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Named after King Philip II of Spain, the Philippines is a Southeast Asian country which is officially known as the Republic of the Philippines. A cluster of 7,641 islands, the Philippines is globally renowned for housing numerous exciting beaches like Atwayan Beach, Sibuyan Beach and more. From pink to white and beige to blush, the Philippines is blessed with various hues of sands along with a unique pebble beach called Mabua Pebble Beach. These pristine shorelines are accompanied with one of the cleanest and emerald waters along with exotic vegetation for tropical forests.

Not only does the Philippines house the best beaches in the world, one would be amazed by limestone outcrops like Ariel’s Point and an unusual underground river like Puerto Princesa. The Chocolate Hills are another marvellous destination to witness in the dry season as they turn brown due to dried grass. Taal Volcano adds to the fun of exploration by an unusual sight of an active volcano, a caldera lake and Volcano Island. You must visit these unique places for an unmatchable experience along with spending some surreal time at one of the remote islands of the Philippines.

With unique places in the Philippines come surprising adventures which are bound to leave you spellbind. To start with, you can take a ride through the waters of Puerto Princesa which goes under the mountain as well as fall free from one of the limestone cliffs right into the ocean water. Wreck diving is another exciting thing which you can indulge in Atwayan Beach which lets you explore the sunken artefacts from the era of World War II. Besides all these said things, one is sure to rejoice the authentic local cuisine along with the warm hospitality by the Filipano people.

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At first, I was nervous about this as this is my first international solo trip but the company I booked Thrillophilia and the team was professional they encourage and ensured that the trip was good which makes me felt comfortable and booked it... Yes, the package I chose was my dream destination and the booking price they offeres was matched with my budget, and the trip duration also was exactly what I am looking for. Right from the airport I was received by the friendly representative and even helps me with the documentation part and checked in at the pre-booked hotel. The hotel they selected was beautiful with all facilities and hospitable staff. The picked-up and dropped-off were exactly on-time. The staff was always there to help with all our needs and as well if there is any problem they solved it in real-time. The daily tours were well-organized and well-managed the main part of my trip was the sightseeing in Manila, evening cruise ride, and 100% the tour to Boracay which we indulged in many different water-based activities like Sea-diving, Kayaking, Banana ride, jet-ski, and lots more activities at the beaches and had great leisure time with pictures clicked...KUDOS
I'm so glad that I took this trip with Thrillophilia they organized our trip beautifully!!! It was a family trip but still, we didn't face any kind of a problem at all the entire 8 days instead we enjoyed the trip like anything the highlight of our trip was the visiting to the islands, on this trip we indulged in water-sports adventure activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and had great leisure time and feel the beauty of the place with the stunning views from the pristine beaches... Hotels they arranged for us gave us a luxury experience the staff there were very professional and friendly with great hospitalities and service...Picked-up and drop were on time always, Special thanks to the team for helping and guide us the entire trip with perfection... We missed nothing form the package we booked and to be honest we get more than we are expected...
Such an amazing decision we've made!!! our trip was well-organized by Thrillophilia, We are happy with the itinerary they make for us, the service they provided to us the entire trip was absolutely great. By the way, our trip was out of this world, beyond expectations. What a rich and beautiful culture, country, and people. We had everything set-up perfectly by the professional. Once arriving at the country we have received a warm welcome from the wonderful staff and the driver. The hotel they booked for us was luxurious. Very thoughtful activities they arranged for us... Incredibly we explored the Puerto Princesa Honda Bay's the white sandy beaches and the surrounding areas were truly beautiful we had a great time in snorkeling, Scuba-diving, etc, Amazing visit to the different islands and an unforgettable trip to Iwahig witness the fireflies was such an amazing expereince...The whole tour was safe and enjoyable...
A very memorable trip we had in the Philippines, to be honest, wasn't sure about this trip and what to expect but this turns out to be a big surprise for us. Beautiful place and kind-hearted people, The one who looks after my trip was extremely helpful and responsive to all my questions, queries, and concerns during my trip. The itinerary was well-planned and included all requirements, surely we had everything from the itinerary and we enjoy our leisure time in Manila Ocean Park, market, a food tour, and nearby hotel sightseeing... We witness alot of things on this trip...
The agent I spoke for my trip planning and who helps me out with the booking was very kind, polite, and professional helps to organize the perfect family vacation trip to the Philippines which was incredibly helpful...They planned with a detailed itinerary and answered all of our endless questions...The trip was in a budget and the services were simply amazing...The trip goes as per the itinerary and the arrangements and the activities came with the package were beyond our expectations...All the 5-days trip was full of joy, happiness, and surprises...We get more than enough than what we are truly expected
Have already recommended this to several friends!!! I was in love with this trip! the destination was so perfect for everyone and it is suitable for a family vacation, honeymoon trip, and solo trip. The biggest advantage also was that we booked this with Thrillophilia and they already plan our trip and they know exactly what we are looking for. We had great communication the entire trip with the team... The day tours were well-arranged and the places we covered were fantastic. We had a great stay throughout and also very satisfied with everything they provided to us. Thumbs Up...
The package we choose from Thrillophilia was fulfilling and satisfying though which worth all our investment on the trip, I really liked the way the team treated us the entire trip. Accommodation, meals, sightseeing and picked-up and dropped-off were spot-on. A beautiful island with lots to see and experience, we clicked lots of pictures for a lifetime to remember all the moments we had on this trip... The whole trip was full of joy and happiness... Thank you to Thrillophilia.
I had an amazing trip to the Philippines with my family! All because the package I choose was fulfilling and satisfying one. All pickups were on time with a good vehicle they arranged for us. It was a flawless execution of the itinerary, The coordinator was helpful, and supportive throughout the trip which we faced no issues at all during our trip... The place is truly beautiful especially the islands, culture, and people...We had the most wonderful and unforgettable trip.
Special thanks to Thrillophilia for a seamless and incredible adventure we had in the Philippines this trip was very well-planned and well-executed. Each event/activity was thoughtfully planned in which we enjoyed every single day on this trip... The place really beautiful and proud country with amazing sightseeing, scenic beauty, culture, and history...The overall arrangement like hotels, transfers, and the services was spot on... We are looking forward to using Thrillophilia again in the near future for our next adventure.
A great decision we had made for taken this vacation trip through Thrillophilia and the destination of the trip was really amazing... It was smooth & without any hustle in the whole trip, The way they are planning the trip was very interesting right from day 1 with full details about the trip, From the airport, we were received by the staff with a warm welcome, and helps us with all the documentation part and as well helps with the checked-in at the hotel... The hotel was cool and very comfortable though with great breakfast they served us, the vehicle arranged for us too was really good along with a very professional driver, We had an amazing full-day tour to Honda Bay Island the place is so gorgeous with the views and surrounding areas we had great swimming there and walked at the beaches along with many pictures we clicked, We get to learn about their amazing culture and history, We even went for shopping, we explore the wildlife in Puerto Princesa, We had great communication with the locals they were very helpful and friendly... Both days and night we just had a great time every time...Really LOVE IT 100%

