Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welcome!

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Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welcome!

Postby Storyteller » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:41 am

Hey TORCers,

So I've just done the crazy thing I've been thinking of for months, and booked a ticket to the Philippines for November, all by myself, just over 2 weeks. I don't have the first clue about the country beyond the most general info, and I will appreciate any tips - where to go, what to beware of, what to keep in mind, what can make my trip easier etc.

My interests: I am not a swimmer and I am less interested in beaches and surf and diving, more into nature, landscapes, culture, history and food. I am not going within a cannon shot of Mindanao for any reason whatsoever. I'm quite inexperienced as a trekker/hiker and this is officially my first ever trip to Asia unless a 23 hour layover in South Korea 8 years ago counts.

All advice will be appreciated. Except advice to try balut. Not happening even at gunpoint.
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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby Tookish_Traveler » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:16 pm

Wish I could help, but I have never been there my ownself. I can try to help dig up some information though.

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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby Ladykat » Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:54 am

Storyteller wrote:All advice will be appreciated. Except advice to try balut. Not happening even at gunpoint.


Never been there either. What's balut? :?

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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby hamlet » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:39 am

*jealous*
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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby Storyteller » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:27 pm

Ladykat wrote:
Storyteller wrote:All advice will be appreciated. Except advice to try balut. Not happening even at gunpoint.


Never been there either. What's balut? :?

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It's a popular street food over there. A fertilized duck egg that is incubated until the embryo is about two weeks' age, then boiled and eaten.
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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby Tempest » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:50 pm

I grew up in the Philippines! It's a beautiful county with beautiful people. If you want Nature stuff, check out Taal volcano---lots of interesting things to see there. The most beautiful island to visit is Palawan---I was never able to get there, but I always wished I had. Bagiuo and Subic Bay are also worth checking out. If you get a chance, see Pagsanjan Falls and visit the coconut plantation called Villa Escudero---it has a cool waterfall restaurant.

Manila is kind of a nightmare with traffic, but don't let it scare you! Once you get outside the city, it's more relaxing. And the people are wonderfully friendly!
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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby Storyteller » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:16 pm

Yes, Taal is in my plans, as is Mount Mayon and the Bohol island.

And yes, I've been warned about Manila. Repeatedly.
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Re: Going to the Philippines in November, any tips are welco

Postby hamlet » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:42 am

Balut . . just no. Not a chance. Worse than a Century Egg.

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