The Philippines is one of the best places to travel, thanks to its tropical climate and warm, friendly people. The fact that it’s an archipelago with more than 7000 islands also makes for a lot of ethnic and cultural diversity.
Many tourists choose to go to famous beaches like Boracay or Puerto Galera, or else to large metropolitan centers like Manila and Cebu. However, if you want both great beaches and a reasonably lively night life, you should visit Davao City.
Davao City is a haven for travelers because of the many natural and man-made tourist attractions in the area. There are also many cheap hotels in Davao City where you can enjoy a good night’s rest without spending a fortune. Transportation is also easy to find, since you can hail a cab right outside your Davao hotel.
Still, when you travel in Davao, and indeed anywhere in the Philippines, you’ll have to make some adjustments to allow for local culture. For example, you’ll find that while shopping is great fun due to the high quality of goods combined with low prices, sellers will invariably tell you that they have no change for a large bill. Thus, it’s a good idea to bring cash in small denominations when you go out.
It’s also a good idea to be patient. Life moves at a slow pace in the Philippines, and more so in the provinces – even in large provincial cities like Davao. You may find that the 10-minute wait at a restaurant is 30 minutes long, or that your tour bus leaves an hour after the schedule.
The Philippines is one of the few places in the world where even the trains and buses don’t have timetables – they come when they come, and when they do, you get on.
When picking a Davao hotel, it’s also wise to select a well-run establishment that gives you value for your money. The Jade Dragon’s Suites is one of the cheap hotels in Davao where you can expect reasonable room rates without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
When travelling in Davao, it’s a good idea to just enjoy the moment. There will be time enough to live by strict rules and do things by the clock when you get back home. While travelling in the Philippines, it’s best to relax and learn to appreciate the simple things – fresh fruits and seafood, friendly conversation, clean beaches and plenty of golden sunshine.