People Also Ask About Philippines

  1. Is the Philippines expensive?

    The Philippines is comparatively cheaper than other countries renowned for tourism. It will cost you around INR 4,000 per person for a day in The Philippines which includes cost for meals, local transportation and accommodation for the day. Although slightly more expensive than India, The Philippines will still be liked by your budget.
  2. What is the Philippines known for?

    The Philippines is known for an abundance of beaches and exotic fruits which are exclusively found in the country only. Besides this, being a cluster of islands, the country is also famous for its seafood as well as serenity of the natural beauty. People like to laze on one of the cleanest beaches and get soak in some vitamin D.
  3. Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?

    Although some places in the Philippines are notorious for various reasons, most of the country is safe to travel. It is recommended to avoid the ones which have a bad name else you can wander anywhere you want because precaution is always better than cure.
  4. How to reach the Philippines?

    Popularly known as Manila Airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the international gateway to the Philippines by air. You can book a flight from any of your nearest international airports to the formerly mentioned one and get on with your vacation.

    In case you are flying from Delhi International Airport, it will take you 8 hours and 20 minutes to complete your air journey to reach the Philippines.
  5. Which are the undiscovered places in the Philippines?

    1. Jomalig Island, Quezon: Tucked away from the urbanisation of the Philippines, Jomalig Island is a totally untarnished place in the country. No shacks could be found on the island which keeps it perfectly authentic for the tourists to enjoy.

    2. Sibuyan Island, Romblon: An eye-catching sight, Sibuyan Island is a tiny piece of land covered with exotic vegetation along with a protruding beach covered with pinkish white sand.

    3. Tanay, Rizal: Settled amidst a rainforest is Tanay, a less explored town in Manila in the Philippines. A limestone rock formation and a Calinawan Cave are the major attractions of the town.

    4. Seco Island, Antique: As empty as an island could be, Seco Island offers you a clear plain stretch of white sand with just a little touch of some vegetation which will prove to be the perfect spot for some isolation.
  6. What are some famous tourist attractions in the Philippines?

