The Philippines is one of the world's most iconic tropical destinations, with over 7,641 islands to choose from. The country is blessed with white-sand beaches, pale blue seas, amazing corals, lagoons, mountains, rivers, rice terraces and volcanoes. Days can be spent exploring the diverse and sometimes challenging terrain, taking in cascading waterfalls and dramatic caves.

The country has a busy and exciting history, which has created a lot of world-famous landmarks. The culture around them is also impressive, including an interesting cuisine, famous nightlife and great music. The fine-sand beaches that fringe the Pacific Ocean have populated many an Instagram feed, and it won’t take you long to see why.

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  • Manila

    Manila has a certain ‘rough diamond’ quality about it. The Filipino capital can seem chaotic, with an eclectic mix of buildings that range from Spanish colonial styles to ultra-modern skyscrapers. The city is actually a conglomeration of 12 cities and 5 municipalities, together forming Metro Manila, so there’s no shortage of things to see and do. The most Americanised of all...

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What to see & do in Philippines

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The choice of things to do in the Philippines is very impressive, thanks to the country’s incredible variety of landscapes. The archipelago is made up of over 7,600 islands, each with its unique history and attractions. And around many of the islands are beautiful beaches and coral reefs to explore. Among the star attractions are the medieval Spanish walled enclave of Intramuros in Manila, packed with historic buildings and churches. On...

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Where & what to eat in Philippines

The Philippines' restaurants and dining scene has something for virtually everyone. When you're in the bigger and more developed destinations like Cebu or Manila, you can expect the sort of dining options you would get in any cosmopolitan capital, be it fast food or a quaint fine-dining French haunt. The Philippines has an extraordinary richness in the types of cuisines it offers, with influences from all around the world –...

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Where to shop & what to buy in Philippines

Shopping in the Philippines varies from region to region. Manila is the place to go for serious shopping, with many air-conditioned, brand-heavy, and ultra-modern malls. The capital is also home to flea and bazaar-style markets, where some real treasures and endless bargaining opportunities exist. Tropical island destinations such as Boracay, Bohol and Palawan feature lively shopping scenes that host convenience stores, souvenir boutiques, and markets. If you’re looking to buy indigenous...

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Where to go & what to do at night in Philippines

Philippines nightlife is famed all around the world. Most people who come to the Philippines inevitably end up on stage at some point. The locals are great fans of performance and make use of the many karaoke joints across the country to showcase their talents and passion for dance and music. Manila and Cebu both have a very vibrant nightlife, and with clubs and bars open around the clock, you'll...

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Useful information

The Democratic Republic of the Philippines is located in the Western Pacific Ocean, some 1,210 km east of Vietnam and is separated in the north from Taiwan by the Bashi Channel. It’s bordered on the east by the Philippine Sea (and the Pacific Ocean), on the south by the Celebes Sea, and on the west by the South China Sea. The country is divided into 3 main regions: Luzon in...

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