8 Dreamy Destinations Perfect for Your Next Barkada Trip

The year is about to end…time to plan your 2018 trips with your barkada! But the question is: where do you want to go?

Perhaps you all haven’t decided yet—we know it’s hard to agree on just one place. There are so many amazing destinations to choose from, after all! To help you, we’ve rounded up eight destinations around in and around the Philippines that we think are going to be perfect for your next barkada trip!

8. Batanes, Philippines

Batanes Travel - Sunset Beach Cliffs Views Nature Landscape - Gian Carlo Baniqued

Let’s start off with one of Philippines’ best. Batanes is definitely one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines, and it is easy to see why. The majestic cliffs, the rocky shores, and crashing waves—the grandeur of Batanes’ landscapes will make you feel both small and grand at the same time. With a place as special as this one, you’d want your friends enjoying all those things there with you, we’re telling you.

7. Coron, Philippines

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Island hopping? There’s no better place to do that than in the best island in the world: Palawan. And whether you’ve been to this little paradise before or not, the experience just isn’t the same if you don’t have your crazy friends there on the boat with you. Snorkeling, diving, or just chilling under by the sea, Coron is the perfect destination for ocean lovers.

6.  Indochina (Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam)

Angkor at Sunrise: morning trek to Cambodia's historic landmark

Ready to take things up a notch? Nothing spells ultimate travel goals like a backpacking trip with your best buddies across Asia’s most popular backpacking trail—Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Dive into the incredible cuisine of Thailand, get lost in the beauty of Cambodia’s ancient temples, and discover the natural wonders of rural Vietnam. This will be a trip you’ll never forget.

5. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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If wilderness explorations are your friends’ thing, Kota Kinabalu is the place to go. The capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Kota Kinabalu is rich in natural wonders that true adventurers seek out to conquer. Top activities in Kota Kinabalu include hiking the famous Mount Kinabalu, visiting its many national parks, diving, beaching, and much more.

4. Bali, Indonesia

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No one has ever gone to Bali and not come home with great stories. With many beaches scattered all over the island of Bali, you and your friends will surely find the right spot suited for the type of activities you want. Surfing? Diving? Partying? Or straight out chill? Or you could explore the more spiritual side of the island, ala Eat, Pray, Love. And it’s cheap here, too. Whatever it is you’re up for, though, you’ll surely find it in Bali.

3. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Adopt an Elephant for a Day Chiang Mai, Thailand

This city north of Thailand has a quiet charm that lures travelers in, and it’s something you need to experience to understand. Plus, Chiang Mai is also the home to many elephant sanctuaries, which surely your entire group would enjoy. I mean, come on. You and your beshies bathing a lovely elephant in a muddy river in Thailand? It doesn’t get any more #barkadagoals than that!

Chiang Mai is also home of the internationally-known Yee Peng festival, a super magical Buddhist lantern festival that is worth a spot in anyone’s travel bucket list.

2. Cruising Taiwan and Hong Kong


Just in case you and your barkada are feeling a little extra, why not go on a cruise? Can you imagine how much fun that would be, traveling around Asia in a luxurious cruise ship??? Our suggested route—Manila, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Taiwan and Hong Kong are both amazing countries with endless things to see and great food!

1. Bagan, Myanmar


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Picture this. Sunrise in a foreign land, and hot air balloons rising to the sky above 2,000 Buddhist pagodas scattered in a vast, lush field of green. This is what mornings in Bagan are like. Imagine how postcard-perfect (or IG-worthy) that would be! This ancient city in magical Myanmar is a constant in every traveler’s bucket list, and should be in your barkada’s dream trips, too.

Ready to go on that ultimate adventure trip with your barkada? You can experience that for free!

With The Chippy Kada Bucketlist Challenge, you can win an all-expense paid trip for you and your barkada to any one of the eight dreamy destinations mentioned in this list! All you have to do is join their December video challenge over at their website at www.chippykadabucketlist.com!

Which of these destinations calls out to you most? Tag your friends in the comments below, and join the  Chippy Kada Bucketlist Challenge with them asap! 🙂

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