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Asia Travel Wonders – Singapore and Malaysia and the ties that bind them

Singapore and Malaysia have very close ties. Aside from the fact that they border one another and share a lot of the same Malayan culture and traditions, the two countries were once one and the same.

It wasn’t so long ago when in 1963, Singapore successfully merged with other countries like Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form Malaysia.

The merger was thought to benefit all the countries involved in the form of a common free market that would exist among the four members.

No matter how optimistic the countries were when they merged, they were still unable to stop the riots and bloodshed brought about by racial tensions between the people of Singapore who were against the merger and the other states of Malaysia.

It seemed then that the only hope for resolution was to separate Singapore from the rest of Malaysia. And so it was in August 9, 1965, the then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew announced that Singapore was a sovereign state once again, apart from the rest of Malaysia.

Present Day Singapore

After the Singapore regained its independence, it started to work on it own government once again. Though the first few years of renewed independence was shaky, the country has slowly gotten back on its feet and has become one of the most prosperous and beautiful countries in the world. The Singaporean economy takes much of its income from local and foreign trade as well as in tourism. The country is also proud of its history and the effects of previous colonial status continue to be event to this day.

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Tourist Spots worth Visiting in Singapore

Singapore is home to a multitude of tourist destinations. Each year the country filters through Millions of tourist tat some from neighboring countries and those that travel halfway around the world just to see Singapore up close.

Over the years Singapore has slowly gained recognition as the quintessential shopping destination where locals and tourist alike are able to get the best deals on the most coveted items. Singapore is also home to lush botanical gardens that boast of exotic Asian Fauna. A bustling night life also awaits the discerning traveler.

Tourists can sample local and internationally cuisine among the many local restaurants all over the Singaporean landscape. Beaches are also a major attraction in Singapore and people come from all over the world to get one of a kind beach experience.

Boracay Island Philippines – a must see tropical paradise in Asia!

The Philippines, a country here in Asia, is known for its cool and amazing tourist attractions. The country is a small archipelago composed of over 7,000 islands with 3 major islands – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Every place in the country has its own pride and if you will visit all the beautiful places in the country, you would probably spend more than a year because there are so many locations to go.

In Luzon alone, there are more than a hundred tourist destinations. What more if you will include Visayas and Mindanao. However, among all these attractions, there is one place that already earned prominence in and out of the country – the Island of Boracay!

If you will travel 200 miles south of Manila, you will see and experience the captivating beauty of Boracay. Boracay is one of the Philippine’s pride because of its natural beauty. This is the reason why it is carefully maintained under the administration of the country’s tourism authority. Long before the Island of Boracay became a major tourist attraction, Ati tribe inhabited the island.

The island’s name was derived from separate Ati words bora and bukay which means bubble and white sand respectively. Later on, it was called the Island of Boracay and was transformed into a place that accommodates over a million tourists every year.

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Based on experiences by people who have been in the Island of Boracay, the sight is really fascinating and the beach is really great. Most of the people are enthralled by the fine sand along with the cool and clear sea water. There are also a lot of activities that you can do when you are in Boracay Island, Philippines especially if you are with your friends and family.

You can take a boat and go island hopping where you will be able to visit caves and other beautiful beaches. You can also do an underwater exploration with scuba diving or reef walking. Other activities include kite boarding, banana boat and flying fish riding, windsurfing and kayaking but the simplest yet most pleasurable activity that you can engage in is just enjoying the water and walking on the sand.

During the night, there are bars and restaurants that serve food and drinks all night. You will be able to see and meet a lot of people enjoying all night partying at the Island of Boracay. The food is great and the ambiance is cool – what else can you wish for?

You can visit the Island of Boracay anytime of the year. Hotels and resorts are all line up at the island. There are stylish accommodations provided by five star hotels as well as reasonable priced rooms for people who want to keep their budget at the minimum.

The Island of Boracay has already caught the attention of so many tourists, foreigners and locals alike. The place was even featured in prominent leisure magazines and has received awards of excellence from various organizations. There are also some individuals who totally fell in love with the place that they promise to return every year. There are also others who already found their permanent life in the island. Why waste your time looking at magazine pictures when you can experience the luxury yourself?

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