TRAVEL TIPS: HOW EXPENSIVE IS THE PHILIPPINES?

TRAVEL TIPS: HOW EXPENSIVE IS THE PHILIPPINES?


Money money money money money money money.
So Aly, how expensive is the Philippines. What should I spend? So, as you know, and
if you’re new welcome, when I visit a country, when I live
that country I’ve been taking notes (as many as possible). For taking notes I’m pretty terrible,
for a vlogger at least. And, I put at a video just to tell you the general prices for accommodation,
food, drinks, transportation, things like that. So you can get an idea on a budget. First impressions,
before I jump into this is that the Philippines is not as budget friendly for somewhere like Cambodia,
Vietnam or Thailand. But it’s not as expensive as England, America, Australia and New Zealand.
So first of is visas and I always run through this really quick. Now I’m going to point out its going
to differ for every country that is eligible to enter but for British citizens you can enter free of charge,
nothing to do for thirty days for visa on arrival. You just show up and they’ll just stamp your passport
and you’ve got to get out in thirty days. As with most countries you will probably have to show proof
of onwards travel and we didn’t this time but sometimes you do, sometime you don’t. You’ll
normally get asked before you board the plane and I’ll link you to a video I did on onwards
travel. Lets talk about accommodation, on the bottom of accommodation, we’re talking hostels, shared
dorm rooms. Fan rooms not AC rooms, you’re looking around 500 pesos for a fan room and maybe
600 for an AC room and that’s normally sharing with maybe 5,6,7 other people. Then obviously prices
go up depending on how much ‘luxury’ you want and how much convenience you want but it just
depends on what your budget is and what you’re looking for in your trip. Food in the Philippines
can vary massively like anywhere in the world. If you’re on a budget then 150 pesos will get
you a very bog standard meal but you can eat anything up to 500 pesos if you feel like treating
yourself. So, 500 pesos for a really nice filling good hearty meal but for every other day for lunch and
dinner you can find yourself one for about 150. For beer prices don’t really differ in bar to bar
even the fanciest looking bar and the cheapest looking bars you’re looking for about 40 to 60 pesos
a beer. Lets go onto activities, now activities the biggest one you’ll ever do is island hopping. If you
decide to get an organised tour it’s really good to start off with especially the ones. I know I … if you watch
my island hopping tour in Coron than the first on we did was stopped at seven places and it was way
too rushed and I didn’t enjoy half of it but the second half I really really enjoyed and it was amazing.
That can give you a really good taste and then the next day get a private boat back to that.
So, if you do want to do an organised tour meet some people and do some island hopping for the
day. Then with lunch included they normally charge you around 1200 to 1500 pesos which is around
£85. You can’t go wrong for eight hours of activities snorkelling, boat, your lunch. If you want
to hire your own private boat just remember entry fees, yeah entry fees. Onto the island! Or near
the island! In Coron and I’m sure in many other places in El Nido aswell and if you want to get a boat
include that they will not include that they will not include lunch. Unless, you barter with someone near
the dock then you will either have to give them food or there cook it for you but you’ve got to
organise it. But, what we were told were around 2500 pesos. You’ll probably be a bit more bit less but
that was the number I heard thrown around quite a lot. So that’s the kind of price you want to haggle
for. Then you’ll get your own crew making sure your organised your own food and taken some money
for entry fees and you’ve got a boat to yourself. Right lets jump on to transportation. Taking
the bus for example from Peurto Princesa to El Nido was 400 pesos each for an AC bus, you can
go for a minibus and we did that the first time we went from Peurto Princesa to El Nido but we came
back on the bus because the minivan thing was ment to hold like 8,9 people they will literally
stop every 30 minutes up to El Nido to pick up people and cram them in the boot and everything there’s
no leg room you’re literally like that. It’s Horrible! Take the Bus! It might seem like the better option
but trust me. Getting around the cities and towns you will probably be going on trikes, now trikes
are obviously there going to try and rip you off. Best people advice I can give you is that there
isn’t a standard fare for a trike. Normally getting around the town is going to be like twenty pesos
each for a very short distance. It can go up to 100 pesos if you’ve got to get from the bus station into
the city, in Peurto Princesa. The best thing to do is to ask your hostel or your hotel or before you arrive
ask someone here to here what should I be expecting to pay. They will tell you and that’s the
price you stick to. Normally, if you know the price and they know the price you don’t need to haggle
that much. The only exception is at night time it can go up a bit but only like after eleven p.m when
it is coming up to midnight. We got quoted… how much was in where we tried to get that trike and
that guy was like it’s too late too late how much did he try, 400 pesos. Its ment to be 60 and this
guy was like 400 400, 400! That’s like £12! What! I don’t think so! Its late its like 9 30 not its not
we try and do that’s so ask your hostel and stuff to see what on a price you should be paying. If you want
to do things by boat and you’ve got a lot of time then you want an experience instead of flying then
toGo travel is a massive travel company. Ill link them down below. We got the boat from Cebu to Manila
which is 22 hours. That cost us about 2300 pesos each for a four shared cabin. Then when we
got on we upgraded to a suite … a suite! I love that word. For 800 pesos and if you do want to
fly then go and check out prices on Cebu pacific and ill link them down below aswell. That’s it im not
going to ramble on any longer those are some of the most general prices. So you can go away and make
yourself a budget now and see how much things roughly are going to cost you normally show
you the cheapest end of those on a budget so the minimum you’re going for to need. Help each
other down below there’s loads of things I haven’t mentioned. Have you found any deals? How you
can haggle? And how you can access the Philippines and get things a little bit cheaper? Let me
know let everyone else know down below. Don’t forget to subscribe and get up to date with my travels.
There’s also Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram all linked on psychotraveller.com and linked down below.
There’s a link fest down there. I’ll probably see you I want to say tomorrow but we’re getting an
overnight train to Chaing Mai tomorrow but I’ll see what I can do. BYE!

