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Oct 13

Philippines 2013: Bulabog beach, Mount Luho viewpoint and sunset at White Beach

Date: 22nd May 2013

Today after breakfast, I decided to walk to Bulabog beach. I chose to stay at Frendz Resort because on the map it showed Bulabog beach was only a few minutes walk away. Bulabog is famous for its strong winds and therefore a popular beach for kite-surfing, wind surfers and para-sailing.

Beach road Boracay morning

I walked down beach road

Bolobog zone entrance Boracay Philippines

Although I had a map, I saw an entrance that said ‘Bolabog’ so I figured I might as well just walk down this road

Bulabog road to Beach Boracay

Only a minute walk later, I could see the sea

Road to Bulabog beach Boracay Philippines

I was excited for some water sports activity and even imagined what a few photos would look like from underwater

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Aug 13

Thailand 2012: Phuket beach hopping and bike ride to Promthep Cape

Date: 21st November 2012

The plan for today was to rent two bikes and ride all the way to Promthep Cape, a popular viewpoint at the southern tip of Phuket island. But after breakfast, we first walked towards Patong beach.

Patong beach Phuket Thailand

It wasn’t too crowded and we got our feet wet for a while

Patong beach chairs Phuket Thailand

The skies weren’t the brightest today, and we decided we would hit the waters when it got warmer

We then went around looking for bike rentals. I had already read up on scams in Phuket and one of the most common advices handed out were to avoid the vehicle rentals on Beach Road.

Honda click bike rental Phuket Thailand

I don’t remember if it was originally ฿300 baht for 24 hours, but we ended up renting two of these Honda Click bikes at ฿150 each. We told them we would return them by 7pm-ish.

Be careful when you rent any vehicle in Thailand, especially Phuket. Vehicle rental scams are common here and don’t go by the cheapest rate being offered. The scammers make money by claiming you scratched the vehicle upon return, when in reality, the scratch was always there — you just didn’t notice it when you took it. The going rate for a Honda Click and like are around 200-300 baht a day. The place we rented from was right next to our hotel and she insisted I hand over my passport (original) as security. I usually never agree to that, but she gave me a form to fill up stating she would return it upon giving the bike back, and provided there are no damages/scratches on the bike. It’s an agreement I had to sign and she put my passport in a password-protected locker.

You may find other places that just request a passport copy, but we bargained it down to ฿150 because we didn’t need the bike for 24 hours. So handing over my passport was something I had to agree to as part of the bargain. I also took photos of the bike from all angles in front of her. Something I always do before even starting the engine.

Walking Street during daytime Phuket Thailand

I carried a map of Phuket and Ramesh had Google Maps on his Nexus. We drove down Walking Street, which is open to traffic during the day.

Tiger bar Walking Street Phuket Thailand

Walking Street was awfully quiet as all the bars open late

Shooting gallery Phuket Thailand

We were going across the hill over to Karon beach

Road to Karon beach Phuket Thailand

I hoped the skies would clear up

Uphill road Phuket Thailand

And sure enough, it did

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Jun 12

Calicut, Kerala: Beypore and Kappad beach

Date: January 2007

This trip was when I went one weekend to attend my friend Azhad’s wedding in Kozhikode (Calicut). He lived close to Beypore beach, so the day I arrived, we drove straight to the beach.

Beypore beach Calicut Kerala India

It's not the cleanest or the softest beach

Beypore beach lone tree Kozhikode Kerala

Then again, Beypore doesn't see a whole lot of people

Beypore beach stone pier Kerala India

Beypore beach does have one distinct feature though

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