There is much to see and do in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. If you have gone on a walking tour of Intramuros, haggled at the street markets of Divisoria, Quiapo and Baclaran, paid homage to the national hero at Rizal Park and gone on a True Manila tour, you are probably to fly off to somewhere within the country or outside of it.
The Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the largest and most used gateway into the Philippines. There is extensive duty-free shopping available at the airport. The airport is extensively connected to other important cities located in almost every continent in the world. The preferred mode of transport between the heart of the city and the airport is via the airport bus because it is cheap, convenient and fast. Always take taxis with the Department of Tourism accreditation to avoid being scammed.
There are frequent and direct flights on Tigerair Philippines to Cebu, the postcard- perfect island getaway. As soon as you get off the flight, you’ll be greeted with turquoise water and a crescent of sugary white sand. This is an extraordinary island where you can go biking to the Top which literally stands on top of Mount Busay. Feel inspired as you stare at the unobstructed view of the entire city at night. Ride a Tartanilla up to Cebu’s old quarters in Carlock St. For adrenaline junkies, experience walking around the edge of a building with Xtreme Rides. Don’t worry, you will have safety cables attached to you.
A 45-minute flight from Cebu will take you to the southeast coast to Dedon Island. This is a secluded yet exclusive island that may appeal to nature lovers and those wanting some peace and quiet. Surfers will want to head straight to Cloud 9, while the less adventurous can just lounge on hammocks, deck chairs and a cocoon-like Nestrest that hangs from leaning palm trees. Those interested in deep-sea fishing can head out on boats to one of the world’s deepest trenches.
A short flight on Philippines Air Asia will take you to the lush grounds of Kalibo. Explore one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projects in the Philippines at the Bakhawan Eco-Park. If you have the time, go on the 1.1km Mangrove Eco-Trail around the park. Experience the real Sto. Nino festival in Kalibo. It is the biggest non-commercialised fiesta which stays true to the vibes of its Filipino Fiesta. Head to Saylo Cuisine for authentic Filipino food.
Visit one of Asia’s most dynamic and modern cities by hopping on Dragonair flights to Hong Kong. Take a tram up to The Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island to get a panoramic view of the city’s skyline, Victoria Harbour all the way to the green hills of the New Territories. Meet your favourite Disney characters at the magical Hong Kong Disneyland. Get close to giant pandas and get an adrenaline rush on the thrill rides at Ocean Park Hong Kong. Shop at the Ladies' Market after dinner at Tim Ho Wan Dim sum.
For a completely different experience, hop on China Airlines or EVA Air to Taipei for a unique experience. Taiwan is a destination where visitors go to eat and shop. Home to the world’s fourth tallest skyscraper, party at the exclusive clubs at Taipei 101. Head to Taroko, a three-hour drive from Taipei via Hualien to be awe-struck by marble-walled canyons, cascading waterfalls and alpine forests. Explore the Yangminshan National Park to be awed by the mountain range overlooking the city.
From Manila, hop on a direct KLM flight to Amsterdam where you will be intrigued by the elegance of the city and its attractions. Spend a day in Amsterdam without spending a penny by strolling along the canals, smelling the flowers at the Bloemenmarket and relaxing at the Vondelpark. Be sure to catch the whole array of free lunch concerts on almost every day of the week. Take the Ferry over the River IJ to get nice views of the Amsterdam harbour and skyline.
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