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Q: Has anyone been to the Philippines?

Is Manila a good place to visit? Does anyone recomend to go or not to go?

6 years 43 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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I've been many times to the Republic of the Philippines. Yes, there are a few things to see in/around the capital city. Now, I am assuming you are a little bit interested in the history of the place? If so, then along with everybody else, you must visit the Old City - Intramuros. National Flag and Rizal Monument in Rizal Park. Walk the Bay Front and see the famous sunset over Manila Bay. If you are into WWII then you must see Corregidor.

 

Watch yourself at all times. Extreme poverty breeds extreme behavior.

 

Keep hydrated (bottled water). Bring USD if possible. Most ATM's accept UnionPay cards but will charge a fee for usage. Keep $100 spare for emergencies. Keep money to pay Airport Fee when you fly out. USD is the preferred money in Phil. Know the exchange rate. Watch your money. Be careful. Have fun!

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Stay in Malate.  (not Makati).

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Oh no..... never will I go there, don't want to go there, don't have any desires to go there! And this isn't even China related so there you go with your bad self. Go on with your bad self trwhack breaking the rules already!

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Been there a few times but not for a while. Manila is horrible in my opinion but if you can find any out of the way family based beach resorts it is a very nice place. Boracy used to be like that but has gone upmarket but if you do your research there are many more islands with grass roots resorts. Not so safe though with the grinding poverty of much of the population causing people to do crazy things just to survive.

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Been but much prefer Thailand.........

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The whole Philippines is great.. except Mindanao.. and Manila.
the only good thing about this region is fruits and the fish (Gen Santos) but who will shop for the fish in Gen Santos LOL 
Not the safest place to be. the whole region

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this place has never impressed me in particular after the hostage tragedy happened. some hong kong tourists were killed.....

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@gregoryneal1 
You mentioned twice in your posts about Risal Park..
The thing is that 99% of westerners have not a clue who he was and as soon they leave Philippines they will forget about him in nano second.
I made this video just for you...took me 15 minutes
(the tune took longer. made previously on FL) upload 3 hours..
Enjoy..my favored fruit courtesy of Jose R.
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/tApRdMKL6qg/
 

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If you like diving/snorkelling, then the southern Philippines has some of the best in the world. Places like Bohol and Cebu are pretty good resort islands with great activities. Palawan island in the west has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country by far. Philippines is by no mean as wild as Thailand but, after living in China for quite some time, it's nice to head over, eat some fresh food and see some smiling people again.

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Well......after China, going to the Philippines and seeing how almost everyone there was sort of expecting to be tipped, was the biggest contrast I do remember.

Otherwise the island of Boracay is not as beautiful as per the tourist brochures.

Out of a score of 10, my vacations to the Philippines will only get a 5 !

 

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Go to Palawan and Sagada... must admit not very safe to travel most specially in Manila. so just be careful!

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no and am not planning to

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Cebu is pretty nice.

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I've been all the way down to Davao, Mindanao...dangerous? Give me a break...If you sit at at home and read what the internet says you'll never see what a place is like...

What do your friends back home say about China crying

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6987148/girl-dead-family-holiday-jellyfish-sting/

 

A terrible way to die, who would think of carrying fucking vinegar with you for a swim.

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Heartbreaking story. I see jellyfish everwhere when I go to the beaches in the Philippines. Not sure what kind they are, but I had no idea their stings can end up being fatal. Guess I'll pack a bottle of vinegar next time I go. Tweezers I got.

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