguio, cited for crafts and folk art, is the first Philippine city to join the exclusive club

IN PHOTOS: Exploring the Waterfront Insular Davao hotel

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The spacious grounds and beautiful views of this hotel has made it an easy favorite for many travelers

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WATCH: This church is made of real human bones

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Take a spine-tingling peek inside the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as the Bone Church

IN PHOTOS: Baguio City ushers Halloween with 'Karkarna Ti Rabii'

Oct 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Kapres, mananaggals, and other creatures in Philippine folklore come alive in the streets of Baguio

DOT launches 'It's More Fun in Philippine Farms' to promote farm tourism

Oct 23, 2017 - 7:01 PM

The program aims to encourage travelers to try farm tourism as an activity

5 tips for traveling in an eco-friendly way

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Lessen your impact on the environment while traveling with these tips

ZERO WASTE. Containers are recycled and refilled with toiletries to keep them from ending up in landfills. Photo courtesy of MUNI

Trip to Busan: Zombie-free, but still a fantastic experience

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Equal parts bustling city and idyllic seaside escape, Busan has a little something for everyone

WATCH: Piolo Pascual performs DOT 'Bring Home a Friend' theme song

Oct 16, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Piolo is also announced as the Philippines' tourism ambassador

Jump into 'Death Pool' at Cabongaoan Beach in Pangasinan

Oct 14, 2017 - 4:12 PM

From a sleepy town to a thrill-seeker’s destination, Cabongaoan Beach and its Death Pool have been grabbing tourists' attention

IN PHOTOS: Dayaw, PH’s indigenous peoples festival

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:36 PM

The 'Dayaw' festival brings together indigenous peoples from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to share their culture and heritage

Saving Siargao

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Siargao may be known for its crashing waves and untouched beauty, but it has its fair share of growing problems as well

UNTOUCHED PARADISE. A view of Cloud 9, Siargao early in the morning on September 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Cristino

WATCH: A peek at Hong Kong Disneyland

Oct 08, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Here's a few of the things you can catch at Hong Kong Disneyland!

Hong Kong Disneyland turns up the adventure with Disney Explorers Lodge

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:50 PM

And they have a promo exclusively for Filipino guests, too

Seoul patrol: 9 awesome attractions in South Korea's capital

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Thanks to the tons of sights and activities for the eager tourist, you'll never be bored in Seoul

6 ways to enjoy beautiful, underrated Rizal

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The Pinto Art Museum, Luljetta's hanging gardens and spa, Masungi Georeserve – here are just some of the things you can do in Rizal

UNDERSTATED BEAUTY. The underrated Rizal province has destinations worth exploring.  All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang/Rappler unless otherwise specified. Photo by Nicole Reyes

El Nido to impose daily visitor limits in 3 iconic tourist sites

Sep 27, 2017 - 4:04 PM

El Nido adopts a resolution that will solve the overcrowding and habitat disturbance issues in the Big and Small Lagoons and Secret Beach

EL NIDO HOT SPOT. Tourists at El Nido's Small Lagoon. Photo courtesy Provincial Information Office, Palawan

Budayaw, a rich ASEAN festival, held for first time in PH

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Celebrated in General Santos City, Budayaw cultural festival showcases performances and creative expressions from different ASEAN countries

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The Sandurot Festival 2017 brings the party to quiet Dumaguete

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:44 PM

The City of Gentle People goes wild and happy in Sandurot Festival 2017

FESTIVAL COLORS. Street dancers from various schools & barangays wash the streets of Dumaguete in colors, dances & music. Photo by Potpot Pinili

A Singapore Minute (Part 5 of 5): When in Tiong Bahru

Sep 14, 2017 - 9:26 PM

If you want to experience the steady, less-frenetic side of Singapore, do consider spending day in this neighborhood. It doesn’t disappoint

A Singapore Minute (Part 4 of 5): Bynd Artisan is a DIY paradise

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Get your hands working with personalized projects

A Singapore Minute (Part 3 of 5): Tour the city on a Vespa sidecar

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Ride around Singapore in style

A Singapore Minute (Part 2 of 5): iFly Singapore

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Fulfill the dream of flying and skydiving in Sentosa Island

A Singapore Minute (Part 1 of 5): The National Gallery

Sep 10, 2017 - 9:12 PM

Singapore's National Gallery is a modern art marvel

IN PHOTOS: Around the world with Maria Letizia Dantes

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:16 PM

At just a few years old Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes daughter is already a jetsetter

Travel guide: 9 top places to see in India

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:28 PM

Here's what you can see in India aside from the Taj Mahal and the famous pink city

RELIVE THE PAST. Amber Fort's massive courtyards and buildings make you realize how affluent and influential the Maharajas were during their heyday.

