Sinangag, or Garlic Chinese fried rice, could be a fashionable Filipino breakfast, typically served with a dish on high and a drizzle of vinegar sauce. Don’t have a abdomen for rice and garlic within the morning? No problem! This dish is additionally wonderful for lunch or as a facet for dinner.
I have few Asian recipes that are pretty pitiful for a blogger United Nations agency claims to share “the better of the most effective from round the world”. However, you’ll be happy to understand that I arrange on remedying that from currently on, beginning nowadays with this Filipino classic! So even supposing I classified this instruction during this blog’s breakfast assortment, I see it additional as a dish. I generally add some types of macromolecule, like diced chicken or cut, and it works as a full meal!
If you’re a breakfast of champions sort of girl/guy and love rice within the morning, then by all suggests that, relish your early garlic cooked rice! Simply check that to brush your teeth once or that job meeting is going to be terribly fascinating as no one can want to get about to you. ? I am captivated with their individual single-serve cups. Seriously, it doesn’t get from now on convenient than that! However wonderful it’s that you just get to customize this instruction and build some for one? (Although you ought to positively build a minimum of some for two, as a result of I guarantee you won’t resist going for seconds or thirds!)
The cups cook in exactly sixty seconds and area unit nice if you wish a transportable meal or snack. No additional blaming being busy for your habit of meal skipping! If something, you get to cook a garlic Filipino fried rice your Minute Rice Single Serve Cup, combine in your favorite ingredients and eat straight from the cup.
8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 4 cups Minute Rice Single Serve Cups, cooked according to instructions 1/3 cup vegetable oil, divided Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish 4 eggs VINEGAR SAUCE: 1/3 cup vinegar 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes 1 cloves of garlic Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and golden, about 1 minutes. Remove a little bit of the garlic (1 tablespoon) and reserve. 2. Add the cooked rice and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, breaking up any large clumps, until rice is getting crispy in some places. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish or individual plates. 3. In that same skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Swirl the pan to evenly coat the surface. The pan is ready when the oil becomes shimmery and very loose. Crack each egg into a measuring cup and gently tip it into the skillet. You can crack the eggs directly into the skillet if you prefer. Cook the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are done to your liking. Season with salt and pepper. 4. Place the eggs on top of the rice, garnish with the reserved garlic and sliced scallion and serve immediately, with the vinegar sauce on the side.
Thailand,officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly called Siam is a country in the center of the Southeast Asia Indochinese peninsula. Located completely within the tropicas it encompasses diverse ecosystems including hilly rain forests, rice paddies in the central plains, and rugged coastal areas along the narrow southern peninsula.
Thailand is a diverse country and has lots to offer. It is a country steeped in history and culture that seamlessly mixes with the hustle and bustle of its big modern cities. Golden temples and venerated Buddha statues co-exist with modern buildings, shopping malls, and train stations. It is not unusual to smell the pungent aroma of incense and the cloying scent of flowers on the crowded streets of Bangkok where Shrines and Spirit Houses dot even the busiest streets. Many of the shrines have offerings of incense and flowers left on the counters hence the smells wafting down the street.
Yes Thailand is filled with temples, you’ll surely get your fill of them, but Thailand is also filled with natural wonders, amazing wild life, ancient and historic sites, sun kissed beaches, crystal clear waters, delicious cuisine, and shopping, lots of shopping. So whether you’re a sun worshipper, diver, animal lover, history buff, foodie, or shopahoic you’ll find something you’ll love in Thailand.
So here are 5 unique activities to help you truly experience the wonders of Thailand!
Thailand is known for its markets; from floating markets around Bangkok, to night markets, weekend markets, and open air markets throughout the country, you’ll find everything you need or don’t need.
Even if you’re not a big shopper it’s almost impossible to visit one of these markets without finding something to buy.
Some of my favorite markets are Damoen Saduak Floating Market outside of Bangkok, the night market at Patpong Night Market in the heart of Bangkok, and the Chatuchuk Weekend Market in the Bangkok suburb of Chatuchuk.
