Jan. 27, 2016 - Ken San Juan
Traveling to the Philippines soon? Want to? The island nation is becoming an increasingly popular spot to travel to for people from around the globe. The beaches, jungle, culture, and food are all experiences people come here for. Combine that with reasonable prices for most items and you have a slam dunk.
We put together a list of 6 experiences you can’t miss while traveling through the Philippines. Check it out below!
A 45-minute plane ride from Manila will take you to the beautiful island of Palawan. Island hopping is a must when visiting the Philippines and there is no shortage of islands in Palawan. El Nido and Coron boasts some of the most memorable underwater adventures as well as fresh and exotic seafood that will leave you wanting more.
Situated on the main island of Luzon, Mt. Pulag is the 3rd highest mountain in the Philippines at 2,922 meters above sea level. There are multiple trails that lead to the peak that will allow climbers of different levels to summit. Once at the summit, climbers can view the Milky Way streak on a clear night then marvel at the famous “Sea of Clouds” during sunrise. The number of trails and diverse environments will allow the climbers a variety of scenery and experiences during the ascent.
Cebu is the oldest city in the Philippines and served as its first capital that was established in 1565. The Sinulog Festival is held every 3rd Sunday of January and is characterized by a long parade showcasing local dancing and colorful costumes.
Cebu is also unique for its historical importance during the Spanish Colonial Era. Bohol is only a ferry ride away and is perfect for a day trip away from the busy Cebu City to see the Chocolate Hills and Hinagdanan Cave.
Boracay has been considered the top tourist destination in the Philippines and with good reason. It is the perfect destination for family vacations, romantic getaways or even a group of friends looking for a fun weekend by the beach. Relax on white sandy beaches during the day then enjoy the countless bars and restaurants at night. If the amount of tourists seems daunting, simply take a ride up to the northern side of the island to secluded beaches for some peace and quiet.
The Philippines is a melting pot for different cultures and the best ways to experience new cultures is through their food. Ranging from deliciously sweet to satisfyingly savory there is something for everyone. Not for the faint of heart, some of the local cuisine can turn away the most adventures eaters. Must try foods include turon, taho, fish and squid balls, and the infamous balut. Some of the best places in the Manila to get street food include Malate, Binondo, and Quiapo.
Founded in 1572, Vigan is one of the earliest Spanish settlements in the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has preserved its 18th century Castilian architecture including over 150 stone houses and ancestral homes. Riding a local calesa through the cobblestone streets will take you back in time to the Spanish Colonial Era. Not only have they preserved historic architecture but local cuisine as well. Vigan empanada, Vigan longganisa, bagnet and pinakbet are just a few examples of delicious local dishes.
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