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Trip Report Just Back From the Philippines

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I notice that relatively few people post here about travel to the Philippines. I just returned from a 2-week trip to a few major places (Manila, Cebu, Bohol, and Boracay) ... was unable to get to Palawan but will definitely go there next time as well as to Banaue (where there was a strong typhoon going on during our trip).

The weather was a mixed bag. We had beautiful weather in Bohol and Cebu but more clouds and rain in the second half of the trip, when a strong typhoon was bettering northern Luzon (and another was on the way last Sunday, the day after our departure). We got very lucky actually because every day we had an excursion or travel the weather was pretty nice, and there were still a mix of really good days with rain in the late afternoon and evening (particularly in Manila, where it didn't matter much since we were in Makati where you can basically move all around very easily regardless of the weather and where taxis are cheap and plentiful).

We found some excellent restaurants, particularly in Manila.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this trip and am surprised that more Americans don't go. It's cheap, beautiful, easily navigated, and over all a very inviting place to travel in. Plus, virtually everyone speaks English.

I stayed in relatively upscale lodgings (Two Seasons Resort in Boracay, The Ananyana in Bohol, the Marriott in Cebu, and the New World Renaissance in Manila), so I can't really speak to the quality of more budget types of lodgings (though none of these places was particularly expensive).

I had heard decidedly mixed things about the Philippines, but I'm very glad that I went. I thought the islands were as beautiful as Thailand or Bali and the people just as friendly. However, I don't think everyone would agree with that sentiment based on what I've read.

If anyone is interested in any other specific feedback, I'd be happy to provide it. I'm not really good with detailed trip reports, but I'll be happy to answer any questions if someone is planning a trip in the near future.

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