57 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

57 days in Asia & South Pacific Itinerary

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Luang Prabang, Laos
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Singapore, Singapore
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Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Denpasar, Indonesia
— 7 nights
Fly to Boracay, Ferry to Boracay
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Boracay, Philippines
— 6 nights
Ferry to Caticlan, Fly to Tokyo
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Tokyo, Japan
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar — 2 nights

Garden City of the East

Although Myanmar moved its capital to Naypyidaw in 2005, Yangon remains the largest city and commercial hub in the country.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at dacco.myanmar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sule Pagoda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shwedagon Pagoda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chaukhtatgyi Buddha. Keep things going the next day: trek along Green Season Travel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Botahtaung Pagoda, and then hunt for treasures at Bogyoke Aung San Market.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yangon (Rangoon) day trip planner.

London, UK to Yangon (Rangoon) is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6.5 hours traveling from London to Yangon (Rangoon). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Bangkok.
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Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Tours
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Find places to stay Jun 9 — 11:

Bangkok, Thailand — 5 nights

City of Angels

Enjoy cultural, historical, and culinary exploration during your holiday in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and the most populous city in the country.
Explore Bangkok's surroundings by going to Ayutthaya (Wat Maha That & Wat Ratchaburana (Temple of the Royal Restoration)). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of The Grand Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Pho, admire the striking features of Jim Thompson House, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bangkok trip maker.

Getting from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Yangon (Rangoon) to Bangkok. In June in Bangkok, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Chiang Mai.
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Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 16:

Chiang Mai, Thailand — 3 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Step out of Chiang Mai to go to Mae Rim and see Maerim Elephant Sanctuary, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Phra Singh, and stroll through Kanta Elephant Sanctuary.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chiang Mai trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Luang Prabang.
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Find places to stay Jun 16 — 19:

Luang Prabang, Laos — 3 nights

Designated a World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang sits at the meeting point of two rivers and offers numerous opportunities for sailing, climbing, and exploring scenic caves and waterfalls.
Luang Prabang is known for nature, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the sheer force of Kuang Si Waterfall, get a taste of life in the country at Laos Buffalo Dairy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, and look for all kinds of wild species at MandaLao Elephant Conservation.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Luang Prabang trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hanoi.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Hanoi, Vietnam — 4 nights

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi has bounded back from the effects of war, and today serves as a bustling commercial and cultural hub bursting at the seams.
On the 25th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, contemplate the long history of Hoa Lo Prison, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Hanoi vacation builder site.

Getting from Luang Prabang to Hanoi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Siem Reap.
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Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

Siem Reap, Cambodia — 4 nights

Temple Town

Once a small village in northwest Cambodia, Siem Reap now serves as a gateway to the Angkor region's World Heritage-listed temple and other attractions.
Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Angkor Wat, contemplate the long history of Angkor Thom, take in the spiritual surroundings of Banteay Srei, and don't miss a visit to Pub Street.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Siem Reap tour planner.

You can fly from Hanoi to Siem Reap in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In June, daytime highs in Siem Reap are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Phnom Penh.
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Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — 1 night

Charming City

On the confluence of two major rivers, Phnom Penh occupies a scenic location largely responsible for its nickname the "Charming City." On a trip to Phnom Penh you'll discover one of Asia's most dynamic cities, where the natives live much of their lives outdoors, on the streets, and in the bustling markets filled with scents of spicy foods.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Choeung Ek Genocidal Center, get engrossed in the history at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and then step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Phnom Penh trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. June in Phnom Penh sees daily highs of 40°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ho Chi Minh City.
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Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 1:

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — 3 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
On the 3rd (Mon), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, get a sense of history and politics at Central Post Office, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ho Chi Minh City day trip planner.

You can drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daily temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kuala Lumpur.
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — 3 nights

Garden City of Lights

A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Kuala Lumpur is known for sightseeing, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Petronas Twin Towers, enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur, walk around KLCC Park, and browse the different shops at Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Kuala Lumpur is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Singapore.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Singapore, Singapore — 7 nights

Lion City

A Singapore vacation reveals the many charms of a leading city-state and regional hub of culture, retail, and tourism.
Singapore is known for parks, sightseeing, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Gardens by the Bay, walk around Singapore Botanic Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and wander the streets of Chinatown.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Singapore vacation planner.

