Metro Manila · Travel & Tourism
With 7,107 islands, the Philippines is popular among those who love the beach, the scenic countryside or tropical mountains. It is a prime destination for vacation, no matter if you look for diving, tanning, party or trekking. Tourism in the country is not as big as it used to be, though, since it is no longer an Asian hub for nightlife. However, a huge number of tourists from over the world still go to the Philippines for leisure and increasingly for its amazing natural wonders.
A great place to escape the hordes of tourists going to other parts of Southeast Asia, the Philippines has a lot to offer – a string of coral-fringed islands, beautiful beaches with white, black, and even pink sand, and many snorkelling and diving spots. Its mountains are just as majestic but it takes a lot of patience to reach these places because even if the Philippines is a small country, infrastructure for easy travel is not exactly advanced.
Anyone who has gone to the Philippines will say that it’s not really the place itself that makes the visit to the country pleasant – it is the people and their culture that makes the experience unique. Poised at the centre of trade in Southeast Asia and formerly colonized by a number of world powers, the Philippines has a vivid tapestry reflecting its unique cultural inheritance. And of course, despite the poverty that has long been prevailing in the Southeast Asian destination, the Filipinos are considered to be among the most ebullient and easy-going people.
Among the must-see places in the Philippines are
- Intramuros: The fortified city of Intramuros was built during Spanish colonial times to protect the seat of government from marauders. Located along Manila Bay near the southern bend of the Pasig River way before reclamations in the area obscured the Walled City from the infamous body of water, Intramuros’ location was a very strategic one especially for trade. Because of this characteristic, the area was deemed as the perfect spot to build a community and of course the walled city later on.
- The Underground River: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the must-visit places and has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage. With more than 8 km length, it might be the world's longest navigable underground river
- The Rice Terraces: The Rice Terraces in Banaue are of breath-taking beauty and (Batad and Sagada) located in the North of Luzon are a must-visit for everyone who enjoys more than beaches and diving and ends up in the Philippines.
- The Taal Volcano: The Taal Volcano is one of the world's lowest and smallest volcanoes, more precise it is 'a Lake within a Volcano within a Lake Within an Island'. Up for hiking and and a beautiful view of nature and environment? That's the place to be.
- Boracay: The Pearl of the Philippines offers you some of the prime beaches in the whole of Asia and combines it with its famous nightlife, delicious cuisine, luxurious resorts and a lot of adventure.