Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

8

In general I would always arrive in a country with a least a little local currency (if it's legal to do so, which it isn't always but is in the Philippines). There's been a couple of times I've been close to stranded on arrival because I didn't. You probably need money to get from the airport (unless you've pre-arranged transport), and exchanging money in ...


8

It depends on who you ask, basically. The latest report I can find states that it's "safe to drink - for now". The water quality is managed by The Manila Water Company, and they do monthly checks of over 1000 samples. However, it's also worth noting the article points out that during rainy season, the risk of contamination is higher from pipes being ...


7

The short answer is none. The brunt of Haiyan's impact was on the islands of Leyte and Samar, neither of which is really a tourist destination. Cebu, which is, only sustained relatively minor damage, and places outside the Visayas like Manila and Palawan came through virtually unscathed.


5

Firstly, look on your laptop's power unit/base/charger. Usually the fine print will give you a range - e.g. Rated input AC100-240V or something similar. If it matches the range required, then no power converter is required for you to be able to use it there. So, then it's down to the adapter (plug) and the voltage in the Philippines. You can use this ...


4

Usually May is a peak season because of the summer in the Philippines. Many people go to Boracay or Bagiuo. Bagiuo is the best place to go because of the cool area. It is colder than most places in the Philippines. Should you book a room in advance? Well it depends what you are planning to do and where. Booking in advance gives you usually a better price ...


4

Wikipedia has some pretty extensive information about power standards around the world. According to this information, the Philippines uses types A, B, and C plugs: However, it operates at 220V, 60Hz. The US uses 120V 60Hz. So while your US plugs (Type A & B) will physically fit into the sockets in the Philippines, you need to be sure your ...


4

Later model Dell laptops have power supplies rated 110 - 240V, so you won't need a converter since power in the Philippines is 220V but the plug may not match, which means that you may need a power plug adapter like this one to be able to plug it in. I would though check the Power Supply as to actual power ratings.


3

There aren't many flights to El Nido from anywhere, never mind from Cebu or Negros. There used to be a SEAir flight which I've taken and which was a wonderful experience, taking off from the giant NAIA at Manila in a tiny plane and coming in to land just a few metres above the sea :) You can still fly there on ITI - but I think resort customers may get ...


3

Tipping can be a little weird here, in general restaurants will add 10% service charge and not expect much else (if they don't add it feel free to leave 10%). Over and above this people often leave some of the change from the bill to round up to the nearest 100 pesos or something. Bars don't generally expect a tip (i.e. it's not like the US) but feel free ...


3

In general Filipinos are almost universally nice to everyone, there are some exceptions with older people and certain countries (Japan, basically). Many people from the US retired or work here and Filipinos will generally show deference to any westerner and treat them politely. Most Filipinos I know are aware of the history but it doesn't really colour their ...


3

I've not done it, I wouldn't have thought you'd have needed to book for in advance. I certainly hadn't heard of that, but Wikivoyage says: If you decide to go solo, you can only buy tickets for the Underground River tour in their office in Puerto Princessa as that is the only place to get a permit. There is a limited amount of people allowed each day ...


3

You have a Philippine passport, that means Philippine immigration will let you in. They're not really going to care how you got there and they'll not look at the tickets. Philippines customs might care where you came from but they're unlikely to look at the tickets either. The problem is persuading the airline to let you on the flight. They get charged if ...


2

I think some could provide anecdotes or suggestions, but a few things to remember: Have fun. Don't get too hung up on not doing the wrong thing You're the foreigner, some faux pas are more readily forgiven Saying, that, there's an excellent article on Marriage and wedding customs in the Philippines on Wikipedia. It covers some attire, some of the ...


2

Yes! Today I visited the Bureau of Immigration head office in Intramuros, and they informed me that the normal processing time is three days. (Exactly three days, to the minute. You cannot apply Monday afternoon and pick-up Thursday morning.) The exit clearance fees are included in the ACR I-Card, leaving "only" the P500 general transaction fee. If you can ...


2

If you are traveling to Puerto Princesa, it would wise to plan to go to Mayon Volcano before you go Puerta Princesa . Mayon Is Located on the same Island Manila is assuming your port of entry is Manila! Mayon is about a 10-15 hour car trip south. You could Fly into Legaspi City. the nearest domestic airport to Mayon. Mayo is showing activity and is currently ...


2

If you are searching for volcanoes, this map can be useful for you: http://earthquakes.volcanodiscovery.com/ As you can see, the Mayon volcano is really the nearest one to the Puerto Princesa. But I think that more interesting variant is to go to the Manado, from it you can travel to 4 different volcanoes: Karangetang Lokon-Empung Ibu Ducono ...


2

I've been trying to answer this for several years and I don't have a definitive answer but here are the options I've come up with and some comments: Freighter travel, this is covered in the other answer and I have no good leads for who to talk to but it seems the most likely option although it'll be long. Cruise, some cruises stop by Manila (although you ...


2

In the Philippines Tipping is not a custom, however because locals have learned that Americans in general tip, employees of businesses that regularly cater to foreigners expect tips from foreigners. even a 5% tip is appreciated. Most upscale restaurants already have a service charge tagged to your bill so tipping is not necessary! Australians and Europeans ...


1

I didn't want to just provide anecdotal notes, but since Mark Mayo encouraged it here are some -- I've been to several weddings in the Philippines and I've heard about many more. The short answer to your question is: it varies. Wildly. A lot of what the Wikipedia page says can happen, but none of it is guaranteed -- weddings are really up to the couple, ...


1

Late at evening on May 31st I searched for free rooms in Baguio, for two nights, arrival on June 1st (a Sunday). Booking.com found 14 hotels having rooms available priced under 50 euros a night. Agoda.com found about 40 hotels having rooms available priced under 50 euros a night. These sites together had also at least ten places offering rooms for less ...


1

You can, but I would strongly advise to you get some PESOS at the airport. Paying or tipping in USD will attract unneeded attention and you will be assumed to be carrying a lot of USD. Not good. It attracts greedy people! Remember 5% tipping is all you need to give since tipping is not a custom in the Philippines, and giving USD will be leaving a very large ...


1

The closest place that I can find in the area is the town of Bislig, which also has it's own Airpot. There are 3 hotels in the town, all available on Tripadvisor. From there it's only a 30 minute car ride to the river. Next closest larger city would be Butuan City, from where it's 1.46 hours to drive. There, you do not have more hotels, but the quality ...


1

I found a mention of Kiangan here: http://books.google.com.ph/books?id=WInyBgZA45sC&pg=PT203&lpg=PT203#v=onepage&q&f=false You might want to liaise directly with those from Kiangan, here are some tour guides and their mobile numbers - http://kiangan.gov.ph/?page_id=1118



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible