Southeast Asia over the last two to three decades has grown on to develop into an absolute tourist hub and the Philippines is doubtless at the focus of all the recent buzzes.
There is a full list of endless reasons to plan your next vacation to the Philippines, starting with the people here are friendly & open-minded. At the Philippines you will get feel of South America as this nation of islands is packed with globally renewed churches and the local transport Jeepney. When it comes to Southeast Asia, the Philippines top the list with the number of islands being 7,641 and have many beautiful diving spots throughout the country. Besides all the marvels of nature, the variety of beverages is broad, not far behind any European wine powerhouse.
|S.No.||Tips for Traveling to the Philippines on a Low Budget|
|1||Travel during Low Seasons|
|2||Avoid Holy or Festive Weeks|
|3||Book Flights Early and Have Flexible Dates|
|4||Make friends with the Filipinos|
|5||Eat at the Street and Market Food Stalls|
|6||Choose Hotels Away From the Central Area|
|7||Compare Prices and Negotiate|
Today, we’ll be talking about three renewed tourist cities of Philippines-Tacloban, Calbayog & Butuan
Tacloban is one of the finest urbanized cities of Southeastern Asia and the provincial capital of Leyte. With the population of 242,089, this city has many remarkable, historic landmarks and several stunning natural sites. Here, below are the best places to visit while in Tacloban.
1. Red Beach
The Red Beach is a marvelous natural wonder in the entire Philippines; people from all parts of the world come here just to enjoy captivating views of the Samar Lake. This beach also pays tribute to its heroes those have sacrificed their lives to get back the Philippines from the Japanese invaders. Moreover, it is a great place for taking special moment pictures.
2. CAP Building
The CAP Building is a place of great historical importance in Tacloban as it illustrates the rich cultural history of the people of the Philippines. During the Second World War, this building was occupied by General Douglas MacArthur as an army base. Today, this place has developed into a museum where things related to MacArthur are put on display for the people of the Philippines. In a nutshell, CAP Building is must visit if you are on a mission to explore the symbolic historical aspect of the Philippines during the Second World War.
3. San Juanico Bridge
Stretching from Samar to Leyte, the San Juanico Bridge is a vital segment of the Pan- Philippines highway. This historical fact about San Juanico is that it is the longest bridge in the entire Philippines. This arched-shaped truss design bridge is made out of premium-grade steel girder viaduct and then reinforced with concrete piers.
4. Sto. Nino Shrine and Museum
The Sto. Nino Shrine and Museum is one of the favorite tourist spots in Tacloban. This place earlier served as the rest house for Marcos’s wife. The mansion of Sto. Nino Shrine harbors a vintage selection of antique items.
5. Stations of the Cross
At the periphery of Tacloban on the slope of the hill Cavalry, the Stations of the Cross depicts of the life of Jesus Christ, whether or not you belong to the Christian you must pay a holy visit here.
6. Madonna of Japan
The Madonna of Japan is a figure of peace between the Japanese and the Filipinos. This is a monument that pays respect to the war heroes; moreover, the statue is referred to as an iconic goddess of peace.
7. Kanhuraw Hill
In Tacloban, there is anything more mind rejuvenating than having a lovely evening on the Kanhuraw Hill; it is unarguably a heavenly feel. Tourists those who have been there at least once in their lifetime suggest no tour to Tacloban is complete without unwinding yourself in the soothing ambiance of this hill.
Calbayog is a city with a lot of historical places to check out. So if you are planning to holiday in Philippines, don’t forget to spend at least a day in this city to make your trip educational for everyone. Here, are the top attractive places to spend quality in Calbayog-
8. Bangon-Bugtong Falls
Bangon-Bugtong Falls is rated as the top vacationer attraction in Calbayog, you can easily reach the spot via the Jeepney. The approx height of this fall is about 60 meters; it is a kind of experience that can leave you shell-shocked when seen with bare eyes.
9. City Forest and Marble Park
You just can’t say you had a vacation in Calbayog if you haven’t visited City Forest and Marble Park. This is a park with no benches or statues; just relax in the cradle of nature and admire the spectacular marble rock formation and trees to be found nowhere.
10. Guinogo-an Cave
All the adventure freaks out there hold your breath, because getting into the Guinogo-an Cave seem breezy easy, but the entire walk is enthralling. As you have to make your way through the water-filled caved, and sometimes the ceiling is high and suddenly it is low. And, then the Cave’s dark recesses where the adventure experience reaches a whole new level, the only thing you can bring along is the lighted torch to guide you through the cave.
11. Mapaso Hot Spring
After spending days exploring the many tourist attractions of the Philippines packed with all the hassles and bustles of the city life, now it’s time to relax your mind, take a dive into the Mapaso Hot Spring. This is best to loosen up and get rid of the traveling fatigue.
12. Nijaga Park
Have a romantic evening with your lady love at the Nijaga Park, a quiet park situated near the river Calbayog. Colorful houses, the fountain in the middle of the park and open-setting, this park is a great place in the pursuit of self-time while traveling places solo.
13. Samar Archaeological Museum
No matter you are traveling solo, with family or on a honeymoon; it is always no brainer to dedicate an afternoon thoroughly visiting a local museum. At Calbayog, the Samar Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest museums that throw light on the living of the locals by putting on display the excavated pieces such as the old coins, sauces, and so much more.
14. Muro-Puro Snorkeling Site
The Muro-Puro Snorkeling is a popular diving site, untouched by the humans. Besides, have the best diving experiences, you can explore the rich marine life.
An urbanized city known for its lavish nightlife, the many places to explore for your upcoming vacation are as follows-
15. National Museum, Butuan Branch
The National Museum of Butuan harbors’ an extensive range of ethnographic and archeological items those illuminate the often forgotten culture and traditions of people centuries back.
16. Balanghai Boat Building Site
No, it is not a boating place, but never short of excitement. At this place there is a massive replica of Balanghai Boat that honors the ancestors of the Philippines.
17. Agusan River
The Philippines is a nation of amazing natural diversity with each island having its own gem. In Butuan, Agusan River presents the gorgeous views of the crystal clear water.
18. Delta Discovery Park
Want to have breathtaking experiences? Wish to capture the charismatic nature photographs? Then, Delta Discovery Park must be in your bucket list.
19. Bood Promontory Eco Park
The Bood Promontory Eco Park is the highest point in the Butuan city, therefore perfect for a morning meditation session.
20. Masao Beach
Tried with your long adventurous day? Yeah! In the evening come to Masao Beach with your family to spend a quality time.
So, why think or rethink, book your flights to the Philippines now!