Image: Boracay, Philippines (Photo Credit: Photo: Department of Tourism, Philippines)
Image: Boracay, Philippines (Photo Credit: Photo: Department of Tourism, Philippines)
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Philippines Travel Guide 

When we think of the Philippines, we think of boisterous people, vibrant cities, and vivid cultural history. It’s the type of place you go to have a life-changing adventure and it’s a place we recommend all travelers visit at least once in their life. 

But before you go, here is your complete Philippines travel guide. Learn about the country, the currency, some national statistics, and which places would be best to visit during your stay.

The Philippines is an archipelago country, which means it consists of a group of islands. Each island has its own unique charm and is a must-see for any serious traveler.  

Luckily, because it’s a tourist destination, we’ve found that getting from one island to another is pretty easy. 

Firstly, you can fly. Use local airlines for fast and affordable island travel. 

Secondly, you can travel by sea. They’re a maritime country and many ocean transport options are provided for tourists. 

The major cities have passenger ships that move between all other major cities. And for lesser-known islands, you can use ferries or small charters to get around. It might take a little longer than flying but it’s a cheaper option. 

And, finally, you can drive. If you are staying on an island for a while, make sure you have an international driver's license and cruise around on your own time. 

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The Philippines conjures images of towering skyscrapers, crystalline waters, wonderful people, and rich cultural hot spots. It’s also the 11th most visited place in southeast Asia, making the archipelago a premier international travel destination spot. But with so much to do and so much to see, putting together an itinerary can be hard.

Important Things To Know


The Philippines uses the Philippines Peso which is recognized by the ₱ symbol. 

The banknotes come in 1000 ₱, 500 ₱, 200 ₱, 100 ₱, 50 ₱, 20 ₱, and 10 ₱ format. And there are three coins:10 ₱, 5 ₱, and 1 ₱. 

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Batad Rice Terraces in the Philippines. (photo courtesy of G Adventures) (Photo Credit: Provided by GAdventures)

National Languages

The Philippines has a long language history, with over 170 languages and variations in the archipelago country. Currently, the national language is Filipino, a standardized version of Tagalog. 

The other national language is English, which makes it very easy for English-speaking visitors to navigate the country. 

Climate And Weather

The Philippines has a tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures and high humidity. 

While most countries are divided into winter and summer, it would make more sense to distinguish the Philippines according to its rainfall because the temperature is pretty stable throughout the year. 

June to November is very wet. Typhoon season is from July to October, with as many as 10 typhoons making it through the country. 

December to May, on the other hand, is very dry. December to February is the cooler season whereas March to May is hot and dry. 

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When To Visit The Philippines

Siquijor Island, Phillippines
Siquijor Island, Phillippines (Photo via simongurney / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

The best time for your Philippines adventure is from December to February. The temperature is moderate and it’s not raining. During this time you’ll also be able to experience local festivals like the Sinulog festival and Dinagyang festival. 

If you want to enjoy the summer heat and fewer international tourists, visit from May to the start of the typhoon season (July).

Best Places To Stay In the Philippines

Philippines Island Hopping: Clear Skies & Blue Waters
Philippines Island Hopping: Clear Skies & Blue Waters (Photo Credit: Provided by GAdventures)

The Philippines has many notable travel destinations. But these are our top picks: 

  • Manilla is the capital of the Philippines and a must for any traveler. It’s a densely populated and vibrant city you aren’t going to forget. 
  • Cebu is perhaps the most visited spot in the country. Here’s where you’ll find gorgeous tropical waters, a variety of activities to enjoy, and some of the most iconic travel destinations in the world. 
  • To witness the country’s natural beauty, visit the more laid-back island of Bohol
  • Our choice for the most breathtaking view has to be the UNESCO world heritage site of Banaue. Here you can see sprawling rice fields, lush green views, and a hand-carved mountainside that is over 2 thousand years old. 
  • To immerse yourself in the traditional Philippines, visit Vigan. The northern region is full of the country’s heritage and sites you’ll never forget. 

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