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What you need to know about the Philippines

Retrouvez toutes les infos pour bien préparer son voyage. We have selected the best activities to do in the Philippines, found hotels with good value for money, and collected valuable information on local transport. On the practical side we illustrate our words with maps and pictures of the Philippines.

Where to stay in the Philippines

You will find in the Philippines a significant proportion of overall correct mid-range 2 star hotels.

The 5-star hotels in the Philippines

The Philippines is definitely a good choice for a stay in a 5-star upscale property. The hotels in this category are quite good and if you choose well you can enjoy your stay in the Philippines. To help you in your choice, here is some useful information.

In the Philippines and in the immediate vicinity there are more than a hundred 5-star hotels. Not always easy to book at the best ones. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

4-star hotels in the Philippines

If you read this paragraph it is that you are looking for a very good hotel at the lowest price. No question of compromising quality for your stay in the Philippines. There are some very good 4-star hotels, but not all of them are equal. To help you choose, read the following information carefully.

You make good choice if you book at Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay (one of the best option in Boracay), at Maayo Hotel (a majestic establishment ) or at Belmont Hotel Manila.

3-star hotels in the Philippines

Good options are: Quest Hotel & Conference Center - Cebu (one of the best choices in Cebu City), at Red Planet Aseana, Manila (a good establishment) or Toyoko Inn Cebu.

Guesthouses in the Philippines

In the Philippines and in the immediate surroundings there are more than a hundred guesthouses. Not always easy to find a good one. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice. The best choice will probably be the Park Avenue Guesthouse 2443, an wonderful establishment. Also consider the Villa Skanderbeg Guest House, which is ...

Hotels with golf in the Philippines

At Medellín there is a golf hotel, the Queens Island Golf and Resort. This is a below the average hotel.

Hotels with casino in the Philippines

In the Philippines and in the immediate vicinity there are more than a hundred hotels with a casino. Not always easy to make a choice. Have a look to our recommendations. We advise you to book at Solaire Resort & Casino (one of the best choices at Manila), at Midori Clark Hotel and Casino (an establishment excellent ) or at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.

Questions and Answers

What is the best hotel in the Philippines? The best place to stay in the Philippines is at City Garden Grand Hotel in Manila.

What is the best 5 stars hotel in the Philippines? The best 5 stars hotel in the Philippines is the Clare''s Beach House in Panglao.

What is the best 4 stars hotel in the Philippines? The best 4 stars hotel in the Philippines is the Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast Boracay in Boracay.

What is the best 3 stars hotel in the Philippines? The best 3 stars hotel in the Philippines is the Quest Hotel & Conference Center - Cebu in Cebu City.

What is the best 2 stars hotel in the Philippines? The best 2 stars hotel in the Philippines is the Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido in El Nido.

What is the best hotel with spa in the Philippines? The best hotel with spa in the Philippines is the Shangri-La''s Mactan Resort & Spa in Mactan.

What is the best resort hotel in the Philippines? The best resort hotel in the Philippines is the Henann Resort Alona Beach in Panglao.

What is the best hotel to practice golf in the Philippines? The best hotel to practice golf in the Philippines is the Queens Island Golf and Resort in Medellín.

Is there a casino hotel in the Philippines? Yes there is : you can go to the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila.

What is the best guesthouse in the Philippines? The best guesthouse in the Philippines is the Park Avenue Guesthouse 2443 in Manila.

How to get to the Philippines

Going to the Philippines by plane

Ninoy Aquino International Airport : the airport has 3906 flights per week. It is served by 38 airlines that offer 84 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Sydney : flights operated by Qantas, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Jeddah : flights operated by Saudia
  • Guam : flights operated by United Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Riyadh : flights operated by Saudia and Philippine Airlines
  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Qatar : flights operated by Qatar Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Abu Dhabi : flights operated by Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Melbourne : flights operated by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Amsterdam : flights operated by Klm
  • Greater Los Angeles Area : flights operated by Philippine Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport : Metro Vancouver

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport :

  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Ethiopian Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Klm, Philippine Airlines, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Japan Airlines, Delta Air Lines and All Nippon Airways
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Airasia, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Guangzhou : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Seoul : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Zest Airways, Jeju Air and Cebu Pacific
  • Quanzhou : flights operated by Xiamen Airlines and Philippine Airlines
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways International and Cebu Pacific
  • Xiamen : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport : Beijing.

Domestic flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport :

There are 29 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways.

