Bright faces and women in sarongs, mysterious temples, and palm fringes are just some things that bring Indonesia's magical islands to life. It also provides a superfluous element in its sublimely spiritual culture; even roadside shrines' humblest offerings of rice and petals look exquisite. Witness the magical sunrise in Borobudur, meet the smiling locals in its modest markets and see mystical dragons on Komodo Island. Indonesia is for the bold and adventurous.
The Philippines, also known as the Pearl of the Orient Seas, is an archipelago comprising 7,100 islands, home to a warm, hospitable, primarily English-speaking population and offers the best of island beaches and blue water teeming with marine life, corals, and lush foliage. Its unique Spanish and American cultural influences make the country one of the top travel destinations in Asia.