Transport in the Philippines: Personal Experience
The first thing that rushes into the eyes is a unique public transport: jeepni and trashikla. Jeepney – an example of how Filipinos to Zhuchi liked Military American Jeep Wrangler. Since at that time there was no steeper car on these islands, local mechanics began to copy the jeep design, but making cars, sharpened on passenger traffic.
So it turned out incredible minibuses, without which it is difficult to imagine modern Philippines. Every driver adorns her jeep in his. Everyone is trying to stand out and therefore the city and villages are struggling the alyapic works of art, which enhance the passers-by black solar smoke.
Trashikla is the Philippine version of Motoricks. For some reason, they chose a motorcycle option with a covered stroller.
Trashikla is everywhere. This is a national type of individual transport as he is cheap and on it, if you pull the stomach, a man can fit 10. In each region, there was a unique design of the trashiklov and you can study the culture of various Filipino peoples.
So at the first time in the manile your look most attracts jeeps and trashikla. The rest is uninteresting.
Manila: Taxi from the airport
How to get to Taalian (Philippines)
Tala – a small Philippine town, located 100 kilometers south of the capital – Manila. To get to it, it is best to take the bus on the bus station Benidia (Buendia) to the town of Lecheri (Lemery) – all these buses follow the Tala.
Stop on Buandia a lot, most buses are in the province of Laguna (Laguna) and Batangas (Batangas).
The most popular transport in Manila
El Nido Airport (Philippines)
Driving manner Filipiny residents
To Iloilo 234 km, and it would seem that here go 3 hours with a little. But it just seemed. With due skill and the skill of local drivers -dogoga ran 5-6 hours. The driver, every time noticing me in my hands the camera, considered it to stop and let me pofotkat. After 40 minutes I decided to throw it a glible case, otherwise we thought we would never reach, or would I sit somewhere on the way).
Curious of the same manner of driving Philippines. Two stripes and double solid, empty road. Overtaking in the opposite, and do not care that there is movement and double solid, the main thing is to be able to move well so that you move.
Ferry crossings in the Philippines – for real extremals
The most seemingly logical way to move from the island to the island – it should be saved on the ship. We tried to fuse from El Nido in Manila. Bad premonitions arose as soon as we saw the ship, more like a tantice. On the first floor of the ship, the fish stink so that tears were made in front of the eyes, and the second floor, where we were going to spend the next 36 hours, was a cramped and low Barack, with two-storey meters by 60-70 people. And the first floor of Nar was at the floor level, and the second (by the way, "Business Class") at the level of the middle European belt. The upper hole ended the window without glass leading to the ocean. In short, full seams.
Understandable, the ship was naked by the Philipps. But this turned out to be little. After the place for people ended, on board began to ship the buffaloes, who forced the whole deck, apparently especially, so that there was no place to walk. In the process of loading one of the rather big bulls dropped overboard. Of the positive points, it is worth mentioning a very tasty food that came to the ticket price. In addition, it was interesting to observe how the team on a thick fishing line catches Marlin. One-way ticket for this miracle cost 1000 pesos for a place "Business class" and 800 for the one that on the floor. On the totality of sensations, this type of transport can be recommended only for real adventurers, and the rest is better to refrain!
Air travel inside Philippines
Since the Philippines is an island state, it is necessary to somehow move between the islands. The best and fastest way to fly by plane. Prices are quite moderate, decent airplanes fly often. Machines on local lines fly different, from small motor "CISS" to full-size "Boeing" like the 737th.
Ticket from Manila to the capital of Palavan – Puerto Princess, in January 2009, cost 2200 peso (50 bucks for 700 km – it is quite inexpensive). Flew some small "Boeing", places for 40-50. Pilot led the aircraft manually and sazed too – the landing was memorable. But the price of a small plane, next from the resort town of El Nido in Manila, was worth the rabid 8500 peso (about 200 bucks).
Note that in the Philippines there are two large airlines engaged in internal transportation, this is Philippine Airlines and Sebu Pacific. It is believed that they are more reliable than others, so we recommend using that of their services.
Urban transport in the Philippines
Public transport. In most cities, the Philippines is based on "Jeep". Jeepney is a kind of minibuses made from descendants of American military jeeps. Very funny sight! Produce them with unpacked, and then each owner paints his assembly who in what is much. Sometimes come across just masterpieces. Driving on jeepni is very cheap, 5 peso (about 3 rubles). The main problem is that in order to go on the jeepney, you need to know well where you need, as well as imagine the geography of the place where you are. Really, for example, in Manila, it is almost impossible to understand the infinite Renice of the Pestreh buses, in which the people climbs and gets out right on the go. We managed to ride, but it was either accompanied by familiar Filipino, who were conducted by the process, or at the entirely rented jeepni. In the latter case, the price naturally increases, and here it is not possible to bargain, but you need to break a mercy merry.
Almost any bus station or parking can rent a minivan, which are called here simply "VEN". And under this title, local understands any car, with a capacity of more than five people, ranging from 11 local Mitsubishi Delica and ending with a jeep for 7 people with longitudinal shops in the trunk. Minivans are generally more expensive, but they are usually equipped with air conditioning and driving significantly faster than jeepni. With drivers of the leased vehicle, too, should be bargained to the last. Minivan from Puerto Princess to the town of Sabang, next to which there is an underground river, cost 5,000 pesos over the whole day, drove waited until we arrive, and then push. To take a minivan from Puerto Princess to El Nido – 600 peso with a person. There are large bus buses. They are sent from bus stations, stop at the request. Buses are usually comfortable, cool and amazing cheap. So the bus that gave us from Manila in Tagaitai cost 83 peso with a person. Unfortunately, the buses are not always good, for example, from El Nido to Puerto Princess, something old, ragless and devoid of not only air conditioning, but also glass, truth and worth such a 350 peso bus (for 6 hours).
If there is no desire to go by public transport, you can take a taxi. Pleasure costs from 40-300 pesos depending on how far to go. The tariffs are fixed, from the point A to B it is worth to get so much, you shouldn’t ask you more with you in the idea, but droves often do not want to include the counter 🙂 So you tramble! In a taxi pure and neat, there is air conditioning. Drivers mostly adequate, but come across full kneaders and papuats! Not only does it know how to led and strives to soak, it is still practically not saying in English, and does not know where he is in the city that is.