Reigning as the largest city outside Metro Manila, the 87th fastest growing city in the world, listed as the 10th Asian City of the Future by FDi magazine, and tagged as the “Most Livable City” in the Philippines, Davao City surely deserves a visit or two. Explore this glorious city with a 3D/2N accommodation at Regency Inn with roundtrip airfare.
Unpack here at Regency Inn and cozy up to a fine accommodation in their carpeted hotel room with air-conditioning, TV with cable, and a private hot and cold shower room. This hotel has reliable Wi-Fi hotspots so you can upload your hotel pictures in FB, Twitter or Instagram. Crave for an instant bite upon arrival and settle at the hotel’s Octane Resto Bar where you can indulge in their Oriental delicacies and Western dishes that can surely delight your royal palate.
What to do and where to visit in Davao City? First up is Lon Wa Buddhist Temple which is also known as Long Hua Temple—the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. Enlighten and widen your knowledge about Buddhism as you step into this shrine and marvel at its intricate architecture and interior. Second stop is the Fruit Market where you can shop early for some refreshing treats or souvenirs and buy affordable stocks of durian, marang, rambutan and mangosteen and other tropical fruits that are newly and freshly harvested. Third stop is Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague found at the top of Matina Hill. Embrace the silence of this open series of chapels, meditate and find time to worship. Fourth spot is Jack’s Ridge Resort and Restaurant. Get to know its significant past in Davao’s history but indulge the greater part of this place which is the array of restaurants jammed inside the resort. Great tips: If you want to taste the famous and world-renowned Davaoeño dishes, go for Taklobo Restaurant, but if you want a dose of live band music, hit Kai’s Bar and Grill. If you’re up for some fine coffee and gourmet dishes, then, Karlo’s Gourmet and Coffee is for you but if you want to chill with booze, singing and view, then, choose Tap Room Piano and KTV. If you have your tiny bikini or board shorts with you, don’t hesitate and jump into Kool Kat’s Pool which is a new addition to the place.
Grab all the durian goodies you can take home as you drop by Lola Abon’s Durian Candy Factory—it’s the best in town. Take time to finally smell some fresh flowers as you take a virtual discovery tour of Philippine Orchids at Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants, Inc. Get fascinated as you discover their collection of nearly 200 different species of flowers—everything fresh and blooming. Next stop is Museo Dabawenyo which is the newest museum in Davao. Take in the richness of their culture as this museum displays the best and most leading handicrafts that Davao is truly known for. Last stop is the roaring destination of Crocodile Park. It is a 7-hectare tourism center and home to Saltwater Crocodiles. Toughen up for some risky close animal encounters and enjoy crocodile shows within the day. Go all out for the second day because your 3rd day is all about slowing down and getting ready to take the next flight back home.
There is certainly more to love about Davao City than what’s included in your 3-day itinerary, but after this Davao experience, you know you’ll be back.