Philippines Travel Guides for Backpackers

Explore Puerto Princesa in Just Three Days!

Puerto Princesa City is the capital of the Provine of Palawan in the Philippines. The city boasts a combination of urbanization and tropical paradise from its historic landmarks to its breathtaking white sand beaches, virgin mangrove forest, and subterranean river. My latest visit to Puerto Princesa was in April this year (2019), which is the best time to visit the city according to locals because the seas are calm and the weather is just right. I stayed there for three days. For my trip, I availed a travel package that includes Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Honda Bay […]
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Baguio City: Travel guide and walk-through!

It’s still vivid in my mind when I first visited Baguio City, this is actually the first time I went out of town as well. Let me tell you my adventure to this serene place that I define as peace. Way back when I was a kid Baguio was defined by the elders as a very peaceful place and above the mountains which has cold temperatures as they said. But I wanted to know about it more, to get the feeling and the vibe of the place, so as a kid would normally do, they ask. So, I asked a […]
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Baguio City Travel Guide – Places to Visit

In this post, we’re going to take a look at places to visit in Baguio, restaurants and hotel recommendations, some packing tips and bus guides.   About Baguio City   Baguio City, known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines,” is home to about 350,000 residents. This little city in the northern part of Luzon is 4,810 feet above sea level giving its cool weather that it’s known for. Baguio City is also known as the “City of Pines” because of the abundance of pine trees surrounding the area. I can fondly remember as I was growing up, the breeze of […]
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Discover the 5 beaches of Jomalig Island

Exploring the Philippines has always been as much, if not, more exciting as going out of the country to travel abroad. We, the Filipinos, know very well how much the place we live in is rich in breathtaking tourist spots–lofty mountains, green fields, virgin beaches, and more. That is why during vacation or break from work, people would always look for seat sales, tour packages, hotel accommodations and everything necessary as they travel by land, air, or sea. Recently, I had one of the best summer vacations so far. By that, I meant going to a beautiful, pristine place with […]
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Must See in Baguio City, Philippines' BenCab Museum

The mountains of the Cordilleras offered Baguio city a cold climate. Baguio is the summer capital of the Philippines. Pine trees can easily be seen around the city. The high altitude and numerous types of plants contributed to the quality of air and cold temperature.  The temperature may range from 8 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius.                                                                                       […]
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What to see in Coron: secret paradises

Over the last few years, visiting the Philippines became quite popular. As a consequence, those hidden paradises in Palawan, like Coron or El Nido, are now full of tourists. Going for an Island Hopping there is really good, but you’ll be sharing the day with hundreds of other people. If you want to find an amazing place away from the crowd, this article is all you need! Ocam Ocam About 70 km north of Coron City, in the main island of Busuanga, there’s a hidden beach called Ocam Ocam. To get there, the best option is renting a motorcycle. I’d […]
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Diving with thresher sharks in Malapascua

Do you enjoy adventure and wildlife? Do you want to see some amazing sharks swimming next to you? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. I’ll tell you all you need to know to visit those big fellas. About Malapascua There are more than 7000 islands in the Philippines, but tourists always follow more or less the same itinerary. Even though it still maintains the essence of being a remote island, Malapascua is slowly but consistently getting into the touristic brochure thanks to the possibility of diving with thresher sharks. There’s no luxury in Malapascua Boats […]
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Philippines – El Nido – Tour A: A Must in Island Hopping Tours

El Nido is a perfect haven for beach lovers. Imagine being able to walk and lounge in the pristine white and fine sand of a beach. The sea is clear that you can see your toes underneath the water that perfectly reflects the sky. If you swim in most spots, the marine life is abundant and colorful. The limestone rock formations are towering the surroundings serving not just as a sanctuary to unique species of birds but also as barriers to huge waves on windy days. Most of the locals will normally greet you with a ready smile. They are […]
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A Day Trip to Siquijor

Siquijor holds the bluest and clearest waters I have ever seen in my life. I almost couldn’t believe that a small town holds so much beauty. It has numerous tourist attractions that keep locals and foreigners entertained throughout the day. Siquijor can be accessible through Dumaguete. There are hourly trips via fast craft and Roro, but the line could be long. It’s better to buy the tickets ahead of time to guarantee your visit. The island can be toured on a day trip. When you arrive in Siquijor, you can rent out a tricycle for the day, and the driver […]
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Mt. Megatong Hike – Sto. Tomas Davao Del Norte

If you love adventure as we do, you should not miss Mt. Megatong in your list of mountains to hike in the Philippines. It is situated at the Municipality of Sto. Tomas Davao Del Norte which is just around 2-3 hours travel from Davao City. Today, more and more are getting into various fitness activities which include hiking. It is just revitalizing to explore and be with nature once in a while. For us, we do our best to go somewhere at least once every two months. And our decision to go to Mt. Megatong did not disappoint. It’s actually […]
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Top 5 Places to Visit in Sagada

Philippines is a country filled with natural wonders and if you want to go on a vacation to unwind and relax away from the city life, Sagada tour is right for you. Check out the top 5 places you should never miss in Sagada. 1. Hanging Coffins Just the name of the place itself has a vibe of a location that is rich in culture—Sagada, but what makes it stand out more than the rest is the 2,000-year old Igorot tradition of hanging their deceased on the side of the cliff. It is believed that the higher the coffin, the […]
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Our Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway Family Restaurant Hopping

Being a single parent is not easy, especially since this entails raising a family on your own. However, it brings about unequalled joy and pleasure when you see your children enjoying your company while doing activities you all love. In my family’s case, we all love to eat and travel all over the Philippines. Therefore, even if it will cost me an arm and a leg, I do my best to make each holiday with my kids very memorable with amazing sights and scrumptious dishes. With that in mind, we recently decided to visit three popular native restaurants along the […]
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Exploring the beautiful Bontoc in Mountain Province, Philippines

Bontoc is sometimes being overlooked by many tourists as it is situated near Sagada. But, little do they know, Bontoc has the richest and well-preserved culture in Mountain Province. And many activities and places that they can offer and deserved to be visited and appreciated. How to get there: There are two ways of getting to Bontoc. First is straight from Manila or from Baguio. Quezon to Bontoc: The only bus company that I know who offers Manila-Sagada (which will go through Bontoc) bound is Coda Lines, situated in HM Transport terminal in Cubao. They have everyday trips but the […]
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Surigao del Sur and Its Wonders

So far, I haven’t visited any place that’s more memorable than Surigao del Sur. This province in Mindanao features various tourist spots that will make you appreciate and view nature like never before. But it has more to offer than nature. Let’s look at its famous tourist spots, shall we? The Niagara Falls of the Philippines The first place in our travel itinerary was Surigao del Sur’s Bislig City, which boasts of its Tinuy-an Falls. The famous three-tiered white water curtain is dubbed as the widest waterfalls in the Philippines. Each level is around 180 ft. or 55 meters high, […]
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The Ideal Travel Guide to Coron Palawan

The Philippines is a wonderful country that will leave every tourist in awe. It consists of 7,107 beautiful islands and each island has its own remarkable features that truly won’t disappoint you. The Filipinos are also known for their hospitality that’s why this country is among the top countries that other nationalities always favor to visit. One of the best islands in the Philippines is Palawan which is divided into three main attractions: Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. While the first two are such a beaut, the latter is a place where you will truly find peace and serenity […]
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Philippines: Best Road Trip Destination Near Manila

These places made it to my list of Best Road Trip Destinations Near Manila because they passed my criteria for accessibility, affordability, pet-friendly, unique and enjoyable. It’s officially summer 2019 and families are most likely planning where to go for their next road trip destinations near Manila. What they are usually looking for are places where they can bring the whole family including their pets to chill and escape the scorching heat that summer brings, budget-friendly places and just 2 to 4 hours away from Manila. Tagaytay Tagaytay is a city in the province of Cavite. Just a 2-hour drive […]
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The First Agri-Tourism Park in Tupi, South Cotabato, Philippines

Mariano’s Blooming Agri-Tourism Park is located at Purok 3A, Tupi, South Cotabato Province, Philippines. Tupi is a first-class municipality in the province, consisting of 69,976 residents as of 2015. This municipality is positioned at the foot of the famous Mount Matutum, a dormant volcano. Tupi is also dubbed as the “fruit, vegetable, and flower basket” of South Cotabato. That being said, it’s only clear why you must visit its first agri-tourism park. How to Get to Tupi Tupi’s town proper is an hour away from General Santos (GenSan) City’s International airport. The Tupi Transport Terminal is open 24 hours every […]
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Affordable Hiking Experience in Rizal

Working in the city means you’re continuously seeing a backdrop of blinking lights, towering skyscrapers, and crowded terminals. While it could pass as a lovely cyberpunk IG photo, the cityscape is lacking in one thing: the ever dominating presence of green. The lack of greenery might make you wish for a break from the metallic scenery once in a while. Fortunately, there’s a place for that only a few hours away from Manila. Perfect for hikers, would-be hikers, and nature trekkers: Daraitan, Rizal!   A Bird’s Eye View of Daraitan Barangay Daraitan is a climbers’ haven in Tanay, Rizal, near […]
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Must-See Places in Negros Occidental

The Philippines, a country blessed with beautiful islands and exquisite nature sceneries. But I must say among these lovely features, there is one place here worth visiting for, and that is Negros Occidental. Negros Occidental is one of the most visited provinces in the south, where the well-known Bacolod, “The City of Smiles” is situated. Local and foreign tourists alike are looking forward to seeing the city’s “Maskara Festival” every October. Aside from the festival, Bacolod is also the home of the famous Mambukal Hot Water Resort, the 19th century old San Sabastian Church, and sumptuous batchoy, chicken inasal, and […]
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My Adventure in Sagada, Philippines

Last Christmas, I went on a tour with friends in Sagada. Sagada is a paradise of lush mountains and green sceneries located in the Philippines. If you are a nature lover, then this is the place that you are looking for. Sagada was featured in Filipino movies named “That Thing Called Tadhana and Don’t Give Up on Us”. Take a break and breathe fresh air from Pine trees. It took 9 hours of travel time from Metro Manila to Sagada. The zigzag road might get you dizzy so it is best to bring extra plastic bags. We had a shortstop […]
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The top 5 eat all you can restaurant at Cagayan de Oro City, Phil

What can you eat in just $3.5 (170Php) – $6 (300Php)? Believe it or not, YOU CAN EAT ALL YOU CAN! Here is the list of Some EAT ALL YOU CAN restaurant where you can enjoy and chill out with your family, Friends, and Significant Other. Welcome to the City Of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro.   1. Chix N’ Booze                     Are you a chicken lover? What’s your favorite flavor? Prepare your tummies because Here in Chix n’ Booze they offer unlimited fried chicken wings that leave you Craving for […]
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Exploring Binondo on a Student Budget

Many consider Binondo as one of the densest, most dizzying places in Metro Manila. But as a student who loves adventure, history, and local cultures, I’ve always seen the bustle of Binondo as its main charm. Nestled snugly in old Manila alongside other historic districts like Santa Cruz and Divisoria, a visit to the oldest Chinatown in the world always feels like a fresh experience. Binondo was established in 1594. Interspersed within its ancient alleyways are numerous Chinese shops that sell jade and gold trinkets, famed generation-spanning restaurants, and Spanish architecture, most notably the red-and-grey Binondo church. Historically, the area […]
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Bohol, Philippines: A Place with Wonderous Things

I have lived in my home town, Baguio City, Philippines for almost 30 years. However, after seeing Bohol, my love affair with travel started. I am very excited to share to you about my first-ever travel years ago in January 2013. It was a life changing trip for me because since then, I never wanted to stop. Welcome to Bohol, Philippines That awkward, nervous smile Landing on Tagbilaran Airport at around 11 pm, the first thing I could think of was food. Boy, I was hungry after a 12-hour trip from my hometown to Manila then Tagbilaran. I had a […]
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Subic Bay, A perfect place for adventure

Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ), is one of the most visited places in the Philippines. SBFZ was also known as Subic Bay or Subic. Subic was once a US military base. They made a large contribution to the history of a place. But it was now converted into a tax and duty-free zone managed by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). From Manila, you will be going to ride on a bus/victory liner or a car going to Olongapo for you to be able to reach the beautiful places of Subic. You can stop or drop in Harbor Point Subic and there […]
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