Manila is many things to many people. If you are feeling nostalgic, historical tourist spots and museums abound for you; if you are young and always on the go, visit Manila’s huge malls and bars that never go to sleep; and if you love good theater plays, there are a number of ways to experience theater in Manila.
Philippines: A Top Destination
With more than seven thousand islands comprising the Philippines, it’s an explorer’s and a traveler’s dream. You will not run out of things to do and places to see in a country where variety and happy chaos is the norm.
One stop is Palawan, just a couple of hours south west of Manila. This jewel is home to decadent island resorts that offer the best villas and luxurious accommodations. If you want to be in the middle of all the happenings here, you may want to stay in a posh vacation home located just a few steps away from the warm and clear water of Palawan’s beaches. Aside from these lavish homes, the white sand, and the warm sun, the best part of the island would be the dive sites teeming with sea life, corals, and fishes. The diving sites are protected to ensure that the beauty and the natural wildlife in the area is maintained and nurtured.
Another unique stop is San Benito, which is about three hours away from Manila if you are in the mood for a long drive. A retreat place called The Farm is ideal for individuals who want a hardcore spa week. The Farm is a detoxification center where rooms aren’t equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi. The place encourages a lifestyle of health and relaxation with its juice cleanses, body therapy, massages, body scrubs, and the like. It’s a welcome break if you’re stressed from work or travel. The lack of Internet and television allows you to meditate and reconnect with yourself in strangely fulfilling way.
The capital city of Philippines, which is Manila, is also a notable place, and you should take the time to savor the city before or after you go island-hopping. Manila has great luxury hotels and impeccable restaurants. The walled city of Intramuros can also be of interest if you can find Carlos Celdran, a famous guide who can show you the most culturally and historically interesting places in Manila.
When in Manila and looking for cool places to visit and things you can do without spending too much, you might want to visit three interesting tourist destinations that just happen to all be along one jeepney route: Rizal Park, the Carfel Seashell Museum and Malate Church. Having all three of these on one commute path definitely makes it easy for tourists, especially those navigation-challenged travelers. Best of all, the three destinations are practically nonnegotiable sites to visit when it comes to sightseeing in the Philippine capital.
What better way to start your inexpensive tour than from the most important tourist spot in Manila, Rizal Park? More popularly known by Filipinos as Luneta, this park is dedicated to Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines. At the heart of Luneta is a bronze [Read more…]
If there is anything that captures the essence of Baguio, it most probably will be the Baguio City Market. Like the city itself, the market is a melting pot of the Cordillera region and its lowland products. It can get extremely busy yet not stressful with its wide variety of items and services. But why would a public market of a city be considered a tourist attraction? The answer – the Four C’s.
Clean – Simply put, the market is extremely clean. It is not dusty, wet or smelly like most of the markets located elsewhere in the [Read more…]
People usually head to Baguio to relax, enjoy the scenery and have a great time. Locals especially love going up to the city from the lowlands to enjoy the nice crisp weather and the addictive smell of pine trees saturating the city’s environment. But even in this serene atmosphere, there may be unfortunate incidents that no one can see coming. So it is better to be safe than sorry especially when health in Baguio is concerned by tourists.
Some who may be used to the cold weather in Baguio may get sick. Some may get into an accident or other unfortunate injuries. It is [Read more…]
Way before Baguio was popular to tourists for its cold climate, yummy strawberries and lush green parks, Baguio started out as a mining town. Surprisingly, the city of Pines had gold tucked in somewhere along its mountain ridges, and there still are a few veins 100 years later, to be found at the Balatoc Mines.
In the mining town of Itogon, Benguet and located right outside the city of Baguio, Balatoc Mines used to be a hub of mining activity. In [Read more…]
Baguio City has been labeled as the Summer Capital of the Philippines because locals flock to the highlands as the summer heat begins. Of course, tourists not only visit Baguio for its climate but for its attractions as well. The most common concern among tourists visiting any city would most likely be the means of transportation available. Baguio is a rather small city that totals to only 49 square kilometers. Major attractions are situated close to each other, which makes getting from one place to another not too difficult. Luckily, here are four ways to getting around Baguio.
- Take a cab – Taxis are plenty around Baguio. The current flag down rate is at 35 pesos for the first 500 meters with an additional 1.50 pesos per 100 meters thereafter. Most Baguio cabs are colored white with proper identification markings [Read more…]