January 2011

Mui Ne, Vietnam’s Disappearing Beach

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The only thing stranger than the paved beach of Mui Ne, Vietnam? The fact that it sits just miles from some of the largest sand dunes in Asia.

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Photo of Boracay, Philippines

Does Boracay Live Up To The Hype?

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Like so many of the developing world’s previously well-kept secrets, this sandcastle island of Boracay in the Philippines calls into question the extent to which a cool place stays cool once uncool people make a habit of going there.

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Kamikaze Suicide Note

WWII History in Corregidor Island, Philippines

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About 28 miles from the Philippine capital at the mouth of Manila Bay sits Corregidor, a tadpole-shaped island that was the last Allied holdout in the Pacific during World War II–and yet strangely, has gone all-but-unmentioned in film and television productions commemorating the conflict.

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Philippines Taal Volcano

A Lake Inside a Volcano Inside a Lake

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If you mention the world “Ta’al” to a Filipino, the first image to pops into his mind will likely be that of an active volcano just south of Manila. The second — if there is one — is a town with the same name and charm.

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Travel in Manila, Philippines

Manila’s Many Faces

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Thanks to the many flags that have flown over it, Manila possesses a complex charm that calls to mind every period of its long history.

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