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What to do in Manila
Manila, as Philippines’s capital, has many gems to satisfy your wanderlust. It’s a cultural melting pot of Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese and Arabic influences, meaning you’ll get a lot out of your trip. Take your pick from the fabulous food, funky bars and nightclubs, historic destinations, and bargain finds, just to name a few.
Start your tour of Manila by exploring the iconic walled city of Intramuros. Enjoy riding the horse-drawn kalesa as you take pictures and explore the area. As long as your camera’s out, see the country’s most important monument of their national hero at Rizal Park.
For the Philippines’ own version of “The White House”, take a taxi to Malacañan Palace. Another stunning building for you to check out is the Cultural Center of the Philippines during sunset or at night.
Have your own “Visita Iglesia” next and visit the most beautiful churches in the city like the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, and San Agustin Church. Don’t forget to check out the National Museum of the Philippines and see the striking Spolarium painting of Juan Luna.
If you’re travelling with kids, you can also ride the kalesa around Chinatown, where you can get your fill of Chinese food and find exotic goods. Or you can visit Manila Ocean Park next to see local and international marine animals right here in the city.
Spend some of your Philippine Pesos by shopping too. If you want quality but cheap items, Divisoria and Greenhills are paradise for bargain hunters. Since the country is shopping culture is so big, check out the massive Mall of Asia too!
What’s the best way for you to say goodbye to Manila? Stroll through Baywalk in Manila Bay and see one of the best sunsets in the world. The locals even call it legendary, and you won’t find it hard to agree when you see it in person.
Complete your Manila moments and check out this list of 10 things to do in Manila.
When to visit Manila
The best time for you to visit Manila is from December to April when the weather is most pleasant. Schedule your trip on December, and you’ll even get to see the colourful parols (star-shaped lanterns) all over the city for the Christmas season.
You can fly to the Philippines and visit Manila visa-free for 30 days. Check Smartraveller for more info.
Travelling to and around Manila
You’ll be landing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), where you can reach your accommodation best by taxi. When in Manila, wander the city by taxi, trains (LRT and MRT), tricycles for short distances, and kalesa.
Get ready to shout “mabuhay” in Manila! Get your suitcase and passport ready and let’s book your Manila flights today.
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