5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Philippines in 2016

A vacation to Philippines is always fun. It’s a nature-friendly country with over 7000 islands and a number of pristine beaches around, the people are friendly as much as the environment, and above all it’s a nice place to travel on a budget.

Here are five reasons why you should travel to Philippines this year:

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines

1. The People

Most people say that Filipinos are among the friendliest of all Asians. They’re happy and smiling and invite tourists with great respect. In many online reviews, tourists have stated that a lot of local people speak English and they are always there for help. They celebrate important occasions by singing and dancing. Make sure to visit the country during a major festival so you can know about their local culture and tradition. If you are wish to know more about the people even before you go there, just use Facebook and LinkedIn to make friends.

The cost of living in Philippines is much cheaper when compared to that of Western countries. From transportation to food and accommodation, your expenses will only be one-third or one-fourth of what you spend in countries like the US and UK.

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: Filipino people during a festival
Filipino people during a festival

2. A Paradise of Islands and Beaches

With over 7,100 islands, Philippines is considered one of the largest islands groups in the world. Who doesn’t love hopping between islands?

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: Life in Philippines
Life in Philippines

And the beaches… if you are a big fan of white sand and crystal-clear beaches, then Philippines is the best place. The local beaches are nothing short of a visual retreat to visitors. Don’t miss to drop by White Beach in Boracay, which is considered the queen of beaches in the country and one that is often rated among the top 10 beaches in the world.

3. Nature, Flora and Fauna

Philippines is home to a number of diverse plants, trees, animals, birds, and sea creatures. There are over 200 species of mammals, 300 species of reptiles, 400 species of corals, and 600 species of birds you can see in the wildlife areas.

If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be delighted to get closer to Philippine Tarsier, which is among the smallest primates in the world. If you’re an aquarium lover, the country lets you see a number of beautiful sea creatures ranging from famous giant whale shark to the smallest fish in the world called Pandaca pygmea.

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: Tarsier
Tarsier – the smallest primate in the world: Photo on Flickr by 3dom / CC BY-NC 2.0

The best nature attractions include the mesmerizing Archipelago in El Nido, the 2000-year old Rice Terraces in Banaue, and the beautiful chocolate Hills in Bohol. What’s more, the country is home to 37 volcanoes including the famous Taal, which is the smallest of its kind in the world. There are a number of lakes, waterfalls, and caves in every stop, so Philippines will be nothing short of a memorable vacation for you and your family.

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces

4. Food and alcohol

There are not too many Filipino restaurants outside the country, so this is your best chance to taste some exotic local dishes. Banana ketchup is the local people’s own invention because there are lots of bananas around. The Calamansi juice is a special holiday drink for fruit lovers, Halo-Halo is a mix of milk, ice cream, fruits, nuts, jelly, and kidney beans custom made for the foodie, and Sinigang is a special tamarind flavored soup for the health conscious.

There are dozens of local cuisines you could try every time you dine out at the local restaurants, and if you miss your native food then head to any of the multi-cuisine restaurants to sample American, Chinese, Malay, Japanese, and Spanish cuisines.

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: San Miguel Beer Oktoberfest Pack
San Miguel Beer – Oktoberfest Pack: Photo Chip Sillesa / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Philippines is a place where rum is cheaper than juice. If you love something stronger than the regular drink, try the Red Horse beer (at 20 Pesos for 0.5 liter) and if you want something with more of fruits, just sample the locally popular Boracay Coconut Rum at just 90 Pesos for a .70 liter bottle.

5. Body Massage

When the battery is down after travelling for hours, a body massage could just be the perfect natural remedy to recharge your body and mind. Philippines beaches offer everything from affordable body massages to luxury spas performed by specialists. If you’re at the Boracay beach, try the Swedish massage at just 350 Pesos per hour (i.e. 8 USD). It’s a full body massage with lots of oil. And lots of relief to your body and mind.

5 Reasons to Visit the Philippines: Boracay Beach Massage Phillipines
Boracay Beach Massage: Photo on Flickr by Gareth Williams / CC BY 2.0

CONCLUSION

There is a lot to eat, drink, see, and do. Book your tickets and enjoy the Philippines experience.

About Ashley Watson

Website: http://golfph.com/

Ashley is a globetrotter who blogs mostly on travel and tourism. She is the chief writer and social media strategist at GolfPh, a site dedicated to providing information related to golfing in the Philippines.

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