Philippines, located in Southeast Asia, is considered to be one of the best destination for those travellers seeking to bask under the sun while hopping across many of its 7,107 islands. Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, the country is also known for its hospitality and vibrant, fun-loving culture.
Why Travel to the Philippines
Friendly locals, stunning islands and beaches, gorgeous natural landscape, diverse wildlife – these are just a few of the many descriptions most travellers come away with after travelling to the Philippines. The country is well-known for its hospitable people, often described to be extremely welcoming with an always-present smile and a love for singing and dancing. Visitors to the country will find it fun as well as easy to interact with the locals since English is an official language and spoken by many.
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is definitely popular for its beautiful islands and pristine sandy beaches of different colours – white, black or pink, you can find it in the Philippines. For relaxing by the day and partying at night, head over to Boracay with its numerous bars and cafes stretched along a 5 kilometre long white sand beach. For a feeling of having your own piece of paradise, spend a holiday in El Nido in any of its numerous luxurious resorts set against dramatic limestone formations.
Beyond the sandy beaches, the Philippines is also popular for its diverse wildlife. Visit one of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Philippine Tarsier, in Bohol or take in the amazing view of the Banaue Rice Terraces in Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao. Other attractions not to miss include the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Mayon Volcano in Albay and the Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan.
Best Time to Visit the Philippines
The Philippines enjoy a tropical climate that can get hot and humid in the dry months of November to April and wet during the monsoon seasons of May to October. It is generally recommended that the best time to fly to the Philippines would be during the dry season. However, this should not discount visiting during the wet season as it doesn’t always experience torrential rains and may often experience sunny days.
Besides weather, another thing to consider when deciding on when to visit the Philippines are the events and festivals that happen across the country all year round. In January, there is the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan. In February, there is the Panagbenga or Flower Festival in Baguio and the Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Pampanga. Whatever the month, there is sure to be an event or festival happening in some part of the Philippines so make sure to check out the local calendar of events before you travel.
How to Fly to the Philippines
The Philippines has several domestic and international airports located across the country so deciding on which airport to fly into would depend on where you want to stay or first visit during your holiday. Some of the country’s busiest airports include the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) in Metro Manila, Mactan–Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Metro Cebu and Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) in Davao City. Several airlines operate flights to and from the Philippines at these airports including Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, SilkAir and JetStar. To find the best airline to book flights, view this list of airlines that fly to the Philippines from Singapore.
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