Manila

Historic Streets with Modern Vibe

Crowded, crazy, and fully of history, Manila is a place you’ll definitely remember. The city has more than enough attractions for you to check out and to experience.

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Go back in time and walk the roads of the centuries-old walled city of Intramuros. Get lost and have your fill of Chinese food in Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown. Visit Malacanang Palace, the country’s seat of power. Indeed, it's brimming with culture – waiting for you to explore!

 

Fast Facts

  • Public Transportation: Trains, Jeepneys, Buses, Taxis
  • Languages/Dialect: Tagalog, English
  • Payment Options: Cash, Credit/Debit Card
  • Known For: Intramuros, Fort Santiago, Rizal Park, Manila Bay Golden Sunset

 

What to Know Before Visiting

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  • English is widely spoken.
  • Always add an extra hour to your travel time as traffic is notorious, especially during rush hour.
  • Avoid looking “tourist-y” while exploring as you’re liable to be targeted by pickpockets.
  • If you plan on riding the kalesa, make sure that you and your cuchero (driver) note the exact time the “tour” starts and ends to avoid being overcharged.

 

Best Time to Visit Manila

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The city of Manila is best known for the Feast of the Black Nazarene held every January. Visit the city on this month to get a front row seat at this epic display of faith and worship.

 

How to Go to Manila

By Air

There are no direct flights to Manila, but you can get to the city by cab from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Check out cheap flights here.

By Land

The LRT1 is the best way to get to Manila. From the northern part of Metro Manila, get on the train at Roosevelt station. From the southern part of Manila, get on at the Baclaran or EDSA station. Get off at any Manila station.

Jeepneys are also a good way to go to Manila.

By Sea

Catch a ferry from different parts of the province and get off in one of Manila’s ports.

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