A word of advice to those venturing into the Patpong Night Market. The market is located in Bangkok’s red light district. The market stalls are surrounded by bars and restaurants that offer nightly “sex shows”. You’ll find touts hanging outside these establishments holding menus and barking out nightly specials. I’ve never been to one but I’ve heard that these establishments are basically scams where you’ll find questionable ladies dancing or stripping on a stage and the “manager” or host will hold you hostage unless you pay her crazy fees for the water downed drinks they placed on your table. So unless you want to get ripped off it’s probably a good idea to keep out of such places. My cousin tells me that if you must see one of these shows you should book an escorted tour with your concierge, like I said I’ve never been to one and sincerely doubt I’d ever want to.
Located outside of Bangkok Bang Pa-In is in the Ayutthaya province. It’s basically a royal complex where the Summer Palace is nestled among the beautiful orchards and gardens. Originally built in 1632 this palace was the summer palace used by Thai royalty until 1767. It was rebuilt in 1872 and is now tourist attraction and is sometimes used for very special events.
Ayutthaya Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is comprised of ruins of temples and palaces of the of the capital city of the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom.
Most of the items excavated from the sites can be seen at the nearby Chao Sam Phraya Museum.
There’s also an Elephant Camp in the area where when you can ride on an elephant’s back and walk around the ancient site.
You can visit Ayutthaya by bus, taxi, or car; but one of the best ways to go is a lazy ride down the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok.
It’s a great way to see the country side. Most river cruises come with a nice luncheon buffet.
There are many elephant camps around the country where for a small fee you can ride the back of an elephant.
The elephants seemed well cared for and the guides are very friendly. Definitely a great experience.
Erawan National Park
Located in western Thailand in the Kanchanaburi Province is this delightful National Park.
It’s main attraction are the hiking trails and the waterfalls. At the entrance you’ll encounter some mischievious little monkeys.
If you’ve still got energy left you might want to take a side trip to the Kwai River and the bridge that spans it.
Sun lovers can head to Phuket’s beaches. Phuket’s has some of Thailand’s most beautiful beaches.
There are many luxury hotels in the area where you will be pampered from head to toe. If you prefer to sightsee there are many places to visit; you can even go island hopping! Shoppers will find great deals at one of the area’s markets. And if it’s nightlife you’re wanting Phuket is definitely a party place!
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The Philippines in an archipelago of 7,600+ (and counting) islands that sprawls across Southeast Asia. It is defined by it’s crystal clear oceans, emerald green rice paddies, simmering volcanoes, diverse cultures, loud jeepneys, modern cities, depressing slums, throngs of people, and never ending traffic. This is why there are many unique ways to experience the Philippines.
Depending on what you’re looking for there are many ways to experience the Philippines. If it’s history and culture you’re after the Philippines is rich in both. Remember the Philippines was a Spanish colony for over 500 years; a US territory from 1898 to 1946; and occupied by Imperial Japan during WWII; all of which left their marks on Philippine history and culture.
If you’re looking for nature and adventure the Philippines has plenty of that too! Ecotourism has gained popularity in the Philippines and tourists are welcome to explore and observe pristine oceans, mountains, and unique flora and fauna.
If you’re a sun worshipper and just want to kick back on the beach or at a luxury resort the Philippines has plenty of that as well. The country is chock full of lovely beaches and luxury hotels staffed with folks who will cater to just about every whim or desire.
There are many ways to experience the Philippines. From its diverse cuisine, historical sites, natural wonders, sun kissed beaches, and bustling city life, the Philippines has it all. Most folks hang out in the large cities particularly Manila the capital and its surrounding towns and villages. But if you want to really experience the Philippines and all that this pearl of the Pacific has to offer here are 5 unique activities that will let you do just that!
Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Calesa Ride, and Manila Hotel
This is a must for all history buffs. Intramuros, literally meaning between the walls, is the historic center of the capital city of Manila. It is also the oldest city in the country dating back to 1571 when the city’s foundations were laid by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. The city remained under Spanish rule until 1898 when America gained control of the country after defeating the Spanish Armada at the end of the Spanish American War.
The city and the nearly three mile long stone wall that surrounds it have stood its ground through wars and natural disasters. The city is bordered by the Pasig River on one side and Rizal Park on the opposite side. During colonial times Intramuros was center of religious, political, and educational life in the country; by all respects Intramuros was Manila. It was almost completely razed when the occupying Japanese forces staged their last stand there against Allied and Geurilla Forces.
