Baguio is the mountain region of Northern Luzon and home to one of the only places in the country that can drop well below 10Deg C on a regular basis as it is actually quite high up, not snow capped mountains but the occasional frost in the morning is quite common. If you’re going to Baguio you aren’t going for the girly bar scene, there is a small scene here but it’s set up purely for the locals, you’re going here for the tourism and scenic mountain landscapes.
Baguio is pretty easy to get too from Manila as buses leave from Cubao station pretty much every 30mins and it takes about 8hrs to get to Baguio from there. There are some really nice places to stay in Baguio in terms of mountain retreats etc. Overall Baguio is really popular with Filipino tourists as they all seem to want to go here to experience ‘cold weather’ as well as go strawberry picking.
Baguio is a great place to take a girl if you want to cuddle up under the blankets and in front of an open fire.
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Top Hotels to stay at in Baguio
Azalea Residences Baguio is located in Leonard Wood, a 10-minute drive from the SM Shopping Mall and the Mines View Park. It offers a coffee shop, free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access.
Guest rooms are fitted with a work desk, an iPod dock and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each has a kitchenette with a microwave and a fridge.
Laundry services are available. Guests can request for concierge services. Tour packages and vacation services can be arranged at the 24-hour front desk.
Azelea Residences Baguio’s Coffee Shop serves a selection of local and international dishes.
Baguio Azalea Residences is located across the Teacher’s Camp and a 10-minute drive from Camp John Hay.
Set in the mountains of Baguio, this 4-star property features 2 on-site dining options, free parking, and free WiFi throughout the property. Grand Sierra Pines Baguio is within 6-minute drive from Mines View Park and 13-minute drive from SM Baguio.
Each room is air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, and an in-room safe while the private bathroom has a shower facility along with free toiletries. The units also include a balcony and a seating area where you can relax while enjoying views of the mountain or the garden. For your comfort, bottled drinking water and free toiletries are also provided.
Guests can choose between 2 dining options at the property, Atrium serves local Filipino favorites while The Outlook specializes is American and Asian dishes.
Amenities at Grand Sierra Pines Baguio include a spa, fitness centre, a mini library and an art gallery that guests can access for free. The property also offers function rooms for corporate events and personal occasions.
Camp John Hay is 5.3 km while Burnham Park is 5.7 km away. The nearest airport is Clark International Airport, a 3-hour drive from Grand Sierra Pines Baguio.
Boasting garden views, Forest Log Cabin at Camp John Hay offers accommodation with barbecue facilities, a garden and a terrace, around a 6-minute walk from Camp John Hay. This villa is 2.5 km from Session Road.
The villa includes 3 bedrooms and a kitchen with an oven and a microwave. The villa also features a seating area and a bathroom with a bath.
The villa offers a children’s playground. A car rental service is available at this property.
Mines View Park is 2.6 km from Camp John Hay Forest Cabin, while Burnham Park is 2.7 km away.
Situated within 600 m of Burnham Park, RL Veranda Suite in Baguio features barbecue facilities, as well as free WiFi. The property is set 800 m from Lourdes Grotto. Session Road is 1 km from the inn.
All guest rooms at the inn are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchen and a dining area. Rooms have a kettle, while some rooms also boast a terrace and others also have mountain views. At RL Veranda Suite each room comes with a private bathroom.
Speaking English and Filipino at the reception, staff are always on hand to help.
Mines View Park is 1.3 km from the accommodation.
Set in Baguio, an 11-minute walk from Camp John Hay, Kamiseta Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is located 2.1 km from Mines View Park. There is a restaurant.
The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Kamiseta Hotel provides some units that include mountain views, and each room includes a private bathroom and a wardrobe.
Staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide tips on the area.
Session Road is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Burnham Park is 2.7 km from the property.
Baguio location map
La Union is a seaside town located about 1hr bus trip west from Baguio. This place is extremely popular among the ‘hipsterish’ and ‘bohemian’ crowd from Manila as its considered the ‘surf capital’ of the Philippines. However, if you are a decent surfer don’t get too excited as most Filipinos think that 1ft swell is ‘dangerous conditions’ and it’s funny to watch all the guys and girls rent mini mals from the local surf shop, strap on a leg rope and then proceed to get pictures taken of themselves doing different poses with the board in the shoreline. So basically this is ‘kook’ central for surfing. There can be some ok swells here if the conditions are right but if you are coming here for the surfing better head to Baler on the east coast on Luzon or Siargao as they have bigger swells and much better breaks, plus you wont spend a lot of your time dodging kooks on mini mals.
