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a frustrated journalist-and-teacher-turned-engineer who is making his dreams into reality by following his designed style of traveling. Email me at thetreasuretracker@gmail.com.

Like Another World – Discovering Thailand’s Travel Treasures

Mention the word “treasure” and you’ll probably think of pirates and jewels spilling out of a treasure chest. But treasure can mean all different kinds of things to different people and we’re here to tell you about some of the travel treasures of the glorious country of Thailand. Boasting silky sand beaches and clear blue waters, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped off your flight and into utopia.

The film “The Beach,” which starred heart-throb Leonardo DiCaprio, presented the kind of paradise that you can only ever dream of… or can you? The good news is that this paradise location does exist; and the even better news is that it’s in Thailand. The film was shot in the Phi Phi Islands, which are just off the mainland of the Krabi region. The beaches of Ao Nang make the destination a must-visit location, even if you just want to step on the soft, golden sand, take a few photos and return home telling your friends and family you’ve set foot on the same shores as the one and only Leo himself!


Image by chee.hong, used under CC 2.0

The first thing you’ll notice about Phuket is that, for an island, it’s pretty vast in size, stretching for 49 sun-kissed kilometers! The island offers marvelous deep sea diving and beaches of the highest caliber, just right for sleeping off any excesses from the night before in the clubs of Patong Town. If you wish to explore the province of Phuket, you can take a plane to the island, and then make your way to the Big Buddha. Thailand has built this statue at quite some cost –the fact that the statue is made of Burmese alabaster has placed a few Thai bahts on the bill – but with little complaint from the citizens.

Khao Lak
In Khao Lak, which is situated in the south-west of Thailand and looks onto the Andaman Sea, it’s all about the beaches! This series of beaches lies about 70 kilometers north of gorgeous Phuket, and you can even organize a day trip out to Phuket, or vice versa. The location of the island allows you to also explore the national park of Khao Lak, where you’ll encounter 1,000 meter high hills, sea cliffs, even more beaches, estuaries, waterfalls and valleys. This park really is that beautiful, and you can also come across wildlife such as monkeys, drongos and, if you’re lucky (although you’d want to keep your distance, obviously!) Asiatic bears.


Image by Salid, used under CC 2.0

Thailand is a privileged country to enjoy such jewels as these, and it’s very little surprise that so many people come flocking to the country each year, either for a taste of the sun or to explore some of the national parks and cultural offerings. Whatever you come here to see or do, there’s nothing to prevent you from coming back if you don’t cram it all in the first time!

Why You Should Travel While You Are Young

Travel is one of the most uplifting experiences you can enjoy in life. Sure, it’s not always an affordable endeavor, but going out there in the world often proves to be more fulfilling than buying material things.

Travel is essentially a form education, except that it doesn’t happen within the 4 walls of a classroom. If you want to widen the scope of your understanding of the world, one of the best ways to do this is to immerse yourself in foreign environments.

Realizing this at a young age is truly eye-opening. Here are the reasons why:

1. You’ll get to know more about your own country

Young people often begin their wanderlust life by exploring their country of origin. It is often a great place to start, considering how disparate communities can be even in very small countries. When you travel to other places in your own country, you’ll become exposed to other people’s way of life—the issues they face on a daily basis and how they deal with these issues in their own way.

2. You’ll see what life is like in other countries

As you begin to explore other countries, you’ll also begin to see what people are like in those places. Every destination is an opportunity for you to learn about the nice things found in those places that you can also bring home to your own country. This can be ideas, values, and many other things.

3. You’ll be able to distinguish between luxuries and necessities

This is especially true after you’ve been to poorer communities. If, before, you think that you need new clothes, modern gadgets, and lots of money to be able to live a great life, you’ll begin to understand that, at the most basic level, you actually only need a few things to make you happy. Friendship, companionship, and experiences take the center stage instead.

4. You’ll realize that it’s not all about you

When you go to other places, you will learn that much of what you thought were the most important things in the world are actually trivial matters for other people. For example, people living hundreds or thousands of kilometers away from your hometown are likely not to care about the battles being waged by your city’s politicians. It’s a humbling experience to know that there are places out there whose worlds revolve around other matters, and certainly not around the ones going on inside your home, on your street, in your city, or even in your country.

5. You’ll learn about yourself more

Finally, you might think that you already know yourself very well, but the truth of the matter is that there is still so much to learn about you! And you won’t really experience this unless you get to go out of your comfort zone and realize what you are capable of. Going out there to experience new things is one of the best ways you can get to know yourself better.

Being a traveler is a way of life that can really make a positive impact on you as a person. We hope that we were able to inspire you to take to the road, book a cheap hotel in the Philippines for a start, and begin meeting new friends who also love to travel!

Osprey Out and About: The Roadtrip Adventure

*Osprey Out and About, first leg of many Osprey Adventures, is an outdoor experience exposing it’s participants to various activities and environments. This initiative seeks to inspire the adventurous to go further by enabling them to explore and try new experiences with Osprey. From nature tripping to cultural immersions, short hikes to breathe taking sights, giving back to the environment to trying local delicacies, Osprey Out and About is all about adventure backpacking! Held last November 4-5, Osprey invited friends from the media and select travel bloggers for the Osprey Out and About at Balanga, Bataan which entailed two days of trying out new things, and putting Osprey packs to the test.

Osprey Bataan Adventure

Our first stop was Balanga City Wetland and Nature Park which is considered as one of the country’s birdwatching havens. It serves as feeding grounds for migratory and endemic bird species. Because of its thick mangrove forest, wetlands, grasslands and mudflats, it became a natural food basket to at least 35 species and 15 families of birds, making it one of the most populated bird sites in the Philippines. Continue reading