Today it is a mish mash of reconstructed historic buildings, museums, restaurants and modern buildings. Within its walls you’ll find San Augustin Church completed in 1607 is the country’s oldest church and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also find the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion aka Manila Cathedral. Destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945 during WWII the Cathedral was reconstructed in 1958. It serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Manila.
You’ll also find Fort Santiago within its walls. This served as the military headquarters of the Spanish colonial government. Although heavily damaged during the Battle of Manila some of the forts key features have been restored including the gate with the wooden relief featuring Santiago Matamoros (slayer of Moors) the patron saint of Spain. The fort’s barracks is home to the Rizal Shrine a small museum dedicated to the life and works of José Rizal, the national hero who was imprisoned there before his execution in nearby Rizal park on December 30, 1896.
There are other museums and wall gates in Intramuros and to get around you might want to hire a calesa instead of walking the confusing roads.
These horse drawn carriages were first used on Manila streets in the 18th. century. They’re a nice way to get around the historic city. You can find them waiting outside Fort Santiago, each calesa comes with a guide (who hangs off the side of the carriage) and driver. It’s a good idea to discuss price, route, and ride length before hopping in. Oh and stay within the city walls no matter how much the guide tries to persuade you to take a tour around Rizal Park and over the bridge to Quiapo the bustling open market. Trust me, we agreed and found ourselves dodging jeepneys, cars, and buses in heavy traffic.
After you’ve had your fill of Intramuros stop by the iconic Manila Hotel. It’s located about half a mile away in Ermita. This historic 5 star luxury hotel opened its doors in 1912. General Douglas McArthur and his family made their home in the Manila Hotel during his tenure as military advisor to the Commonwealth between 1935-1941. Today his penthouse apartment has been refurbished as the lavish McArthur suite. Stop by for a drink at the Lobby Bar or an afternoon snack at the Cafe Ilang Ilang; the mango crepes are to die for!
By the way if all you want to do is laze out on a lounger by the pool the Manila Hotel is a fine place to do so!
Collectively known as the Banaue Rice Terraces these rice paddies were hand carved into the mountains of central Luzon the main island of the Philippine archipelago.
The terraces are spread between several villages in the Cordillera region. They are a system of irrigated fields made of mud and stone hand carved in the mountains over 2000 years ago by the indigenous people called the Ifugao. Contrary to popular belief not all the rice terraces are UNESCO Heritage sites. In fact just 5 of these rice terraces hold the honor and most of them aren’t easily accessible.
Regardless which cluster of terraces you decide to visit you will be in for a truly awesome experience. Getting there can be an adventure in itself, it’s at least an 8 hour drive from Manila, more if you hit lots of traffic, run into mudslides, or just flat out get lost. But believe me it’s worth the trouble!
Once there you can hike into the rice fields and explore, visit some area museums, and my favorite part talk to the delightful native inhabitants in the Tam-An village or any other village within the terraces. They are so friendly and for a fee, they will show you their ancestors bones and tell you about their age old burial customs; guide you thru the fields; dress you in traditional gear; and let you crawl around their huts (actually they don’t charge for that activity).
The fees are 100 PHP per activity that’s just a bit over $2. It’s so worth it if only for the pictures!
If hiking up and down the slippery paths isn’t your cup of tea you can still enjoy the magnificent views at the viewpoint and chat with the elders. They’re happy to tell you stories and answer any questions you might have.
The island province of Palawan consists of 1780 islands that stretch between the South China and Sulu Seas. Its provincial capital is Puerto Princessa and his home to the best beaches and reef diving in the Philippines. Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located there.
Puerto Princessa is arguably the cleanest city in the country where the citizens are invested in keeping their province not only clean but ecofriendly.
The local government and the citizens are deeply invested in preserving their region’s natural beauty and resources; they consistently act as good stewards of the land making sure that tourists don’t litter nor pillage the reefs and take home souvenirs of coral, shells, or fish. A delight in a country where it seems anything can be had for a price, even if it leads to extinction.
There are many things to do in Palawan, but diving is a big part of the lure. Since I’m not a diver my favorite activities are sightseeing and eating. For this I head to the Subterranean Cave in Sabang and hire a local banca (boat) to take me island hopping.
