About the Philippines
The Philippines is one of the most sought after travel destinations for tourists and that is because Filipinos are known to be fun-loving and friendly people.
The Philippine archipelagos consist of 7,107 islands with 3 main islands: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Climate in the Philippines is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5° Celsius.
Getting around the country is easy since most Filipinos understand and speak English. What’s more, the Philippines is not left behind in technology: there are mobile phones everywhere, foreign currency exchange and you can pay using your credit card.
Here, we will feature the most frequently visited tourist spots in the Philippines:
Manila is a vibrant metropolis with centers of business in Binondo, Makati and Ortigas Center. Almost everywhere you go you will find small and large stores, shops, boutiques.
Tourists can dare paint the town red in Manila’s bars, restaurants, discos, karaoke lounges, and cafés found mostly in Timog, Makati City and Manila. There are also 3 major casinos for those who enjoy a game of bet.
The walled city of Intramuros is a must see for tourist. According to Philippine history, this was built to defend Manila from invaders. Remnants of the canyons and barricades are housed here. However, today the walled city also offers cozy restaurants where tourists can take a snack while they shop at souvenir shops.
If you’re uncomfortable of the hot and humid weather of the Philippines, why not visit Baguio City – the summer capital of the Philippines? Tourists usually take their summer vacation here because the year-round cool climate is akin to the winter climate near the equator.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue rice terraces is listed among the eighth wonders of the world – this multi-layered terraces of rice was amazingly manually engineered 2000 to 3000 years ago by the Ifugaos, when there were still no machinery or equipment to help them. Tourists enjoy hiking in the many trails of the rice terraces.
The Bohol island in the Philippines can be considered a paradise – and that is because it is famous for its white sand beaches, numerous caves with underground pond, the Chocolate Hills and the Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world. Bohol is surrounded by beautiful beaches and corral reefs, something nature-lover tourists would enjoy.
Boracay is world famous and is almost always the first beach mentioned when tourists talk about vacation places in the Philippines because of its white sand beaches.
Boracay is a nice place to picnic during the day or to play golf, may be do some diving or snorkeling is at the Crocodile Island. There are also bat caves to explore on the northeastern coast of Yapak.
Cebu City is where you’ll find the shrine of the Battle of Mactan – Lapu-Lapu’s shrine and Magellan’s Cross.
Davao is where you’ll find the Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle, an eagle that preys on monkeys.
For the food enthusiasts, Davao offers their local cuisines at very reasonable prices: fresh seafood especially grilled tuna and tiger prawns. Not to be missed when in Davao is the famous durian which has awful smell but many find delicious – and nutritious too!
With over 1,700 islands and islets, Palawan is known as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world.
The Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary is a home of exotic and endemic species of animals found in Palawan such as the Palawan bear cats and Philippine mouse deer.
One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout Vigan. Historians say Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines.