9 comments on “Have Any Tips on the Philippines?

  • September 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm


    “I don’t know how long you plan to stay there but I will advise you to do at least this 3 stop: Manila, North Luzon [Rice Teraces], Palawan

    – Manila:
    Just a small tips that can be good for any airport. When you arrive at Manila airport take the elevator to go to the departure. From their you will have cheaper taxi. If you go to arrival you will have to take the airport taxi and not regular taxi what is much more expensive. In Vietnam it was cheaper to walk out of the airport to take a taxi …
    It is an ugly city the only two thing you can do their is stay in Makati [the business and rich district] where you will have the feeling to be in US or discover what is one of the poorest city in south east asia. I will introduce you to some friend of mine who work in NGO their. I highly recommend you to try to get involve for at least one afternoon in one of their project. This is a best way to visit the slam and see the real Manila. NGO people are the only white people that can go in this area without any trouble so just follow them for an afternoon.
    In Manila I also advice you to go to a spa. “The Spa” has several location in Manila avoid the one in Makati that is much more expensive. It will cost you around 1000peso for a sauna, bath [hot, medium, cold], hamam and 45 min massage. It is expensive for Philippines it around 20$ but it is worth it. Super clean, nice ….

    – North Luzon
    The rice terraces in North Luzon around Banaue are wonderful. You should go their to do some trekking is very nice, very cheap to have a guide accommodation … it will be definitely colder in the North so it is perfect to relax too. North Luzon is the land of the Ancient Tribal headhunter. I wanted to do the famous trek of the headhunter unfortunately I did not have time enough. Transportation are very bad in this part of the country. Just to go from Manila to Banaue it will take you 8 hours bus and after this point the only transportation is by local Jeepnay. By the way spend few hours traveling on the rooftop of a Jeepnay in North Luzon is really worth it.

    – Palawan and Coron:
    It supposed to be the nicest part of the Philippines. It starts to be touristic but don’t worry last year in El Nido their is electricity just 8 hours a day. El Nido is really a small paradise. Go to spend a night on on of the island. They will try to charge you to rent a tent … you don’t need anything just find a fisherman that will be willing to drop you on a nice island for few peso. Rent a bike to go to long beach this is few miles of white sand beach with nothing except coconuts.
    You should take the boat from Coron to El Nido. Arrive in Puerto Princessa in Palawan take a van to El Nido few days in El Nido next the boat to Coron, few days in Corron and flight back Corron Manila.
    In Corron go for some diving. It is the best spot in the world to go wreck diving on World War 2 wrecks. I also reconmend you to rent a bike from the Austalian guy, if I remember well he has a shop just close to sea dive hotel. He is the only one in the island that have a 200cc motobike to rent. Drive all around the island to go to Calauit Island. It is a very small wildlife sanctuary park on an island. You already would have seen all these animal in africa but it is a nice park. The road trip to get their is nice too. If you go their speak to the park manager and tell him you are coming from the two french guy who didn’t take the boat but swim to the island. Sure he will remember it !
    You should spend a night their it is really a nice spot.
    In Palawan you will find the cheapest fish on the market in all Philippines, so you should go to the fish market buy some fish and take it for lunch during a boat trip or in a restaurant. If you go on a boat trip it is not a problem to bring your own fish or seafood …

    Last point, what is nice in Philippines are the people. Everyone is super friendly [in Manila it could be a bit different]. So stop in any house for lunch, for home stay … people speak very good english and they will be very happy to share some time with you. In Manila you should just watch after yourself, don’t take a Jeepney by night … it is not a very safe city out of Makaty.

    Borneo, Sabah Try to go to Lahad Datu to go in a trip in the Danum Valley. There is just too place that can give you the permit a very expensive one and a cheap one that is more for researchers and scientist but they also accept tourist. I wanted to go there but I haven’t book it in advance and the cheap place provide transportation just 2 or 3 day a week so you should call them in advance to make sure of the timing. I have been their without planing anything in advance and it was impossible to get their. So give them a call in advance.

    Enjoy your trip. I will send you an email with some contact in NGO in Manila.”

    • April 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Hi. I’m the Philippines and your friend has given you 2 great places to check out. I’m adding more:

      – Caramoan Islands: the trip going to that island is long, but I heard that it is worth it.

      – Sagada: if you are going to Banaue, you might want to spend a couple of days in Sagada in the Mountain Province. Land travel takes 12 hours but the scenery is breathtaking.

      – Cebu: this is an island in central Philippines. this is a gateway to many other amazing islands – Malapascua for diving, Bantayan Island, etc. For the past 3 years, we’ve been going back to Cebu for our summer travels.

      – Bohol: chocolate hills and Panglao beach. You can reach Bohol via Cebu through a ferry boat

      – Mt. Pinatubo: volcano trek, 3 hour drive from Manila

      I have a lot of other places in mind, but I need to respond to my boss’ email. I’ll post again.

      BTW, Manila is not as dangerous as people paint it to be. You just have to be smart and mindful of things and people around you. Just like when you visit cities of other countries 😉

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  • December 31, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    If you love the beach, try Palawan or Caramoan, or Camiguin. If you love waterfalls, try Tinago Falls, Pagsangjan Falls, Maria Cristina Falls. You can also visit these provinces: Albay, Cebu, Negros, Bohol. In Albay you can see the perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano among other beautiful nature and landscapes. In Bohol, you can see the famous Chocolate Hills. There are also lots of white beaches, lakes, waterfalls in Cebu, Negros and Bohol. Just look up the internet.

    • May 10, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks so much for these awesome tips! We checked out Cebu, Palawan, Coron, Siquijor, and all the way up to Banaue! We’ll posting our all our Philippines blogs in a couple weeks, excited to hear your thoughts!

  • May 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Honestly Manila is not that bad. There’s not much to do outside of shopping but it’s not really as horrible as some people make it out to be. Manila is a dichotomy. It has good sides and bad sides. But the poor side is not the “real” Manila.

    • May 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      We agree! We enjoyed checking out the colonial district, university area, and parks in Manila. And great timing, we are two blog posts away from writing about Manila, stay tuned!


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