The capital of the Philippines, Manila’s tourism has been seeing quite a boom lately. And why not? The Filipino’s are one of the friendliest people on earth, getting around the city is easy as almost everyone speaks in English, and a ticket to the Philippines isn’t that costly after all.
Whether you’re in Manila for work or for pleasure, if you have a couple of days extra at hand and are looking to escape the city. Here are some wonderful destinations you can head to, just a road trip away.
Get close to nature and enjoy the cold weather in Baguio. From famed strawberry farms to butterfly sanctuaries, museums, Churches, factory tours and so much more – this town has a lot to offer. Take a mini-retreat and stay in between all this nature at The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay.
Distance from Manila: 4 ½ hour drive
Where to stay: The Forest Lodge at Camp John Hay
Baler has so much associated with the history of the Philippines. The town played a significant role in the Philippine Revolution against the Spaniards. So the next time you head to this town, make sure you visit the iconic Balete tree, Vicasarin Cove and some of the most beautiful natural waterfalls. Baler is also a surfing spot with milder waves – perfect for beginners. Our top tip? check in Costa Pacifica for the night before driving back to town.
Distance from Manila: 6-hour drive
Where to stay: Costa Pacifica Baler
Most people head to Palawan for their diving adventures, but if you can’t make it down south but are still itching to dive, then Batangas is the answer to your question. Anilao is also known as the diving spot in Luzon. After your learning escapades, make sure you reward yourself with a stay at Vivere Azure Resort before driving back to the main city.
Distance from Manila: 3- hour drive
Where to stay: Vivere Azure Resort
You must have heard of Clark when you were booking your tickets to Manila. The other international airport is located in this town, but that’s not all they have. Clark is also the flying base of the Philippines. The yearly Hot Air Balloon Festival is held here but if you didn’t make it in time for that, don’t worry. There are flying schools in Clark that will give you a crash course on flying airplanes! If flying is not your thing, then you can just enjoy a luxurious stay at Widus Hotel & Casino.
Distance from Manila: 1 ½ hour drive
Where to stay: Widus Hotel & Casino
5. La Union
La Union is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines and is a favourite amongst both locals and tourists. But surfing is not all that they have to offer - enjoy the art gallery, trek to tangadan falls, go bar crawling and feast your hearts out. Kahuna Beach Resort, a Balinese inspired resort will definitely make sure you’re well rested at the end of your day.
Distance from Manila: 5 hour drive
Where to stay: Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa
If you’re in Manila with your kids then a trip to Subic might just be a getaway that you need. Let them enjoy at the Zoobic Safari or Ocean Adventure where they can interact with animals. If you’re up for a little more adventure then you will definitely enjoy the inflatable island where you can jump, slide and more. Unwind at the end of the day at Segara Villas.
Distance from Manila: 3 ½ hour drive
Where to stay: Segara Villas
Distance from Manila: 2 hour drive
Where to stay: Taal Vista Hotel