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Diniwid Beach
Diniwid Beach

Diniwid Beach

Visit the upscale Diniwid Beach on Boracay Island, Philippines. Of the 13 beaches on Boracay, Diniwid Beach is perfect for travelers looking for an upscale stretch of sand that’s private, quiet and less populated with beachgoers. 960 1280

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Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills

Located in the Philippines’ Bohol Province, the Chocolate Hills are 1,776 hills spread over an area of more than 20 square miles. This geological site and popular tourist attraction -- normally covered in green grass -- turns chocolate brown during the dry season. 960 1280

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Boracay Island

Boracay Island

Boracay is a small island located almost 200 miles south of Manila. This island paradise is emerging among the top destinations for a relaxing vacation and exciting nightlife scene. In 2012, Travel + Leisure picked Boracay as the best island in the world. The island is also a great spot for travelers who enjoy water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, helmet diving and cliff diving. Visit during Amihan season (usually from September to June) to get the best trade winds for windsurfing, kiteboarding and kitesurfing. 960 1280

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Manila

Manila

Manila is the second largest city in the Philippines with a total population of more than 1.6 million people. Recommended sights to visit include Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Rizal Park, Fort Santiago, Star City, Manila Ocean Park, Café Juanita and the Marikina Shoe Museum, for those fascinated by the footwear of the Philippines’ controversial former First Lady, Imelda Marcos. 960 1280

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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Arrive at Shangri-La’s secluded Boracay Resort & Spa on a speed boat. Guests can choose to stay in one of the resort’s 219 rooms, suites or villas -- all with a spacious balcony and some with a stunning oceanfront view. Don’t pass up being pampered at Chi, The Spa, or using the resort’s health club, tennis court, dive center or swimming pool, one of the largest free-form swimming pools in the country. 960 1280

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Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

Commonly referred to by Filipinos as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Banaue Rice Terraces are 2,000-year-old terraces carved into the mountains in the Ifugao Province of the Philippines. Locals still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces despite the steady decrease in number of young farmers. We also recommend take a fun road trip to the Batad Rice Terraces. 960 1280

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Cebu

Cebu

Cebu is an island province in the Philippines, consisting of the island itself and 167 surrounding islands. It is one of the most developed provinces, with Cebu City as the main center of commerce, trade, education and industry. In 2007, Conde Nast Traveler named Cebu the 7th best island destination in the Indian Ocean-Asia region. Cebu is also a great spot for shopping. We recommend shopping at local markets like the Carbon Market or Tabo-an Market. 960 1280

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Snorkeling in Cebu

Snorkeling in Cebu

Spend hours snorkeling and exploring the marine life along the coast of Cebu. Mactan Island and Moalboal Cebu are some of the best spots for an underwater adventure to explore the 4-armed chocolate, blue linckia starfish, black sea urchin, manta rays, barracuda, whalesharks and beautiful coral gardens. 960 1280

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Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Located on the island of Luzon (31 miles south of Manila), Taal Volcano is the 2nd most active volcano in the Philippines. The volcano -- part of what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire -- and Taal Lake is one of most picturesque views in the country. 960 1280

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Rizal Park

Rizal Park

Take a stroll through Rizal Park, a historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. This iconic park consists of open lawns, lush gardens, paved walks and wooded areas with monuments that recognize national Filipino heroes like Jose Rizal. On Sundays, locals and visitors can sit back and listen to live entertainment, for free, in the open-air auditorium as part of the Concert at the Park series. 960 1280

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Sensual Spa Treatment

Sensual Spa Treatment

There’s no better way to unwind and relax than to hit the spa for a therapeutic massage to help release the stress sitting in those tight muscles and joints. From a hot stone massage to foot reflex therapy, the Philippines have a several resorts that have their in-house spas and services that cater to its guests’ needs. 960 1280

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SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia

Go shopping at the SM Mall of Asia! Located in Bay City, Pasay, this mega-sized mall attracts about 200,000 people every day, and it is one of the largest malls in the world. If you still have satisfied your shopping fix after visiting the SM Mall of Asia (pictured); then you can’t miss out on shopping at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong, Philippines. It’s the 3rd largest shopping mall in the world. 960 1280

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White Beach

White Beach

Welcome to one of the finest, stretches of white-sand beachfront in the world. Lined with coconut palms, White Beach -- located on Boracay Island -- is 3 miles long and has a strip of bars, restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that cater to millions of tourists. The beach is divided into 3 sections from north to south: stations 1, 2 and 3. Station 1 has the widest stretch of sand with pricey hotels. Station 2 is the place to be for eating and shopping, and the Station 3 is the place to go if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

New York’s Fifth Avenue is synonomous with the luxe life, with “Old New York” classics like Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman and FAO Schwarz. But just like New York itself, Fifth Avenue is always keeping pace with current trends and is now home to a 24-hour flagship Apple store. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

For those who haven’t been to Moscow, it might be surprising to learn that Russia's capital is a fashion mecca with expensive boutiques from the gaudy to the glamorous. You can find everything in Moscow from haute couture to Soviet vintage clothing. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood is one of the city’s most famous shopping districts. Skyscrapers, department stores, shopping malls and electronics megastores -- this is high-energy shopping at its best. 960 1280

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Milan

Milan

When you think of Milan, you can’t help but think of fashion. Versace, Armani and Missoni -- all the world-famous Italian designers have flagship stores in Milan. One of the oldest shopping malls in the world, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II opened in 1877 in Milan and houses Prada, Louis Vuitton and Gucci. We didn’t say this was a city for the budgetista. 960 1280

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London

London

Oxford Street is London's definitive shopping destination, with one and half miles of well-known brands like Selfridges and Topshop. For more unique finds, head to North London's Camden Market, where you'll find everything from emerging designers to vintage fashion and antique furnishings. 960 1280

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Dubai

Dubai

The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall (based on total square feet). With over 1,200 retail outlets, 160 food and beverage outlets, and even an indoor ski resort, where does one begin? Perhaps with a visit to the world's largest candy store, Candylicious, for a well-needed sugar rush. You’ll need one to get through all this shopping. 960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Los Angeles's Rodeo Drive is probably the most expensive 3 blocks of shopping in the world. This glamorous stretch is where the stars shop, with stores like Coco Chanel, Cartier and Yves Saint Laurent. For those without movie-star budgets, you can still spend a fun afternoon here window shopping and celeb spotting. 960 1280

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Paris

Paris

From haute couture to flea markets, Paris is full of numerous shopping opportunities. The City of Light’s most famous shopping street is Champs-Elysees. This high-end thoroughfare houses the city’s most luxurious shops, including Louis Vuitton. 960 1280

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Rome

Rome

Window shopping is a popular pastime in Rome, since its expensive stores aren't exactly budget-friendly. Some of the biggest names in Italian fashion -- Prada, Valentino, Gucci and Fendi -- can be found on the streets near the Spanish Steps. 960 1280

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Madrid

Madrid

Variety is the essence of Spain’s shopping scene. There is something for every shopping personality here -- giant department stores, emerging designer boutiques and weekly flea markets. Don’t forget about the Spanish siesta, which keeps smaller stores closed in the afternoons, generally from 2 to 5 p.m. 960 1280

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s heritage stems from being a hub of international trade. So it’s no surprise you can buy virtually anything you could possibly ever dream of in this city today. But Hong Kong is best known for its great deals on street labels (it’s a knockoff heaven) and cutting-edge electronics. 960 1280

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Austin

Austin

Austin’s slogan “Keep Austin Weird” includes its shopping. The Texas capital prides itself on supporting independent stores, and is home to numerous thrift and vintage stores. And if you want classic Texas style? Head to Allens Boots for the city’s best selection of authentic cowboy boots. 960 1280

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