    1. Chocolate Hills: Covered under a green blanket of grass, Chocolate Hills are named after their version of dry season. In the dry season, the greenery dries out to look brown which looks like chocolate from a distance so choose the season of your trip wisely.

    2. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is famous among the tourists because it flows directly underneath the St. Paul Mountain Range. You can take a boat ride through the passage made under the mountain.

    3. Banaue Rice Terraces: A sight to behold and capture in your frame, Banaue Rice Terraces are extremely pretty looking paddy fields which are flocked by tourists from across the world. The place offers great background for a photo session as well as refreshing air to soak in the lungs.

    4. Taal Volcano: Last erupted on January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano of the Philippines which also has a caldera filled with water. People also like to visit Volcano Island and enjoy the great view of the Taal lake.

    5. Malapascua Island: Spreaded across 2.5 KM by 1 KM, Malapascua Island houses 8 hamlets which offers you the greatest pleasures of all time. Being a little less explored than other islands, Malapascua offers you better beaches and resorts upon your visit.
  7. Is vegetarian food easily available in the Philippines? Where can I enjoy veg meals?

    No, vegetarian food is not easily available in the Philippines. Besides, Vegetarianism and veganism is a quite remote concept to the people of the country. However, there are various restaurants which offer pure vegetarian as well as vegan food for the travelers traveling to the country with a specific requirement.

    1. The Vegetarian Kitchen: The Vegetarian Kitchen combines some of the international favourites from all around the world for its vegetarian guests. They have a decent indoor setting which is washed with pastel yellow paint and lit finely.

    Address: 62 B Mother Ignacia Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, Philippines.

    2. Corner Tree Cafe: Situated on the corner of a scenic street, Corner Tree Cafe offers you various options from Vegetarian cuisines which also includes vegan, vegan optional and gluten free food.

    Address: 150 Jupiter, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, Philippines.

    3. Little India - Diliman: Little India - Diliman is a tiny place offering you pure vegetarian food made with Indian cooking style. You can have dishes from the cuisines made in North to South India.

    Address: 24F Malingap St Teachers Village West, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila, Philippines.

    4. Cosmic - A Vegan Restaurant & Cafe: Bohemian style cosy restaurant, Cosmic - A Vegan Restaurant & Cafe is a great place to enjoy a hearty breakfast from vegetarian options as well as a great evening over a coffee and some snacks could be spent here.

    Address: 2/F (above Ministop) 5057 P. Burgos, Cor, 1210 General Luna, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  8. Which must visit islands in the Philippines? What are they famous for?

    1. Boracay: Crowned as the best island in the world in the year 2012, Boracay is very popular for being a hub for relaxation. Tourists like to flock here to get detoxified and enjoy the excellent nightlife the island has to offer.

    2. Siargao Island: Shaped like a teardrop, Siargao Island is gaining a lot of popularity in recent days for its tropical beauty and clean blue water. Besides this, surfers flocking to the country like to visit here as the island is also considered as the surfing capital of the country.

    3. Bantayan Island: Extremely popular for its dry fish and squid, Bantayan Island could be easily reached via ferry service from various islands. Besides this, the island is considered as one of the world’s most beautiful islands owing to its white sand shoreline and pure oceanic water.

    4. Malapascua Island: Diving destination of the Philippines, Malapascua Island is very popular among the divers as well as swimmers. It doesn’t owe its popularity only to its soothing currents but also the fact that you get to dive with thresher sharks which are harmless and found in abundance here.

    5. Coron Island: Popular for housing scenic limestone outcrops, freshwater lakes and beautiful coral reefs, Coron Island is undoubtedly an important destination to put on the list.
  9. What are the must-have romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in the Philippines?

    1. Snorkeling: Diving deep into the ocean to explore what’s underneath is one of the most romantic things to do in the Philippines. You can choose between Siete Pecados, which is famous for beautiful aquatic life and Atwayan Beach, offers wreck diving for exploring sunken items from the era of World War II.

    2. Island hopping: The Philippines is a cluster of 7,641 small islands which will give you plenty of options for island hopping. It is suggestible that you book a private cruise or a motorboat and explore these islands together.

    3. Go to a remote island: Having as many islands as 7,641, you have the utter privilege to pick a remote island to enjoy an intimate time with your better half while soaking in the surrounding beauty.

    4. Take a boat ride in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River flows right under the St. Paul Mountain cutting a cavern beneath it. It would be very romantic if you two took a private boat ride to explore the insides of it.

