The Philippines is a perfect melting pot of Catholic customs with Islamic traditions, a country where Europe and Asia combine with a plethora of tropical islands.
The Philippines show traces of European influence: from its Spanish hotel menus to the names of its towns and cities. However, the American impact is also huge, which a visitor immediately feels in the form of fast-food restaurants, pop music and funky jeepneys.
The Philippines is composed of over 7,000 islands, which is why all of its tourist attractions are centered around water and beaches.
However, there are many questions which should be answered before a visitor packs his or her bag to visit this exceedingly beautiful country. For example, which airlines are best for travel to the Philippines? When is the best time to travel?
Here are a Few Tips to Make Your Philippines Trip Memorable
When to Travel to the Philippines
First you have to know which time and season of the year is best for visiting the Philippines. This country has a humid and hot tropical climate with a dry and wet season. Wet season starts from May and ends in October and is caused by the southeast monsoon whereas the dry season starts from November and lasts till April. It is recommended to visit during dry season. January and February are both good for traveling and the coolest months of the year. Never make the mistake of visiting Philippines in March, April or May as the temperature can rise up to 36°C with sunny, humid weather all day.
Things to Do in the Philippines
Then you have to create a list of things to do and places to visit when you reach the Philippines. There are a few must visit places which you should see because without them your visit will remain an incomplete experience.
El Nido is famous for its hard core rock climbing and mesmerizing beaches. Here, you can find dozens of beaches where you can sit back and relax while sipping your favorite fruity cocktails. However, in peak season they can get over-crowded and a bit costly to visit.
Cebu city is the most accessible city in the Philippines, as you can find many direct cheap flights from Singapore and Hong Kong.
There are many family-oriented resorts near the airport of Mactan Island. Boracay is called the crown jewel of all Philippines beaches and the travel guide publications have added it to the list of the world's most beautiful beaches- the main reason behind its immense popularity among the tourists.
Shopping is a must-do activity in Philippines. When packing your suitcases, get an extra suitcase for your shopping. Robinsons Department stores, SM and Greenhills are places where you can get good bargains. There are many big shopping centers in the urban areas like SM Mall of Asia, Ayala Center and Megamall.
How to Get About in the Philippines
We would suggest you use the jeepney and calesa as they are perfect for short commutes and you'll enjoy these modes without ever getting bored.
However, you have to be vigilant when traveling on these vehicles. It is strongly advised that you bargain the fare with the coachman before you get in the calesa.