The island hopping takes care of some of the eating too!
On Pandan Island which would be called an organized beach in Europe one finds shady huts and picnic tables and people who will sell you their daily catch of crab and rock lobsters! They will cook it and deliver it to your table at lunch time along with steamed rice, dipping sauces, and bottles of San Miguel beer. What more can you want?
Taal Volcano located about 2 1/2 hours by car from Manila is the worlds smallest active volcano yet is one of the deadliest. It has had 33 major eruptions since 1572.
It also has the extraordinary distinction of being the world’s only volcano within a lake that’s with in a volcano that’s with in a lake that is within a volcano. That’s a mouth full!
Most folks just drive out to the view points and have a look at the volcano. It’s pretty amazing!
But for the adventurous or insane, I’m not entirely sure which group I belong to, a hike or horseback ride into the active volcano is a must. ( In my opinion it’s sort of like the road to Hana trip on Maui, you do it once and never again.)
Seriously going into the volcano itself is amazing. You get to see the little island in the lake filled with sulphurous water. I would stop at admiring the view and not look for ways to swim in that water, the way down looks quite daunting and the water not that inviting. You’ll pass smoking fumaroles along the way a definite reminder that you’re wandering around an active volcano.
The tour doesn’t take that long but coupled with the boat ride to the volcano plan on about a 4 hour trip from when you board the boat to go there until you get back to the mainland dock.
I have to say this trip is not for the faint of heart, but for those who dare, with a bit of caution, like check the threat level before you head out, the trip is definitely unforgettable.
Also known as Cavinti Falls or by it’s native name Magdapio Falls Pagsanjan Falls is one of the most famous water falls in the country.
Located at the boundary of Cavinti and Pagsanjan towns in the province of Laguna the falls and the surrounding area was proclaimed a national park in 1939. It was here that director Francis Ford Coppola filmed the last scene of his Vietnam War epic movie Apocalypse Now.
There are actually 2 falls within this gorge. Bankeros or boatmen paddle, push, pull, and sometimes carry tourists in boats thru the 14 rapids that lead up to the falls on the Magdapio River. Once you reach the main falls you can board a raft for a behind the scenes look at the waterfall and explore the Devil’s Cave located behind the falls. The raft ride is of course charged a separate fee.
Shooting the rapids is fun!
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Are you looking for an exotic destination for next year’s vacation? Do you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something different? Have you considered a trip to Beijing?
That’s right, I said Beijing, China! Beijing is an amazing city. It’s China’s massive capital that has history going back three millennia. It’s known for its modern and ancient architecture, as well as its culture and history, cuisine, and of course shopping!
I know a trip to Beijing may require stepping outside the box. It’s not Italy, Greece, or even Thailand. It is in China after all, and many of us have some interesting notions about THAT country. Well let me tell you, whatever you thought or imagined about China, Beijing in particular, probably does the country and the city an injustice. I know we were a bit hesitant on our first trip over, but after that trip we came home with a whole different outlook.
China in general is a beautiful country and its citizens wonderful people. The people are warm, courteous, and friendly, although they’re not very good at standing in a que and tend to get a bit pushy; it’s probably the result of living with billions of other citizens all struggling to get on with their daily routine in a city that always seems to be bustling with crowds.
So if you’re ready for something a bit more exotic consider a vacation in Beijing. Here are 5 Must See Attractions in and around the city that you should not miss on your first trip. I say first trip because I can almost be sure you’ll want to return time and again!
The Great Wall
Ok, let’s get this out of the way. YOU CAN NOT GO TO CHINA WITHOUT SEEING THE GREAT WALL!
Seriously, it’s arguably the first thing most folks picture when you say you’re going to China.
The Great Wall whose construction began 2000 years ago and lasted 1000 years extends 4000 miles. Clearly you can’t see it all from Beijing. There are several sections of the wall around Beijing, some restored, others rugged, meaning they’ve pretty much fallen apart. The most famous sections to visit are Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Juyong Pass Fortress, Badaling, and Jiankou.
These sections are located about 40 to 90 miles away from Beijing’s city center. You can get to them on public transportation, private car, or on a tour. It makes for a good day trip![spacer height=”-20px”]
Forbbiden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is in the city center of Beijing. It once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) . Construction began during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty and lasted 14 years.