    5. Spa: You two can book a couple spa times with one of the many excellent spa parlours in the Philippines as it would be a great thing to do together. It is suggested that you pick the Classic Hilot Spa treatment which is a Filipino Spa done with banana leaves and virgin coconut oil.
  10. Is it worth visiting the Philippines for a honeymoon?

    Yes, the Philippines is absolutely worth visiting for a honeymoon with its pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear ocean around it. Moreover, remote islands as well as the exciting water sports offered there add in to the charm of it.
  11. When is the best time to visit the Philippines?

    The best time to visit the Philippines is between the months of December to February when you will find soothing weather and temperature hovering between 24°C-31°C. This is that time of the year when you can expect the best versions of the country as well as the accessibility to each and every remote corner of the islands.

    The Philippines experiences two seasons throughout the year which are as follows:

    - Dry Season: This season has neither rainfall nor humidity along with enjoyable temperature which lasts from December to May. It is an excellent time for the travelers to plan their vacation in the city.

    - Rainy (Wet) Season: This season receives heavy rainfall along with high levels of humidity in the air which lasts from June to November. It is always great to avoid these months to plan your vacation to the country.
  12. What are the best things to do in the Philippines?

    1. Cliff jumping at Ariel’s Point: Ariel’s Point is a beautiful limestone outcrop which is transformed into a great jumping cliff. Tourists flock here to enjoy a free fall into the sea underneath from five different heights ranging from 3 meters to 15 meters. Please note that these heights vary with the rise and fall of the sea level.

    2. Kitesurfing and Windsurfing in Boracay: Kitesurfing is a sport where you stand on a surfing board and get dragged by a parachute in the air. Whereas, windsurfing combines a surfing board with a sail like structure helping you glide on the sea.

    3. Shop at Roxas Avenue Night Market: Roxas Avenue Night Market becomes alive at 6 in the evening when the entire street gets lit with various food stalls. You must visit here to sample all kinds of street and exotic food from the Philippines.

    4. Swim in the lake Kayangan: Guarded by mountains covered with exotic vegetation, lake Kayangan got viral on the internet for its surreal beauty. One mustn’t miss a chance to visit here and enjoy a swim.

    5. Snorkeling at Siete Pecados: Siete Pecados is the best place for snorkeling in the entire Philippines as it has colorful coral reefs along with a diverse and exotic variety of marine species.
  13. Which are some famous beaches in the Philippines?

    1. White Beach, Boracay: Standing to its name, White Beach offers clean powdery white sand shoreline surrounded with long palm trees touched simultaneously by the sky blue ocean water. For the said surreal beauty, the beach was entitled as the world’s best beach for relaxation in the year 2013.

    2. Atwayan Beach, Coron: Offering you white beaches guarded by high limestone outcrops, Atwayan Beach in Coron is flocked by numerous tourists throughout the year. Besides this, the place is very popular for wreck diving which lets you explore the sunken ships from the era of World War II.

    3. Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang, El Nido: The rising star of El Nido, Twin Beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are the perfect spot if you want to escape the regular crowded beaches. It is a remotely located island which is a stretch of sand protruding towards a hill covered by tall palm trees.

    4. Mabua Pebble Beach, Surigao: Mabua Pebble Beach of Surigao stands apart from the rest of the popular beaches in the Philippines with an unusual shoreline made up of different sized pebbles which are white and smooth. Also, it is located at a 30 minutes ride from the city centre of Surigao.
  14. Travel advice:

    • Avoid carrying too much cash in your pockets.

    • Never flash your jewelry or valuables in a crowded place.

    • Avoid leaving any valuables in your hotel room.

    • Do not take a room or a resort in any secluded place.

    • If possible stay in a hotel that offers a room safe. Place all your valuables and jewelry in the room safe.

    • Carry with you a first aid box with medicines that may be needed during the trip.

    • True that people in Philippines are humble and lovely, but never roam around alone post the sunset.

    • Girls must walk around in groups if going in a place or trail that is secluded.

    • Do not photograph in the sacred or religious places. If you want to click a picture in the religious site, seek permission regarding the same from the person in charge.

    • Learn some of the common words of language prevalent here. This will help you in communicating with the local people.  

    • Always greet the locals with a smile.

    • Keep a copy of license or an ID proof with you always.

    • Avoid the touts.

    • When eating at street stalls, check for the quality.

    • Be alert whenever you are at a new destination.

    • Dress appropriately and maintain the decorum of the place.

    • Nudity is not an option here.

    • You can shoot a film or a video without any legal permission.

    • Never get involved in any form of fights or verbal spats with the tourists.

    • Keep a medicine to relieve you from motion sickness.

    • Never indulge in any form of drugs.

