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1. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

Hi Guys,

I am planning to be in SEA early next year and have considered going to either the Philippines or Indonesian islands. I dont think i will be able to do both, purley because of time and money, and was therefore wondering if you could reccomend which set of islands would be better to visit.

Is one more beautiful/cheaper/friendlier than the other?



2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I have only been to the Philippines out of these 2 but I can certainly recommend it. On the other hand I would love to go to Indonesia. Sorry, I'm not much help.

The philippines are certainly beautiful and very cheap (30p for a bottle of San Miguel) and I have found the majority of people to be very friendly there also.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

I suggest Indonesia. Its cheaper and there are many interest places for you to visit. Most of the Indonesians are friendly. For shopping and food, i suggest you Bandung on Jawa Island. You can visit Borobudur, the ninth century Mahayana Buddhist monument. Well, if you visit Sumatera Island, you can go to Lake Toba.

4. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

well I haven't been much to Indonesia.. except for the Bintan island which is basically developed by Singapore..

for the Philippines, you can visit Boracay, Palawan, and Bohol for beautiful beaches... Northern part of Luzon also offer different cultural sites...

you can also see the Banaue Rice Terraces, the Underground River of Puerto Princesa, or the Chocolate Hills...

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 8y

Tough choice,

Both places have plenty to see and do, and both places are fairly time consuming to travel around due to the island hopping. Both places i found the people to be exceptionally friendly. I think Indonesia is more diverse, so probably offers more varied experiences - take the tribes of Papua in the east, and the orang-utangs in the west and everything in between and you have a lot to see and do. I would swing for Indonesia personally, but the Philippines has so much to offer as well. I think this one comes down to personal preference really. Take beaches out of the equation as both places have some great ones, take the people out as they are friendly in both places, there is not much difference in cost, though i think the Philippines is slightly cheaper - then just do some research on the internet and decide which places has more to offer you personally.

6. Posted by pinoy_wizz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I am a Filipino who is now enjoying the free airconditioned Europe.

If I were you, you have to try first the Philipines. Boracay, Palawan (El Nido), or Bohol would be the best options. If you are an English speaker, you will not be needing a dictionary. English is widely spoken in the country and even in the very far flang areas, people speaks and understand English language.

However, the Asian touch that you may be expecting would be that far behind. We are a a catholic and we no longer wear traditional clothes like the rest of our Asian neighbours.

Communication is very accessible anywhere. You can buy a mobile phone at a very cheap price so that you can keep in touch with your family abroad.

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7. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

Thanks for all your suggestions guys. After doing quite a bit of research I think i am going to opt for visiting Indonesia first and if i have enough time/money visit the Philippines after.

One more quick question that i have is about the visa's for Indonesia . I have heard that you can get a 30 day visa upon arrival. is this true?
I imagine that i will want to stay longer that 30 days as there are sooooo many places to see, how would i go about extending this?



8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

I've lived in the Philippines for 2 years in the past and obviously I would have suggested for you to go there instead of Indonesia. But Indonesia is a great country itself and I hope you enjoy your stay there. Just don't forget to go to the Philippines something soon though

There are two ways you can handle the visa process. You can get one beforehand or get one on arrival. Here are the differences:

On Arrival:

- Your passport must be valid at least 6 months from the date of entry
- Minimum cost of £15 (Each point of arrival office have their own fee)
- 30-day stay
- Are NOT extendable


- Your passport must be valid at least 6 months from the date of entry
- £35 fee
- 60-day stay

Don't overstay, you'll be fined severely (SEA countries who enforce their visa rules won't give you a free pass). If you're suspicious in any way they won't hesitate to toss you into the cage for a day or two

9. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 8y

Thanks for letting me know NantesFC. Probabley saved my skin there!!

Do you know if it is possible to get a 30 day visa, leave the country and re-enter with a new 30 days visa? a bit like what people do in Thailand?


10. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

Quoting jadeverell

Do you know if it is possible to get a 30 day visa, leave the country and re-enter with a new 30 days visa? a bit like what people do in Thailand?


If so, you might be wasting a lot of money and time to fly or sail to other country because Indonesia is an island country unless you are in Kalimantan, Irian Jaya or Nusa Tenggara where maybe you can cross over by land to Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.

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