There are many places to check out and discover in one of the world’s best countries, the Philippines. Sure a 7-day trip might not be enough but even within a short period of time, you will likely fall in love with the Philippines already!
From its pristine beaches, amazing islands, breathtaking rolling hills, delicious cuisine, and friendly locals, the Philippines is surely a place every traveler should visit at least once.
Here’s a 1-week itinerary that you may copy on how to get to know the Philippines!
Day 1: Historical Manila
It’s likely that you’ll begin your journey in the country’s capital, Manila. There are a lot of things to see and do in Manila that would definitely make your stay more fun.
First on your list should be the famous Intramuros. It is also known as the Walled City during the Spanish colonization. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the cobbled streets are, the preserved buildings, and of course, the food! You may rent a bike to go around and enjoy the historical view.
You can end your day at Manila Bay and book a dinner cruise to have a sumptuous meal while watching the beautiful sunset. You may try the 1-hour dinner cruise to see a different angle of Manila while watching the sun goes down and appreciate the city lights at night.
Places to check out in Manila: Fort Santiago, Rizal Shrine, Plaza Moriones, Alamacenes Reales, Baluarte de San Diego, Bahay Tsinoy and Baluarte de San Andres.
Day 2-3: Mountainous Baguio
One of the most visited places in the Philippines is Baguio, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Most people opt to stay here because of its cool weather. Aside from this, you can enjoy many fun activities like horseback riding, biking, riding the swan boats, and many more.
The travel time to Baguio takes 5-6 hours from Manila by bus. Better to leave Manila in the evening to welcome the morning in Baguio. The best time to travel there is during the summer or in February so you can watch the famous Baguio Flower Festival.
Places to check out in Baguio: Camp John Hay, Mines View Park, Wright Park, Strawberry Farm, Baguio Museum, Laperal House
Day 4-6: Island Hopping in Palawan
After heading to the mountains, why not go for an island trip? And where else is better than in Palawan? Just a warning though, it might be too hard for you to leave the island as it will make you want to stay there longer!
Palawan is famous for its beaches and lagoons. If you only have a limited travel time, we recommend visiting Coron first. you’ll be amazed at how beautiful nature is. Coron will feast your eyes with breathtaking views of the clear blue-green lakes and lagoons. But if you have more time, you can also visit Puerto Princesa City where the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Underground River, is located and El Nido if you want to see more lagoons and chill at the beach.
Places to check out in Palawan: (Coron) Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoons, Skeleton Wreck, Beach 91 and CYC Beach. (El Nido) Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon (Make sure to wear trekking sandals with straps as you’ll be stepping on sharp rocks). (Puerto Princesa City) Underground River, Crocodile Farm, Honda Bay.
Day 6-7: Relax at Boracay
If you still want to experience Philippines’ best beaches, then head to the world’s best island, Boracay! From Palawan, you can already fly directly to Boracay. Don’t worry about feeling tired from the activities that you’ve done from the past days because Boracay is an island for you to just chill. Head over to White beach that has 3 stations to choose from.
Places to check out in Boracay: Station 1 has mostly high-end resorts and restaurants. Station 2 has the party hubs and D’Mall. And Station 3 is the least crowded, perfect for your solo moment.
These are the well-known tourist spots to summarize this archipelagic country that Filipinos are proud of. You may opt for choosing this 7-day trip on an off-peak season to really embrace the beauty of this country. These places are the sure-hit topic to talk about among the Filipinos anywhere around the world. With the right amount of planning, it’s definitely going to be worth it!
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