The Philippines are an awe-inspiring archipelago of more than 7,000 unique and beautiful islands, tropical rainforests, shoppers’ paradise, pristine beaches, rice terraces, UNESCO World Heritage sites, vibrant festivals, Spanish colonial architecture, friendly locals, and some of the best diving spots in the world.
Philippines is a fun place to visit. Here is HolidayMe.com’s list of the top 10 things to do in the Philippines that you should not miss out on your next trip to the beautiful land!
Explore one of the most beautiful destinations in Philippines – Boracay Island
If you are looking for white sandy beaches and turquoise clear waters, then you are in the right place. A beach with a postcard picture of perfection – Boracay Island is one of the most beautiful destinations in Philippines. You can still find some quite spot for sunbathing, incredible sunset avenues or if you looking to simply relax on the beach, this is the place to be. Among all 7,000 islands, it’s not hard to find your dream destination over there and having it all for yourself.
Satisfy your craving by indulging in Filipino food
Even though, Filipino cuisine is not that famous around the globe, but there are a lot of things worth trying. Filipino cuisine is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Spanish and American cuisines. Lechon, chicken, Sinigang – vegetables and meat cooked in peanut sauce, and sea-food grilled to perfection are some of the mouth-watering local dishes. And, if all that doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, you will find Indian food to Thai food, and almost all kinds of food here.
Soak up the amazing local culture
The culture of Philippines is best experienced in the festivals and events that showcase everything that locals are passionate about. A great blend of the East and the West has resulted in the traditions and culture of this nation. There is no better way to experience the diverse culture here than participating in some of the most famous festivals and events like Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan, the Annual Harvest Festival and much more.
Get ready for a bumpy ride in a Jeepney
Explore this beautiful country like a local in a Jeepney – the most popular mode of transportation in Philippines. These multi-coloured jeepneys are the kings of the roads here and riding it is the most interesting thing to do in Philippines.
Engage yourself in some unique outdoor activities
For those looking for adventure and are always craving for the wild adrenaline rush, Philippines tourism will not disappoint you. The Philippines offers several adventure activities for both lazy beach bums and trekkers that will surely pump up your adrenaline. Trekking up to the active Mayon Volcano – is a fun adventure activity to indulge in. Once you reach the top, you get to marvel at the Filipino – Spanish architecture, it is amongst most fun things to do in Philippines. Be it on ground or underwater or all the way up, Philippines is truly an adventure destination.
Climb the stairs of Banaue Rice Terraces
An alluring mix of beauty, remoteness, cultural treasure and Filipino pride – the rice terraces in Banaue are an outstanding example of living cultural landscapes. Local folks refer to them as the “Stairs to Heaven” and was also listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Trekking over the rice terraces in Banaue is one of the best things to do in Philippines.
A shoppers paradise – Manila
Get lost in one of the biggest shopping centers in the world in Manila, the capital city. A country known for its great handicrafts, boutiques, fashion outlets, antique jewelery and fantastic shopping opportunities; there are plenty of places to go for an authentic Filipino shopping. Shopping in Philippines will also give you an experience of bargaining in a flea-market. Shopping in Manila is one of the best experiences in Philippines as you get massive discounts at these flea markets.
Relax in a traditional Filipino spa
If you are looking for some ‘Me’ time, you are at the right place. There is nothing more relaxing than rejuvenating yourself at a traditional Filipino spa. One of the top 10 things to do in Philippines is a unique ‘touch therapy’ called Hilot – an ancient art of traditional Filipino spa. You will be pampered by soothing touch of this massage that relaxes your body and heals tired muscles.
Experience the buzzing nightlife in Philippines
A nice relaxing evening in roof top bars or looking for some wild time spent in the clubs listening to live bands or watching live performances, the major cities of Philippine have much to offer to suite all tastes. A happy mix of foreigners and locals at these place showcase the fun side of Filipinos. Nightlife in Manila is one of the most interesting and exciting things to do in Philippines.
Watch performances by world-class Filipino artists
Watching a live performance by world class Filipino artists will be an unforgettable experience while you are holidaying in Philippines. Philippines serves a wide range of entertainment and performances that are simply mind-blowing. Manila, the cultural center of the Philippines, hosts many performances by the Philippine ballet, singers and other world renowned dance troops.
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As you can see, there are many great things to do in the Philippines. It is a hot destination for 2016. What are your favorite things to do in the Philippines? Share them with us in the comments section!
Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.