La Union itself is a pretty happening little town as there’s heaps of bars and night clubs to party at due to the massive back packer contingency which has seemingly colonized this place. Don’t expect much in the way of girly bars but again there are plenty of normal girls here looking for a surfer guy to boast to about their friends back in Manila, yes that’s right if you can actually surf here you should find it pretty easy to pick up the local girls and the Filipino guys will think you are Kelly Slater or Mick Fanning which can be pretty fun.
Like most places WeChat and Tinder can be very very successful in La Union, alternatively if you have a regular girl we are 110% sure that she would jump at the chance to go to La Union with you so she can get those all important photos of her holding a surfboard and adopting the surf culture completely for life (or at least until she goes back to Manila, lol!).
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Best places to stay in La Union
Awesome Hotel San Juan is located in the world-class surfing destination of San Juan. It features an outdoor pool, available all-year-round and an on-site restaurant that serves local and western delicacies while offering vast views of the sea. Free WiFi is available throughout the property, just 41 km from Baguio.
Awesome Hotel San Juan is a 3-hour drive from Manila.
Each room is air conditioned, and is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms also include a seating area, with views of the sea, mountain or swimming pool. The private en suite bathrooms also come equipped with free toiletries and a hair dryer.
Facilities offered on the property include babysitting/child-minding services, laundry and daily maid services. Guests have 24-hour access to the front desk, where they can get assistance with luggage storage, tour and ticketing enquiry, as well as arrangement for airport shuttle.
EL Navi Surftown – Hostel/Restaurant/Coffee Shop is located in San Juan. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers an ATM. The property has a restaurant.
A à la carte breakfast is served daily at the property.
Baguio is 40 km from the hotel.
This property also has one of the best-rated locations in San Juan!
Boasting a garden and bar, as well as a restaurant, Aureo La Union is situated in San Fernando. This 3-star resort offers free WiFi. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests.
The units in the resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a bath, and selected rooms also boast a terrace. All rooms at Aureo La Union include air conditioning and a desk.
The accommodation offers a continental or buffet breakfast.
Aureo La Union offers an outdoor pool.
Baguio is 38 km from the resort.
Located in San Juan, Hostel de Catalina offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. This 2-star hostel offers a 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy sea views.
At the hostel, all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe. The private bathroom is equipped with a bath and free toiletries. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom.
The daily breakfast offers à la carte and Asian options.
Baguio is 40 km from Hostel de Catalina.
Set in San Juan, LaMaestraz Hostel (San Juan Surfing Area) offers free WiFi. All rooms come with a terrace.
The rooms include a private bathroom.
Baguio is 39 km from the hostel, while Pagudpud is 5 km away.
La Union location map
Seriously guys you have no reason to go down to Mindanao and we simply don’t recommend or encourage you to make the trip. There are so many other places to go that are so much safer than Mindanao. Ok Davao is a big city and it’s the safest place in Mindanao, however there’s still a lot of risks in Davao and if you just google for the news around Mindanao over the past 5years you will quickly understand why we stay away and advise you to do the same.
Mindanao location map
Ok guys, seriously if you are just in the Philippines for pay for play action at girly bars and you don’t want the time or hassle of trying to pick up normal girls then Palawan is not really the place for you. There is a small girly bar scene in Puerto Princessa and even smaller scene in El Nido, but overall you’re not going to find these places overly impressive compared to other areas in the Philippines.
That being said, Palawan is simply beautiful and if you have a regular girl or a girl you have barfined and would like to take to a tropical paradise then definitely add Palawan onto your agenda as it’s simply stunning in places.
The main places are the capital city of Puerto Princessa, El Nido and Coron, you don’t really need to worry about other places here as they can be quite remote and difficult to access. El Nido and Coron boast some spectacular
beaches and island spots that are pretty much the pick of all the tourism photos you might see about the Philippines. There are many high quality resorts to choose from and if romance is on your agenda then these are the type of resorts and places you’ll want to go to. Most Filipinas would jump at the chance to go with you to Palawan as it’s the new ‘hot spot’ in the Philippines.
