Travel Tips & Destinations

The Philippines has some of the top travel destinations in the entire world.

As an expat in the country, it is your job to get out of the busy city and into the province. Enjoy the beauty this country has to offer and take a weekend getaway.

Heck, a long term getaway.

The team here at Expat.com.ph has put together various travel guides to help you do just that.

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Now, get scrolling and check out the full list of articles on traveling around the Philippines.

Flight Rebooking Tips

Useful Flight Rebooking Tips with Philippine Airline Companies

During these extraordinary times, you might be one of those Philippine airline travelers dealing with a flight cancellation. We delved into flight cancellations in the Philippines and came up with useful information and tips on rebooking to help you manage the situation.

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Wedding Destinations

Breathtaking Wedding Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines, being made up of 7,641 islands, is one of the best choices for a destination wedding. The country literally has thousands of beautiful locations that a couple can choose from, all unique from one another. The best part is that the Philippines offers the cheapest rates without sacrificing the beauty of the celebration. So if you’re dreaming of a destination wedding on a budget, choose the Philippines, it is guaranteed that your dollar goes very far.

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Philippine Baroque Churches

Centuries Old Baroque Philippine Churches Worthy as a National Heritage

Baroque-style architecture was first introduced by the Catholic Church in the early 17th century as a way to contradict the Protestant church’s extravagant architecture with grander, taller and highly decorative Catholic institutions. Baroque architects took inspiration from the basic elements of Renaissance designs and exaggerated these. By enhancing domes and colonnades, making them higher and more dramatic, Baroque churches have become art institutions just as much as they are Catholic buildings.

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city of love

City of Love: Iloilo City Hailed as the “Wakanda” of the Philippines

When Iloilo was threatened by the pandemic, the Ilonggos united to do battle with the unseen, deadly enemy. Everybody did their part in making life a bit better to every resident of the city during this trying time.

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Parks in Metro Manila

LIST: Parks in Metro Manila

Ayala Triangle Gardens - is a 2-hectare (4.9-acre) landscaped urban park in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a triangular public garden and courtyard in the center of the Makati Central Business District. It was named after its owner and developer Ayala Land, and opened to the public in November 2009.

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Interesting Things to Do in Camiguin

Known as the “Island Born of Fire” Camiguin earned its moniker from the seven volcanoes that dot the place. Fret not, all are dormant you won’t see any fire and lava flow in your visit. Instead, you will find green jungles to explore, amazing waterfalls, azure ocean waters, exotic food, friendly locals, and experiences that will give you sweet memories ...

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Awesome Things to Do in Lovely Antique

No word can perfectly describe the humble beauty that the province of Antique offers. Any traveler will be thrilled with the many panoramic views and natural wonders waiting to be discovered. You’ll be amazed at the lush mountain scenery gifted with numerous floras and faunas, and rare plants that you have never seen before. Waterfalls feature unique red-tinted water cascades. ...

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Touring Beautiful Abra

Abra is one of the unexplored provinces in the Philippines. There are no beaches it has a laid-back environment untouched by modern times. But, it offers bountiful pastoral land, majestic forested mountains, clear rivers, and picturesque waterfalls which are ready to be unveiled to open-minded visitors, adventure seekers, and nature lovers. It can only be reached by land travel via ...

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Siquijor: A Traveler’s Paradise

Siquijor or the Island of Fire is the third smallest island province in the Philippines, but the pristine beaches, azure waters, magnificent waterfalls, natural wonders, and friendly locals make up for its size.   There will be mystical stories that will discourage you. For the adventurous traveler, this is home to manananggal (vampire), mangkukulam (witch), and mananambal (faith healer), Freddie ...

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Batanes: Travel Guide and Itinerary

Words are not enough to describe beautiful Batanes, the cliffs, the mountains, the ocean are heaven sent. Foreigners liken the place to Switzerland, Ireland, and New Zealand. Immerse in a different culture, mingle with the friendly Ivatans, locals, and see their houses built from indigenous materials stones, corals, lime, reed, and cogon.   Safety is not a problem, Batanes has ...

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Exploring the Stunning Biliran

Explore the unexplored wonders of stunning Biliran. Get a taste of the rural Philippines untouched by commercialism, fewer tourists, and the beauty of nature preserved in all its glory. Take a hike and see the amazing rice terraces, enjoy the coast’s offering paradise-like beaches, get relief from your ailments soaking in the warm and therapeutic hot springs, an island dotted ...

