Why You Should Visit The Philippines?

The Philippines is an up-and-coming holiday destination in Southeast Asia. In comparison to other popular Southeast Asian destinations, like Thailand and Vietnam, the Philippines offers a much more relaxed and more authentic experience for travelling.

The Philippines are free from the many tourist scams you will encounter in the more popular Southeast Asian holiday destinations. Before you travel anywhere, you should make sure your ehiccard is up to date to protect you against any medical costs. These are some of the top reasons to visit the Philippines.

The Beaches

If you’re looking for a tropical beach holiday, look no further than the Philippines. The white sandy beaches are secluded and unpopulated by tourists, unlike those you will find in Thailand and Malaysia. Lined by palm trees and with calm, clear blue seas the beaches are like something straight off of a postcard.

Why You Should Visit The Philippines

SCUBA Diving

Getting your diving licence is a highlight for many travellers visiting Southeast Asia. The Philippines have some of the best diving locations in the world, including the Coron, Apo Reef and Monad Shoal. It is also home to the famous Thresher Shark dive, where you can dive among sharks off of Malapascua Island.

Cheap Food and Drinks

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday instead of an adventurous one, it’s good to know that cheap drinks are plentiful. The Philippines is home to the beer San Miguel which will only cost you 50 cents, while an entire bottle of local rum could be purchased for $1.50. So, kick back, relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings with a cold drink.

It’s also inexpensive to eat while in the Philippines, particularly if you choose local cuisine and street food over western restaurants. The famous halo halo ice cream dessert, a combination of cornflakes and purple ice cream shouldn’t be missed.

The Friendly People

Filipinos have an incredible sense of humour and are very friendly. You’ll feel welcome the moment you arrive, you might even be invited for dinner if you get chatting with the locals. Karaoke sessions are popular in the local bars, so make sure you brush up on your singing skills before you travel. On the more remote islands, expect to be approached by curious children who are looking to play.

The Countryside

The Philippines has a mix of everything. As well as stunning sandy beaches, you can head into the tropical jungle to spot Tarsiers, a small koala-like mammal, and explore the rice terraces in the countryside. The sweeping rice terraces of Banaue are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and are an important historic site to see. The impressive Cordillera Central Mountains provide some challenging hikes for those looking to get a glimpse of the Philippines from above.

Wherever you choose to go in the Philippines, you won’t be disappointed. There is so much to do and see. Whether you choose to have an adventurous holiday or a relaxed one, you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

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