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If your trip will include Southeast Asia, be sure to browse through all the Southeast Asia articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Southeast Asia, we've been there done that when it comes to Southeast Asia, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Southeast Asia.

What To Do In Bohol, Philippines – Loboc River Cruise

Posing With Ati Tribe Spitting Fire
My friend posing with the Ati Tribesman for a photo as they spit fire

When traveling through the Philippines, we found ourselves in Cebu for 2 days, waiting for a flight to the island of Siargao. We didn't really know what we wanted to do, and in doing a little research discovered the island of Bohol, just a couple hours away from Cebu by ferry. The island, pronounced very similar to "Butthole", is best known for the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. When we arrived, we decided to rent scooters and explore the island that way. One of our destinations, a lazy 45 minute scooter ride away from our resort in the Mactan Island area of Bohol, was the Loboc River.

Mui Ne Sand Dunes – Offroading, ATVs, Sledding

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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ATV Mui Ne White Dunes
My friend riding his ATV in front of a huge white dune with no footprints

Mui Ne has some of the craziest sand/soil I’ve ever seen, the reds were darker than I’ve seen even in Australia. The big draw for tourists in Mui Ne, other than the world class kite surfing, is the sand dune tour. We mentioned these tours in the Mui Ne Fairy Stream article, and we also mentioned how the Fairy Stream was more unique and we liked it better, however the sand dunes were a good visit as well. There are 2 sets of dunes the jeeps will take you to, one is white, and one is orange. The better ones in my opinion were the white sand dunes, and that’s what we’re talking about here.

Swimming With Jellyfish – Bucas Grande, Philippines

Monday, September 5, 2011
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Snorkeling with the jellyfish in Bucas Grande, Philippines
A jellyfish up close with a snorkeler in the background

Last month I was travelling through the Philippines. We spent 5 days visiting a friend on the Island of Siargao, famous for its surfing break Cloud 9, and relatively unknown otherwise (for now). He took us around to all the cool things he’s discovered on the island, including a set of water caves a few hours away by boat. Apparently we lucked out with our timing, because the caves were nothing compared to what was going on in a nearby cove. I guess it’s seasonal, but every year a nearby protected lagoon becomes a breeding ground for jellyfish.

Getting The Fish Eating Feet Massage In Boracay, Philippines

Saturday, September 3, 2011
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Fish Eating Feet Borocay
Fish Eating Dead Skin Off Feet

Walking to the tuk tuk line on our way to a club in Boracay, Philippines we saw a spa advertising those fish that eat the dead skin off your feet. The next day we headed back to try it out. I’ve seen it before in other Asian countries, but never actually tried it. It’s a strange concept, and I don’t know that I could tell the difference afterwards (and my feet were all messed up from climbing Mt. Whitney), but it was worth trying.

Fairy Stream of Mui Ne, Vietnam – Photos & Info

Friday, September 2, 2011
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Ferry Stream Turns Red, Mui Ne
The soil begins to darken along the Fairy Stream

Mui Ne, Vietnam is mainly known for 2 things to the traveller (if you’ve even heard of it): Kite Surfing and Sand Dunes.  Most people that go see the sand dunes book a trip by jeep, and they throw in a few extra bonus stops along the way.  The Ferry Stream is kind of brushed off as an additional stop on the sand dunes tour; however it was actually better than the dunes themselves.  They’re not marketed well, and it’s really unofficial when you get there, but as tourism in Mui Ne grows, I’m sure they’ll become more well known.

Leaving Western Style Toilets Behind

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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A toilet near Yangshuo China
A toilet in a village near Yangshuo, China

A warning, this article is going to be about poop and pee, if you don't care to read about that, click here.  Otherwise, lets get to know each other a little bit...

Best Way To Get Across Thailand

Koh Phi Phi Caves
A long boat going past a fishermans cave in Koh Phi Phi

Q. Couple questions... Right now we are just going to be on the west side of the islands in thailand. Do you recall it being easy to get to side to side? If so i really want to go to KohPhi Phi. We are going to get certified to dive in koh tao. Do you recommend that or should we do it in Koh Phi Phi?

Planning A Vietnam Trip, Advice From Friend

Halong Bay
Halong Bay in the North of Vietnam, close to Hanoi

Q. Can you whip me up a quick travel guide to Vietnam? I know the basics, but anything you did, saw, ate, good places you stayed, etc which you recommend? Thanks!

Answering Questions About SE Asia Trip

Swimming In Waterfalls, Luang Prubang
Swimming in the clear waters of the Kouang Si waterfall in Luang Prabang, Laos

Q. I'm going to be in China and Korea for a school consulting project in May, but have about 12 days to travel on the back end and want to go to SE Asia for a bit. I just wanted your thoughts on how to best spend my relatively short amount of time and money.

Cu Chi War Tunnels, Vietnam

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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Very Small Entrance to Cu Chi War Tunnels, Vietnam
Entering one of the very small holes leading to the Cu Chi War Tunnels

When visiting Ho Chi Minh City, be sure to consider taking a tour of the Cu Chi War Tunnels. It's an easy day trip (not even a full day) from the city, and an interesting way to learn about the Vietnam War. You'll be able to walk (or crawl) through a pitch black tunnel dug for the war. If you're claustrophobic be careful as the tunnel is pitch black and leaves barely enough room to move through on your feet. Your calves will ache when you make it to the end. You'll see remnants of bomb craters, weapons, vehicles, and ammunition used during the war. For a fee you can shoot some of the guns actually used during the war, although its quite expensive. You can also see examples of some of the types of brutal traps placed throughout the jungle during the war.

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