If you enjoy traveling, the Philippines should be on your bucket list as it has a lot of tourist spots and amazing off-beat destinations. It may be true that Manila may be chaotic, but once you get away and travel to idyllic locations all over the country, this should stay on your bucket list to visit once the time will come.
Here are the things you need to know when planning your next vacation to the Philippines:
- Visa and entry requirement. People entering the Philippines from abroad must have a valid passport and visa. All visitors must hold return tickets. If you wish to extend your visit, check with immigration on your arrival on what you should do and find out the latest information on how to extend your visa while in the Philippines.
- Getting to the Philippines. Manila is a major international transportation hub and flights from here to go about every other major city all over the world.Manila is a major international transportation hub and flights from here to go about every other major city all over the world. In order to book cheap flight tickets going to Manila, make sure to book in advance to get the best deals.
- Choosing the destination you’d like to go to when you get to the Philippines. Since the Philippines has over 7,107 islands – not all locations are accessible via road or other types of rural transportation. If you can only choose one place to visit here, Palawan should be on the top of your list. You’re going to experience the best beaches and spectacular islands right here. You can also score affordable plane tickets to Puerto Princesa as is the gateway to this tropical paradise. Your second option could be Cebu as it’s a worthy destination itself. You can travel directly to Cebu – just check out which airlines can fly straight there from your home country.
- Budgeting your money. The monetary unit is Peso (P) and any currency is widely accepted for easy conversion however the US dollar is most widely accepted. Hotels and airports do offer money exchange however it’s not the most favorable of terms as the rate is quite low. ATMs are open 24 hours daily and can be easily found in major cities but you do need to bring cash when you go to a remote area like smaller towns or beach areas – you’re lucky enough if you can even find one.
- Healthy and safety. Carry a first-aid kit when you can and get travel insurance if possible. You may feel that it’s unnecessary but you’ll never know when something unexpected happens and it could even cost you more. If ever that you would need to be treated, hospitals admit uninsured foreigners. The Philippines is generally safe for travel despite appearances may say otherwise. You can also check your travel advisories if you wish to know which areas are safe to travel to. Also, it’s best not to leave belongings unattended and always be alert.
There’s a ton of worthy places to visit and vacation to in the Philippines. There are certainly a lot more and you might just want to come back to see what other relaxing places, charming countryside, villages, natural wonders, exotic food and amazing hospitality the Filipinos have for the visitors in the country.
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