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It doesn't generally feature in travel itineraries when traveling to Southeast Asia. But the second largest archipelago in the world has on offer miraculous escapades that it can boast of, unlike its other counterparts. The Philippines promises to be an exciting adventure for those to choose to tread its path. But the best feature of the place is undoubtedly its people. The Filipinos are one of the most easy-going, exuberant people to be found who makes a visit to this country even more exhilarating.
The Philippines consists of 7107 islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, right on the eastern edge of Asia. Over a hundred ethnic groups, a mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts make the wonder that is the Philippines.
Just like the other Southeast countries, the Philippines have a tropical climate, with March-May being the hottest months. The rainy season starts in the month of June and extends through October with the possibility of strong typhoons. But the locations directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean have rainfall throughout the year. The coolest months (and probably the best months) are from November to February when the weather is dry and cool, and best to travel.
When in the Philippines, you cannot miss out on Banaue “where land merges with the clouds to meet the heavens” with the rice terraces as “the stairway to the sky”. It is a place both for nature adventures and cultural immersion. Indulge in strolling, biking and trekking during the day while the evenings are for campfire chats at a village and picking up souvenirs. Another attraction would be the Chocolate Hills, which resemble chocolate bonbons when the grass cover turns to brown at the onset of summer. Finally, a visit to Palawan is a must. With its bountiful resources, abundant wildlife and extraordinary natural beauty, Palawan is a hidden gem.
The Philippines can well claim to be Asia's beach capital with a coastline almost as twice the length of the US. Though the number of beaches is simply infinite, some of the best names include the ones in Boracay, Pagudpud, Mactan Island, Panglao, Camiguin, Honda Bay, El Nido, Pearl Farm and Siargao. Sugary, white sandy beaches along with pristine azure waters make for a pretty picture, almost perfect as seen on a postcard. While you may prefer to laze around in some, in others, go diving, snorkeling or scuba diving to have memories lasting a lifetime. Every beach has a different story to tell. Immerse yourselves in the splendor of mesmerizing beauty.
The Philippines is home to a number of world heritage sites, which relate different chapters of the Filipino story. They include Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, the Historic Town of Vigan, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and the Baroque Churches of the Philippines—Santo Toma Santo Tomàs de Villanueva in Miag-ao, Iloilo; San Agustin in Paoay, Ilocos Norte; Nuestra Señora dela Asunción in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur; and San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila. If not all, visiting at least 3-4 of these would complete your trip.
How to get there
Since the Philippines is an archipelago, most visitors fly into the country. Travelers can fly into airports in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Angeles, Kalibo, Laoag and Zamboanga. It is also possible to travel by sea between the Philippines and some parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
Get ready to zoom through Asia's most understated yet elegant destination.
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