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Best Holy Week Destinations for Filipino Travelers

Yearning for a long weekend break? Why not plan a soothing and pleasant trip for Holy Week 2019? Whether you’re seeking adventure, comfort or freedom from stress, there are plenty of places to unwind or have a thrilling escape for the Lenten Season. From a Southeast Asian favorite to local hidden gems, Skyscanner has a rundown of the best long weekend escapes during the Holy Week.

1. Bangkok, Thailand

There’s no place quite like Bangkok. For years, the Thai capital has been luring travelers worldwide with its irresistible charms and eccentricities. Here, you fill you Holy Week vacation days exploring its numerous elaborate temples, such as Wat Pho, Golden Mount, Wat Arun and Temple of Emerald Buddha. For shopaholics, you can enjoy great bargains at any of the city’s beloved shopping centers, such as Chatuchak Market, Siam Paragon, Platinum Fashion Mall and Pratunam Wholesale Market.

And, if ever you get bored (which rarely happens), you may take a day trip to the history city of Ayutthaya. Alternatively, you can also spend a couple of days in Pattaya.

And, by the way, did we mention that it’s one of the most affordable Holy Week destinations for Pinoys?

2. Hong Kong

Every Juan loves Hong Kong. After all, it’s a chic urban destination that has something for travelers of all ages. As a matter of fact, it even has tons of picturesque trails to offer to outdoor connoisseurs, like Lantau Peak, The Dragon’s Back, Sunset Peak, Sharp Peak and Tai Mo Shan. For Instagram junkies, you’ll get your taste of paradise in Choi Hung Estate, Lok Wat South Estate and Yik Cheong Building.

And, how can we forget the most celebrated theme parks in Hong Kong – Disneyland and Ocean Park?

3. Boracay

Can’t travel far for the Holy Week? Then, book cheap flights to Caticlan, and spend your long weekend getaway in Boracay! With a much cleaner environment and a more relaxing ambiance, Boracay can give you a surprisingly relaxing long weekend getaway on Holy Week 2019. Of course, you can also indulge on a mishmash of fun-filled activities on Boracay Island, such as diving, cliff jumping, island hopping and a whole lot more. Just make sure, though, to book your accommodations and flights to Boracay early since access to the island is now limited.

4. Carnaza Island

Traveling to Cebu for the Holy Week? Forget Bantayan Island! If you’re looking for a more serene alternative to Bantayan, head to the gorgeous and laid-back island of Carnaza. With its picture-perfect natural beauty and serene feel, the island can give the time and space you need to relax and reflect. And, if you love to snorkel and dive, you’ll love the spotlessly clean waters and underwater world of the island and its surrounding islets like La Manok Island.

5. Surigao del Sur

Just because it’s not as well-known as Boracay or Siargao, it doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast in Surigao del. Uniquely beautiful and underrated, Surigao del Sur is home to two of the most spectacular natural gems in Mindanao – Hinatuan Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls. As an added bonus, it has a gorgeous group of islands – Britannia Islands – that can give Boracay and Siargao a run for its money. And, the best part is, everyone in Surigao del Sur is so warm, hospitable and friendly.

6. Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Looking for a unique place to visit for Holy Week 2019? Tired of your usual routes and destinations? Enter Samarkand, Uzbekistan! For hundreds of years, this unsung central Asian city has been a major cultural center, meaning history buffs will feel they are in nirvana. As you explore the city, you’ll see a bunch of fabulous monuments and medieval architecture, like the extremely opulent Registan Square, which is wondrously decorated in calligraphy and gold and covered in mosaics.

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7. Rome, Italy

Excellent wine, rich coffee and mouthwatering food are some of the reasons why travel junkies utterly love Rome. But, make no mistake about it – food and drinks aren’t the only amazing things that the historic city has to offer. From the Colosseum to the Galleria Borghese, the city offers a plethora of history and art treasures. To top it all off, it has countless of heart-warming and moving religious activities on Holy Week 2019.

8. Coron

Thank God for Coron! With its surreal scenery and breathtaking views, Coron looks and feels like a slice of heaven on earth. With a Holy Week vacation in Coron, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of Mount Tapyas, Kayangan Lake and tons of other striking natural gems. To make things even better, Coron has dozens of posh and sweet resorts where you can have a pleasurable stay on Holy Week 2019.

9. Paris, France

The City of Light is truly the pinnacle of tourism, culture, history and art. Sophisticated and beautiful, Paris is home to the dazzling Eiffel Tower, expansive Louvre art museum and the lovely Champs-Elysees lined with high-end boutiques and stores. What’s more, the city has a host of festivities and events on Holy Week 2019.

10. Siquijor

Majestic beaches? Check! Historic sites? Check! Enthralling scenery? Absolutely yes! Add in an easygoing feel, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an epic and stress-free Lenten Season vacation. Despite its unjust reputation as a place of sorcery, Siquijor has everything you need for a rocking vacation on Holy Week 2019.

11. Bali, Indonesia

The Indonesian island paradise provides the ultimate blend of opportunities for relaxing and cultural immersion. You should spend some time learning and exploring the island’s temples before retreating to one of its splendid beaches. As for your accommodations, the island features snug resorts, hotels and villas that won’t cost you a fortune.

Use Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” feature

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Can’t decide where to go for Holy Week 2019? Looking for cheap flights and great travel bargains? If your answer is a resounding yes, we suggest that you take advantage of our “Everywhere” tool. With Skyscanner’s “Everywhere” feature, you’ll have plenty of chances to score cheap flights for your getaway on Holy Week 2019. What’s more, it may let you discover underrated and offbeat places that have yet to be explored and discovered by other travel junkies.

Make your Holy Week vacation in 2019 memorable and amazingly affordable by booking cheap flights and accommodations with Skyscanner!