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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills
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Bohol Countryside Full-Day Tour
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Arlington, Texas
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

A beautiful creation of nature, this is worth the climb all the way to the top. There's a little souvenir shop up there, as well as cute pic ideas from the local photographer. Best on the full sun or first thing in the morning.

Visited April 2013
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Didn't live up to my expectation.”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Coming form a place who has its own share in the list of wonders in the philippines (Bicol-Mayon Volcano) i was expecting to be awestruck by the beauty of the hills, but after a short walk up it wasn't that beautiful as they have been describing it in our old history lessons ( sorry, just my 2 cents) but then maybe because we came in a bad time when the hills were colored brown and the light wasn't good. If planning for an itinerary including the hills try putting it a little late in the afternoon for the sunset and try not to get overexcited and expect a lot. :)

Visited June 2013
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Luzon, Philippines
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“awesome wonder....spectacular site”
Reviewed June 28, 2013

"oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the world Thy hands have made." so goes a famous song that I sang in church when I was a kid. seeing the chocolate hills, I can't help but be in awe with this glory of nature. the spectacular site makes you just praise God for His unfathomable power. I am just so happy that the family decided to be up close and personal with the chocolate hills. the feeling is very much different from just seeing the hills in books and postcards. just prepare yourself for some climb to the viewing deck. my kids were closer to the hills when they had their tour of the hills in their ATVs. indeed, there is more than just fun in the Philippines.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

If you are in Bohol then you should see them as the chocolate hills are kind of the Icon of the province but don't come to Bohol just for chocolate hills. You walk up one of the hills to a viewpoint, and the whole place seemed really cheesy and lame. The view of the hills wasn't so spectacular especially because they burned one hill to make it permanently brown - which was a failure as the hill ended up looking like it had some disease. I don't mean to be negative, but the Chocolate hills were very disappointing, but I still had a great time in Bohol, It's other attractions such as the old churches, tarsiers, alona beach, island hopping and Loboc river were all better than Chocolate hills.

Visited July 2012
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“Unusual land formations, but hopelessly overcrowded”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Chocolate Hills are rather unusual, it's rare to see a whole range of conical hills, all of them almost identical in height, for as long as your eye can reach. The folklore associated with them is rather amusing!
Its a great place to see from a geographical or uniqueness in landscape point of view. Apart from that, there is little else. When we visited, the place was hopelessly overcrowded. Yes, photographers are on hand to shoot pictures of you for a price, but you are not obliged to use their services and can use your own.
Beware though, there are some 200 steps to climb from the drop off point. An amusing notice at the foot of the steps urges you to deposit your firearms with the guard on duty. The steps do have a canopy overhead for some shade, and there are railed projections where you can rest awhile.
There is a large brass bell at the very top, but the explanatory notes were in tagalog. (filipino language).
At the tip, you can descend down a few steps again to a 'photo point' where camera men take pictures of you in 'stunt' poses. This is rather tacky, the view from the upper viewpoint is pleasant enough.
A row of souvenir stalls at the foot of the hills sell water, soft drinks, ice cream, corn on the know as well as t-shirts and souvenirs. At least one of the stalls has a small cafe of sorts inside. Note however that your car or ride will not be able to park at the foot of the hills, they have to drop you and go off to a parking lot. So note down the number of your car and the cellphone number of your driver/ guide. Upon descending, you need to approach the 'control desk' (a desk with two girls sitting at it) and give them your car details for them to call your ride from the parking lot. There is a round waiting area there, but it can get rather sweaty there and the car can take up to 10min to arrive.

Visited May 2013
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