With English being widely spoken and locals known for their friendly nature, the Philippines is a relatively easy country to explore. However, for those who want to ensure that absolutely no mistakes are made, these are some tips that should help with your travel plans.
Visiting the Philippines is extremely easy, no matter where in the world you are from, as citizens of just about every country will receive a 30 day visa, free of charge, upon arrival. For those that want to stay longer, visa extensions are easily available, and can be obtained from Manila.
When to Visit
Weather is usually one of the most important factors that people take into consideration when choosing the time of year to visit a destination, but with the Philippines experiencing hot temperatures throughout the year, this is not too much of an issue. However, with the coolest months being between December and February, this is considered to be high season, and many resorts will triple their rates during this time.
When it comes to actually traveling to the Philippines, the country has three main international airports. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila is the most popular, and has several connecting flights to other spots around the country. The airport in Cebu is great if you are planning on heading to the Visayas or to northern Mindanao, while Clark airport is where you will find the majority of the budget flights landing in the country.
Even the healthiest of travelers should consider taking out travel insurance, no matter where in the world they are traveling to, but, if you don’t, you will find the hospitals in the major Philippine cities are modern and easy to navigate, with affordable health care. While traveling around rural areas does pose the risk of infectious tropical diseases, these are not likely to cause any serious health risks, but you should still be equipped with a first aid kit in case any emergencies arise.
Where to Go
The bustling city of Manila is likely to be your first point of contact with the Philippines, but,from here, there are thousands of destinations to choose from. Nearby to Manila is Tagaytay with the famous Lake Taal, as well as the coastal town of Anilao. Further afield you will find Banaue, where you will be able to explore the region’s famous rice terraces that date back over 2000 years, as well as the historic colonial city of Vigan, with its architecturally unique Mestizo District. Of course, the idyllic islands of the Philippines are not to be missed, and some of the best can be found around Palawan, which in itself has been voted as the best island in the world for many years now.
The Philippines is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, and with such a wide range of attractions, this is not much of a surprise. An easy country to travel to and explore, the Philippines should definitely be on your bucket list if you have not yet paid it a visit.