Philippines travel guide and tourist hotels
There are 7,000 gorgeous islands waiting to be explored, offering a balmy tropical experience of powder white beaches, turquoise waters, comfortable resorts and friendly locals. From the sophistication of Makati to the volcanic peaks of Luzon and deserted beaches of Palawan, the Philippines offers a surprising package.
Plan and book your trip with this comprehensive 150-page Philippines travel guide
Perhaps one of Asia’s most enticing resort islands, Boracay is a stunning stretch of sand and the number one island destination in the Philippines…click and read more.
A magnet for divers who also favour the nightlife, Puerto Galera is Mindoro’s tourist hot spot with a great tourist infrastructure, nice beach and easy access…click and read more.
The Philippines’ prettiest seascapes are found among the karst, caves and coves of these remote islands. Palawan is a true adventurers’ paradise…click and read more.
Fantastic beachfront resorts are scattered across the countless islands of this archipelago, here’s more than 500 cut-prices choices from Agoda, great value…search and book here.
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With English fluently spoken by most, Filipinos are among Asia’s easiest hosts, providing a competent service and friendly smile to their guests. More than 1,000 hotels are available to book here, provided at discounted rates by Agoda, and range from stunning island resorts to down-to-earth beachside establishments. Manila offers a broad range of choices, and the popular tourist areas such as Boracay, Puerto Galera, Bohol and Palawan have a well established infrastructure, where value-for-money comes standard. Many hotels now offer spas, while international cuisine is widely available.
There are lot of islands to get to in this archipelago but all tourists start their Philippines travel in Manila, which has a surprising number of attractions. Witness old Manila in the Intramuros District, or join the locals shopping in a Makati Mall. Luzon is for the adventurers, with stunning trekking scenery around the rice terraces of Banaue, while Vigan has a charming historical appeal. This large island is covered in volcanic peaks such as Taal Crater, near the capital. Others fly into Angeles City, noted for its naughty nightlife.
Island hoppers should head straight for Boracay, perhaps Asia’s best strip of beach, where soft clear waters and powdery sand are standard. The Visayas is full of such gems, with Bohol a divers’ magnet besides its bizarre Chocolate Hills, while Guimaras and Siquijor are brilliant escapes. Even Camiguin, off the Mindanao coast, is a locals’ favorite. Cebu city is a pleasant base for exploring this region and includes the gorgeous unspoilt Malapascua. Also within easy access is the surfing mecca of Siargao Island.
Remotely located Palawan is in another league, with its stunning karst seascapes, subterranean rivers and unspoilt beauty. If you prefer to mix partying and adventure, diving and nightlife perhaps, then Puerto Galera, in Mindoro, is a good choice for an allround holiday experience. And then there’s the seafood, festivals, history and cheap San Miguel beer.
Festive Flores de Mayo
Arguably the most fun and beloved event in the country, Flores de Mayo is a Catholic festival held every May in the Philippines that makes the entire country erupt into a kaleidoscope of colour. Held in honour of the Virgin Mary, the festival was introduced by Spanish colonisers of the Philippines and afterwards became a part of a Filipino traditional celebration of love, youth and romance. …more