The jarring brakes on the short run way of El Nido do not provide travellers with a great first impression of Palawan. But it does bring to mind similar landing strips throughout the world which have brought me to the most amazing places on earth. For travellers who have flown into Lookla, Nepal, or Bhutan, they will know what I mean. In fact, the El Nido airport doesn’t even make it in the top ten list . . .