Thai Air News from Issue 33 dated 28 September 2004

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The Philippines

In this issue we return to the Philippines, which we last visited in August 2002. We have found some excellent new resources which are listed below. There are some further items to add to this issue.

First we are including a link to two sites of more Universal appeal - a site listing the historical monarchs and heads of state of many of the countries of the world, and a site containing a superb free program to download allowing you to visit the far reaches of the universe.

Second we are announcing the launch of a new newsletter, similar to this one, but which will cover the countries of South America, plus Spain. Further details will be sent to you within the next couple of weeks.
For cheap flights: our cheap flights section. For excellent hotels at discount prices: Agoda.

Contents of this issue

Thai offer discounted paid upgrades.

Between 1st August and 30th Novenber 2004, Thai Airways International is offering, exclusively for Royal Orchid Plus members, discounted paid upgrades. Upgraded travel also earns full mileage accrual of 125% or 150%.
For full details and conditions of this offer, see:

Folktales from the Philippines.

You can learn a lot about a people by listening to their folk tales. Here is a collection of 5 short folk tales from the Philippines which can teach us something about the people of that region and a lot about our own lives. I particularly like the line "If you go slowly," said the boy, looking at the load on the horse, "you will arrive very soon; but if you go fast, it will take you all day.".
Reading these will put you in the mood to enjoy the rest of the sites reviewed in this issue, so take a look at:

A trip back to ancient Philippines

Hector Santos says in his introduction to this site "I have found the freedom to do things for which I never had time before." I guess he has been listening to the boy in the folk tale. Be that as it may, he has decided to do some very interesting things. As he says "I would like to share with you some of what I have learned about ancient Philippines-- the way she was before the West found seems we know less today about our planet Earth than our ancestors did". He presents some surprising facts about the early people of the Philippines and their culture. On your next visit to the Philippines you will be seeing things from a new perspective.
Take a look at what Hector Santos has learned with his new-found freedom, on:

Vacation In The Philippines

Let us move on to the modern day holiday resorts of The Philippines and see what they have to offer. Here is a site that presents a detailed account of two weeks of travel in remote but picturesque areas of the Philippines. As one of the authors says "Before leaving for the Philippines I researched the WWW for all relevant information and found very little". That is one of the reasons this newsletter exists and I am grateful to all of the people who hide these gems of information on the web for me to find and share with my readers.

The site is well designed and the text readable, informative and very descriptive, complete with maps and photographs.
Join this young trio from Oklahoma on their adventure in the Philippines, on:

WOW Philippines

Wow! this site contains a lot of information. And a lot of ways of using the letters WOW. For example, Warm Over Winter, Wild Over Water, Watch Our Whales, Wonderfully Original Waterways! However, the site is fun and very informative with superb coverage of all the traveller needs to know plus lots of photos. There is coverage of:
  • Beaches
  • Diving
  • Wildlife
  • Heritage
  • Golf
plus culture, events, travel kit, and much more.

Gaze through this Window Of Wonder on:

Philippines SCUBA Guide

I don't usually include commercial sites in this newsletter, but this site offers such a wealth of information for the diving enthusiast that I thought it was worth including. The site provides detailed information on all of the interesting dive sites in The Philippines with lots more useful information for the diving enthusiast.

Be warned, however, that it is a commercial site offering tours and equipment, and treat it accordingly.
If you enjoy diving, this is the site for you, on:


I have included the World Rulers site simply because it is a useful reference site that brings together data on the historical leaders of each country. I was always terrible at history and finding this site that lists all the English monarchs from Edred in 954AD to Elizabeth II plus all the prime ministers from Walpole in 1730 to Blair was a revelation. Philippine presidents are listed since 1935 and Peruvian presidents since 1821. I haven't had time to study all the countries listed, but I'm impressed!
This useful reference is on:

Celestia Universal Traveller

Celestia is a free real-time space simulation that lets you experience our universe in three dimensions. Unlike most planetarium software, Celestia doesn't confine you to the surface of the Earth. You can travel throughout the solar system, to any of over 100,000 stars, or even beyond the galaxy. All travel in Celestia is seamless; the exponential zoom feature lets you explore space across a huge range of scales, from galaxy clusters down to spacecraft only a few meters across. A 'point-and-goto' interface makes it simple to navigate through the universe to the object you want to visit.
Great fun, educational and free on:

Recommended travel books

For useful books on travel in The Philippines, you will find a comprehensive listing with prices and reviews on my books page (with links to buy direct from on:

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in The Philippines is plentiful and using a reputable agent can secure you substantial discounts. Agoda can usually find you a good deal and you can check their availability below.
Agoda is our favourite hotel booking agent. They are based in Thailand and have an excellent reputation for great bargains and excellent customer service.

Index to back issues

Back issues of this newsletter are available. You can find them on:
The countries covered in other issues are:

Far East Air Fare deals from ConnectedGlobe

For flights to The Philippines originating anywhere in the world use this ConnectedGlobe link

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