Millions of people travel from all over the world come to the Philippines every year. It’s one of the most popular countries to visit for a variety of reasons. But it also attracts a special traveler. That’s the one who truly is a world traveler and uses the Philippines as a central point for traveling not only in south east Asia, but throughout all of Asia and beyond. Here’s why.
The Philippines, with Manila as a central point of departure, is close to all countries in Asia and even to Australia. The following are times it takes to fly directly from Manila to major cities in other countries. Understandably, it will take longer when lowering the cost of a ticket by not flying directly. Regardless, these times provide a clear insight into why the Philippines is so popular as a jumping off point for world travelers.
Manila to Hanoi: Five hours twenty minutes.
Manila to Taipei: Two hours
Manila to Bangkok: 3 hours forty-five minutes.
Manila to Beijing: Two hours
Manila to Tokyo: Four hours and sixteen minutes
Manila to Singapore: Three hours forty-five minutes
Manila to Soul: Four hours and twenty minutes
Even Manila to Sydney: Eight hours fifteen minutes
Additional advantages of having the Philippines as a central travelling point is the existence of Air Asia and Cebu Pacific. Their presence in Manila and Cebu is particularly relevant. They are low-cost airlines traveling to most major destinations. As Air Asia says, “Now everyone can fly!”
But it’s not unknown for many world travelers to come to come to the Philippines then never leave after they fall in love with the beauty of the country and its warm, welcoming people.