Flights to the Philippines – The Land of Pristine Beaches
Defined by mega cities, emerald rice fields, smoldering volcanoes, and smiling, warm folks, the Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7000 islands. An ideal holiday destination for sun and surf lovers and divers, this country is next to godsend for the adventurous travelers. In the Philippines, there is an island to suit every taste – from sprawling ones like Mindanao and Luzon to stranded slicks of sand in the middle of the ocean. The Philippines is a mixture of culture and arts and is often termed as Asia’s largest Catholic country.
What is the best time to visit the Philippines
The climate of Philippines is defined by oppressive humidity, relatively high temperature, and plenty of rainfall. November to April is considered the best time to visit the Philippines. At this time, the weather is dry and the country is completely accessible, including all its beaches and remote areas.
How to reach the Philippines
The Philippines is a cluster of islands. Hence, the most convenient way to reach the country is to board a flight. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila is the busiest airport, followed by Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu. A number of airlines, like Air China, Air India, Bangkok Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Etihad Airways, and so on, fly every day from all major destinations of the world to the Philippines. The airports have good connectivity to many places in the country.
Where to stay in the Philippines
Accommodation options for people traveling to the Philippines include hotels, dormitories, pension houses, homestays, motels, and so on. The hotel rates are not very high compared to other international destinations. The pension houses and dormitories have very basic amenities and are economical, starting at INR 1,000 (approx.). The city of Manila has an array of high-end hotels, starting at INR 10,000. For mid-range accommodation, you can choose to stay in Cebu, Quezon City, and Davao (prices starting at INR 3,000 approx.).
Things to do in the Philippines
Visit the Boracay Island near Manila, to enjoy snorkeling, parasailing, and cliff diving. To explore the rich marine life of the Philippines, visit Puerto Galera. For amazing underwater views, visit El Nido. Enjoy a thrilling boat ride to the longest navigable underground river of the Philippines, Puerto Princesa. For an exhilarating and adventurous trip, visit the lofty waterfalls of Tubbataha Reef and Sosogan. The other attractions of the Philippines are Mayon Volcano, and The Chocolate Hills. The capital city, Manila, has a lot of places to be explored, like the Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park, San Sebastian Church, and so on.
What to eat in the Philippines
Filipino cuisine is a mélange of Chinese, Indian, European, Spanish, Malay, and American food. To experience the local food, try the Carenderias (food stalls) and Turo-Turo (literally translating to point-point, which means you point at the dish on the buffet table that you want to eat). The must-try delicacies in the Philippines are Sinangag (stir-fried garlic rice), Puto (rice muffins), and Bibingka (rice cake served with eggs and cheese).
What to shop for in the Philippines?
Shopping in the Philippines is fun and very economical. Sales happen on pay days and also during the Christmas season. When in the Philippines, you can shop for antiques, silver jewelry, wood carvings, shells, brass wire, and a lot more.
•Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to the Philippines?
From India, Air Asia offers the cheapest airfares.
•What is the time difference between India and the Philippines?
The Philippines is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.
•What is the time taken to reach the Manila from major Indian cities?
Delhi to Manila: 8 hours and 15 minutes
Mumbai to the Manila: 9 hours and 35 minutes
Bangalore to the Manila: 8 hours and 25 minutes
•What are the major layover airports for connecting flights to the Philippines from India?
From India to the Philippines, the flights lay over at Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Dubai, Riyadh, and many other international cities.
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