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Amazing Things to Do in Mysterious Capiz

Filipino myths depict Capiz as a home to supernatural beings, Dracula will get goosebumps when he meets these creatures of the night. Fret not, bring some blessed oil, garlic or herbs to protect yourself. The adventurous would certainly be thrilled with a meetup – What do you think? Aside from this Capiz is also known as the “Seafood Capital of ...

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Directory: Zoos & Aquariums in the Philippines

People living in cities might never see a wild animal beyond their pet dogs and cats. Of course, there’s the television with detailed and impressive documentaries about animals. But it pales next to an actual encounter with creatures in the flesh, hearing it make sounds, smell them, see them do their thing and having time to absorb all the details. ...

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Siargao: A Traveler’s Guide and Itinerary

Are you planning a vacation? On top of the list in planning a vacation is the place to go.   Let us take you to Siargao Island in the province of Surigao del Norte in Mindanao.  Known as the “Surfing Mecca of the Philippines.”  Beyond the monstrous waves are stunning lagoons, captivating cave pools, numerous dazzling islands, underwater wonderland, and ...

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Interesting Things to do in Cebu

Cebu is an island-province consisting of the main island and 167 surrounding islands and islets. The place is heralded as one of the go-to destinations in the Philippines since every nook and cranny have pleasurable things to offer foreign globe-trotters and wandering Pinoys.   A visitor will never run out of things to do in this part of the globe. ...

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Experience the Wonders of Bohol

Bohol is the 10th largest island province in the Philippines. Aside from quality handicrafts and tasty native delicacies the island is famous for its amazing tourist attractions and white sand beaches.   You’ll never run out of things to do in this part of the globe.   Nature lovers will have an up-close experience with the different fauna that populates ...

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Palawan: One of the World’s Best Destinations

Palawan is a regular on the list of one of the world’s best destinations. It was on top in 2017 and 2016 and was relegated to the sixth spot in 2018 by the renowned Travel + Leisure magazine. The province is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef National Park.   ...

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Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the New Boracay

President Duterte saw footage where the island’s sewerage system disperse raw waste directly into the sea and called it a “cesspool.” He directed closure of Boracay last April 26, 2018, to last for six months while government solves the island’s many problems.   Boracay is back in business with a soft opening last October 26, 2018. This is the first ...

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LIST: 7 Monuments and Shrines in Metro-Manila

Monuments and shrines in Metro-Manila are rich in the history of our ancestors. Each has their own story to tell about the feats of our local heroes against tyrants. Next time you walk by one, take a closer look at the monuments and shrines. You’ll notice that the structure has a deeper meaning. The position of the body, the objects, ...

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LIST: Best National Parks in the Philippines

National parks in the Philippines offer wonderful experiences and amenities to visitors. The parks are teeming with scenic attractions and wildlife, a paradise for explorers at heart. Not only are these national parks unique for their natural beauty but also they have a historical meaning. For instance, the Luneta National Park is a tribute to Jose Rizal, a Filipino national ...

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Expats Guide: 5 Must-See Museums

The Philippines has quite the rich history. Having been colonized by the Spaniards for over 300 years and Americans and the Japanese soon thereafter, discovering the country’s past is nothing short of interesting.  This is one of the reasons why in Metro Manila, there are a handful of museums one can visit. These must-see museums are a great way to ...

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8 Things You Need to Know When Going on An Island Tour

One of the best things about living in the Philippines is the fact that this tropical country has numerous amazing beaches to explore. Whether or not you’re a beach bum, it’s always good to know that you can do a quick nature run whenever stress hits you. From the more popular beach spots such as Boracay, Batangas and Palawan to ...

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Top 5 Diving Spots in Anilao, Batangas

One of the most popular road trip destinations just a stone’s throw away from Manila is Batangas. Just a couple of hours down south, Batangas is the most accessible place for a quick beach getaway. For some rest and relaxation, Nasugbu is the home of many resorts such as Canyon Cove and Punta Fuego. For divers, there is Anilao in ...

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Locally Brewed Beers You Should Try (And Where to Get Them!)

Nothing beats the feeling of taking your first gulp of ice-cold beer after a long, tiring workday. For beer lovers, it is the perfect stress buster. Whether you experience it at home to perfectly accompany your Netflix-and-chill time or in a bar with friends or colleagues, a nicely brewed beer is always a good choice. In the Philippines, there are ...

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Expats Favorite Pubs to Hang Out

Expats Favorite Pubs to Hang Out

Pubs offer different services. Some are karaoke joints, some provide live bands, and some are the wholesome kind serving food and alcohol. What tickles Joe’s fancy doesn’t mean it will work for you. For one thing, Joe likes pubs with live bands. In contrast, you prefer a quiet setting talking with someone while drinking and eating pulutan, finger foods. For ...

