Pros and Cons of transportation systems in the Philippines
The Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit (commonly referred to as MRT and LRT) generally arrive on schedule but are also almost always very packed. Buses are also very crowded. One must be vigilant with his belongings. Taxis are more expensive but are far more comfortable and safer especially for tourists who do not know directions. Trains, buses, and taxis are ideal for foreigners who are in the Philippines for work and business, not for a vacation.
Even in the cities, tourists can opt for the very “Filipino” modes of transportation. For longer travels and ones that will pass through major highways and roads, tourists can ride a jeepney.
Tourists can engage in the Filipino spirit of “Bayanihan” even in the simple act of passing the fare from person to person. Jeepneys are also very colorful and decorated. There is not a single jeepney like any other. Jeepneys, however, are also notorious for snatchers. It is best to dress humbly and keep an eye on your belongings.
For shorter distances that will not travel along major highways and roads, tourists can get the special treatment of riding a tricycle. It is a motorcycle with a sidecar attached to its side.
A manual version is also available, the pedicab, which is a bicycle with a sidecar. You can rent tricycles to get you straight where you need to be. Just like jeepneys, tricycles and pedicabs are very colorful and decorated. Tricycle drivers sometimes tend to overprice their fare for foreigners so ask locals about the regular price and for special trips.
Traveling by air comes naturally because The Philippines is an archipelago. You can reach some islands by plane. However, some smaller islands do not have airports so you need to travel by sea further to reach them.
The Philippines is an exciting country with many places you can go to. It has many beaches, mountains, and different terrains. Wherever it may be in Philippines, it becomes more memorable because of the journey. Choosing the right vehicle is important.
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