Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, also known as the Pearl of the Orient. This bustling historic city is full of highlights and attractions including museums, parks, theaters, shopping malls, and a variety of restaurants. Manila also is famous for its varied cuisine and street food markets. Other than that, Manila also is the center of nightlife in the country due to its wide selection of pubs, clubs, and bars. It takes around 3 hours of flying time to travel from Masbate to Manila. This will differ based on the airlines and routes taken as well. Considering Traveloka offers various airline options such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Emirates, and more, you have plenty to choose from. Among the best accommodations in Manila including Sheraton Manila Bay, The Manila Hotel, and Regency Grand Suites Manila. During your stay, you could also visit some of the best attractions there are in Manila such as Rizal Park, Fort Santiago, and the National Museum of the Philippines.
Manila is generally warm throughout the year, but there is a certain period of the year that is good enough to do both outdoor and/or indoor activities. The usual period where Manila is open for visiting is from late December to early April. This will be the optimum period to go on a holiday here in Manila. The temperature will usually varied from 23°C to 34°C and is rarely below 21°C or above 36°C. Maybe to get the best time where you are not at the peak of the holiday season in Manila, you can plan a travel to Manila close to the end of December or early April, just before the holiday peak starts.
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Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main airport operating in Manila. It is 13 km away from Manila. The trip via car or any public land transportation will take around 30 minutes from the airport to the main city. The traveling time will only differ depending on the traffic condition at the time of the travel. Some of the airport facilities you can find at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport include check-in facilities, free wi-fi, duty-free outlets, restaurants, ATMs, and prayer areas.
Sheraton Manila Bay – Sheraton Manila Bay is a 5-star hotel located within Manila. It is 13 km away from Manila to the hotel. The distance from the airport is about 6 km. The hotel has a total of 233 rooms and suites consisting of various room types ranging from Deluxe Guest Room, Executive Room, Junior Suite, Sheraton Suite, Executive Suite, and Presidential Suite. It is suitable for both solo and family travelers. Some of the facilities provided at the hotel include but are not limited to Pacific Lounge, Sunset Lounge & Bar, Adriatico Square Restaurant, gym, outdoor pool, and conference facilities.
The Manila Hotel – The Manila Hotel is a 5-star hotel located within Manila. It is 3 km away from Manila to the hotel. The distance from the airport is about 11 km. The hotel has various room types ranging from Superior Deluxe Room, Grand Deluxe Room, Presidential Suite, MacArthur Suite, Heritage Suite, Intramuros Suite, Honeymoon Suite, Veranda Suite, and The Executive Club. It is suitable for both solo and family travelers. Some of the facilities provided at the hotel include but are not limited to Café Ilang-Ilang, Champagne Room, Lobby Lounge, pool, spa, art gallery, and conference facilities.
Regency Grand Suites Manila – Regency Grand Suites Manila is a 3-star hotel located within Manila. It is 4 km away from Manila to the hotel. The distance from the airport is about 9 km. The hotel has various room types ranging from Deluxe Studio King, Premier Studio King, One Bedroom Bay View Suite, and Twin Executive Studio. It is suitable for both solo and family travelers. Some of the facilities provided at the hotel include but are not limited to the Tambayan Gastrobar, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and free wi-fi.
Rizal Park – Located in Ermita, Manila, Rizal Park is also known as Luneta Park. This iconic 58-hectare park is considered one of the most historical places in Manila. This is where Jose Rizal was executed on December 30, 1896, and his remains were dumped in an unmarked grave at the Paco Cemetery but then, was transferred to the Rizal Park monument under American rule. It will be a great loss to miss a visit to Rizal Park. Rizal Park is just 2 km away from Manila and 10 km from the main airport. It will take roughly 5 minutes to drive from Manila to Rizal Park and around 20 minutes from the airport. Rizal Park opens daily from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm. The entrance fee is PhP50 per person.
Fort Santiago – Located in Intramuros, Manila, Fort Santiago was built by the Spanish government during the colonization of Manila in the late 1500s. At first, it served as a storage for ammunition and then converted into a prison cell for activists and political resistance, including the Philippines’ National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal before his public execution. It will be a great loss to miss a visit to Fort Santiago. Fort Santiago is just 4 km away from Manila and 12 km from the main airport. It will take roughly 10 minutes to drive from Manila to Fort Santiago and around 30 minutes from the airport. Fort Santiago opens daily from 8.00 am to 7.00 pm. The entrance fee is PhP75 for adults and PhP50 for students, senior citizens, and disabled persons.
National Museum of the Philippines – Established in 1901 as an ethnography and natural history museum, and subsequently housed in its present building which was designed in 1918 by the American Architect, Daniel Burnham, the National Museum has broadened its concerns in the arts and sciences. The National Museum has three main goals covering the diverse fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific, and cultural activities. It will be a great loss to miss a visit to the National Museum of the Philippines. The National Museum of the Philippines is just 2 km away from Manila and 10 km from the main airport. It will take roughly 5 minutes to drive from Manila to the National Museum of the Philippines and around 25 minutes from the airport. The National Museum of the Philippines opens daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm and closes on Monday. The entrance fee is free.
Travel tips to Manila
Always Stay In Touch
Despite the beauty of the world, it is not necessarily a safe one. Even if you are doing a solo trip, always keep in touch with your family and/or friends. Let them have a copy of your itinerary so that they have an idea of where you are. Keep them close in contact each day and let them know when you are changing locations during your trip.
Learn Few Local Words to Blend In
This will come in handy when you are traveling to a place where English is not their first, second, or only language at all. It is best to learn some local words that can help you through the trip, especially in terms of direction, transportation, medical, and such. Plus, it will open a ton of network opportunities with the locals to be able to be among them. You will be able to make friends and discover some hidden gems you never thought you would find.
Less is Best when Traveling
We are not going minimalist here, but minimalism can help you get more things done. To determine how many you should bring with you, you should always go back to the question of where and what. Where are you going? What will you be doing? This will bring you back to consider if you do a lot of walking, then it is best to bring something you are comfortable with. The key example is to wear your everyday clothes because you know what you are comfortable with to go about your day. Don’t overthink too much on a “just in case” situation because that is the number one trap to bring more with you and in the end, it will just make your bag heavier with things you can either reuse or get easier there.
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