A Khmer Art: Angkor Wat

September 30, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments


Southeast Asia is blessed with fascinating attractions that never run out of contrast and surprises. One of its popular destinations is Siem Reap, Cambodia – where foodies, art lovers, thrill seekers, culture explorers, and shoppers get together. 

Siem Reap is known as the gateway to Angkor region where the Khmer Empire can be found.  Khmer means a member of a people of Cambodia who lived approximately from 800 ad to about 1370. This group of people is known for building remarkable architectural wonders seen everywhere in Cambodia especially in its most popular destination, the Angkor Wat.  

Built in the 12th century, the Angkor Wat--also known as the “City Temple”, is the most known symbol of the Kingdom of Cambodia. It serves as a religious site for various religions first to Hindus, Vishnu and then the Buddhists. Fascinating Khmer architectural designs are the highlights of this place, it’s no wonder it is heralded among UNESCO’s heritage sites. The best time to visit Angkor Wat is during daytime when the sun is at its best as it clearly illuminates the beauty of the whole place. However, tourists can also enjoy wandering around Angkor Wat during the dusk as it turns the place into a magical beauty. 

Night markets in Angkor are also popular among tourists. Over 200 souvenirs shops sell affordable traditional Cambodian handmade products such as clothing, silk, artworks, jewelleries, and wood and stone carvings. So what are you waiting for? Make Cambodia's Angkor Wat your next destination. 

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Feel the prosperity of Cambodia when it comes to art, culture, food, and people! Start planning your trip today!

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Current Airfares to Manila (as of September 30, 2011)

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Cebu Getaway Holiday Package

September 29, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments


Have some fun under the sun with our Cebu Holiday Getaway package

                        $980 per person                                     
 + tax for double occupancy. 


                      $1,200 per person                               
    + tax for single occupancy. 

This all-in package includes affordable airfares, excellent accommodations at Plantation Bay, and a city tour of historic Cebu. So go ahead and treat yourself to a holiday that you will surely enjoy. Single occupancy rate is $1,200 per person + tax.

Package Inclusions :
• Round trip airfare San Francisco/Los Angeles/Las Vegas to Manila on Philippine Airlines
• Round trip airfare Manila/Cebu/Manila on Philippine Airlines
• Two (2) nights stay at Plantation Bay
• Daily buffet breakfast
• Complimentary Broadband Internet Access 
• Cebu City Tour (4 hours)
• Round trip airport transfer

Tour Restrictions :
• Minimum of two persons
• Airfare valid from August 11, 2011 to November 06, 2011 
    and Jan 12, 2012 to March 15, 2012
• Surcharge applies on any other travel dates
• Airfare is non-refundable and  good for 21 day stay only
• Good for weekend and weekday departure
• Rate is  subject to tax and fuel surcharge. Package rate  
   is per person based on double occupancy and may  
   vary depending on travel dates. Price excludes tax  
   and fuel surcharge.  Prices are good until March 15, 2012.
• Group rates available upon request.

*Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

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Mango Mix: Bringing the glory back to Philippine basketball

September 29, 2011 Mango Tours 1 Comments


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Tips for a Quick Travel Escapade

September 28, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments



Taking long vacations nowadays is somehow far from reality, especially if you are a career man/woman working hard to get that promotion or salary increase you wanted. But that doesn’t mean you have to give-up on taking your well-deserved rest. More often than not, all you really need is a day or an overnight trip to unwind and have fun; just learn how to make the most out of that trip. Here are some tips to help you maximize that quick travel escapade.

1. Plan

Plan your trip and get-up early on that day. Set an estimate time for travel, registration and other activities in advance. Anticipate unfortunate events by allocating extra time for traffic and the like.

2. Draft an Activity List

List down the names of the places you want to visit or the activities you plan to do, include an estimate time for travel or duration for doing that activity. Narrow your list according to how much you want to do such things. This would be a nice strategy for travel time constraints.

3. Rest

Taking nap or sleep in between travel will help you relax more, thus, giving you more energy to enjoy the quick vacation ahead.  If you are travelling by car, you can bring some travelling pillow or just use your fluffy bag to sleep on.

