The Philippines is the only country in Southeast Asia that is not accessible by rail or road from its neighboring countries. You cannot drive nor ride on a train to the Philippines even if you are just coming from China, Malaysia, Taiwan, or Japan.
However, that does not have to stop you from coming to the Philippines because there are a lot of the attractive and beautiful places to visit that will definitely worth all your time.
Check out the places mentioned in this list and learn how to get there, and why you must visit.
Manila has day tours within the city that take you to nearby sites. It is a vibrant city that lets you experience the hospitality and culture of Filipinos. If you go alone, as a couple, or family, there is something for you to do.
You must visit the Walled City of Intramuros, the Manila Cathedral, the National Museum, and Rizal Park.
If you want to visit Manila, you can book a flight to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) from your country.
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Davao is in Mindanao Island, which is next to untouched marine life and forest that gives you access to mountains and beautiful beaches. You can visit the Monfort Bat Sanctuary and the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao. There are also beautiful beaches to explore in Davao.
You must first book a flight to NAIA 3 and then fly to Davao International Airport because there is no direct flight unless you are coming from Singapore.
Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Visiting Calle Crisologo in Vigan takes you back in time. It is a 16th-century town that has preserved the classic Spanish Colonial architecture. The town of Vigan reminds you of the historic district where you can ride horse-drawn carriages. You can try the famous Ilocos empanada while walking down the cobbled streets where there are souvenir shops that sell pottery and more.
You must first fly to NAIA 3, and then fly to Laoag City then take a bus to Vigan. This takes 4 to 5 hours.
Your other option is to take a bus directly from NAIA 3 to Vigan, which takes you 8 to 11 hours.
It is a provincial capital with small towns and villages where you will find different adventure activities. It is close to other small islands and you can get to them by hiring a boat. Enjoy water activities at the beautiful beach resorts in Mactan, Cebu.
You can also go snorkeling at the Kawasan Falls and stay at any of the secluded beaches in Malapascua Island, which is perfect for a romantic getaway.
You can fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport if you want a direct flight.
In order to get a visa to the Philippines if you need one, the application fee is around $37. The processing fees could be from $20 to $60 depending on how you obtain it.
Getting a Visa to the Philippines
- Passport or Travel Document that is valid for at least six months
- Two completed visa application forms
- Two passport photos
- Proof of your bona fide status as a businessman or tourist
- Confirmed return tickets or an onward journey to your next destination
- Paying the visa fees
You only need a tourist visa if you will stay in the Philippines for more than 30 days depending on which country you are a citizen of.
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The Philippines has many beautiful places to see and one trip is not enough.
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