Mike Aquino

Mike Aquino

Travel Writer Covering S.E. Asia

Freelance writer, content consultant, Southeast Asia travel gadabout.

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Three Weeks in Indonesia: an Extended Itinerary

Three weeks barely covers Indonesia's top destinations - but this action-packed itinerary shows you what kind of adventure lies out there! Start at Jakarta, Indonesia and make your way to Bali - but feel free to engage the many detours along the way.

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The Best Beach Holiday Islands in the Philippines

There's no such thing as an “ordinary beach sunset” when the whole family is enjoying one together. This holiday season, Smile surveys Boracay, Bohol, Siargao and Coron - four of the Philippines' best holiday destinations for sun, sand and family bonding that will make for precious memories

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The Philippines' rivers, lakes and seas check all the boxes for the environmentally aware adventurer. Fun for any budget or skill level? Full contact with the best that nature has to off er? Minimal ecological footprint? Stay cool in the summer heat? The adventures in this list give you all these benefits and more.

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The Return of the Speakeasy

The Philippines, a one-time American colony, is seeing a boom in Prohibition-style secret bars, where the focus is on high-quality drinks.

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Metro Manila's Moment

Long perceived as too unwieldy and crowded, the Philippines' capital is suddenly back on must-visit lists, even as it struggles to find a sustainable shape as a regional hub...

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The Hanoi buddy trip — Yahoo Travel Inspirations

Taking Hanoi on alone would have been simply too much trouble; teaming up with another made the trip feel less daunting and more fun. And so we found ourselves, three months later, in a plane zeroing in on Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport one chilly October morning....

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Asia’s tourist-friendly mountains

The most impressive of Asia's peaks are gathered in this list, a roundup of the continent's most tourist-friendly mountains, ready to be conquered the next time you're in the area....

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Bali is for Lovers — Yahoo Travel Inspirations

The call could not have come at a better time - the wife and I were badly in need of a relationship recharge. So when we got a major discount off of a Bali resort stay, it felt as if the stars had aligned in our favor....

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5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Low-Cost Airline Flight

Flying a low cost airline around Southeast Asia? Read this first - find out how you can lower costs and increase creature comforts

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Budget Travel Tips in Singapore

Save money while traveling in Singapore - follow these tips to stretch your travel budget while visiting the "world's most expensive city"

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All About Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar

Visiting Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon? Read this first: a guide to entering and appreciating this ancient temple in Myanmar

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Temple of the Son

Smile travels north-west of Siem Reap to trace a centuries-old story of loyalty, intrigue and rebellion with a cast of thousands, the same story that could hold the secret to Banteay Chhmar’s second act as an exciting, off-the-grid adventure spot.

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A Guide to Drinking in the Philippines

All about drinking in the Philippines - how to drink with locals, and what drinks you can expect to imbibe.

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Review of the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros, Philippines

Determined to stay in Intramuros? You can do far worse than stay at the Bayleaf Hotel, a stylish boutique hotel facing the walled city's eastern gate.