Beach and city lovers, this itinerary is for you !
In 2018, the Philippines made it up to the top 10 countries to travel to.
The Philippines, over 7000 islands, quickly became a popular destination for world travelers.
Sometimes called the Pearl of the Orient, the perfect name for a country with : warm, humid and tropical climate, white-sand beaches, vibrant-blue water and colourful fish … Dream vacations where you’ll get the perfect combo : relaxing snorkelling sessions by the beach and exploring the busy streets of big cities like Manilla. From December to April, go discover its wildlife and flora while hiking through the mountains. End your Filipino trip by heading to the many accessible rice fields.
Explore the Southern Filipino cities, a short boat trip away. Make sure to get a glimpse of the tarsier, a small primate with huge eyes ! You’ll be amazed by this little creature !
There are many national holidays all year long.
– During the 3rd week of January, many carnavals take place in Negros, Kalibo and Iloilo.
– During the 4th week of January Santo Niño (child Jesus) is celebrated across the country.
– You want to attend a Chinese New Year’s celebration ? Go to Manilla at the end of January/ beginning of February.
– In Baguio, do not the miss the Panabenga Flower Festival during the last week of February.
– Dance for days at the Baragatan Festival in Puerto Princesa during the 2nd week of June.
– Taste the laponnes fruit during the the four days of celebration in Camiguin, in October.
– In Manilla, come and celebrate La Toussaint the day after Halloween (1st of November) ! This celebration commemorates the dead, you’ll be celebrating with a nice diner or even a karaoke !
Before going, you need to know that Philippin is not a language. But Tagalog is and it is the official language. It is kind of a mix between Chinese, English, Malay and Spanish !
Tagalog 101 :
– Hello : Magandáng umága (in the morning) / Magandáng hápon (in the afternoon)
– Bye : Paálam / Adyós
– Please : Pakí
– Thank you : Salámat
– Sorry : Paumanhin
– Yes : Óo / Ópô
– No : Hindî
But don’t worry, English is widely spoken across the country !
The official currency is Philippin Peso (PHP). Better get a money converter on your phone to manage your expenses more easily. You will also find a lot of American Dollars over there, a very common foreign currency.
If you need to exchange money, don’t worry you’ll find many exchange offices in the big cities (avoid exchanging money at the airport). But credit / debit card are accepted pretty much everywhere and ATMs are easily found. Just don’t forget to tell your bank you’ll be using this card abroad so they don’t suspect fraudulent transactions.
Getting around in the Philippines is the easiest with a car. You will need a valid driver’s licence or an International Driving Permit. Better get an insurance too, it is not included in the car rental.
And about the sterling wheel, it is on the left side of the car and people drive on the right side of the road. But be careful, people do not really care about driving rules and regulations !
If you plan on staying for over 30 days, you’ll be needing a VISA, it will cost 1856 PHP/person.
If you need to join / go to your embassy while in the Philippines, go to this website for the address, phone number, email adresse and website : https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/philippines
In case of emergency in the Philippines, call :
– Police 168.
– Makati medical center (Manilla) : 815 99 11
– Firefighters : 816 25 53
Here are different websites to book your trip from :
Car rental :
– It is better to give tips in restaurants when it is not included in the bill.
– Do NOT drink tap water, only drink water from bottles or you’re risking getting sick.
– Don’t forget to get a universal adapter to charge your devices.
– Finally, be sure to pack long sleeved/pants and insect repellant spray !