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Expat’s Guide Awesome Bacolod Spots You Have to Check Out

Expat’s Guide: Awesome Bacolod Spots You Have to Check Out

Bacolod, also known as the City of Smiles, is the capital of the province of Negros Occidental and is considered as the 2nd most populated city in the Visayas region, next to Cebu. Within the Visayas region, Bacolod is also second to Cebu in terms of cool hangout places and yummy food destinations. It’s also home to some really great ...

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Philippine Mountains A must-climb for Trekkers

Philippine Mountains: A must-climb for Trekkers

The Philippines is blessed with fantastic places to visit that will make the jaw of a tourist drop in awe. While the country is renowned for its scenic spots, friendly people, and fantastic beaches, it doesn’t mean that mountains are not noteworthy. The mountains in the Philippines are diverse, there will surely be a trail for any type of climber. ...

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Nikkei A Fusion of Japanese and Peruvian Cuisine

Nikkei – A Fusion of Japanese and Peruvian Cuisine

For those of you who may not be familiar with Rockwell Center in Makati, it enjoys one of the highest density of restaurants in Asia, I couldn’t possibly begin to count the number of eateries, but it must close to 100. Most of the restaurants are situated in and around the Power Plant Mall, however there is another group of ...

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Scary Bridges in the Philippines

Scary Bridges in the Philippines

Rusty steel wires clutch rotten wooden planks and you wonder if these can hold your heft. You struggle to reach a railing which is far apart as the wailing wind shakes the rickety walkway. As you steady yourself you get a view of the forest floor, it is a long way down. And then you set your eyes on the ...

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Up-and-Coming Honeymoon Spots in the Philippines

Up-and-Coming Honeymoon Spots in the Philippines

The Philippines is known for world-class beaches like Boracay and El Nido, but with its thousands of islands, there are many more newly discovered gems that you can enjoy with your spouse on away from tourists that block the view.   Table of Contents Chill HoneymoonersGigantes IslandsCagnipa Rolling HillsAdventurous HoneymoonersRapang CliffsKiokong White Rock WallBusy HoneymoonersFortune IslandAquascape Floating Suite Chill Honeymooners ...

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Hole in the Walls within Metro Manila that are Pocket Friendly

Hole-in-the-Walls within Metro Manila that are Pocket-Friendly

You need not circle the globe just to satisfy your delicate palate, savor these foodies right here in the metro. Maybe you’re thinking of high prices for quality food – Nope, not true! Fret not, there are hole-in-the-walls offering culinary gourmet at affordable prices that will raise the eyebrows of Michelin chefs Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, et al. These dot ...

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Fight Gyms Metro Manila

Fight Gyms within Metro Manila

Engaging in diet and exercise are staples of physical fitness and wellness, but it becomes monotonous and boooriiing if done repeatedly. Why not indulge in a fighting sport – Does this sound interesting? Burn up those calories and learn how to defend yourself too. We’re talking about Boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Wrestling mix it up with ...

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Scuba Divers Best Spots Philippines

Scuba Diver’s Best Spots in the Philippines

With 7,641 islands, the Philippines has an infinite supply of coastline and crystal clear sea water to discover. The country is teeming with scuba diving sites that cater to divers whether you’re a beginner that needs to get certified or an expert seeking new challenges and adventure, you’ll find your diving site here. You’ll be astonished by the numerous marine ...

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DonostiPintxos Tapas

A Little Bit of Spain in Bonifacio Global City

Donosti was a personal recommendation from a great friend who is a real “foody”, and is famous, or maybe infamous, for great recommendations, however he excelled himself with the recommendation of Donosti. It’s in the heart of BGC and conveniently located for those who live and work in BGC and close the CBD in Makati, however it can take in ...

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Philippine Festivals in Honor of Animals and Crops

Philippine Festivals in Honor of Animals and Crops

The Philippine festivals were influenced by Spain. Almost every city and municipality celebrate to honor their patron saint, the numbers are ginormous with 145 and 1,489 respectively spread all over the country. And this does not include the 42,029 barangays which have their own celebration of a fiesta. But do you know that not all are in honor of patron ...

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Korean restaurants

Expats Guide: 5 Korean Restaurants to get Your Korean Food Fix

One Asian cuisine that is making so much noise in the food industry now is Korean food! Undoubtedly one of the most delicious cuisines there is, Koreans have been at the forefront of the food industry with scrumptious dishes such as Korean BBQ (thinly sliced beef or pork strips grilled to mouthwatering perfection), Samgyeopsal (3-layered grilled pork belly) and Bibimbap ...

