The Philippines is a former Spanish colony, just like a big part of South America. This gives the Philippines a unique feeling nowhere to be found elsewhere in Asia! If you are “temple” tired, the Philippines is the perfect place to catch a fresh breath of air as it has some of the best beaches; the water is so blue and makes a beautiful contrast with the white beaches. If you’re looking for postcard perfect places, just visit the Philippines. This Philippines travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Philippines Travel Guide: Fast Facts:
- Philippines power voltage is 220 V 60 Hz; Power sockets A, B & C
- The Philippine currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP) and is around 44 PHP for 1 USD
- Travellers are requested to pay an airport tax when departing from Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Cebu City or Davao.
- If you are going to Mindanao (southern Philippines) where some areas are predominantly Muslims, dress conservatively.
- If drivers refuse to switch on the meter, get out and catch another taxi as this is a common ploy taxi drivers in Manila indulge in with foreigners.
- Water is NOT potable in Philippines. Drink only bottled water. If you order a mixed drink at a bar, ask that ice not be added, since it may have been made from tap water.
Top Packing Tips for Philippine Travel
Philippines has a tropical climate with three noticeable seasons namely the wet and rainy season (June-October), the cool but dry season (November-February) and the hot and dry season (March-May). June to August is the typhoon season. Pack lightweight cotton clothing that will allow you to add a layer if you get too cool and a lightweight rain jacket for the rainy season.
- Sarongs – From protecting yourself from the hot island sun, to being used as a towel or keeping warm on a cool night, sarongs are a must-have on your caribbean vacation. On any trips to churches and temples, use it to cover up.
- The protection basics – Travellers should stock up on the essentials: sun block, mosquito/insect repellant containing DEET or a pyrethroid insecticide. A hat, sunscreen and sunglasses will protect you from the strong Philippine sun
- Personal safety products – Before leaving for your trip, make sure to pack some personal safety products, like money belts and locks, so that you can keep your valuables safe on your trip. Also, avoid bringing anything flashy, like rings or necklaces – less is always more.
- A tropical wardrobe. This should include—for both men and women—shorts, T-shirts, breathable rain gear, a warm jacket or fleece, sturdy footwear, and a wrap. Casual clothes with natural fibers – linen, silk, cotton – work well in the heat and humidity.