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Mindanao safe or not

Posted by boxee on 5/9/2009 at 03:28

after more research on Mindanao is it safe to go there or not, here is the infomation i got from british foreign &commonwealth webb site We advise against all travel to south west Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago because of ongoing terrorist and insurgent activity. We advise against all but essential travel to the remainder of Mindanao. There have been terrorist attacks against civilian targets in Mindanao: in the past two years these have included roads, buses and shopping malls. Since 10 ...

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Pics of the Philippines

Posted by Harry05 on 14/2/2014 at 20:29

Just ended my great trip in the Philippines. If you wouldlike to see some pics of this, use the following link: If you want to start a slideshow you can use this link: As you can see I spent a lot of time around, on or in thewater which I think is one of the big pro's for the Philippines. Harry ...

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Posted by RACHYPF on 6/2/2014 at 15:29

Anyone got advice on stop in Clark for few hours 1 night at most before travel on to Cebu seems cheaper to fly into Clark than Manila but not sure if worth it? ...

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traveling in september

Posted by obray7 on 4/2/2014 at 22:26

I've read up a lot on traveling the islands and most of south east asia in September and some claim don't bother. Others say it isn't much dofferent . what are you suggestions? If not September then when? I'd like to leave as soon as possible but September being the earliest as I have prior commitments. ...

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Earthquake, travel advice

Posted by StephJayne165 on 16/10/2013 at 19:39

Hey guys, I'm currently in El Nido with family and we were planning on flying to Cebu in around a week to spend some time in Apo & Anda, Bohol. Since hearing about the terrible earthquake which struck Bohol/Cebu we're not sure what to do. Of course our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the earthquake, and our initial reaction was to make alternate plans and not visit out of respect. However, this is a highly touristy area and their economy relies on money from travellers, ...

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Pics Ati Atihan Festival 2014

Posted by Harry05 on 30/1/2014 at 22:19

Hi guys, Just uploaded some photos of the Ati Atihan Festival in Kalibo. Use this link if you want to see them. Or use this link to start a slideshow. Everybody also thanks for the input for the festivals, I think I made a good choice to go to Kalibo. Harry ...

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El Nido - Coron Boat, is there a safe version?

Posted by Harry05 on 23/1/2014 at 03:06

Read some "horror" stories about safety issues of the boats running from El Nido to Coron even till sinking of the boat. How is the safety situation now? Is there a difference between companies, if yes, which are the best? Do they provide lifejackets in case of emergency? End of january a good period to do this? Also contacted El Nido Boutique and Art cafe, they don't have any boats leaving on friday (but I prefer to travel on a friday due to my itinirary). Anyone knows if there are ...

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philipines visa on arrival?

Posted by miriam123 on 12/1/2014 at 03:11

hi i am going to the philipines in a few weeks im from england but currently in cambodia, does anyone know if the visa on arrival in 21 or 30 days? also how much is the visa fee? thanks miriam ...

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What to do for New Years Eve?

Posted by katisita on 4/11/2010 at 02:20

Hello! I am going to Palawan this December and want to do something amazing that is close to Palawan or the Philippines for New Years Eve. We are traveling in a small group of international students, all in our 20's. Please write back about which places would be good for New Years Eve. I am thinking either Boracay or Bohol? Also has anyone been to Bohol? Are the Chocolate Hills worth the trip? Or if we should just stay in Palawan for New Years Eve? Also if anyone has information about the best ...

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Suggestions for a classic itinerary, please

Posted by travelman57 on 21/9/2011 at 22:50

I will travel to Philippines in November. I have 16 full days for make a nice itineray. I was thinking abaout the following: ...Arrive at Manila 5 days North Luzon (Baguio, Banaue, Batad, Sagada... and if it were doable: Vigan) 3 days Manila and around. ...Flight to Caticlan (Boracay) 3 days Boracay ...Flights Kalibo – Manila and Manila Cebu (cheaper than direct flight). Fast ferry to Bohol 2 days Bohol 3 days Cebú ...Flight to home from Cebu I am a solo traveler, 60 years old. Could anyone ...

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3 - 4 weeks in Phillipines

Posted by nickolt on 15/11/2010 at 11:55

Hello everyone. My bf and I are beginning our trip of SE Asia/China in the Phillipines. We land in Manila on January 8th at 12:55 am. Do you guys have an advice on how safe it will be taking a taxi to a hotel/guesthouse/hostel at this time at night?? Also, any advice on which guesthouse might provide airport pickup at that time, or is easier to get to. The places we are interested in seeing are Manila for a few days (3 at the most I think), the Cordillera region, Palawan, and possibly Bohol or ...

