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Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

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Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Dear All,

We were planning to go to Thaland for 2 weeks in January(Bangkok, Phuket & Koh Phangan) and had done all our research, but recent unrest in Thailand has prompted us to change our plans last minute. We always wanted to visit Philippines... but now we don't have much time to plan or research about Philippines.

I read many forums, but the more I am researching, the more confusing it is getting. We are in our 20s and would love to enjoy the beaches, the nightlife and the city life, may be some gambling and shopping.... could anyone suggest where all we can go? I was thinking of shortlisting Cebu City, Boracay and Manila. I have also heard about Angeles City casinos & nightlife. Is Angeles city worth the visit? Which area of Manila can we spend 3-4 days?

It is also hard to figure out how to get from city to the other. So, what kind of itinerary would make sense for us, logistically. Can anyone help us? We don't have much time before we make our bookings. I am reading a lot, but still can't figure out. Is there anything else that we can add to our list which falls on our way that we shouldn't miss out? Are there any festivals or events happening in January, which will be good to attend?

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1. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Boracay will definitely fit your bill. Stay there for around 5 days. You can fly directly from Manila to Caticlan then it's just a short boat ride to Boracay island. Choose between Cebu Pacific and PAL Express.

Then stay another 3-4 days in Manila for your shopping and gambling needs. Stay in the heart of Makati CBD so you will won't be too far from Greenhills (a good bargain shopping area) and the bay area (where you will find the country's best casino today - Solaire and the famous sunset of Manila Bay). When in the middle of Makati, you will be surrounded by tons of restaurants and a huge complex of shopping malls.

Where you will spend the rest of your trip, let's wait for suggestions. Angeles is definitely not worth going to. From Manila you can opt for daytrips to Corregidor Island, Tagaytay (a volcano), Pagsanjan falls, etc.

Edited: 05 December 2013, 07:48
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2. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Definitely Boracay and perhaps Alona Beach Bohol is another option.

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3. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Forget about Angeles City.

Boracay, Bohol/Panglao or maybe even Dumaguete.

Gambling? Manila is the place. As what Justin proposed, stay in Manila for like 4 days and do day trips out. For time saving, hire a driver to drive you there. For adventure, then public transport.

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4. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

For casinos I suggest Solaire and Resorts World Manila.

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5. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Fly from Manila to Dumaguete City with either PALExpress (recommended) or Cebu Pacific then travel from Dumaguete's port to beautiful Siquijor Island by ferry.

Look up TA to find the good range of accommodation on Siquijor.

I also recommend Alona Beach on Panglao Island as another destination: next to Bohol Island (two causeways connect the islands).

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6. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

I would have thought online in Toronto is best for shopping, there are malls and markets but I find prices cheaper in the UK !

Manila is a congested noisy polluted City and would suggest you get out to the beaches mentioned as quickly as you can. AC is the Philippines equivalent of Pattaya

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7. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

I'd also recommend Dumaguete/Siquijor/Bohol

Boracay can be reached by air from Manila & Cebu from nearby airports on Panay Island

Bohol (Tagbilaran) can be reached from Manila (plane) or Cebu/Dumaguete/Siquijor (ferry).

You can also fly to Dumaguete & Cebu from Manila.

And yeah, forget Angeles.

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8. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

Your itinerary (Manila - Boracay) sounds good. Do consider adding Bohol (Alona beach) to it

1) Angeles - not recommended for a young couple

(how do I put this politely? Ummm... Angeles is more for the solo male tourist looking for ... errr... enjoyment. The sights consist mostly of ladies of the night)

2) Beaches - Boracay and Alona beach Bohol.

Nightlife - Boracay Boracay Boracay

City life - Manila... but why?

Some gambling and shopping.... I would recommend Resorts world (Manila)

3) Which part of Manila? I think if you stay close to Resorts world (or even at Resorts world - the hotels there are pricey, but worth it. With lots of entertainment too - Las Vegas style).

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9. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

@ Frankie,

As for your other questions...

Q : It is also hard to figure out how to get from city to the other

A : Simple - use budget flights (See the Cebu Pacific flight - links to their flight maps have been posted in an earlier post)

Fill any gaps with buses and taxis (Phis has a very good air con bus network - but they are operated by 20+ private companies so you need a wee bit of extra research here. But I am sure users of TA will be more than happy to answer your queries on this)

Q : I am reading a lot, but still can't figure out.

-A : Rather than travel books, I recommend reading travel blogs - esp. of traveloholic Filipinos like lakwatsero, lakwatsera, and a few others whose links have often been posted on TA fora. They tend to post good photos, budgets and travel instructions which give you an idea whether a place is worth visiting (for you).

Q : Festivals in January ...

A : I really would not recommend any of them. There is Sinulog at Cebu (you can see the you tube videos to get an idea), but it tends to be crowded.

If you wish, you can see the list here - dotpcvc.gov.ph/VPY-calendar/vpy-janmarch.html

Boracay anyway is always in a festival mode!

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10. Re: Which cities? 2 weeks in Philippines for young couple in 20s

In Manila, concentrate on the following areas----Roxas Blvd-Malate area. 20 somethings seem to enjoy the Bayleaf Hotel Rooftop Bar in Intramuros...then venture to the MAKATI area and BGC ( Bonifacio Global City)..do some shopping at the Greenbelt in Makati...Greenhills Shopping Center in the San Juan area..and the Mall of Asia..gambling as said earlier at SOLAIRE and at RESORTS WORLD MANILA (which also has some good night spots- Opus and Republiq)