Vivid green rice terraces, crystalline seas hiding coral wonderlands and mountains tempered with charming villages, the Philippines provides an answer for those in search of a slice of authentic Asia. Trek through the jungles, scale the volcanic landscapes, dive into warm waters and meet the unaffected people of the Philippines for an exotic and enlightening experience.
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take me with you to the philippines
Posted on Thu, 21 Jul 2011 by Sue Elliot
It was a paperback that inspired Sally Arnold to pack herself off to the Philippines...Read more
welcome to the philippines
Posted on Thu, 18 Nov 2010 by Sue Elliot
Did you know that 7000 stunning, tropical islands make up the Philippines? We are overjoyed to return to this exciting archipelago, because as Intrepid traveller Esbjorn Torstensson explains, it’s the [...]Read more
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in the Philippines, you may find yourself travelling by:
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in the Philippines you may find yourself staying in a:
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Manila (population 1.65 million)
- 99 million
- Filipino (Tagalog), English
- Time zone:
- (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore
- Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type B (American 3-pin)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Philippines
With a year-round warm climate, expect hot weather when visiting the Philippines at any time of the year. Sea breezes prevail in the coastal regions between November and February, so travel during this time if you wish to take the edge off the heat. January to May are considered the optimum times to visit though, as it is best to avoid the typhoon season which runs from July to October and involves heavy rain, flooding and high winds.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Fun Festivals of the Philippines
With a history that dates all the way back to 1210, this flamboyant festival is considered one of the Philippines' best. Think massive ostentatious costumes, loud drumming, floats of parading dancers, riotous crowds and a healthy dose of partying and you've got Ati-Atihan - the Philippines' best shot at Rio Carnaval.
2. Grand Cordillera Festival
Baguio reserves the fourth last week of November to celebrate life and local culture with ethnic songs, dance, costume and food. This festival spreads peace and tolerance and provides an interesting snapshot of the lives of the ethnic people of the northern Luzon area.
Iloilo City gets its chance to party with its own version of Ati-Atihan. City streets are decked out with colourful banners, street stalls sizzle with barbecued pork, and chicken and costumed dancers compete for glory.
4. Feast of Our Lady of Candles
This annual display of epic religious pageantry features a procession of the patroness, fiesta queen and court through the streets and town centre of Jaro. Locals carry candles and a statue of the Virgin Mary to the town cathedral, where crowds of people wait. This spirited and vibrant festival is a great introduction to Filipino culture and religious celebration.
5. Obando Fertility Festival
Want to see couples dance through the streets in aid of hopefully producing a child? Each year, the town of Bulacan holds this festival for childless couples who wish to produce children. Couples dance down the street to the local church, dance up the aisle and attend mass in honour of the three local patron saints.
FAQs on Philippines
Bottle of beer = 30-60 pesos
Basic lunch = 100-200 pesos
Sit-down dinner = 500-900 pesos
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Feb 25 EDSA Revolution Anniversary
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 9 Bataan Day (Araw ng Kagitingan)
May 1 Labour Day
Jun 12 Independence Day
Aug 8 Eid Ul Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Aug 26 National Heroes' Day
Nov 1 All Saints' Day
Nov 30 Bonifacio Day
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 30 Rizal Day
Dec 31 New Year's Eve
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/philippines/public-holidays
Australia: No - not required
Belgium: No - not required
Canada: No - not required
Germany No - not required
Ireland: No - not required
Netherlands: No - not required
New Zealand: No - not required
South Africa: No - not required
Switzerland: No - not required
United Kingdom: No - not required
USA: No - not required
Citizens of most countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay of up to 21 days, provided they hold a valid return ticket.
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Philippines Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Philippines
1. Be considerate of the Philippines’ customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some of the local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
|My Faraway Home||Mary McKay Maynard|
|Invented Eden||Robin Hemley|
|When the Rainbow Goddess Wept||Cecilia Manguerra Brainard|
|When the Elephants Dance: A Novel||Tess Uriza Holthe|
|Dead Season||Alan Berlow|