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Cagayan de Oro City

Posted by Tapsiful on 4/1/2010 at 23:43

My friend wants me to visit her in Cagayan de Oro city. But I'm a little bit concerned because people says southern parts of Philippines are not that safe for tourists. I would like to know if someone here knows the area - specifically Cagayan de Oro City and surroundings - and has any suggestions/information about this. If it safe, what areas do worth checking around that city? thanks ...

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Travel to Mindanao?

Posted by cisdeluca on 27/2/2011 at 20:54

Has anyone recently traveled to Mindanao and can you comment on the safety in the region for foreigners? Specifically Cagayan de Oro, Clarin and Plaridel? Thanks for any insight! ...

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Ati Atihan and Sinulog 2014

Posted by Harry05 on 18/9/2013 at 09:53

On my trip to the Phillipines (2014) I would like to visit the Ati Atihan (Kalibo) and Sinulog festival (Cebu City) but the highlights of both festivals seem to be in the same weekend, although I found some different information about the dates of the Ati Atihan. For the Ati Atihan I found 10-19 january but also 20-26 january (and starting the 3rd monday in january). The Sinulog weekend seems to be on january 18 and 19. About this a few questions: 1. Can someone tell the exact days of both fes ...

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3 Weeks in the Philippines - Itinerary Advice

Posted by StephJayne165 on 10/9/2013 at 05:06

Hey Guys, I'm hoping someone will be able to have a look over this itinerary and give some advice on a couple of questions I have. For some background information; I'm meeting my parents in the Philippines after a year of being away from home (I'm in Aus at the moment, from the UK). I spent 8 months in Asia before coming here so consider myself quite a seasoned traveller/backpacker, my parents however, are not, so we'll need some level of comfort while travelling, airconed busses at a minimum, ...

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Asia's Longest Dual Zipline (Philippines)

Posted by mahj_cha on 23/6/2010 at 16:04

Have you tried to fly like Superman? If not, then be among the first to brave Asia's Longest Dual Zipline from a launch point at 4,700 feet above sea level. With speeds of up to 90 kph, zoom through lush greenery and breathtaking views only found in the mountains of Dahilayan. Guaranteed safe and fun for every age, Zipzone has become the ultimate adventure destination for young and old alike. I have experienced this last April. It is really a great experience. It is situated in Bukidnon, Philip ...

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NAIA Terminal 3-No more shuttle bus to MRT

Posted by goonistik on 10/5/2013 at 09:18

I had a horrid time trying to get out of Terminal 3. I was surprised to find out that the useful and affordable shuttle bus to the MRT/LRT station was no longer available. The only shuttle that is available is the citylink bus that goes to Libis, which is fine if you are headed north to Quezon City. But the trip schedule is 1 PM, 3 pm and 5pm. Getting out using public transportation means talking a long walk to the rotonda near the entrance and looking for buses/jeepneys to Baclaran. The lin ...

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Any tips for Caramoan?

Posted by goonistik on 16/4/2013 at 22:31

Does anybody have any tips for Caramoan? I made a mistake and booked on Cebu Pac. I found out later that he PAL Express flight would have been better as it has an earlier schedule. So my flight arrives at 10:25 AM. Making it to Sabang Port to take the 1:00 PM boat looks a bit dicey. So should I just spend a day in Naga? Thanks ...

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Overland / Overseas to the Philippines

Posted by jamesdueeast on 20/2/2013 at 22:34

Is it possible to sail cheaply (not on cruisers or freights unless they are cheap offers) overland / overseas to the Philippines from either Cambodia, Laos or Vietnam? Are there any ferry networks? I've been unable to find any such transport. I'm trying to travel without flying and spending astronomical prices on ships. ...

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Cebu itenerary help

Posted by chat on 28/11/2012 at 19:25

Hi all! Im travelling the Phillipines next march/april (yes during holy week) I have internal flights all pre booked as want it more as a cheap holiday then totally backpacking! backpacked a few years now and looking for more of a hotel type travel than hotel travelling. the plan is Manila 2nights Boracay 5nights Cebu 5nights El nido 6nights Manila 2night - Home the problem is we dont no where to stay in cebu, we want to do 2 day trips one to oslob to see the whale sharks and the other to kasaw ...

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