PHILLIPINE ACCOMODATIONS/ Visa extension
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Mar 11, 2013 1:54 AM Last Post By: joebird84
Mar 8, 2013 3:53 PM
PHILLIPINE ACCOMODATIONS/ Visa extensionHey all,
Im travelling phillipines april - may. my very vague itinerary goes from manila up to banaue rice terraces, back to manila , donsol, boracay, palawan and its a mystery after that. I am willing to stay in hostels but am wondering what nice resorts cost. Trip Advisor makes it look quite expensive.
Also how difficult is it to get your visa extension upon arrival. I will be staying more than 21 days. Should I apply for the visa in canada before I go?
Mar 8, 2013 10:13 PM
1You want to find out general prices, go to the library and check out he Lonely Planet travel guide and the Jens Peters guide (the Peters one is better) Both have lots of ideas where to travel, how to do it and what to see along the way as well as both books have been updated summer 2012 so the prices of accommodation aren't too far off. Generally I don't mind to paying up to 1000p/nite but try for lower if available.
I'm also from Canada also, get your 59 nite visa at home, only $35.50 as opposed to just over $75 in the Philippines and saves you the hassle while you are there as well as burning up valuable vacation time standing in line.
Check out Donsol and Whale Sharks for May, its the end of the season which I've read hasn't been all that good there this year. Might want to head there first or pick a different destination.
Mar 8, 2013 10:19 PM
2yes, you can get a visa extension while you are there. the degree of difficulty varies from city to city & place to place. the easiest way to get the visa extension is by using the visa extension service provided by some hotels & resorts. (i have heard on this site that is no longer possible to simply pay a fine & visa extension at the airport when leaving - that was formerly another easy way to go about it)
generally, the nicer the resort is, the more it costs. i usually stay in the cheaper resorts & hotels. also it depends on where you are & what time of the year (peak season/high season/low season)
here's a link for some accommodation in el nido, palawan, you can check some prices here
Mar 9, 2013 5:31 PM
Mar 9, 2013 10:46 PM
4Gotta say Bantayan Island is one of my top 3 places in the Phils as well. Maybe I should stop posting about it? - http://youtu.be/FgPROK4VxJg
Mar 11, 2013 1:54 AM
5Pretty hectic schedule you have there! Getting a visa extension is very easy. Even in Manila it's relatively quick now, so you will only spend an hour or 2 at most. We extended beyond our 21 day visa in Boracay and all we needed was a photocopy of the photo page of our passport, photocopy of the original visa stamp and 3,000 Pesos and you can stay for another 38 days (59 in total).
You can keep extending but it costs a lot more each additional time you do it. To go beyond 59 days will cost another 7,300 Pesos, so if you can buy your visa before to save money. Otherwise it's simple enough to do in The Philippines
Hotels range in price wherever you go, but a decent hotel will cost around 1,000 Pesos per night, but this is more in places like Boracay (where we struggled to get anything cheaper than 1,500 Pesos). I've put the costs of where I stayed on my blog below if you want an idea of recent costs.
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