A small airport with only a single runway, Legaspi Airport sees to medium-sized commercial aircrafts and served less than 450, 000 passengers in 2010. Sitting just 12km from an active volcano, Mayon Volcano, flight cancelation is a problem commonly faced by the airport. Bicol International Airport is currently under-construction and upon completion will serve as the international airport in Legaspi City.
To get to the airport is best by shuttle service from any hotel, as the public transport system is not regular and can be quite confusing for non-locals. As there are only domestic flights to Cebu and Manila departing from Legaspi, you’ll have to get connecting flights from either Cebu or Manila to other Philippines cities and international destinations.
Labeled as ‘Queen City of the South’, this is where the Spanish first settled when they arrived in the Philippines. Pay homage to the statue of Child Jesus, one of the country’s oldest religious artefact at Basilica del Santo Nino. Let Fort San Pedro and the ancestral home of Casa Gorordo take you back in time to what the Spanish-colonized Cebu was like in the olden days.
Colonial houses and intricate churches are not any less interesting in Manila either. See the country’s oldest church, San Agustin. Built around the 16th century, it amazingly survived seven major earthquakes and years of weathering. For something newer, Casa Manila was commissioned by the country’s controversial first lady Imelda Marco, modeled and furnished to display a colonial home in the late Spanish-era.
You can get a connecting flight to Davao via Cebu. Marked as the ‘Durian Capital of the Philippines’, sampling the delectable durian fruit here is a must. Fun activities such as zip lining across rivers, spotting large eagles and crocodiles, and climbing up Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, would occupy adventure-setters for days.
Take a connecting flight from Manila to Bangkok in Thailand. Majestic and intricate architecture of Wat Pra kaew, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace make great snap shots. Bangkok is the epicenter of shopping in Thailand, so be sure to head to Chatuchak Weekend Market. Take note that you’ll need more than a couple of days to view every shop there. If you’re looking for an upmarket shopping area, there’s Siam Square for the more hip and trendy buys.
Bahrain Island, Bahrain
You can get a connecting flight from Manila to Bahrain Island, in under 10 hours. Known for its natural pearl trade, the Bahrain water is teaming with pearl oysters. So get your diving gear on and go for an organized pearl diving excursion. Explore the ancestral homes in Bahrain including Al-Jasra House, which was constructed in the traditional way from coral stone, supported by palm-tree trunks. The gravel in the courtyard is made up of a mixture of tiny mitre and auger shells.
Hong Kong is another shopping and food haven. Less than three hours plane ride away from Manila, you can take daily connecting flights to Manila from Legaspi. Hit the streets with wallet in hand, and hunt for bargains at Stanley Market and Apliu Street Flea Market. Look out for pottery workshops displaying beautiful ceramics made locally. Besides shopping, travelers can trek out of the city and into the open arms of nature at Dragon’s Back, and High Island Reservoir to Pak Tam Au.
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