The Philippines | A Complete Travel Guide
By Alan & Lourdes | A Belgian & A Filipina
Facts | Budget | What to bring | Food | Things to do | Staying for the night | Movies | Car Rental | Souvenirs
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Balut Egg | 18 PHP
Penoy | 15 PHP
Jeepney | 15-20 PHP
Taxi | 600-700 PHP
Bus | 15-20 PHP
T-shirts | ≈ 500 PHP
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What to bring
The Philippines is a tropical country where the heat quickly rises till you start to sweat, although our experience was a bit differently as we went in August till beginning of September and so we catched a lot of rain during our trip.
Print of all bookings
Shorts or dress
International driver’s License
4 Things to Do
4 Things are not that much, but there’s a lot more on other posts about The Philippines coming soon! Stay Tuned for more…
We do recommend to visit a couple of cities and from there start with doing some guided island-hopping tours. You can visit many heritage sites in different cities in The Philippines. Intramuros us a stunning colonial-era city in the northern part of Manila which is truly worth it.
If you travel to The Philippines during one of their intriguing festivals be sure not to miss any!
Manila is a very crowded and huge city where every tourist will enter The Philippines. Nickname is Pearl of the Orient, and together with Quezon City the most populated city in the country.
Located in the middle of Palawan, one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines where the Underground River, El Nido and Coron are located.
Translation of El Nido is the nest, and it really feels like it too. Located in the north of Palawan, it is home to many small, inhabited islands where you can travel to with a guide.
You can get to Coron by either plane from Manila or ferry from El Nido. Coron is known for it’s shipwrecks lying on the ocean floor where you can dive to by organised tour.
Located on the island of Negros, from here you can travel by either bus or rented car all around the island within a couple of days.
2. Island-Hopping Tours
Lakawon is a island with a beautiful 360 beach where you can even stay for the night, although very expensive and if one wants to share a room with many others, well that’s up to you. There’s also a restaurant to enjoy the local foods. Be sure to bring sunscreen protection as the sand is pure white and the sun bright.
Probably the most famous city in The Philippines, hence the amazing name and grand collection of small islands around its bay. Truly a must visit city when travelling to The Philippines.
This city has an airport to bring you back to Manila or Puerto Princesa, so many tourists include this magical place on their lists, and we cannot disagree more.
Intramuros | Manila
Created by The Spanish and considered the entire city of Manila. Everything outside its walls was called extramuros. Despite being surrounded by fortifications, Intramuros was flattend to the ground during the Battle of Manila in 1945. Only the San Augustin Church survived the heavy bombings at the time.
Sinulog Festival in Cebu
Done in celebration of Cebu’s patron saint, Santo Niño, in January, Sinulog Festival is a week-long celebration full of dancing, processions, and parades with colourful costumes.
Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan
The festival starts in mid-January, in honour of Santo Niño in the form of locals dancing and chanting in the streets while dressed up as negritos.
Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo
Hosted by the city every 4th Sunday of January, Dinagyang Festival is held in celebration of the feast of Santo Niño and a pact between Datus and locals through street dancing and feasts.
Masskara Festival in Bacolod
Celebrated every October, locals put on elaborate costumes with masks as they parade through the streets.
Staying for the night
Currently most of the accommodations in The Philippines are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Do your research before travelling!
Movies to watch
The Filipinos have an infinite list of TV channels with films and TV shows to fill days, weeks and much longer if needed.
Below collection are those I watched as a non-Filipino from Europe.
Rent a car
If one wants to see the countryside, one must take a local bus or van to travel afar, although we recommend, if your budget allows, to hire a car for your ultimate drive-through experience. You can go and stop wherever you like.
As a tourist we love to remember, and at the same time, support the culture and its people by shopping local souvenirs. Just like us, we bought many T-shirts from El Nido, Palawan, Coron and even one with the famous Jeepney. A must to bring home those souvenirs when visiting The Philippines.
The Famous Jeepney on a T-shirt.
What else is more iconic to The Philippines? Probably a lot more.
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