Getting from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Singapore sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Port Moresby.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 14:

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — 2 nights

In contrast to the surrounding wilderness, national capital Port Moresby offers some impressive cultural attractions and a decent array of amenities.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Vision City Mega Mall, then stroll the grounds of Bomana War Cemetery, and then kick back and relax at Ela Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at National Parliament House and then get to know the resident critters at Port Moresby Nature Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Port Moresby online visit planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Singapore to Port Moresby. Traveling from Singapore to Port Moresby, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in July: highs in Port Moresby hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Denpasar.
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Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Denpasar, Indonesia — 7 nights

A trip to Denpasar takes visitors to the capital of Bali and the gateway to the island.
Get out of town with these interesting Denpasar side-trips: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban) and Ubud (Saraswati Temple & Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary). On the 22nd (Sat), spend a relaxing day on the river with a rafting and tubing tour. The adventure continues: make a splash at Waterbom Bali, surround yourself with nature on Gede Private Bali Driver, explore the galleries of Nyaman Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mason Elephant Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Denpasar trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Moresby to Denpasar. Traveling from Port Moresby to Denpasar, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Denpasar sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel to Boracay.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 23:

Boracay, Philippines — 6 nights

All of 7 km (4.3 mi) long, the island of Boracay remains an idyllic destination drawing beach-goers from around the world.
Boracay is known for beaches, sightseeing, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at 1Boracay, head off the coast to Boracay, get interesting insight from Tours, and stroll through Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Boracay trip builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Denpasar to Boracay takes 11 hours. In July, daytime highs in Boracay are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll set off for Tokyo on the 29th (Sat).
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Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 29:

Tokyo, Japan — 6 nights

Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get out of town with these interesting Tokyo side-trips: Sankeien Gardens (in Yokohama), Kamakura (Meigetsuin (Hydrangea Temple), Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, &more) and Tokyo DisneySea (in Maihama). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tokyo Sea Life Park, get your game on at Owl Cafe Akiba Fukurou, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Waho-An NATURE Tokyo.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Boracay to Tokyo in 10.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boracay to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In July in Tokyo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 4:

Myanmar travel guide

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Golden Land
Closed to Western travelers for most of the 20th century, Myanmar draws an increasing number of visitors with its gilded pagodas and elaborately decorated temples. Visitors looking for sun and sand opt to vacation on Myanmar's many isolated beaches, ideal for escaping the modern world and kicking back with a drink and a book. In the cities, savvy shoppers easily find bargains on high-quality textiles, antiques, traditional tapestries, and precious stones. A well-rounded Myanmar itinerary also includes a few leisurely activities, like drinking tea at a cozy teahouse, enjoying a hearty meal at a family-run eatery, and pausing to contemplate at a centuries-old Buddhist shrine.
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Thailand travel guide

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Land of Smiles
Offering a rich culinary heritage, sun-kissed beaches, exotic culture, tropical climate, and stunning landscapes, a Thailand vacation remains one of the world's greatest magnets for curious travelers. In between the busy and crowded cities, the Asian nation features a quiet countryside: a blend of lush rice paddies, flourishing tropical forests, and tiny villages living according to an age-old agricultural clock that continues to play a major role in the locals' lifestyle. A tour of Thailand reveals a deep devotion to Buddhism, exemplified by eye-catching temples lavishly decorated with golden Buddha statues, simple shrines, and lively religious festivals celebrated throughout the country.
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Laos travel guide

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Waterfalls · Landmarks · Mountains
Long overlooked by travelers due to its reputation as one of the world's poorest nations, Laos is drawing a growing number of visitors with its laid-back charm, natural beauty, and numerous archaeological sites and historic temples. Many visitors make the trip to Laos from nearby Thailand, combining the two neighboring countries into one memorable experience of Southeast Asia. Others focus their Laos vacation on the Mekong River, which serves as a major source of irrigation for local farms and represents a popular alternative for sightseeing by car. On top of the rich cultural heritage and impressive natural landscapes, its major treasure remains its people--friendly and devout Buddhists welcoming visitors with a genuine hospitality rarely felt in other parts of the world.
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Vietnam travel guide

