Once upon a time everyone was flocking to Thailand, and it wasn’t hard to see why, however things are changing slightly, and more and more people are heading to the Philippines instead.
Well, if you haven’t considered it yourself, here’s a few reasons why you should.
Travelling around the country, as well as eating and drinking is cheap, and that’s great news for those trying to see more of this charming and beautiful land. Alcohol is cheaper than most western countries, as well as being a tad bit on the strong side, and food is plentiful for low cost too. Accommodation is budget, but clean, and you can upgrade to bigger hotels, especially in the large cities, such as bustling Manila.
It’s a friendly kind of place
The locals are warm and welcoming towards tourists, and provided you are respectful of them and their culture, then they will go out of their way to help you learn more about their way of life. It’s not hard to make friends here, and people seem to be always smiling.
Beaches to blow your mind
The Philippines is made up of over 7000 islands, and the beaches are quite frankly stunning. Think clear blue sea, almost translucent, with powder white sand, and lush green vegetation running to the beach. White Beach in Boracay is often voted as one of the world’s best, and this is just one of countless slices of beach heaven.
Wildlife is weird and wonderful
There aren’t many species of wildlife that you won’t find here, as well as some seriously strange ones too! If you love spotting birds, animals, flowers, plants, and insects, then this should be your destination.
Amazing natural sights
Chocolate Hills – just the name is enough to make you want to go! On top of this you can climb a volcano, even the world’s smallest one, as well as some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes you’ll ever be lucky enough to set your eyes on.
November to May is the best time to visit, to keep out of the rainy season, but overall the temperature throughout the year rarely dips below 25 degrees, which let’s face it, is pretty good compared to the western world and it’s chilly winters!
Cities vs nature
Manila is one powerhouse of a city, with massive shopping malls to more than satisfy those shopping urges. Huge cities sit perfectly side by side with tranquil nature, which is a pretty amazing feat.
I could go on, really I could, but the Philippines are certainly enjoying a tourism boost. With amazing nature, wildlife, and a welcoming, friendly vibe, it’s no wonder why more and more people are heading to this sunny part of the world.
Photo Credit: john valentine ii