If you’ve got an affinity for melting pots, The Philippines’ distinctive cultural blend is sure to entice. Indonesian and Malay combine with a splash of Chinese and Spanish for a true collusion of east meets west. Visit majestic rice terraces high up in the remote Cordillera mountain range. The unique landscape and constant flow of water is a reminder of man’s union with nature, and a profound national symbol for Filipinos. Ruins of monumental churches and convents, each with their own unique architecture and history, are lingering vestiges of 350 years of Spanish rule. With a coastline that stretches over 22,550 miles, and the highest density of coral species in the world, beach bums and divers alike will both think they’ve found heaven on earth. To really drive the point home, hop over to Davao del Norte, famed for its picturesque virgin landscapes and mirror-flat water. Don’t be surprised if you put on a few pounds, however, Filipinos are notoriously hospitable, with a genuine passion for making visitors feel welcome, and well-fed. For a true feast, try spit-roast whole pig served with liver sauce.