If you are going alone or with a group and you want to see what the action is all about then below are the places you should check out.
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- Bavaria 54 is the most popular one. Located on Malvar Road near the airport.
- Phoenix KTV
- Tiki Restobar (not a girlybar but rather a nightclub with live music)
P80 is standard for beers and P250 for lady drinks, whilst barfines can go for between P3,000-P4,000.
Other than picking up some girls at the bars you will have a good chance to meet Filipinas and other foreign girls on either WeChat or Tinder as there’s plenty of tourist girls all over Palawan as it’s really becoming popular since the past few years of tourism advertising.
Again, your overall best bet to enjoy Palawan is to take a girl there with you as it’s not really set up for hunting and you’ll probably be able to enjoy more of the islands activities and scenic beauty if you take a girl with you i.e. not have to spend your days trying to find girls on dating apps or waiting until the few bars open at night.
If you are in Roxas or San Jose in Mindoro you can also get a ferry over to Coron rather than flying from Manila or Cebu.
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Top hotels in Puerto Princessa
Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa boasts a large outdoor pool and rooms, suites and villas with free WiFi. There is a fitness centre, 3 restaurants and on-site water sport facilities for guests to enjoy.
Each room, suite and villa has a flat-screen cable TV, safe, seating area and a private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries. Complimentary bottled water is available.
Tomato and Basil Cuisina Italiana specializes in Italian cuisine. Sala Lobby Lounge offers a selection of cocktails and other drinks. Local and international cuisine is served at Rice.
Guests are served a welcome drink upon arrival at the resort, which has its own tour desk. Free private parking is provided.
The resort offers free return airport transfers to Puerto Princesa International Airport, located just 2 km away. Honda Bay is 7 km away while Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is 78.5 km from the property.
Situated along the coastline,Club offers tranquil and accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property. It boasts a private beach area, an ionised, filtered outdoor pool and free parking space on site. Complimentary two-way airport transfer is provided.
All beach huts feature views of the sea and white sand right outside the rooms. The accommodation is equipped with air conditioning, custom memory-foam mattress, a personal safe, clothes rack and seating area. All private bathrooms include shower facility, hairdryer and free toiletries. Free bottled drinking water is provided in the rooms.
Guests at Blue Palawan Beach Club can request for massage services on site, or chill out at the sun loungers on the large pool terrace. Car rental, luggage storage, laundry/dry cleaning services and tour activities can also be arranged. Free use of the kayaks, local sail boats known as ‘paraw’, and stand up paddle boards are available.
The property houses a restaurant serving a mouthwatering selection of local and international dishes. Special diet meals can also be prepared upon request, while an array of drinks are offered at the bar.
Blue Palawan Beach Club is 3.3 km from the famous Honda Bay.International Airport is 6.4 km away, while Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is accessible within 74 km.
Located in Barangay Tagburos, Puerto Princesa City, Panja Resort Palawan features a welcoming outdoor pool and sun terrace which overlooks lush greenery and the islands of Honda Bay. The resort houses a restaurant, where guests can satisfy their palates with local and international cuisines served. Guests can also enjoy cocktails and the spectacular views on the rooftop bar. Free WiFi is available in the lobby and restaurant.
The nearest airport is Puerto Princesa Airport, 8.5 km from the property.
Decorated in neutral and beige colours, each room is air-conditioned. They offer a flat-screen TV for entertainment, while a kettle is available for convenience. Some units feature a seating area. En suite bathrooms are fitted with a shower, wash basin and toilet. Slippers and free toiletries are provided.
Situated in Puerto Princesa City, Costa Palawan Resort has a private beach area, water sports facilities and free WiFi. Offering a restaurant, the property also has free bikes and an outdoor swimming pool. Honda Bay is 3.9 km away.
All units in the resort are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bidet, while some units at Costa Palawan Resort also provide guests with a balcony. Guest rooms feature a seating area.
A continental, buffet or American breakfast is available every morning at the property.
You can play billiards at the accommodation, and car hire is available.
Speaking English, Filipino and Chinese at the 24-hour front desk, staff will be happy to provide guests with practical advice on the area.
Located in Puerto Princesa City, 4 km from Honda Bay, Southwind Palawan offers rooms with air conditioning. Among the various facilities of this property are an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. The property is 2.9 km from Balinsasayaw Restaurant – Rizal.
