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8 Tips and things to know before the Philippines – Explore a paradise island in style

The Philippines has known the world over for its picture-perfect beaches, colourful corals and acres of sandy beaches. What else you can expect from a splendid island paradise? Here are some things to know before you visit the Philippines.

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Prepare your budget

Tourism is one of the major sources of income here. Therefore, it is recommended to be aware of costs before visiting the Philippines. For instance, it's always better to talk to a local or search the costs of taxis since there will be a greater probability that you will be charged extra.

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Plan well!

Some of the destinations like Boracay and Cebu will be more popular even among locals but there are some other wonderful destinations that are not popular to be added to your bucket list. You can spare time to visit less visited areas such as Siargao and Batanes. Do your own research prior to your visit, if you want to get the best out of your visit.

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It is easy to extend your stay

Generally, one will be given a 30-day visa to the Philippines. If you feel like you need to spend more time exploring the destination, you have the chance to extend yourvisa given the criteria that you show enough evidence that you will return to your country in the given time period.

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Transport

Ferries and boats are the two common ways of getting around the Philippines. These two modes of transport are weather dependent. If you visit here during the period from June to October, the schedules might change depending on the weather condition since it's the rainy season. Those who travel with kids can book air tickets since there are plenty of domestic airports across the island.

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Find your eateries beforehand

It is recommended to do a small research online about dining venues rather than picking up spots randomly. It will prevent burning a hole in your pocket! Those who are looking for Manila hotel rooms will come across impressive choices such as Berjaya Makati Hotel which also offers many dining venues to savour both local and international delicacies.

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It's not only about beaches

While the Philippines popular for its mesmeric beaches, you will have a lot more to do except snorkelling or sunbathing. Visit some of the larger islands such as Luzon and Cebu which showcase lush rainforests, mountains and inland national parks. Make a trip to Vigan to trace the colonial history and its ancient architecture.

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Language

Depending on the region, locals will use their own language. You don't have to bother about this language barrier since most people can manage at least a few phrases in English. You will find no difficulty in getting around as well because the road signs are in English.

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Forbidden areas

If you are planning to travel in certain areas that do not fall under popular tourist destinations, you will have to think twice about the safety. For instance, some mountainous areas are occupied by the New People's Army or NPA. Make sure that you consult a local guide before visiting such areas.

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