The Philippines, which is an archipelago that comprises 7, 100 islands with a total land area of 300,000 square kilometers, is famous for its naturally enchanting tourist destinations. Its location in Southeast Asia makes it a suitable place to spend holiday vacations. With many ways and places to choose from, tourists can enjoy a more fun and exciting holiday, whether it’s for a few days, a month or longer. This is why the international tourist arrivals to the Philippines rose by 7.59% in the first quarter of 2019 with South Korea as the country’s top tourism source market (contributed 22.3% share to the total PH tourist arrivals in 2018, with 1,587,959 visitors).
Although more tourists come to the Philippines and experience for themselves its magic and beauty that makes people want to come back, locals, no matter how they love their country, also want to travel and explore the world outside the Philippines. So, however international tourists experience the Philippines, the locals who have and have not traveled outside the perimeters of the country are discovering its local yet picturesque multicontinental vibes- exhibiting places.
The Continent of Asia
Coron Bay, a wedge-shaped limestone island in the province of Palawan, for instance, has the vibe of Halong Bay, Vietnam in Asia. Candijay, Bohol can tantamount as Sapa Valley in Vietnam. Sitangkai in Tawi-Tawi resembles the Floating Market in Bangkok. Binondo China Town in Manila can coequal China’s. Bilar man-made Forest in Bohol is identical to the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan. Puerto Princesa, Amanpulo, Pamalican or Huma Island in Palawan commensurate with the Maldives and Papua New Guinea.
All of these places resemble and give the vibes of different countries in the continent of Asia.
The Continent of Europe
Local and international tourists and travelers can also enjoy the European vibes of the Philippines that can be found in places like Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo and Fortune Island in Batangas, which both give the Greek vibe. They can also visit Batanes for its New Zealand kind of vibe. Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hill, Taguig also renders a Venice atmosphere. Sirao Flower Farm in Cebu and Ilocos Norte’s Bangui Wind Farm also exhibit Netherlandic vibe.
The historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, which is one of the cultural sites listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Intramuros had preserved the Spanish atmosphere after its colonization from 1521 to 1898. The Acropolis exhibits the Greek atmosphere. Additionally, the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila gives the English vibe of the Buckingham Palace in London and the Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros, Manila can be regarded as the equivalent of Colosseum in Rome, Italy.
The Continent of Africa
The Philippines also has the African continental vibe that can be seen in places like Calauit in Palawan and La Paz Sand Dunes where people can enjoy sandboarding, the Philippines’ third highest mountain, Mt. Pulag and the Underwater Pyramids of Calatagan in Batangas.
The Continent of South America
Hinatuan Enchanted River, which is situated in Surigao del Sur also has the vibes of the gorgeous clear water rivers of Colombia in South America. Cebu city is also pretty much like Brazil in terms of festivals and fiestas.
The Continent of North America
The City of Dreams in Parañaque, Manila, on the other hand, resembles Las Vegas and Samal, Siargao, Bantayan Island or Boracay explicitly exhibits the Bahamas in North America.
The Continent of Australia
The Apo Island Rock Formation in Negros Oriental can also be an alternative for The Twelve Apostles limestones in Princetown, Victoria, Australia.
The Continent of Antarctica
Last but not least, the Snow World in Star City, the Trails to Antarctica in Manila Ocean Park and the Imperial ICE BAR in Taguig also give the Antarctic vibe.
These are but some of the many places to visit in the Philippines. So, to enjoy its treasures and beauty to the highest level, make sure to visit, not just once, but many times and discover its over 7, 000 islands!
(Statistic data source: https://www.rappler.com/business/230108-foreign-tourist-arrivals-philippines-q1-2019)
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