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9 International Places You Can Find in the Philippines

by Maia Marquez

Why travel far when we have it all right here?

The notion of globetrotting is always enticing, but it comes with the price of long-haul flights and stressful visa applications.

Save yourself the hassle by visiting these local gems that's just a road trip or a quick flight away!

1. Chawa Viewdeck, Batanes

International Version: Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher in Batanes’ very own Chawa Viewdeck, overlooks clear waters and dreamy blue skies. Nothing spells out serenity quite like this.

Chawa Viewdeck, Batanes

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

2. White Beach, Boracay

International Version: Ibiza, Spain

If all-day partying in beach clubs is your kind of a getaway, know that Boracay’s White Beach can welcome you on their guest lists too.

Boracay, Aklan

Ibiza, Spain

3. Coron, Palawan

International Version: Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The limestone cliffs and isles in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam are highly reminiscent of the ones found in Coron Island, Palawan. These gorgeous views and breathtaking boat rides will give you nothing short of a spectacular experience.

Coron, Palawan

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

4. Sabang Beach, Baler

International Version: Bondi Beach, Australia

Baler’s Sabang Beach, is a popular local version of laidback surf town like Bondi Beach in Australia. It's the ideal place for a break—a surf break, that is.

Sabang Beach, Baler

Bondi Beach, Australia

5. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

International Version: Seville, Spain

The famed Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, similar to Spain’s beautiful city of Seville. With its cobblestone paths and old town charm, this heritage resort knows exactly what it needs to captivate all its visitors.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan

Seville, Spain

6. The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio

International Version: Whistler, Canada

Cozy cabin comforts of The Manor at Camp John Hay in Baguio akin to those in Whistler, Canada will have you feeling warm and fuzzy all over. Savor the majestic mountain views and cool air as you bundle up in your favorite layers—sans the snow!

The Manor at Camp John Hay, Baguio

Whistler, Canada

7. Cintai Corito's Garden, Batangas

International Version: Bali, Indonesia

A short drive to Cintai Corito’s Garden in Batangas puts you on a Balinese-inspired vacation: intricate stone walls carvings, plus elaborate wooden doors and ceilings. It's everything you need for that photo-worthy Balinese aesthetic!

Cintai Corito's Garden, Batangas

Bali, Indonesia

8. Camp Netanya, Batangas

International Version: Santorini, Greece

Fulfilling your Mamma Mia or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fantasies in Santorini, Greece is made easier with a trip to Camp Netanya in Batangas. The white and blue views of sea and sky is more than enough to soothe your senses.

Camp Netanya, Batangas

Santorini, Greece

9. Huma Island Resort & Spa, Palawan

International Version: The Maldives

Staying in a house on stilts in The Maldives has been the epitome of vacation luxury. Experience the same splendor of it all at a water villa in Palawan's Huma Island. With utmost privacy, grandeur, and excellent service, what more could you ask for?

Huma Island, Palawan


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Photo credits: @dothematt, @garethwrayphotography, @josephpadiernos, @duju82, @1989.04.15, Ibiza Spotlight, @zarabebeth, @bondidreamer, @giuliannaesquisita,, @merveceranphoto, Ronan Espadero, Shutterstock, @hanslim1

About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 13 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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