Top Road Trip Destinations in the Philippines

Top Road Trip Destinations in the Philippines

If you’re thinking of escaping the daily grind and booking that long overdue vacation, you don’t have to look far from our own exotic country. Why pay extortionate prices abroad when all you need to relax and rejuvenate your mind and body is right on your door step?

From white sandy beaches, to luscious greenery and tropical weather, a staycation in the Philippines means you can avoid fretting over the finances and finally immerse yourself in some much needed tranquility. If you want to keep costs low, you could consider renting a car to travel to some of the Philippines best holiday destinations. 

If you’re the more adventurous type and frequently enjoy wild rides around the country, you may find it more practical to purchase your own road trip car. Carmudi has some great used vehicles on offer so if you are more accustomed to internal travel, there are cheap transport options on offer for all.

The next step is to decide where to spend your time off. Below are some of my top places to visit in the Philippines.


Batangas Philippines

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Only a two hour drive from Metro Manila, Batangas is the perfect location to recharge your batteries. Situated beside Taal Lake and volcano, holiday makers can relax and swim in the fresh water beaches that are dotted around its perimeter. 

If you’re the physical type, a trek up Mt. Maculot is challenging but rewarding, with fantastic views of the region even a partial distance up. If city dwelling is more your thing, Batangas city has some of the best examples of colonial Spanish architecture in the country and Basilica Minor, located in the Taal region of Batangas, is one of the largest Catholic churches in South East Asia. 

Considering its relatively short distance from the capital, Batangas should be at the top of your road trip vacation list.

Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano Philippines

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Approximately a six hour drive from Metro Manila, Mayon Volcano is a sight truly worth seeing. Located on the Island of Luzon, the volcano is the most active in the Philippines, with 49 eruptions over a 400 year period. 

Take a day trip up and around the volcano or enjoy the spectacular scenery that characterizes this thriving region. It may be a long car journey but I can assure you that you won’t regret it.

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces Philippines

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A four hour drive north of Baguio city, the Banaue Rice Terraces in Batad are one of the most spectacular ancient man-made creations not only the Philippines, but the world. Carved into stone nearly 2,000 years ago, the terraces evoke a true sense of indigenous heritage.

A trip up the terraces will take between 2 and 3 hours but the awesome views from the top are not to be missed. Here are some tips to see you through a short stay in this peaceful region.

Lake Lanao

Lake Lanao

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If you’re travelling from the southern part of the Philippines, Lake Lanao located in Mindanao is a road trip must. Not only is it the second largest lake in the Philippines but also one of the 15 most ancient lakes in the world. The scenery alone should be enough to entice you, but if you’re left wanting, a boat trip, a spot of fishing or a swim in the fresh water lake will instantly refresh your senses.

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