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Backpacking Destinations in the Philippines

If you’re in for an ultimate travel adventure, then why not go
backpacking in the Philippines. With 7,107 islands, you will never run
of destinations to choose from in this Southeast Asian nation. Imagine
hopping from one island to another while enjoying various attractions
and sceneries across the archipelago. That’s a peak of what to do in
this archipelago.

Though often left out by international tourists due to security
issues,  the Philippines is considered a backpacker’s paradise. The
country is home to distinctive events and festivals, breathtaking natural and man-made attractions, luxurious and affordable hotels and resorts, and hospitable people.

Getting around the Philippines is not as tricky as some people might
think. With improved infrastructure and public transport system,
backpacking in this tropical country has been made easy. Equipped
yourself with comfortable clothes, a sturdy pair of shoes, a video
camera, and spare cash and you’re ready for a backpacking adventure in
the Philippines. A travel guide and a map will also come handy.

Here are some of the recommended backpacking destinations
in the country. Let’s exclude Palawan, Boracay, and Manila from the
list as they have been featured many times in related articles.

Laguna

Because of its immediate proximity to Metro Manila, Laguna is among the
ideal backpacking getaways in the Philippines. There are lots of things
to do in this southern province including hiking the majestic Mt.
Makiling, shooting the rapids in Pagsanjan, swimming at resorts in
Pansol, and shopping for slippers in Liliw. Other points of interest in
Laguna are the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan, the Rizal Shrine in
Calamba, and the Makiling Botanical Garden in Los Baños. The best
shopping sites for souvenirs can be found in the towns of Liliw, Pakil,
and Lumban.

Batangas

Another popular backpacking destination near Metro Manila is Batangas.
This province is known for its pristine beaches and top-notch resorts
that are more affordable than those in Boracay. A must-see attraction in
Batangas is the Taal Lake and Volcano, where regular tours are
available for tourists. Batangas is also a perfect place for pilgrimage
tourism. It is home to some of the country’s oldest churches such as the
Basilica of San Martin de Tours and the Church of San Juan. Never leave
Batangas without tasting its famous goto (congee) and lechon (roasted
pig).

Sagada

The municipality of Sagada in Mountain Province is a backpacker’s
delight. Known for its relaxing rural setting, Sagada is frequented by
backpackers looking for something different to explore. The most notable
attraction in the town is the Hanging Coffins of Sagada, a sacred
burial site for indigenous people. Other recommended sites to visit in
Sagada include the Bokong Falls, Echo Valley, Sumaguing and Lumiang
Caves, and Lake Danum. Don’t forget to taste various coffee varieties in
town.

Aside from the above-mentioned destinations, other premier
backpacking sites in the Philippines include Davao, Cebu, Baguio,
Pampanga, and Iloilo. To avoid travel inconveniences, learn about your
target destinations in advance.

Local Philippines
is your travel buddy. We have information about the destinations, how
to get there, what to do while in the area and more! Destinations in the
beaches or in the mountains, destinations under water, destinations
right at the middle of the urban hubFeature Articles, name it and Local Philippines will
most likely feature it.

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