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Typhoon Haiyan devastated portions of the Philippines in November 2013.

What are current practical effects of that? Are there areas which should be avoided by a backpack traveler? I'm willing to sacrifice comfort, but not safety and the availability of (public) transport and accommodation.

I am going to travel to the Philippines in February and am currently looking for possible itineraries.

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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.

  • Agreed, although I had heard that Palawan was hit pretty hard -- although I'm reasonably sure it wouldn't be a problem to visit there now. – SpaceDog Jan 20 '14 at 2:11

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