10 Best Tourist Attractions In Philippines

1.  Manila, Philippines

Manila Bay at sunset with colorful sky, Roxas Boulevard, and Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is chaotic, crowded and loud. But Manila is filled with history, rich culture, and packed with people of all walks of life. This is where you can experience and taste all different kinds of food that Philippines has to offer. This is a city that doesn’t sleep as it’s a bustling metropolis packed with different establishment that offers refreshments and entertainment all day and all night.

2. Vigan

Syquia Mansion in Vigan, Philippines, a historic landmark with intricate carvings and balconies.

What better ways to experience a country but through its history. Vigan City would definitely take you back to the historical times of the Philippines through its preserved or restructured Spanish-styled ancient houses down to its streets made of bricks and stones. It’s like jumping into a history book. Due to each rich history, this city is the first and only UNESCO-declared World Heritage City of the Philippines. Places that you can visit and experience while in the city of Vigan – a must!- the famous Called Crisologo for the mentioned ancient feels, the Syquia Mansion which is the ancestral home of a former president of the country, climb through Bantay Bell Tower wherein you’ll see an enormous bell which dates back to World War II. And make sure not to forget to have the city’s famous Vigan longganisa and tasty empanada.

3. Tagaytay

Panoramic view of Taal Lake in Tagaytay, Philippines, with Taal Volcano.

Words are not necessary to describe how tropical the Philippines is, but there are a few areas who are exempted from the heat, but yet, experience the cold- and Tagaytay is one of them. Tagaytay provides spectacular overlooking views that is something worth seeing. Some of the places to visit here are the Taal Volcano and Lake, one of nature’s best gift, I must say. It has the signature of a huge cratered mouth that is worth seeing. One of the best places to view the beauty of Taal volcano and the lake is at the Picnic Grove, which is another must-go-to in Tagaytay which has a lot of outdoor activities that you can do. Another place to go and see the beauty of Tagaytay is at the People’s Park In The Sky.  It is the highest point in Tagaytay and it will be a nice relaxing uphill ride, but once arrive at the top, you’ll be awarded with an astonishing 360 degree view.

4. Iloilo City

Sunset over Iloilo River Esplanade, Iloilo City, with colorful pump boats and people enjoying the waterfront.

This place is a must for food lovers. You’ll find mouth-watering food here such as their famous La Paz Batchoy and Pancit Molo. Your taste buds will for sure have a feast of different experience. Aside from being known for their rich flavored food, Iloilo is also home to many historical places. But above all of these, lies beautiful islands that you wouldn’t want to miss including Guimaraes Islands.

5. Bontoc, Mountain Province

Panoramic view of Banaue rice terraces in Mountain Province, Philippines.

You might have heard of the famous locations such as Banaue and Sagada which covers the beauty of Bontoc. This place has mesmerizing mountain sights from Mt. Fato, Mt. Kupapey and the famous Rice Terraces of Maligcong.

Bontoc, the capital of the mountainous province, lies in the beautiful rugged Cordillera of the Philippines. Steeped in rich history and indigenous culture, this fascinating city offers an exciting experience for travelers looking for adventure and cultural immersion A step back in time Bontoc has an interesting past. Explore the Bontoc Museum, a treasure trove of objects and paintings that tell the story of the Ifugao people, the indigenous people of the region Admire the intricate woodwork and embroideries that testify to the artistic prowess of Ifugao. Consider sharing a specific piece of art or exhibition that visitors can expect to see. For a truly immersive experience, witness the traditional “Paglipas” rice terrace architecture, a masterpiece of engineering genius passed down for generations.

6. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces, Philippines

Listed as one of the “Eight Wonders of the World”, this proudly Filipino made terraces is worth the sight and the long hour trip. Hotels in this area are situated on the cliffs, providing you the experience of the beauty of the terraces and it will for sure give you the ride for your buck. But sweat not, it is definitely safe.

7. Mt. Pulag

Hikers reaching the summit of Mt. Pulag, Philippines, at sunrise with a mountain view and clouds.

It has made its way to be written on any traveler’s bucket list. Mt. Pulag would let you reach and be one with the clouds, and be in awe of its Milky Way Galaxy at daybreak. Mt. Pulag is called as the “playground of the gods”.

Mount Pulag offers a challenging yet rewarding experience for hikers of all levels. There are many trails leading to the summit, each with its own unique charm. The Ambangeg trail, considered the easiest trail, is perfect for beginners with well-maintained trails and gradual climbs. For experienced hikers, the Akiki Trail offers more challenging climbs, with steeper slopes and spectacular views. No matter which route you choose, reaching the summit and taking in the panoramic views of Luzon will leave you breathless with a sense of accomplishment.

The beauty of Mount Pulag extends far beyond the summit. Walk through dense forests teeming with life, watch colorful birds fly through the trees and encounter unique flora. As you climb, the landscape becomes a sea of ​​grass, often shrouded in mysterious fog. Experience the sea of ​​clouds in the hills below at dawn, a view that will stay with you long after your trip.

A trip to Pulag is more than just a trip; It’s an adventure that pushes your limits, rewards you incredibly, and connects you to nature and culture. So, lace up your hiking boots, set an adventure mindset and get ready to conquer the clouds on the highest mountain in the Philippines.

8. Bohol

The Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Philippines, with dome-shaped formations and lush green plains.

Bohol is the location of the famous Chocolate Hills. The consecutive hills that turns into a brown color during the dry season will look like your luscious chocolates, only bigger. Bohol is also the home of the smallest primate in the world, the tarsiers. And besides the landscapes, Bohol can also be a good place to experience the sea.

9. Mayon Volcano, Albay

Mayon Volcano, Philippines

Once called as the “World’s Most Photogenic Volcano”, Mayon is ready to take selfies with you as it screams it’s perfectly-angled cone shape. Be careful and check the news though, this volcano is an active one.

Towering above the province of Albay in the Philippines, Mayon Volcano stands as a spectacular and awe-inspiring place. Nicknamed the “perfect cone” because of its nearly uniform shape, Mayon Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. But fear not, intrepid traveller! With the right precautions and planning, Mayon Volcano offers a truly unforgettable experience.

The most striking feature of Mayon Volcano is undoubtedly its nearly perfect cone. As the volcano decorates its lush garments on the lower slopes it reaches its peak and sees smoke and ash from the crater creating a rugged, moon-like landscape that inspires a sense of awe and reverence the simple forces of nature. Mayon Volcano offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diving and quality adventure. So, pack your wonder and respect for the power of nature and embark on a journey to see this magnificent landmark in the heart of the Philippines.

10. Boracay

Boracay Island, Philippines: Cliff diving platform at Ariel's Point with divers and turquoise water.

Need I say more? Just kidding. This island which was closed for six months from tourists for restoration but it has now been opened again for tourists to indulge (with a limited number as of the moment). But if you’re down to experience the fine-grained white sand of one of the most famous beaches in the Philippines, visit Boracay, this place will surely make you want to come back over and over again.

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