Backpacking Philippines: Where to Go
The best backpacking Philippines experience is spent either in our beautiful beaches, exploring the mountains or getting to know our cultures and tradition. So in this article, we’re going to give you a list of provinces you must visit when touring the country.
Backpacking to See the Beautiful Beaches
If you will be arriving from NAIA airport in Manila, some of the nearest and best beaches you have to visit are in Batangas (when heading south) or Zambales and La Union (when heading north). If you’re into snorkeling and other underwater activities, choose to go South while surfing, riding jet skis and other water activities are best experienced in the north. The good thing about these provinces is finding accommodation, transportation and food are very affordable.
If you will be arriving via Cebu airport or anywhere in the Visayas, you can visit Northern Samar to visit their famous pink beaches, Salagdoong beach in Siquijor, view whale sharks in Oslob Cebu, and see the beautiful Limasawa Island in Leyte. The most well-known beach in Visayas is Boracay, however, is currently closed for rehabilitation. According to reports, the beach may open again after 6 months starting May 2018.
Backpacking to See the Mountains
When arriving from Manila airport, one of the most popular mountain to conquer are the ones found in the north in La Union such as Mount Pulag or Mount Samat in Bataan. Filipinos absolutely love this province because of the cold weather they get to experience once they reach the top. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, we love going to places where the weather is colder. But if you don’t mind the heat, feel free to explore every mountain in the nearby cities of Manila.
Backpacking Philippines to Experience the Culture and Tradition
Whichever city and province you visit in the Philippines, you will always have a chance to experience our unique culture and tradition. And the best way to do that is to visit our most historic places in the country such as Intramuros in Manila, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (which is not historic but features the rich cultures and traditions of Filipinos) and Calle Crisologo in Vigan.
Another way to get to know Filipinos is by trying our unique dishes such as Adobo, Kare Kare, our version of Pancit and many more. Trying street food is also recommended, particularly those in the provinces where their way of cooking has not changed since the early 90s. This includes the local food in sweets from Bulacan, empanada in Ilocos, Sisig in Pampanga, Casoy nuts in Antipolo and so much more.