Journey to the exotic city of Manila, the heart of the Philippines, to experience excitement and culture,like nowhere else on the map.
Getting to Manila
Travel into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), known as the “gateway to the Philippines,” located along the border of Parañaque and Pasay, which is 10.2 km (6 miles) from Metro Manila. Travellers on a budget, can also fly into Clark International Airport (CRK).
Located in Mabalacat City, 88.8 km (55 miles) northwest of Metro Manila, Clark International has lower landing fees, making it ideal for travellers who want to save their money and don’t mind the commute.
From either airport, you can simply grab a bus from one of their twenty four hour terminals, and it will take you straight into the heart of the city.
Getting Around Manila
The preferred way of getting around Manila, for the locals, are these radical inventions called jeepneys. Originally made from surplus military Jeeps that were left in the Philippines at the end of World War II.
Jeepneys are modified to hold a large number of passengers and are decorated with kitschy local art to make each individual one stand out from all the rest.
There are jeepney stops all over Metro Manila, and locals suggest when you get on one to try and find the seat closest to the entrance – that way you’ll be able to exit faster! When you near your destination, shout “Para!” and the driver will stop to let you off!
Where to Stay in Manila
For accommodation, you can choose from some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. You can also find other low budget accommodation such as hostels and guesthouses which is more economical and affordable.
Attractions and Things to Do in Manila
There are many places in Manila that visitors can explore. Stop by Fort Santiago, a citadel established by the Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, when Manila was first established. This stop will give you great historical insight.
Also visit Intramuros, “the walled city,” the oldest Manila district and the seat of the government during the Spanish colonial period. For those wanting to explore Manila’s nightlife, check out The Library, a very popular comedy club in the area, or Guilly’s Island, called “the place” for a “high end clubbing experience.”
Families with children can enjoy the Manila Zoo, featuring over 800 animals from over 100 different species, and Seri Fantasy World, an amusement park that doubles as an amazing 3D art museum!
Manila boasts many architectural building which has a rich history such as the Manila Cathedral, The Minor Basilica of Sebastian and the National Museum of fine arts just to name a few. Visitors can explore these iconic building and admired the design whilst exploring its history.
A visit to Manila would not be complete without seeing the beautiful and enchanted Pagsanjan Falls, and taking an adventurous day trip to Tagaytay and Taal Volcano.