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  • Venetian Lady
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    Hello to everyone,new to posting but have been reading the forum for several years…
    Planning a beach holiday from Bangkok for around 7-10 days mid January and was looking for something new.
    Was thinking of perhaps the Philippines but have no idea where.
    We (husband and I) are looking for something laid back, nice sea, great weather but must have a local town/village where you can go to in the evening for a drink and dinner (hate eating in the hotel).
    Is security an issue on the islands? (I seem to read only about issues in Manila)
    Any suggestions???
    Thanks


    MartynSinclair
    Participant

    Welcome Venetian Lady – we are a friendly bunch.

    Your requirements sound idyllic – I have no idea about the region though 🙂 – I am sure someone will..


    K1ngston
    Participant

    Welcome Venetian Lady, you should check out Boracay, not the easiest place to get to but by far the best island in the Philippines! I have to ask why Philippines, with the choice of so many amazing islands in the region?

    In January there is peak season in the Islands of Malaysia, Indonesia, and of course some of the islands of Thailand but understand if you are based in BKK.

    Happy to chat more if you wish, we live in Phuket and when we get away from our beach home to the beach we head to Bali…

    Again welcome to the forum, as Martyn says we are a friendly bunch really 🙂


    Venetian Lady
    Participant

    Thanks for your warm welcome to the forum.

    The Philippines is just an idea.

    I am looking for somewhere new, laid back not too busy a nice place to chill out.
    Hate the idea of an island where you are stuck in a resort, I like an island that has a soul to it. We will be in Bangkok
    mid January and wanted to do something different, we normally spend 2 weeks in Thailand during this period and have visited several Thailand islands,
    our favourite being Ko Lanta as we have watched it grow from a sleepy island to a popular tourist destination.

    K1ngston I am open to suggestions, but not Bali, I went there many years ago and it didn’t grab me.
    I guess I am looking for a new destination, not too busy with a great sea and good weather where we can have a nice beach holiday for about 10 days.


    Chris in Makati
    Participant

    You might want to consider Malapascua Island, which is off the north coast of Cebu. You have to travel by bus or car from Cebu City up to the hop-off point from where you get a banca (small ferry boat) to the island itself. It would take almost half a day travel to get there from Cebu City but Malapascua is a beautiful island with white beaches and plenty of restaurants and places to stay.

    Boracay used to be nice, but it’s got way too commercialised, crowded, and very overpriced these days.


    Venetian Lady
    Participant

    Thanks Chris in Makati, Malapascua sounds just what I am looking for, my ideal destination, laid back no mass tourism…
    My only concern is the weather, I just read on the internet that January is during the rainy season and can rain heavily.
    Do you know if this is the case?
    Thanks


    Chris in Makati
    Participant

    In the Philippines, January and February are the months with the lowest rainfall, so rain shouldn’t be a problem at that time of year.


    Polly
    Participant

    Hi K1ngston
    Didn’t know you live in HKT. We go there every year, but head to Panwa village. Def off the beaten track, quiet and eat v v local food. Love the way the villagers cook on little stalls etc. In Feb, but also combine it with Bali, Canggu nice,quiet and friendly.
    Which part of hkt do you live near?


    K1ngston
    Participant

    Hi K1ngston
    Didn’t know you live in HKT. We go there every year, but head to Panwa village. Def off the beaten track, quiet and eat v v local food. Love the way the villagers cook on little stalls etc. In Feb, but also combine it with Bali, Canggu nice,quiet and friendly.
    Which part of hkt do you live near?

    Hi Polly thanks for your mention, my husband and I live in Chanterlay in the North of the Island near the Laguna resort. It is 15 minutes from the airport which is important for me as I travel so regularly we have a number of beaches close by, Bang Tao, Layan, etc and some first class dining experiences both local and international.

    We love it here and happy to meet when you are next here, would be good to see you

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