im heading to south east asia in june for 4 months, 5-6 weeks of that i want to go through the philippines. I spent 3 months in 2009 through thailand, laos, cambodia n vietnam. I'm looking for a similar trip full of meeting people, seein the true culture of the country, the mountains as well as beaches and some partying. Not 100% sure where i should start, go to and end the 6 weeks in the philippines. So any tips of good places to head to and what order would I should be going to the placeswould be awesome!
#1 sadles has been a member since 13/2/2011. Posts: 1
I can't help you with the partying bit. Boracay comes to mind for that but the place has been overrun hotels/bars (yuck!). It is also an environmental disaster. Manila has an active social scene as well.
If you are looking to go to the mountains, I recommend Sagada. There are two options for this. One is you can take an overnight bus to Banaue. Spend a day or two in Banaue to see the most dramatic rice terraces in the country. Than take a jeep to Bontoc. From Bontoc, you take another jeep to go to Sagada. You will probably want to spend at least 4 days there. Vibe is very relaxed and tranquil.
The other option is to go to Baguio City (5-7 hurs from Manila by bus). Spend a day there to break the trip. Than take a bus to Sagada (6 hours).
The other mountain destination, if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, is Bukidnon province, Mindanao.
Look up the schedule for a fiestas. You might want to consider visiting one of them.
Angeles City is a possible stop-over from Cordilleras to do a Pinatubo trek and eat the food in Pampanga. I don't know if the Pampanga river tour is still available from the Center for Kapampangan Studies of Holy Angel Univerity. But if you like birding, it should be an interesting tour since it goes to the Candaba swamps.
As for beach destinations, I don't even know where to begin. There are the usual destinations like Puerto Galera (I hope things have improved), Cebu, Bohol, Iloilo and Palawan.
I have mentioned Samar in another post since this province is flying under the radar. Quezon/Aurora provinces are another interesting possibility as is Daet, Camarines Norte.
Hi I went to the philipines for 18 days in April this year.
Was pretty rushed for time there is so much to do there.
We went to palawan, cebu, bohol, baenue, sagada and bontoc.
Nuts huts in bohol I would really recommend staying there small huts in the bush along river front.
#4 shambles has been a member since 12/7/2011. Posts: 7
The Philippines has lots of places to go to
It has sea, sun, beaches, islands, cities, historical places, mountains, culture etc.
You can visit this website to see Philippines travel pictures.
It will give you ideas of where you should start, go to and end the 6 weeks in the philippines.
Anyway here are some Elnido, Coron, Boracay, Malapascua videos I found on youtube.
Malapascua Island, Cebu Video
#5 ishaevo has been a member since 21/7/2011. Posts: 1
Never ever leave the Philippines without going to Davao and Boracay. Davao is one of the most peaceful places in the Philippines. While Boracay island topped the list of the World’s Most Popular Beach according to Yahoo! Travel. I suggest you visit these places in Boracay and Davao:
Things to do in Davao
Things to do in Boracay / Popular Attractions
#6 traveljunkie77 has been a member since 3/8/2011. Posts: 5
Despite some negative press about over tourism and development, I believe Boracay island is still worth a visit. I recently visited with my husband and found station 3 area to be a beautiful, relaxing and quiet area of the beach to stay with the added advantage of slightly cheaper accommodation. If you want to know the easiest ways to get there too, I found this site helpful: http://www.manilatoboracay.com/ happy travels to my favourite continent!
#7 Sandratravels has been a member since 5/5/2016. Posts: 1