White Sand Beaches in Boracay

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Boracay, AklanBut of course… I understand that this can be a big ‘leap’, so if you are not ready or if you don’t have enough resources yet to start a traveling lifestyle like I do, it’s definitely alright! Besides, did you know that just by traveling around the Philippines, it can already make you feel that you are traveling to foreign countries?

Yes, it can! In fact, below are some of the 10 great and famous destinations abroad that you can actually somehow find within the Philippines!

Truly, there won’t really be the need for your to travel too far because we might just have it all!

NOTE: This is inspired by a video that I saw on my Facebook feed that has been going viral lately, see here. Also, this is NOT an article that wishes to focus about comparisons or imitations. I absolutely know that the Philippines has its own charm. I just actually wrote this post with the simple aim of demonstrating that the country can be VISUALLY diverse and this is not only due to the influences of other cultures or countries, but also mostly due to the incredible terrains and landscapes that the Philippines naturally has.

Samal, Davao + Siargao, Surigao Del Norte.

EQUIVALENT: Boracay, Samal, Siargao (and more)!

White sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and breathtaking islands are NOT only found in the Bahamas! With over 7, 107 islands, it’s undoubtedly easy to find a beach in the Philippines that will have the same (or better) qualities.

Truth be told, we actually have a lot of beaches that are voted as one of the ‘best in the world’! Other than the three places above, you can find more of these pristine shores in Batanes, Bohol, Cebu, Caramoan, Palawan, Zamboanga, Zambales and more!

Fortune Island Resort, Batangas.

EQUIVALENT: Batangas or Marinduque!

TRIVIA: It used to be a luxurious island resort, but today, it is an abandoned island that still holds a beauty of its own. One of the highlights in this place that is mainly visited by tourists is the structure at a top of a cliff that is an imitation of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece (as seen in the photo above).

If you rather want a piece of Santorini without spending a lot of money for an overseas flight, just head on over to the Bellarocca Resorts in Marinduque! It may not be the original but it can easily transport you to with its inspired white-washed buildings and rolling terrains!

Greece = Bellarocca Resort, Marinduque.

EQUIVALENT: Cebu or Binondo!

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The Taoist Temple in Cebu was built in 1972 by the town’s Chinese community. As a center of worship for Taoism, it has a chapel, a wishing well, and a library. (It even has a souvenir shop.) Another notable thing here other than the well-designed façade is the entrance to the temple which is like a replica of the Great Wall of China!

Otherwise, if you want to get a fuller experience of the Chinese community, go to Binondo in Manila. Established in 1594, this is the oldest Chinatown in the world! Do some shopping here, have a food trip with friends, or time your visit and join the celebration during Chinese New Year!

TRIVIA: This project is the 1st wind farm in the Philippines and considered to be the biggest in Southeast Asia!

Taoist Temple. Cebu Binondo, Manila Bangui Wind Farm, Ilocos Norte City of Dreams
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