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Great Places To Visit in the Philippines

While Southeast Asia’s white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and unique cultural offerings are no longer a secret to most of the world, the Philippines still offers a taste of adventure to those willing to visit. Located in the South China Sea east of Vietnam and south of Taiwan, the Philippines is an archipelago consisting of over 7000 islands. It’s a chain of natural wonders, just enough off the beaten path. Tourism and travel students favor the Philippines as a destination for it’s relatively cheap price points and natural beauty. Here are our picks for great places to visit this year.


Located in Busuanga Island, Coron is a great base for travelers looking for natural beauty underwater and on land. For divers, Coron can be used as a base to explore the shipwrecks offshore. The island is also known for Kayangan Lake, a beautiful lake with turquoise waters. Those looking for a little relaxation can hit up Maquinit Hot Springs, located 15 minutes from Coron. And Mt. Tapyas is just a 30 minute hike from the city center, with a lookout boasting panoramic views of the island.


The things to see in Banaue are the Ifugao rice terraces, a World Heritage site of breathtaking green steps etched onto the hillsides. The complicated network of terraces was constructed by the native Ifugao over 2,000 years ago as an irrigation system for their crops. Banaue itself is a town consisting of rather basic buildings nestled amongst a hillside ridge. Travelers can take time to mozy around the village and buy local carvings, between trips to gaze over the terraces.


Boracay can be considered a sort of Cancun of the Philippines: it offers a beautiful white sand beach and a perfect to relax with a fruity drink in your hand. Like its Mexican analogue, Boracay isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for seclusion. The beach is heavily populated in high season, and there has been rampant growth in recent years (and resulting waste issues). If your idea of the perfect afternoon consists of bronzing your skin and playing a little water sports in a spectacular setting, however, you won’t be disappointed.


If you’re looking for a site that’s a bit more educational and culture-rich, consider visiting Vigan. The city is a World Heritage site and perhaps the finest example of a Spanish colonial town still standing in Southeast Asia. Take in the unique combo of Asian-inspired European architecture, as well as the traffic-free streets (World Heritage sites are required to limit motor traffic).

Philippine Tourism Board

9 comments on Great Places To Visit in the Philippines

  1. Mommy Jes
    March 22, 2012 at 7:36 am (5 years ago)

    oh I wanna visit all those places! I haven’t been to coron, vigan and even baguio ;( but I visited LAOAG and BATAC and PAGUDPOD. I wish to go to PALAWAN and CEBU someday!

  2. Rowena Wendy Lei
    March 22, 2012 at 10:12 am (5 years ago)

    Of the places listed above, I’ve only been to Boracay. Summer is the perfect time to update my list, hehe!

  3. Edmar | EDMARATION
    March 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm (5 years ago)

    you have just chosen places that are worth on the list 🙂

  4. Eileen
    March 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I really should explore the Philippines more. I am ashamed that I have never been to these places, probably because I am not much of a beach person. I like cold weather that’s why I love going to Baguio. But this year I promise to explore our beaches more.

  5. Sumi
    March 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I have never been to any of these places, and I hope some time soon I’d be able to visit even just 1.. 🙂 To add, Pagudpud and Palawan are 2 places I want to go to din.. 🙂

  6. Lizzie
    March 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I really wanna go to Banaue. Next is Boracay. Not because I love beach but I just wanna see it because most people are saying how beautiful it is.

  7. Blair Villanueva
    March 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm (5 years ago)

    Our country is the best place, lalo na for vacation!

  8. bev
    March 23, 2012 at 12:24 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve been to boracay and vigan. Next destination will be coron…hopefully before the year ends…crossing my fingers…

  9. Erica M. Baylosis
    April 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm (4 years ago)

    our country is very beautiful 🙂 we have a lot of very beautiful tourist spots 🙂 it will help our country to increase the economy


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