100 thoughts on “TRAVEL TIPS: HOW EXPENSIVE IS THE PHILIPPINES?”

  • Girl, you really talk fast…… LOL, reminds me of someone on speed…… Good info, thanks. And, I enjoyed the laugh. Thailand Rob talks about you all the time and I am going to the Philippines in November.

  • Good advice about the trikes. Even us locals get ripped off if you're not a regular. This is mostly because trike fares has not been standardised unlike the jeepneys and taxis. Best to do is ask the locals in the area or the hotel. Everyone would be more than willing to help.

  • Lorence Valencia says:

    well when they see you're a foreigner some do try to overcharge. i suggest to travel with a trusty filipino friend so as to make sure the price is right. and yes asking the hotel for the fare is also a good idea. i really enjoyed your videos especially the ones from coron. I'm planning to visit there for a 4 days 3 nights trip. now i know ehat to expect and at least the budget would be like. bug thanks. hope to bump into you guys on one of your trips. you're my new favorite travel vlog which i do enjoy watching as it makes me laugh too. more power to you

  • specially with transportation, you have to ask the locals first if how much the normal charges is so you know how much price you stick to when making deals later on. some when they see foreign they raise up the amount a bit but not all. mostly locals will gladly teach you on what you should do and how much you should pay. make frie

  • i live in bacolod not as big as cebu but much cheaper than manila, tiger air is cheaper than cebu pacific, for breakfast go to jollibee, pancakes and a drink 60 pesos, a decent lunch at chongs 60 pesos for rice and an entree, check kamay kainan at sm for dinner, 99 pesos for rice, an entree and a side dish, vegetable or pancit, accommodations check ong bun or 11th pension, jeepney usually 7 pesos

  • Have you considered taking some Valium? Geezzzz….also 400 pesos is only 7 Pounds because it is only 8 US dollars. But good info..just giving you a hard time. Thank you.

  • Man on booze alone I spent 800 US dollars( about 40,000 pesos) in 3 weeks time of drinking every night until I reached the level of black out drunk. Philippines can get expensive, it all depends on the things you want to do. The cars are more expensive because of the tax, for example a Toyota Land Cruiser in America cost about 85,000 US dollars while in the Philippines the starting cost about 5 million pesos ($120,000).?

  • i guess u need a good friend (tour guide) here in Coron to help u understand a little bit about the everything about prices. tric ect ect.

  • hoe are you,ai from brazil and i think go live in philippines.
    i would like know if you can talk one good place to live and good to open one business tattoo and
    if earn money currency phillippines possible the people get one nice quality life
    and how much i can carry to stay in philippines 3 month?
    thanks

  • Go on Tinder @ the Philippines to your destination. Always nice people there. You can get alot of TRUE advice from friendly locals than another traveler. My 2 cents.