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Whang-Od

Whang-od: The Living Legend of Philippine Tattoo

Different strokes for different folks, there are various reasons why people wear a tattoo. A popular reason for getting inked is to pay tribute to a dear someone you lost. Some use this to express a certain story and tattoo brings the story to life. Others are keeping up with the fad, a tattoo means you are up-to-date with the ...

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Captivating, Bizarre Philippine Festivals

The Philippines has 7,641 islands, each is distinct, they have their own customs and traditions, religious beliefs and local celebrations that is why Filipinos love to party because they have lots of festivals. The sheer number exemplifies the diversity in culture from the metropolitan area to the smallest barangay, every place has their own way of celebrating. Some do stand ...

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Spine-chilling Ghost Stories from the Philippines

The Philippine has 7,641 islands, and each area has their own ghost stories, urban legends, and myths to tell. You won’t run out of tales to hear, each is unique from each other that is convincing and downright creepy. We have compiled 4 Philippine ghost stories for your reading pleasure, true or not, do not continue if you feel uncomfortable. ...

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AirBnb near Manila

Four AirBnb Units Near Manila to Rent for a Peaceful Weekend

When you have been bombarded with work for 5, 6 or 7 days straight, the body longs for a legit vacation. Who doesn’t want to just sit down, relax and enjoy an amazing view? It’s the easiest and most efficient way to avoiding getting burnt out, and with how fast-paced life is nowadays, it’s practically a miracle to do just ...

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bgc bus stop

Expats Guide: Know your Next BGC Bus Stop

  If there’s one thing Filipinos would like to see the government strictly implement in the Philippines, it is the designation of proper bus stops around the country. If other major cities in Southeast Asia can do it, why can’t the Philippines, right? That would be a dream come true. Imagine the joy of many people when Bonifacio Global City ...

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p2p service

Expats Guide: P2P Bus Service in Metro Manila

One thing that you should prepare yourself for when you come to the Philippines is traffic. Unfortunate as it may be, this is one of the most pressing problems in the country at the moment that a lot of solutions are being formulated to alleviate it. Some work, others don’t; but the government continuously tries hard to find ways to ...

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money changer makati

Recommended Money Changers in Makati

After months of research and preparation before coming to the Philippines, you’ve finally arrived in the country. Welcome to your new home! Now that you’re all set, from your workplace to home, it’s time that you get your finances in order. One important thing to know is where to get your currency exchanged to Philippine Peso. We understand that it’s ...

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Nearby Manila Getaways to Recharge You

Nearby Manila Getaways to Recharge You

If you’ve been reading about the Philippines for some time now, what you’ll realize is that the country is lucky to have been blessed with stunning natural resources across the archipelago. Good news is that you don’t really have to travel far to see them for yourself. No need for domestic trips here. All it takes is some planning- or ...

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boracay closure 2018

Need to Know Things About the closure of Boracay (Bora) Island on April 26, 2018

Back in 2010, the New York Times foreseen Boracay as Asia’s next tourism hotspot. In recent years it leaped from a low-key tropical backwater to Southeast Asia’s go-to vacation destination. Long stretches of powdery white sand, kite-surfing, and dive friendly reefs teeming with marine life became the crown-jewel of the Philippine Islands. Yearly millions of tourists flock the place and ...

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Public Parks in Metro Manila

Expats Guide: Public Parks in Metro Manila to Get Your Sweat On

If you were a fitness junkie who usually spends time inside a gym, there would be days you would like to trade in your air-conditioned gym for some fresh air. Who wouldn’t appreciate working out outside, appreciating wide, open spaces and the sun hitting your face? Nothing beats busting a sweat outside. Wondering where to you can burn some calories ...

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best philippine beaches

Expats Guide: 10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

If there is one thing the Philippines is best known for, it must be the incredible beaches it boasts of. Pristine white sand with incredibly clear, blue waters, the beaches in the Philippines are a sight to behold. But other than the amazing scenery, what makes these tourist destinations wonderful is the overall relaxation one can get from being there. ...

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The Three Best Places To See Whale Sharks In The Philippines

Seeing one of these gentle giants up-close in the wild can be the one of the most memorable experiences of your time in the Philippines and we have chosen three places that maximise the chance that this will be one of the highlights your stay. Depending on your location and itinerary in the Philippines any of the places we recommend ...

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