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Tagaytay City, Amazing Tourists Attraction in the Philippines

Thelma is a Filipina Expat living in Germany. She shares her Philippines life and travel experiences about her beautiful home country.

Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City  overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, Philippines

Picnic Grove in Tagaytay City overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, Philippines

Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City is an amazing tourists attraction in the Philippines. It is located in the province of Cavite. It is popular not only for the locals but also for the tourists who are travelling to the Philippines. Tagaytay City has a beautiful scenery overlooking Taal Volcano, one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines. It is located in the middle of Taal Lake which is a part of Batangas.

Tagaytay City has a cool climate specially on the highlands of Tagaytay. Some parts of the city are surrounded by hills and mountains with its beautifully restored natural resources. Tourism is their main industry as there are a lot of tourists who love to see Taal Volcano.

KLM at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, The Netherlands bound for Manila Philippines.

KLM at Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, The Netherlands bound for Manila Philippines.

Flying To Manila With KLM

When I started my travel to my home country Philippines, I did not know or plan to visit Tagaytay. I flew with KLM from Düsseldorf, Germany to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands for 30 minutes where I had my connecting flight to Manila via Taipei, Taiwan. I had the same flight with my sister and her family that´s why I flew to Schiphol instead of flying direct to Manila from Germany.

Our flight took 14 hours and 30 minutes to Manila International Airport, excluded our almost one hour stay in Taipei Airport where we had to go down from the plane. We, the passengers were ushered to go to the check -in again ( we had done the same procedure in Schiphol airport) with our hand carry luggages that we had to bring with us from the plane. Laptop out of my bag, shoes off, belt off the trousers, etc....Some of the passengers who had bought nippers and some sharp manicure sets in Schiphol duty free shops had to surrender their things which they have not used yet, to the controller. They were of course angry.

For me, it was bullocks. Why did we have to be checked-in again when in fact it was already done in Schiphol airport where we started our long flight. Why didn´t we just have to be in a transit room where we could relax and wait for the cleaners to finish their job, who were tidying the plane and the tanks filled with kerosene?

After we were controlled, we had to pass through a long duty free shops with luxurious branded products for sale before we arrived at our boarding gate. Do you think we had the feeling to go shopping after our 12 1/2 hours flight to Taipei? No! Not at all.

Hand Carry Luggage

Hand Carry Luggage

Traveling with a hand carry luggage for a long flight travel to the Philippines is very practical. You can have your important things with you and extra clothing inside just in case your check-in luggage will not arrive with you at the same time. I have one like this and it is with me everywhere I travel. Very handy to pull.

Map of the Philippines

The active Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, seen from Tagaytay City, Philippines.

The active Taal Volcano at Taal Lake, seen from Tagaytay City, Philippines.

How To Go To Tagaytay

Our first day in Manila was to visit our childhood friend in Cavite whom we had not seen for too long. This friend and her daughter brought us to Tagaytay to show us the most visited scenic view in their province. It was awesome! The first time I have come near to an active volcano. Terrific!

When you travel from abroad and land in Manila International Airport, just take your time and rest for a while until the next day, specially if you have jet lag and you´ll still have to acclimatize with the hot and humid weather and the chaos in Manilas´ traffic. When you are staying in a hotel who has a travel agency, you can rent a car from them or they will arrange something for your trip to Tagaytay.

From Manila, it will take more or less 2 hours to drive by car or by taxi to Tagaytay. It depends on the traffic jam you are in. You can also go to Tagaytay by bus if you want to but it will take more time than renting a car. As a tourist, I´ll prefer to rent a car with a driver. Driving in Manila is very dangerous if you are not used to Filipino ways of driving.

Map of the Philippines

Philippines Map

Don´t forget to bring Philippines map with you when traveling to my home country Philippines. There you can see how long your travel will be and you can see other places which might interest you.

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Natures Beauty

  • Taal Lake is located in Batangas Province. It is where Taal Volcano is located. It´s a fresh water lake where the fishermen love to catch their fish.
  • Taal Volcano is one of active volcanoes in the Philippines. From Tagaytay ridge, you can see the awesome natural beauty of this volcano. It is around 55 kilometers far from Manila city. It has erupted in 1977 and since then, it is said to be unrest. I just hope that it will never explode again.

What To See And Do In Tagaytay

  1. Sightseeing before or after dining at one of the restaurants like Pancake House or Chic Boy. There´s a view point behind the restaurants overlooking Taal Volcano at Taal Lake with lots of parked boats and the hills and the mountains of Tagaytay.
  2. Strolling with your good walking shoes around the Picnic Grove where you can have your picnic with your family or friends and enjoy horseback riding.
  3. Eco Adventure Trail starts at the Picnic Grove. Strolling down the stairs where you can every now and then take a view of Taal Lake and continue strolling on a wooden hanging bridge. Left and right sides of the bridge are tropical plants and wild flowers. From the bridge you can see a person hanging on a Zipline from the start to the finishing line.
  4. Zipline and Cable Car is one of the fun things you can do when you are not afraid of the heights. An adventure for the youths I would say.
  5. Or you can enjoy Fish Spa and Fish Pedicure. Dr. Fish Garra Rufa, a kind of fish which eats the dry skins of your feet by nibbling, licking and sucking. It´s a kind of exfoliation to your dry skin on your feet. Of course, there are more than 2 Garra Rufa fishes enjoying their meals.
  6. And The Highlands is the coolest place in Tagaytay. You have to be a member of this exclusive resort or a friend of a member to enter this place.

