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16 April 2012

Lonely Planet picks top 15 sites to visit in the Philippines

Beautiful and calm and enchanting Siquijor

I wonder why Lonely Planet has not made Bohol to the 15 spots to visit in the Philippines. Maybe because Bohol has become too crowded? Of the 15 sites, I have only visited six of them: Siquijor, Malapascua Island, Camiguin, Manila, Dumaguete and Mt. Kanlaon. Why not visit them too this summer.

Here are the list of the top 15:

1 Siquijor
  • Spooky island province of mysterious traditional healers, charming beaches and spellbinding sunsets

  • 2 Banaue & the Rice Terraces

    Trek til you drop in the 'eight wonder of the world'

  • 3 Malapascua Island

    Explore waters teeming with thresher sharks and manta rays from this miniature island paradise

  • 4 Sagada

    Cradle of cool, deep in the heart of the wild and woolly Cordillera Mountains

  • 5 Boracay

    The pearl of the archipelago allures by day, energises by night

  • 6 Donsol

    Snorkellers' wonderland for up-close-and-personal whale-shark encounters

  • 7 Camiguin

    This volcanic island is a playground for outdoor adventurers

  • 8 Manila

    An explosive megacity, with action and possibility around every corner

  • 9 Dumaguete

    The urbane, funky-town gateway to the natural attractions of Negros Oriental

  • 10 Corregidor

    Breathtaking views, bloody WWII history, and a perfect excuse to escape the city

  • 11 Mt Kanlaon

    Camp at the volcanic crater amid some of the rarest flora and fauna in the world

  • 12 Subic Bay

    This former military town is transforming itself into the country's headquarters of extreme sports

  • 13 North Pandan Island

    Low-key, low-impact island stay, alongside seagrass gardens and resident turtles

  • 14 San Juan

    Cheap lessons and steady waves draw wannabe and veteran surfers alike

  • 15 Bacuit Archipelago

    A water wonderland of jagged limestone cliffs, secret coves and hidden beaches

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