We recently spent 2 weeks touring around the Philippines. We tried to sample a little bit of everything; we traveled to culturally important places, places of great natural beauty, and of course, some beautiful beach locations. Our two weeks only offered a sample of what the Philippines has on offer, but we did visit three places which should rank quite high on most travelers must do lists.
The following provides a comprehensive breakdown and links to all our Filipino posts.
First, to get a taste of where we went and what we saw, check out our travel itinerary. This post will give you a day by day breakdown of how we traveled, with a few tips and hints for planning your own journey.
Traveling in the Philippines is quite easy on the budget. We didn’t stay in backpacker accommodation as I was traveling with my three year old son, but most basic double rooms didn’t cost us more than $20 something per night. Even our stay at a 4 star resort on Borocay island was not more than $80 per day. I normally track my expenses and present them in a post after my travels, but this time Jerick, a Filipino blogger friend of mine, did the hard work for me. This post was published a few years ago, but all the tips are still relevant today.
So let’s start with the culturally important places that we visited.
Our first destination within the Philippines was to the highlands north of Manila. Seeing the UNESCO world heritage listed rice terraces has been on my bucket list for a long time. No visit to the Philippines is complete without spending some time in this refreshingly beautiful region.
Another important area in this region is the highland town of Sagada. The tribal people who live in this region have a very distinct culture when compared to the rest of the Philippines, and one way this is expressed is in their traditional burial techniques. A short hike from the main center of Sagada will take you to a place where you can view some of the hanging coffins of the region.
And what about the places of great natural beauty?
Nature and adventure enthusiasts will not want to miss the island of Bohol. Bohol is home to a couple Filipino icons; the chocolate hills and the tarsiers. You can easily explore the island in a day or two.
And last but not least, a trip to the Philippines would not be complete without visiting a beautiful beach or two.
We were tossing up between visiting Borocay or Palawan, and in the end we decided to follow the herd mentality and go to Borocay. I’m not sure if our experience would have been different in Palawan, but Borocay wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. That doesn’t mean that you wont have an amazing time there. It is popular for a reason after all.
Well, I hope that this has helped you get started with planning your Filipino adventure. Now don’t forget – please come back here and tell me about your experiences in the comments.