Travel Guide

 

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

Do remember to bring your passport/visa with you & keep it in a safe place, not in your suitcase. It may sometimes be needed when you check-in at hotels. You must check before leaving that your travel documents are in order. If they are not, you will have problems & may not be able to join the tour. Always leave a photocopy of your passport & visa at home in case of loss.

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CAMERA/VIDEO

Often times in Museums, picture / video taking is not allowed. Bring extra Memory Card just incase you run out of space.

 
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HEALTH

We respectfully suggest that older passenger/s and those suffering from pre-existing medical complaint should have a through check-up with their doctor prior to departure.

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PUNCTUALITY

Please follow departure time given by the Driver-Guide to avoid delays & make the others wait. When on walking tour please do not separate from the group unless advised by your guide.

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INSURANCE

It is vital that you take a TRAVEL INSURANCE policy to cover your stay away from home.

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VALUABLES

Do not leave jewelry, cameras, passports or any other valuable possessions unattended. You may use the safe deposit box provided by hotels usually free of charge.

money

MONEY

There are various ways to bring money while you are on holiday.
• LOCAL CURRENCY
• CREDIT CARDS
Most shops & restaurants accept VISA & MasterCard. Some also take American Express & Diners Club. You can pay with traveller’s checks with proper identification.

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CURRENCY 

The US DOLLARS are accepted almost everywhere but they should be in excellent, if not perfect condition (likewise, do not accept local currency notes that are in poor condition). 

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BAGGAGE

Passenger’s luggage is handled as carefully as possible, however, supplier does not assume liability or Accept claims for lost or damaged luggage due to theft, breakage through hotel or group carrier handling, nor are we responsible for items left in hotel rooms or on the bus. While on tour each passenger is allowed two 20 kilos  only& one (1) hand carry that is light.

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IN CASE OF LOST LUGGAGE

If upon arrival at the airport, your luggage fails to arrive or is found defective, kindly proceed to the airline representative (often located in the arrival hall before you go through customs) & report your loss. They will ask for your numbered baggage receipts given to you when you checked your luggage in for the flight. They will then start the search for your luggage & may award you some compensation to buy essential clothing until your luggage is found.

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CLOTHING

Two cardinal rules for travellers: Travel light & dress comfortably. Bring a coat / jacket or sweater. Bring a loafer, rubber shoes, or comfortable warm walking shoes as you will have lots of walking. Also bring a raincoat or umbrella as there are occasional rain showers.

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PORTERAGE

Only one (1) baggage is allowed per person at the hotel. For additional luggage please give tip to the porter/bellboy. Recommended tip is around 1 Euro per bag.

electricity

ELECTRICITY

It is best to bring International adaptor

hotel

HOTELS


Most of your hotels are traditional, old – style on which reflects the historical mood of the continent, and some are modern purpose – built hotels reminiscent of those in the ‘New World’.Please try NOT TO COMPARE Hotels with those of another continent, where different standards apply.CHECKING-IN/CHECKING-OUT – Check-in at the hotel will be done by the Tour Escort. Check-out will be done individually.Reminder/s when checking out:
1. Check that you have packed everything
2. Check that you left nothing in the hotel security box
3. Return your room key to the reception desk. Please do not leave your key inside the room.

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TIPPING

As you are in a private tour, it is recommended that you give tip for the Driver/Guides/Escorts.

drinks

DRINKS

In some countries tap water is drinkable but if you want to be safe, mineral water is recommendable. 

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TAX REFUND

Many countries offer the facility of a refund of purchase tax or value added tax to nationals of other countries. You must spend a minimum amount on purchases, and must be able to prove that you are a foreign national. Remember that the goods must be presented as you leave the country (don’t pack them in your suitcase). The refund is normally sent to your home address.

 

 

Bacuit Archipelago
This collection of tiny islands is picture postcard territory, with an abundance of dramatic limestone cliffs, crystal-clear lagoons and white sand beaches. Take a trip in a bangka (outrigger boat) and spend the day snorkelling and relaxing on the beach, with a seafood barbecue for lunch.

