Here's A Quick Guide To Philippines

Travelling to an international destination requires a lot of thinking and budgeting. Here is a quick guide to the Philippines, one of the cheapest international destinations that you can travel from India
The Philippines is a breathtaking archipelago of 7,641 islands. Photo Credit Shutterstock
The Philippines is a breathtaking archipelago of 7,641 islands. Photo Credit Shutterstock

Warm sand squishes between your toes as you walk with a Lambanog in your hand. The sea is crystal clear, and the breeze is light in your hair you're on a beach in the Philippines. The best part about travelling to the breathtaking archipelago of 7,641 islands is that it is one of the cheapest countries to visit from India. Its beautiful white sand beaches and stunning weather make it the perfect summer getaway for travellers looking for their next international destination. 

The Philippines, a country known for its warm and welcoming people, offers a multitude of reasons to explore its breathtaking landscapes. Whether you're drawn to its pristine beaches and turquoise waters or captivated by its lush mountains and terraced rice fields, the Philippines promises a diverse and vibrant travel experience. Beyond its natural beauty, the country's cities boast a fascinating fusion of modern conveniences and rich cultural heritage, influenced by a blend of Spanish, American, and Chinese traditions. Here is a list of things to see, do and experience in the Philippines. 

For the Beach Bums

The country is famed for its picturesque beaches, so naturally, that is the first thing to have on your list of places to see when in the Philippines. 

Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan&nbspHidden Beach beckons those who seek a secluded paradise. Accessible only through an island-hopping tour, this pristine gem rewards intrepid adventurers with its untouched beauty. Immerse yourself in the crystalline waters, bask in the serenity, and embark on a tranquil kayak ride to reach this hidden haven. The seclusion and peaceful ambience of Hidden Beach make every moment and every effort worthwhile, offering a blissful escape from the world.

Bon Bon Beach, Romblon&nbspBon Bon Beach is a paradise, especially for those looking for a truly remote and secluded beach experience. This exquisite stretch of the white sandbar, spanning over 2 kilometres, emerges during low tide, creating a picturesque setting that will leave you in awe. Located in close proximity to the bustling town of Poblacion, Bon Bon Beach offers the perfect blend of convenience and tranquillity. With its pristine beauty and easy accessibility, this hidden gem is a must-visit destination for those seeking a peaceful escape amidst nature's splendour.

Sustainable Circuit

For the conscious traveller, there is also a new way to travel through the country through these islands.  

Palaui Island&nbspLocated in Cagayan province at the northeasternmost tip of Luzon Island, this island is a protected area and a national park. This remarkable gem is a beacon for sustainable tourism, and its dedicated environmental group has garnered well-deserved recognition, earning a prestigious Southeast Asian award for its tireless efforts in promoting responsible and eco-friendly tourism practices. With its untouched shores and breathtaking vistas, stepping on this idyllic island is a truly rewarding experience. Immerse yourself in its lush forests and pristine coastlines and witness the harmonious coexistence of diverse ecosystems.

Apo Island&nbspApo Island is a destination you should definitely include in your itinerary. Situated off the coast of Dumaguete, Negros, this small volcanic island is a haven for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts, boasting a marine-protected area teeming with breathtaking coral reefs. But even if underwater adventures aren't your cup of tea, Apo Island has something for everyone. Embark on invigorating hikes, explore the island's scenic trails, or simply unwind on its pristine beaches, soaking up the tranquillity of this untouched paradise.

The Foodie's Guide

The food scene in The Philippines is one that is sure to leave your taste buds tingling. There is a lot to explore in the area when it comes to local delicacies. 

Lambanog&nbspMade using coconuts, this alcoholic beverage is a typical Filipino essential. Popularly known as "coconut vodka" or "coconut wine," it's a potent alcoholic drink containing about 40-45% abv. Places are now giving the drink newer twists and flavouring it with fruits like mango, pineapple, orange, or strawberry for that extra fruity taste. 

Lechon&nbspIndulge your taste buds in the culinary delight that is lechon when you find yourself in Cebu, Philippines. Considered one of the country's most iconic dishes, lechon is an absolute must-try. This is a delicacy that comprises a whole suckling pig, meticulously seasoned and slowly roasted over charcoal until it reaches perfection. Relish the succulent meat straight from the carcass by dipping tender pork belly slices into an array of delectable sauces.

Halo Halo&nbspThis beloved Filipino dessert is made with a colourful mix of fruits, red beans, and jellies, all served over shaved ice, ice cream and condensed milk. For an added kick, some places also incorporate mashed purple yams into the dessert, which lends it a beautiful colour as well.

The Information

Average Cost&nbspINR 24,000

Best Time To Visit&nbspNovember To April

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