The Philippines is home to more than seven thousand, one hundred seven islands and it is a highly underrated travel destination in Southeast Asia. With white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful lakes, emerald-colored volcanoes, you will have a wonderful time traveling around the country.
Basics Information About the Philippines
The Philippines has over 175 languages and dialects and they vary according to the region, but Tagalog and English are predominantly spoken. Since many locals can speak and understand English, this makes traveling around easier.
Philippine Peso (PHP) $1 = P54 (as of October 2018)
Your US dollar can go a long way because the cost of living in the Philippines is very cheap. For your safety, stock up on cash before arriving on smaller islands because international ATM is usually located in the main port city.
While the country can experience warm tropical weather year-round, it has two seasons – the dry and wet season. The weather is also dependent on where you are in the country. In general, from January to May is the dry season and monsoon season starts from June to December.
In Manila, May is the hottest month with the average temperature of 85°F (30°C). And the coldest month is January at 78°F (26°C). The wettest month is August with an average of 140 millimeters of rain.
Planning Your Trip to The Philippines
The Philippines is a warm tropical country. Wearing comfortable clothing such as cotton shirts or breathable pants are a must. You also want to wear a pair of comfy shoes or flip-flops, especially if you want to save on your budget and walk around in unevenly paved roads or sandy beaches. And when you’re in the Philippines, there tends to be A LOT of walking involved, whether you’re in the city or in the islands, so bring a couple of comfy and durable flip flops or sandals.
The Philippines has accommodation options to suit everyone’s needs. Whether you want an international five-star hotel or a simple beach resort, you’ll surely find one in this beautiful country. Be sure to book in advance, especially if you are planning to visit during peak season – Christmas, New Year, or during summer when most major local festivities happen. You can find these accommodation options online so be sure to check out the options below to book your room or hotel.
Just like in accommodation, the Philippines has a number of options to offer when it comes to transportation. Tricycles, Taxis, Grab (local version of Uber), and Jeepneys (sometimes called “jeeps”) are the most economical ways to travel around the country. Overnight buses are good for covering a large distance and they cost between $15-20.
Things to Do in the Philippines
– Exploring Remote Islands
There is no shortage of islands to explore in the country. The beaches of the famous Palawan islands are considered one of the best in the world. Palawan is also great for exploring the beautiful marine life.
If you want to enjoy surfing on the world-class waves, you should head towards the Siargao island. For a mix of beaches, diving, and culture, you can head to Coron, Bohol or Cebu.
– Scuba Diving
The Philippines has some amazing diving sites, so you should not miss scuba diving when you go to the Philippines. The sunken shipwrecks of WWII in Palawan are a must-visit destination. Some other famous dive destinations include Malapascua, Pescado Island, Apo Reef,
– Party At Boracay Islands
Boracay Islands are called the Ibiza of Asia. A number of beach bars are scattered along the shore where you can party until sunrise. There are a large number of adventure things that you can do at the Boracay Islands.
– Hike Through Mountains & Terraces
Besides the white sandy beaches and beautiful marine life, the Philippines is also home to beautiful mountains and rice terraces. If you head north to the mountain provinces, you will find a complex irrigation system in the rice terraces. There are a number of Philippine mountains to climb like Mount Pulag, Mount Apo, Mount Pico de Loro, and some more.
To Sum Up
It is cheap to live or travel in the Philippines but it costs a bit more than some other Southeast Asian countries. I would strongly advise not to spend too long in Manila because of traffic and pollution. Fly to other destinations like Ilocos, Cebu, Siargao, and Palawan. If you like to shop and party, Manila is great. But if that’s not your thing, just head out to Davao, Coron, or El Nido for epic travel adventures.
When traveling around the Philippines, don’t forget to interact with the locals to get insider tips. If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations, just ask. Step out of your comfort zone, enjoy the many magical sunsets, and most of all, cherish the memories because we only have one life to live.