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Tough Bessang Pass provides real challenges in traveling to the Bontoc-Banaue-Sagada area from Vigan

The lack of proper driving maps for northern Luzon, Philippines is one of several challenges in driving the island. Still, there’s much to see in the north, from the colonial architecture at Vigan to the spectacular rice terraces in the Bontoc and Banaue areas. This post will help you to avoid a tough road situation […]

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Classic scam in Manila, the calesa carriage rip off

A scam has been going on for years near the waterfront in Manila with regard to taking a tour in one of the quaint two-wheeled horse carriages called calesas. We wanted to see first hand how it worked, and it was a classic! Before we tell you how the scam works, here are a few […]

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4 Major Road Hassles while driving on the Philippine Island of Luzon

We’ve found the driving on the main island of Luzon to be among the world’s worst driving experiences, on a par with some of the toughest conditions in Africa. On the other hand, hiring a car and driver isn’t a panacea either, as you will only pay surcharges for the driver’s time, meals, and hotels, […]

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Bangkok Taxi Cockpit: a drive to distraction?

Check out the cockpit of the taxi meter I just took from Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.  He’s got a morlam vcd player going all the time so he can watch TV while he drives (it was a neat Siriporn morlam live show, too). His visors are loaded with other VCDs so he can select others […]

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