The Republic of the Philippines is country in Southeast Asia that is comprised of thousands of small islands (7,107 to be exact), all of which are grouped into three major areas, Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon. The capital city of Manila attracts millions of tourists every year, and the country proper has a growing population of 100 million, making it one of the largest in Asia and on the globe. Highly affordable and lined with some of the world’s longest coastlines, the Philippines is a budget, tropical vacation hot zone.
Flights to Philippines
There are multiple international airports in the country, the largest and busiest of which is located in Manila. Ninoy Aquino transported nearly 32 million domestic and international passengers in 2012, with Mactan-Cebu (Cebu), Francisco Bangoy (Davao), Lloilo (Lloilo), and Kalibo (Kalibo) constituting an additional 14 million in the same year. Ninoy Aquino has seen a dramatic rise in flight traffic over the last few years, a trend that is expected to continue given Manila’s popularity as a Southeast Asian tourist spot.
Philippine Airlines is the only direct flight airliner from the United States. Passengers from outside of the U.S. can book flights through Delta, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Emirates, ANA, KLM, Air China, and United. Another reason why Manila continues to be a central destination in the country is its low airfare; Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, and General Santos typically cost a few hundred dollars additional per ticket.
What to Do in the Philippines
Few places on Earth can compare to White Beach in Boracay. Welcome to paradise. With thousands of islands to explore, you will have no problem finding a spot to lounge and watch the waves! The country’s natural wonders hardly stop there. Visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol and the Archipelago of El Nido for an adventure no one can forget! Outdoors enthusiasts often feel right at home here.
Filipino is the country’s official spoken language, but many locals have a clear grasp of English as their second tongue. The Philippine peso is the currency used by nearly all vendors, but exchange banks are conveniently located near the country’s major airports. Use the National Railways system for cheap travel, or rent a car from Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Europcar. The cuisine in the Philippines is affordable and delicious, and the hotel rates are super money-friendly!
Even if you are travelling directly from the United States, cheap flights to the Philippines can be reserved via Skyscanner’s smart airfare search engine. This will arguably by the priciest part of your trip, so book early and save big! Use our free hotel price finder tool to compare rates on beautiful hotels throughout the Philippines.
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