8 days; What is worth it to see? already visited ~150 countries
Replies: 19 - Last Post: Nov 6, 2013 8:52 PM Last Post By: Expatriate_LP
Nov 2, 2013 10:51 PM
8 days; What is worth it to see? already visited ~150 countriesArriving PH tomorrow - yes, i've read up on some things, can't do/see everything - this is first trip to PH.
Try to stay on land/water to be flexible (vs airplanes which fix/lock-in dates).
Arrive Manila 04:00h , yes 4am.
Day 1 -- stay Manila and sleep Manila OR take night bus to see rice fields
If sleep Manila, where best? near to the airport or where is more "central"?
I prefer to take bus/jeepney from airport vs taxi (whether yellow or white, taxi's usually a rip-off and rather not have the hassle/aggravation, so just avoid them)
Places - questions:
1. Rice fields -- i've seen in a few SE Asia countries -- what is so different abt these ones in Bananue that make them the 8th wonder of the world?
2. Sagado -- hanging coffins -- haven't yet seen , but these do exist in Indonesia and China, so are they more special here or in Indo/China?
3. Angeles and Subic --- think to visit these places Wed, Thurs, Fri (day and night)
4. Manila -- on Sat and Sunday -- park / street bazaar parties - food, music etc .... CNN article mentioned 3 parks/places (1 on sat, 1 on sun, 1 starts Fri and ends Sun)
5. Palawan - had considered visiting , but reading more/some people's blogs, i reduced the places of interest to just 2 or 3... and because i didn't/don;t want to lock-in dates with flight, decided to scrap Palawan for this visit
6. Bohol - would be interesting but they just had EQ(earthquake) , so the Tarsiers will have to wait. Yes, Chocolate Hills sound interesting, but i've seen many hills with brown tops (ok, sure, not so many clustered together)
Any thoughts appreciated. Looking for culture, traditions, real Filipino life, combo of big city but smaller areas, foods, nature, fitness/fresh air/hiking, snorkel/scuba probably in Subic
Nov 2, 2013 10:55 PM
- the ones under $8 or $9 seem very small, dirty, no windows, owner won;t let air-con e used, or location far from supermarket/other shops
Nov 2, 2013 11:32 PM
2Rice terraces in Banaue and Batad especially are worth a vist, very impressive and local culture and traditions are probably more apparent there than many other areas in PI, also Sagada is more than just the Hanging Coffins, theres Rice terraces, waterfalls, mountain hiking etc but I think you will need more time to get there and see them than just two days. I would give them at least 3 days each. Personally I didnt much like Subic Bay, too commercialised, but there are beaches and diving there. Bohol is also well worth visiting, great diving at Balicasag and great to tour the Island by motorbike, but with just 8 days you wont have time to do both. Choose one.
Aseans recent post about Manila budget places to stay..
Nov 3, 2013 12:56 AM
3@surfboy, Thanks for the quick reply!
Yes, i'll probably cut back the Subic/Angeles days to maybe 1 or 2.
I'm deciding to stay at .pensionnatividad ... if they have space ... i just emailed to them
Then on the second day take bus to the north ... could take a daytime bus abt halfway to Banaue -- is the scenery interesting?
Nov 3, 2013 1:56 AM
Nov 3, 2013 3:23 AM
5I too prefer the fast bus and rail services from BKK KL and SIN into town but sadly Manila is not such a place. It is also not a city but one of seven cities all merged together. I am assuming you are arriving at NAIA and if you have about five dollars to spare then one of the yellow airport taxis will get you into the Malate district or $3 or 4 to a Pasay bus terminal.
There is a lot to be said for taking the opportunity of missing the traffic jam that is Manila from 7am till 8 pm and get a bus north straight away. You can go to Victory liner terminal in Pasay and get a bus to Olongapo then a blue jeepney from next to the terminal to Barrio barretta where the hotels/gusthouseds are) - the fastest ones go via Dau bus station on the outskirts of Angeles but as the only point in going to AC is to pay a barfine you can do that equally well in Subic bay. Alternative is get a bus up to Baguio again Victory liner or you could get a 5 Star bus from Pasay to Dau then have 3/6 hour rest at the Hotel Sogo ( no need tyo book - these are short time hotels but clean and cheap) next to the bus terminal and then continue your journey to Baguio from there and then on to Sagada. I have done the journey in reverse donkeys years ago so cant help with times of Baguio - Sagada buses.
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... of course you jest, but over the past 8 years i'e traveled abt 5.5 years (approx 2,000 days) , so yes ~ 150 COUNTRIES, including multiple visits to some countries, extensive (30 to 50 cities/towns/villages / places in a few), stayed close to 30-day visa limit in many (but i leave a country if it's bleak, bad weather, dangerous, etc
Spain to South Africa by land/water (except flight when boat from Nigeria was hijacked and captain killed, changed plans to fly) and at Namibia when learning Fish River Canyon hike was closed for the season, i cut across Botswana, Zambia,...Mozambique then to SOuth Africa. There's 30+ countries for ya.
Nov 4, 2013 6:15 AM
@Blossom ... thx. Saw your post at free internet machines at Shanghai airport and decided to get going north out of Manila to make use of the flight arrival 3:45am ... took 15min to get bag/exit, but then 35 eff'ing minutes to get some Pesos ... dammmm American banks financial crisis and their now $5 or more fess to withdrawal money (so other banks copy the USA banks). I refuse to pay 200 PHP each time withdrawing cash.
Took Jeepney to Pasay Interliner Terminal for 10 (yes, only ten) Pesos arrived 5:07am but the bus to Baguio was stuck in cue to exit the station , so i got the 5am bus... but it arrived at 12:55pm and not enough time to get the 13:00h final bus to Sagada.
Since Sagada offers some versatility, i've scrapped the rice fields in Banaue.
Baguio wikitravel webpages lists many expensive hotels, but arriving early afternoon, had the time to walk around and find cheap places, the only person in dorm room for 350 Php.
Got haircut when rain poured down. Philippines is near the good (low price) end of my Haircut Index ... the 30 PHP salon was closed but if it was open would have been within a few cents of lowest.
I do forget how much it was in India in 2006, but others have told me India is cheaper as well as Nepal (and i'm guessing Sri Lanka also quite cheap) ... and they do a good job, usually caring more than barbers in western / developed nations
Already i know i will return to PI ...dammm they didn;t ask for the onward ticket, so i could have avoided buying one (but just as well ... i don;t want to be "trapped" for Visa's / having to take a flight at high prices come early-mid December ... want to be on land mass connected to some other countries, so no need for flight)
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Nov 4, 2013 7:00 AM
12Dear expatriate.........the problem i have with your post is............here is an example:
I have slept with over 100 NFL cheerleaders, could anyone tell me of some good hikes in the Philippines?
Whether i did or didn't sleep with all those cheerleaders, is totally academic and has no bearing on my question and likely, of no interest to the readers............same as your post. You are just bragging like a 12 yr old..........dont' you think?
Nov 4, 2013 7:46 AM
Nov 4, 2013 8:55 AM
14Glad you managed to get up north so quickly but shame about missing the connection in Bagiou. - I agree with surfboy I you are so close to the rice terraces - my favourite is Batad that a trip there is worth the visit.
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