Definitely Worth the Drive! 3 Scenic Road Trip Destinations in the PhilippinesBy Vic on August 6th, 2015
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Wouldn’t it be nice to drive away from all the hustle and bustle of city life? Yeah, it would! Question is, where to? In the Philippines, what you should think about is which one to visit first, as there are so many breathtakingly beautiful places there where you can take drive your hot ride.
So if you’re one of those Toyota Fortuner owners in the Philippines and you want to take it for a long, long drive, then better consider these favorite scenic spots.
Tagaytay City, Batangas
A common joke Filipino barkadas make is, “Tara, Tagaytay!” (“Let’s go to Tagaytay!”). How did Tagaytay, located just on the fringes of Metro Manila, become a highly popular road trip destination? Well, for one thing it’s quite convenient to get there; just two hours worth of driving at most, and that’s with heavy traffic. For another, the air is cool all year round, making it the perfect place to drink steaming hot coffee or ice cold beer. And most importantly, it is the best place to view Taal Lake.
Most people go to Tagaytay at nights to better enjoy its chill climate. However, if your goal is to see Taal Lake in all its glory, you should go there in the morning. A groupie shot of the squad with one of the Philippines’ most beautiful lakes in the background is definitely worth the travel time.
Mt. Mayon, Albay, Bicol
The world’s most perfect cone-shaped volcano, Mt. Mayon, is an active volcano that erupts almost every year. If you want to see it, then prepare for a long, long road trip. Travelling there by car can take nine to twelve hours. Don’t worry, though; once you get there, it’ll be worth it. Besides, road tripping is fun, and there are numerous stops along the way.
Aside from the Mayon volcano itself, you can also enjoy other attractions while in Albay like ATV rides and the historic Cagsawa Ruins, that looming tower which always seems to accompany the volcano in most pictures.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
If you’re down for sea and sand and up for a long drive, then there’s no better place to be than in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Renowned for its tranquil, deep-blue beach and pristine white sands, this is the best stretch of shore you can get without having to take a plane or a boat ride. And once you’ve had enough salt and sun, you can pay a visit to Vigan, which looks like an old Spanish town, as well as the windmills in Bangui.
It’s going to be a nine-hour drive, so better leave early (preferably at around 3AM to avoid traffic), and make sure to have a full tank. Bring food and drinks so you won’t have to stop every time, and refuel every time the gas tank needle hits half-full. It may seem like a lot of preparation, but the sights to see are time, money, and energy well-spent.
There are many cool places that you can hang out in Manila. But if you want to experience the Philippines’ more natural beauty, then you’re going to have to hit the road! And there’s no better way to have a road trip than in a Toyota!