Metro Manila, Philippines · 329 hotels available
Welcome to the most exotic and exciting urban jungle in the Philippines – Manila. It features a rich history and culture as well as a cosmopolitan lifestyle that appeals to many people. You’ll definitely keep coming back to this unique city.
As the capital of the Philippines, Manila is the first stop for many travelers to get a first feel of the country. Here is where old meets new – from traditional architecture to modern high-rises. It also provides a glimpse of the rich arts and culture of the Filipinos as seen from its jam-packed streets and must-visit attractions. This is also home to well-known landmarks including Intramuros and Binondo.
Many international and local airlines fly to Manila daily, from different parts of the country and the world. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport serves as the gateway to the city.
If you have the luxury of time and want to reach Manila by sea, there are ferry trips you can take from provinces with ports.
Those who are commuting, there are buses going to Manila on a daily basis from different points of the country.
When exploring Manila, you are spoiled for choices. As a metropolis, almost all types of public transportation are available. You can choose to ride the LRT or MRT if you’re going somewhere far and don’t want to be stuck in traffic. There are also jeepneys and buses that ply the streets of Manila.
If you’re going to short distances or in inner streets, you can either walk or ride a tricycle or pedicab. These transportations offer special trips so you can reach your destination without hassle.
The wonders of Manila are deeply tied to its magnificent past. Intramuros, popularly known as the Walled City, is considered the metro’s oldest district. Built by the Spanish colonizers, this houses two of the country’s oldest churches including Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. The Fort Santiago, an important historical site in Manila, is found here.
Located nearby is Rizal Park or Luneta. This is where the shrine of Jose Rizal, the Philippine’s national hero, is found. The park is a popular venue for political and art events, concerts, and other celebrations. People often go here for a picnic, morning jog, or to take a photo beside Rizal’s monument.
Aside from the churches and other historical places of interest, the Manila Ocean Park is the latest attraction in Manila. This marine-themed park lets you view different marine life and have encounters with sharks and penguins to name a few of their fun activities.
Want to immerse yourself in Manila’s culture? A visit to the National Museum will let you see bits and pieces, not only of the city but almost all parts of the country. The best thing about going here is that the entrance is free so you view the exhibits to your heart’s desire. If you want a different way to explore the city, you should book Carlos Celdran’s, a well-known Filipino performer and cultural activist, Walking Tour. You can also ride a calesa or a horse-drawn carriage for a more relaxed tour around the city.
Filipinos also love to eat. This is very evident since there is no shortage of food to try in Manila. From local hole-in-the-wall diners to hipster restaurants to fine dining hotel cafes, you can satisfy your craving for Western, Asian, or Mediterranean gastronomy.
Meanwhile, bargain hunters and shopaholics should definitely drop by Divisoria to check out inexpensive shoes, bags, clothes, accessories, and more. This shopping mecca is a favorite destination for great finds and souvenirs, too.
When in Manila, a food tour in Binondo should definitely be on your list. Savor authentic Chinese cuisines and other local favorites including the Chinese Oyster Cake from Sincerity Café or the fried siopao sold in small shops. But for people with a refined palate, there are many fine dining restaurants you can go to.
For adventurous eaters, Manila’s street foods will let you taste the local flavors of the city and even meet interesting people. Make sure to try the banana-cue, kwek-kwek, fish ball, and exotic delicacies like chicken feet and, of course, the infamous balut.
Evening entertainment in Manila is always alive regardless of the day of the week, and sometimes even the time of the day. Indeed, the city is pulsing with life and people are excited to party as soon as it goes dark. Head over to Malate or Ermita and grab some local bars in of the bars and clubs and start celebrating partying with your group.
Whether you’re looking for a basic accommodation or want to pamper yourself with a five-star hotel in Manila, it won’t take long for you to find a great place to stay. The historic Manila Hotel is where you should go if you want to experience where some of Metro Manila’s elite from the past and the present era stay. There’s also the modern H2O Hotel, with its marine-themed rooms that let you “sleep with the fishes.”
Looking for the best deal on your accommodation? Just stroll along the busy streets of Manila and you’ll find inns and budget hotels that cost under P1,000. Some of these affordable hotels even offer shuttle service, free Wi-Fi, and breakfasts.
Practice safety precaution when changing your currency in money changers.
Keep your valuables in sight, and make sure you have all important stuff like cash and mobile phones secured in your bag.
Be careful when accepting an invitation to go to bars from locals.