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  • Northern Luzon Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide The Rough Guide to Tokyo View Guide The Rough Guide to Cambodia View Guide The Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka View Guide Central Honshu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide North of Manila the island of Luzon tempts visitors with some wonderful mountainous areas volcanic landscapes and a beautiful coastline dotted with heavenly beaches Heading up the west coast from Subic the Zambales coast is dotted with laidback resorts while the Lingayen Gulf is the location of the Hundred Islands a favourite weekend trip from Manila Further along the coast the province of La Union draws visitors particularly for its surfing North of here is Ilocos Sur known primarily for the old colonial city of Vigan where horse drawn carriages bounce down narrow cobblestone streets The area around the capital of Ilocos Norte province Laoag features a number of sites related to former dictator Ferdinand Marcos who was born in the nearby village of Sarrat And on the northwestern edge of Luzon there are excellent beaches around Pagudpud The northeast of the island is one of the archipelago s least visited wildernesses Those who head this way usually do so for the excellent surfing on the east coast at Baler but further north is Palanan the jump off point for the barely explored Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park For many visitors though the prime attraction in Northern Luzon is the mountainous inland Cordillera region Highlights here include the mountain village of Sagada with its caves and hanging coffins and the stunning rice terraces around Banaue and Bontoc In the village of

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  • Southern Luzon Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    View Guide The Rough Guide to China View Guide The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City View Guide Rough Guide Audio Phrasebook and Dictionary Japanese View Guide The Rough Guide to India View Guide The Rough Guide to Bangkok View Guide The Rough Guide to Nepal View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Lying southeast of Manila the provinces that make up Southern Luzon are home to some of the country s most popular tourist destinations both active and natural As well as snorkelling with whale sharks trekking up active volcanoes and surfing waves whipped up by typhoons Southern Luzon also offers a number of glorious white sand beaches and some lovely islands The National Highway south from Manila takes you down to Quezon province home to Mount Banahaw a revered dormant volcano that presents one of the most rewarding climbs in the country Quezon is linked by ferry to the beautiful heart shaped island province of Marinduque still largely untouched by mass tourism and best known for its Easter festival the Moriones Beyond Quezon is the Bicol region a narrow finger of land studded with volcanoes including Mount Bulusan and Mount Mayon The coastline is often stunning too with some great beaches and island hopping opportunities particularly around Legazpi and Sorsogon City Best of all though is the Caramoan Peninsula where tourism is developing apace but where it s still possible to find little deserted hideaways There are also attractions offshore and although it can t rival the Visayas for scuba diving Bicol does have an ace up its sleeve in the form of Donsol home to huge whale sharks Other water based activities in Bicol include surfing in Daet and wakeboarding at CamSur Watersports Complex Two

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  • Mindoro Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    Luzon Southern Luzon Mindoro The Visayas Palawan Mindanao Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Mindoro Introduction Mindoro Oriental Mindoro Occidental See all destinations Philippines Mindoro Show Related Guides Hide Related Guides The Rough Guide to Southeast Asia On A Budget View Guide The Rough Guide to the Philippines View Guide Indonesia Rough Guides Snapshot Southeast Asia on a Budget View Guide Hokkaido Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide Kyushu Rough Guides Snapshot Japan View Guide The Rough Guide to Shanghai View Guide The Rough Guide to First Time Around The World View Guide The Rough Guide to Singapore View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand View Guide The Yangzi Basin Rough Guides Snapshot China View Guide Within a few hours of Manila yet worlds away Mindoro remains undeveloped even by Philippine provincial standards Much of the island is wild and rugged with some near impenetrable hinterlands and an often desolate coastline of wide bays and basic fishing villges The island seventh largest in the archipelago is divided lengthways into two provinces Mindoro Occidental and Mindoro Oriental the latter is the more developed and visited Most travellers head this way only for the beaches scuba diving and nightlife around the picturesque town of Puerto Galera on Mindoro Oriental s northern coast a short ferry trip from Batangas but there is much more to Mindoro than this Few people Filipinos included realize that the island is home to several areas of outstanding natural beauty all protected to some degree by local or international decree As well as the incredible marine environments of Puerta Galera and the world class Apo Reef on the west coast Mindoro s interior offers the chance to experience genuine Mangyan culture visit pristine wilderness and maybe see endangered species such as the Mindoro dwarf buffalo the tamaraw at the

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  • The Visayas Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    View Guide The Visayas a collection of islands large and small in the central Philippines are considered to be the cradle of the country It was here that Ferdinand Magellan laid a sovereign hand on the archipelago for Spain and began the process of colonization and Catholicization that shaped so much of the nation s history The islands were also the scene of some of the bloodiest battles fought against the Japanese during World War II and where General Douglas MacArthur waded ashore to liberate the country after his famous promise I shall return There are thousands of islands in the Visayas and everywhere you turn there seems to be another patch of tropical sand or coral reef awaiting your attention usually with a ferry or bangka to take you there There are nine major island groups Cebu Bohol Siquijor Negros Guimaras Panay Romblon Samar and Leyte but it s the hundreds in between that make this part of the archipelago so irresistible Of the smaller islands some are famous for their beach life especially Boracay off the northern tip of Panay some for their fiestas and some for their folklore No one can accuse the Visayas and the Visayans who live here of being a uniform lot Visayan is the umbrella language the most widely spoken form of which is Cebuano but in some areas they speak Ilongo or Waray Waray in others Aklan all three languages are closely related Malayo Polynesian tongues The diversity of languages is a symptom of the region s fractured topography with many islands culturally and economically isolated from those around them part of the Philippine archipelago in little more than name Getting around the Visayas is fairly easy with increasingly efficient transport links Cebu Bohol Negros Panay Romblon Leyte and Samar are all

