Top Philippine Travel Destinations You Should Not Miss

Top Philippine Travel Destinations You Should Not MissThe most populated of the seven Philippine Islands, the Philippines is a nation that is rich in history and culture. It has been a home to many historical figures including the likes of the first American president and the ones who followed in his footsteps such as the American revolutionary leaders in Washington and Adams. Over the years, however, this small country has blossomed into a modern nation, with great cities, modern infrastructure, and a lot of promise for the future. Here are some of the top Philippine travel destinations you should not miss when you get back to the States:

Manila – One of the largest cities in the Philippines, Manila is home to the international airport as well as the country’s central bank. There are a lot of historical sights and museums here as well as a vibrant nightlife. The Manila International Airport features the world’s third largest domestic airport, making it one of the busiest airports in all of Asia. A visit to this city would satisfy even the most avid traveler and would definitely be worth the effort.

Boracay – This island lies along the southern tip of the Philippines and is one of its most popular tourist destinations. Known for its long stretch of white sandy beaches and for its weather conditions that remain pleasant all year around, Boracay is a favorite among families and couples alike. If you are traveling to the island during the peak season, expect to pay a premium price for tickets and accommodation. This island is also popular for its dive shops, which offer a wide array of colorful and diverse marine life. Most diving enthusiasts would tell you that Boracay is a must-visit for anyone interested in scuba diving or snorkeling in the Philippines.

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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