Best holiday destinations in Philippines
There are numerous places to visit in and around Manila during your Philippines holiday. During a visit to the Philippines you will likely need to spend some time in Manila so why not see some of the sights? There are churches like San Augustin, the oldest church in The Philippines. Built in 1607 it is located inside the walled city of Intramuros. It is designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The Basilica del San Sebastian is another church worth seeing in Manila. It is an architecturally unique building designed to be earthquake proof with structure and metal fixtures designed by Gustave Eiffel. The wet markets are another great local attraction. Once customers choose a restaurant to eat in, they are accompanied to the Wet Market to purchase the seafood of their choice: fish, lobster, squid, shellfish, crab, you name it. The food is then purchased in the market; it is prepared by the restaurant for a reasonable fee. A seafood lover’s paradise.
A visitor to Manila should also consider a tour to Corregidor Island. This Island stands as a monument and living museum for the allied defense of Manila during World War II. Against all odds, soldiers held out for nearly a month on ‘The Rock’ after the fall of the surrounding area to the Japanese. Other places that make great tourist destinations in Manila include the Manila Baywalk, which has great restaurants, bars, cafes and open air entertainment, historic Rizal Park, and for shoppers the expansive Mall of Asia. You can get most places easily by Taxi but always make sure the trip is on the meter.
#4 Tagaytay and Lake Taal
is summer destination for wealthy urbanites from Manila, but it is becoming an attractive place for tourists as well. It boasts a cooler climate than Manila and some breathtaking scenic views of Taal volcano and the valley below. One of the best lookout points is at the Palace in the Sky located in the People’s park. Here, the remains of the mansion of former president Ferdinand Marcos have been converted into a museum/ park/scenic viewpoint. You can see Taal Volcano and Laguna Bay from this unique perch. Lake Taal is also a short drive from Tagaytay and boat trips are available to Taal volcano located in the middle of the lake.
Tagaytay can be a little more expensive than other places in the Philippines but accommodations ranging from budget to luxury resorts are available. There are many good restaurants in Tagaytay as well and the government of the Philippines has built large luxurious revenue generating casino there under the aegis of PAGCOR (the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation). It has concert and gaming facilities for discerning travelers. Coach and van tours are available from Manila to Tagaytay and Lake Taal.