If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that I’ve spent a lot of my time in South Luzon, where my mom’s side of the family lives. If you don’t have family to visit in the Philippines, you might not need to spend as much time as I did. After some much-needed family bonding, we headed to some popular travel destinations to view the jewels of the Philippines.
Taal Lake, Tagaytay
Taal Lake is a freshwater lake in Batangas and it’s famous because essentially, it’s a lake within a lake. I guess you could call it a crater lake.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to hike to Taal Volcano which is kind of a bummer. But if you’re here because you want to know exactly how to do that, I am Aileen has a really good blog post on how to do that. You can read it right here.
If you’re lame like me, you can enjoy the view from the Twin Lakes Hotel where there are popular restaurants you can stop in for lunch!
You can also view the lake in Talisay. It’s even more beautiful during sunset.
Shopping in Taal Heritage Town
During my time here, I was on a mission to pick up a Maria Clara gown that I can take back to Canada. Unfortunately, we don’t have many Filipino designers in Calgary and the ones that are present do not specialize in traditional clothing. If you’re looking for Filipiniana gowns, baro’t saya, or similar items, Taal has a great market where you can get them on a budget.
Warning: Make sure to brush up on your negotiation skills!
Fantasy World Amusement Park
South Luzon and the Batangas area has a really creepy abandoned theme park called “Fantasy World”. If you’re in the area, I think it’s worth looking into, especially if you’re a fan of that stuff. But if you want a real amusement park experience, Sky Ranch is not too far away.
Check out my Instagram post on Fantasy World below!
That’s it for the Batangas area!
Till next time,
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