About Philippines
Capital city: Manila

For the budget-conscious traveller looking to explore Asia, the Philippines should almost certainly sit at the top of your list of locations to visit. With its beautiful array of beaches and parties and a laid-back way of life, there's something truly memorable about a visit to this corner of south-east Asia. With 7,000 islands to choose from, finding your own little piece of paradise has never been easier in the Philippines. Aside from its undoubted beach culture, there is something to be said for its varied attractions, thanks largely to its breath-taking landscape. Those who prefer to explore on dry land can head up the mountains trekking for glorious scenery and even hike across dormant volcanoes. The country is brimming with colonial architecture too which is a feast for the eyes. Meanwhile, those who want to remain close to the beach front can dip their toes into the water and surf, snorkel and scuba dive to their heart's content. The Filipino people are truly some of the friendliest you will meet on your travels. Their positivity and warmth is supremely contagious and you'll be wowed by the colourful fiestas that take place throughout the year with outlandish costumes and floats lining the streets.


The Philippines remains a staunch Catholic nation, having been under Spanish rule for more than 350 years, unlike almost all other Buddhist countries in south-east Asia.


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