10 Reasons Why You Should Not Visit The Philippines

Where is this country? Though some of you have already heard about the Philippines as a tropical archipelago in Southeast Asia, I am pretty sure that there are still many people out there who are not even aware that this country exists. So in this article, I will expose the nauseating side of this Southeast Asian nation that does not even deserve a place in the world map. Here are the reasons why you should not visit the Philippines.

1. Too many bare islands to explore

Who would like to travel to a country that has too many islands? Of course nobody! The Philippines has 7,107 islands which means they also have more than 7,107 destinations to visit. What??? And for sure, each island has different culture, food delicacies and attractions. I am 100% sure that every traveler doesn’t like to experience variety or choices when they travel. What the Philippines has is definitely too much for one country to visit and it is very annoying.

Hundred Islands
Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

2. The streets in the cities are outdated

We are now in the 21st century with all the latest technologies, soaring skyscrapers and innovative highways but some of the cities in the Philippines are still outdated. The houses are old-fashioned and the streets are still in bricks. I can understand if it is only in the remote towns of the provinces but even the city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur is antiquated. This is definitely a huge turn off.

Ivatan Rock Houses
Ivatan Stone Houses in Batanes. Photo credit: Stone House
Calle Crisologo, Vigan City
Calle Crisologo, Vigan City
Calle Crisologo at night

(Read: Road Trip to Vigan and Laoag)

3. You have to spend a lot of money for sunscreens

It feels like summer everyday. The weather in this country is mostly sunny with a short rainy season. It means that you will be tortured in the sun and makes you want to visit their beaches. Well they actually have many beaches, surely more than 7,107 of them but they are all overrated. The Philippines claimed that they have the best beaches in the world. That is definitely a big lie. Would you ever want to swim in these undesirable beaches? Look at the photos below.

Boracay Island, Aklan
Britania, Surigao del Sur
Oslob, Cebu

4. It has weird shaped volcano and hills

These eyesores are undeniably irritating especially if you are going to see them for the first time.  The ugly looking and misshapen Mayon Volcano in the Bicol Region is a very active volcano with several eruptions in the past that caused its lack of appeal. The Chocolate Hills are also known as symbols of imperfection in the province of Bohol.

Chocolate Hills
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Mayon Volcano
Mayon Volcano, Bicol Region

5. The means of transportation are boring

You will never find a lavishing Mercedes Benz or Volkswagen taxis in this country but you can see these awful looking stainless steel metals on the roads called ‘Jeepney’ instead. Animals are still being used as a mode of transport in certain cities. Definitely boring!


horse drawn

6. There is nothing extraordinary in their tourist attractions

You will never find anything interesting in the Philippines. Most of the things that you will see there are very common and you can find almost everywhere in the world. Nothing really special in this country.

puerto princesa underground river
Puerto Princesa Underground River

(Read: New7Wonders – Puerto Princesa Uunderground River)

Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Hinatuan Enchanted River
Hinatuan Enchanted River. Photo credit: Fall Here

7. There are not much options for adventure

This country is really boring. For the adrenalin junkies and adventure seekers, options are very limited in the Philippines.

photo credit: 2014 11 Moalboal 11 Sharkey and diver via photopin (license)
Diving with Whales in Oslob. Photo credit: 2014 11 Moalboal 11 Sharkey and diver
Surfing in Siargao Photo credit: Stimpy´s, Siargao Island, Filipinas via photopin (license)
Surfing in Siargao. Photo credit: Stimpy´s, Siargao Island, Filipinas
Kiltepan Sagda
Walk over the clouds in Sagada, Mountain Province

8. The roads are always crowded

Vehicles are not the only reason of heavy traffic in the Philippines. The Filipinos love to celebrate their feast ‘fiesta’ on the streets. It happens whole year round as all municipalities, cities and provinces have their own traditional celebrations. Partying on the road in their colorful costumes? Absolutely annoying

Masskara Bacolod
Masskara Festival in Bacolod
Kadayawan in Davao

9. You cannot showcase your skills in sign language and playing Charades

This is really a horrible thing. Unlike other Asian countries, the Philippines is the one of the few countries where non-verbal language is unpopular simply because everyone speaks English. It will definitely be a culture shock if you have already been to other Asian countries where you need to do creative actions to communicate with their locals. You will definitely miss playing Charades while in the Philippines. Too bad!

10. You should not visit the Philippines as you might never want to leave anymore

You might come in the Philippines with low expectations and this country will definitely surprise you. And for sure, your expectations will be very high when you travel to other countries and destinations after you have seen what the Philippines can offer. From the people, food, adventure, culture, the islands and the beaches, you will surely ask for more because a single trip in this country will never be enough.

Boracay at night

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10 Reasons Why You Should Not Visit The Philippines


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  1. Some parts sound satire, why do we need sunscreen as who wouldn’t want to get tanned on some of the worlds most beautiful Islands and beaches and borcay coron el nido puerto galera. Good sites for scuba and snorkeling and other water adventure.

  2. I love how you have taken a different approach to travel blogs! Definitely stands out from most travel blogs I have seen, well done. My friend is living in the Philippines at the moment and I’m not sure we will ever get her back haha

  3. Cool !!! The way you wrote this post is sooo funny !
    You make me just want to come there as soon as possible haha 😀 and of course, Philippines will be a great destination for my next holiday 😀
    Thank you for sharing this 🙂

  4. Totally love the way you have written this article!!! Thank you now I’m more home sick! I will book my flight tickets home soon! 🙂

  5. I think I have read this post before! You’re right… too much of a hassle to go around the country. Tsk tsk. Why bother? Haha!

    I have a confession: I live in the Philippines and I have not even seen half of it!!! Shame on me!