  15. Drinking laws

    The legal age for drinking in Philippines is 18 years.


  16. Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Puerto Galera

    Lying south of Manila, is the magnificent coastal town of Puerto Galera. The town is immensely popular for its wide diversity of marine species, alluring beaches and excellent diving spots. Most popular beaches here are the Sabang Beach and White Beach that assure excellent options for nightlife, shopping, dining and hotel and stay accommodation. Muelle Bay is another popular attraction here. Tourists can go snorkeling here to see the best coral reefs of Asia. Diving is another great activity here.  

    Puerto Princesa underground river

    Puerto Princesa underground river lies at the northern coast of the island of Palawa. It is a beautiful island which is every nature lover’s paradise. The island is a home to some rich wildlife. This beautiful town also boasts of the world’s most unique natural phenomena which is an underground river - Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Tucked within a national park, it is the longest navigable underground river of the world. You can take a guided tour to explore it well.  

    Donsol

    Donsol is a sleepy fishing village that is nestled in the province of Sorsogon. It is a beautiful place embellished with breathtaking waterfalls, pristine beaches, and unexplored caves. You can find some attractive whale sharks here. The ocean giants of Donsol can be seen in the months of November and June with the numbers at peak during the month of February and May. Boat cruising along the River Donsol is one important thing to do here across the palm and the mangrove trees.  

    The Chocolate Hills

    The Chocolate Hills are a great tourist attraction here. These are the unusual geological formations that comprise of more than 1,268 individual mounds that are dispersed across the interior of the Bohol island. Most of the same sized and the symmetrical formations here range from 98 to 164 feet and are usually covered in lush green grass. In the dry season, the green grass turns brow and this is how it gets its name. Even today, there is no consensus on how these giant mole hills came into formation.

    Boracay

    Boracay is a small island but is filled with several award winning beaches, exquisite resorts and an array of adventure activities such as horse riding, cliff diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kite surfing, motor biking and scuba diving. Not enough? You can take a boat tour and explore the magnificent sunsets and remote coves of azure lagoons and the volcanic caves. Nightlife of Boracay is pulsated with many restaurants that serve authentic food and drinks till dawn.  

  17. What you will like here?

    Arguably the cheapest beer in the world

    Ever since the year 1890, Philippines has been the home to San Miguel. A bottle of beer here costs no more than 50p. The Spanish brewery was once an affiliate however today it has become an independent brewer. Be assured of finding the cheapest yet quality beer in Philippines. It tastes even better when chilled by a beach.  

    There are 7,107 islands to choose from

    Philippines is a home to 7,107 islands. 7,107 is huge? Well, HUGEeee! The majestic archipelago is ringed by teeming coral reefs and pristine beaches. Tourists visiting here can actually have a hard time deciding which one to head to first. Makes for an ideal holiday, No?  

    You can play bingo on the plane over

    As evident from the Cebu Pacific’s mid-air passenger bingo and quizzes, Filipinos indeed has a great sense of humor. You’ll indeed be chuckling all the way and might even win a cuddly toy. It is the lax and laid back demeanor of the locals here that assures a happy experience to the tourists. Philippines very well stands by its tourist board slogan, - "It's more fun in the Philippines. This very well makes Philippines a great tourist destination.  

    It has the world's longest subterranean river

    The PP Underground River of Philippines is the longest underground river in the world. This 8.2 km navigable river runs through a cave system before finally flowing in to the South China Sea. There is a lagoon that is framed by the archaic trees and marks the mouth of the cave. This is also one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

    You can eat quirky purple desserts

    How would it be to hog on a bowl of cornflakes in ice? Yes, that’s one of the many quirky desserts that are served in Philippines. Do try out the interesting Halo Halo dessert of Philippines which is made using a significant purple ice cream. Trying out this dessert is one important thing to do in Philippines.  

    You can cringe at one of the world’s weirdest snack foods

    Balut is one of the most favorite yet a slightly weird snack in Philippines. It is a slightly developed embryo of duck that is boiled and eaten in shell. You definitely must try this weirdest snack of Philippines.

    Rice terraces to make you swoon

    One significant thing about the Banaue is its rice terraces which are simply majestic. Situated at an elevation of 3000 meters, the North Luzon’s Cordillera Central mountains are indeed one of the most tranquil alternative for the hikers seeking some adventure fun. Undoubtedly, Banaue is one of the most significant attraction of this region so much so that it has been listed in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Some of the terraces here are even 2000 years old.

