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10 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines for First-Time Visitors

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It comes as no surprise when the Philippines has been consecutively recognized as one of the best countries to travel to by international travel magazines. Honestly, we couldn’t pick just one if you’d ask us which are the best places to visit in the Philippines because seriously, with over 7,000 beautiful islands, it’s hard to decide.

And how can you resist the beauty of its natural wonders and ignore its pristine beaches which, by the way, has been named as some of the world’s best islands? The Philippines will never fail to amaze you. 

To help you decide, here are the 10 best places to visit in the Philippines for first time travelers.

1. Batanes

lighthouse in batanes surrounded by rolling hills

Search Batanes on Instagram and you’ll find in the geotag “Breathtaking Batanes.” It’s not a cafe, restaurant nor a hotel. You might wonder where exactly Breathtaking Batanes is. Actually, it’s the whole province! They call it breathtaking because of its jaw-dropping views of rolling hills, lighthouses and vast greenery that will make you ask yourself if you’re still in the Philippines. 

Batanes is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines because you will get to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure together with the friendliest locals ever!

2. Batad 

astounding view of the banaue rice terraces

If you’re a fan of the Avengers, for sure you’ve already seen the Batad Rice Terraces in one of its scenes. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best tourist spot in the Philippines because it will never disappoint you. The 9-hour bus ride and hours of trekking will be so worth it when you finally see the amazing Batad Rice Terraces.

3. Vigan

a kalesa passing at calle crisologo

Want a taste of the Philippines’ old world charm? Go back in time and be mesmerized by the beauty of Vigan. See the preserved old streets of Calle Crisologo—one of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines— that’s famous across the world. You can ride a kalesa to tour the cobblestone streets while taking a snap of every spot you pass through. 

Because of its cultural beauty and well-preserved Spanish era streets, Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the best places to visit in the Philippines.

4. Manila

old buildings preserved in intramuros

Have you ever heard the saying that there’s always beauty in chaos? Manila is a living proof of that. Despite the traffic, tourists make sure to drop by or spend a day or two in this city. Manila is a best tourist spot in the Philippines because it offers you a combination of old and modern charm. Don’t miss Intramuros as this is one of the most beautiful places in Manila.

5. Palawan

girl swimming in a lagoon in palawan

If you searched the world’s best islands, you’ve probably stumbled upon Palawan. Well, it’s a regular in some international travel magazines’ lists. With Palawan’s breathtaking lagoons, crystal clear turquoise blue waters, and colorful coral reefs, it comes as no surprise at all. It is undeniably among the most beautiful places in the Philippines. 

6. Boracay

people flocking in boracay

Ask any Filipino about the best places to visit in the Philippines and Boracay is never missed! It is the best tourist spot in the Philippines when it comes to beaches. Just like Palawan, Boracay has been named as one of the world’s best islands consecutively. Tourists love its fine white sand and cerulean blue waters. What’s great about Boracay’s beaches is that the sand never turns hot so whether it’s 9am or 12pm, you can walk to its sand barefoot. 

7. Cebu 

temple of leah

Cebu is one of the famous places in the Philippines. It is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion and island life in the Philippines. Cebu does not disappoint its visitors with its beautiful tourist spots and fun activities to try. Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where city and paradise meet. 

8. Bohol 

majestic view of chocolate hills in bohol

One of the most famous places in the Philippines is Bohol because of its pristine white beaches and the stunning Chocolate Hills. Every traveler won’t be disappointed as Bohol is a treasure. Aside from the famous Chocolate Hills, don’t miss visiting the Tarsier Sanctuary, dine in the Loboc River Cruise, and watch the sunset by the beach in Panglao, Bohol.

9. Siquijor

turquoise blue water of a siquijor falls

If you’re looking for undiscovered beautiful places in the Philippines, consider visiting Siquijor! It’s a small island province located in the Central Visayas region oozing with pristine beaches, beautiful diving spots, waterfalls, and a cave. Siquijor was used to be known as an Island of Fire enveloped by mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. It’s an offbeat destination because some travelers are afraid to visit here because of the beliefs. But trust us, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

You can check out the 400-year old enchanted Balete tree, Paliton beach, Kanheron Ranch, Kagusuan Beach, Cantabon Cave, Cambugahay Falls, Lugnason Falls, Marelle’s Underwater World Museum in Siquijor.

10. Siargao

man preparing to jump on a cliff

Cloud 9 is one of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines that’s found in Siargao, the surfers’ paradise. This island is a hit not just to surfers but also to backpackers and solo travelers who are finding themselves… or love. Siargao is easy and surprisingly affordable to travel to! Don’t miss the Sugba Lagoon, Magpupungko Rock Pool, Coconut street, and chase the sunset in Cloud 9!

If you’re looking for a place to stay, ZEN Rooms has the best budget hotels in these areas that offer great amenities at an affordable price. You can check them out at www.zenrooms.com!

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