Meeting more mates in Manila
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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And so, our wonderful two months in this beautiful country were coming to and end. We had two more nights in Manila before we flew to our next destination, Malaysia.
Our first surprise was the place we stayed at. we were expecting depressing and grotty just like our earlier visits here but instead got beautiful, clean and comfortable. We were ecstatic! If you're in Manila and you're on a budget, Malate Pensionne is the answer to your prayers!
At the airport the next day we were both so sad to be leaving. The Philippines has truly won us over and I'm sure we will be back again. So many things come to mind when I think about the Philippines. Amazing beaches, fabulous diving, the mighty jeepney, tricycles, smiles, crazy driving, awe-inspiring rice terraces, palm trees, palm trees and more palm trees, adobo, bar-b-q's, cute tarsiers, malls, and of course the wonderful warmth and hospitality of the Filipinos.
It's amazing how quick two months pass! The Philippines is a must see destination especially if you are into empty white sand beaches with crystal clear water. The people are some of the friendliest we have met in the 9 months on the road, the driving some of the craziest as Kaz mentioned. The diving is simply the best I have ever experienced and the budget accommodation some of the worst! One of the more surprising sides to the country is the beautiful countryside. I was expecting the beaches and islands to be amazing but the journeys in between were equally spectacular. So next time you are in South East Asia and want to find a more authentic vibe, head to the Philippines!
Fiona and Inaki, THANK YOU so much for a wonderful send off from your amazing country. When you are in London we will take you to an old man's pub and a kebab joint! ha ha.
Our next stop is the capital city of Malaysia. KL or as I like to call it Kuala Lumpur. See you underneath the Petronas Towers!
All our love Paul & Karen xxx
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