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First Time Going to Philippines

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Dragon
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First Time Going to Philippines

Post by Dragon » December 6th, 2018, 4:43 am

Planning a trip to the Philippines next year in March for a week. Already set aside vacation time at work and booked my flight. Looking at going to Cebu. Any travel tips? It's my first time traveling internationally. I heard taking an Uber/Grab at the airport to hotel is better than the regular taxis. How much money do I bring? Any good hotels? The purpose is really to get a lay of the land. Eventually if I like the place I plan to move. Anything would be appreciated.

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Re: First Time Going to Philippines

Post by Zambales » December 7th, 2018, 1:10 am

Can't really be exact with how much money you should bring as everyone's spending habits are different.

Accommodation can range from a few hundred peso's a night for a shared dorm, P700 for a room in a pension house and at least P1000 for a hotel. Expect to pay at least P2000 for a decent hotel with a swimming pool.

Dining out in an average resto that serves western food costs about P350 which isn't exactly cheap. However you can eat cheaply at the food courts in the malls and at resto's where the locals dine - just expect Filipino dishes though.

Beer is inexpensive especially bought at sari-sari stores, and buses and jeepneys are cheap to get around in.

Of course the majority of the money you decide to bring shouldn't be brought with you in person - and it might be a good idea to pre-book your accommodation on a site like Agoda before you leave especially if you're staying in the same area.

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Re: First Time Going to Philippines

Post by redfeather » December 7th, 2018, 12:19 pm

Dragon,
Please go read my Cebu trip report I just posted under trip reports. Thanks.

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Re: First Time Going to Philippines

Post by MatureDJ » December 9th, 2018, 12:02 pm

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