    Tarsiers are the world’s cutest animal

    Tarsiers are the smallest primates of the world. These are nocturnal malls with bulbous eyes and rotating heads. Most of the Tarsiers live in Bohol and can be found in their conservation center. Sized a little less than 6 inches, Tarsiers are furry beings that are endangered and shy.  

    Some of the world's most colourful festivals

    Love wild and crazy costumes, dancing in the streets and bizarre folklore then you must plan a visit that coincides with a celebration like Panagbenga in the Baguio City. Other important festivals here are Sinulog and Ati-Atihan.   

    The beauty of El Nido

    El Nido known for its golden sand and the limestone stacks is definitely best explored via a sailing trip. You can find picturesque lagoons to swim here. This indeed is a beautiful sightseeing attraction of Philippines.

    Some of the world’s best diving

    Enjoy diving? Now, you can enjoy this incredible water sport and explore the marine life at the Tubbataha Reefs National Park which is a Unesco World Heritage site. The park has a perpendicular wall, 2 coral islands and lagoons. You can take a boat ride to see the black coral at the Black Forest dive site off Panglao Island.  

    Karaoke

    On of the most fun thing to do in Philippines is Karaoke. There are several spots here where you can enjoy this fun game with the locals.

    Boxing

    For people who enjoying boxing, it is quite possible that you may have heard about Manny Pacquiao who was recently in the news for a brawl with the Floyd Mayweather JNR in the Vegas. Undeniably, Floyd Mayweather is boorish and Pacquiao is sheer class. So, if you want to watch some quick punches, Philippines has great stuff on offer.

    Hospitality

    People and the hospitality of Philippines is second to know. This Asian country indeed has some of the friendliest people of the world. People here are not only welcoming but they indeed have a genuine concern about you, your culture and traditions. Locals here are super sociable. You’ll always find them smiling and happy. Most importantly they all love to single, dance and party! Be assured to be greeted with a ‘Hello Sir’ or ‘Hello Ma’am.’

    Products are cheaper

    Most export quality products like food, accessories, furniture and jewelry here is way cheaper. So, shopping can be a real fun here.

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  19. When is the best time to visit Philippines?

    The best time to travel to Philippines is during the winter season, November to February. The climate is dry during the season and also the country is fully accessible at this time, including its islands and secluded regions. It can get very hot during the rest of the year, especially during March and April, and thus, is best avoided during that time.

  20. How to reach Philippines?

    There are flights from most major cities in India, like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad etc to the city of Manila in Philippines. The route would usually take you via Bangkok, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. The duration of the journey would take around 8 to 10 hours depending on the route chosen.

  21. Do I need a visa for Philippines? How does one get a Philippines visa?

    You need not have a visa if your trip to Philippines is for less than 30 days. The requirements to enter the country are that the passport of the traveller should be valid for 6 months beyond their stay in Philippines and also the traveller must have a confirmed return ticket to country of origin or next destination.

    However, if you happened to visit for more than 30 days, travellers need to get their visa ready before they get there. There is no visa on arrival option available. You can get one from the nearest Philippines consulate to you. Certain documents required for the visa process are passport validation, tickets confirmation, stay confirmation, etc. Once the consulate approves your document, your visa will be given in a week or two.

  22. What is the currency of Philippines and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency used in Philippines is called the Philippine Peso and the currency code is PHP. The currency exchange rate from PHP to USD is 1 PHP = 0.020 USD. In terms of Indian currency, PHP 1 = INR 1.28. It is suggested to get your money exchanged at the airport as they have good currency exchange rates. However, if you happen to need to exchange some more money once you are in Philippines, you can exchange it at currency exchange counters found at Malls, that provide a decent exchange rate.

  23. What are the things to do in Philippines?

    Philippines being an island country, has a lot of waterfront activities that one can try. Some of the things to do in Philippines are:

    • Unwind at the beaches of Boracay with their parties and live music
    • Enjoy the view from the Banaue Rice Terrace
    • Scuba Diving
    • Watch the famous Cock Fight
    • Ride on a Jeepney
    • Go snorkelling with Whale Sharks in Cebu
    • Try a hand at diving in Bohol
    • Kiteboarding in Boracay Islands
    • Explore the mystical islands of Siquijor
    • Surf at Siargao
    • Trek at Mount Mayon Volcano
  24. What is the local food of Philippines? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Philippines is known as the Filipino Foods. The popular dishes are Lechon, Pancit, Sinigang, Sisig, Balut, Adobo and many more. The dishes are very unique in taste and not easily made or available elsewhere. Some of the best places to taste this food are:

    • The Aristocrat Restaurant – Casual Filipino food
    • The Abe restaurant – Popular dishes are Knockout knuckles and Chicharon Bulaklak
    • Manam Comfort Food – Popular dishes are Pancit palabok and Seafood Bounty Kare-Kare
    • Milky way Cafe – popular dishes are Crispy catfish and Crispy Daing na Bangus
    • Romulo Cafe – popular dishes are Chicharon and crispy crablets.
  25. What is the best public transport to commute around Philippines?

