Philippines, one of the 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World – CN Traveler

Travel Magazine Names Philippines as One of the Most Beautiful Countries in the World

The Philippines joins the list of the most beautiful countries in the world!

US-based luxury and travel magazine Conde Nast (CN) Traveler has named the Philippines one of the 40 most beautiful countries in the world, in an article they published in June 2022.

Countries that joined the ‘Most Beautiful’ list were recognized for their breathtaking natural wonders that locals and international tourists love. For the Philippines, three of our tourist destinations were specially mentioned. This includes Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Bohol, and the Cordilleras.

Philippines, one of the 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World photo by @mykelgran via Unsplash
Philippines, one of the 40 Most Beautiful Countries in the World photo by @mykelgran via Unsplash

As mentioned by CN Traveler in its article, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park’s “mangrove forests, impressive cave systems, and underground river” made the destination beautiful. True enough, its biodiversity was recognized and heralded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and the New 7 Wonders of nature in 2012. Its rich flora and fauna, decorated with striking limestone formations make this place an enchanting gem on Palawan island.

Another tourist destination CN Traveler mentioned is Bohol’s famous Chocolate Hills. This well-loved tourist destination is made of more than 1,200 majestic cone-shaped hills. They look like chocolate kisses during the dry season and are verdant green during the wet season. Seeing them in person is such a beautiful sight to see, especially when aboard a plane, where the view is better. If you happen to be in Bohol anytime soon, visit this tourist attraction that’s often called the eighth wonder of the world.

Barracuda Lake - Coron Island, Palawan by Jake Irish via Unsplash
Barracuda Lake – Coron Island, Palawan by Jake Irish via Unsplash

Lastly, CN Traveler mentioned the Banaue and Cordillera region, for its scenic and lush green rice terraces. Located up north, the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thus only fitting to be part of what makes the Philippines one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Comprised of Banaue’s Batad and Bangaan rice terraces, Mayoyao, Hungduan, and Nagacadan, these terraces are rice farms hand-built and maintained by Ifugao farmers. It has become a must-see attraction in the northern Philippines for its impressive landscape.

Other Asian countries which are included in the list are Vietnam, Turkey, Nepal, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand, among others. The list was created based on the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum. The criteria included total animal species, number of UNESCO World Sites, protected ecosystems, and personal picks of Traveler editors as well.

More Tourist Destinations in the Philippines To Explore

Does this entice you to travel to the Philippines soon? Here are some more tourist destinations in the Philippines worth traveling to! We’ve listed some of the tourist favorites and some undiscovered gems for your choices:

Boracay Island

Need we say more? This award-winning island boasts a stretch of fine white sand and bustling day adventure and nightlife activities that vacationers enjoy. Boracay is located in Aklan, Western Visayas.


If you’re a fan of beaches and surfing, come to Cebu. You’ll find the best diving spots here if you want to do underwater sports. Aside from water activities, you’ll also enjoy their local dishes, such as the famous roasted pig, Lechon.


This destination is recently gaining attention for its beautiful sandbars and crystal clear waters. If tourist-filled spots are not your ideal destinations, you’ll love the idyllic beaches of Zamboanga.

Looking for more destinations to visit in the Philippines? Read our travel stories in this blog!

Source: CN Traveler


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