The booming interest in exploring the Philippines is not just a trend amongst Bangladeshis, but a significant testament to the diversified tourism opportunities offered by this archipelago. Delving into the intricacies and opportunities of bilateral tourism and explore the enchanting facets of the Filipino archipelago in a candid conversation with the ambassador of the Philippines in Bangladesh, His Excellency Leo Tito L Ausan, Jr.
While both the Philippines and Bangladesh are tropical countries and are surrounded by bodies of water, apart from the climate, the similarities end there, except maybe for traffic in our respective capitals.
Bangladeshi tourists can enjoy a range of outdoor and water-based/beach activities, including diving and snorkelling, hiking, and camping, among others; some are just a few hours' drive from the country's capital. Our islands, particularly Palawan, and beaches such as Boracay and El Nido, are always among the top-ranked in the world.
There are also certain surfing spots that are becoming alternative destinations to Bali's more popular surfing beaches.
For non-outdoorsy tourists, the Philippines, particularly its capital, Manila, is home to museums, each one offering a unique experience as they showcase the country's rich history and culture; a romantic sunset cruise by Manila Bay; interactive and other indoor activities; and a shopping haven, to name a few.
In the Philippines, there is basically something for everyone: its rich history showcased in museums, its architecture, culture, and arts in its heritage, and the outdoors (island hopping, beach and surfing destinations, hiking, and spelunking) make for a one-of-a-kind experience that will truly be memorable for tourists.
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