  • Metro Cebu : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways
  • Iloilo : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways
  • Metro Bacolod : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Davao City : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways
  • Cagayan De Oro : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Puerto Princesa : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Tacloban : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Malay : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Cebgo
  • Kalibo : flights operated by Zest Airways, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Zamboanga City : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Other domestic destinations accessible by direct flight from Ninoy Aquino International Airport : Butuan.

Low cost airlines to Ninoy Aquino International Airport :

  • Metro Cebu : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways
  • Puerto Princesa : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Iloilo : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways
  • Tacloban : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Philippine Airlines
  • Cagayan De Oro : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Davao City : flights operated by Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways
  • Metro Bacolod : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Malay : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Cebgo
  • Singapore : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Cebu Pacific and Tiger Airways
  • Zamboanga City : flights operated by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport: Kalibo.

Mactan–Cebu International Airport : the airport has 644 flights per week. It is served by 16 airlines that offer 15 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Mactan–Cebu International Airport :

  • Singapore : flights operated by Silkair, Tiger Airways, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Seoul : flights operated by Sierra National Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Zest Airways, Korean Air, Jeju Air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Cebu Pacific
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Eva Air and Zest Airways
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Philippine Airlines
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Zest Airways
  • Chongqing : flights operated by
  • Kunming : flights operated by Lucky Air
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Mactan–Cebu International Airport : Keihanshin.

Domestic flights from Mactan–Cebu International Airport :

There are 1 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways.

  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways

Low cost airlines to Mactan–Cebu International Airport :

  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways
  • Singapore : flights operated by Silkair, Tiger Airways, Zest Airways and Cebu Pacific
  • Seoul : flights operated by Sierra National Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Zest Airways, Korean Air, Jeju Air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Zest Airways
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Cebu Pacific
  • Taipei–Keelung Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Eva Air and Zest Airways
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific

Iloilo International Airport : the airport has 196 flights per week. It is served by 3 airlines that offer 3 destinations.

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Iloilo International Airport :

  • Singapore : flights operated by Cebu Pacific
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cebu Pacific

Domestic flights from Iloilo International Airport :

There are 1 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways.

  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways

Low cost airlines to Iloilo International Airport :

  • Metro Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cebu Pacific
  • Singapore : flights operated by Cebu Pacific

What to do in the Philippines

Depending on the time you have to visit the Philippines, consider the visit of Mount Arayat National Park, Aguinaldo Shrine, Luneta Hotel, Mounts Iglit–Baco National Park, Conrad Manila, Ayala Museum and Gala–Rodriguez House.

Museums in the Philippines

If you want to visit one or more museums in the Philippines, we recommend you in priority Aguinaldo Shrine, Ayala Museum and Gala–Rodriguez House.

Rizal Shrine, Museo Pambata, Nakpil–Bautista House, Museum Of Philippine Political History, Metropolitan Museum Of Manila, Rizal Shrine and Museum Of Philippine Social History may also interest you. Finally, to be complete about museums in the Philippines, let's mention Leon Apacible Museum, Marcela Mariño And Felipe Agoncillo Museum, General Paciano Rizal Shrine, Juan Luna Shrine, Jesse Robredo Museum, Casa Gorordo, Jorge B. Vargas Museum And Filipiniana Research Center, President Diosdado P. Macapagal Library And Museum, Casa Manila and Don Gregorio Agoncillo Mansion.

Natural parks in the Philippines

Some natural parks may interest you during your stay in the Philippines: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Mount Balatukan Range Natural Park and Aurora Memorial National Park.

Those planning to stay in the Philippines for a long time will be able to visit other natural parks such as Mount Arayat National Park, Mounts Iglit–Baco National Park, Bataan National Park, Mayon Volcano Natural Park, Biak-Na-Bato National Park, Fuyot Springs National Park and Hundred Islands National Park. There are other natural parks in the Philippines, among others Balbalasang-Balbalan National Park, Macarthur Landing Memorial National Park, Bulabog Putian National Park, Cassamata Hill National Park, Quezon Protected Landscape, Sacred Mountain National Park, Guadalupe Mabugnao Mainit Hot Spring National Park, Mount Dajo National Park, Tirad Pass National Park and Kuapnit Balinsasayao National Park.

Localisation of the Philippines on a world map ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Regional map of the Philippines ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed location map of the Philippines ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Photos of the Philippines

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