Philippines

At a glance

The Philippines have it all: knock-your-socks-off scenery, arguably the prettiest sunsets on Earth, friendly and English-speaking locals, and an interesting history and culture. From the metropolis of Manila to the thousands of pristine islands that make up this archipelago, this country is begging for exploration on two wheels.

The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, made up of more than 7,000 islands. Its sprawling capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.

Further south, around the city of Cebu, quick ferry rides dart visitors to some of the most beautiful islands on earth, with white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, giant sappy sea turtles, and colorful fish. 

Why cyclists love it

  • An off-the-beaten-path destination in Asia
  • A country in Asia where English is widely spoken (and is actually one of their official languages)
  • Stunning scenery, from volcanoes to white-sand beaches
  • Mega cities and verdant green countryside
  • Some of the most welcoming locals in all of Asia, where every one you pass will shout "hello!"

Tour spotlight

 

Island Hopping in the Philippines
With 7,107 islands to choose from in the Philippines, it's hard to decide where to where to start. The Visayas group of islands offers a diverse sampling that are perfect to explore by bicycle. By island hopping you'll notice how different the islands are, despite being so close to each other, but one thing they do have in common are the exuberant, fun loving and easygoing Filipinos, and you'll no doubt sing a song or two with them along the way! 
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Philippines stories

On our blog:

  • Paradise Found by BikeTours.com marketing coordinator and resident Asia specialist
    When I first moved to Asia, I had a list of countries I wanted to vist. All the hotspots, like Thailand (elephants!); China (the Great Wall!), and Japan (sushi!). But after 3 or 4 years of living in Korea, I started to hear murmurs of some other really fantastic places we should see beyond the usual guide book suggestions. One of these places was the Philippines. I kept hearing about the crystal clear, blue-green waters full of ancient sea turtles and brilliant clownfish; stately old Spanish Catholic churches dotting rice fields and dirt roads; mangos so fresh your stomach will rejoice; friendly, smiling people; and best of all, a slow-paced way of life that makes you just want to stop, crawl up in a nearby hammock, and take a nap while the sea breeze tickles your face. 

Fast facts

Language: Filipino, English 
Currency: Philippine peso 
Population: 98.39 million 
Size: 120,000 square miles; 300,000 km2 
Neighboring countries: Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia
National tourist office: www.experiencephilippines.org/

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