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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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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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.

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How to Eat Balut in the Philippines

What is that Filipino delicacy called balut? And why are foreign visitors being constantly pushed to eat it? Read on and find out.

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Top Ten Reasons to Visit Malaysia

Malaysia's eleven states are crammed with adventures, whether you're after great street food or a face-to-face encounter with endangered species or a walking tour through a centuries-old city.

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Top Ten Hawker Centers in Singapore

For the no-BS Singaporean hawker center experience, do not dare miss these places when you're in town: we've picked ten hawker centers worth trying when in Singapore.

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10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southeast Asia

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the unique cultural and historical value of several sites within Southeast Asia. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites are of great value, too, for visitors who seek out unique cultural experiences in the countries they visit...

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A Tour of "Hanoi Hilton" - the Infamous Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoa Lo Prison, more popularly known as the "Hanoi Hilton", is a museum near the French Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was first built in the late 1890s by Vietnam's French colonizers as a central priso...

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Five Sacred Sites in Southeast Asia

Visit these holy places if you want to see Southeast Asia's spirituality shining through: five sacred sites that transcend creed and touch the soul.

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Monas - Independence Monument in Jakarta, Indonesia

Towering over Merdeka (Freedom) Square in Gambir, Central Jakarta, the Monas is an impressive-sized monolith: about 137 meters tall, topped with an observation deck and a gilded flame that is illuminated at night...

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About.com Southeast Asia Travel's Top Ten for 2010.

About.com Southeast Asia Travel's Top Ten for 2010. By Michael Aquino, About. com GuideDecember 30, 2010. My Bio · Headlines...

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A Tour of the Anak Krakatau (Krakatoa) Volcano, Indonesia

By Michael Aquino, About.com Guide ... Image © Mike Aquino, licensed to About. com. Anak Krakatau can be safely ......