Philippine Travel Tips

The Philippines with its thousands of islands, friendly people, and unique Spanish and American influences is one of the more convenient travel destinations in Asia. The following is a collection of tips when traveling to the Philippines:

1. The weather is tropical and the air can be humid. Rainy months are from May to October while dry months are from November to April. Bring appropriate attire depending on the month you are visiting.

2. The people are warm and friendly and English is spoken by majority of the populace. Filipinos are generally conservative in their views and demeanor.

3. The best natural places to visit are outside of Metro Manila. Before travelling to the provinces, allocate enough time to get back to the international airports where you will be flying out.

4. Most tourist towns have guides, and it is recommended to tour with guides especially when visiting rural areas.

5. Keep valuables in secure places. As with other major cities in the world, big cities like Manila and Cebu have their fair share of pickpockets.

6. Credit cards are accepted mainly in major establishments. Most souvenir shops, even in malls, would only be able to accept cash.

7. When exchanging currency, look for authorized money changers in malls and airports or go to the banks. When visiting rural areas, plan how much currency is needed since these places may not have easily accessible money changers.

8. Tipping is expected for services rendered at hotels and restaurants. Taxis expect tips of P20 for fares less than P300.

9. Insect repellants are a must. Malaria infested mosquitos are common in a lot of places.

10. Stick to bottled / canned drinks. Avoid buying drinks and food from street vendors.

11. The metric system is used, and temperature is measured in Centigrade. Electric outlets supply 220V as input. This can damage electric appliances from countries where AC input is 110V.

12. Tourist information and assistance are readily available in Department of Tourism’s offices or municipal halls across the country.

The author grew up in the tourist town of Sagada Philippines. His blog captures his Sagada memories and has an index of different Sagada tourist attractions and travel tips. The blog can be viewed at

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