HOW TO GET THERE
The International Airport of Manila is Manila-Ninoy Aquino MNL, also known as NAIA
The Philippines climate is tropical and characterised by high temperatures and high humidity levels throughout the year. The hottest time of the year is usually between March and October, and there is a slight drop in temperatures between November and February. Although the country is geographically spread out, average temperatures are mostly stable throughout, and range between the 20s°C and 30s°C (high 60s°F to mid 80s°F).
Usually 220 volts (similar to Australia, Europe and most of Asia), although you may come across 110 volts in some rural areas – it’s best to ask before plugging in appliances. Most cell-phones, cameras, MP3 players and laptops are dual voltage (hair-dryers are the biggest problem for North American travellers). Plugs have two flat, rectangular pins (same as the US and Canada). Power cuts (known locally as “brownouts”) are common, especially in the provinces. If you are worried about using valuable electrical equipment in the Philippines – a laptop computer, for instance – you should plug it into an automatic voltage regulator (AVR), a small appliance that ensures the voltage remains constant even if there is a sudden fluctuation or surge in the mains.