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Coron Island is located in Palawan, Philippines. Undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions offered around Coron is the practice of diving. If you already have an advanced diver's degree you can enjoy incredible dives in the many sunken ships in the area. During World War II, a naval battle between the Japanese forces and the American forces was read around Coron, causing the sinking of 24 Japanese warships. Apart from being able to dive in wrecks, Coron also offers many dives where you can enjoy the rich and varied marine life in its waters. In Coron Town, you can find many dive centers (PADI and SSI) where you can hire your dives or diving courses. To enjoy your trip at reasonable rates, book our Coron tour package.
And yet it is in Palawan that we find traces of the first Filipinos. Even today their descendants work to preserve their culture, their traditions and the land of their ancestors. It is thanks to them that we can still enjoy magnificent landscapes totally protected. For example, in Coron, the Tagbanua tribe settled first on the island. In 1998, they obtained the right to manage their ancestral domain and the waters around them. Coron is known for its lakes and lagoons that have long been barred from access because they are sacred to Tagbanuas. It is only under their management (they fix and pocket the entrance fees) that some are now accessible to tourists. Learn about the rich history while on a Coron Island tour packages.
If you have come here (and we mean to look for what attractions to visit somewhere in the Philippines) we estimate that you will already be familiar with the concept of Island Hopping. In the case of a country that has more than 7000 islands, it is very common for agencies to offer tours that jump from beach to beach and from island to island to be able to admire its most hidden virgin.
Places to Visit
Island Do Coral
At least 2 to 3 days are required to see all the attractions in Coron Island. This time will give you the opportunity to enjoy one of the best places to dive in the Philippines, meet incredible neighboring islands and go kayaking, among other activities. Coron island tour packages are the best option to enjoy a trip at reasonable rates.
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The famous water sports that can be tried in Coron Islands are:
Banana Boat Rides
Coron is famous for its beautiful landscape and beaches. It is an ideal destination for a vacation in tropics.
One should visit Coron Islands in the dry season when the weather is cool and dry. November to April are the best months to explore the region. One can explore a plethora of outdoor activities in the dry season. November to April is also considered peak tourist months. You will see the entire island flooded with tourists.
People can get indulged in activities like:
Swimming and more.
People should wear light, summer clothes with hats, sunscreen and flipflops.
4 to 5 days are ideal to explore Coron.
Yes, the package can be customized as per one’s own needs and requirements.
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Maulik's 8 days trip to Bhutan
I started searching for my Bhutan trip in July and travel triangle helped me get in touch with Bhutan INC. My experience with Bhutan INC was amazing. I was in touch with Miss Khina Maya who was available 24X7! I could contact her through whatsapp and she would always respond to my queries. The booking process was as per my needs - four installments.
Coming to the trip -
Both my wife and I were really excited as it was our first anniversary on December 3. I made a mistake by booking my flight from Mumbai to Siliguri for December 1. While you can enter Bhutan on any day, you can cross Phuentsholing (the border town) only on weekdays. That meant I had to stay back either in Siliguri or Phuentsholing on Saturday and Sunday. I chose to stay at CHAS Rajdarbar Hotel in Siliguri on Saturday and took an early morning cab to Phuentsholing on Sunday. Bhutan INC took care of all my travel from India to Bhutan and within Bhutan. Bhutan INC also helped in booking hotels of my choice - 3 star or 4 star on a budget.
Note: If you are ever in Siliguri, do visit the Mahabir Bhojnalaya for it's epic vegeterian food. Hongkong market is just across the road if you want to purchase some cheap Chinese goods (only for non-Mumbaikars as we get everything here).
December 2 - First day in Bhutan
A WagonR picked us up from Siliguri and drove us to the border town Phuentsholing. India and Bhutan are separated by a very simple gate and you can immediately recognize the difference - clean roads devoid of any filth. The less said about the Indian border town Jaigaon, the better. We stayed at Hotel Damchen - best place to stay if you want to see the centre of Phuentsholing. It is right opposite Zangto Pelri Lakhang - a monastery and a park. There is a crocodile breeding centre not far away but you can skip it.
Places to eat: Kizom Cafe and Pizzeria (the best, very expensive), Asian Kitchen (cheap beer, good food), Zen Restaurant, Tshering Phuensum Hotel (cheap beer and cocktails, purple lighting)
December 3 - Drive from Phuentsholing to Thimphu
This was the day we met our driver and guide - KINLEY! His car, a blue colored Hyundai Tucson, was BEAUTIFUL!!
