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Best Ways to Explore The Enchanting Borobudur Temple
08 Aug 2017IDEASBY SweetEscape

This ancient site is widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders seated majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. If you think this is a mainstream touristy spot that only primary school students visit during their study trip, you better think again. Borobudur, which has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a very enchanting view especially during sunrise.

Interestingly, the temple consists of nine stacked platforms like a set of massive interlocking Lego blocks held together without any glue, decorated with 504 Buddha statues and 2,672 relief panels! It’s located in an elevated area between two twin volcanoes, Sundoro-Sumbing and Merbabu-Merapi, and two rivers, the Progo and the Elo. According to local myth, this area is a Javanese sacred place called “the garden of Java” due to its high agricultural fertility.

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Enough with the fun facts.

The best way to explore Borobudur is on foot. As you climb to the top of this enchanting temple you will marvel at the intricate detailed stone carvings displayed on the temples wall. Alternatively, you can chart a cart (pulled by a horse) at a reasonable price. If you’re okay to pay more to experience the astounding sunrise from Borobudur, get into Borobudur via the Manohara hotel. You don’t have to line up with the other tourists and worry too much that you might not get the best spot to capture your memorable moment at Borobudur. Or, come like an hour and a half before everyone else. You can be at the top of the temple, taking photos with the Borobudur sunrise as your backdrop when everyone else is still lining up the gates, waiting to get in.

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Time of year also matters. If you visit it during Indonesia’s rainy season, a thick muggy haze might hung around graying out the sky until about 11am each morning. Another way to check on the condition of recent sunrises is to look at Instagram (#borobudursunrise) to see how other people’s recent photos have come out.

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5 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations in the Philippines
04 Oct 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

After months (or even years!) of meticulous preparation for your big day, wouldn't be a nice reward to spend a week in a deluxe villa with a view of the turquoise sea, all to yourselves? It's probably one of the things that a couple really looks forward to, not just to take a rest from all of the happenings, but to get to spend some time with his/her lifetime partner.

Here's a list of the best honeymoon destinations in the Philippines to help you decide:

1. Bohol

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Tucked in the heart of the Visayas region is Bohol, a tropical getaway where the Chocolate Hills could be found and where the tarsiers hail from. Bohol has that laid back feel, perfect for couples seeking both nature and privacy. Many accommodations in Panglao Island offer luxurious amenities with stunning views of the sea, or even infinity pools right outside the rooms. In Bohol is also Alona Beach, an unspoiled stretch of white sand in Panglao Island which is comparable to that of Boracay.

2. Siargao

When in Siargao, you'll literally and figuratively feel like on Cloud 9 as aside from experiencing its well-known surfing spot, it also boasts a really serene atmosphere because it isn't that too crowded yet, unlike the other tourist spots in the country. Get to experience riding with the waves as your first water activity together, or maybe have your "You jump, I jump" moment at the Sugba Lagoon, a site in between mangroves and rock formations in Del Carmen.

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3. Batanes

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In a place where every corner is breathtakingly beautiful, you sure wouldn't run out of love in Batanes. Have that escape before you face your married life duties as you walk through its quiet spots and serene landscapes such as that of the Vayang Rolling Hills, Sabtang Island, and the Nakabuang Arch.

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4. Palawan

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From underground rivers, hidden lagoons, and scuba diving sites to sophisticated villas and beachfront bars, Palawan is the paradise that you deserve to experience before you face the real world as a married couple. Whether you choose to stay in Coron, Puerto Princesa, or El Nido, all three makes Palawan one of the best destinations for honeymooners in the Philippines because of the endless adventures you could experience here.

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5. Tagaytay

If you are that chill couple who's into staycations and R&Rs, Tagaytay's the place for you. With the vibes same as Baguio CIty, experience foggy mornings that'll make you feel like teenagers in love as you cuddle and do small talk over hot chocolate. Accommodations here are affordable which may come convenient if you think you've spent so much on your wedding, but still deserve a memorable honeymoon.

Now it's up to you to decide on where that most-awaited honeymoon should take place. No matter where you go, be sure to have fun and enjoy your moments together!

Save your first tandem surfing or first breakfast as couple moment with SweetEscape, a holiday photography service with a pool of more than 2000 photographers all over the world, including the locations mentioned above, who can capture your best memories no matter what occasion or celebration it may be. For more information, visit https://www.sweetescape.com/.

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