The Philippines is on the map once again as The New York Times listed the country in one of the 46 places to go in 2013. Their January 11 article recommends our white sand beaches and surf spots to tourists who dream of summer paradise:
A surfing and beach destination goes luxe.
Idyllic white sand beaches, secluded, little-known surf towns, and pristine reefs are among the natural draws of this country made up of over 7,000 tropical islands. Now in addition to the more upscale choices cropping up in former backpacking enclaves like Boracay, there is a new generation of luxury hotels opening even further afield. The new Dedon Island resort on Siargao, for example, is close to one of the world’s best surf breaks, Cloud 9 (Kelly Slater is a fan), and has an outdoor cinema along with spa and paddle board classes. And the private island resort of El Nido Pangulasian opens this month in the Unesco biosphere of Palawan, right by some of the world’s most pristine diving spots. Although the Philippines has been subject to travel advisories in the past, they mostly focus on Mindanao in the south. For extra security, outfitters like Asian expert Remote Lands organize private transfers and local guides. ONDINE COHANE
Hoooray! The article also suggested our nearby neighbors like Koh Phangan and Bangkok in Thailand, Mergui Island in Myanmar and Singapore. ASEAN power, baby! LOL.