The Philippines is one of South East Asia’s most beautiful countries blessed by Mother Nature with 7,107 islands scattered all over the archipelago. It is a country characterized by a multi-cultural and natural diversity rich in spectacular attractions, which makes the Philippines a must see tourist destination in the world.
It’s more fun in the Philippines is the country’s slogan which is used to simplify and summarize what guests and tourists are to expect when in this Asian tropical paradise. We have listed down some of the most beautiful must see places in the Philippines.
Boracay Island. This is a world renowned tourist haven located in Aklan Province of the Western Visayas Region 315 kilometers south of the mainland capital Manila. This island and its white sand beaches has been cited in numerous international travel magazines and consistently voted as one of the world’s most beautiful places, with some actually calling it paradise on earth. Boracay is visited by hundreds of thousands of local and international tourists year round for rest and recreation, with lots of world class accommodations available and events happening along the shorelines almost every day. Boracay is on top of this list for no other reason than being the most spectacular and excellent among the Philippines tourist destinations.
Vigan Ilocos Sur. Vigan is now making itself known in the international tourist scene as one of the best must see places in the Philippines owing to its reputation and designation as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO. Vigan City is characterized by Spanish colonial period structures which to this day are very well preserved and allows tourists to have a feel of what it was like in the Philippines hundreds of years ago. Vigan is now on the list of the New 7 Wonder Cities of the World and is a favorite among international tourists who had been charmed by this truly wonderful city in the northern region of the Philippines.
Banaue Rice Terraces. The Banaue Rice Terraces in the Cordilleras are ancient rice paddies carved in the faces of the mountains surrounding the region. It is located in the province of Ifugao and for hundreds of years has inspired awe to visitors who are lucky enough to have seen and experienced this man-made wonder. The Ifugao Rice Terraces has been in existence for more than 2000, years carefully carved in the mountains by natives who lived long ago and long before this country was discovered by the westerners who colonized it a few hundred years ago.
Baguio City. This city is a favorite among international tourists especially those from the neighboring Asian countries who favor Baguio’s crisp and cool atmosphere. It is located in the Cordillera Region and is about 240 kilometers north of the Philippine Capital City of Manila. It was originally established by the Americans during their occupation of the country in the early twentieth century and was conceptualized as a perfect rest and recreation center for the American troops stationed in the Philippines then. Today, Baguio City is a bustling economy rich in culture and tradition and is still considered as the top tourist destination in the North.
Tagaytay City. The City of Tagaytay is a very popular tourist spot for its picturesque scenery and cool temperate climate well loved by local and foreign visitors. It is located approximately 60 kilometers south of Manila in the industrial Province of Cavite. It is a high altitude locality blessed with a lot of spectacular sights most prominent of which is the Taal Volcano and its surrounding lake. Taal Volcano is the world’s smallest active volcano which rises like a phoenix in the Taal Lake which is normally covered in fog. Visitors in Tagaytay will be pleased to know that the city has invested in maintaining its natural beauty and grandeur, and there are lots of world class hotels and villas available to those who want to stay and relax.
El Nido Palawan. Popularly referred to as the Philippines’ ‘Final Frontier,” this world class protected area which sits in the Province of Palawan in the Southern part of the country is about 400 kilometers away from the capital of Manila. El Nido is characterized by rolling hills, marble cliffs and mountains, rainforests, waterfalls, caves, lagoons and world class white sand beaches with the bluest and cleanest waters. It is a magical natural wonder that has a lot of interesting offerings found exclusively in El Nido, Palawan. Other than swimming, the beaches in El Nido are teeming with water sport activities such as canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, diving and hosts of other shoreline activities such as beach kiting, volleyball and football. It is said that most tourists who schedule two day getaways end up extending their stays as El Nido Palawan’s charm captivates them and would want to experience more.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The City of Puerto Princesa is another of Palawan’s gems. This city is best known for its underground river system that snakes its way underneath mountains. The river is the world’s longest navigable subterranean river declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a world heritage site and is among the world’s 7 wonders of nature. There are a host of attractions other than the underground river such as Puerto Princesa’s amazing beaches and endless coastlines. A visit to this enchanting city will make guests and visitors fall in love and come back for more.