Michael Aquino

••• Mike trying to master the calesa (horse-drawn taxi) in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines. Image © George V. Cabig, used with permission

Mike R. Aquino (LinkedIn|About.me) is a veteran travel writer based in Southeast Asia. In the course of his travels, he's climbed up an active volcano, eaten cow brains, haunted a series of royal tombs, and slept in a succession of five-star hotel suites and backpacker hostels, among countless other adventures.


An advertising copywriter in a previous life, Mike has worked for ad agencies throughout Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Manila - writing advertising and magazine copy for hotels, restaurants and travel publications, and imbibing the local culture at the grass-roots level along the way.

Today, Mike files stories for About.com and other online publications like Yahoo.com, and TravelWireAsia. You can find Mike's offline work in lifestyle magazines like Men's Health, FHM, Good Housekeeping, Smart Parenting, and inflight magazines for Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways. Visit his Content.ly portfolio for samples of his work.

Mike's writing is read by a large and growing online audience: his work at About.com Southeast Asia Travel joins other About.com content to reach over 100 million unique monthly visitors in the United States alone, with 80% of these visitors coming from search engines.

All combined, Mike's travel news and updates reach a steadily growing social media audience: more readers find his work through his Twitter feed, his Facebook page, and his Google+ profile.

Mike is married to Minnette, and is the proud father of Miranda, who will one day rule the world.

Michael Aquino

Southeast Asia has a lot to offer the discerning tourist: a pleasantly warm climate, ancient temples and palaces, dazzling beaches, unspoiled jungle pathways, vibrant cultures, delicious food - all at prices that will please backpackers and business-class travelers alike.

While many destinations in the region are already regular tourist haunts, a large chunk of Southeast Asia (the most interesting parts, some might argue) remain unknown to all but the most adventurous travelers. We hope the pages and tools on this site will open your eyes to the full potential of a trip to Southeast Asia, so you can visit again and again and enjoy a different facet of the region each time you go.

If you have any questions or comments about the content on this site, or have any questions about your upcoming trip to Southeast Asia, feel free email us - mike_aquino [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Read more from Michael Aquino