Vibrant Dumaguete—A Colonial Haven at the Heart of the Philippines
From the air as your plane descends, you see banana trees of every shade of green stretching as far as the eye can see, ﬂanked by cobalt-blue waters dotted with ﬁshing boats. Lots of foreigners have landed in Dumaguete before me. This quaint ocean-side town of about 120,000 locals is home to 4,500 expats. The town is famed for its energy and vibrance, thanks to seven universities and colleges. You’ll ﬁnd the ﬁrst private U.S. university in Asia here—Silliman University. This in turn houses the best private hospital in town, where for $56 a night you can get a private room, if need be.