The land of curry, beautiful chaos, and magnificent landscapes: India is definitely every traveller’s dream destination. The country is like a continent in itself — each region having its own beauty, charm, and colorful culture. However, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, especially if culture shock is not something you want to experience.
After two years of living and working in Manila, my sister finally decided to visit me and was keen to check out the outskirts of the city for a change. We packed our bikinis and a couple of summer outfits and left the city for the long weekend.
The choice of destination, Hundred Islands in Pangasinan. The Hundred Islands, which consists of 123 islands during high-tide (124 during low-tide) is one of the wonders of the Philippines and is believed to be over 2 million years old.
Aside from island hopping, Pangasinan is a great tourist destination where you can do a range of activities such as kayaking, spelunking, scuba diving, camping, snorkeling, hiking, parasailing and many more. It is a place with a rich history, great food, and warm people. The 123 islands are more than a hundred reasons to visit this place. It’s a must-visit place for locals and expats as it has a different charm of its own.
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Planning your first hiking trip in the Philippines can be quite daunting – you are stuck thinking about all the beautiful destinations you can visit and at the same time feel startled about the risks and uncertainties you may encounter throughout the trip.
The Philippines may not be the best place to be a naïve traveler and it is not advisable for a first timer to visit different provinces without researching or getting prior feedback from locals. Being aware of potential risks should not scare you off from enjoying the beautiful trails and mountains, but should help you be more alert and prepared when traveling.
Below are some tips which can help you prepare for your first trip, and hopefully this can help open doors to many longer treks and long lasting life experiences.