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  • Palawan Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    to Thailand View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide Rough Guides Snapshot Vietnam Hanoi View Guide The Rough Guide to Korea View Guide Palawan is the Philippines last frontier a largely unexplored and unexploited province of wonderful scenery and idyllic tropical beauty Beyond the centres of Coron El Nido and Puerto Princesa tourism has yet to penetrate much of this long sword shaped island to the southwest of Luzon and travellers who make it here will find a marvellous Jurassic landscape of coves beaches lagoons and razor sharp limestone cliffs that rise from crystal clear water Offshore despite some damage from dynamite fishing and coral bleaching there always seems an untouched reef to discover The capital of Palawan Puerto Princesa is the main entry point and is close to the mangrove islands of Honda Bay and the immense flooded cave systems that make up the mind boggling Underground River Further north you ll find the pretty beach resort town of Port Barton the old fortress town of Taytay and the incredibly beautiful islands and lagoons of El Nido and the Bacuit archipelago Many areas are still relatively unaffected by tourism such as the friendly little fishing village of San Vicente and nearby Long Beach one of the finest stretches of sand anywhere Undeveloped Southern Palawan contains some of the least visited areas in the whole country from the remains of a Neolithic community in the Tabon Caves and the turtle and cockatoo sanctuaries at Narra to Brooke s Point the access point for Mount Matalingajan The Calamian group of islands scattered off the northern tip of the main island of Palawan has a deserved reputation for some of the best scuba diving in Asia mostly on sunken World War II wrecks Even if you re

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  • Mindanao Guide | Philippines Travel | Rough Guides
    Rough Guide to Taiwan View Guide The Rough Guide to Beijing View Guide The Rough Guide to Thailand s Beaches Islands View Guide Mindanao the massive island at the foot of the Philippine archipelago is in many ways the cultural heart of the country a place where indigenous tribes still farm their ancient homelands and Christians live alongside Muslims who first settled here in the fourteenth century Spanish rule came late to much of the island and was tenuous at best throughout the nineteenth century when the Americans occupied the islands it was here that they met their most bitter resistance Contrary to popular perception most of the island today is peaceful friendly and stunningly beautiful Yet it is true that Mindanao is one of the most impoverished areas in the Philippines and some parts are considered unsafe for tourists North Mindanao from the lively gateway city of Cagayan de Oro in the centre to the surf magnet of Siargao Island in the east is the area most tourists are interested in and is completely safe In between lies Camiguin a ravishing volcanic island off Mindanao s northern coast the untouched Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary inhabited by the Manobo tribe and the hypnotic azure waters of the Enchanted River Also worth exploring are the western cities of Iligan and Dapitan where national hero José Rizal was sent into exile and Mount Malindang National Park a little known area of dense rainforest near Ozamiz Davao in the south the island s de facto capital is a friendly provincial metropolis with excellent restaurants nightlife and endless heaps of durian the stinky fruit that tastes like gourmet custard Nearby are the beaches of Samal Island and majestic Mount Apo West of the frenetic city of General Santos around the shores of Lake Sebu

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  • Places to Visit in Philippines | Where to go in Philippines | Rough Guides
    s far more to these islands than sand and snorkelling Beyond the coastline are places to visit of a different nature mystical tribal villages ancient rice terraces jungle smothered peaks and crumbling Spanish churches Look closer and you ll see the influence of the island s rich stew of cultures Islamic Malay Spanish and American in an exuberant array of festivals tantalizing food and elegant colonial towns that has more in common with Latin America than the rest of Asia Indeed cut off from the main Southeast Asian overland route by the South China Sea the Philippines is often misunderstood by travellers and its Asian neighbours casually dismissed as a supplier of maids tribute bands mail order brides and corrupt politicians epitomized by the gaudy excesses of Imelda Marcos Don t be put off while poverty and corruption remain serious problems the Philippines is far more complex and culturally rich than the stereotypes suggest The Filipino people who speak more than 150 languages and dialects are variously descended from early Malay settlers Muslim Sufis from the Middle East Spanish conquistadors and friars and later Chinese traders It s an old cliché but largely true Filipinos take pride in making visitors welcome even in the most rustic barrio home Equally important is the culture of entertaining evident in the hundreds of colourful fiestas that are held throughout the country many tied to the Roman Catholic calendar Never far behind partying is eating and Filipino food is heavily influenced by Spanish and native traditions expect plenty of fresh fish roasted meats pork and chicken and unlike the rest of Asia a plethora of addictive desserts many utilizing the vast array of tropical fruits on offer Even the politics in Asia s first democracy is rich in showmanship and pizzazz From Ferdinand Marcos

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  • Explore Destinations | Travel Guides | Rough Guides
    Burma Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand Vietnam See all destinations Philippines Overview Introduction Where to go When to go Getting there Getting around Accommodation Food and drink Health The media Festivals Outdoor activities and sports Culture and etiquette Shopping Travel essentials Inspiration Things not to miss Features Gallery Explore Manila Around Manila Northern Luzon Southern Luzon Mindoro The Visayas Palawan Mindanao Shop Ebooks Travel Insurance Hostels Explore

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