The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is in the southern Philippines.
The ARMM includes the three provinces of the Sulu Islands:
plus two provinces on Mindanao Island:
Other areas, such as the Zamboanga Peninsula, have a Muslim majority and some, such as Palawan, have substantial Muslim minorities. When the ARMM was formed these regions were offered the chance to join it, but voted not to.
- Lanao Del Sur-Bagang Beach
- Zamboanga Peninsula-Colorful Vintas
- Lanao Del Sur-Maria Christina Falls
- Lanao Del Sur-Lake Lanao
There remain significant risks for travel in the region; the political situation has been unstable for many years and remains dangerous. Most foreign governments advise tourists to avoid unneccessary travel to the region because of ethnic-religious tension. In some cases, foreigners who visited the region have been abducted or killed by separatist insurgents, including two Canadians beheaded by the Islamic separatist group Abu Sayyaf. Military presence and operations prevail in many areas, and there are chances of being an unintended victim of insurgent attacks.
Most local laws in this region are based on Sharia: alcoholic drinks, pork and homosexuality are banned. Also, do not forget to dress conservatively. Women may need to wear a hijab, but this is not required for non-Muslims. Legs and arms may need to be covered completely.