We reached the immigration office at 9 am. However, there was a huge line (only Indians) and we had to fill a form (which we should have done the previous day but sadly, we were not informed). We completed the form and stood in the line. It underwent a first-level verification and then we went on the first floor. There were around 20 immigration counters, all full! Also, agents are a big pain as they will get 10-20 passports at one go and the line wont move at all. We were done at around 10.30 am and Kinley was waiting for us downstairs. Phuentsholing to Thimphu is around 5 hours drive and we have to get down at the checkpost once for verification and stamping. The drive is as picturesque as it can be. Do stop at Gedu - you will either find fog moving upwards or you will find snow. We stopped at a local restaurant on the way for lunch. That's where we tasted Kewa Datshi (Potato with Cheese) and Ema Datshi (Chilli with Cheese) for the first time! Ema Datshi is Bhutan's national dish and it lives up to its name. It was AWESOME! We reached Thimphu at 4 pm and checked into Hotel Galingkha. If you are ever in Thimphu and want to stay in a 5-star type hotel on a budget, Galingkha is the one for you. Right in the middle of the town, it is surrounded by all night-life must-visit places of Thimphu. Do not, I repeat Do not, stay near the highway. You will be screwed! There is not much to talk about the local transport.
Places to visit: Clock Tower Square - there is a maggi place here. You will also find a host of other restaurants and bars, Centenary and Coronation Park - Do visit Mojo Park on Wednesday for a live gig and Cloud 9 cafe and bar for its amazing ambience!
Other places: Bhutan Kitchen, Ambient Cafe (closes at 8.30 pm)
December 4 - Thimphu Sightseeing
Memorial Chorten (entry is 300 Rs. per head): Just a tick-mark on places to visit, nothing out of the world. Was built in the memory of the third king.
Buddha view point: 169 ft bronze statue of the Buddha
Textile museum and craft bazaar (total entry is 150 Rs. per head): In my opinion, can be skipped
Takin Reserve (entry is 300 Rs. per head): One, it's huge. Two, there are other animals. Three, we didn't find a TAKIN! (Takin is the national animal and Ema Datshi is the national dish)
We tried Hoentae - a Bhutanese buckwheat momo - Tastes amazing!
Note: You always have to talk about the King respectfully - people love him and his family and you should love them too!
December 5 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha
We started at 9.30 am for a 3 hour drive through Punakha through the Dochu La Pass - the most famous pass in Bhutan. There are 108 chortens (buddhist structures) and the temperature is around 0-5 degrees Celsius in December. From here, you can see the mighty Himalayas and if you are lucky, the Kanchenjunga! Our next stop was the Chimi Lakhang (temple of fertility). We had chosen the hike option so Kinley left us near a field which we had to cross to reach the temple. It was a 30 minute hike. The ever gracious Kinley took us to a riverside hotel and arranged a seat for us in the balcony. The view was breathtaking - emerald clear waters, white sand, huge mountains. We finally checked in at our hotel - Damchen resort. The room was again 5-star like and the view was amazing. The river was so close to our balcony that we could almost feel it. It was so silent that you could hear the river flowing through the beautiful town. There was not much to do in Punakha that day. However, we went around the market and came back to our hotel for dinner.
Day 6 - Drive from Punakha to Paro
Our first stop was the mighty Punakha Dzong. It is the administrative centre that also houses a monastery. The head monk lives here during the winters as Punakha is a valley town and is slightly warmer than Thimphu during winters. Entry for the Dzong is 300 Rs. per head. Our next stop was the longest suspension bridge. It is long, and it is very high! You can click beautiful pictures of the valley and the river from the bridge. There is another monastery on the way to Paro that you may choose to skip. We arrived at Dewachen resort during lunch time. Now, the resort is nestled on a hill and is around 4 km away from the city centre. You can see planes land at Paro from your room. At night, you can see a sky full of stars. The view is breathtaking. You feel as if you are standing on top of a cliff! The room was huge and the feeling was again like a 5-star. This hotel is frequented by foreigners so expect top quality service and food. Their restaurant was amazing.
Places to visit in Paro: You can visit the Paro market for handicrafts. Eat at Mountain Cafe, Champaca Cafe (a personal favorite), Brioche Cafe, and Sonam Trophel. Paro is a sleepy town so dont expect any nightlife here. Thimphu is the place for nightlife.
Day 7: Tigers Nest Hike
It is a 5-hour hike. 2.5 hours each way. This is because the climb ends and the reverse begins with a set of harrowing steps. Winter or summer, these steps will suck the life out of you! While the maximum journey is on an inclined path, the last leg and the initial part of the return leg would have you climb up and down steps. After you reach the monastery, you have to do a registration. So carry your permits. You will have to remove your cap / anything covering your head. You will have to submit your bags and your mobile phones at the locker counter. No photos allowed inside. It is one of their most sacred places. You can read about the hike online and trust me, it is all true. Just a note: Avoid if you are too old or if you avoid taking stairs. The steps / stairs are the most harrowing part of the journey that can break a weak heart!
