The capital of the Philippines is a busy mass of energy and industry and was once dubbed the “Pearl of the Orient”. The busiest month for tourism in Manila in January, followed by April and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months. The shoulder months of May and November can represent good value for money – you'll miss the crowds, the weather's still pleasant and flights will be cheaper than during the high season. You can witness colonial sights like Casa Manila or Fort Santiago or get a taste for how the city has thrived in the independent Philippines at the Museum of the Filipino People. Modern Manila is a heady mix of grand colonial churches, hyper-malls, museums, and street life that all combines to create a beautiful vacation destination.
For those intending to fly to Manila should avoid flying there during the typhoon season. The typhoon season is from July to October, which sits out of the tourist season. This can vary from year to year, with the season starting and finishing earlier or later at times. If you want to see some sun while you’re flying to the Philippines, it’s best to avoid the typhoon season.
1. Legazpi Airport (LGP)
Legazpi Airport is a domestic airport in the Bicol region of the Philippines. It is located in the city of Legazpi, which is the capital of the Albay province. Legazpi is also known as a business-friendly city and has some of the best infrastructures in the Philippines. Consequently, Legazpi Airport is also one of the busiest airports in the region. There are approximately five flights a day from Manila to Legazpi on Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines, with a flight time of 1 hour.
2. Ninoy Aquino International Airport
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is an international airport that serving the Manila and surrounding city. It is also known as NAIA by locals. The airport is located along the border between the cities of Pasay and Parañaque. The distance between this airport to the nearest town in the south of Manila and southwest of Makati is about 7 kilometers. The airlines that operate in this airport is AirAsia Philippines, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, PAL Express, and Philippine Airlines. This airport consists of four different terminals. Ninoy Aquino International Airport has many interesting shops and eateries within the airport so you can shop or dine in while waiting for the plane to arrive or depart. To go in and out of the airport is easy because there are many types of transportation available in Ninoy Aquino International Airport for the visitors.
The best time to visit Manila is during the dry season, between November and April. At this time the whole country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas. Temperatures are high during March and April, so it’s best to travel during the cooler months of December to February. The wet season falls between May and October, but the rain isn’t constant and rarely impacts on travel plans. You’ll still enjoy hot, sunny days at this time, fewer crowds and lush, green scenery. The month of January is an excellent time to travel to the Philippines, as temperatures are cooler without being too cold. It is also the height of the dry season, so rain should be minimal.
1. Intramuros – At the northern end of the Bay lies the remnants of the old walled Spanish settlement of Manila, Intramuros (Spanish for 'within the walls'). Intramuros contains some of the city's most exciting museums, ruins, and churches including the Manila Cathedral, the most important church in the country.
2. Rizal Park – Right outside the walled city is Rizal Park more widely known as the Luneta. The Luneta is the venue for the national museums, bayside restaurants, an open-air theater featuring free classical music concerts and acclaimed international films, a planetarium, an open gym for early morning jogging and tai chi enthusiasts, or a night ballroom, as well as Japanese, Chinese, Filipino gardens, an orchidarium, an aquarium, and a children's museum. It is a favorite meeting spot for family picnics and lovers' trysts and was the site of the execution of José Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, and where a monument and final resting place was placed.
3. University of Santo Tomás (Universidad de Santo Tomás (UST) – This University, constructed by the Spanish, is the oldest existing University in the whole of Far East and second to be found in the Philippines. Used as a concentration camp by the Japanese during their occupation and cramming about 10 000, exceeding the maximum capacity of 4000. The University has a museum housing a collection that dates back to 1682 mostly natural history, coins & medals, ethnography, oriental arts, and Catholic iconography.