Located in the the western Pacific Ocean in Asia, the Philippines is the second largest archipelago in the world, made up of 7,107 islands. The country is gifted with idyllic beaches, tasteful cuisine, friendly locals and natural wonders. Being one of the most budget friendly destinations, there is no doubt why millions of tourists visit the country every year.
Why Visit The Philippines
Philippines’ beaches are paradise. With over 22,500 miles (36,200 Km) of coastline, there is an infinite number of beaches with turquoise crystal-clear waters and diverse sand colors (white, cream, brown, gray, pink) to explore. And with its tropical weather, you can enjoy them at any time of the year.
The Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world, home to 5% of the world’s flora and Seven Natural Wonders. Is home to a diverse range of fauna as well. Volcanoes, beaches, tropical rainforest, majestic mountains, the rice terraces of Ifugao, the lush forests of Bohol, there aren’t enough words to explain the beauty of this country.
The Philippines is an affordable destination, allowing tourists to spend more time in the country for less. You can travel with as low as $20/day (even less if you push it). There is a wide range of accommodations to fit everybody’s budget, from hostels to 5 star hotels.
Filipinos are known for its hospitality. They are extremely friendly, kind and will try to help you as much as they can and the majority of them speak and understand english, increasing the easing of traveling around the country.
Filipino food has strong influences from China, Spain and America, with a lot of spices and full of flavor, being Adobo the national dish of the country, and a must try.
What to expect
Filipino and English are the official languages in The Philippines. However, there are over 183 languages spoken in the Philippines, the majority of them are indigenous tongues. Filipino is an updated version of Tagalog that includes elements of other native Philippine languages, as well as English, Spanish, Malay and Chinese. The majority of the filipinos speak english, as is the third largest English speaking country in the world. You would have no trouble unless you visit extremely remote areas.
In The Philippines the standard voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Philippine peso, is the official currency in the Philippines. Other foreign currencies like euros and dollars might be accepted in some tourist areas, however it is recommended to exchange the money beforehand as the exchange rate will be better at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are mostly found in big cities only. 1 USD equals 49.85 pesos (as of 2020).
The Philippines enjoys a tropical weather throughout the year. High temperatures, humidity and rain is common. The coolest month is January with an average temperature of 77°F (25.5°C), while the warmest is May with an average of 85 °F (29°C). The best time to visit would be from November to April, when it is dry season.
The Philippines are generally safe to visit. Violent crime is rare, however petty crime is not. Be aware of the pickpockets and scams. There are some areas that I would avoid, like the Sulu Archipelago and the City in Mindanao, as crime rates tend to be higher here. The Philippines is having some political problems right now, but fortunately they are very far from tourist areas and most likely wouldn’t affect yoru trip.
Most citizens can visit the Philippines without a visa, with the length of stay varying from country to country.
There are only a few countries that will require a visa to visit: Afghanistan , Albania , Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan , Bangladesh , Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina , China, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, NAuru, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Ukraine and Yemen.
Citizens of Taiwan may apply for an entry permit through the Electronic Travel Authorization system.
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