At the resort, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a TV and a private bathroom. Southwind Palawan features certain units with garden views, and the rooms include a terrace.
Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.
Staff at reception can assist around the clock with guidance on the area.
City Coliseum is a 17-minute walk from Southwind Palawan, while Mendoza Park is 3 km away.
Offering free WiFi access, Marianne Hotel is 1.3 km from Palawan Museum. It houses an outdoor pool, dining options and a billiards table.
The hotel is 7.5 km from Honda Bay. A free one-way airport shuttle service is provided from the Puerto Princesa Airport, located 2 km away.
Offering pool views, rooms offer a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a personal safe and an en suite bathroom with shower facilities and a spray bidet. Room service is provided.
Puerto Princessa location map
Top hotels in El Nido
Set in a cove bordered by thick forests, Lagen Island Resort is located in beautiful El Nido, Palawan. An on-site marine sports centre offers activities like diving, kayaking and windsurfing.
Guests can enjoy observing wildlife on the property or swimming with tropical fishes. Resort activities include hiking, snorkelling and mangrove or cave tours. The resort also has an outdoor pool, a spa and a library.
Feature antique wood floors and reclaimed wood furnishings, rooms come with a CD player and minibar. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open up to a private balcony overlooking the cove, bay or cliffs. Each room has a private bathroom with shower facilities and bath amenities.
The island is a sanctuary to a variety of birds and mammals. Guests can go hiking through Lagen Island’s forest trail, which leads to a view of one of the coves on the other side of the island.
Set amidst lush greenery, Cauayan Island Resort offers luxurious and peaceful accommodation in El Nido. The resort features an outdoor infinity pool, a well-equipped fitness centre and a restaurant on site.
Offering views of the beach and garden from the private balcony, villas are furnished with modern interiors, a clothes rack, a flat-screen TV and minibar. Some villas include a daybed to relax in after a busy day. Indoor and outdoor shower facilities are also available.
Guests can enjoy island-hopping or kayaking around the islands of El Nido. Diving activities at 15 different dive sites can be arranged at the Cauayan Diving Centre. Guests may also rejuvenate with a pampering massage at Cauayan Spa.
Local and international cuisines are served at Cauayan Restaurant. The Cauayan Pool Bar offers a fine selection of cocktails and finger food.
8 km from Big Lagoon El Nido, Bulskamp Inn is situated in El Nido and has a garden and a bar. Around 8 km from Small Lagoon El Nido, the property is also 13 km away from Matinloc Shrine and offers free WiFi. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk and luggage storage for guests.
At the inn, each room comes with a terrace. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower and free toiletries.
Bulskamp Inn offers a continental or American breakfast.
Small Lagoon is 8 km from the accommodation.
Country Inn El Nido is located in El Nido, 8 km from Big Lagoon El Nido and 9 km from Small Lagoon El Nido. The bed and breakfast has a terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Each room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Every room has a private bathroom equipped with a bidet.
You will find ticket service at the property.
A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, diving and hiking. Matinloc Shrine is 14 km from Country Inn El Nido.
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El Nido location map
Top hotels in Coron
Located along the Coron-Busanga Road, Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel offers accommodation with views of the sea, 5 km from Kayangan Lake. Guests can enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.
It is a 280 metre-walk to Coron Seaport. Coron Public Market is 2 km away, while Maquinit Hot Spring is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Busuanga Airport, 23.2 km from Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel.
Air-conditioned rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and DVD player, as well as an iPod docking station. Certain units have a seating area for your convenience. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries.
Set within the mountains in Coron, 600 m from Mount Tapyas and 2.2 km from Coron Town Proper, this 4-star resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour front desk, and a restaurant and bar. Free WiFi is available in all public areas of the property.
All rooms at Coron Soleil Garden Resort feature views of the swimming pool, a flat-screen TV with cable channel, and a minibar. Other in-room amenities include a desk, a safety deposit box, and a wardrobe. Some rooms come with a seating area and a kitchenette with a dining table and a microwave. The private bathroom has a shower facility, a bidet, and free toiletries. A hairdryer is also provided for your convenience.
The outdoor swimming pool provides a tropical setting for relaxation while guests can order their favorite drink at the bar. The gym is equipped with basic equipment while free scheduled activities are also available at the property like movie nights and live music performances. The spa offers massage treatments to help you relax after a day of activities in the resort.
