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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

20 Visa-Free Countries to Visit this 2017 for Philippine Passport Holder




With the dates of holidays has been out in the Philippines for 2017. Do you have plans to travel outside the country? If you are a holder of a Philippine passport, you can travel in this 20 countries with absolutely visa-free.Whether you want to enjoy the beach, hiking, ancient places, or shopping, feel free to choose and enjoy your vacation! But before going we advise that you check personally the consular website of country you would like to visit since they are changing policy without prior notice.








Ecuador
Visa not required - 90 days


Best Places to Visit

  • Casa Del Arbol, Baños where you can find the wildest swing in the world: the swings hanging from Casa Del Arbol above the abyss attracts many brave adventurers.
  • Galapagos Island. The quite remote, isolated and small archipelagic volcanic islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. 
  • Cotopaxi. The second highest mountain peak in the country, and it is also a beautiful snow-covered volcano.

Colombia
Visa not required- 90 days on arrival, extend another 90 days for 180 days total

Best Places to Visit:

  • San Gil is an old colonial town and founded by the Spanish in 1689. The place is known for main outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rafting, and kayaking.
  • Medellín. Once considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. These days, it becomes a modern city with the best climate. Medellin is also a very colorful city because of its gorgeous flowers; the city celebrates its flower festival for 12 days every August.
  • San Andrés and Providencia Archipelago. Two island groups that are located near to Nicaragua than Colombia in the Caribbean. White sand beaches and palm trees are San Andres’ best features.
Vietnam
Visa not required - 21 days
Best Places to Visit:
  • Ha Long Bay - One of the world's natural wonders and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
  • Hoi An - This charming seaside town was one of the most important trading ports connecting Asia and Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. 
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - This is in central Hanoi where the body of the most popular leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is preserved in a glass case. He is also known as "Uncle Ho".

Laos
Visa not required - 30 days
Best Places to Visit
  • Luang Prabang - most popular tourist attraction in Laos and considered as one of the most charming cities in Southeast Asia.
  • Mekong River - the river is known to be the principal transportation of the country. The Upper Mekong in Laos is considered one of the most stunning journeys of the entire river. 
  • Vang Vieng - a riverside town in central Laos. Main attraction includes dramatic karst hill landscape surrounding Vang Vieng. The limestone mountains are popular with rock climbers while the many unexplored tunnels and caverns are a spelunker’s heaven.
Suriname
Visa not required - 90 days
Best Places to Visit

  • St Peter and St. Paul Cathedral - A UNESCO World Heritage site and considered to be the largest wooden building in Western Hemisphere. Painted gray and yellow, no one seems to know the exact reasons behind the color scheme. In 2015 Pope Francis designated it as a minor basilica.

  • Central Suriname Nature Reserve - Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its rich biodiversity, the Central Suriname Nature Reserve is 16 thousand square kilometers of rich biodiversity. 

  • Arya Dewaker - This Hindu temple is the largest in Suriname and is located in Paramaribo. It’s arguably the most important in the country to the 30,000+ Hindu’s who live there.   
Bolivia
Visa not required - 90 days
Best Places to Visit
  • Salar de Uyuni - a truly out-of-this-world travel destination. One of the flattest places in the world, the 4,000-square-mile salt flats were formed by a prehistoric lake. The salt flats are at their most spectacular after a rain, when water sitting atop the cemented salt acts like a mirror, perfectly reflecting the sky above.

  • Tiwanaku - one of the most important precursors to the Inca Empire. While only a small part has been excavated, Tiahuanaco represents the greatest megalithic architectural achievement of pre-Inca South America. Today it is one of the top tourist attractions in Bolivia.

  • Madidi National Park - it stretches from the Andes to the Amazon. Madidi is known as one the most biologically diverse parks in the world. 

Mongolia
Visa not required - 21 days
Best Places to Visit
  • Gobi desert -one of the most unusual desert landscapes in the world, the Gobi Desert has the spectacular singing dunes- Khongoryn Els. This desert is also a home of the last two-humped camels in the world and Gobi bears, the only bears you can find in a desert landscape. 

  • Khuvsgul lake - Known as the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, this lake is a sight worth seeing with lush greenery surrounding it. Almost a 100 rivers and streams culminate in these waters that were first formed almost 3 million years ago due to tectonic actions.

  • Terelj National Park - the biggest protected area in the country, complete with natural beauty, adventure sports activities and great scenic spots, this is the perfect tourist destination indeed.
Morocco
Visa not required
Best Places to Visit
  • Djemaa El-Fna - this serves as the highlight of any visit to Marrakech and one of the top tourist attractions in Morocco. By day this square at the heart of the medina is largely filled with snake charmers and people with monkeys, as well as some of the more common stalls. In the afternoon and evening, the square becomes more crowded, with storytellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends Djemaa El-Fna fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height.
  • Erg Chebbi - dunes are located in the Sahara Desert. Erg Chebbi special feature is its beautiful unique orange colored sand. Camel trekking is the most popular option although it isn’t the most comfortable way of traveling.
  • Todra Gorge - situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains where you can see the most spectacular canyons and rock walls.

Myanmar
Visa not required- 14 days. Also eVisa for 28 days; holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports.

Best Places to Visit
  • Bagan - the most popular destination in Myanmar.
  • Golden Rock - Kyaiktiyo Zedi as it is known locally, is a totally awesome sight: a pagoda (zedi) sitting atop a huge boulder that appears as if it’s about to fall off the edge of a cliff. Both are covered in golf leaf. 
  • The Shwedagon - or Greater Dragon Pagoda is considered the most sacred site in Buddhism in Myanmar because it contains a strand of Buddha’s hair and other religious relics.

