Travel Tips and Guides in the Philippines
“For once, you have tasted flight, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Welcome to the Philippines!
Immerse yourself in a myriad of islands, various places and sights to see in the Philippines. The Philippines is composed of 7, 107 and is a melting pot of different cultures, dialects and tongues, customs, traditions and so much more. The Philippines plays host to incredibly diverse locations that even a thirty-minute flight within the country would give you a complete change of scenery: from the sprawling and lush, verdant greens of Mindanao to the concrete jungle known as Metro Manila. Travelers seeking a broad spectrum of landscapes to enjoy and discover would be pleased to know that the Philippines is a country teeming with scenic delights varying from region to region and place to place. The three main groups of islands or regions, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao all feature gorgeous and picturesque beaches and lavish wild forests filled with fascinating wildlife.
For traveling and adventure enthusiasts seeking a more diverse and fresh traveling scene, the Philippines is a top pick. It has been lauded to have one of the longest coastlines in Asia and is esteemed to have one of the friendliest, warm and welcoming locals in the world. In fact, the people of the Philippines have been so accustomed to tourists and travelers that there is no distinction between locals and travelers in this country which makes the entire experience all the more enjoyable.
When to go to the Philippines?
As the Philippines is a tropical country, the weather invariably consists of only two seasons: wet and dry. Also, it is worth noting that the country is incredibly humid. Typically, it is best to visit the country during the dry season which lasts anywhere between November to April as the season has moderate temperatures with little to no rainfall. For travelers wishing for a cooler time to visit, the wet season from May to October is the best time to visit. This season is characterized by hot, humid weather and with lots of rain and heavy winds.
Be warned, though, the weather in the Philippines can be erratic, and it is one of the countries in Southeast Asia known to be beset by a series of typhoons in just a year.
How to get to the Philippines?
The Philippines is quite a long way from the United States and in Europe. The country’s capital Metro Manila is approximately 9000 miles away from New York City. The flight would take about nineteen to twenty hours. From Los Angeles however, it would only take a fourteen or fifteen-hour flight which is about the same from London, England. Foreign travelers would be pleased to know that some local airlines in the Philippines (Philippine Airlines) now offer direct flights to the provinces such as the LA to Cebu direct flight. If you are planning to visit the Philippines anytime soon, keep a close watch for promotional airfares which would cost you relatively cheaper than buying plane tickets at regular rates.
What never to miss Philippines
The beaches of Boracay
A visit to the Philippines famed and illustrious beach should be on every traveler’s itinerary. The place is perfect for beach enthusiasts who are looking for an exciting fusion between the relaxed island seaside life and bustling feel of a city’s nightlife. Boracay strikes the perfect balance between the two; during the day, you can enjoy frolicking on the powdery white sand or enjoy the picturesque view of the beach while sipping on some cocktails. The island is peppered with nightclubs and of every theme imaginable. From the laidback reggae scene to the more pronounced and exclusive feel of techno bars, there is certainly something here for everyone.
See the Sugong Hanging Coffins in Sagada
If there is one thing Sagada is well known for, it is the Hanging Coffins in Sugong. This iconic tourist destination has been one of the reasons why so many foreign tourists and locals would flock to the area and see the evidence of this centuries old tradition with their very own eyes. It has been said by some locals that this burial ritual is still being practiced until today with some of the hanging coffins having fresh corpses, but to be buried in the same manner, locals would have to pay an exorbitant price. To see the coffins, take a half hour trek from the town proper which would then take you to the viewing deck situated at the side of the road.
Try the Adventure Parks of Pampanga
Food connoisseurs and adventure seekers rejoice! Pampanga is not only the gastronomic destination in the Philippines but the city of various adventure parks as well. Foodies and Travelers with children should include a visit to Pampanga in their itinerary. There is no other city in the Philippines that has its prolific share of adventure parks other than Pampanga. Themed parks such as Puning Hot Springs and Fontana Water Park in the Clark Freeport Zone are great water parks for individuals who love the water. Thrill seekers and adventurers would find The SandBox in Porac more suitable. The place features the country’s tallest swing which is aptly named as the Giant Swing, the Aerial Walk Challenge, and the Adventure Tower. ATV Philippines has also been introduced in this adventure park so ATV enthusiasts would also have something to enjoy as well.
Saunter on the Spanish pavements around Vigan
History lovers should include a visit to Vigan on their list. Wonderfully quaint and unassuming, this is one of the places in the Philippines that has preserved the natural veneer of Spanish houses and architecture during the colonial period. Admittedly, a lot of provinces in the Philippines still retain the remnants of Spanish mansions and houses, but what sets Vigan distinctly apart is the fact that it has kept the entire district exceptionally intact. In fact, a quick tour of the place would make you feel as if you have traveled back in time making Vigan a must visit when in the Philippines.
The Philippines has been well known for the famous catchphrase “It is more fun in the Philippines” and indeed, it is. In more ways than one, the country is filled not only with vibrant and picturesque places but incredibly amiable and vivacious people as well making your experience truly memorable and worth it.
Author Bio (if need): Glenn Domingo is a traveler who loves to experience the uniqueness of different places here in the Philippines. He want to promote our incredible nature to the people to restore and give importance to its natural beauty. He is a copywriter of Alviera
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