Philippines Travel Tips

  • Light clothing is ideal all year round, especially during the hot and dry months from March to May. During the rainy months of June to November, remember to bring an umbrella or rain gear
  • Footwear: Comfortable yet sturdy footwear is best, as travelling around the islands will often involve a lot of walking.
  • Casual clothing is acceptable in churches and business offices. Dining establishments and hotels impose no dress code but shorts and slippers are deemed improper.
  • For formal occasions, the traditional Barong Tagalog is as suitable as is a suit and tie.
  • Remember to bring your sunscreen or sun tanning lotion as there will be lots of sun.
  • When heading to remote areas, come prepared with insect repellent.
  • Bottled water is available in most hotels, supermarkets and convenient stores although water is drinkable in most cities.
  • The currency is the Philippine peso. Money changing shops are available in key cities and towns.
  • Credit cards – MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, American Express, JCB are accepted in most establishments.
  • When travelling around the islands, bring enough cash as ATMs are less common outside the cities.
  • Tipping is normally 10% of the bill when service charge is not included.
  • Jeepneys, tricycles and pedicabs are exotic modes of transport commonly used when going around. Remember to bring loose change when taking public transport.
  • Taxis can be hailed almost anywhere. Some malls have designated taxi stands.
  • Electricity is 220 volts.
  • Like for most other cities, be mindful of your personal belongings. Be wary of unauthorised people who offer their services as guides.

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