I have a week in Philippines early July, fly in to Manila then want to go to an island for some R&R, question is best place to go?
Then fly to Hanoi, spend a few days there and a few in Halong Bay touring the islands on a junk? Thoughts ideas would be great, thanks.
#1 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
Could you be more specific for what you are looking for? Are you looking for something off the beaten path or party town, budget, etc.
Offhand some possibilities are Bantayan Island, Cebu. Isla Naburot, Iloilo (private island and pricey). Bohol would be a safe bet. For unspoiled nature, it would be Northern Palawan like Busuanga.
There was this recent post about Catanduanes that piqued my interest.
I am not sure what the weather will be like at Catanduanes because it is smack right in the typhoon belt and exposed to the Pacific.
Boracay if you want to party.
Thanks for your reply goonistik, some good locations there I'm sure, not sure about what I'm looking for hence the vague outline, I can go budget or pricey at least for the first week of my 2 month adventure throughout SEA. Probably looking for mid range location, one that offers markets, beaches, touring and nightlife.
#3 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
I thinm you should head away from the typhoon belt. So somewhere in the Central Visayas would be good or Palawan.
I think you should take a look at the following options (in no particular order):
Siquijor (bit sleepier than the Iloilo and Bacolod)
Cebu City, there are ferries to the other islands so if Cebu doesn't work out for you, you can easily move to anotehr island like Panay or Bohol.
Goonistik thanks for the advice, yep had Cebu and Bohol in mind but now with the other places you've suggested I need more advice.
Place that would really appeal to me is a place small enough to explore on a motorbike, markets, mid range accomodation, town nearby offering great food and bars, snorkeling and boat rips to nearby islands, doesn't everyone!
Which of the local tins you've suggested would be the best?
Thanks in advance.
#5 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
Ok thanks again goonistik for the suggestion.
#7 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
If you wish to be in a small charming place you can go around in motor bike I would suggest the following.
1. Siguijor island of Dumaguete
2. The little known island municipality of Culion in Palawan
3. If your up for the adventure Batanes is perfect.
4. Camiguin is also a small island with good beaches, waterfalls, hot springs you could visit.
5. Of course Bohol, Puerto Princesa should be on your radar as well.
Hope this helps.
#8 gidygids has been a member since 20/6/2012. Posts: 1
Batanes is in the typhoon belt and July is an active month for typhoons. There is some risk of being stranded until flights can resume. I love Batanes but I hate the food there. Flights are expensive too. There is also no nightlife there unless a karaoke machine is nightlife for you.
The OP was looking for other things like food, nightlife, etc..
If you go Philippines and not visit manila than your travel is not adventures. manila is best travel destination in Philippines.
#10 traveloworld has been a member since 14/6/2012. Posts: 13
Hi people, thanks for all your tips, so many choices, I suppose that's half the fun hey!
#11 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31
@traveloworld, Manila should be visited to know what's the capital like in Philippines but i don't think it is the best destination in Philippines... IMO.
Best places in random... Boracay, Bohol, El nido, Syquijor, Mountain province, Malapascua, and dozens more.
#12 touristdriver has been a member since 12/11/2011. Posts: 9
hi, I suggest Boracay if you want some beach parties. Bohol also and palawan. I'd been there and its so cool :P
#13 jngomez085 has been a member since 24/6/2012. Posts: 3
Yeah thanks jngomez085, I was in Boracay April this year so looking for somewhere else, seems Cebu is the place to hang for a few days then over to Bohol, anything of particular interest I should check out?
#14 TonyM has been a member since 22/5/2012. Posts: 31