Indeed, a perfect country to travel…
Philippines, rises to the top!
“It’s more fun in the Philippines”— the country’s official tourism tagline. If you’re going to ask different people why choose Philippines to travel, they will give you different reasons. For sure, enormous fun is part of any holiday in the 7,641-island country (National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, 2017) and its archipelago is divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Visiting the Philippines is big fun. Perfect beaches, friendly locals, beautiful nature are just some of what we have here. Plus, it’s an affordable country to travel; you’ll get a great value for your money.
If you were looking for a country to travel, well, Philippines has been rising to the top since then! With over 7,000 islands to choose from, the Philippines have a little bit of something for everyone. Home to many stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush rice terraces, world class surfing, and diving, the Philippines is slowly becoming a must visit destination. This complete Philippines travel guide covers everything you need to know when traveling this beautiful country.
With over 7,000 gorgeous islands to choose from, planning a trip to the Philippines in 2018 can be a rather overwhelming and mind-boggling experience for any traveler. From the breath-snatching, idyllic rolling hills of Batanes to the fabulous cascades of different lakes, the Philippines has a cornucopia of awe-inspiring destinations that are worthy of a traveler’s bucket list. And be amazed in the sense of wanderlust of the Philippines.
Listed below are just some trivia that will encourage you to visit Philippines:
1. Philippines has 7,641 islands
Exploring the Philippines with more than 7,000 tropical islands is a lifetime’s work. But travelers who find their time limited to weeks rather than years will not be disappointed. A cultural mash-up of Spanish colonialism and Southeast Asian tradition make this archipelago unique.
2. Philippines is a Center of various Types of Animals in the World
Philippines is known for a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. It is among the most bio-diverse countries in the world. There are about 200 mammal species in the Philippines. The Philippine Tarsier is one of the smallest (and cutest!) species of monkeys in the world. You will find more than 600 species of birds, over 300 species of reptiles and amphibians and at least 400 coral species. From the giant whale shark to the world’s smallest fish (Pandaca pygmea), everything you can dream of is united in the beautiful islands of the Philippines.
3. Philippines is rich with mountains and volcanoes
The Philippine islands are mostly hilly or mountainous. You can climb one of the 37 volcanoes, for example, the Mount Pinatubo, or see the world’s smallest volcano of Taal. You can discover caves, lakes, and waterfalls. If you love nature, you will surely love the Philippines.
Smaller islands are in the rule of volcanic origin. The larger islands have mountain chains, which enlarge mostly in north-south direction and parallel to the coast. Luzon for example is extent by the string of mountains of the Sierra Madras (along the Pacific coast), the further west situated Cordillera Central (with the town of Baguio and the Mount Pulag), the rugged Zambales Mountains (western of the town of Tarlac with the Mount Pinatubo) and shows finally at the southeastern end (Bicol Peninsula) a range of volcano mountains (including Mount Mayon at Legaspi).
By around 30 mountains in Philippines are more than 2000 meters high. They are in the centre of the consideration, simply because they impress by their beauty, spectacular landscape prospects, their topical vegetation, large number of endemic species and their mountain sports facilities. We speak here about higher mountains in general. Please refer to your travel guide with regard to specific mountains and possible routes.
4. Philippines is an affordable country to travel
For the budget-conscious traveler, Philippines is a great option. Shopping, food, transportation, and lodging are very affordable. The current exchange rate is US$1 = 50 Philippine pesos. Your dollar can buy you a can of the local beer and a couple of meat skewers from the local hawkers. An end-to-end ride in the capital’s above-ground train system (LRT-MRT) will only cost $ 0.60.
5. Filipinos are the nicest
The hospitality of Filipinos is incomparable to the rest of the world. As they say, from all the Asians countries, Filipinos are the kindest and friendly people, extremely welcoming and curious, but also respectful. They always seem happy and smiling, and they love to sing and to dance whenever there is an occasion to celebrate.
Filipinos are known for their fun-loving, kindhearted and hospitable nature. Generally speaking, the locals are very friendly and helpful. They will make you feel right at home in the Philippines. Filipinos are also a musically inclined people. Did you know that Bruno Mars is a Filipino-blooded son? Even our national boxing icon, Manny Pacquiao, sings and sold hit record albums. Most people jokingly say that karaoke singing is the national pastime – which can be proven by the fact that most karaoke machines in the Philippines have a score-giving feature (which can be switched off).
People also love taking photos, of others as well as themselves, which is why it is considered the Selfie Capital of the World. Many mobile phone companies test their products in the Philippines first, before rolling them out into the world market, due to the tech-savvy milieu in the Philippines.
6. The Biodiversity Capital of the World
For marine and wildlife fanatics, diving enthusiasts, and for anyone who appreciates nature, Philippines is heaven on earth. Located in the planet’s Coral Triangle, the Philippines is home to the highest concentration of coral, flora and fauna, marine, bird and reptile species in the world. Scientific researchers have found out that the Philippines has the uppermost concentration of animal, plant and coral species per unit area in the world. For this, the Philippines has been dubbed as “the centre of the centre of biodiversity”.
7. Philippines is one of a Diagnostic and Consultation Capital of the World
Philippines is currently ranked 8th in the world as the preferred destination for people seeking treatment, consultation, and diagnostics. Many international insurance providers and networks are already in partnership with various Philippine hospitals and medical centers such as Asian Hospital, The Medical City, and St. Luke’s Hospital. A hub of cutting-edge medical technology and a huge array of expertise in Asia, coupled with professional and high-quality care from medical professionals, the Philippines is an excellent option for receiving medical treatment, followed by rest and recuperation at world-class hotels and resorts. Medical tourism clients of the Philippines include patients from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, United States, Australia and Europe.
Knowing Philippines more and better
Philippines is apparently located in the scattered islands you can find in the east of Vietnam, north of Borneo and Indonesia, and south of Taiwan. It is directly facing the Pacific Ocean, the largest body of water on Earth.
Located in South East Asia, the Philippines is not so common for backpackers to travel too, due to its lack of land connections to neighboring countries. Despite this, everyone that goes ends up falling in love with both its stunning landscapes and warm people.
Well, language is not a communication barrier in Philippines. Reminisce this up to the American colonial history of the Philippines. From 1898-1946, America imposed its education system throughout the country. Up until today, English remains invasive throughout the islands, where all road signs, public area signs, and announcements are provided in English. This is tremendously a big help when going to the Philippines as a tourist, most especially if it’s your first time.
Tagalog is the country’s language with more than 180 dialects. Philippines has many different dialects which vary according to region, but English is also predominantly spoken which makes traveling around easier. It’s a big advantage compare to other Asian countries because almost everybody speaks English. It is the language of the government, and the preference for written communication, be it in school or business. There are also plenty of English version newspapers and magazines.
What’s more interesting about traveling the Philippines is because of the weather. Although Philippines can experience warm tropical weather all year round, it has two seasons– The dry and wet season alternate and is dependent on where you are in the country. Generally speaking, from January to June it’s safer to come while the monsoon season starts from July to December. The average yearly temperature is around 26.6°C. The weather in this country does not reach a point of extreme hot or extreme cold temperatures, so you can easily adapt to the tropical weather. The best time to go is between November and May. Click here to check the current weather
The currency in the Philippines is Peso (Php).
Nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to your next country of destination (They are quite strict with showing an outbound ticket so plan accordingly). See pictures below to check countries that will enable you to go in Philippines without Visa.
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