General information about traveling to the Philippines

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When you re considering dating a Filipino woman, it s only natural for you to think about visiting the Philippines because somewhere down the line, you will eventually meet up and what better way to prepare for it than to read more about it so you can understand a bit about the country.

Travel Documents Required

Naturally, since you re coming from a different country, you would need a passport that s valid for at least six (6) months after arrival. A visa may be required but if you re a citizen of the United States, the European Union, Canada, Australia and New Zealand you can stay in the Philippines for up to 21 days without it. If you wish to extend your stay, you need to arrange for an extension of your visa from the Philippine Consulate where you re at, prior to your trip or when you re already in the Philippines, from the Bureau of Immigration.

Getting in by plane

The are seven (7) international airports currently serving the country. The biggest of these is the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila which is the main international airport of the country and where most visitors fly in. Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a good jump off point if you want to travel across the different regions in the Philippines without having to pass Metro Manila (the capital). Kalibo International Airport is your direct stop if you want to go straight to Boracay Island. Cebu airport is very useful also for central Philippines especially as quite a few international flights land there connecting to Hong Kong and Singapore from which you can travel anywhere around the world. Laoag International serves the North while Davao and Zamboanga International Airports serve the South side of the Philippines.

Climate and Weather

The Philippines being a tropical country is generally warm and humid. Summer, which is between March and May, can bring temperatures to more than 32 degrees Celsius or 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It s cooler during the months of December to February where average temperatures can be around 25 degrees Celsius or 78 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season occurs during June and lasts as long as September so expect a few typhoons to hit the country during this period.

If you re not afraid of the heat, summer is still the best time to enjoy all the beaches that the Philippines has to offer. But avoid the period of Holy Week and Easter when almost all local tourists head to vacation spots so the tourist destinations will be full and jampacked with people. December is a good time to travel because you ll be experiencing a Filipino Christmas season and the weather is more tolerable.

Tourist Destinations

There are many places to visit when you get here. If you want to visit natural attractions, you can go to Boracay, Palawan, Puerto Galeram, to name a few, for the beaches. You can also travel North and visit the Banaue Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spelunking, mountain climbing, scuba diving, surfing and other adventure sports are also available in many parts of the country. If nature tripping isn t your style but shopping is, then there are plenty of shopping malls, like the 2nd and 4th largest malls in the world to visit SM City North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia. There are also a lot of places to haggle with flea bargains like Greenhills, Divisoria and Baclaran. There are also a lot of museums and historical places to go to if you want to learn more about the country s history.

04 Dec 2012

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