TravelBook.ph Blogger Affiliate Program’s 1st Blogger Getaway in Caramoan

With TravelBook.ph, fun time isn’t only limited to the summer season. Each season of the year can be a fun time, can be a great time to travel.

TravelBook.ph is a top online hotel booking site in the Philippines. With over 2000 hotel partners, it ensures that travelers have the best options for accommodations no matter where their destination is.

TravelBook Philippines latest endeavor is the Blogger Affiliate Program which aims to help bloggers earn more while giving them the opportuniy to travel, relax, and learn from various campaigns such as Blogger Getaways, staycations, trainings, and seminars. As an Affiliate, you can earn as much as 65% commission for every successful bookings by referring your readers to TravelBook.ph with the use of their various marketing tools like banners, widgets, and hotel ad links.

Recently, TravelBook Philippines hosted a 3 days and 2 nights Blogger Getaway in one of the most majestic places in Bicol – Caramoan, Camarines Sur. The 15 lucky blog winners were treated to an all-inclusive vacation. With two days island hopping, free accommodation, transportation, and full board meals, we’re that TravelBook.ph’s blogger affiliates experienced fun and adventure, all-in-one!

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Here are some words from our Caramoan Blogger Affiliate Winners!

  • Big heaps of thanks to @travelbookph for this wonderful Caramoan vacay! – Allan Bobis of thefilipinorambler.com
  • Long weekend well spent. It’s a wrap! Thank you TravelBook.ph and TravelBook Blogger Affiliate Program for the awesome trip! – Charm Gamboa of myscatteredthoughts.com
  • We’re now heading home from the Caramoan getaway. A million thanks to the TravelBookPH team for their care! – Christian Lizardo Aligo of capturingweekends.com
  • I am surrounded with the best and the nicest people ever. The rest of the bloggers are so nice. I am having such a good time here. Thank you TravelBookPH. Hooray to new found friends and to more adventure! – Izza Glino of Savingspinay.com.ph

If you want to experience how it is to be one of TravelBook.ph’s Blogger Affiliates, sign up now and be part of our program. Register at http://affiliate.travelbook.ph or email us at travelbookph.affiliate@gmail.com.

Making Time for Music

What are the things that are important to you? Well, when asked this question we could perhaps easily rattle off some things which we say are important to us. But I think those things which are really that significant to us can be clearly identified based on the things we spent the most time on 🙂

The actual time we spent with our family then tells us how important it is in our lives.  What about the time we spend on our careers, our hobbies? If we say music — playing music is that important to us then we would probably spend hours doing it. That could even include the time we spend online on sites like the guitar center official website to search for a musical instrument or accessory we need.

Where we spend most of our time with — that shows which things are really that important to us.

Summertime in Phuket 3

Experiencing Phuket will not be complete, if you don’t take the time to go island hopping. And that’s just what our group did. By the way, you can check my first post about our time there and my 2nd post about our hotel accommodation.

To fully experience island hopping in Phuket, give it a full day. You have the option to make the adventure by yourself or with your group or you can also arrange to avail of an island hopping package. We took advantage of an island hopping package offered by the hotel; we got it for such good rates at that time 🙂

On the day of the tour, we  were picked up from our hotel and brought to the Royal Phuket Marina where we took a speedboat together with a group and the tourist guide. By the way, the whole package already includes snacks, lunch and drinks.

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There are shops in the Marina to get food or swimwear prior to the island hopping.
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At the Marina, we took our boat ride to the islands. Glo taking time to pose 🙂

The speedboat we got was spacious enough. There were 15 of us in the group with our tour guide. Along with the five of us (Geoff, Alice, Glo, Daryl and myself) there was a young couple, a young family of 4, then two senior couples. There were also about 2-3 boat staff.

Here’s what we experienced that beautiful, sunny day 🙂

We explored Pha Nga Bay and of course, Hong Island.

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We all got down and went sea canoeing around Pha Nga Bay.
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We went inside the “cave-like rooms” of Hong Island.
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This is what’s inside the “cave-like” rooms; it is open to the sky.

We continued to canoe around and saw the beautiful island limestone formation around the islands in the area. We then headed back to our speedboat, mindful to give a tip to our “canoe driver” 🙂

A delicious Thai lunch was waiting for us at Koh Panyee, a Muslim village on stilts over the water, also known as the Sea Gypsy Village. To fully appreciate what this island looks like, check out the video of the place here.

After lunch we proceeded to see James Bond Island, originally known as Khao Phing Kan.  It has been more known as James Bond island because the James Bond movie, “The Man With The Golden Gun” starring Roger Moore and Christopher Lee, was filmed here in 1974. James Bond island or Khao Ping Kan along with Khao Tapu are part of  Ao Phang Nga National Park.

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Obligatory pose by the island markers 😉
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Daryl is looking at Ko Tapu or Khao Tapu.
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All 5 of us by this huge leaning rock of James Bond island.

After leaving the island, we went to one more island where we spent time just cooling off from the Thai sun 🙂 We went swimming and then it was time to go back home.

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A swim before we go. At Daryl’s back is our group’s speedboat.

Tips: 

  • Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet in as you will likely get wet during the canoeing and as you get down on the islands.
  • As it won’t be easy to find a place to change into swimwear during the tour, you can opt to wear your swimwear already under your clothes for your convenience when swimming time comes. While there is a bathroom in the speedboat, it’s really quite small 🙂
  • Don’t forget to wear your sunblock even before the island hopping trip starts and drink up plenty of water. Water is provided during the tour so take advantage of that.
  • Be wary of people who will approach you on the island, asking if you’re interested to rent their jet ski or smaller boats. Our Thai guide himself told us that some of these people would later claim you broke their jet ski or boat and force you to pay exorbitant fees.
  • You can sometimes get a free tour or huge discounts especially if you are a couple and have an invitation from your hotel for an orientation of its club sharing program.