Top Places To Go in the Philippines

2015 is almost over, and in a few days we will be welcoming a brand new year, and that only means one thing, (i guess a lot of things) planning your next travel destination!  If the Philippines is not on your list of your next travel destination, you might wanna reconsider that list, because the Philippines will definitely exceed your expectation.  A lot of the Philippines tourist destinations are listed on UNESCO world heritage list and some, are even included, for a time in the 7 wonders of the world list.

The Philippines boasts of its natural wonders, its authentic Filipino dishes and most importantly its people, known to be one of the most hospitable people in the world.  Be enchanted with the paradise-like land of the Pearl of the Orient Seas, the Philippines.

1.  El Nido, Palawan

Top Attractions:  Nacpan beach, Cadlao Island, Matinloc Island, El Nido Resorts, Ille Cave

Getting Here:  Direct flight from Manila to El Nido at Lio Airport (1hr).  Then tricycle ride to El Nido town (20 mins).

2.  Manila City


Top Attractions:  Intramuros, Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park, Baywalk Roxas Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, National Museum

Getting Here:  Direct flight from all major cities around the world.  Once in Manila, you can roam around the city by taking jeepney, buses, pedicabs, tricycle, taxi, even kalesa or fx taxi depending on where you are going.

3.  Coron, Palawan

Top Attractions:  Kayangan Lake, Malcapuya Island, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon

Getting Here:  Fly from either Manila or Cebu to Coron.  You can hire a private boat for your island hopping tour.

4.  Sagada and Banaue Rice Terraces

Top Attractions:  Sugong Hanging Coffins, Lumiang Burial Caves, Sumaguing Cave, Kapay-aw Rice Terraces and Banaue Rice Terraces

Getting Here:  Direct Bus from Manila to Baguio City, then take another bus bound to Sagada at Dangwa Bus Terminal.

5.  Baguio City

The Baguio Cathedral
The Baguio Cathedral

Top Attractions:  Philippine Military Academy, The Mansion, Teacher’s Village, Camp John Hay, Burnham Park, Wright Park

Getting Here:  Direct bus from Manila.  You can hire a van to explore Baguio City better and to not waste time commuting.

6.  Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan

Top Attractions:  Subterranean River National Park or Underground River, Honda Bay, Palawan Wildlife and Rescue Conservation Center, Pandan Island, Luli Island

Getting Here:  Direct flight from Manila, Iloilo, Cebu or El Nido, Palawan to Puerto Prinsesa.  The city is 1 1/2 kms. away  from Puerto Prinsesa International Airport. 

7.  Boracay


Top Attractions:  White Beach, Puka Beach, Bat Cave

Getting Here:  Fly from Manila to Caticlan and take ferry from Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay. 

8.  Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Top Attractions:  Calle Crisologo, Mestizo River, Father Burgo’s House, Bantay Bell Tower

Getting Here:  Take direct bus from Manila or Baguio to Vigan City.

9.  Bohol


Top Attractions:  Loboc River, Chocolate Hills, Hanging Bridge in Tigbao, Panglao Island

Getting Here:  Fly to Manila and take connecting flight to Tagbilaran City and take a boat to Bohol. 

10.  Batanes


Top Attractions:  Basco Lighthouse, Morong Beach, Chamantad-Tinan Cove

Getting Here:  Fly from Manila to Batanes. 

So what are you waiting for?  Explore the Philippines now and i guarantee you, you’ll keep coming back!


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