02 May It’s More Fun in the Philippines: Top 6 Tourist Spots
You’ve probably heard about the Philippines, from a friend or online news about the president. Whichever way it is, one thing might have rung a bell that has got you curious about this Asian country – its popular tourist destinations! The Philippines is an archipelago made up of 7,614 islands (during low tide, it shows more) and is located in Southeast Asia, near to the equator, thus it’s a haven for beach bummers and green mountain hikers.
But, that doesn’t stop the Philippines in offering a lot more to the traveling community. And by a lot, we mean more cultures to explore and more destinations to satisfy your wandering feet.
Here are 6 famous places you can check out when you travel in the so-called ‘Pearl of the Orient Seas’:
It’s the Summer Capital of the Philippines. It’s also known as the ‘City of Pines’ where pine trees thrive because of Baguio’s subtropical highland climate. Since Filipinos experience hot temperatures almost all year round, Baguio’s cool environment provides for a perfect leisure away from the metro hustle and bustle. Tourists and visitors can also enjoy a fun trip to the mountains of Sagada, cool afternoon boating at the Burnham Park and an art appreciation day at the famous BenCab Museum. Due to its high elevation, Baguio can easily become part of your itinerary when you visit the Philippines, especially during summer.
It is the northernmost point of the country that is why it features many interesting activities for local and foreigner tourists. Batanes is a picture-perfect scene from the movie ‘The Sound of Music’, except that the houses are built with cobblestone walls with cogon-thatched rooftops. Tourists can start their Batanes getaway by riding a bicycle through the hills, taking a brunch while seeing the Eastern Philippine Sea and the borders of Taiwan and visiting WWII historical places and old churches. Batanes will give you a mix of nature and history all throughout the day.
Recently named one of the Best Islands in the world by ‘Travel + Leisure’, Palawan is perfect for anyone who enjoys quick dipping and sunbathing after a sumptuous seafood platter prepared on a banana leaf. Among all white-sand, turquoise-watered beaches in Palawan, Coron stands out to travelers. Your vacation will be filled with water activities highlighting the beautiful landscapes of the islands. Its popular attractions include Baracuda Lake, Mt. Tapyas, shipwreck diving spots, lagoons and, of course, white sand beaches. Nightlife is pretty much active as well which is safe to say that Coron is a paradise open 24/7.
In Oslob, there’s a rather interesting activity that has been attracting travelers from around the world. Whale shark-watching in Oslob Cebu is 99% guaranteed, every day, all year round. The flocking of whale sharks started when the local fishermen in Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob regularly fed them. Tourists visit the town not just to swim with the ‘little giants’, but to feed them, too. Getting there requires land trips from the main points of transportation, but witnessing the beautiful marine-human interaction is worth the whole trip.
Mt. Apo, Davao City
It is the highest peak in the Philippines, rising to 9,692 feet (2,954 meters above sea level) that is why it is considered to be one of the popular climbing spots for hikers. It is also home to different species, the most famous one is the Monkey-eating Eagle, a cultural icon not just in Davao, but in the country. As you hike to its point, you can enjoy valleys, as well as Malasita Falls, Sibulao Lake, and the Kisinte Hot Springs. Mt. Apo gives you different scenery from the beaches that you probably used to, plus it gives you a sense of nature appreciation, plus a breather to immerse with the local community.
Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
This tourist attraction is called enchanted for a reason. No one knows where the river’s water comes from and how deep it is. Hinatuan is a small town in Surigao del Sur that gained fame because of the mysterious body of water. This gave another reason for travelers to visit the place and satisfy their wonder, aside from the fact that the water is absolutely crystal-clear, perfect for swimming the aquamarine-dark blue waters. The Enchanted River will absolutely leave you breathless by both of its mystery and beauty – one for the books when you visit the Philippines.
The Philippines is made up of 7,641 islands so that means there are more than 6 places that you can definitely work your way in making the most of your stay. Plus, Filipinos are also known for their warm hospitality and friendly vibe that keep travelers go back any season of the year. Here are some useful greetings and phrases to strike a conversation with a friendly Filipino local:
- Magandang Umaga – Good morning
- Magandang Hapon – Good afternoon
- Magandang Gabi – Good evening
- Kumusta ka na? – How are you?
- Ano ang pangalan mo? – What is your name?
- Yes – Oo
- No – Hindi
- Salamat! – Thank you!
- Goodbye! – Paalam!