Philippines among National Geographic’s Top New Travel Destinations


The National Geographic has named the Republic of the Philippines (RP) as one of the “25 Best New Trips for 2010” in the world on its November Adventure Travel Issue.

“Its ancient cultures, structures and biodiversity” are the key reasons to visit the country as cited by the Washington DC-based magazine and described the Philippines as “harboring as many islands as the Caribbean and some of the most spectacular reefs on the planet.”

Other countries that are included on the list for the 25 best new travel destinations in the world for 2010 are; Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Canada – B.C., Canada – Manitoba, Chile + Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Iceland, Ireland, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Montserrat, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania + Kenya, Tonga, U.S. – California, U.S. – Colorado and U.S. – Idaho + Montana.

The National Geographic directed this list for the “travelers who want their dollars to do more – for others, for the planet, for themselves” and described the countries as “all of them just right for right now.”

The Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Willy Gaa, said the inclusion of the Philippines in the list shows the global community is “taking note of the natural and cultural wonders in the country as well as the efforts to protect and preserve them.”

An American company, Wilderness Travel is organizing a trip to the Philippines in May next year which will “lead clients high into the 4,000 foot Cordillera Central then deep into the world’s most biodiverse marine environment” according to the article.

The travel firm is a “company of and for travelers.” Their group members are travelers that “come from all over the world and from all walks of life” such as “naturalists, authors, ecologists, archaeologists, art historians, teachers, and mountaineers.”

The Wilderness Travel’s 12-day Philippine trip costs $3,300 (around Php150,000+).

The travel firm’s website, www.wildernesstravel.com, describes the Philippines “as a country which boasts breathtaking hikes among ancient rice terraces and scenic mountain landscapes, cultural encounters with Ifugao people and world-class snorkeling in the ‘Coral Triangle’.”

They also said that the “Philippine journey explores the emerald world of the Ifugao hill tribe people – steeped in ancient tradition – who have transformed the precipitous mountainsides of their homeland into steeply contoured rice terraces, complete with ingenious irrigation systems dating back 2,000 years.”

They added that “the trip then takes travelers to Cabilao island in the Visayas to view stunning coral reefs that are part of the famed ‘Coral Triangle’, the world’s greatest concentration of marine biodiversity.”

The Embassy of the Philippines has been working with the National Geographic in “raising awareness on the importance of sustainable development and ecological protection,” according to them.

photo credit: national geographic

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5 Comments on “Philippines among National Geographic’s Top New Travel Destinations”

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  1. e- Philippines Adventure Travel says:

    It comes as no surprise to see this announcement being made. Philippines has so much to offer in terms of natural biodiversity, adventure activities and value for money.

    Hopefully, this would be the start of something great for Philippine tourism.

    1. beepinoy says:

      Yes, that’s right! That’s why all of us should help each other in taking care of our environment.

  2. Robbie Krumroy says:

    Have just returned from a great vacation to Bangkok, stayed at Sunset Paradise in the northwest part which is less busy than south-central areas, superior resort and great beaches near Bangkok like at Koh Larn. We rented a jeep for only 250 baht per day and would drive around the general area. So many marvelous places to dine, our preferred restaurant was Sweet n Spicy which had the most remarkable view over the beach, the staff was quite nice and the food so delicious, we would go for sunset drinks. My wife and I had a brilliant time in Bangkok City and will be back for Christmas.

    1. beepinoy says:

      Great thing that you and your wife enjoyed your stay at Bangkok.

      You can also visit the Philippines! 😀

  3. Siem reap says:

    Just keep your eyes and mind open. Obtain out about the destination you’re in. Speak to the people today who live there. Take the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone.

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