Of course, nothing is as rosy as it might seem at first glance. Especially when you are no longer in the country just as tourists discovering the beauties of various islands. But it's still beautiful here.
But before you go to the Philippines, it's good to know at least a little bit of basic tourist information.
You can speak English comfortably everywhere in larger cities. You can also speak English with younger people in the village. You will no longer be so lucky with the elders, but they will still be willing to communicate and possibly help.
However, the main language is Filipino language. More precisely, Tagalog.
But probably mainly because the Philippines is usually made up of more than seven thousand islands (it depends a lot on the tides), you can meet a lot of dialects here. It often happens that, for example, a person from the northern part of the Philippines does not understand that from the southern part…
When you are thinking of a trip to the Philippines, be sure to think about the weather.
The Philippines is a tropical country in which periods do not alternate as in our country. However, it can be summed up that when it is cold in Europe, it is warm in the Philippines. So, the heat is always there, but it's just even warmer at the time. The average annual temperature here is about 26 °C.
Philippine winter - rainy season - June - October
Philippine summer - dry season - November - May
During the rainy season, it is also good to expect typhoons to occur frequently.
In general, it can be said that, given the weather, it is best to go to the Philippines from December to April. Just watch out for the far east of the Philippines, where it's more or less the opposite.
Currency and prices
Měnou na Filipínách je filipínské peso.
Currently, in the simplest model, you can count on the fact that for 1,- Euro you have almost 60,- Pesos.
The prices of most common products in a shop or accommodation are at the same level as in the Europe, so you can say with a bit of exaggeration that after conversion you will actually pay much much less for it.
But what is definitely more expensive, and what we are used to here, on the other hand, is wine and potatoes.
You will find small shops along the road almost everywhere. In those, on the other hand, prices are usually lower. Especially for various delicacies, such as my favorite bibingka (dessert - sweet coconut pancake).
As we have already tasted, in the Philippines you will find both the classic department stores you are used to and small shops along the roads.
Personally, I was most amused by the family shop, where we bought petrol in pet bottles. It can be seen that in some areas they are simply ready for anything.
It is also common to shop in these small shops for mobile tariffs, various bamboo products, food from sweet desserts, through classic grilled meat, to ballet ut
So far, I have not met an unpleasant salesman. And, for example, in larger stores and department stores, it is a standard that they carefully store your purchase in bags or boxes. That's a pretty nice service for me.
When it comes to food, if you like to try new things, you will find something to your liking in the Philippines.
If you are a vegetarian, you will find it a little more challenging.
If you are vegan, you will be quite unlucky.
The vast majority of food in the Philippines contains more or less meat. It is usually to a greater extent. Whether pork, beef, fish and seafood, eggs, eggs with embryos, chicken heads...
Well, they just can process meat from snout to tail, and then they like to enjoy it.
If you want to find pastries similar to ours in the Philippines, it will also be a slightly more difficult task. You can buy here toast, hamburger buns, all sorts of sweet pastries, but the bread as we know it at all, and I was looking for a non-sweet baguette for maybe three days.
But otherwise I have to say that you can get fruit here, and in general Filipino cuisine is very, very good.
In most parts of the Philippines it is as safe as anywhere else.
It's a Catholic country, so you don't even have to worry about any basic faux-paux.
However, it is not recommended to visit the islands of Basilan, Jolo, Sulu, Tawi Tawi and the western (Muslim) part of Mindanao in the southwestern part of the Philippines. I would definitely follow similar recommendations.
It is advisable to always check further information regarding the security situation on the website of your ministry or embassy.
Another thing to watch out for are dogs. We are used to more or less bred dogs with a specific owner. In the Philippines, however, there are a large number of wild dogs without an owner, or dogs raised purely to defend property.
If you go somewhere outside the city to places where you do not know it yet, take an umbrella with you to drive away the dog. Or pick up a bigger stick somewhere along the way.
Apart from cars and motorcycles, the most common means of transport in every city is undoubtedly the jeepney, which are remodeled old jeeps that represent buses as we know them. When you choose a ride with this car, have ready change ready, which you will send after your fellow passengers to the driver with information on where you want to go. If you have paid more, the driver will return the change to you after your fellow passengers. Although every jeepney has their own route, don't rely on stops, but when you want to get off, just tell yourself and the driver will stop you. I definitely recommend trying this vehicle.
Another means of transport that you can see practically everywhere is a tricycle, which is actually a motorcycle with a sidecar. These tricycles, like cars, can be rented or used as a taxi.
Other options in means of transport are buses, ships and planes. This then varies according to the destination you are in and the destination you are heading to. In general, you will use these three resources mainly for longer distances, and ships and planes for travel between islands.
A special means of transport is carabao, which is a water buffalo. They are used mainly for work, but you can't get to some places other than on a buffalo.
We generally recommend being careful on the roads. The situation on the roads can often be frantic, confusing, and sometimes quite dangerous. You can often come across drunk drivers, especially in the evenings. At night, you may encounter several cars or tricycles without lights on, or even in the opposite direction. So watch out, and arm your patience.
There is no need to do anything special before traveling to the Philippines.
You don't need a visa (unless you want to be here for more than thirty days), you don't need any extra money, you don't need special vaccinations (just make sure you still have functional tetanus vaccinations, and jaundice could be useful).
It is a bit of an exaggeration to say that it is enough to buy a ticket and have a plan.
And if you do not plan to use the services of a guide or some tourist help, I recommend studying at least basic expressions.
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