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Gift & Specialty Shops · Spas · Landmarks
While most Southeast Asian countries have at least one booming metropolis, none seem to bustle nearly throughout like Vietnam does. While busy locals zoom about on motorbikes, visitors fill their Vietnam vacations with a mix of cultural sightseeing and exploring the landscape. Big cities and towns boast colonial architecture, open-air markets, outstanding spa complexes, and modern restaurants. The country also features over 3,200 km (2,000 mi) of coastline dotted with sandy bays that attract scuba divers and kitesurfers. Away from busy urban centers, a tour of Vietnam reveals a rural landscape of lush rice paddies, jagged mountain peaks, and timeless villages unspoiled by the outside world.
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Cambodia travel guide

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Ruins · Historic Sites · Spas
For over six centuries, the mighty Khmer Empire flourished in Cambodia, a scenic land of majestic temples, pristine waterfalls, and dense jungles. A protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953, the country suffered under the Khmer Rouge, a ruling party remembered mostly for its part in organizing the bloody Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. Today, a trip to Cambodia will reveal the region's troubled history, but also some of Southeast Asia's most significant archaeological sites. Few tourist attractions in Cambodia match the splendor of Angkor Wat, a World Heritage-listed temple complex that represents the biggest religious monument on the planet.
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Malaysia travel guide

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An unusual blend of a developing nation and the modern world, Malaysia ranks as one of the richest countries in Southeast Asia, its prosperity largely resting on thriving high-tech industries. Malaysia vacations remain a more affordable alternative to the expensive tourism in some neighboring countries. Take a trip to Malaysia to explore busy cities filled with colonial-era architecture, tranquil tea plantations supporting a large portion of the local population, and dozens of scattered islands happily evading the worst aspects of mass tourism. While there may be fewer visitors, there's no shortage of fine beaches, mangrove estuaries, and verdant rainforests filled with exotic wildlife.
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Papua New Guinea travel guide

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Zoos · Cemeteries · Hiking Trails
Occupying the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands, Papua New Guinea represents an immense cultural and biological diversity. Densely carpeted in lush rainforest, the largely mountainous interior includes several active volcanoes. Because of this rugged landscape, Papua New Guinea remains one of the planet's least explored areas, thought to harbor as-yet undiscovered species. Remote mountain ranges nurture unique plant and animal life found nowhere else in the world, while the wildly fluctuating topography creates large differences in climate that further diversify the ecosystems. The people of Papua New Guinea are equally varied and distinct, with hundreds of tribes and communities--the vast majority of which are rural--and approximately 850 different languages. Don't expect much of a tourism infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (or infrastructure of any kind), but do expect any challenges to be richly rewarded by a real adventure unlike any other, in an untamed wilderness, untouched by commercialization.
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Indonesia travel guide

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Emerald of the Equator
Boasting over 18,000 islands, Indonesia represents the world's largest archipelago, serving as home to about 250 million people. A kaleidoscope of cultures, the country encompasses some 300 ethnic groups and nearly 750 different languages and dialects--an astounding cultural diversity that makes an Indonesia holiday especially rewarding. Begin your Indonesia tour by discovering the country's big cities, huge melting pots bursting with energy and soaked in centuries of dramatic history. From there, head farther afield: the nation's varied landscapes of volcanoes, white-sand beaches, and sprawling tropical forests draw adrenaline junkies seeking an exotic land offering perhaps the world's last truly great outdoor adventures.
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Philippines travel guide

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Beaches · Scuba & Snorkeling · Bodies of Water
Pearl of the Orient Seas
Encompassing over 7,600 islands, the Philippines offer plenty of vacation ideas for active travelers. Though the island chain's location leaves it vulnerable to typhoons and earthquakes, it also endows it with plenty of natural resources and biodiversity. For most visitors, a Philippines holiday includes outdoor adventures like kitesurfing, mountain trekking, spelunking, and volcano hiking. Those with a taste for something more relaxing can build a Philippines itinerary around beaches, local fiestas, and the island cuisine, which blends influences from around the world and serves up dishes at once sour, salty, and sweet.
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