The Philippines has a tropical climate with some areas that are rainy all year round, others with a distinct wet and dry season and others that have a shorter dry season and cooler temperatures all year round. So when is the best time to visit?
When to go?
What to say?
Crash Course Filipino
Filipino and English are the official languages of the Philippines. Up until the late 1980s, when president Aquino decreed the name change, the national language was known as Tagalog. With the name change also came the inclusion of more English and Spanish words and phrases as well as western letters and sounds such as j, c, x, z, and f. In Manila and many other cities, the people speak English very well. In the more rural areas and the slums, it is more difficult to find someone who speaks proper English.
Words in Filipino
- Hello: Kumustá
- Good morning: Umaga
- Good evening: Gabí
- Bye: Babay
- Yes: Oo
- No: Hindí
- Please: Lang
- Thank you: Salamat
- You’re welcome: Waláng anumán
- Excuse me: So
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Why come to the Philippines & how to prepare?
The Philippines is made up of 7107 (!) islands of which only around 2000 are inhabited. In the Philippines you will find endless white, sandy beaches, great diving and snorkelling waters, stunning rice terraces and plenty great walking tracks and volcanoes to climb. The island nation has a rich cultural heritage, however, it suffers from great economic inequality which is something to be aware of as a visitor. If you plan to visit the Philippines, have a look at the tips and activities below.
Places to visit in Metro Manila
Although preparing yourself for travel is different for everyone, here are some general guidelines for your trip to The Philippines. Please feel free to add your personal advice in the Comment & Contributions section.
Travel during low seasons
Some tourist avoids visiting the Philippines between June and September. And this result in drop the prices of accommodation and flight tickets. You can take advantage of this situation to fulfil your dream of traveling to the Philippines without spending a lot of money.
Interact with the locals
Let a local guide show you the rice terraces that are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". A van will take you to several viewpoints enabling you to enjoy the green and stunning landscapes. You will be informed about the Ifugao culture that...
Do you want to be touched by the Filipino culture and amazed by its beautiful beaches, mountains and underwater world? This is your chance!
What to eat?
Filipino food is not the most well-known cuisine internationally. Often dubbed bland and unexciting, that doesn’t bother the Filipinos. Food is an important part of Filipino culture and it’s eaten in abundance and with gusto. Filipino food is, especially compared to its...
Na meer dan een jaar hier geleefd te hebben ben ik inmiddels wel bekend met het eten hier. Inmiddels heb ik zelf uitgevonden hoe ik hun 'typische' maaltijd kan maken: Adobo. Het is heel simpel en daarom iets wat ik nog weleens wil maken (ben vanmijzelf zeker geen chef).
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How to get around?
The Philippines consists of thousands of islands, which makes it not easy to travel around the country. What are the best transport options to get around when visiting the Philippines?
- Short-haul, domestic flights are increasing in popularity, especially with the rise of low-cost airlines.