The Philippines is full of natural beauty, including gorgeous beaches, hills, amazing waterfalls, old rice terraces and reefs full of marine life. It’s the perfect destination for travellers who’ve visited Thailand, Malaysia or Indonesia and want to explore more of Southeast Asia. We’ve gathered a great list for those who are eager to go. So don’t miss these moments in the Philippines!
Built by Spanish conquistadors, the 16th-century fortress with its manicured gardens, now houses a shrine dedicated to Filipino nationalist José Rizal. Fort Santiago is ideal for picnics and afternoon walks – and there are even open-air theatre performances, some of the best that the city has to offer.
The National Museum
Get a crash course in Filipino art history while viewing more than 1,000 fine art pieces dating back to the 18th century. The National Museum is located at the heart of Manila, which means you can easily have a productive day by going to other nearby attractions!
Ride in a Jeepney
These brightly painted bus-Jeep hybrids are the Philippines’ most popular means of transportation and the most entertaining. Your travel experience in the Philippines won’t be complete until you ride on one of these.
Visit the rice terraces of Banaue
If you’re looking for an adventure, get your hiking boots ready and be prepared for some trekking! This UNESCO World Heritage Site is 2,000 years old and has one of the most breathtaking views. Your endurance will be tested but the views will be well worth it.
Explore the Hinagdanan Cave
Located on Panglao Island, the Hinagdanan Cave is a small grotto with beautiful rock formation. Inside, you’ll find an underground lake where you can have a quick swim and gaze at the natural light peeking through holes. It will be a beautiful experience so take your chance to do something different!
And of course… the gorgeous beaches.
The Philippines has some of the best beaches in Asia and with over 7000 islands, it’s literally an island-hopping paradise. Be sure to check out Nacpan Beach, Boracay, Pagudpud and more!