4. Maintain a positive outlook

Remember that your purpose for having that trip is to have fun and unwind. Leave all your worries and problems behind, just look forward to having cool clean fun and maintain a positive outlook on things.

5. Get work out of the way

This is the most important yet the most neglected reminder when traveling. Be sure to finish all that you need to do for work before taking your short travel escape. You can also finish or initially start some of the tasks that you need to do when you get back so as you can still relax the night after your vacation and/or the day before going back to work. As much as possible, refrain from answering phone calls and messages that have something to do with your work; just be sure that you have taken care of your job before taking that vacation. Also, Electronic mail nowadays are already equipped with auto-reply options, activate this to inform email senders that you’ll get back to them for their concerns.

6. Get the best accommodation

Spontaneous traveling doesn't always work especially on a quick trip. Be sure to know where you are going. Make sure that you have taken care of everything so as not to worry about the security, accommodation, getting the service that you want and/ or getting the best value for your money. A lot of sites offer reviews so check out websites for promos and discounts. You can also ask your friends or colleagues for recommendations.  Be prepared to spend in exchange for the worth you are asking.

7. Lighten the load

If you are going for a quick trip, chances are you won’t need that extra pair of shoes, bunch of skirts or hair dryer. Limit your load only to what is really needed. Besides, for sure you want an extra room for souvenirs and presents for your colleagues and family back home.

8. Take Enough Sleep

Travelling on a squeezed up schedule can really be exhausting. Make sure to get enough sleep before, during, and after your trip. Take at least 8 hours of sleep if possible. This is to ensure that you'll be well-rested and refreshed when you go back to your regular schedule.



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Ala Eh! Going Vintage in Batangas; Mango Tours in Balitang America

September 27, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments



Classic postcard scenes will greet you in Batangas with its rustic and picturesque churches. These magnificent churches strike the landscape with nobility and grace that have been reinforced by time, centuries to be exact. Have a date with history as you view priceless artifacts like revered images, tabernacles, and other important objects deeply immersed in our country’s Catholic tradition. After this unique vintage trip, settle down at Pontefino Hotel for a sampling of Batangueño warmth and hospitality.  


ALA EH! BATANGAS PILGRIMAGE TOUR

TWO-NIGHT PACKAGE                               US$ 365.00 per person

Inclusions:
·         - Three-day transportation service Manila-Batangas-Manila via private car
·         - Two-night accommodation at Pontefino Hotel & Residences (Batangas City) on twin-share basis
·         - Breakfast at the hotel
·         - Lunch during tours
·         - Church visitations
·         - Services of a driver/guide
·         - Government taxes

Itinerary –

Day 1       8:00 AM         Pick-up at the hotel
                                     Leave Manila for Batangas Pilgrimage Tour
                9:30 AM to
                4:30 PM         Church visitation at Padre Pio National Shrine (Sto. Tomas), San Juan Evangelista
                                     Church (Tanauan City), Immaculate Concepcion Church (Malvar), San Sebastian
                                     Cathedral, Divina Amor Chapel, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (Lipa City). 

                                     Lunch at a Local Restaurant

                5:00 PM         Transfer to Batangas City
                                     Check-in at the hotel
                                     Overnight at Pontefino Hotel & Residences

Day 2       7:00 AM         Breakfast at the hotel
               10:00 AM         Leave the hotel for Taal Tour
                                      Visitation at Martin de Tours Church & Taal Town Tour
                                      Lunch at a Local Restaurant
                 3:00 PM         Return to Batangas City
                                      Rest of the afternoon is free
                                      Overnight at Pontefino Hotel & Residences

Day 3       7:00 AM         Breakfast at the hotel
                9:00 AM         Church visitation, Batangas City Tour
               12:00 NN        Lunch at a Local Restaurant              
                 2:00 PM        Return to Manila
                 4:00 PM        Arrive Manila

                                      End of Tour


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Road trip songs you’d like when you’re on the road alone

September 23, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments

What would you do when you’re on the road alone and the boredom keeps every minute dull? Why don’t you turn the radio on and have these songs playing.

