Palawan, The Philippines
effect. The days pass very quickly here but you enjoy every second of it,” says Linda Chevrier, whose French father established Aow Yai Bungalows, the island’s first bungalow complex in the late 1980s. “I’m curious to see how the island changes year after year, and hope it will stay the same.” Nok Air (nokair.com) flies daily from Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport to Ranong starting at $80. Aow Yai Bungalows (aowyai.com, +66 83 389 8688) has beachfront shacks from $12-$28. Known as “The Last Frontier” of the Philippines, this 400kmlong island north of Borneo is the stuff adventure is made of with jungle, empty beaches and striking geological formations.
A two-hour drive from the sleepy capital Puerto Princesa is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, an 8.2km-long underground canal and one of the New7Wonders of the World – areas of outstanding beauty as judged in a global voting campaign.
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