This amazing archipelago is made up of roughly 7000 islands making for a mixed and dynamic culture. The tropical climate here means there’s warm weather throughout the year, with October – May being the dry months it’s a popular place to take winter holiday.
The islands are home to some stunning natural landscapes, so many visitors choose to island hop to explore as much of the region as possible. There’s also the phenomenal active volcano Mount Mayon, which has erupted nearly 50 times since 1616.
The diverse culture is really reflected in the cuisine boasting an abundance of delicious seafood dishes and other dishes born from the colourful history of the islands.
What are the roads like in Philippines?
Road quality varies a great deal across the islands, ranging from paved expressways to dirt roads in rural or mountainous areas of the islands. Most major roads are two-lanes and paved with asphalt or concrete. In and around major cities it is common to find paved multi-lane roads.
What are drivers in Philippines like?
Local driving standards are poor. Traffic jams and traffic coming to a sudden halt is very common. Traffic signals are routinely ignored by local drivers and reckless driving including speeding and dangerous overtaking manoeuvres are extremely common. Motorcycles are known to weave in and out of stationary traffic and buses drive erratically. It is recommended to exercise caution at all times while driving.
What are the best times to drive?
Avoid driving at night, particularly in rural areas of the country that are poorly lit. Take extra care when driving during the rainy season (June to September) as roads can be hazardous and flash floods and landslides can occur. It is recommended to avoid driving in and around major cities during rush hour.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in the front seat of the vehicle.
You must stop at stop signs and give way to traffic approaching from the right.
It is the law to stop at pedestrian crossings and allow pedestrians to cross the road.
Traffic police can issue on-the-spot fines for traffic offences – these are payable upon receipt.
The Philippines operate a strict zero tolerance policy for drink driving.
Only park your vehicle in designated parking areas.
The North Luzon Expressway is a toll road. Toll booths are located at both ends of the road in Mabalacat and Manila.
Be aware that even paved roads might be damaged or potholed.
Pedestrians are known to walk in or close to the road, so exercise caution at all times – particularly at night when they might be hard to see.