The Philippines may not be on the bucket list of most western travelers due to its distance from other popular Asean countries, but that doesn’t mean the country is less interesting! Heres are the 10 reasons why the Philippines should be your next destination:

Jeepney Philippines
Jeepney Philippines Photo credit: Stephanie Azarias & Alexander Olpindo (Wikipedia Takes Manila participant) / Foter / CC BY-SA

Why go to the Philippines: Top 10 reasons to love PH


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1. Breathtaking Beaches

Philippines is consisted of 7,107 island, that fact alone would definitely be the most obvious reason why there are quite a handful of beaches in the country. Most of these beaches attract more than thousands of tourists every single year.

El Nido Philippines
El Nido Philippines Photo credit: Andy*Enero / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Philippines boasts of world class shorelines. What’s great about them is that they could come in white, grey, pink and cream. So whichever color of sand you fancy, there’s a beach that would definitely suit your taste.

READ: Perfect Summer Getaways: Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines

So bask in the sun, and enjoy a picture perfect vacation by the Philippine beaches!

2. It’s more than just a tourist place!

Yup, aside from the great number of places you could hang out in the Philippines, one of the truest gems of the country are the Filipinos. Filipinos are probably the most hospitable and sociable people you would ever get to meet (well at least most of them are!). They are also quite jolly people, that even in the direst situation, they still find reasons to laugh.

Filipino Smile
Filipino Smile Photo credit: Imahinasyon Photography / Foter / CC BY

Most of the foreigners who come here don’t just fall in love with the places, but they also fall in love with the Filipinos as well as the colorful culture that they have.

3. Taste bud tickling Food trips!

Filipinos have a distinct cuisine. Most of the dishes here either uses Alamang (shrimp paste), Bagoong (fermented fish paste) Patis (fish sauce) and Balao (dried shrimp paste) as flavoring, especially that of the vegetable dishes.

Crispy Bagnet Kare-Kare
Crispy Bagnet Kare-Kare Photo credit: mobile247 / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Other Filipino signature dishes are the Bulalo, Kare-Kare, Pinapaitan, Sinanglaw, Lechon and Sisig. Each province have their own take on several dishes, so it’s quite very interesting to drop by food stall when you’re visiting a new place.

4. Exotic Food everywhere!

Filipinos are very crafty. They could find lots of ways to utilize things that are mostly considered useless by others. So, it would not really be surprising to find a variety of exotic food in this country.

Balut
Balut Photo credit: natashasim / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

There’s the classic Isaw (Grilled Chicken Intestines), the Gizzard, the Betamax (Blood Cubes), Fried Chicken Skin, Adidas (Grilled Chicken’s Foot), and Chicken Nuggets (Fried Gizzard). These are commonly sold all around the country and most likely you’d find them on the streets where people usually walk to.

READ: Guts, Frogs, Bugs and Everything Wild: Top 10 Exotic Food in the Philippines

5. Fresh Bounties are up for grabs

The Philippines, being a highly agricultural country takes pride on several of its bounties like fresh fruits, vegetables, and good pieces of meat.

Durian in Davao
Durian in Davao

There’s the good quality rice grains from Nueva Ecija, the fruits and vegetables from La Trinidad, Guimaras, Bukidnon and Davao.

6. Colorful Culture = Colorful Experience

The Philippines has a very colorful history, having been colonized by the Spaniards, American, and Japanese. Take note that other countries also tried to invade this country like Britain and China. So you could most likely see a lot of different cultural imprints all around the country, which makes Philippines all the more interesting.

Calle Crisologo in Vigan
Calle Crisologo in Vigan Photo credit: RahraRussel / Foter / CC BY-SA

You can see the different influences through the architecture of some buildings as well as in the language, and in the social behavior of the Filipinos.

7. Budget travelling is doable here

Now, if you would try googling future destinations and try computing for the total expenses, you would definitely see a huge difference with regards to the food, accommodation, and miscellaneous expenses in the Philippines versus that of the other countries.

Friendly's Guesthouse Manila
Friendly’s Guesthouse Manila Photo credit: nozomiiqel / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Travelling to PH is quite cheaper than in other places. The currency exchange rate alone tells much of the difference.

8. There’s plenty of First Times here!

Everyone wants to experience something unique. It makes the travel experience memorable if I may say. In the Philippines there’s plenty of things that would surely be your first. Like first time to say PARA!!!

Kalesa in Manila
Kalesa in Manila Photo credit: Benson Kua / Foter / CC BY-SA

To stop tell the jeepney driver to stop, or to sip a warm piece of Balut while drinking beer by the sea wall, indulge in a cup full of Special Halo-Halo, take a kuliglig ride to venture through the farmlands, and eat some Filipino Streetfoods while strolling around the streets.

9. It’s brimming with history and heritage

Just recently, UNESCO declared Vigan City as one the Heritage Cities of the World and the Puerto Princesa Underground River as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River Photo credit: Exciting Cebu — Rusty Ferguson / Foter / CC BY-ND

Then there are also other heritage sites like the Paoay Church, Miag-ao Church, San Agustin Church, and Santa Maria Church.

10. Everything is more fun here!

Kadayawan Festival
Kadayawan sa Davao Festival Photo credit: Jeff Pioquinto, SJ / Foter / CC BY

Everything is definitely more fun here in the Philippines. From the adventure, to the experience, to the quality time you get to spend with your folks and travel buddy and to the new memories that you will get to treasure for the rest of your life!

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