Flights to the Philippines

Besides busy cities and pristine beaches, the Philippines is also known for its vibrant culture and friendly people. Most locals are able to converse in English, so make plenty of friends while you’re in the country and immerse yourself in the Philippines’ fun-loving culture.

A region famous amongst divers is Donsol, Sorsogon. Known as the “Whale Shark Capital of the World, Donsol has one of the highest number of recorded whale shark sightings, and divers routinely get up close to these majestic creatures while underwater. After that, relax in El Nido, Palawan, considered one of the best island destinations in the Philippines. From El Nido, you can visit Entalula Island, home to quiet beaches that make for a perfect afternoon away from the crowd. If you’re looking for a complete package of sand and fun, head to Boracay. Known for its active nightlife, a range of adventure sports, spas, resorts and delicious cuisine, Boracay will pamper you and cater to your sense of adventure.

For a taste of the country’s history, travel to the iconic region of Vigan, an example of a well-preserved town from Spanish colonial times. Famous for its cobbled streets and old town charm, the area is also filled with Baroque churches, which are perfect examples of Spanish architecture.

If you love nature, you’ll find a range of attractions to choose from. Stunning natural wonders include the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the rice terraces in Banaue and the Archipelago of El Nido. Another striking attraction is the second most active volcano in the Philippines, the Taal. Visiting any of these locations should get your adrenaline pumping and provide you with sufficient adventure for the day,

Those who love shopping should visit the SM City North EDSA, located in Quezon City. It is one of the biggest malls in Southeast Asia. SM Mall of Asia in Pasay is the second largest in the country, filled with a range of boutiques and specialty stores— the mall will have pretty much anything you want. For a taste of something more local, be sure to check out the Greenhills Shopping Centre in San Juan, which functions like a flea market filled with goods at very affordable prices.

When in the Philippines, do not miss out on the local cuisine. Filipino cuisine is influenced by a mix of Malay, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and American culture. There is surely something to satisfy your palate here. On a hot day, sip on Calamansi Juice, made from the sour citrus fruit. Taste the queer Banana Ketchup, Halo-Halo (dessert made of milk, fruits and ice-cream), or for the brave ones, the Balut (boiled egg with an underdeveloped embryo in it). Other delicacies include Pancit (noodles with vegetables and meat) and Sinigang (sour soup). Local cuisine can be found at every street corner at an affordable cost, so tuck in and enjoy the taste of the Philippines!

You can get around the country via local airlines, or travel by bus from Manila to most major destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. A national railway will take you to places quickly as well. Within Manila, opt to take the Light Railway Transit, an efficient and economical way to get around. If you prefer the taxi, you should be to find one with ease.

With many attractions, an accessible network and friendly people, the Philippines is an Asian destination not to be missed.

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