up of more than 7,000 islands, you will find the
country is nestled between Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand,
and Vietnam, in addition to the South China Sea.
The Philippines is a beautiful place to visit where
the ocean is crystal blue and the islands alluring and
news of kidnappings and terrorism, some people are leery
about visiting this part of the world.
With a difficult political reputation, the
Philippines continue to overcome the effects of martial law.
Unfortunately, this country consists of rundown
roads, a bad infrastructure, and ferries that are not very
of all these negative aspects of the country, tourists have
chosen different destinations.
are definite things to consider when traveling to the
Philippines, you will find some positive aspects as well.
For example, the people of the Philippines are among
the most hospitable. They
are very inviting and have big, warm smiles.
Additionally, the islands are gorgeous.
In fact, many of the islands are popular scuba diving
locations because of their beauty both on the land and in
If you plan
to visit the Philippines, you can stay in an all-inclusive
luxury resort. The
advantage here is that you can enjoy the beautiful island in
safety without having to go into the towns where safety is
an issue. Not
only is the price of these type hotels affordable but also,
English is commonly spoken and the food is amazingly
prefer to get away from the standard type things to see and
do, and you do not mind roughing it a little bit, then you
will find the countryside of the Philippines incredibly
fact, the Philippines is just one of a handful of places in
the world that still have tribal lands where adventurous
people can wander without being bothered with modern day
only thing you would need to follow closely is the current
Philippines is an interesting place for many reasons. One
of these reasons is that a Belgium research firm found that
this country is the most disaster prone country in
study was performed in 2000, showing that the Philippines
have experienced earthquakes, typhoons, floods, volcanic
eruptions, militant action, landslides, and more.
all the negativity and problems that plague the Philippines,
their government is working diligently to make this a better
while you do need to follow some strict guidelines when it
comes to safety, just as you would with many other
countries, this is a wonderful place to visit!
Philippines has both a dry and rainy season.
The monsoon brings in heavy rains, typically running
from May to October. Then in the winter months, cooler and drier air is brought in
by the monsoon, which in this case, runs from December to
the lowlands, the climate is generally very hot and dusty,
starting in March and going through May.
At this time, the temperatures can reach upward to
100 degrees. Because
of the location of the Philippines, it is rare for
temperatures to drop lower than 80 degrees.
mentioned, the most important thing to consider when
traveling to this country is safety.
You need to check with your travel agent, as well as
the local authorities regarding the development of any
should be able to tell you which islands to avoid, when, and
why. Keep in
mind that opportunistic crimes are common because of the
levels of poverty.
foreign tourists have been kidnapped and even killed by
extremist groups. There have even been recent bombings that have occurred in
areas around the Philippines, typically focusing on
transportation and other public areas where a significant
amount of people gather.
particular threat is generally more prevalent in the
southernmost, western, and central areas of Basilan,
Mindanao, Sulu, and Tawi Tawi.
Even on the seas around the Philippines, piracy still
lives. Even as
recent as May 2004 during the elections, political unrest
visiting the Philippines, you will find the official
language being Filipino. However, again, English is widely spoken, along with the
dialect of Tagalog, which is popular among the islands. Currency in the Philippines is just like the Peso in Mexico.
It is divided into 100 centavos, which comes in
denominations of 5, 10, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1,000.
However, if you do not want to mess with the currency
exchange, you can simply use just about any major credit
card, which are accepted at most restaurants, hotels, shops,
and so on.
To visit the
Philippines, you will need a current passport that is good
for a minimum of six months beyond the time you plan to
you will be required to have a return ticket to your
origination point, along with legal documents for any future
you want to ensure you have enough money or financial means
so that if you do end up in the country longer, you will be
Philippines is truly a beautiful country and the people
here, some of the warmest in the entire world.
Just remember that safety is an issue so if you plan
to go there, be wise about your travel decisions.