3 destinations to see in the Philippines for first-timers

The Southeast Asian country that is Philippines has continuously generated its well-deserved buzz in the travelers’ circuit. With over 7,000 islands and islets, it’s no surprise that more and more tourists are coming here for coastal pleasures. The beaches in this amazing archipelago are equivalent to the beauty of other world-renowned tropical destinations like Bali and Maldives but minus the terrifying cost.

Now, if you are planning to book a trip to this tropical destination for a dream holiday and you’re a first-timer in the Philippines, here are top 5 places you should see that are guaranteed to make you fall in love with the country:

1. Palawan

Pristine waters, white sand, gorgeous limestone formations, if a quiet quaint charm of a tropical island is your definition of a perfect holiday destination, Palawan is the place to go.

The beauty of this place is not a secret anymore, in fact, Palawan has been recognized by international travel magazines and awarding bodies for being one of the top 5 beach destinations in the whole world. Fun activities do not come short in here as well- you can always go island hopping by jumping from Puerto Princesa to El Nido to Coron, or explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Underground River. Of course, you can always just bask under the sun on a hammock by the shore.

2. Banaue

Philippines is not just a country of spectacular seascapes. Being a tropical destination, you could also find yourself conquering mountain peaks and exploring luscious jungles like the ones you’ll see in Banaue. Home to the world-famous Ifugao Rice Terraces, expect to be amazed by the breathtaking view of a natural wonder you won’t see anywhere else. The terraces is a testament to the ingenious ways of the locals in terms of architectural farming. Banaue is located in the Philippines’ summer capital Baguio so if you want to enjoy a delicious cup of cocoa in the kind of cold without the hassle of the snow, Banaue is the place to be.

3. Ilocos

We’ve told you about the beaches and the landscapes in the Philippines so to make your stay come full circle, let us tell you about its history; the place for that- Ilocos. The region is home to Vigan, one of the oldest towns in the country with streets of cobblestone and darkwood which you can explore by riding horse-drawn carriages locally called kalesa. Vigan is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Hispanic-inspired structures can’t just tell you tales of the past but lets you experience the scene as well. If you’re not too shy, you could always approach a friendly local and have them tell stories from the Spanish-colonial era.

Did we get you interested? Check other amazing vacation spots in the Philippines by going here: https://www.philippinetourismusa.com/destinations/vigan/#