Fiji
Visa not required - 4 months
Best Places to Visit
  • Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands - island hopping in this place is highly recommended. A Blue Lagoon Cruise is a great option with activities such as swimming, diving, and snorkeling, picnics on uninhabited islands, fishing and visiting local villages and attractions.
  • Bouma National Heritage Park, Taveuni Island - Best place to visit for nature lovers, hikers, and birders. This natural park is a rainforest and a home of rare tropical plants and an impressive diversity of birds.
  • Beqa Lagoon, Viti Levu - Beqa (pronounced "Benga") Lagoon lures avid divers and adventure seekers, many of whom come here to experience the Beqa Lagoon Shark Dive. With stringent safety measures in place, expert local dive operators offer exhilarating face-to-face encounters with these much-feared creatures in their natural habitat. Among the many species, you can see are bull sharks, whitetip and blacktip reef sharks, and even tiger sharks.
Haiti
Visa not required - 3 months
Best Places to Visit
  • Petionville - one of the best tourist attraction in Haiti.
  • Plaine du Cul de Sac - this is an accepted landmark in Haiti and is also a significant tourist appeal. Located near the country's border with the Dominican state. It's a great place for those who want to go nature tripping since this huge stretch of lush land features rare species of nature including herons, flamingos, and ducks.
  • Labadie Island - best known for her indisputable scenic beauty. Visitors can take a cruise all approximately the island and enjoy the scenery.

Brazil
Visa not required - 90 days
Best Places to Visit
  • Christ the Redeemer - the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro. 
  • Iguaçu Falls - one of the great natural wonders of the world, situated on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The waterfall system consists of 275 falls along the Iguazu River. The most impressive of them all is the Devil’s Throat a U-shaped with a height of 82 meters (269 ft). 
  • Amazon River - approximately 6,400 km, the Amazon River is the second longest river in the world, just slightly shorter than the Nile. It has over 3,000 recognized species of fish and new species are still being discovered. The Amazon Basin is covered by half of the planet’s remaining rainforests.
Cambodia
Visa not required - 21 days

Best Places to Visit

  • Angkor Wat (meaning “City Temple”) is the most magnificent and largest of all Angkor temples and the top tourist attraction in Cambodia.

  • Bayon temple - features a sea of over 200 massive stone faces looking in all direction. The curious smiling faces, thought by many to be a portrait of king Jayavarman VII himself or a combination of him and Buddha.

  • Silver Pagoda - it houses many national treasures such as gold and jeweled Buddha statues.
Israel
Visa not required - 3 months



Best Places to Visit
  • Jerusalem - Known for it's more than 2,000 archeological sites. One of the most recognizable skylines can be found in Jerusalem with the golden helmet of the Dome of the Rock glinting above the caramel-colored stone of the old city. 

  • Haifa - Baha'i garden is the highlight of this lovely northern city.

  • Nazareth - one of the main pilgrimage destination in the country.

Peru
Visa not required - 183 days

Best Places to Visit
  • Machu Picchu - one of the most beautiful and impressive ancient sites in the world, Machu Picchu is the undisputable number 1 among the top tourist attractions in Peru.

  • Inca Trail - it is one of the most famous hikes in the world, running 42 km (26 miles) through the Andes Mountains to connect the small town of Aguas Caliente and Machu Picchu. The trail also goes through cloud forests, jungles and Inca ruins.

  • Colca Canyon - twice as deep as the Grand Canyon. The big attraction here are the Andean condors that can be seen at fairly close range as they float on the rising thermals.
Brunei
Visa not required - 14 days


Best Places to Visit

  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque – located at Bandar Seri Begawan. It is considered as the major landmark of the country. The mosque is magnificent especially at night when it glows in the dark.

  • Ulu Temburong National Park – the first national park in Brunei that is protected since 1991. 

  • James ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque – the largest mosque in Brunei and it has 29 golden domes.
Malaysia
Visa not required - 30 days

Best Places to Visit
  • Mulu Caves - Known for its incredible caves and karst formation in a mountainous rainforest in Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo.

  • Langkawi - best-known holiday destination comprising of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea.

  • Perhentian Islands - must-go place in Malaysia for budget travelers. They have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and great diving with plenty of cheap accommodation.

Timor-Leste
Visa on arrival - 30 days



Best Places to Visit
  • Atauro Island - a favorite spot for snorkelers, divers and green tourists. 

  • Jaco island - it is a holy place for local citizens and considered as an uninhabited island. Fortunately, foreign tourists are allowed to get on the sandy beach, diving and swimming with help of local fishermen.

  • Mount Ramelau or Tatamailau - the best to place to get journey experience for climbing and hiking.

Indonesia
Visa not required - 30 days

Best Places to Visit
  • Ubud - considered as one of the most stunning terraced rice fields, Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and one of the top tourist attractions in Indonesia. 

  • Borobudur - one of the most famous Buddhist temple in the world. 

  • The Komodo National Park - a national park located in the Lesser Sunda Islands that includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rincah, and 26 smaller ones. The park is named after the Komodo Dragon, the world’s largest living reptile that can reach 3 meters or more in length and weigh over 70kg.

Thailand
Visa not required - 30 days

Best Places to Visit
  • Phi Phi - A very beautiful place to visit and enjoy the beach in a variety of water recreation activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. 

  • Phang Nga Bay - one of the top tourist attractions in Thailand and one of most scenic areas in the country. It consists of beautiful caves, aquatic grottoes, and limestone islands. 

  • Grand Palace - the official residence of the kings of Siam — and, later, Thailand — since 1782, the Grand Palace is perhaps the most famous attraction in the bustling city of Bangkok.












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