Top Reasons Why Americans Should Visit the Philippines

by • March 6, 2014 • Travel NewsComments (0)2466

The Philippines is one of the top choices to travel in Southeast Asia. From destination enthusiasts, to food lovers and adventure seekers, this is definitely the place to be! Here are the reasons why:

1. The Natives

Filipinos are commonly known to be very hospitable and their hospitality is beyond compare. Here, you can find the most friendly and loving people, who welcomes you with such kindness. Despite the hardships, they still manage to smile and never give up hope as they appreciate the simple things in life and find joy in it. They also love to sing and dance whether there is an occasion to celebrate or nothing at all- they will entertain you in every way possible. In general, they are very friendly and good-natured people. Who wouldn’t want that?

2. The Beaches and Islands

Boracay Symmetry Photo By: Roger Alcantara

Boracay Beach Photo By: Roger Alcantara/creative commons

The Philippines as an archipelago that consist of 7,107 islands so it’s not surprising to find lots of beaches and natural spots in the country. If you want to have a glimpse of paradise, your next destination should be the Philippines. There is Boracay, a beach famous for its white sands, located in the Aklan province and of course, you wouldn’t want to miss the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, which is now part of the Seven Wonders of the World. This nation is extremely rich in natural resources which all the more encourage travellers to visit.

3. Flora and Fauna

The Philippines is said to have the greatest biodiversity. It is inhabited by a various range of animals, plants, sea creatures and birds. The smallest mammal species is the Tarsier where you can find in Bohol. There are over 300 species of reptiles and amphibians, 600 species of birds and 400 species of corals, from the world’s smallest fish to the giant whale Sharks; you will be amazed with diversity of the wildlife and it will surely be worth-remembering.

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Underwater at Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines Photo by: Per Edin/creative commons

4. Delicious Food

The Filipino cuisine is a must try. It is not well known to the rest of the world but it is definitely worth trying. They have a unique array of dishes and mouth-watering fruits and vegetables which are mostly homegrown, plus affordable and fresh seafood are always available, from king crabs to lobsters and octopus. If seafood is not your thing, there’s no need to worry as other cuisines are also offered. You can find almost anything, from Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Korean, American and various other cuisines.

5. Rejuvenation and Relaxation

One of the things that Filipinos really enjoy is to pamper their bodies with a good massage. Spas are located everywhere, may it be on the beach or an upscale place. This is an excellent way to rejuvenate and uplift your soul.

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Beach Masseuses at Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol Photo by: The Wandering Angel/creative commons

6. No Language Barrier

Almost all of the Filipinos can speak English. Therefore, you will not have difficulty in talking to them and this is a very big advantage for you. Asking for directions or just making friends is very easy.

7. Jeepneys

Riding a jeepney in the Philippines is much more fun than you think it is. Moreover, the fare is very cheap and air conditioner is not needed. Filipinos are really creative as these jeepneys began when the US troops left behind their old military jeeps. Benches were added to the military jeeps, colorful and unique designs were painted on the vehicle’s body with an extra touch of ornaments and the Filipinos were ready to make a living. Amazing isn’t it?

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Jeepney Photo by: Ferdz Decena/creative commons

8. Exciting Shopping Choices

Filipinos are very fond of going to the malls. They are known to be family-oriented people and they spend most of their quality time dining, shopping and doing other fun activities with their loved ones inside shopping centers. You can also find some of the bigger shopping malls in the world right in Manila, the capital city of the country.

So what are you waiting for? Visit the Philippines to get the best travel experience of your life today!

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