Why you should Visit
Why You Should Visit Tagaytay and The Philippines
The Philippines is a beautiful country with a gracious and easy going people with hidden treasures like Tagaytay and, in my honest opinion, the absolute best beach, with the whitest sand in the world, Boracay.
Traveling through the Philippines archipelago is always a pleasure. Most everyone speaks enough English to communicate effectively in your favor and everyone goes out of their way to be helpful. You'd have to go a long way to locate people as friendly and helpful as the Filipinos.
The variety the Philippines has to offer is outstanding. From the exciting over crowed capital of Manila to the incredible lovely islands (there are more than 7,000 to explore,) most of the Philippines is laid back, stable and safe. Taking in the speculator views of Taal volcano, scuba diving, snorkeling or just laying on the best beach in the world, or staying at some of the best resorts in the world, will furnish enough memories to last a lifetime.
The country likes to promote itself as the place where 'Asia wears a smile' and the locals are, by and large, an exceptionally friendly and helpful people. On top of this, transport is cheap, the food is good, accommodation is plentiful and English is widely spoken.
Transportation is not only frequent and cheap, but of surprisingly good quality. Most buses and taxi's have air conditioning and the buses even have movies for the longer journeys. There is excellent boat and air transportation as well.
All in all there is so much to see and enjoy you'd be hard pressed to take everything in with one visit. Click here for recommended travel itinerary in the Philippines.
Another important factor is that your money goes a long way in the Philippines. Gourmet meals go for a sixth of what you'd pay back home. Taxi's are amongst the cheapest, if not the cheapest in the world. A $2 or $3 taxi ride will take you nearly anywhere. First run movies cost US$1 or a US$1.50 for the best seats in the house.
International daily newspapers, as well as a bunch of excellent local English language dailies are a plenty and easily available everywhere. Airlines package deals both within the Philippines and abroad, are unbelievably cheap, IF you know where to look. For instance a 3 night travel package, including roundtrip airfare to Bangkok with pickup and return to the airport, hotel accommodation and breakfast can be found for LESS THAN US$190 per person! That's hard to beat. Click here for more info.
Shopping is exceptionally cheap, even cheaper than the bargains one finds in Thailand. The best deals are at the numerous SM Malls, located throughout the Philippines, with SM Megamall located in Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, being perhaps the largest indoor mall in the world, with an ice skating rink, bowling alley, dozens of cinemas, eateries and shopping galore.
Basically the Philippines offers and has anything and everything you have at home, or you'd want, at knock down prices, if you know where to go. It's as simple as that.
What about the Philippines being safe? Let's get this misconception out of the way right up front.
Admittedly the Philippines has suffered some negative publicity regarding a few isolated cases of kidnappings and terrorists attacks. IF you use common sense, as you should anywhere in the world as a tourist, and don't walk around with gold watches and necklaces showing, or flashing a wad of hundred dollar bills in some girlie bar, you'll be fine. Suffice that said, you are probably safer in the Philippines than you are in New York or any major city as a tourist. Security guards are visible everywhere from department stores, banks, hotels, motels, inns, movie cinemas, restaurants and there are police visible most everywhere. And you are checked going into such business establishments too.
While a few persons may be put off by this, we felt rather secure knowing that they are serious about such security measures. Other than a tiny portion of the largest and southern most island in the Philippines, Mindanao , (1,000 kilometers south of Manila and Tagaytay,) 99.999% of the Philippines is safe. And that small troubled area has US troops working along side the excellent Filipino army to eradicate the trouble makers. A recent poll at the Mindanao home page asked its citizens: "Do you support sending US Combat Troops to Mindanao to fight the Abu Sayyaf and MILF Terrorists?" The results were outstanding. 83.8% that replied said YES while only 16.2% said no. I believe that speaks for and of itself about the Philippines.
Tagaytay is an exceedingly friendly, safe and exceptional place to visit. Try to budget a week to ten days in the Philippines, two to three weeks would be even better. See our Recommended Destinations in the Philippines for full particulars. But however much time you can afford to stay in the Philippines, set aside two to three nights minimum in Tagaytay or you'll miss out out on one of the greatest views with serene and peaceful surroundings you'll ever experience. The picture below says it all about Tagaytay!
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