Plan Your Trip
Tourist Spot in the Philippines
Since we are a tropical country, most of the tourist spots in the Philippines has a lot to do with outdoor activities. This includes going up on a mountain, going to the beach, surfing, island hopping and a lot more. Of course, we also have tourist attractions for those who don’t like sports like visiting old churches, museums, shopping, visiting scenic locations, and places where you can just relax and chill. The best thing about Philippines travel is it will not cost as much as in other countries.
So in this travel blog the Philippines, our mission is to help you plan your trip and get to know Philippines tourism. We have listed down all the tourist spots in the Philippines, the best time to visit and Philippines holidays, things to do in Manila Philippines and everything you need to know about our beautiful country.
Planning Your Trip
Best Time to Visit Philippines / Weather in the Philippines
If you will be doing outdoor and water activities in your Philippines vacation, visit us during March, April, and May. If you will not do much outdoor activities, you can schedule your visit in November, December, and January when everything is on sale, the weather is a bit cold and there is not much rain.
Rainy season in the Philippines starts in June until August. Strong rains and typhoons are expected during these months so be prepared when you are visiting in this season. As for the other months, there will be occasional rains but will mostly be sunny.
Cost of Vacation in the Philippines
If you are a backpacker, cost of the cheapest motel in the Philippines is 400 pesos (roughly $8) for 12 hours. If you prefer a more decent hotel, you should be able to find 1,500 to 2,000 pesos a night for 2 persons. Meanwhile, 3 to 5-star hotels starts at 2,900 and up a night. This can go cheaper if you know where to look. (We’ll discuss this in our next article)
Cost of Food in the Philippines
Food in the Philippines is very cheap. You can buy a full meal for 30 to 100 pesos. If you have more budget, you can already eat a lot with 150 to 200 pesos. If you prefer restaurants, you should be fine with 500 to 1,000 pesos for 2 persons.
But here’s an insider’s tip, there are a lot of buffets in the Philippines and many of them are very cheap. Breakfast buffet starts at 135 pesos while a dinner buffet that serves Filipino dishes starts at 300 pesos.
Transportation in the Philippines
Getting around the city and the country is very cheap. A jeepney ride only costs less than 10 pesos while a bus ride starts at 12 pesos. A taxi ride starts at 40 pesos while a Grab or Uber ride almost has the same rate. You can also opt for an MRT or LRT train ride which costs which starts at 15 pesos.
However, if this is your first time in the Philippines, I recommend going around Manila using Uber or Grab. The transportation in the capital city can be a bit confusing and crowded so it’s not worth saving a few pesos. Anyway, Grab and Uber comes with a share a cab option so you split the bill with your co-commuters.
If you are looking for a private car, I personally recommend Driver Allan as he is a part of LaLP team so he can suggest places to visit, cheaper options and assist you if you have any question.
Internet in the Philippines
A 1.5 GB LTE internet for one day roughly costs 50 pesos but can get cheaper if you will subscriber for more days. There are three major telecommunications company in the Philippines and we recommend to them both, which is free btw when you arrive in the airport, and subscribe to a 1 day promo whichever has better signal. For more information, please check this article.
Beautiful Places to Visit in the Philippines
When visiting the Philippines, you must visit Palawan for their beaches, Bohol to meet the famous tarsiers, Laoag to experience the Philippine culture, Batanes for its extraordinary landscape, Cebu, Davao and a lot more. In addition, Samar, Batanes, Catanduanes, Boracay, Siquijor, Siargao are also some of the cities that are loved by many tourists.
The capital city of Philippines in Manila. It’s probably the best place for shopping, trying different well-known restaurants, and bars in the country. However, unlike our other cities, traffic is a big problem so its not recommended to commute for tourists.
Where to Find Cheap Flights Around Philippines
The best airline company where you can find cheap flights around the country is Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. The seats are not as big as other airlines but it’s only an hour or two trips so it shouldn’t be too uncomfortable. A roundtrip to Boracay from Manila can go as low as 1,000 pesos roundtrip if you purchase during the Piso Sale.
If you prefer comfort over price, we recommend Philippine Airlines. The tickets are not as cheap but its okay, especially when you buy early.
What to Pack when Visiting Philippines
Umbrellas or Raincoats
The Philippines has a tropical rainforest climate which means it rains in our country almost every month. So when you plan to visit the country and commuting is your mode of transportation, be sure to pack an umbrella, water-resistant jacket or a raincoat. But don’t worry if you forget to bring one because umbrellas are very cheap in the city, especially if you know where to buy exactly. It can be bought in the mall from 88 pesos to 300 pesos.
Sunblock, Bathing Suits, and Beach outfits
There are so many beautiful beaches found in the country like Boracay, Laiya, Palawan, which why it is very important that you never forget to bring your beach outfits and sunblock. Not unless you sunbathing is your thing then you don’t need to bring sunblock.
Good Walking Shoes
When visiting the Philippines, or any country, it’s always best to use a good pair of walking shoes. It’s likely that you’ll be walking all day, visiting one tourist spot to another, so having good shoes will make it easier for you to survive the day to day walking. However, for those who prefer wearing heels, you can just bring back up sandals or slip on when your feet get tired.
Cameras, Memory Cards and Powerbanks
Of course don’t forget to bring a camera, whether it is a DSLR, digital camera, or phone camera. Taking photos of the beautiful places and things you see are the best remembrance you can get from any place. And to make sure you never run out of shots, don’t forget to bring memory cards and power banks. If in case you forget to bring one, you can buy one memory card for 150 pesos and a power bank around 500 pesos.
Water Bottles and Face Towels
Since its hot, most of the time in the Philippines, bringing water bottles to quench your thirst and face towels to wipe away your sweat. It’s not really required to bring one because you can always buy one almost anywhere for 10 to 25 pesos each. Face tissues or thicker tissue papers are good alternatives for towels too. It would also help if you can bring or buy a fan, hand-carry electric fan because it can get really hot during noon.
Once you’re done planning your trip, its time to find