The Republic of the Philippines, or simply the Philippines, is made up of more than 7,000 islands in the Western Pacific. The beautiful country is equally known for its postcard-perfect beaches and its historic attractions, like Binondo (it’s centuries-old Chinatown) and the 17th-century San Agustin Church. The Philippines has a little something for everyone, whether you’re looking for pure relaxation or a little bit of adventure.
- Walk among the Batad Rice Terraces
- Go stand-up paddling on Loboc River in Bohol Island
- Take in the view of Mount Mayon, a perfectly cone-shaped volcano
- Swim the crystal clear waters of Kayangan Lake in Coron Island
- Take a boat ride along the Puerto Princesa Underground River
- Visit Fort Santiago, Manila’s iconic citadel
- Relax on the pure-white beaches of Boracay Island
- The country’s Jeepneys are an easy and affordable way to get around. These bright coloured buses were created from the Jeeps left by American soldiers following World War II.
- While the Philippines is a safe country to visit overall, there are some areas that are unsafe for tourists due to a high military presence, terrorism and other violent crimes. Research areas before you visit, stick to tourist areas and generally avoid the southern region of the country.
- Don’t have time to brush up on your Tagalog before you visit? Don’t worry - the Philippines is the fifth largest English-speaking nation in the world!
- Get your taste buds ready, because the Philippines has some of the best fruit juices and shakes in the world, and they’re sold on nearly every street corner. Be sure to try the Buko Shake, made of coconut flesh, coconut milk, coconut water and sugar.
Philippines has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Philippines before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Philippines, do check out our Philippines Travel Guide for more information.