Day 8: Drive from Paro to Phuentsholing
This is where we had our last journey with Kinley. He had become our family. Just to tell you a bit more about Kinley: He has been to India and even studied at LPU, Jalandhar! He has done his masters in tourism and hotel management. You cant and shouldnt treat them as drivers. Treat them like your family! National museum was shut because of renovation so we could not visit it. We arrived at Phuentsholing at noon. Hotel Royal Orchid overlooks Phuentsholing's football stadium and we could watch a live match between two schools! Royal Orchid is a 10 min walk from the centre of the town. But the location is great. A note: While coming back, you will stop at a checkpost again for 'Exit' stamp.
Must visit: Mr. Sharma's army dhaba. Indian Army runs this dhaba on the highway. Do try their masala maggi and samosa! Indian army has a lot of presence in Bhutan due to infrastructure projects.
Day 9: Drive from Phuentsholing to Bagdogra Airport
Bhutan INC had included this in the cost as well.
A few notes:
1. Alcohol is available everywhere in Bhutan but Tuesday is a weekly dry day everywhere
2. Beers to try: Red Panda (unfiltered wheat beer), Druk beer (premium quality), Thunder 15000 (super strong). Beers are dirt cheap
3. Popular whiskeys: K5 whiskey (most expensive), Misty Peak, Bhutan Grain Whiskey
4. Popular rums: XXX Rum at Rs. 100 for 750 ml!
5. Do try their peach wine - Zumzin
6. Popular vodkas: Raven
7. All types of alcohol are prepared using Himalayan spring waters
8. Thimphu has no traffic signals - please spare some time and observe their traffic police. The way they control their traffic is like a choreographed dance performance. Galingkha had a great view of Thimphu's main junction.
9. While temperatures are extremely low in December, the sun can burn your skin
10. Phuentsholing average temperatures in December - +25/+17
11. Thimphu average temperatures in December - +16/-2.1
12. Punakha average temperatures in December - +19/+2.5
13. Paro average temperatures in December - +15/0
14. Do not opt for the hot stone bath after Tigers Nest hike - it's expensive. Try hot water in your bathtub instead!
15. Avoid Taktsang cafeteria after Tigers Nest - It is expensive. Plus, there are better options in Paro town that is 25 mins away.
16. ALWAYS RESPECT THE ROYALTY!
17. ALWAYS FOLLOW THE ZEBRA CROSSING WHEREVER YOU GO!
18. DO NOT LITTER!
19. ALWAYS BARGAIN!
20. Try their red rice and buckwheat momos
21. Dont worry about your safety; Bhutan is safe at night
22. Always be courteous
23. Everyone speaks and/or understands Hindi
24. Everyone accepts all denominations of Indian currency
25. If you are a vegetarian, carry some cup noodles
26. Please write to me in case you need Kinley's contact. He can help you plan the trip as well!
Best time to visit
November to April is the best season to visit this area. During this season, the weather is cool and dry. One can enjoy a plethora of water sports activities and other outdoor activities.
The best time to explore Coron Islands is considered to be in the dry season which is from November to April. There is hardly any rainfall and one can easily enjoy sightseeing. During these months, one can see lots of tourists visiting the island.
Wet season begins in June and stays till October. Sightseeing becomes difficult during these months. The place sees many typhoons and storms in these months.
How to reach
If you go to Coron from India then by air is the only option. There are many airlines flying from India directly to Coron. So book your Coron vacation package with airfare and get affordable rates.
In Coron, there are some ATMs and exchange houses (take a look at the Palawan Pawnshop), but, as we tell you in Money in the Philippines, it is better that you change at Manila Airport or at the Cebu exchange houses. Sometimes ATMs do not work.
If you travel to Coron in the rainy season months (in Best time to travel to the Philippines you have all the information, but we anticipate that it goes more or less from June to November) and is your last stop in the Philippines, consider leaving enough room for getting to Manila or Cebu quietly. Cebu airport is very small, if the weather is bad, flights are canceled. The same goes for the ships from Coron to El Nido.
The Wi-Fi network in restaurants and hotels is quite regular. Our advice is that you have your own Filipino SIM, in case you want to use the internet. It's not that 4G is super fast, but it rolls.
You can rent a motorcycle to visit the surroundings of Coron, but always drive with a helmet and be very careful. Prices are around 500 pesos a day. In case you don't want to drive, there will always be a tricycle. For about 300 pesos it will take you to the main attractions.
In Coron Island, you will find the landscapes in which an uncountable range of blue and turquoise colors contrasts with the dark color of the immense limestone rock walls adorned by the karst erosion phenomenon typical of Palawan. Discovering paradisiacal lakes and lagoons and beaches will be the great goal of your days in Coron, but there is much more to do and we will discover everything on a Coron tour package.