Our visit to Tagaytay City is a time to remember. It was a day full of memories as we don´t know for now when we will be meeting again with our childhood friend and her family. Maybe we see each other again when we are both grandmothers. I was just thinking who will be the first to be a granny. We´ll see. The future lies ahead of us and I hope we´ll still be healthy then.

Thanks for reading my article and please leave a comment.

Source: Wikipedia

© 2012 Thelma Alberts


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on November 05, 2012:

Thanks Clodomiro for your visit. I´m glad you like the Philippines and you found your love one there. I wish you both good luck and happy companionship in the near future. Have a great week!

Clodomiro Giraud ∆r. on November 05, 2012:


To all my Philippine friends I went to Cavite City for vacation, and I fill in love with the country, I met my Frances and she in coming to join me here in beautiful California US. If God is willing, I been thinking in buying a vacation home in tagatay, MY Web-Site, or if you like you can Google Author

Clodomiro Giraud.jr. here the wishing all the Philippinos best that life has to offer

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 04, 2012:

Your welcome Eddy. It´s always a pleasure to have you as my reader. Thank you. Take care;-)

Eiddwen from Wales on September 04, 2012:

How truly beautiful Thelma ;thank you so much for sharing .

Have a great day.


Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 26, 2012:

Thank you Bas for your comment. Yes, we were and always be lucky. Next time we´ll go to Tagaytay highlands with L. and of course your family. Regards and keep writing;-)

Bastinck from The Netherlands on August 26, 2012:

Hi Thel, a wonderful article as always. Yes Tagaytay was a very nice place to visit, we were lucky that there was cloud cover or we would've been burned. When we go to the PHP again I think I will go there again.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 20, 2012:

Hi Lesley! Yes, the second check-in thing was ridiculous. Tagaytay is really a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 19, 2012:

Hi Thelma, the second check-in thing seems ridiculous and frustrating!

Tagatay looks a fabulous place to visit, loved your photos and descriptions.

Thank you and voted up.

Best wishes Lesley

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 17, 2012:

Thank you Vinaya for your visit. Please do visit, the Philippines and your friends. I´m sure you will enjoy your vacation there. There are lots of beauty spots in my country where you can relax and maybe find an idea for writing. Good day to you!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 17, 2012:

You welcome Lightshare. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 17, 2012:

Hi Lord! Yep, it looks like paradise. Pity I don´t live there but I will be writing more about Philippines beauty spots as I´m here for a few months time. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate that.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on August 16, 2012:

Hello Thelma, I have always wanted to know more about Philippines. I have some friends there, and hope to visit them someday. Thanks for this comprehensive article.


Lightshare on August 16, 2012:

Thank yu very much Thelma for a great information and beautiful pictures -)

Joseph De Cross from New York on August 16, 2012:

Wow! Tagaytay City, looks like paradise. Love your guiding tips. Love those pics, and the lay out of the hub. You showed so much of Philipinnes in this one. Salamat!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 15, 2012:

Thank you drbj for stopping by . Your comment is highly appeciated. Take care and have a good day;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 15, 2012:

Hi Mama Kim 8! Thank you for your comment. I appreciate that. It´s a great idea to write tourists books. I might, lol! Thanks again;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 15, 2012:

Hi Joyce! Yes, it´s sometimes annoying travelling long distances but it´s always worth the trouble. It was a pity to give up the hand made jam. It was safe when you have put it inside your check-in luggage. I used to carry a big bottle of cherry liqour with me in my handcarry luggage years ago, for my black forrest cake but now only the small bottles ( 2 pieces) carefully wrapped in hand towels, inside my check-in luggage.. Thanks for your visit.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on August 14, 2012:

Great photos, Thelma, as always and an intriguing visit to Tagaytay City. I know firsthand how annoying that second airport check-in is in Taipei. Been there, done that.

Aloe Kim on August 13, 2012:

What a beautiful city! You could write tourists books ^_^ this was absolutely perfect. If I ever get to travel to the Philippines I'll want to do everything you mentioned! Voted up, useful and beautiful!!

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on August 13, 2012:

I understand you're frustration when travelling long distances.

When I went to London I bought some hand made jam and totally forgot all about not taking any liquid type of thing through security. I couldn't understand why I was a bag short and the English woman sitting high in a cubicle yelled it's got liquid in it. So I said bye bye to the hand made jam, Joyce.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 13, 2012:

Yes, there are highlands at Tagaytay and cooler than Manila or our place. Members only and I don´t know how much. I have to google first. It´s a nice place to live for those who have millions on their bank account. Thanks for commenting. See you soon;-)))

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 13, 2012:

Thank you diyomarpandan for your comment. I appreciate that. Yes, you can insert a map capsule to your hub. Have a good night!

Lothar Alberts on August 13, 2012:

There are Highlands at Tagaytay?Cooler place?Members only.Sayang.How much is the membership?All in all,looks a nice place!

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