“Am I in South America or Asia?” will be the first question you ask yourself when you visit Philippines. This country is so different than its fellow colleagues in South East Asia.
You could get thousands of reasons to visit Philippines, but know this for a fact that Philippines is big fun. It’s filled with the best beaches in the world, with the friendliest locals, and a nature that will leave you fascinated.
We as travelers, often underestimate a few destinations and Philippines is sometimes, one of them. But this country is amazing and may be as competitive as Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam.
Here are a few reasons why you should visit the Philippines.
1. THE PEOPLE
To all the Asians you ever meet, you will notice that the Filipinos are the most kindly and friendly people with an extremely welcoming hospitality which is also respectful. They just need a reason for celebrations. While you walk across the streets of Philippines, getting in touch with locals and being friends with them is much easier than the other countries.
2. PARADISE OF BEACHES AND ISLANDS
With one of the largest group of islands in the world, Philippines has over 7,107 islands. These islands are said to be views of paradise. The queen of all the beaches of Philippines is The White Beach in Boracay which has constantly been rated among one of the Top 10 beaches of the world. It might not be the best but it’s the most famous one certainly.
Get completely insane about the shopping outlets here. You may find that shopping among the Filipinos is just a way of chit chat and family gathering for them there are a lot of handcrafted centers in Manila to shop for some souvenirs. Other than that, according to your budget you can choose the place you’d like to go for shopping.
4. WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Luckily, weather in Philippines doesn’t reach to an extent where it gets too hot or too cold which makes it easier to adapt the tropical climate of the country. The best time to visit Philippines is from November to May.
5. THE SOUTH AMERICA OF ASIA
Forget about temples and Buddhism or even Tuk-Tuks. Philippines is packed with Roman Catholic churches and a super famous local transport called Jeepney. Philippines is formerly a Spanish colony which gives Philippines a completely unique feeling that is nowhere to be found in Asia.
6. NATURE WITH FLORA AND FAUNA
Philippines has the most diverse wildlife in the world. It is home to a range of birds, plants and creatures that one would be mesmerized to see. There are nearly 200 mammal species in Philippines. The famous one among them is Tarsier which is one of the smallest and cutest species of monkeys in the world. Everything you can dream of is well combined in the stunning islands of the Philippines. Along with the flora and fauna, comes the nature. Philippines is home to some of the most gorgeous surroundings especially, The Chocolate Hills in Bohol or the incredible archipelago of El Nido.
7. MASSAGE AND REJUVENATE
Pamper yourself and your body with a good massage that will rejuvenate your mind and soul. Massage places are spread all over the country, from luxury spas to massage ladies who are available on the beach at your service.
8. THE FEELING OF A TRUE TRAVELER
Only in Philippines, you will find yourself around packed bus stations with locals and tourists. This country will give you a feeling of a traveler and not just mere a tourist. Searching for an ATM could just be a task, but believe it, it’ll be a really adventurous one.
9. VOLCANIC ADVENTURES
Philippines is considered home to a dozens of volcanoes, some of which are truly beautiful and very much active. The most famous one is the Mount Mayon in Bicol. You can summit this volcano when it’s peaceful only along with guide because it could be very risky. Only in Philippines you can summit a mountain and then soothe your muscles in the hot springs of the country.
10. FILLED WITH HISTORY
Philippines is a country with rich cultural heritage and abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can get a chance to visit parts of the country where time just stood still. Also, experience what life was here, more than hundreds of years ago.
Philippines will tick all your lists when it comes to a responsible travel destination. With thousands of options of accommodations, eco-diving organizations, local running restaurants, and wildlife tours, your money and footprints can have a positive effect during your stay.