Traveling in the Philippines is great and this country must definitely be on your bucket list. You will find the most beautiful beaches in all of Southeast Asia. The Philippines is the country with 7.107 islands and the most amazing lagoons, beautiful inland areas and green rice terraces. The Philippines have a bit of an image problem in that it’s not a safe country. This is due to media reports about abductions and drug issues. Yes, there are certainly islands where you should not come, but these are clearly separated from most of the country, where it is safe and very nice and beautiful. “It’s more fun in the Philippines” is the famous slogan about the Philippines and I fully agree! What do you need to know before traveling in the Philippines?
There are a few things to know before you go traveling in the Philippines. The most important tips!
1. Best time to go traveling in the Philippines
The rain and typhoon season runs from July to October and then it rains a lot. The best time to go is from January to May, because then there is the most sunshine. It is also important to keep an eye on media coverage in the media for hurricanes etc. These are the main lines regarding the climate and as it is a large country, there are also some exceptions.
2. A visa
For stays shorter than 30 days, you can get a visa free of charge upon arrival at the airport. If you go for more than 30 days, you must apply for a visa beforehand.
3. Travel adapter
You need a travel adapter anywhere in the Philippines. They use the same plugs as in the USA, the plug with two flat pins.
4. Travel advice
You must review the government’s website about which security risks apply to the various islands in the Philippines. On a large number of islands nothing is going on and travel is safe. Except for the normal security risks present around the world. Only a few islands in the south are very unsafe, and you should not come there as a tourist. Make sure you check the notifications on the government’s site.
In the Philippines, they pay with the peso. Also, consider setting your debit card on the worldwide mode. You can pay in the Philippines with MasterCard, Visa and Maestro Card. There are notes of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 and coins. On most islands, ATMs can be found, except on all the smaller islands. However, the ATMs do not always work, so always take some US dollars.
6. Planning the route
Organizing a trip through the Philippines is complicated by the fact that there are so many islands, and you can only travel by plane between most of the islands due to the distances. It’s a very big puzzle to arrange everything in advance. On-site last minute airline tickets cost you averaging € 100, – per flight, and this is a good way to go. Pre-booking your tickets will save you money. The Philippines are less often traveled to and less developed than, for example, Thailand or Indonesia. This, in combination with the many islands, means that you are planning your trip for longer and figuring out how to get to places. Also take into account the travel days.
Also keep in mind that travel is more expensive than in most other countries in southeast Asia. This applies to the prices of accommodation, food, drinks, excursions and public transport. Price bargains are not very common in the Philippines.
8. Food and drinks
It is not advisable to drink tap water in the Philippines. Keep this in mind as well as any ice cubes made of tap water. Unfortunately, food in the Philippines is not as good as in most other Asian countries. The local delicacy is balut and this is an egg with a fully developed embryo in it. I absolutely do not recommend this!
9. Opening times
Most stores are open daily from 09:00 to 19:00 in the Philippines, and in some places until 21:00. The museums are closed on Mondays and open Tuesday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00. Most banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:00.
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