Share the beauty of The Philippines !

There are many means of transport in the Philippines.

The traffic can be very different from your the country where you live. In Western Europe (or the U.S., Canada or so), you probably are customed to travel 100 km / 60 miles an hour on the highway. Don’t expect those travel times in the Philippines, but enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area.

In you drive in the centre of Manila or Davao it might be just as the big city at home, and you will be lucky to drive a few kilometers/miles an hour.

In the Philippines you might also calculate a little bit more time for this distance because of the quality of the roads. In the countryside they can been made of concrete, gravel or just earth (or mud when it was raining). The roads can be very smooth or you like driving between the holes. On the other hand, the surrounding beauty is most likely not what you have at home. Just relax, you are on holiday.

In Western Europe there might be too many rules in traffic while in the Philippines the might have too few. The number of road signs is limited, but then again, this does not spoil the beautiful view you most likely don’t have at home. 

The roads are used by jeepneys, tricycles, motorcycles, buses, trucks, pedestrians and an bike occasionally. Besides the pedastrians (and the bikes) they like very much to use their horns to make you aware that they are coming or wanting to pass you. Passing can be done on the left side of your vehicle, but don’t be suprised if it is on the right side. It is a mix between the American “keep in lane” and the European “take over on the left side”. 

Don’t expect pedastrian (or bike) lanes on the roads outside the cities. You might however expect some dogs lying in the shadow on the road.

When you want to cross a junction, relax and take your time. Who has priority is not always very obvious. It looks more the American way (the first one to arrive will cross first) but don’t be sure of that. And since you have holiday…. does it realy matter if you arrive 5 minutes later ?

Tricycles

 

Motorcycles

 

Jeepney

Jeepneys (FilipinoDyipne), sometimes called simply jeeps (Filipinodyip), are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They are known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine culture and art.

The jeepney is the cheapest way to commute in the Philippines. Because of its open rear door design, picking up and dropping off is easy for both passengers and drivers, they can stop anywhere unlike buses. But also because of this convenience, some jeepney drivers are the source of traffic congestion by indiscriminately loading and unloading passengers in the middle of the street, blocking traffic and risking the safety of some passengers. Some drivers engage in practices such as jostling over passengers, blocking other jeepneys to get passengers in the middle of the lane and trip-cutting (not completing the route, dropping off passengers if there are less than three to return to the jeepney stand and wait for a new set of passengers as it is not profitable for them to continue the route).

 

Car

Of course you can rent a car. The traffic can be very different from your the country where you live. If you live in Western Europe or the U.S., Canada or so, you probably are customed to travel 100 km / 60 miles an hour on highway. In the Philippines you might calculate a bit more time for this distance because of the quality of the roads. They can been made of concrete, gravel or just earth. They can be very smooth or you are driving around the holes. On the other hand, the surrounding beauty is most likely not what you have at home.