WATCH: Dubrovnik is more than just 'King's Landing'

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:00 PM

More than the Game of Thrones connection the city’s thousand year long history lives on in its walls and alleys

Baguio is in the running to become a UNESCO creative city

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED The summer capital s creative culture will hopefully get the recognition it so richly deserves

Misibis Bay Resort: A soulful treat with a fresh breeze

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:00 PM

This gem of a resort in Bicol caters to both lazy loungers and lively thrill seekers

Jasmine Curtis-Smith says you should stay at this Siargao resort

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:32 PM

The actress stayed on the island to film her upcoming movie with Erich Gonzales and Jericho Rosales

HARANA. The surf resort is located in General Luna, Siargao. Photo from Facebook.com/haranasurf

IN PHOTOS: Quezon's Niyogyugan Festival

Aug 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Tara na sa Quezon The grand parade is on August 27

Japan 2017: 7 days for P40,000 and some change

Aug 23, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Here s how you can enjoy Japan on a budget

JAPAN BUDGET TRIP. The author Andrea Javier and her family at Universal Studios in Japan. All photos courtesy of Andrea Javier

WATCH: How 'Game of Thrones' is taking years off graying Santa Fe

Aug 21, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The House of Eternal Return is a new attraction funded by Game of Thrones creator George R R Martin

7 activities near Metro Manila you can do this weekend

Aug 17, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Forgot to make plans for the long weekend? We ve got you covered

I’M HOTEL. The relatively new hotel in Makati has a "Mermaid Pool Bar" and an acrylic-bottomed pool that’ll give you something exciting to do without having to leave the city. Photo from Facebook.com/imhotelph

Budget guide: 3 days in Beijing

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Planning a trip to Beijing? This writer traveled to see the Great Wall and Forbidden City – on a budget

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Travel guide: The Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye

Jul 30, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Danxia Landform provides visitors with colorful mountains that seem unreal

FIERY. The best time to see the mountains are during sunset when the vibrant colors are at their brightest.

IN PHOTOS: These Pacsafe bags are the prettiest, safest bags for the street

Jul 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Stylishly secure the new Pacsafe line will take you to wherever you need to go

Travel guide: Exploring the clear lakes of Jiuzhaigou

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:25 PM

In China s Jiuzhaigou Valley shimmering lakes and gorgeous waterfalls are nothing short of spectacular

After 3 years, Mount Kanlaon reopens trails

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:48 PM

Trekkers can now climb Mount Kanlaon after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology lowered the alert status of the active volcano to normal status

TREKKERS WELCOME. Mount Kanlaon is again open to trekkers. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Igler says they were surprised with the demand for the snack in Shanghai reportedly averaging 4 000 pieces a day

Palawan named World’s Best Island, Boracay makes top 3

Jul 12, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Palawan earns the top spot for the second year

NATURAL BEAUTY. Even with the influx of tourists, lagoons and islets off El Nido in Palawan are still stunning. Photo by Simon Gonzaga/ thebigblackbackpack.com

12 money-saving tips for millennial travelers

Jul 02, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Looking to travel on a budget? Here s how you can save while seeing the world

South Korea beyond Seoul: Fortress-hiking and food tripping in Suwon City

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Here s what you can do in Suwon City which is just a subway ride away from Seoul

South Korea beyond Seoul: The Garden of Morning Calm

Jun 25, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Here s how you can explore South Korea s Garden of Morning Calm – one of the shooting locations for the K drama Love in the Moonlight

Guide: This national park inspired the 'Avatar' Hallelujah Mountains

Jun 24, 2017 - 10:06 PM

The mountains in Zhangjiajie National Park inspired the floating mountains in James Cameron s Avatar – here s how you can see them in person

NATURE'S BEST. The unique formations are spectacular once you see them from above.

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

Rizal's life in Germany revisited through new map

Jun 19, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in Germany launches an illustrated map retracing Jose Rizal s adventures in the European country

RETRACING RIZAL'S ROUTE. Philippine Ambassador to Germany Melita Sta. Maria-€“Thomeczeck presents the new, illustrated map on the life of Rizal in Germany. Photo by Carol Ramoran

IN PHOTOS: Puerto Princesa's 'Jungle Trail' ecotourism site

Jun 18, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Jungle Trail at the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan not only serves as tourist site but also gives livelihood for the Tagbanuas

GUIDED TOUR. A Tagbanua lady guiding two foreigner ladies through the national park’s lush forest. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro