You won't run out of things to see during a Phillippines holiday - after all, it's made up of literally thousands of islands. City lovers will be enchanted by Vigan, with its distinctive colonial fusion of Spanish and Far Eastern architecture. The capital city of Manila offers more wonders to gaze at, with its ornate churches, shrines and parks. The paradise island of Boracay is perfect for sun-worshippers, featuring sprawling white sands and seafront bars and restaurants. Then there's the tranquillity of El Nido, a coastal town which attracts Filipinos themselves - and there can be no higher praise.
Many major London airports offer indirect flights to the Philippines. Saying that, you're more likely to get a cheaper fare by flying out from London Heathrow - in fact, savings can be quite considerable. The main airport for overseas tourists is Ninoy Aquino International, which is located around seven kilometres from Manila itself.
As this is an archipelago, chances are you'll be taking domestic flights to see as much of this incredible country as you can. There are a number of local airlines to choose from, and it's worth researching their various fares well beforehand, as many offer special discounts at various times of the year, and prices can be ramped up depending on whether the particular island has any festivals underway. When not flying, buses are very definitely the best way to get around the Philippines, and are pretty cheap as well. Ferries also operate between various islands, many of which also offer leisurely sight-seeing cruises.
Finding a hotel in the Philippines doesn't have to be expensive if you start looking well in advance alongside your flights. This way you get the most for you money and you may pick up a bargain!
If you're looking for a cheap way to explore during your Philippines holiday a jeepney will be your best option. These quirky, often flamboyantly decorated vehicles are an icon of the islands and are the most cost-effective way of getting around urban areas. You simply hop onto them as you would a bus.
Make sure you plan a visit to some of the many markets to haggle over some quality items. Bargaining isn't frowned upon so have fun trying to get the best deal you can. If you're looking to eat out on a budget during your holiday in the Philippines take advantage of the food stalls on offer. They're known as carenderias, and along with turo-turos they're the best way to indulge in proper, traditional local cuisine at rock-bottom prices.
Updated 12th June 2013
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