A five-star and 272-room property, Riverside Majestic Astana Wing sits at the heart of Kuching City overlooking the winding Sarawak river. Conveniently located across the waterfront and walking distance to a lot of attractions in the city. It was a perfect home base for us as we cover the Kuching Jazz Festival in 2019.
Prior to visiting Kuching, the capital of Sarawak is under my radar of places to visit. I had an initial impression it would be similar to other cities in Borneo like Kota Kinabalu. Surprisingly, the city along the meandering Sarawak River has a different vibe. With my usual practice of exploring new cities on foot, Kuching felt more like a counterpart of George Town in this side of Malaysia. The vibrant and artsy streets, affordable and tasty food and the easy going lifestyle of the people.
Coming from Cave of the Winds, we had very short boat ride to our last cave visit – the Clearwater Cave. On the boat ride to the cave, I noticed the plank walk hanging by the rock walls leading to the cave. It looks fragile but walkable. I’m sure it would be fun to take that trail if we had more time. The boat was faster as we arrived soon at the scenic picnic area before clearwater cave. The colorful longboats gather by the riverbanks as the boatmen await each of their guests. We’re excited to explore Asia’s longest cave system but not before having our lunch first.
It’s not often that you’d find a Pinoy traveler headed for the Middle East for purposes other than work. But coming from Southeast going towards where the sun rises over dramatic desert landscapes and modern iterations of ancient cities can be one heck of an adventure. And it doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive either, if you get your flight tickets to fly via GulfAir using the Tajawal website. After all, priceless adventure trips needn’t be expensive.
Our adventure in Sarawak continues. In our first day in Gunung Mulu National Park, we were able to visit two of the four show caves in the park. The massive Deer Cave and the small yet impressive jellyfish-like rock formations at Lang Cave. This time we rode a boat at Melinau river to reach our first cave for the day, Cave of the Winds. But before that, we took a quick side-trip at a Penan Settlement to get a glimpse of the life of an endangered ethnic tribe.
If you’re thinking about taking a vacation alone or with family once it becomes safe to travel again, then you’ll want to know what method of travel gives you the greatest chance of getting there in one piece.
Travel is something that millions of people participate in every year, some doing it for business while others do it for pleasure. Travelers share the need to move long distances, but how they do this is not always the same.
You can travel in one of four main ways. This includes driving, taking the train, riding a boat or vessel, and flying. These travel options vary in their speed, cost, convenience, and safety level.
Driving may seem like a cheap choice, but there are 7 million car accidents in the U.S. annually. Is it worth taking this risk just to save a few bucks?
Below we’ll look at each method of traveling and see which you’re best-suited with to keep yourself safe!
Romblon Island is one of the three main islands of Romblon province. The others being Tablas and Sibuyan islands. With an area of 33.54 sq mi, it is the smallest of the three island groups. The town is the capital of the province and is widely known for its marble industry, minerals, Spanish heritage and beautiful beaches.