Dreaming of traveling outside the country but feel that you’re not ready yet? Whether it’s the lack of finances or your busy schedule that’s stopping you, don’t fret, think of it as another reason to explore our country more.
For the meantime, you can check these places I’ve mentioned below to get a glimpse of the what you can see abroad. However, this list contains only the places I’ve been to. I may have to update it in the future when I have other adventures. Wondering what I’m talking about? Well, scroll down to see.
The Chinese have long been in the Philippines, and their influence can be seen in various places in the Philippines that resemble China.
First in the list is Chinatown in Binondo, perfect for finding lucky charms and of course, for that awesome foodtrip.
“Purportedly the world’s oldest Chinatown, the 420–year old Binondo established by the Spaniards in 1594 is known for its trade and commerce, historical significance and culinary scene.” (Entrepreneur Philippines, February 2016)
I personally enjoyed the xiao long bao at Chuan Kee and the different flavors of hopia at Eng Bee Tin, located at the threshold of Ongpin Street, near the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz/ Binondo Church. There are also lots of fruit stalls. You’ll never go hungry in Binondo.
For those outside Manila, there’s the Bell Church in Baguio that you may include in your itinerary. Aside from the Church, you can see dragon and lion structures, beautifully landscaped garden, walls painted with Chinese characters and a lotus pond at the front of the church.
For those in the Visayas, check out the Taoist temple located in Beverly Hills, Cebu.
In Mindanao, there’s the Lon Wa Temple in Davao, which I wrote about it here
Thailand is a close neighbor but the Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Tarlac has even made it closer with its Thai-inspired theme. They serve Filipino food, though.
🇮🇹 Venice, ITALY
Who loves pizza, pasta and gelato? 🙋🏻 I do! Signore e signori, benvenuti a Venezia in Venice Piazza! The sights, the food, the music and the gondola rides in the Venice Grand Canal Mall in Mckinley Hill, Taguig City will really make you feel like you’re in Venice, Italy.
🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Speaking of canals, let’s go to a place most famous for it: Amsterdam. However, what the Sirao Flower Garden in Cebu imitated were not the canals, but flowers, windmills, bicycles.
🇮🇹 Rome, ITALY
Bring the pages of your favorite myths of gods and goddesses to life when you visit Temple of Leah in Cebu. This temple was built by Mr. Adarna in honor of his wife. This visit will be one for the books!
There are still lots of places in the Philippines worth exploring! To save on accommodations, click my Airbnb link below and get a discount on your first trip. Truly, #itsmorefuninthephilippines! Did you find this article helpful? Let me know your thoughts and if you have suggestions on other places to visit. Feel free to share in the comment box below! Happy trip! ✈️🚘