Lovesong – The Cure

Let’s start the playlist with a passive song from The Cure – an English alternative rock band formed in 1976. The song is all about falling in love. It was released as the third single from their eight studio album, Disintegration in 1989.







California – Phantom Planet
Drive along with a song brought to you by the talented band from California, Phantom Planet. The band consists of Alex Greenwald (vocalist), Darren Robinson (lead guitar), Sam Farrar (bass guitar), and Jeff Conrad (drums). This song is about travelling back to where you came from.








Fire and Rain – James Taylor
Written by the legendary country singer James Taylor, Fire and Rain was released in 1970 and taken from his second album, Sweet Baby James. The song immediately rose to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart that gave him more success on his singing and songwriting career. The song is about wanting to see someone again.








Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
With your engine hitting up, it’s time to listen to a song that would surely wake your nerves up from head to toe.  Sex on Fire is a song written and recorded by the band Kings of Leon. Taken from their fourth studio Album Only by the Night, the song earned them their first Grammy nomination in 2008.








Landslide – Dixie Chicks
Landslide, written by Stevie Nicks, was originally performed by the American music group Fleetwood Mac in 1975. In 2002, Dixie Chicks, a famous country group from America, released a version of this song in 2002.








Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
Now, for some serene sounds, you’ll definitely love the song Hey There Delilah by the American band Plain White T’s. Over two years after its release in 2005, this single taken from the album All That We Needed became the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over 4,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone.






So buckle up and get ready for an awesome, upbeat, and rhythmic time on the road!


Watch out for more of our all-time road trip songs suggestions in our upcoming posts.

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Mango Mix: Weaving memories in Taal

September 22, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments



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Culture-hopping and Food-tripping in Batangas; Mango Tours in Balitang America

September 20, 2011 Mango Tours 0 Comments



The capital city of Batangas is brimming with savory servings of history, culture, and food especially. It is home to the much beloved Bulalo in all its steamy goodness. How about a sample of Sinaing, Sapin-Sapin, or Cassava cake? After a hearty meal, perk up and wash it down with Kapeng Barako. There are also roadside restaurants that will surprise you with tasty steals for meals. For those looking to curb their cultural cravings, a trip to the local museum might do the job as you get treated to the illustrious history of Batangas.    

ALA EH! BATANGAS HERITAGE TOUR

TWO-NIGHT PACKAGE                               US$ 365.00 per person

Inclusions:
         - Three-day transportation service Manila-Batangas-Manila via private car
         - Two-night accommodation at Pontefino Hotel & Residences (Batangas City) on twin-share basis
         - Breakfast at the hotel
         - Lunch during tours
         - Tour of Batangas heritage sites, historical landmarks, and museums
         - Services of a driver/guide
         - Government taxes

Itinerary:

DAY 1
8:00 AM
Pick-up at the hotel


Leave Manila for Batangas Heritage Tour

9:30 AM
Running tour of Gen. Malvar Shrine, Sto. Tomas, Batangas

10:30 AM
Tour of J.P. Laurel Ancestral House & Tanauan Museum

12:00 AM
Proceed to Lipa City

12:30 PM
Lunch at a Local Restaurant

  2:00 PM
Tour of Casa Segunda, Peace Tower and Lipa Museum

  4:00 PM
Leave Lipa for Batangas City


Check-in at the hotel


Overnight at Pontefino Hotel & Residences



DAY 2
7:00 AM
Breakfast at the hotel

8:00 AM
Leave the hotel for Taal Heritage Tour

8:45 AM
Tour of Marcela Agoncillo House, Barong Tagalog Embroidery Shop, Balisong Stores, Taal Market

12:30 PM
Lunch at a Local Restaurant

  2:00 PM
Return to Batangas City


Rest of the afternoon is free at leisure


Overnight at Pontefino Hotel & Residences



DAY 3
7:00 AM
Breakfast at the hotel

8:30 AM
Check-out from the hotel

9:00 AM
Batangas City Tour and Museum Tour

12:00 NN
Lunch at a Local Restaurant

2:00 PM
Return to Manila

3:30 PM
Arrive Manila


END OF TOUR


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