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Unpopular destinations you should visit 2-3 hours from Manila




I know spending more than 5 hours on the road for a weekend escape is not everyone's cup of tea and it is sometimes impractical that you spend more time on your journey than the time you spend to the destination of your choice, I know some of you can relate to that, me too. I made a list of good destinations you might not have heard before stone's throw away from Manila, majority of the places below are from my own blog but I believe readers deserve more so I collaborated with other travel bloggers to share their insights and recommendations. Let's roll down the curtain, THE PLACES YOU SHOULD VISIT 2-3 HOURS FROM MANILA.




VILLA ELMA, QUEZON


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Is a 10 hectare mountain pilgrimage site nestled at the foothill of Mount Banahaw in the outskirt of Lucban, Quezon. Villa Elma provides a scenic mountain view of the prominent neighboring mountain, the place is also full packed with activities for both youngs and adults. Its fusion of rawness and cozy ambiance makes it more appealing to the travelers and is one of the reasons why you should visit Villa Elma…Read more



MOUNT PURRO NATURE RESERVE, ANTIPOLO


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Is a mountain resort located in Calawis, Antipolo, you can reach the place in less than 2 hours from Manila. Mount Purro is perfect for a quick weekend getaway that doesn’t require visitors to travel afar, they promote a disconnect to connect back to basic style that will surely enable everyone to commune with nature and set aside all the stress they carry from the disquieting life in the city…Read more



MANUEL UY BEACH, BATANGAS


STORY BY MICHAEL ANGELO OF ANGELO THE EXPLORER

The trip to Manuel Uy is really a nice addition for those wanting to go on a beach camp adventure. The place was close to Manila, the beach was clean, the view was great, and most specially, you don't need to pay too much to have a good time… Read more 



AROMA BEACH, BATAAN


STORY BY MILET MIRANDA OF PROJECT GORA

Secluded, quiet and relaxing: this is how I describe Aroma Beach Hideaway in Bagac, Bataan. Even with the absence of electricity and luxury accommodations, the resort is blessed with many natural attractions, both at the beach and off shore. The resort’s management only allows certain number of guests so you’re assured to get a peaceful vacation... Read more




NAUVOO FARM RESORT, PAMPANGA


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Is a farm resort overlooking the majestic site of Mount Arayat located in Magalang Pampanga, approximately 2-3 hours from Manila.  Nauvoo (Nah-voo) Farm Resort is a newly opened resort that offers a serene ambiance through its unspoilt location and stylish set up. The resort is a accessible to Banal na Bundok Shrine that's very significant site during the Holy Week, they also provide accommodation that would suite wide number of visitors in fairly agreeable rates…Read more


PLAYA LA CALETA, BATAAN


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Playa La Caleta is a hidden cove surrounded by the lush forest  of Morong Bataan, adjacent to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar which is located to its neighboring town, Bagac.  The resort is another rising destination in the province accessible to Manila in 3 hours, they also have assortment of thrilling water activities  or you can just relax and hear the sound of the waves crashing by the beach shore. If you love the combination of both adventure and peace well this place must be in your top pick… Read more





PILILLA WIND MILLS, RIZAL



STORY BY CLAIRE MADARANG OF I AM TRAVELING LIGHT

You don’t have to go far to Ilocos Norte to see breathtaking windmills. Pililla in nearby Rizal has its own 27 wind turbines built on lush green hills, some along Laguna de Bay. And, Pilillahas sweet, juicy pineapples too! You can even walk along some plantations while seeing the windmills! Don’t forget to try Pililla’s pineapples on your visit... Read more




BALAI LORETA, QUEZON 


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Another newly discovered traveler’s den along the coast of Sariaya, Quezon. Balai Loreta is a small resort owned by Architect Angelie Villanueva, it was built as his retirement home/a hidden place where everyone can enjoy its rustic set up facing the beach of Sariaya. The resort is a perfect hideout for travelers not into long drive, you’ll surely enjoy the beachfront rooms and of course the infinity pool for night swimming is perfect...Read more