It covers 74 hectares making it the largest palace complex in the world. It is surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall, and has 8700 rooms. Because it was the seat of power for 5 centuries the Palace Museum is home to many rare treasures and curiosities.
Having said that I doubt you’ll want to visit every room, but do spend some time checking out the major palaces along the central axis.
Located in the center of the city, just north of the Forbidden City, is this huge square measures 440,000 square meters and can hold up to a million people for public celebrations and gatherings.
The square holds the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
If you’re an early bird you can join the crowds of people at the square for the raising of China’s national flag. The flag is raised in 3 minute ceremony conducted by uniformed troops and includes the singing of the national anthem and the flag slowly being raised to coincide with the exact time of the sunrise.
Wangfujing Street is within walking distance from Tian’anmen Square. It is the most famous shopping street in Beijing.
Most of the street is pedestrianised so at least you don’t have to weave between Beijing traffic, but you do have to weave in between the hoards of people that flock to this street daily. The street is visited by 600,000 tourists and locals everyday; double that on holidays!
Here you’ll find just about everything from local handicrafts and souvenirs to trendy designer boutiques. Many of the souvenir shops are located on the street level, but do go into one of the malls along the street. It’s an experience in itself!
Try to visit this street at night when the neon lights are lit up and the Night Market is in full swing. The festive Wanfujing Night Market is a local favorite with brightly lit stalls selling some very interesting snacks. Try one if you dare!
The Beijing Zoo
It’s controversial, I know, but I love zoos! And Beijing Zoo is a must see if you want to see pandas in Beijing.
The zoo is home to some 45o species of animals from around the world with an animal population of about 5000. It has 16 different exhibition areas and halls. The most popular of course is the Panda Hall where you can see these gentle giants in their own environment.
To be honest I only went to the Beijing Zoo to see the Pandas, so I really can’t say much about the rest of the exhibits. This zoo probably is not on par with the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, but the Panda exhibit was nice.
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Alona Beach is located on Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines. The island has an area of 80.5 square kilometres (31.1 sq mi). Located within Bohol Province it is divided into two municipalities: Dauis and Panglao. Panglao is located southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu.
Panglao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. It includes several small islands, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag. Alona Beach is a stunning 1.5 km stretch of white sand beach. Beach combing, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming and relaxing are very popular activities here! Be sure to stop by at one of many beach-side restaurants for fine dining and cold drinks and enjoy the beautiful beach especially at night.
Alona Beach is approximately 30-40 min (22.6 km) via Panglao Island Circumferential Road from Tagbilaran City seaport. There are lots of transportation options including the bus, taxis, habal-habal (motorcycle services) and tricycles from the seaport and airport. I suggest tourists should take the taxi. Taxis are faster, hassle free and air-conditioned.
There are 2 roads that go to the Island of Panglao. Borja Bridge, locally called “Junction”, and Costway Bridge road.
There are many beautiful hotels, bars, pubs and restaurant within and near Alona Beach. Some famous area hotels are: Henann Resort, Alona Vida Beach Resort, Lost Horizon Beach Dive Resort, ChARTs Resort and Art Café, Sun Apartelle, Bohol Divers Resort, Panglao Regents Park, Hayahay Resort, Villa Almedilla, Birds Watcher Paradise Hotel. You can choose resorts and hotels to fit your budget and tastes.
There are tours such as island hopping, dolphin watching, snorkeling and diving offered by various tour companies. Your hotel personnel can help you find and arrange a tour that will suit your interests.
Things you must do when you get to Alona Beach: Shopping, bar hooping, diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming, relaxing and most of all my favorite, Eating. Yay!!!
They are convenience stores if you wish to buy something you forgot or want. And many fashion stores and souvenir shops. Unfortunately I couldn’t take pictures, we were told NO PICTURE ALLOWED. It’s ridiculous! The worst thing is they put a tarpaulin over the merchandise that says NO PICTURE ALLOWED, why? I don’t know! So we did not take a single picture of the stores.
Here are some I took on our visit.
