After over 10 trips to amazing Thailand i was just looking for an alternative. With budget of around 1 lac Philippines made it to the top of list because of white sand beaches,blue waters,secret lagoons,thrilling activities,cliff jumps & amzing nightlife. This trip turned out to be the most amazing solo trip of my life. Unlike my previous solo trip to Japan this trip turned out to be a life changing one. In fact within 2 months i will be back to Philippines to explore other islands which are yet to be ruined by overtourism.
It's not just the place but the people. They are so friendly and kind of impression they left on me was amazing. Sometime i became so emotional with the place & the people it left tears in my eyes. There are just no words to express my feelings.
Philippines consists of over 7000 island so you might spend years but still wont be able to explore 50% of them. So here is my itinerary & cost. There were so many amazing things which happened during this trip that it would be difficult to cover them in this blog. It's also sad that it does not allow uploading videos. You can not get feel of many of these things unless you see the videos.
Day 1 & 2 : Bangalore to puerto princesa (Palwan)
Flight to Manila was via Kulalampur. I took 11:40PM flight to Kualalmapur from Bangalore. With 2 hours of layover decided to spend some time in the lounge. I really needed some sleep for next journey of my flight so choose to have Beer instead of coffee early morning. Yes i tend to drink alot when i go on vacations. Reached Manila around 11.30AM. It took hardly 10 mins to clear immigration. I had kept 5 hours layover for any unexpected delay for the domestic flight from Manila to puerto princesa which is a gateway to El nido since flying directly to El Nido was very expensive. After spending some time and buying local sim card took free shuttle to domestic teminal 3 for my next flight.
Finally reached Puerto Princesa by 7PM. Once you exit the airport ( 5 mins walk toward left) you will find many tricylces ready to take you to city centre for 50 pesos. After getting fresh and having couple of red horse (strongest beer in philippines) headed out to this amazing restaurant KA Joel's for dinner with other traveler from UK whom i had met in flight.