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 beauty that the Philippine tourist spots have to offer.

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.

If you’re a foreigner planning to discover the best tourist spots in the country, here’s a 1-week itinerary that you may copy to get to know the Philippines and its tourist spots better!

Day 1-2: Mountainous Baguio

strawberry farm in baguio is a philippine tourist spot

You can begin your tour extravaganza in the Philippines by enjoying Baguio, one of the most visited places in the North of the Philippines. Most people opt to stay here because of its cool weather as it’s located in an elevated area. 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 2-3 hours from Clark International Airport by bus. 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

Where to stay in Baguio 

  1. South Drive Baguio Manor – Starts at P2800/night 
  2. Casa Bel – Starts at P1950/night 
  3. Davimar House – Starts at P2000/night 
  4. R Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P4550/night 
  5. Baguio Lefern Hotel Military Cut-off – Starts at P5000/night

Day 3: Historical Manila

intramuros is a well-known tourist spot in the Philippines

From the Summer Capital of the Philippines, we go down to Manila, the Capital of the Philippines. There are a lot of things to see and do in this Philippine tourist spot 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.

Finally, 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.

If you prefer to enter Manila first, you can do so via Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Then ride a taxi from NAIA to Manila, which is about an hour’s worth of drive.

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. 

Where to stay in Manila

  1. Broadway Court Apartelle – Starts at P1323/night 
  2. Princeton Residences – Starts at P2000/night 
  3. Spaces by Eco Hotel Makati – Starts at P2118/night 
  4. Poblacion Makati House – Starts at P1200/night 
  5. BCD 58 Ohana Hostel – Starts at P1400/night

Day 4-6: Island Hopping in Palawan

Palawan is a well-known Philippine tourist spot

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.

Where to stay in Palawan

  1. Mountain Side Inn – Starts at P1250/night 
  2. Den’gi Inn – Starts at P1900/night
  3. Jeamco Royal Hotel Palawan – Starts at P2177/night 
  4. South Anchorage Inn – Starts at P2300/night 
  5. Palawan Escapes & Reef Resort – Starts at P3332/night

Day 6-7: Relax at Boracay

Boracay, a tourist spot in the Philippines known for its white san beaches

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.

Where to stay in Boracay 

  1. Shore Time Hotel Annex – Starts at P2500/night 
  2. The Tides Hotel Boracay – Starts at P5700/night 
  3. 357 Boracay – Starts at P4500/night 
  4. M&E Guesthouse – Starts at P2000/night

These are the well-known Philippine 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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Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Tourist Spots

Q: What is the best tourist spot in the Philippines?

A: From Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao, here are the most beautiful Philippines tourist attractions that won’t fail to impress you.

  1. Palawan
  2. Batanes
  3. Boracay
  4. Cebu
  5. Siargao
  6. Ifugao 
  7. Camiguin
  8. Ilocos
  9. Manila 
  10. Bohol
  11. Pampanga
  12. Tagaytay
  13. Batangas
  14. Rizal 
  15. Laguna
  16. Zamboanga
  17. Sagada
  18. Baler
  19. Siquijor
  20. Bacolod 

Q: What is the most beautiful tourist spot in Luzon, Philippines?

A: Luzon is full of beautiful places to visit. Among these are:

  • Intramuros
  • Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint
  • Anawangin Cove
  • Mayon Volcano
  • Taal Volcano
  • Tinipak River
  • Mt. Pinatubo
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Racuh A Payaman 
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Banaue Rice Terraces 

Q: What is the Philippines known for?

A: The Philippines is known for its pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains and hills, great diving spots, jaw-dropping lagoons and lakes, and great traits and culture. 

Q: Why is it more fun in the Philippines?

A: It’s more fun in the Philippines because you get to enjoy over 7,000 islands! And what makes it really more fun is the kind locals that are happy to welcome you 24/7.

Q: Why is the Philippines the best tourist attraction destination?

A: The Philippines is a great place to travel to because of its pristine islands that have been recognized as the world’s best by international travel magazines; its historical sites; delicious cuisine; and of course, the hospitable locals.

Q: Is the Philippines open for tourists? 

A: As of writing, the Philippines is open for fully vaccinated tourists coming from abroad. For more Philippine travel updates, read here and here.

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