One month in the Philippines has left me with many great memories. I am sure there is much more to see than what I could do in 30 days (end of my visa), but here are a few good reasons why you should consider the islands for your next holidays.
The streets of Intramuros in Manila
While you are there, make sure to visit Chinatown and Makati district as well.
The history of Banaue and Batad’s rice fields
If you are interested in learning more about the cultural heritage and history of the Philippines and their people, a visit to the rice fields should be on your list. Banaue and Batad are worth seeing, even if you have seen many rice fields in Asia (an argument I have commonly heard in hostels). Make sure to stay in one of the guesthouses to learn more about the village’s history by your host. The people I met with were incredibly friendly and loved talking about their country.
The many MANY beautiful beaches
Everybody knows about Boracay, Alona, Palawan, … But what impressed me is that they are literally “everywhere”. Going around Bohol island on a scooter, Cebu island on a bus and Negros in a tuk-tuk, I could have stopped every 2 minutes to take more pictures of amazing white beaches and the mesmerizing blues of the ocean. It’s hard to decide which one to pick.
The many AMAZING dive sites
Especially on the islands, sunsets were amazing. Not just because of the beautiful colors but also because local people gather on the beach to watch the sunset, chat or just relax.
The best picture opportunities
It’s every photographer’s dream. The beach, the sea, the sunsets, the people, the jeepneys or the bamboo boats, the rice fields or the Tarsiers, and I didn’t even mention any waterfalls, yet. Here are just some of my favourite moments.