Boracay Island
This quintessential paradise island may have been heavily developed, but it’s still the country’s most popular tourist attraction. As you laze on the beach at sunset drinking a happy hour cocktail after a day diving, kite boarding or just doing nothing, it isn’t difficult to see the appeal.

Carcar town
In Carcar town, two hours south of Cebu City, are some of the country’s best-preserved Castillian houses, gardens and churches. The town is also known for its lechon (roast pig) and chicharon (crispy pork rind), so make a day of it and visit the public market for a meal.

Cordillera rice terraces
Breathtaking in their scale, the rice terraces in North Luzon were carved out around 2000 years ago by mountain tribes using only basic tools. The most convenient place to stay is the town of Banaue, from where it’s possible to hike to isolated villages such as Batad.

Diving in the Calamian Islands
Although they have great beauty above the surface, these islands north of Palawan draw visitors primarily for their stunning collection of diveable WWII wrecks. For wreck diving closer to Manila, try Subic Bay, while other prime spots for scuba include Apo Island, Malapascua, Padre Burgos, Anilao and Puerto Galera.

Explore colonial heritage at Vigan
The Second World War saw the destruction of many of the country’s old buildings, so the collection of Spanish-era merchants’ homes in UNESCO-listed Vigan is a rare delight. Some have been turned into museums, while others function as heritage hotels. Horse-drawn carriages (calesas) take tourists around this approachable city.

Game fishing in Santa Ana
It may be on the far northeastern stretch of Luzon’s coast, but from March to July Santa Ana draws locals and foreigners interested in game fishing. The Philippines’ warm waters are inhabited by some 2,400 fish species, including many game fish such as giant tuna, tanguingue, king mackerel, great barracuda, swordfish and marlin.

Manila
Explore old Manila and see the remains of the massive wall that protected Intramuros, the Spanish walled city. Highlights include San Agustin Church (which has a small museum), Casa Manila (a reconstruction of a wealthy family’s home) and the ruins of Fort Santiago.

Mount Apo
At 2954m (9,700ft), Mount Apo (‘Grandfather’) is the highest peak in the country and popular with experienced trekkers; it also has one of the longest ziplines in Asia on its southern slope. The whole Apo mountain range has spectacular waterfalls, rapids, forests, springs and mountain lakes.

Mountain scenery in Sagada
Visit this laidback mountain village for fresh air, beautiful scenery, cheap lodges and excellent food. There are caves to explore, waterfalls to swim beneath and trails to be hiked; or just relax and enjoy the scenery and slow pace of life.

Santa Cruz Island
Swim, surf, windsurf, snorkel or dive in the waters of Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of Zamboanga in Mindanao. It is famous for its sandy beach that turns pink when the corals from the sea are washed ashore.

Snorkel with whale sharks in Donsol
This quiet fishing village has been a magnet for tourists ever since whale sharks were ‘discovered’ off the coast – actually, the fishermen had known about them for years. A day spent snorkelling with the huge creatures (which can grow to the size of a bus), is an unmissable experience.

Surf in Siargao
Some of the best waves in the country can be found around this tiny island off the north coast of Mindanao – on a good day, particularly from August to November, the Cloud Nine break is spectacular. The laidback resorts only really come to life during the annual surfing contest in September/October.

Watersports
Strap yourself onto a board and be pulled around a lake at 30kph (18mph), at Camsur Watersports Complex, one of the world’s top wakeboarding facilities. The complex has a swimming lagoon, skate park and other sports facilities, plus a range of accommodation and a good restaurant.

World’s smallest monkey in Bohol
See the world’s smallest monkey, the tarsier, on Bohol Island, also home to fascinating natural wonders that include hundreds of limestone hills resembling oversized chocolate drops, nicknamed the ‘Chocolate Hills’. Also visit the Baclayon Church, which dates back to 1595.

 

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