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Philippines : When and where to go?
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Philippines: Climate & Weather
The tropical climate of the Philippines provides heat and humidity all the year round. However, there are different areas where the dry season and wet season alternate although the characteristics are essentially the same: From January to June, dryness prevails, and from July to December is the rainy season, with slight variations depending on the area.
29°C - 84°F
Manila, updated 02:00 GMT
What to do in Philippines
An archipelago of 7,000 islands, the Philippines are better than what is generally seen through the news reports that often show only violent events perpetrated by fundamentalist groups.
Manila with its 12 million people is stunning in its modernity but you can visit historic sites in the Intramuros district.
Banaue rice fields, forming a spectacular staircase carved into the mountain over two thousand years ago are wonders that should not be missed.
Puerto Galera offers stunning beaches and dive sites.
Palawan has natural sites which will seduce you with underground rivers and deep forests; it also has great dive sites.
If you go to Vigan, you will personally see the Spanish influence everywhere as you stroll between its colonial houses.
Do not forget the Visayas islands, all different, all fascinating: Cascades and caves in Samar, mysterious hills in Chocolate Hills, Spanish ruins in Cebu, the Kalibo Philippine carnival in January... the continuous thread that continues throughout the whole visit is the incomparable hospitality of the Filipinos, a legendary kindness symbolized by a smile that is sure to move you.
Philippines : The basics
The plane is the only way to get to the Philippines via Asia, Australia, Europe or the United States.
Most European citizens do not require a visa for a stay of up to 21 days; a valid passport is enough if you have a return ticket.
The currency in circulation is the Philippine Peso.
You can find an average meal for less than €10 and find a reasonable room for about €25. The cuisine is very mixed with various influences; Malay, Spanish, Chinese…. and you can buy food anywhere, anytime. For your accommodation, homestay accommodation is quite common, finding a hotel in major cities is easy and renting a bungalow in the more remote areas is generally not difficult.
If you wish to travel within the country, domestic flights are provided by several companies. The buses are numerous but there is only one railway line between Manila and Naga.
In the towns, you can choose between conventional taxis, small taxis without meters, trishaws and motorcycles with sidecars.
Regarding health, it is prudent to take an anti-malaria treatment before visiting the forest, together with a first aid kit including disinfectant and anti-diarrhea treatment.
For souvenirs, you will find beautiful wooden sculptures, objects made from coconut or mango wood, seashell and coral jewellery, but there are also high quality clothes at very low prices.
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