  • Erwin Villamor says:

    Little tips: ALWAYS ask for minimum wage transport fair, It's on their tricycle rules and list of prices of transport place to place. The Drivers they will rip off your wallets if don't ask for it and if the Drivers don't have it, the transport will cost around 20 – 100 pesos depends on how far it is. if goes up their something wrong :). sorry for bad english #Pinoy

  • How expensive is Philipines? maybe a Trillion Dollars? I think its priceless hahahaha!!! just kidding… no hate pls…

  • best is to find or make some Filipino friends who will show and bring you around, to avoid getting ripped off (this is normal in many countries when they see foreigners specially Caucasians) .. but in general Filipinos are friendly and honest and will charge you the standard price for services. IMO prices in the Philippines are just around the same as Thailand, but the advantage of traveling to the Philippines is that its an English speaking country, so there's no communication barrier as supposed to other Asian countries, even First World ones like South Korea and Japan.

  • I am a filipino and I agree that it is much cheaper in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand than here in the Philippines. From food up to the accommodation. But, not as expensive as in Spain, Italy, England, Hongkong, Macau, Korea and Japan. Here in the Philippines, you can get a complete meal for 2 dollars. In Indo-China(Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand), 1 dollar is enough to have a complete meal. In the first world countries that I mentioned(esp Japan), you need 5 to 10 dollars to have a complete meal. Though in Japan, if you buy in convenient store, 3-4 dollars is enough for a full meal. 🙂

    Btw, for those who wondering here about the safety and scam in the Philippines, it is more mild here compared to Vietnam and Thailand. Hehe. As long as you avoid Cubao, Roxas Blvd, Quiapo and Recto at night, you will be good. 🙂 So far, Japan is the most safe place that I visited even at night.

  • Nyncopoth lyceroy says:

    Tricycles range only about 12 pesos in my barangay what the heck? They don't usually go around 100 pesos too. 100 pesos is not even that expensive.

  • if you are traveling with local (filipino) you usually pay filipino price. when I traveled on your own I got tricked a few times for taxis and tricycles

  • 8Bit Time Traveler says:

    Hi PsychoTraveller. I found this fucking creepy review from an Australian about a resort called Baybayon Ni Agalon. It sounds like a horror novel lol. Sorry if it's so long like this. The person (Jess) really wrote this ( at least read the first 3-4 paragraphs. I find that insane!! It reminds me the movie Psycho from Alfred Hitchcock):

    1 star on 5:
    Do not go here

    My family and I (about 9 of us all together) visited the Resort in July 2014.

    DISGUSTING PLACE.

    The rooms and service actually seemed quite nice. 'Seemed'. Being the keyword here. I will jump straight into the problem, and then tick off the lesser problems as I go.

    The first night that we spent there(my partner and I were sharing a room on the ground floor), I was using the shower(About 9pm) after a long day in the Village. I hop out of the shower and look up to see SOMEONE LOOKING INTO MY ROOM. There was no frosted glass. No curtains. Just someone full on staring at me. I had probably been standing for about 30 seconds before I looked up. Of course they promptly ran away.

    So we notify front desk of the situation. There was a guy at the desk(we spoke to him in Filipino). What does he do? NOTHING. No apologies, nothing to say that he is going to do anything about it. Does not even offer to go look around there. In all honesty – I believe it was him. As the Public do not have any access(apparently) to the Resort.

    SO DISGUSTING!

    We end up going around to see how they could possibly look into the room… You have to go through a utility room to get out the back. This door was wide open and unlocked, as well as the other door to this area was also unlocked and open. Suspicious. There is a chair pushed up against the wall to our room, so that they could look in.

    What. The. Hell.

    So I write them a letter(good use that will do) and lodge it with the front desk. I ask to speak to the manager the next day.

    The next day. I am advised that the Manager is out and will not be at the hotel until about 2pm. That's fine. I rock up at 2pm – still no manager. She went home and wont be back 'til after the weekend.

    What kind of establishment are these people running?

    On the Monday, I again ask to see the manager. (It has been about 3 days since the incident and I have yet to receive an apology, or in fact a discount. I had been moved to a different room the next day though.) I'm told that there is actually no manager but they have a 'supervisor'. This Supervisor never contacted me the whole time I was at the resort, infact, blatantly ignored my every attempt to contact her. And when I did manager to catch her(I caught her walking around one time). I asked her what they're going to do about my situation, she just let me know that they're 'Looking into it' and my letter has been sent on.

    So the staff at this Resort take absolutely no responsibility for anything untoward that may happen to it's guests. They do not offer any sort of apology, and in fact, they do not want to speak to you at all.

    Could not believe what was going on here. I know that I can't compare it to our service standards in Australia, but I at least expected something from a place that was frankly OVER PRICED.

    Now, to the other problems.