VISTA TALA MOUNTAIN RESORT, BATAAN  



STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE
Another premiere destination in the province of Bataan, situated in the town of Orani. The resort gets the attention of its visitor and starting to get known to its world class facilities well suited for all numbers of guests.  The infinity pool I believe is their main attraction, it faces the mountain view that is extremely breath taking but for a backpacker like me, I don’t see the worth of its price in exchange of the service I had with them… Read more



WELLNESS NURTURE VILLAGE TAGAYTAY, CAVITE



STORY BY CLAIRE MADARANG OF I AM TRAVELING LIGHT

Indeed, you will feel nurtured at Nurture Wellness Village as you breathe in the cool air, indulge in spa treatments (some of them indigenous Filipino), drink fresh and surprisingly delicious vegetable juices, eat wholesome food, and take part in farm tours and activities like herbal medicine walks, salad making, coffee making, and more...Read more



LULJETTA'S HANGING GARDEN SPA, ANTIPOLO



STORY BY BILLY PALATINO OF GALAERO ESCAPES TRAVEL


The first recall I had about Antipolo was on the folkloric music I used to listen during my childhood. My father has a cassette tape with playlist of Filipino Folk Music, among the list was "Tayo Na Sa Antipolo" by Mabuhay Singers . Later on, I see Antipolo as capital city of Rizal Province, just a plain and sprouting suburbia outside the Metropolis, we usually overlook, but not until our Tayo Na Sa Antipolo Tour 2017... Read more




LARESIO LAKESIDE RESORT AND SPA, LAGUNA

STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Tanay as mentioned on my previous article, is another gem of Rizal Province famous for underrated travel destinations stone's throw away from the Metro, I made this trip possible with the help of my travel buddies. Mt.Batolusong  is another must try destination for both novice and seasoned climbers, a perfect budget friendly weekend getaway for thrill seekers. Mt. Batolusong is starting to establish its name and getting the attention of travelers with its own version of sea of clouds, some tourists on Tanay's neighboring town make this an alternative destination to Pulag's prominent attraction... Read more




MT. BATOLUSONG, RIZAL 



STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE

Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa is located in Los Baños Laguna, built and situated at the lakeside to strategically capture everyone's attention especially the seekers of outdoor adventures, a place you can enjoy in less complexity of traveling far, I honestly never thought that there's something more like this in Los Baños, Laguna…Read more


TUTULAKAN RIVER, QUEZON

STORY BY KARL ACE OF TURISTA TRAILS


Tutulakan River is a natural attraction in General Nakar, Quezon Province that’s part of the mighty Agos River. Perfect for cliff-diving, swimming and balsa cruise, the emerald green river is deepest at 30 feet and is adorned by rock formations on both banks. Travelers from Metro Manila can camp out in the area or simply do a day tour since it’s just less than an hour of commute and an hour of hiking from the border of Tanay in Brgy. Daraitan... Read more

BUKAL FALLS, LAGUNA


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE


Majayjay is a sleepy town on the southern tip of Laguna province, a forth class municipality located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw, here lies some of the unknown and underrated quick hideouts that you might haven't heard of. Someone sent me a photo of Bukal Falls in Majayjay Laguna, a newly discovered hotspot ideal to integrate and be at peace with nature... Read more   



TEN CENTS TO HEAVEN, RIZAL 


STORY BY FRANCO AYSON OF LAGAW TRAVELOGUE


Tanay is home of heavenly natural attractions just a stone's throw away from the city center of Metropolis, becoming more popular to underrated destinations, be it natural attractions or recreational areas. Ten cents to Heaven is leisure camp situated in the mountain of Tanay, it offers a grandiose view of Laguna de bay and the mountain ranges of Sierra Madre, an ideal site for corporate outings and family gatherings... Read more







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