Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines

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The Philippines is one of the more expansive countries in Asia. Spread across over 7500 islands, the Philippines is famous for its tropical climate and beautiful sights. Since it is a tropical country, it’s known by many foreigners as a great place to escape freezing winters of their home countries to enjoy the warm sun and clean beaches of the islands.

If you are visiting the Philippines, here are the top things that you can do:

1. Sagada

Sagada is located in a mountainous region of the Philippines. Because it is in the mountains, its climate is cooler than the other parts of the Philippines. The best attractions in Sagada are their hanging coffins, a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized today. Also, trek up Kiltepan Peak early in the morning to see the sea of clouds between the mountain ranges. Some people go to Sagada to enjoy and reflect about their life as this place is really peaceful. Sagada is a perfect place for those who don’t mind a little isolation away from the crowds.

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2. Boracay

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-2Boracay is a small island is famous for its natural white sands and beautiful blue water. It has been named in several notable travel magazines as one of the best resort islands to visit in the world. Each year, over a million tourists visit Boracay for its tranquility, relaxation, and its emerging night life. It’s definitely a must visit destination when you go to the Philippines.

3. Manila

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-3Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is full of history. Try a tour in Manila and visit beautiful historical sites in like Fort Santiago, Manila Bay, National Museum of the Philippines, and Luneta Park You’ll be amazed by how the Philippines has improved and evolved as a nation.

4. Vigan

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-4Vigan is a place that will take you to the past because it’s one of the few places left in the Philippines where its colonial era buildings still remain in fact.  Its architecture mixes native Philippine, Asian, and colonial Spanish influences of the 16th century. In 1999, Vigan was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and later named as one of the New7Wonder Cities by the New7wonders Foundation in 2015 as one of the world’s wonder cities.

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5. Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-5The famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol are made up of over a thousand small rolling hills in a 20-square mile area. The hills are covered with grass and, during the winter, the grass turns brown giving the hills a milk chocolate color shaped like Hershey’s Kisses. Hence its name, Chocolate Hills. People also visit Bohol to see tarsiers, which are small primates no bigger than a human fist. Because they live in trees and have large, distinctive round eyes, some people may initially mistake them for owls.

6. Mayon Volcano

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-6The Mayon volcano is the most famous active volcano in the Philippines because of its perfectly symmetrical cone-shaped appearance. Its last eruption occurred in 2009 which resulted in the evacuation of thousands of towns people living at the bottom of the volcano. Some activities you could do at the bottom of the volcano are ATV adventures and visiting the Cagsawa Ruins which was a town that was destroyed by an eruption in 1814.

7. Baguio

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-7The Philippines is a tropical country so it is expected that the weather is hot. However, if you’re looking a place to cool down after touring in the busy streets of sunny Manila then Baguio is definitely the place to be. Baguio is located at the northern part of the Philippines and you can do food trip. Baguio is famous for its fresh strawberries, ube (a purple yam) jam, and lots of eateries called restos.

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8. Zamboanga

Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines-8Zamboanga is located at the bottom of the Philippine archipelago and it is a place famous for their vinta tradition where the locals set sail in small, but beautifully made boats with colorful sails. If you speak Spanish then you you’ll have no problems with language in Zamboanga because the locals speak Spanish but they call their language “Chavakano”.