The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. More people speak Filipino than English, but English is widely spoken.
Name: Philippine Peso
The Philippines (GMT +8)
A bottle of local beer (which happens to be San Miguel) can cost you as little as 50p, whereas imported drinks go up in price considerably.
A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back £2. Something a bit fancier, for example in a sit-down restaurant will cost around £5 per head.
A half-hour taxi ride will cost you around £5. Always make sure your driver has the meter on!
Short bus or jeepney journeys cost pennies, longer ones are a few pounds, and an overnight sleeper bus will set you back £5-10. Boat tickets are cheap too, but for longer ferry journeys, we recommend going with the bigger companies to be safe.
A dorm bed in a hostel can cost anything between £4 and £15 depending on the level of luxury, or size. A single room will set you back about £15, and a double, about £25.
You can often find rooms in midrange hotels for the same price as upscale hostels. Expect to pay around £20-30 a night.
The Philippines have a tropical climate, and May through to September brings heavy bursts of rain and the odd typhoon. For the best chances of keeping dry, visit between November and April.
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