A number of reasons exist to visit Manila, there is a wide variety of things to see and do no matter how large your group. We only wish to offer a few suggestions of what to do in Manila but share some of our knowledge about what is there. Just like in other cities, there are plenty of good and bad places to visit and if this visit is your first to Manila or if you are a seasoned visitor, there is always something new to see or do. It is often an idea to have a rough plan of places you wish to visit, and Manila has a number of really interesting experiences that you will remember for a long time.
While visiting Manila there are quite a few places of interest which are worth some of your time. The popular Pateros vicinity of The Philippines has attractions that you may know and maybe others that are not known to people from outside the area of Manila we have amassed a Top Ten list to help you on your way:
1. Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
2. Corregidor Island
4. Fort Santiago
5. Taal Volcano
6. San Agustin Church
7. Rizal Shrine
8. Casa Manila
9. Manila Cathedral
10. San Sebastian Church
These really are just a starting point if you have a good travel guide and map you will be able to find more and if you have long enough in Manila. You will surely discover an array of interesting locations and attractions in and around the Manila vicinity of The Philippines.
Manila is a pretty simple place to get around, when you have grasped the layout of the place and you are familiar with a couple of landmarks you will be able to get round with ease. You can discoverer a lot of the area on foot but ensure not to venture into unknown territory at night. If you want to travel greater distances across Manila there are a number of transport options. The Manila Light Rail Transit System known as LRTA, has a total of 31 stations composed of 20 stations for LRT-1 and 11 stations for LRT-2. There is a good, reliable bus network where passes can be bought to include multiple trips. There is also the alternative to use Manila Taxis, where a knowledgeable driver can offer ideas for places to visit. Whichever way you plan to explore Manila make sure you see as much of the city as your can.
If you are staying in Manila more than one night you will need to find a place to stay. Manila offers a broad range of facilities to sleep these include hotels varying from the higher end of the star range to more modest hotels, B&Bs and hostels. If you are travelling on business ensure the hotel you decide to select has suitable facilities and is in the right area for your meetings as the traffic in Manila can cause problems at certain times of the day. If you are seeking out more luxury accommodation there is a selection of top independent and chain hotels. Manila also offers a good selection of lower star hotels that offer basic but suitable facilities for travellers. If you do not have a huge accommodation budget there is a number of hostels and guest houses in the city which are a fine place to sleep overnight. Whatever accommodation type you select in Manila try and make time to see if any bargains exists on a wide array of travel web sites, often when there is a big event on in town.
1. Pan Pacific Manila
2. The Bayleaf
3. The Manila Hotel
4. Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
5. New World Manila Bay Hotel
There a countless locations to dine in Manila, the sites where you select to eat at will be reflected by your budget. There are quite a lot of dining venues that offer Filipino menus that will not cost the Earth. If you wish to dine in a high class restaurant there are a wide number of these, but you will need to make a reservation also check the dress code. If you just wish to eat without glamour the well known chain brands such as Burger King, McDonalds etc, but if you are seeking something real you should try asking a local or a taxi driver where they suggest. A fundamental part of enjoying a city is to try it's local food There is a wide variety of places to dine in Manila. whether it is a café, restaurant or the food that can be bought and eaten on the street. You should try and seek your local vouchers and remember to try something new.
2. Cafe Ilang-Ilang
3. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
4. Sky Deck on Bayleaf Hotel
5. The Aristocrat
When getting your head around a place like Manila it is essential to have to facts. There are some here that could help you.
Region: National Capital Region
International Dialing Code: +63 (0)2
Manila Coordinates: 14°35'N 121°00'E
Altitude: 16.0 m (52.5 ft)
Currency: Peso (Filipino: piso) (PHP)
Manila Time Zone: PST (UTC+8)
City Population: 1,652,171
Metro Population: 11,855,975
Temperature High In 33.4°C /92.1°F
Temperature Low In 22.3°C /72.1°F
Like other cities Manila has it's good points and bad points, it is important to keep your wits about you and you will be OK and have a brilliant holiday to this superb Filipino city. Try and make you’re read your guide book brief to understand the city geography, don't make it obvious you are a novice to the cities geography by exposing expensive electronic goods and try not to carry more cash than you need on your person. Try and remain to familiar areas after dark and should get lost, don't panic just hail a taxi. Just because you are on vacation, don't switch off completely. Bear this is mind and you will have a great time in Manila. On the whole The Philippines is a safe location with helpful and warm citizens. A bit of groundwork goes a long way and if you know a city better, you will have a much better time there.