The Philippines is moving on up on the places to visit in Southeast Asia, but trust me, it’s not there yet. It’s still a bit under the radar compared to its neighbors. Fortunately, this means it’s a great time to visit. The Philippines is definitely on my favorites list, and on my repeat list. I spent a month here and it wasn’t nearly enough, I think a year wouldn’t be enough! But a two-week itinerary for the Philippines is better than no weeks!
I know most have short holidays, so if you’re planning on coming here for a couple of weeks and don’t want to be spending it on busses, boats, and planes the entire time, try focusing on these two areas.
I would spend one week at each. It gives you a good look at the mountain life and island life.
Both have different feels, and it would be cool to see both sides of the country with your limited time. Here’s what I think a good two-week itinerary for the Philippines would be like…
This is one of the most popular islands in the archipelago, and for good reason. It just so happens to be one of the most beautiful islands on earth! When you visit Palawan, you might want to remain here for your entire holiday, but if you want to see its highlights…
The Subterranean River: This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the new Seven Wonders of Nature. A magnificent cave is carved into the ancient limestone forming a huge underground waterway that runs for 24 kilometers. You can take a boat tour through the water here and admire some of the cave structures.
Honda Bay: A beautiful day, set on the sea, popping around to a few different islands for a spectacular look at some pieces of paradise would sound like a lovely day to anyone. Starfish Island was the highlight in my opinion with starfish covering the floor. Tropical fish whizzing by and clear blue water for miles makes this spot a wonderful choice for a day trip
Here’s my experience and more information on both of these destinations.
El Nido: The best for last! El Nido is a tropical slice of heaven. The scenery here is unprecedented and the islands are simply incredible. The water is every shade of blue you can think of, clear, teeming with marine life, and the surrounding areas are studded with majestic limestone rocks jetting out of the water all around you.
Oops! I spent a whole week just in El Nido! Here’s more on that trip.
North Luzon – Cordillera Region
Get ready for a bit of cold weather, and a very different feel than Palawan, up in North Luzon. This will be a good way to switch up the vibes on your two-week itinerary for the Philippines.
Banaue: This is a charming town that is simply gorgeous. You are surrounded by lush greenery and the rice terraces are already in view the moment you arrive. The people are sweet, and it’s a great spot to chill for a night or two. It’s a sleepy town, so don’t expect much at night. The viewpoints are certainly worth a look at.
Batad: This is where the UNESCO World Heritage rice terraces are located that the Ifugao have kept alive for centuries far before colonial times. The terraces are a legacy that have been passed down as a way of farming rice and it’s still used today. It, of course, also makes for an incredible view. They are truly breathtaking, and getting to wander around them is humbling. Meander the skinny pathways through the terraces and make your way to Tappiya Waterfall in the middle of the area. Take an invigorating dip in the water in preparation for your long hike back.
Here is what I did and more information on this beautiful region.
Sagada: A super chill and laid back town, this is a place where you can get lost for a while. The weather is still cool, the town is adorable, and the scenery is beautiful. There are waterfalls to explore, mountains to hike, and viewpoints to enjoy. The famous hanging coffins are here on display, a creepy, yet intriguing site to see after a brief walk through a forested valley. The cave system is spectacular as well, and adventuring through the long cave connection with a guide is totally worth it. You will be climbing through rock holes, swimming in cave lakes, and making your way through stalactites and stalagmites as you are guided with only a gas lamp in your guide’s hand.
My time here was blissful and I wish I could have stayed longer. Here’s more information on Sagada.
Transport info: To maximize your time, you’ll need to take a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa and then back again. More information regarding transport can be found in the links mentioned above.
Honestly, with over 7,000 islands, it’s hard to go wrong. But if I had to recommend a two-week itinerary for the Philippines, this would be it! It’s giving you a taste of two sides of the Philippines, and again, you won’t be rushing around like a maniac. If you’re looking to splash out a bit more and want to party, Boracay is the hot spot in the Philippines for that.
I seriously fell in love with the country. I want to go back, it’s #1 on my repeat list, and I can’t wait! This isn’t all I saw here though! I explored Bohol and went off grid on Panglao, I hunted for witches on Siquijor, I danced my ass off at the Neverland EDM concert in Manila, and I nearly got deported. I’ve hooked you up with some tips on the Philippines too. Sooo…Have you booked flight yet? You probably should.
What do you think of this two-week itinerary for the Philippines?
Pin this if you love me!