The Philippines is amazing! People here are always so friendly and helpful, the prices are low and the nature is magnificent!
I have seen the most beautiful sunsets here, the most astonishing beaches and the cutest animal, the tarsier. The Philippines is definitely a place I’m going back to and I can’t wait to explore this country much more in the future.
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Boracay! From the second I stepped onto my first tricycle on the island, I knew I was hooked for good. You’re probably all thinking “shut up about this island already”, but I can’t help myself. Sorry. (Naah, I’m not, really).
Jeepney, taxi, air plane, tricycle, scooter, ferry, slowboat, motorboat, local bus
I have so many favorites to choose from and they are all from the beach in Boracay (surprise, surprise). I will have to go with this one, though, as purple is my favorite color.
Only 7 minutes prior to taking this picture, the sky was grey and cloudy, but then suddenly a light shined through and lit up the entire heaven. Everyone on the beach went oohing and aawing while looking up as it changed into a palette of colors.
Amazing people. Filipinos are always so friendly, helpful and open towards foreigners. They remind me of Thais whom I love dearly, but people from the Philippines are more polite and dutiful. Whenever we ordered something at a restaurant, they always repeated the order to make sure they didn’t make any mistakes. The overall service from airports, taxis, hotels and restaurants was top-notch.
In-cre-di-ble mango! Oh yes, the mango was by far the best I’ve ever tasted. So fresh, tasteful and ripe….. YUM!
Most things seem organized. For instance, when you get into a taxi from the airport or the ferry, you receive a piece of paper on which you can write a review about the driver and the ride. Both busses and ferries leave on schedule.
Great temperature, very windy. Even though this is Asia and the climate is tropical, I always felt a light breeze which made it seem less humid and hot.
Fixed price – most places have fixed prices which means you don’t have to bargain when you’re renting a scooter, buying a dress or hailing a cab. It also gave me the overall impression that they weren’t out to cheat us.
It’s very safe, probably the safest country I’ve been to! I would have no problem going there as a solo female traveler and it’s very easy to travel with kids, too. Plus, everyone speaks English.
Our airline, Cebu Pacific, was delayed twice and did not reply to messages on twitter or Facebook. Really lousy customer service!
Typhoon Glenda. We had lots of water activities such as snorkeling and para sailing planned, but unfortunately Glenda had other plans.
The weather on Bohol wasn’t really that amazing either. It was mostly cloudy and the sun only peaked out an hour or so each day.
You can read my total breakdown in my post about it here.
- Accommodation: $ 659
- Food: $286
- Transportation: $159.7
- Entertainment: $50.3
I spent $1.115 during my 2 weeks in the Philippines = $79,6 per day.
More posts from the Philippines you might like
- Boracay Island, The Philippines Is Paradise
- Budget for 2 Weeks In The Philippines
- Things to do in Panglao (Bohol), The Philippines
- 10 Amazing Things To Do In Bohol, The Philippines
- Best snorkeling gear for your next underwater trip
- The Insanely Beautiful Sunsets of Boracay
- Philippine Tarsier – The cutest animal alive
I’ve read so many blog posts on the Philippines, it seems like an amazing country to visit. Your picture of Boracay has me sold! I definitely need to go there. Great post!
Thanks Craig! And thanks for reading. Boracay is amaing – you won’t regret it if you go.
There is no detail. You took over 600 photos so I assume there where 600 interesting things to see yet you say nothing. Very disappointed, I was expecting a much longer, descriptive and personal piece about all the places you visited.
Yeah, I can hear how that has upset you. You can find more in-depth posts from the Philippines here: https://adventurousmiriam.com/asia/philippines/
Thank you for this beautiful write up of our country. Hope you visit us again!
My pleasure, Ariel! I really loved the Philippines, so I’m coming back for sure 🙂
Have you been to El Nido (Palawan, Philippines)? You should!
It’s first on my list! I’ve heard it’s great 🙂