5 Tips for the Perfect Trip to the Philippines

Over the years, the Southeast Asian Region has been a go-to place by tourists not only for the beautiful places to see but also for its less expensive but high quality medical services. Philippines is one of these countries as it also works tirelessly to continue to improve its medical tourism. Our guest author, Amanda Duffy, shares with us her five tips for a perfect trip in the Philippines and why it is one of the best places to get dental services while on vacation.

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5 Tips for the Perfect Trip to the Philippines

The Philippines is an ideal location to visit if you’re looking for a family holiday. From white sandy beaches with clear blue waters, to the hustle and bustle of the big cities, there are an endless number of activities to discover that will delight and entertain the whole family.

1) Accommodation

Finding a family-friendly hotel is an absolute must when planning your family holiday. Here are a few suggestions you might want to investigate:

Discovery Shores, Boracay - offers the Family Affair package which includes daily breakfast, airport transfers and surprise treats for the kids. Situated on White Beach, the resort has a family pool and daily kids activities such as arts and crafts, computer games, a toy room, Filipino games and cooking lessons.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa - family rooms or suites are available, as is a baby-sitting service. There’s a multi-level indoor playground for older children, a Toddler Zone for kids under 3, an aqua play area with fountains and slides, and daily activities such as mini-golf, ceramic painting and mask decorating.

Plantation Bay, Cebu - offering family rooms, 24/7 nurse care and a kid’s menu, this resort boasts a saltwater lagoon, four freshwater swimming pools, boat-racing and fish-feeding.

2) Sightseeing

There are many places of natural beauty and historical interest throughout the Philippines. Some of the more famous sites include:

The Banaue Rice Terraces, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Spanish architecture of Vigan
The San Agustin Church in Paoay
The Taal Volcano in Batangas
The Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Taal Lake & Volcano at Tagaytay

3) Day Trips

There are countless possibilities for day excursions, with activities available to suit all ages:

  • Hire a private boat to explore the islands of Northern Palawan. The trip is led by an expedition leader and activities include swimming, snorkelling and kayaking.

  • Take a helicopter tour to the historic Corregidor Island, or over the Chocolate Hills of Bohol.

  • Visit the Dugong Dive Centre and swim with these fantastic sea creatures.

  • Journey out with the local fishermen in Donsol and meet some whale sharks.

  • Witness the 2000 year old Banaue Rice Terraces, known by the locals as the stairway to heaven.

4) Shopping

Consumerism is big business in the The Philippines, with the 3 largest shopping malls in the world located within the islands. There are also an abundance of flea markets and open markets to be found just about everywhere. You can browse for books, clothing, food, jewelry and even antiques, to name but a few of the wares that are available. Some of the more famous markets that you might explore during your visit are:

Greenhills in Metro Manila
The Ayala Center in Makati
Serendra, a piazza in Metro Manila

5) Visit the Dentist

Dental tourism has been a major part of the Philippines economy for several decades now. The standard of treatment available is second to none and, in the majority of instances, dental procedures in the Philippines can save you up to 80% compared to prices in other parts of the world.

Because dental prices are so expensive in some countries, some savvy families are organizing their whole family’s dental care in combination with their annual holiday. A simple check-up at a Philippines dentist is often free and even everyday preventative care, such as fillings, can be as much as 90% less than at home. It’s certainly worth planning a few hours out of your holiday to keep the family’s dental health in tip-top shape.

The Philippines offers a wealth of exciting things to do for a family holiday, the cost of living is low and English is spoken widely too - what’s not to like?

Author Bio
Amanda Duffy is an expert in the field of dental tourism and has been writing on the subject for a number of years. She is currently a key figure in the editorial team at Dental Departures, a company specializing in dental tourism that help patients save money on their dental care by matching them up with the right clinic.