Conde Nast (CN) Traveler, a US-based travel magazine, listed the Philippines as one of the top 40 countries in the world in an article published in June 2022.
The ‘Most Beautiful’ list recognizes countries for their spectacular natural wonders that attract both domestic and foreign tourists. Three of the Philippines’ tourism attractions were specifically recognized. This includes Bohol, the Cordilleras, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan.
“Most Beautiful” Philippines – Palawan
According to CN Traveler’s feature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park’s “mangrove forests, spectacular cave systems, and underground river” contributes to the area’s attractiveness. Yes, its biodiversity was acknowledged and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012. This area is a magical gem on the island of Palawan because of its abundant flora and wildlife and stunning limestone structures.
“Most Beautiful” Philippines – Bohol
CN Traveler also cited the well-known Chocolate Hills of Bohol as a popular tourist destination. This popular tourist destination is made up of more than 1,200 stunning hills in the shape of cones. During the dry season, they resemble chocolate kisses, while during the rainy season, they are lush and green. It is such a lovely sight to see them in person, especially from the greater vantage point of an airplane. Visit this tourist destination, which is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world.
“Most Beautiful” Philippines – Cordillera’s
The Banaue and Cordillera area also featured by CN Traveler for its picturesque and verdant rice terraces. The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, which are in the country’s north, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so it makes sense that they would be a part of what makes the Philippines one of the most stunning countries in the entire world.
These terraces are rice farms that were man-made, constructed, and managed to keep up by Ifugao farmers. They include the Batad and Bangaan rice terraces in Banaue, as well as Mayoyao, Hungduan, and Nagacadan. Due to its amazing scenery, it has become a must-see site in the northern Philippines.
Conde Nast (CN) Traveler’s top 40 countries in the world list also includes Vietnam, Turkey, Nepal, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand, among other Asian Nations. The said list is based on the World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. The list also considered the total animal species, number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, protected ecosystems, and editors’ personal preferences.