Secured loan is also another option for those people, who have a poor minicreditos. Since this is a secured loan, it is more suitable for those who have a home. The process is quite similar, as the lenders just lend cash loans against the equity in a home. The home can be either mortgaged or fully owned, but the cash loans is provided on the basis of such a home. The interest rates on such loans are usually low and the repayment periods are too long. There are loans that may be repaid in a long time period even extending up to 30 years dinero urgente. The representatives of the lending company assess the house, on the basis of which the cash loans is provided, in order to decide on the valuation of the asset. There are many lenders, who lend as much as 125% of the valuation of the house, others may settle at 85% of the equity value.
Can-Umantad Falls and Rice Terraces are located in the Candijay municipality of Bohol province in the Philippines. It’s approximately a 2 hours drive (97.2 km) via Bohol Circumferential Road from Tagbilaran City. It’s a beautiful place to experience fun and adventure.
Travel just 30 minutes from what they call “Lungsod Daan” and you’ll see this amazing and unique waterfall. It’s a stunning 60 feet in height and is said to be the tallest waterfall in Bohol. It’s clean, clear, cold water will surely entice you to go swimming.
Can-umantad is fast becoming an alternative tourist destination for folks visiting the island province of Bohol. To accommodate tourists they built a resort, “Eleuterio’s Can-Umantad Falls and Terraces Resort Incorporated”. The falls and the springs below are owned and managed by Eleuterio’s. They open the falls to the public daily from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can reach the falls and spring from their private entrance.
Entrance fee is 20 PHP per person and parking is 10 PHP for motorbikes and 20 PHP for cars. The resort also has a restaurant if you don’t want to bring your own lunch. They also rent rooms if you wish to stay overnight or longer.
This site is suitable for picnics and other fun activities like human hamster ball rolling, river trekking and swimming. You can enjoy a free back massage with the splash of heavy flowing water! The experience is incredible and priceless. Aside from the waterfall Candijay has still a lot more to offer but for now, I will share to you our awesome unforgettable experience.
Today as of 2016 the falls are developed. The roads are 40% cemented and the rest under construction. Can-Umantad Falls and Terraces are listed in almost all Travel and Tours Company websites as one of the famous tourist attractions in Bohol, Philippines.
Our journey was a long long way from Tagbilaran. We started at Tagbilaran Plaza Rizal Park in front of Cathedral Church. I rented a motorcycle from my friend for the trip. I paid P500 for the one day rental.
If you don’t want to drive there on your own you can catch a van or a bus from Dao Terminal Station near Island City Mall about 3 km. away from Plaza Rizal Park. The cost is at least P130 per person for the van and P100 per person for the bus. Both will get you as far as Lungsod Daan. From there you need to rent a Habal-habla (motorcycle that carries 10 people plus their luggage!) to take you to the falls. The round trip from Lungsod Daan to the falls is about P160 per person.
Taking public transportation will not really save you a lot of money, specially if there are several of you going. Renting a motorcycle or car for the day may prove more cost effective. An added perk is that if you’re driving yourself you can take your time to enjoy the views (they are beautiful) and even stop to snap some photos.
Tips: Start early in the day so you can enjoy the views and go home while sun is still shinning, Traveling during the day is safer than traveling at night on those roads. Bring water and food, or you can buy along the way.
So, we started around 6:00 AM, we need to pass by 9 Municipalities to get to Candijay; Baclayon, Alburquerque, Loay, Lila, Valencia, Garcia Hernandez, Jagna, Duero, Guindulman and then Candijay.
Actually there are 3 road to get there. We choose to travel via Bohol Circumferential Road because there are lots of houses and people along the way so if you have an emergency, like a flat tire, you can easily find help. Here is the map for the 3 roads.
These are many great views on the way to Candijay.
At the Bool District of Tagbilaran City you will see the Blood Compact Shrine, one of the tourists destination and very famous here in Bohol.
Blood Compact or Pacto de Sangre in Spanish was an ancient ritual in the Philippines intended to seal a friendship or treaty, or to validate an agreement. The contracting parties would cut their wrists and pour their blood into a cup filled with liquid, such as wine, and drink the mixture.
In the year 1565 a Sandugo was made between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol. It is said that this is the site where this ritual was done.
Beside the blood compact a new hotel was built, the Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel you can book directly to the hotel or make a reservation online.
