Things to Explore and Avoid as a First-Time Tourist in the Philippines. | Philippines tourism

The Pearl of the Orient Seas is one of the best places to take a vacation. The Philippines tourism is very progressive. You wouldn’t run out of things to do and places to go. However, like all countries in the world, there are things to take caution of and places to avoid.

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Let’s begin with the negative first. Here are the things you ought to dodge in the Philippines:

01. Avoid Dangerous Spots

The Philippines is an overall peaceful country. However, in the southern part, Muslim militants have been violently struggling for autonomy from the Catholic nation in the last 50 years. Particularly, the country’s most dangerous spots are Marawi city, Jolo province, Basilan province, and Cotabato. Moreover, Metro Manila appeared on some lists of the most dangerous cities in Asia. In fact, it is relatively safe, but just take caution while staying in the capital city. Furthermore, when in Manila, refrain from going to Malate, Ermita, Navotas, Tondo, and Baclaran.

02. Avoid Using ATM Machines That Seem Defective

Some old automated teller machines located at less secure area that seems faulty may have been tampered with. However, there are barely reports of such incidences nowadays. However,  be careful still. That is to say, better use the ATMs inside shopping malls or banks.

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03. Beware of pickpocketers

They’re almost everywhere. Some of them don’t even look like pickpockets at all. Avoid long conversations with strangers. The Filipinos are very hospitable people. That’s one thing the Philippines tourism boasts about. On the other hand, there are some who would only take advantage of you. There are interactions which lead to loss of belongings. So, stay alert, keep your eyes peeled and keep your belongings close!

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04. Never ride a cab that doesn’t have a meter.

During peak hours, peak seasons, or even rainy days, some taxi drivers may demand a fixed amount. Avoid this situation at any rate.

05. Never, ever drink water from the tap.

Tap water in Manila, or anywhere else in the Philippines really, is not potable. Consequently, there are reputable water stations everywhere. You could get your water there, or in groceries and convenience stores.

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Now, for the things to explore in the Philippines:

01. Go on day trips and excursions.

The Philippines tourism would never let you run out of things to do. Go see the spectacular Puerto Princesa Underground River. Experience the beauty of nature in Palawan. Or go on a Manila City and Museum Tour. Find out about the country’s colonial past.

Subsequently, you could book a Bohol Day Tour and meet the adorable Philippine Tarsiers. Additionally, you could even visit the oldest church in the country, the historical Baclayon Church. Snorkel with whale sharks in Cebu. Trek to Taal Volcano. Furthermore, see the Banaue Rice Terraces. Remember, there are over 7,000 islands to island hop.

02. Food trips!

Food trips

Notably, you have to try the La Paz Batchoy in Iloilo City. There are so many establishments that offer the best food there. Additionally, it’s pretty near Boracay and it’s got its own virgin beaches as well. Alternatively, you could book yourself a proper food trip with Trip Feast to go on the A Taste of the Philippines. It’s an all inclusive tour for 8 days. You’d be stuffing your way through Manila, San Pablo, Vigan, Laguna, Ilocos Norte, and Pagudpud.  You could also try The BIG Binondo Food WOK! Or Mel’s Davao Food Tour in Davao. There’s also the Makati City Food Walking Tour. As well as, Eat Your Way Through Pampanga. And, the Ultimate Manila Food Trip.

03. Ride a jeepney!


The Philippines tourism slogan is “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” Indeed, it is more fun in the Philippines. Well, you could start off by riding a jeepney. Initially, most of them are recycled vehicles from World War II. Now, it’s the go-to public transportation in the Philippines. Enjoy the bumpy ride!

04. The Nightlife in Boracay.


Book yourself a non-sober time in Boracay with Boracay PubCrawl. For a start, they’d guide you through various bars and clubs for an entire day. Especially, since Philippines tourism is very active there, it’s the best way to meet new people from all over the world on the island.

05. Night dinner cruise along Manila Bay.

If you’re with a loved one, you should definitely book a cruise on Manila Bay. You’d be feasting on Filipino cuisine and be entertained by a live band. Enjoy the bayside sights. You’d even have a personalized service. Thus, you’d be having an exquisite time.

So, don’t buy into the myth that the Philippines is a super dangerous place to travel. Nevertheless, it is as safe as anywhere in Southeast Asia. The violence is mostly restricted in the southern region of Mindanao. So, relax and explore. Enjoy the Philippines!

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