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MEET THE MONSOONERS OF EXTREME SE ASIA

 

 

Introducing the following monsooners (half of them are return travelers!) accompanying me on my December trip to Southeast Asia:

Calvin "O Captain! My Captain!" Sun: New York, NY; Columbia University ’08, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine ’14

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Samantha "FML" Kay Miller: Shorewood, IL; St. Petersburg College – Previous Monsooner: April ’14 (Cuba)

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Alfred "20 Questions" Yeung: New York, NY – Previous Monsooner: April ’14 (Cuba)

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June "Mamabear" Kao: New York, NY; NYU ’12 – Previous Monsooner: December ’11 (Iberia)

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James Stephens: San Francisco, CA; Texas Tech University ’11

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Tan Nguyen: New York, NY; UC Irvine

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Anthony Lui: New York, NY

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Christina "Detour" Gee: New York, NY; Columbia University ’14

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Adison Song: Brooklyn, NY; Syracuse University ’14

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Jennifer "The Nomad" Li: New York, NY; Syracuse University ’07

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Mariam "Amazon Queen" Dar: Honolulu, HI; University of Hawaii ’08 – Previous Monsooner: December ’13 (Pakistan)

Gareth "The Guvnor" Johnson: Xi’an, China; Young Pioneer Tours – Previous Monsooner: August ’11 (North Korea), April ’12 (Iran), December ’12 (Ukraine & Poland), December ’13 (Antarctica), April ’14 (Cuba)

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Dave "Ché" Zhou: New York, NY; Cornell University ’05 – Previous Monsooner: April ’14 (Cuba)

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Jenny "Ayurveda" Chu: New York, NY; Wellesley ’08

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Lilliane "High Stakes" Ng: Hong Kong; University of Toronto ’07 – Friend of the Monsoon: June ’14 (Hong Kong)

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Kevin Zhao: Berkeley, CA; Indiana University ’12

Gordon "The Trainer" Pan: Londonderry, NH; University of New Hampshire ’13

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Eric Chen: Chicago, IL; NYU ’14

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Tim Chen: New York, NY; University of Virginia

 

From December 2nd to December 13th we are monsooning through:

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Manila, The Philippines

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Makati District, Manila, The Philippines

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Puerto Princesa, The Philippines

 

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El Nido, The Philippines

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Bacuit Archipelago, The Philippines

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Bacuit Archipelago, The Philippines

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Bacuit Archipelago, The Philippines

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…are you getting the point?

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Big and Small Lagoons, The Philippines

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Commando Beach, The Philippines

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…another island. You get to choose.

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Secret Lagoon Beach, The Philippines


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Snake Island, The Philippines

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Cathedral Caves, The Philippines

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Codugnon Caves, The Philippines

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Overnight camping on somewhere that looks like this

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El Nido, The Philippines

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Puerto Princesa, The Philippines

Manila, The Philippines

Singapore

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Bali, Indonesia

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Dili, East Timor

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Dili, East Timor

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Baucau, East Timor

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Baucau, East Timor

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Dili, East Timor

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Sunset in Dili, East Timor

 

Want to come with us? It’s never too late. Leave a comment or e-mail me to join.

Palawan Island Hopping

Dec. 2 – Dec. 7th

December 2nd

  • Arrive at your leisure and meet at Southern Cross Hotel in downtown Makati
  • Makati is the party town of Manila — we go out hot and hard here; karaoke, bars, clubs, the lot!

December 3rd

  • Despite the night out we get up nice and early for the short flight to Puerta Princesa in the island group of the Palawan.
  • On arrival we will be met by our private bus to start the 6 hour journey to El Nido. On the way we stop for lunch. This is a stunning drive with us heading through pristine Philippines countryside.
  • We check into our private accommodation before taking the short walk to the bars, restaurants and clubs that litter the beaches.

December 4th

  • First day of our private island hopping in the Bacuit Archipelago with visits to Big and Small Lagoons, Commando beach, and Secret Lagoon.
  • Fresh BBQ lunch by our boat crew.
  • Evening out eating, drinking and optional clubbing in El Nido

December 5th

  • Island hopping to Snake Island, Cathedral cave, and Codugnon Caves.
  • Fresh BBQ lunch by our boat crew.
  • Evening out Karaoke’ing. You have not been to Asia unless there is Karaoke.

December 6th

  • A little free morning time in El Nido (lunch on your own this day).
  • Afternoon departure for overnight camping on one of the close by islands for our own little October full moon party.
  • Dinner at night with island BBQ and breakfast on the beach the next morning.

December 7th

  • On our return to El Nido we check out of our accommodation and grab our bus again for the ride back to Puerto Princesa.
  • We stop for lunch on the way back and then for a quick dinner in Puerto Princesa before flying back to Manila
  • Another night in the Southern Cross and one last thriller in Manila.

Singapore, Bali and Timor

Dec. 8th – Dec. 13th

December 8th

  • Transfer to the airport for the 10:40am flight to Bali via a 4 hour layover in Singapore
  • While in Singapore, we will have a chance to clear customs for a quick city tour.
  • Fly on to Bali.
  • Bali is THE party town of Indonesia, so we check our bags at the airport and hit the town for an optional all nighter!

December 9th

  • After the all night bender that is Bali we board 9:55am flight to Dili, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.
  • Transfer to our hostel before taking a city tour of this formerly war torn republic, and one of the newest countries on the planet.
  • Take a city tour of the capital which includes the statue of Jesus, resistance museum, and war memorial.
  • Dili is a beach town, so we can party the night away in one of the many beach bars of the city.

December 10th

  • We take a bus out to Baucau, the second largest city in the country and major player during the war of independence.
  • Stop for picture opportunities in the countryside.
  • Visit the convent mission and take an afternoon volunteering with the orphans of the country, helping with some of the great work they are doing.
  • Later in the afternoon we take a swim in the famous spring-fed pool.
  • Hang out on the beach.
  • Check into a beach hut and overnighting in Baucau.

December 11th

  • We take a very slow leisurely drive back to Dili, stopping off in the countryside for lunch and drinks.
  • Early evening we return to Dili and check back into our hotel.
  • Head back to the beach bars for our last night out in East Timor.

December 12th

  • Free morning in Dili before we board the 1:30pm flight to Bali, Indonesia.
  • 2:15pm arrival in Bali where we head to the city and check into our hostel.
  • Afternoon and evening dinner on the famous beaches of Bali.
  • One final night in Bali!

December 13th

  • Board the 10:45am flight back to Manila again via Singapore
  • Arriving in Manila at 8:10 pm.
  • Last night at the Southern Cross, and the end of our trip!

Prices (*We will give an immediate $100 discount from the following prices if you sign up on our mailing list and “like” us on our Facebook page!):

  Group A $795 (Manila – Manila, December 2nd – 7th)

  Group B $1840(Manila – Bali – Dili – Bali – Manila, including flights, December 2nd – 13th)

  Group C $1590 (Manila – Bali – Dili, including flights, December 2nd – 12th)

  Group D $495 (Dili only, December 9th – 12th)

  Group E $1190 (Manila – Bali – Dili, not including flights, December 2nd – 12th)

Price inclusive of:

  • All transport
  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights (International flights between The Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor, and back to The Philippines from December 2nd to December 12th, if Group B or C)
  • Unlimited rum on the bus
  • Selected meals

Price exclusive of:

  • International Flights to/from wherever you are to begin the trip
  • Visa (we will advise you depending on your passport and country of residence)
  • Insurance
  • All meals (except for 7 breakfasts, and homestay group meal)
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
  • Departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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