My Route: UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Philippines

13 Nights 14 Days 12 Towns 7 World Heritage Sites

Makati City, Manila



Choosing Philippines as first UNESCO World Heritage destination outside my country brought much surprise for the family and friends. Philippines may not be the country with a lot of foreign tourists even Southeast Asians.

However, it did not change my intentions. Although I could not find some travel information from the leading travel websites, travel guidebooks, UNESCO website, tourism brochures, e-mail directs to the Tourism Organization of the Philippines, Philippines Embassy officers in Bangkok or even hostel staffs in Manila who are willing to assist the travelers as well. 

The point is some UNESCO World Heritage sites may not attractive as leading attractions. The destinations published in guidebooks or top travel websites are more accepted as a basis for world travellers’ popularity.

This is a list of UNESCO World Heritage sites I've visited, as following. 


San Agustin Church - The Baroque Church of the Philippines
Intramuros, Manila. 
Paoay Church (San Agustin) - The Baroque Church of the Philippines 
Paoay Municipality, Ilocos Norte Province, North Luzon. 
Vigan Historic Town, North Luzon. 
Santa Maria Church (Nuestra Senora) - The Baroque Church of the Philippines 
Santa Maria Municipality, Ilocos Sur Province, North Luzon. 
Batad Rice Terrace - The Cordilleras Rice Terrace 
Banaue, Ifugao Province, Cordilleras Region, Luzon. 
Bagaan Rice Terrace - The Cordilleras Rice Terrace 
Banaue, Ifugao Province, Cordilleras Region, Luzon. 
Puerto-Princesa Underground River 
Saint Paul National Park, Palawan.


Cities, towns and villages I've visited.
Manila, Laoag, San Nicolas, Paoay, Vigan, Santa Maria, Baguio, Banaue, Batad, Bangaan, Peurto Princesa and Sabang.

The World Heritage sites I missed on this journey. 


Miagao Church (Santo Tomas), - The Baroque Church of the Philippines 
Iloilo Province, Visayas. 
Tubbataha National Reef 
Sulu Sea, Municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan

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