Philippines alone - ok or not?

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1. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm planning to go to the philippines Dec/Jan. I am female and will be travelling alone at this point. I've had a few people advising me that it's a bit dodgy and not to go alone. Does anyone have any advice? Or, even better, does anyone in the same situation fancy joining me?

2. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I felt really safe everywhere in the Philippines except for Manila. Seemed like a few shady characters around that place (not me obviously)!!

3. Posted by monsterboy (Budding Member 22 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The Philippines is fairly safe to travel around, don't worry. However, just keep some basics of travel in mind - avoiding wee hours of the morning in a secluded area, is a general rule.

Should you need anymore help, or have a specific itinerary in mind, to send over a PM and maybe can help.

4. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi claire, i travelled in the philippines in sept 06 and felt perfectly safe, even in manila. the only unwanted attention i had was from the ladyboys in manila but you shouldn't interest them!! take the usual precautions with your belongings and you'll be fine. manila is not a nice place but certainly not dangerous. try to avoid spending much time there as it has nothing to offer except shopping malls and bars. i was alone the first 10-14 days and travelled with a mate for the rest of my time. make sure the taxi drivers put the meter on though, they try and barter for the fare first but insist on the meter. if you want any advice on where to go feel free to pm me. i visited manila, puerta galera, bohol, siargao, and cebu. ferries were pretty good but flights are pretty cheap too so you may want to consider flying between the islands. check out cebu pacific a few days in advance of travel and check fares. have a great trip, pete ;)

5. Posted by zachary (Respected Member 471 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Claire, i'm an American living in Philippines, it is safe from what i've seen, and what i know

like "monsterboy" says, just keep in mind the basic travelling rules, stay around ppl, in lit areas, etc etc, dont go into a dark alley alone at 4am hehe

let me know if you do go, if i'm in the area i'd be happy to join you for drinks or whatever

have fun!