The third largest English-speaking country in the world, the Philippines boasts a diverse culture with strong Spanish and American influences. Besides its array of UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Baroque Churches, the historic town, Vigan, and the otherworldly Banaue Rice Terraces, the country also brims with stunning flora and pristine white beaches. With its bountiful nature and serene environs, it comes as little surprise that wellness retreats from yoga to spa to mental health rejuvenation programmes are also highly popular amongst visitors.
For something more fast-paced, choose to immerse yourself in exhilarating activities. Race on jeeps amidst vast sand dunes, explore the world’s longest underground river that flows through wide limestone caves on a boat or swim up close to beautiful coral reefs at some of the world’s best diving spots. Try to spot the world’s smallest monkey, the Tarsius, on a trek through the forest too! During your time in the Philippines, don’t forget to sample a kamayan feast or try local delights such as adobo and kare kare.