    Philippines provides various modes of public transport. Some of them are:

    • Light rail
    • Rapid transit
    • Commuter rail
    • Jeepney
    • Taxi

    It is a must-try to commute through a Jeepney at least once during your stay in Manila as it is a popular mode of transport not found in too many places elsewhere. However, Taxi’s are the most commonly used mode over here as the rest may be too crowded and not always well maintained.

  26. Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Philippines?

    Yes, it is safer to have some vaccines taken before your travel to Philippines. Some of the vaccines recommended by the CDC and WHO are : typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Cholera, rabies, Japanese encephalitis and influenza.

  27. What is the local language in Philippines and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    The local language spoken in Philippines is Filipino. Some common phrases that may be useful to you during your travel are:

    • Hello - Kamusta
    • Thank you - Salamat
    • Good morning – magandang umaga
    • What is the price of this?– ano ang presyo nito?
    • How far is this place? – gaano kalayo ang lugar na ito?
    • How are you – Kamusta ka?
  28. Which are the best shopping places in Philippines and what are they famous for?

    Most of the shopping places are in the metro city of Manila. You can get the best deals of clothes, accessories and shoes in these places. The lesser known fact is that it is home to one of the world’s top 10 shopping malls too. Some of the best shopping places to visit are:

    • SM Mall – it is a multiplex with a huge supermarket, food court, massage parlours , etc. It is one stop destination to buy whatever you want. You may also find the best exchange rates at the currency exchange counters here.
    • Glorietta and Greenbelt – mid priced shopping mall with a great massage parlour.
    • Trinoma – It has a landmark departmental store with huge varieties.
    • Divisoria and 168 – local flea market shopping experience.
  29. Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Philippines

    Some great tips to keep in mind during your trip to Philippines are:

    • Travel during low seasons
    • Book flights as early as possible with flexible dates, you might want to extend
    • Eat at street food counters and local market food stalls
    • Do not bargain too much, especially with taxis, as they may seem to lose their cool.
    • Some places have better exchange rates outside than the airport
  30. Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Philippines?

    Philippines has a list of conservation and protected areas of wildlife and national parks. Some of the popular ones are:

    • Agusan Marsh – Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Aurora Memorial – National Park
    • Bantayan Islands – Wilderness area, Fish Sanctuary
    • Puerto Princesa underground river – national park
    • Rizal Park – national park
    • Minalungao National park
    • Lignon Hill Nature park
  31. Where can I do water sports activities in Philippines?

    Philippines is an island country and thus undoubtedly has various water activities to try. Some places to try water sports activities are:

    • Swim with whale sharks – Donsol Bay
    • Learn diving at The Visayas
    • Diving at Mindoro
    • Spelunking and swimming at the island of Samar
    • Mindanao for white water rafting
    • Palawan for sea kayaking
    • Stand up paddle boarding at Bohol
  32. How is Philippines for Honeymoon couples?

    The Philippines is an ideal destination for honeymoon couples as it has many dreamy and scenic islands to explore. At Philippines, you can get adventurous with nature as well as find many places for privacy and quietude, perfect for a honeymoon. While you can relax at secluded islands, you can also party at their beaches and once you come off the shore, towards the centre, places like Manila have everything you need that the city can offer you.

  33. Which are some famous beaches in Philippines?

    Philippines has an array of beaches with various activities to try, different scenic views to enjoy and spots to relax at. Some of the famous beaches in Philippines are:

    • El Nido, Palawan
    • Pagudpud
    • Panglao Island
    • Siargao Beach
    • Boracay Beach
    • Puerto Galera
    • Samal Island
    • Coron Beach
    • Mactan Island
  34. Which are the UNESCO world heritage sites in Philippines?

    Among the plentiful of world heritage sites in Philippines, the top UNESCO sites are:

    • Baroque Churches of the Philippines (1993)
    • Historic Town of Vigan (1999)
    • Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park (1999)
    • Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (1995)
    • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (1993)
    • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  35. How is the nightlife of Philippines?