Located in Coron within 4-minute walking distance from Coron Public Market and 15-minute walk from Mt Tapyas, The Bay Area Coron features a garden with seating area and free WiFi.
At The Bay Area Coron, each room comes with a seating area by the terrace. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.
A Continental and American breakfast options are available every morning at The Bay Area Coron.
Maquinit Hote Spring is 4.8 km from The Bay Area Coron while Kayangan Lake is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Franciso B Reyes Airport, 30-minute drive from the property.
La Natura Resort has an outdoor swimming pool and features rooms with a balcony offering views of the garden. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property.
The resort is just a 10-minute drive from Coron Town and the nearest public hospital. The famous Maquinit Hot Spring is a 20-minute drive, while Busuanga Airport is a 30-minute drive away.
The fan-cooled rooms are furnished with a wardrobe, flat-screen satellite TV and mosquito net. En suite bathrooms offer hot and cold shower facilities, along with free toiletries.
At La Natura Resort, guests can rent a motorbike to explore the area or request for massage services. Airport transfer, shuttle services, island hopping tours and dives can also be arranged at additional charges. Free private parking is available.
The in-house bar and restaurant serves local and traditional Italian cuisines.
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Coron location map
Siargao Island is located off the north-east coast of Mindanao and is a great place to go if you are into either Surfing or Fishing. The best and most consistent surf in the Philippines can be found around this island, whilst you can hire charter speed boats with all the proper gear to go deep sea fishing and catch some big Tuna or Marlin if you’re lucky.
There is not really much in the way of girly bars on Siargao as it’s pretty much set up for Philippine domestic tourism, as well as for some foreigners who want to go surfing or deep sea fishing. That being said if you go in the summer months around university holiday times then this place gets absolutely jam
packed with Filipina university students as it’s a much cheaper alternative to Boracay and doesn’t have the ‘reputation’ that Boracay has as an overpriced place for foreigners to party.
Again WeChat and Tinder are your best friends outside of just meeting girls on the beaches during the day, or at the bars and places with music at night. Like Palawan Siargao is a great place to take a girl, or to go for a guys weekend of surfing and deep sea fishing, that’s if you don’t mind there not being a girly bar scene at night, however we find that places like Siargao Island can be a great place to get away from the big cities if you live in Manila or Cebu and don’t really care if there’s no girly bar scene as that means it usually is a lot cleaner.
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Top hotels on Siargao Island
Located on the beautiful Siargao Island, Romantic Beach Villas boasts a large, infinity pool and a sun terrace facing the Pacific Ocean. It offers charming villas fitted with hardwood flooring and free Wi-Fi access.
Situated just steps from the best beach area of the island, guests enjoy easy access to world-famous diving, fishing and surfing spots around the island. The Romantic Villas also provides scuba diving, speed boat trips, wakeboarding, surfing, kayaking among other activities. Massage services and island hopping trips can also be arranged.
Villas are air-conditioned and feature private patios with outdoor seating areas. They are equipped with cable TV and come with either a bathtub or shower facilities.
Guest can enjoy local and international dishes at Mnam-Mnam Beach Restaurant or in the comfort of your room, on your private terrace. Just metres from the Beach Bar serves a selection of drinks, accompanied with views of the Pacific Ocean.
Located in a quiet area of General Luna, Sandy Feet Siargao offers resort-styled beachfront accommodations. Boasting a terrace and a private beach area, the property also offers units that are luxuriously furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
All rooms at Sandy Feet Siargao are air-conditioned and equipped with additional ceiling fans for added ventilation. Fitted with flat-screen cable TVs, the units also feature private bathrooms that boasts an outdoor shower, complimentary toiletries a hairdryer. The villas also include a fully-furnished kitchen that offers a microwave, coffee maker, induction stove and a dining table.
Activities such as paddle boarding, snorkeling, diving and island hopping are amongst the activities that guests are able to enjoy at Sandy Feet Siargao. Guests may also enjoy drinks and views of the sunset at the outdoor gazebo.
Set in General Luna, Asteria’s Backpackers Siargao features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.
Guest rooms in the hostel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. All rooms come with a shared bathroom with a bath. The rooms will provide guests with a fridge.
Set in San Isidro, Calypso Surf and Dive has a bar. The property features a restaurant.
An American breakfast is available daily at the property.
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Siargao Island location map
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