    Pool: The pool is lined with ornamental rocks which are SHARP. One of our family members slipped over on them, because stepping on them was painful, and ended up with a large gash on his arm. We received no medical assistance from the staff even though there was blood everywhere.

    Restaurant: Sub-par food. Even though they are aware that people are staying for the week(Westerners). There was no toast, no burgers, no breakfast food, no mangoes, no pineapples and they only had some drinks on the menu available. The food that we did get was disgusting, oily, tasteless. The glasses that we received were still dirty and smelt like ocean water. Hanging out in the Albuera Village and getting food from the markets is a much better option.

    Rooms: Absolutely no pressure in the showers. We would sitting on the edge of the bath tab with the faucet dripping over us to try and get clean. Sometimes the rooms were not even made up for the day. So we ended up running out of toilet paper pretty quick. ALSO. I picked up a piece of soup from the sink and the so called 'marble blocks' that surrounded the water spout fell apart!!

    Service: There are SO many staff working here, it's unbelievable that you can't even get good service. (No less that 5 people to make up your rooms) When we ordered drinks from the bar (Ice tea, coke, water etc) It took around 20 minutes to get anything. We repeatedly observed staff just standing around on their phones, laughing, talking and generally not moving for the whole day. Do not bother trying to negotiate on the price if there is a problem.

    That is about it. The problems I faced on the first Day basically ruined the rest of the stay. Unfortunately we could not stay in our Families houses as there was so many of us, but sleeping on the floor, surrounded by mosquitoes and no Air conditioning would have been much more preferable to this place.

    My advice is to go to Sabin Resort.

    -Jess

    https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g2046347-d2039432-r222097388-Baybayon_Ni_Agalon-Albuera_Leyte_Province_Leyte_Island_Visayas.html

  • i live in negros, our beaches are not as nice as boracay but are way cheaper for accommodations and food, the ceres bus takes u around the island, from bacolod u can go to san carlos, get a pension house, the boat ride by the wharf to sipaway island is 15 pesos, bathing in a river or waterfalls is awesome, try pandanon, mambucal or buenos aires, heard the beaches in sipalay are nice

  • One thing I could advise people going to the Philippines when travelling locally on Trike is to download the Grab app as a pose to flagging one down. I'm half Filipino and half British white. I speak the language but because I'm not from there, some still tried to rip me off. Grab is like Uber and it's very widely used out there. Taxi's and Trike's are available on the app. Both sides will know the exact price to and from your chosen destinations. Grab saves a lot of time and hassle and it's a simple and quick process in signing up.

  • Come to Philippines theres is so much food in here and sometimes not every people are nice but when there is a person that is from another country they will be nice to you. I know all this bcuz im a Filipino

  • living in puerto princesa, it's so sad to admit that she's right. many tricycle drivers would rip off tourist through overpricing rates. While 10php-50php is the average price, there are lots of drivers who would say and demand 100php.

  • You are cool. Because you sound like a traveler, and look like one too, (that latter may not sound so flattering, but you are cool). Some of vloggers are just annoying, so clinical or really no personality. Yes, Philippines is more expensive than Thailand or Cambodia… Philippines can get very DELUSIONAL about their stops. Sure its beautiful. But they forgot the world is big and some travelers have been to so many places or will still need to visit other places. The TRIKES, well they RIP off the Locals more than they rip off the white people. Sometimes because the tourist dont trust them, they just think they are being to unreasonable with the price. But if you know that it is CULTURAL, the ripping off, meaning you are not being ripped off because you are white. yOU are being ripped because it is NIGHT time… drivers charge more at night time, and they give the same argument to local people. The Philippines has a lot to learn about the tourism market… getting rid of the TOUTS would really be a blessing.

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  • burrito with cheese says:

    I've been to the philippines like 5 times! And im going there tomorrow! My mom is from there so they has a lot of Pesos and she gives me some if i go buy something because its very cheap. She gives me almost 1500 pesos to share with my fav cousin, Ara😍. And i really want to learn tagalong (filipino language)😘😘😘😘 My stomach is turning because im so nervous 🤣😁😍😚
    I am @depressedd_burrito on instagram, im posting pictures of planes, airports, cities, cebu, davao city and manila.
    Also my mom's dad died so we're going to his funeral😘😭😭

  • Don’t hang out with family. Hang out with the tour group. That’s how you save money or else family will suck you dry.

  • I know it's been a while but if you have Filipino friends, ask them to purchase tickets, food, etc and let them do the haggling for you… In places where haggling is allowed of course.

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