We Stopped for a while on Loay Bridge to take photos.
Fortunately for us we saw someone fishing. Look at these, its so awesome!
“Manong” a respectful term for an old man, told us that this is the perfect place for fishing. Lots of people living nearby go fishing and even travelers stopped here try to catch some fish.
Here are more sights we saw along the way!
We stopped at Garcia Hernandez by the tunnels built by the Philippine Mining Service Corporation to mine dolomite which is exported and used domestically. This is about the half way point to the falls.
This sign points the way. Straight ahead will take you to Candijay. If you turn right you’ll end up in Anda where the Anda de Buracay a famous Beach Resort is located. There are a lot of stunning hotels and beautiful beaches in Anda. We’d hoped to make a side trip there, but we don’t have much time so we skipped it. Maybe next time!
Finally, we arrived in Candijay. The Main Market is located in Poblacion Candijay. Their Municipality office is located is also there. There’s also a cute market where you can buy fish, meat, water, food and anything you need. They have a small plaza, a school and a huge Catholic Church.
I have my relative who lives in Poblacion Candijay just beside the Church which is located behind the school. We stopped by her house for a bit of a rest and to pick up my 2 nephews so they could guide us through the falls.
Ok, so we are here at what they call “Lungsod Daan” an Old Barangay Market. As you can see, a left vertical road, that’s the only way to Can-Umantad Falls, approximately 8-10 kilometers, around 30 minutes.
Just follow the road, no left or right turn, just follow the road straight or if confused just ask somebody on the road, Don’t worry they are good people, unless you talk bad.
Along the way we took beautiful photos from viewpoints overlooking the rice terraces that surround the falls area. Check this out!!!
When you reach this big sign just
follow the arrow pointing right. It will take you to the resort entrance/parking lot.
Finally we are at the Resort Entrance!!!
Entrance Fee: P20.00 Each
Vehicles : P10.00
This is the Entrance down to the Falls
You got to go down the cemented path to reach the falls.
Friendly Staffs are willing to take you on a tour or you can just explore it yourself.
See a blue house? Thats their hotel villa, for P1,000.00 with beautiful and peaceful ambiance? You would love to stay here.
At the river they have two floating “Kubo” Native Huts for anyone who wants to swim, eat – of course your own food and swim, you can use this stuff for Free.
After the “Kubo” Native Huts just follow the cemented road then at the end you will see stairs.
You must go down stairs. we counted 440 steps, not so bad right? Don’t worry there are ropes and some sort of steel fence to keep you on the track if ever you roll down or miss a step? Don’t worry no one has reported any incidents like that, just be careful or you will be the first!!!
Finally! These are the last steps before you see the awesome falls.
You can stay and relax here in this “Kubo” Native Hut for a while before you go to swim. They have an attendant to guide and to watch visitors.
Well its not my first time to visit Can-Umandad Falls, actually this is my second time but unfortunately that time the weather don’t cooperate and the falls were “angry”. It wasn’t safe to go down. These photos were taken during that time.
These are the pictures I took this trip when the weather was better and the falls calmer. Big difference!
We’ve spent 2 hours at the falls. We swam, splashed, and had a free water massage. We ate our lunch before we began the climb back up from where we came. But it’s not the end of an awesome adventure, the way up is eye catching! The path overlooks rice terraces, and you see beautiful skies and wonderful mountain views. I was amazed, IT’S SO COOL!!!
A cute “Kubo” Native Hut is the perfect spot where you can rest and recover your breath from climbing the stairs and the Rice Terraces.
As you can see in the photos taken on my previous trip when the weather was bad. The place was covered with fog which was actually mists rising up from the tumultuous falls.
This place is perfect for parties, birthday’s and specially wedding. If you are interested we can Plan your wedding or what ever celebration you want, we are also an event specialists. Feel free to comment or contact us.
So at around 3:00 pm we left Candijay and arrived home around 5:30 pm. It was a long but fun day!
So if you’re looking for an alternative tourist attraction on your visit to Bohol consider a trip to Can-Umantad Falls and Rice Terraces. It’s a bit out of the way, but well worth it! Remember there’s more to see in the Bohol province than the famous Chocolate Hills!