5 Day Itinerary to the New Thailand of Asia

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Studded with a plethora of tiny islands, Philippines has lately come to be known as the ‘New Thailand of Asia’ owing to its stunning beaches, gorgeous landscape, sprawling lagoons, lush green cliffs and a vibrant and flourishing coral laden marine life. Boasting of a plethora of activities to offer to its tourists in all areas including nature, wildlife, adventure sports and nightlife etc., and blessed with a rich culture, the destination is turning out to be a favourite among the holiday goers and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. Here’s an itinerary if you want to cover the archipelago in a duration of 5 days and 4 nights.

Day 1:

Arrive at the capital of Philippines- Manila. Relax at the hotel, have lunch and explore the locals markets and walk down the lanes. In the evening, walk down the picturesque Manila Baywalk, watch and enjoy the buskers and street performers. Have a meal at the seaside restaurants and retire to your room. 

Manila Baywalk

Day 2:

Wake up fresh and opt for a day tour of the city in the jeepneys- which are synonymous to the Filipino culture. Some of the most popular places to visit in Manila include Rizal Park, Fort Santiago, Intramuros, National Museum, Manila Ocean Park, Casa Manila, Chinese Cemetery, Dampa Seaside etc.


Day 3:

Arrive in Cebu via flight. Have a hearty breakfast and relax in the hotel. At midday, you can venture out to the popular sightseeing spots in the city which include Casa Gorordo, Jesuit House, Magellan’s Cross and Fort San Pedro- which is the smallest and the oldest fort in the Philippines.

Jesuit House, Cebu

Day 4:

Start your day by going to the popular Taoist Cebu Temple which is situated a little farther away from the city on a little elevated and comparatively cooler area. You can also visit Sirao Flower Farm, Tops Lookout and Temple of Leah, which are popular attractions in the vicinity.

View from Tops Lookout Cebu

Day 5:

On your last day, visit the popular Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu which has the child image of Jesus Christ. Later, you can have lunch and shop at the Ayala centre which is the largest shopping mall in the country. From here you can depart to the airport.

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