Palawan, The Philip­pines

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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.

About half the length of

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