After much rumbling since Philippine President Duterte called Boracay a “cesspool”, the government has now announced the closure of the islands for tourists from April 26 to October 26, 2018. With close to 2 million visitors to Boracay, one of the best beaches in Asia, this is a major impact on tourism in the Philippines. The countries major airlines Philippine … Continue reading →
Manila is one of the few cities were you can explore its colonial history. Fort Santiago is a fortress built by the Spanish that has survived the centuries and is a great place to learn more about the city’s history and Rizal, the hero of the countries independence war.
To find out more about Manila, how to get there & around or where to best stay, read my Mini-Guide Manila!
Boracay is famous for it’s soft, white sand beaches and clear warm water and has won plenty of “best island” awards. It’s the most popular tourist destination in the Philippines and has welcomed millions of visitors! I’ve been to Boracay several times and found it to have some of the finest sand, warm water and friendly locals to greet you. But … Continue reading →
The 2460m high Mayon Volcano, on the Philippine island of Luzon, has started to erupt, with lava flows down the slopes of the mountain visible at night. More than 12,000 people in the immediate danger zone have evacuated and many more in the area are on alert. A more powerful eruption with stronger lava flows, ash clouds and rock falls … Continue reading →
Siargao is my new favorite island in the Philippines and the Islana Cabana Resort Siargao came highly recommended by a local – it was as good as it was praised to be and a (re)treat to remember! It offers luxurious, private pool villas right on the beach with great privacy, all on one of the less known islands, making for … Continue reading →
The Ramada Manila puts you in the heart of Chinatown a short ride from Manila’s old town, Intramuros, with its historic sights, making it a interesting alternative for visitors who want a more “local” feel in the neighborhood. The modern room, free breakfast and fast WiFi at a low price make it great value! … Continue reading →
Manila has its fair share of happy hour places and my favorite in Bonifacio Global city is Murray & D’Vine at Serendra: You get nice cocktails, good bar food and friendly service at reasonable prices with some of the best people watching in BGC! … Continue reading →
The Microtel Manila Mall of Asia commands a great location near the SMX Conention Center, the Arena and Mall, but only offers small, basic rooms and middling service at a very high price. Unless you are a Wyndham fan or just have to be in this location, there are better alternatives – read my review of the Microtel Manila to … Continue reading →
Manila is a huge, bustling city and it’s nice to get away from the madness for a weekend. There are a lot of destinations to choose: from private beach clubs like Punta Fuego near the city to the sandy beaches of Puerto Galera; from Taal Lake and Volcano to scuba diving and boat trips in Anilao!
Philippine Airlines Economy Class is offering good service, food and entertainment, as well as nice cabins on their new planes, at reasonable prices. That makes them good value on trans-pacific routes or across Asia and a good alternative to US carriers and other low-priced Asian airlines! PAL Economy Class varies by plane, so read my full Philippine Airlines Economy Class … Continue reading →