[Philippines] 3 Recommended Nearby Sightseeing Spots When Traveling to Manila


Hello, it's Hiro.


For those who planning a short stay in Manila, this time,


・Good access from Manila (within 6 hours one way)

・2-3 nights

・Low budget


Here are some recommended sightseeing spots you can go to.


1. Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is an island in the eastern Mindoro province of Mindoro Island in the Philippines, and its famous as a resort area.


Located 130km south of Manila, you can take a highway bus to the port of Batangas to reach Puerto Galera. (About 2 hours)


From the port of Batangas, we arrived at Puerto Galera, which is popular with Asians and Westerners, in less than an hour by a large bunker boat. It's really first.


It's safe and you can reach White Sand Beach in just 3 hours from Manila, so it's famous as a popular tourist destination.


When using the bus, it is recommended to board from the terminal near LRT Hil Puyat Station / Gil Puyat.


Depending on the bus company, you can get on the bus for about 150 pesos.


In addition, the boarding fee for a bunker boat is about 260 to 300 pesos one way. (In addition to the boarding fee, a terminal fee and Puerto Galera environmental protection fee of 80 pesos will be charged)


※Around the bus terminal, there is a lot of calls targeting foreigners, so if you ignore it as much as possible and walk along the flow, you can reach Batangas Port in about 10 minutes.


Batangas is also very popular as a tourist destination, so if you do not plan to go to Puerto Galera, you may enjoy sightseeing in Batangas.


2. Baguio

Baguio is a city located in the northern part of Luzon Island, which is the largest in the Philippines.


It takes about 6 hours one way from Manila by highway bus (If you get caught in a traffic jam, it may take 8 hours or more one way, so it is recommended to leave early in the morning or late at night)


From Manila to Baguio, if you take a bus from Cubao (Quezon City), you can get there at 645 pesos.


The city of Baguio is located at an altitude of 1,500 m, so the average temperature is not high over 20 °.


Security is also quite good compared to other parts of the Philippines. A flat rate is set for taxis, and change will be returned properly.


It is said that the Baguio Ordinance prohibits rip-off by taxi. Very different from Manila


Baguio is the most famous and popular summer resort for Filipinos. I've been there about 5 times, but it's so cool that I forget I'm in the Philippines.


When you go to Manila, be sure to stop by Baguio.


In a nutshell, it would be "a huge city that suddenly appears in the mountains.


My recommendation is Strawberry Tahoe. It sells for 40 pesos at street stalls such as parks. It's sweet and very delicious.


3. Tagaytay

Tagaytay is a summer resort recommended for half-day sightseeing, which can be reached in about 2 hours by car from Manila.


If you are accessing by bus, you can go from Cubao (Quezon City) to Olivarez Plaza for 80 pesos, change to a jeepney or tricycle and tell them you want to go to Talisay.


I don't know because I've never been to a jeepney, but I think it can probably go for around 20 pesos.


In the case of a tricycle, it costs about 60 pesos. Since this area is in the countryside, it is relatively safe, so if you have time to spare, I recommend traveling by tricycle.


※Tricycle・・its like Tuk Tuk in Thailand. It is common in the Philippines to have 4-5 people riding at the same time.


When you reach Tagaytay, take a look at Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world.


You can also enjoy horseback riding and zip lines.


Boracay Island, Palawan Island, Bohol Island

This time, I introduced you within 6 hours one way from Manila with a limit of 2 to 3 nights, but if you have time, I recommend going to islands such as Boracay Island, Palawan Island, Bohol Island.


I myself had traveled alone to Boracay Island on a tight schedule of 3 nights and 4 days, and at that time I was a student and had no money, so I took a bus from Manila to Batangas Port and shook it on a large ferry for about 12 hours.


If you can afford it, you can go there in an hour by plane from Manila.  ※The white sand beach is a must-see.


A kid who became friends on a ferry


I sincerely hope that your trip to Manila will be meaningful and wonderful.