  6. I always stumble upon this post from vountless shares on my friends in social media. Then I read the post and jus wow! You just made a lot of tourist want to explore our country. Reading this makes me more pround that I live in a beautiful country that has so much to offer. Indeed, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

  7. Hahaha when I first read the title I was like WHAAAT?! I see what you did there 😉 We were in Cebu and El Nido this spring and LOVED IT. Sardine runs in Moalboal and swimming with whale sharks in Oslob were probably two of the coolest experiences we’ve done to date. And island hopping in El Nido was just amazing! Didn’t get to visit Bohol for the chocolate hills but we’ll do that next time. To be honest though we weren’t fans of transportation and food- the trikes take forever to get to places, especially when there are uphils!

    1. So glad to hear that you already had a lot of fun experiences in the Philippines. Tryke is really very slow but sometimes it is the only option available

  8. I am still giggling at the reverse psychology in this post. Philippines is my #1 destination on my bucket list and everything in your post are reasons I want to go! I was thinking is he crazy!? His photos are amazing and he is saying not to go. I love the beaches and although sunscreen will cost me a lot of money, I cannot wait to go!

  9. I am thinking of visiting the Philippines this winter. It looks so beautiful and so my type of place. Just need to get organised now and book some flights!!

  10. These are reasons NOT to NOT go to the Philippines! 😉 It’s been too long since I visited the Philippines, and these reasons all remind me of why I can’t wait to go back! Your beach photos are absolutely stunning!

  11. wow this looks really peaceful. I would have never thought of going to a place like this but you have definitely encouraged me to pay it a visit. Great pics as well. Was it expensive to visit or was it somewhat affordable? I find touristic places to be a bit expensive 🙂

  12. At first I wasn’t sure what the post was going to be about because of the title. But I am happily surprised. I can’t wait to explore the Philippines.

  13. I love the idea of this post. I do want to visit this country when day if I decide to take on Asia at once. I’m still aiming for South America at this moment. Very gorgeous pictures though 🙂

  14. I’ve recently read about the chocolate hills. While I knew bits and pieces about the Philippines I had no idea about many things. Like the 7000+ island! wow! Tha nature looks stunning and I would love to explore all the beaches.

    1. yes there are over 7000 islands. i have not explored all yet but i would definitely want to visit all its 80+ provinces. still long way to go.

  15. Witty 🙂 Now I know I have to visit Philippines. I’ve been travelling is South-East Asia for a while, but still haven’t been to Philippines. You have encouraged me 🙂

    1. i hope you can visit the Philippines soon. I know that they are not connected to other countries unlike Thailand and Vietnam but 1 country itself is too much for a long vacation and holiday.

  16. Philippines is definitely a gorgeous country and we would want to visit the country for all the 10 reasons you mentioned above 🙂 We would love to check out those steel jeeps and quaint outdated houses. The streets looks fascinating with that architecture!

  17. I like the idea of how you wrote this. It is indeed different than your typical post haha. Pictures are beautiful. I want to visit everywhere so I will definetely go to the Philippines!

  18. Very clever way of creating a post! Unfortunately, I haven’t been to the Philippines. I have had a long layover in the Manila airport, which, I will say, is not my favorite airport in the world, but I’m sure the rest of the land outside the airport is much more interesting!

    1. Well sadly, Manila airport is not that pleasant especially for long layovers. But I hope you can consider to get in someday and explore their hidden beauty. Thanks

  19. There’s no other place in the world I’d rather be in <3 I feel like the Philippines is getting so much attention nowadays and I love how its growing in popularity as a destination. We just need to work on our infrastructure more and give tourists a better support system but I hear you! It has so much to offer and I feel like it could be way more competitive if those tiny improvements could be made! I've done a lot of Luzon but yet have to break into the Visayan region and maybe one day, even Mindanao!

    1. I do agree with you. The government must give full support in our booming tourism. Hope that the current administration can accomplish more this time in terms of improving the infrastructures (airports, seaports, tourist centers) safety, etc. Happy wandering! 🙂

  20. haha I loved this article. You are right, who would want to just lay on the pristine beaches of Boracay rubbing sunscreen and sipping cocktails all day. So unproductive *chuckle*

  21. Damn! You almost got me there man… I love how you twist it up until the end and thank you for inviting people from all over the world in visiting my homeland. Im sure you yourself fell inlove in its beauty and chaos. 👍👍 to you man!

  22. Hehe!! A dreadful experience as I can see from your amazing pics. I can’t imagine why I’m going there in a few weeks. Looking forward to it even more now 🙂

      1. Hello JM,

        Yeah, Actually it works! That’s why I also do this kind of “catchy-and-intriguing” posts. Readers normally likes gossips, and it is a perfect opportunity for us writers to grab that, but deliver a good content. Some misuse it, making looks like a spam. But if you have great content (just like yours) its a WINNER!

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  23. the title got me wanting to know more about the post, but as i got into the post i was mind transformed on it all, catchy headline and good information. now whoever wants to be there has alot of reason to go there…

  24. Oh I love how you wrote it almost like reverse psychology. When looking at the pics, I was already thinking…I want to absolutely go there. Very nice job of adding that special twist.

  25. Great post. I have a friend, a former housemate who now lives in Dumaguete and it is my mission to one day visit him and his family there. 🙂

  26. Hahaha really love this article! I have never visited the Philippines. But I would really like to. All the nature and adventure just really looks wonderful. Great style in this article!

  27. Your reverse psycology is simply brilliant! Not only was i curious as to why I shouldnt visit Philipines, BUT now am really interested in visiting the beautiful Britania, Surigao del Sur andOslob, Cebu Islands ! Thanks for sharing this.

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