The Philippines is vastly known for their islands, from their absolutely gorgeous ones to the underrated ones, there is always something new to discover with every visit.
But is it only their beaches that are worth seeing?
Here is a list of unique spots in the Philippines that are worth visiting at least once that aren’t sandy beaches and blue seas!
1. Sabtang Island, Batanes
The hills are alive with the Sound of Music at Sabtang Island in Batanes!
Known as the New Zealand of the Philippines, Sabtang Island’s landscape is beautifully cascaded by green valleys and boundless hills. Honestly, if you were to show me pictures of New Zealand and Sabtang Island side by side, chances are I wouldn’t be able to tell between the two.
It is also famous for its rustic lighthouse and old stone houses that make you feel like you are not in Southeast Asia at all.
While you’re here, don’t forget to stop by the Sleeping Beauty Hills as well. At certain angles, you get to see a “lady’s” face in deep slumber, and that makes for a unique photography keepsake.
2. Tagaytay, Cavite
Just a little south from Manila, Tagaytay is a region in Cavite with a relatively cool climate and is a serene retreat away from the metropolitan cities!
Only real ones will remember that Disney short animation Lava, and that is what the Taal Volcano reminds me of! Don’t worry about it being the second most active volcano in the Philippines, the sight is super worth it to behold.
While you’re at it, savour the panoramic expanse of the Taal Lake surrounding the smaller volcanic islands.
And since it is a mountainous region, what better way to be on top of the world than to enjoy yourself at an amusement park? The Sky Ranch has scenic views overlooking the city below and if you want to go higher, the iconic ferris wheel at the amusement park will bring you up further heights!
Oh, where can I begin with Baguio? Ever since I saw the pictures of the abundant forests and mountains surrounding this city, I fell head-over-heels in love.
Baguio is essentially the Cameron Highlands of the Philippines, with average temperatures that range from 12 to 22 degree Celsius all year round because of how high it is above sea level. This climate makes it perfect for strawberries and you can bet there are a lot of strawberry farms for you to pick from.
Personally, I’ve had my eyes set on the Mines View Park because of its iconic Observation Deck that overlooks the gorgeous outskirts of the region. Oh, and if you’re a fan of walking trails and being away from the crowds, Camp John Hay Forest Bathing Trail is for you.
Baguio is definitely a place for nature buffs to further explore so remember to pack your best hiking boots if you’re stopping by.
If you’re a Marvel fan, you might recognise this place!
The Banaue rice terraces are featured in the ending scene of Avengers: Infinity War. So if you wanna catch a glimpse of the place where Thanos exiled himself, then head no further than Banaue – one of the most unique spots in the Philippines.
Its wide expanse and rippled landscape is a gorgeous result of the hard work of generations of the ethnic Ifugao people. You can already get an idea of it through pictures so imagine being there in person and facing its grandeur?
Now I can totally get why Thanos chose to reside in the rice terrace while on self-exile.
Sagada is a peaceful mountainous region further up north from Manila, and famous for its sunny yet chilly weather as well as its backdrop of lush natural landscapes.
If you’re absolutely seeking an escape from the city, I would say that Sagada is definitely up there in choices for surrounding yourself with nature. There is plenty to see and do here, from trekking trails, hiking up mountains, as well as exploring limestone caves!
But perhaps one of the most unique spots in the Philippines not to miss is the Hanging Coffins of Sagada. Deeply rooted in cultural history, the ethnic people of Sagada follow unique burial rituals and these coffins being suspended in mid air against rock is truly a sight to witness.
Yes, the Philippines is known for her beaches but that does not mean that its waterfalls are getting overshadowed too!
Kawasan Falls in Cebu is known as the most picturesque waterfall in the entire country, with its turquoise blue waters and with lush greenery framing the falls itself. It is just absolutely majestic to view them.
The trek to this waterfall is not too perilous and so it is super convenient to reach this place. What’s more, this waterfall is incredibly IG-worthy and definitely a special location to visit with your significant other, and friends too!
The modern city amenities might bring us great conveniences as our lives begin to evolve into a more fast-paced one, but it is especially the busiest people that need a break.
And who knows, you might be able to find reprieve and solace in these six iconic places in the Philippines!
Which one do you think you will start with first?
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