    Nightlife in Philippines is definitely a must-try. It has everything that makes it a great sport for partying from VIP clubs, karaoke bars to laser light discos and gastro pubs. Summers in Philippines see a more happening nightlife as schools are on break, and there are young crowds flocking to party their night away. Although many clubs are carefree with the dress code for entering, there are a few exclusive pubs that have certain requirements to adhere to. Some of the best places to experience nightlife in Philippines are:

    • Boracay Island for the beach parties
    • Metro Manila for its upmarket clubs
    • Angeles city for some adult entertainment
  36. What are famous cruising destinations in Philippines?

    The most famous cruising destination in Philippines happens to be the capital city of Manila. This is where most cruise lines top over during their tour. With several neighbouring islands to hop to, there are some small time cruises available to places like Boracay, Batan Island, Bohol, Aparri, Coron, etc.

  37. Which are some best destinations for surfing in Philippines?

    Philippines has quite a few beaches with great waves for surfing. Some of the best destinations would be:

    • Baler – suitable for advanced and novice surfers. Sabeng beach has medium waves and Cemento beach has stronger waves and supports various surfing competitions and activities. October to April would be the best time to go surfing in Baler.
    • Siargao – also known as the surfing capital of Philippines, ranks 8th amongst the best surfing destinations in the world. Not suitable for novice surfers as the waves are pretty strong.
    • San Juan, La Union – Good for surfing throughout the year, however, the peak season is during December and January. It is a great place for beginners to get some surf lessons at affordable prices. Very convenient for non regular surfers as you can rent your surfing equipments instead of buying them.
    • Real, Quezon – the waves here are friendlier than any other beach mentioned above. Cheap surfing lessons are available over here for as less as PHP 500.
  38. Which are some famous treks in Philippines?

    Trekking at Philippines will take your breath away, not necessarily literally, but definitely mentally and emotionally with the magnificent views the treks have to offer. Most treks are suitable for even veteran climbers. Some of the popular treks of the region are:

    • Mt.Balagbag – suitable for beginners. It has an elevation of 780 metres above sea level. It is popular among mountain bikers as well. It is best to take the trek before the sun’s peak hours as the mountain lacks shelter from trees.
    • Mt. Makiling – abundance of flora and fauna are found there, making it a frequent place to visit not only for trekkers but also scientists. The climb is moderately easy and takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach.
    • Mt.Batulao – perfect for beginners, rises 811 metres above sea level. The total trek up and down takes about 4 hours. November to February are the best times to take this trek due to the cooler temperatures then.
    • Mt.Tibig- this trek will have you rejuvenated due to the lush green lands it is surrounded with. It is an easy trek that takes only 2 hours to reach the summit.
  39. Which are the best places for Snorkeling in Philippines?

    With various spots to plunge into for your snorkelling experience in Philippines, one of the most asked questions is which is the best place among all. Here are a few best places to snorkel in the island country:

    • Nalusuan Island, Cordova, Cebu – is a paradise for snorkelling and has been designated as a Marine Sanctuary. You can witness soft and hard corals and observe a variety of small and big fishes.
    • Siete Pacados, Palawan – the clear turquoise water makes it easy to witness the numerous species of fishes living in this region. You can also see sea creatures like baby sharks, small squids and octopuses here.
    • Coral Garden, San Antonio Island, Puerto Galera – covered with a plethora of colourful corals and fishes.
    • Apo Islands, Dauin, Negros Oriental – fun snorkelling around underground rock formations. You can witness so many sea turtles in this region.
  40. Which are some of the most breathtaking waterfalls of Philippines?

    Amongst the variety of beauty this country has to offer, are the numerous beautiful and scenic waterfalls. These waterfalls will make you stand in awe admiring the natural beauty gifted to Philippines. This one characteristic makes Philippines a great place for nature lovers. Some of the breathtaking waterfalls of Philippines are:

    • Tamaraw Falls – Situated in Puerto Galera. This waterfall is a collection of mini waterfalls that intertwine to form this majestic 423 feet waterfall.
    • Kawasan Falls – This water is situated in Cebu and is hidden deep inside the forests. It takes a 30min hike through the mountains of Badian to get there. There are many thrilling activities to indulge in and around that area.
    • Alalum falls – This relatively smaller waterfall of 128 feet is located in Kisolon, Sumilao. The waterfall is closed with lush greenery of shrubs, wildflowers and trees. It is easy to get to this falls.
  41. Where is the famous underground river of Philippines located?

    The famous underground river of Philippines is the Puerto Princesa subterranean river located in the Puerto Princesa National Park. The park is located in Saint Paul Mountain Range. It is a protected area 80 km from Palawan region. You need to take a short hike or boat ride from the town of Sabang to get to the river. It is also one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Philippines and is a must visit for nature lovers visiting Philippines.

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