10 Reasons to visit the Philippines
If you haven’t booked your vacation yet, then we have some very good reasons why the Philippines could be on your list of possible destinations. Sun, sea, sand, and local people who will welcome you with open arms, are just a few of the reasons why you should be thinking about a trip to this wonderful tropical paradise. Most people who visit the Philippines, always go back for more, so read on, and we will give you ten compelling reasons why the Philippines should be on everyone’s list of vacation destinations.
1. The amazing beaches
If you think you have seen beautiful beaches, wait until you see what they have to offer in the Philippines, because these beautiful islands have some of the best beaches in the world. Powder white sand and water so blue, you won’t believe it. There are few places in the world that can boast such beautiful beaches.
2. The people
The warm welcome and broad smiles you will receive when you visit the Philippines are will make you wish you never had to go home again. The people of the Philippines always seem pleased to see visitors and they have a respectful curiosity about people from other countries. They love to dance and sing too, so a holiday in the Philippines feels lake one long celebration.
3. The shopping
The shopping in the Philippines is amazing! They have absolutely huge shopping malls that have shops that sell everything you could possibly think of. If you are looking for something a little bit different, the country is also well knew for its many local craft shops too. There is something to suit every taste and every budget in the Philippines.
4. Great food
The local food is amazing too, and you will find some of the best seafood on the planet. Be sure to try out some of the local delicacies, like Lechon, which is a whole roasted pig, and Kare-Kare, which is a delicious oxtail stew with a peanut sauce. If you are feeling really adventurous, you could try the famous Balut, which is a boiled, 17 year old duck egg containing a developed embryo!
5. The weather
The best time of year to go to the Philippines is between November and May. The weather at that time of the year is just right. It’s tropical, but not so hot that it becomes unbearable, so you can lay our all day on the beach and still feel comfortable. It’s best to avoid the period between June and October, because that is the monsoon season and things can get a bit wet and windy! Even then, though, it still stays hot, so it’s not all that bad.
6. Cheap drinks
You won’t be splashing out a fortune on alcoholic drinks in the Philippines; the drinks are so cheap. You need to be careful about how many drinks you have, because they mix them very strong over there. If you ask for a rum and juice, you’ll probably get more of the rum, than you do of the juice!
7. No language problem
You shouldn’t really choose a holiday based on the fact that the locals speak English, but let’s be honest it does make things easier. Just about everyone in the Philippines speaks English and English is the official language of the government too. There are also loads of English books, magazines and newspapers for sale, so you’ll always have something to read on the beach.
8. The nature
When you get bored of the beach, there’s plenty to see and do inland as well. The Philippines is home to an amazing array of wildlife, including the Philippine Tarsier, the smallest, and quite probably the cutest, monkey in the world. There are also more than 600 different species of birds to see, and hundreds of different mammals and reptiles too.
9. It is hassle free
One of the hassles you get at any tourist resort around the world is people trying to sell you tacky, overpriced souvenirs and people who are trying to con you out of your money. For some reason, you don’t get a lot of this in the Philippines. It’s nice to be able to walk around and not be constantly hassled for money.
10. The diving
If you love diving or snorkelling then you will love the Philippines. The country has some of the most amazing diving sites in the world, including famous spots, like Apo reef and Monad Shoal. If you are feeling particularly brave, you can also go diving with sharks off Malapascua Island. The waters of the Philippines are perfect for diving with crystal clear water, beautiful coral reefs, and amazing sea life.