"Getting There and Away:" Philippines Favorite Tip by frqtflyr

Philippines General: 221 reviews and 248 photos

  Lake Taal
by frqtflyr

Favorite thing: Currency: Peso

Relative Costs:


Budget: US$2-3

Mid-range: US$3-5

Top-end: US$5-15


Budget: US$10-30

Mid-range: US$30-100

Top-end: US$100-300

As with the other Asian Tigers, the Philippines economy
has been fluctuating fairly wildly in recent years.
Generally speaking, however, the Philippines are slightly
more expensive than other countries in the region. You'll get
your best value for money in Southern Visayan Islands.
While you're more likely to pay more in Metro Manila and

The US dollar is the most recognised currency in the
Philippines, and is often easier to change than travellers'
cheques. Large denomination US bills will get you a
particularly good rate, but only clean banknotes are
acceptable. ATM's are all over the place, and you can use
both MasterCard/ Visa including ATM Check Debit Cards.

Whether you tip or not is up to you. If you're catching a
taxi with a working meter, round up the amount. When shopping,
especially in markets, it's worth trying to get a discount. As a
tourist you'll might be quoted a higher than usual price anyway.
Remember that adding a small tip for good service will help
those in minimum wage jobs.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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