three weeks in Jan. 2013.
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jul 18, 2012 1:03 PM Last Post By: laurenstefano
Jun 24, 2012 11:04 PM
three weeks in Jan. 2013.I am considering going to the Philippines for about three weeks in Jan. 2013. I have been to SEA before and it will be my first time in the Philippines. I will be traveling on a budget. I want to spend about a week (relaxing) at or near the beach on three different islands. How difficult or easy will it be to get accommodations when I arrive on the islands? Can I find and reserve good accommodations before I go? So far, my plans are for Palawan, Boracay and another island, any suggestions? How difficult will it be to get a fast boat or ferry from Manila to Palawan, from there to Boracay, from there to another island, perhaps Cebu and then a boat back to Manila for the flight home? What about the food, I love Thai food and the food I had elsewhere in SEA but I never heard anyone rave about the food of the Philippines (sorry) what can I expect? Any comments about the costs for the PI in Jan.? Any other comments or suggestions to make planning this trip and taking this trip better? Thanks in advance.
Jun 24, 2012 11:43 PM
1"How difficult will it be to get a fast boat or ferry from Manila to Palawan, from there to Boracay"
Not possible, you will need to fly.
3 weeks is not long for that itineray but maybe fly Manila to PP for Palawan then fly PP to Cebu City for one of the Visayan Islands, then fly Cebu to Caticlan for Boracay then fly back to Manila.
Jun 25, 2012 12:05 AM
2look upon 3 weeks as like an initial reconnaissance. Choose two places, i.e. fly to Palawan from Manila, and thence to Cebu, and then out. Much more than that, and you'll be rushing about too much.
first time I went to the Philippines, I was like you, been to Thailand and elsewhere in SEA plenty of times before, and gave it three weeks. For me it was just Manila, Boracay, and Cebu in like a triangle, and that was about right.
Jun 25, 2012 1:16 AM
3you can get ferry from batangas pier to caticlan jetty where pump boats go to boracay at 8 a
m or 8 pm every day arrving caticlan 5 am. for 760 pesos you get a berth in a dorm so if on the night ferry save a hotel bill for a night.
Batangas is about 2 hours from Jam terminal in Pasay or Cubao bus fare 175 pesos and the buses go to the pier.
Borocay isn't cheap but well worth a visit , in january there is also the Dinagyang Festival of Iloilo City around 15 th January so one option is to get a bus from caticlan to Iloilo - there are buses that use the batangas ferry from Manila to IloIlo and beyond so make enquiries at the pier - Its about 5 hours from Caticlan and i think there are also minivans. One option is to go to Puerto Galera - there are simple rooms in the town for 400 pesos although most foreigners head for sabang beach for scuba and bars or white beach ( more popular with weekend visitors from manila.Then an afternoon ferry back to batangas to catch the borocay ferry or if on the return leg an early morning ferry. I think Palawan should be number one on your list and realistically will involve going back to manila and getting a plane but if you get the overnight ferry arriving batangas 5 am then you should be in manila 8 am and you have saved a night in a hotel again.-
Jun 25, 2012 2:45 AM
Jun 29, 2012 8:25 AM
5Two big festivals held in the third week of January, both culminating in full on partying and colourful and noisy street parades on Sunday 20th Jan 2013.
Sinulog in Cebu, and Ati-Atihan in Kalibo near Boracay. Seems to be getting hard to get accommodation in Kalibo for the weekend, but I was able to book a room through www.asiatravel.com last week.
Jul 10, 2012 10:42 AM
6it's true, the food is not great in the Philippines. Sometimes you will find yourself surrounded by water on a beautiful island with no seafood available! they prefer Lechon (whole roasted pork, delicious) or rotisserie chicken.
Palawan had some good seafood, but don't be expecting the flavours you would find in Thailand, Cambodia etc
Their most common dish is Adobo, chick/pork/ or something stewed in soya sauce and coconut vinegar. portions can be quite small...
that being said, the biggest smiles and happiest people in all of Asia are in the Philippines. You will enjoy it!
I agree with 4, Malapascua is great! beautiful low key island with lots of cheap guesthouses and cheap restaurants
Jul 10, 2012 3:08 PM
7on a side note, the big city festivals in the Philippines are something to avoid. The little barangay and small town ones can be totally brilliant, but the big city ones, forget that. I recently got a flight to Bacolod and checked that it was the fourth, not the third week, in October when they have their big Makkassa festival. That was a relief for me. It meant, that I wouldn't have any problem getting accommodation, I wouldn't have to suffer any bullshit with increased taxi fares, and so on. But I'm not a killjoy or spoilsport, because I love the smaller fiestas, in the Philippines. If you travel around the Philippines, you will take part in little fiestas at barangay or small town level and you should consider yourself lucky to be there. It's inevitable. In German, klein ist schoen, or in English small is beautiful.
Jul 14, 2012 1:50 PM
Jul 15, 2012 12:39 AM
9How big a problem is malaria ?
next to non-existent. Though it is possible of course, you'd have to be really unlucky, to contract malaria in the Philippines.
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