The official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English. More people speak Filipino than English, but English is widely spoken.
Name: Philippine Peso
The Philippines (GMT +8)
Beer in the Philippines is very cheap. A bottle of local beer will usually cost you around a $1, whilst imported beer will be nearer double the price.
A meal from a cheap restaurant or café will normally set you back about $3 or $4, whilst a dinner in a mid-range restaurant might cost between $10-$15. If you're on a budget, be adventurous and grab lunch from a street food stall for a lot less.
Taxis in the Philippines are inexpensive and are run on the meter. Journeys will cost anything from $0.50 to $5, depending on traffic.
You're more likely to book a ferry or banka ticket over a bus journey in the Philippines. Either way, tickets are not expensive. Boat tickets can be cheap, but for longer journeys we recommend going with the bigger companies for the safer more enjoyable ride.
A dorm bed in a hostel will cost between $8 and $12, where a single room can range up to $20 per night.
A room in a midrange hotel would be somewhere between $40 and $60.
Activities in the Philippines
Explore Palawan through the eyes of Skinny Living, the British band we sent on tour there...