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Distance from Baltimore: 8,652 miles, about a 22 hour flight (with stops)
Why it's hot: The Philippines offers visitors a beautiful environment to be explored. Visit Taal Volcano in Batangas, the smallest active volcano in the world. Stroll among the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, which have been planted with rice for nearly 2,000 years. Take a day to visit the historic city of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, which was the center of Spanish colonial power in 19th century. Relax along the crystal blue waters of one of the numerous white sand beaches. Surf in Siargao Island and other regions, as well as snorkel, go white river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, wakeboarding and more. Climb Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak at 9,689 feet or spend the day relaxing in a spa.
Don't miss: The Chocolate Hills in Bohol are a stunning land formation unique to the region. Made up of over 1200 perfectly formed hills sprinkled over the landside, the hills vary from 30 to 50 meters high and are made of weathered marine limestone on top of layers of clay.
Information: Go to wowphilippines.com.
November 15, 2012