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Travel Guide of Manila in Philippines by Influencers

Manila, officially the City of Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and a highly urbanized city. It is the most densely populated city proper in the world as of 2019.

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What you will see and do in Manila:

  🌆 Skyline     🏘️ Town     🏖️ Ocean     🗼 Landmark     🌉 Bridge     🏞️ River  

Travel Tips for visiting Manila

Luzon, the capital of the Philippines offers an amazing mix of hyper-modern districts next to slums.

Manila attracts as well as discourages travelers who come to discover the country spread out in many islands.

Indeed, the gigantic capital of the Philippines has something to impress: the megalopolis, where more than 20 million people live, is very chaotic and very lively at the same time. 

Its historical center, Manila Intramuros, is a must-see with beautiful colonial buildings such as the Saint Augustine church or the Fort Santiago, an excellent starting point to discover the bay considered as one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. The stroll on Manila Baywalk is a must before discovering more animated districts like Makati.

The jeepneys, these famous minibusses belonging to private individuals, for common use, and that you will find everywhere on the archipelago, color the streets of Manila.

A tip: if you came to the Philippines for the paradisiacal beaches and the magnificent nature that the country has, then flee Manila and go to Northern Luzon to explore the rice terraces of Banaue, among others.

More than 7000 islands in the Philippines:

Luzon is the island of Manila, the ethnic groups of the Cordillera, the fabulous rice fields of Banaue, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
If your itinerary favors beaches, choose the Visayas archipelago instead: from the iconic sandy spit of White Beach on Boracay Island to the picture-postcard landscapes (as beautiful underwater as on land) of
Palawan, from the seabed of Negros Island to the beaches of the Panglao Peninsula in Bohol (a must-see, underwater, Balicasag Island, and, between two dives, the perfect design of the 1200 chocolate hills, the enigmatic smile of the adorable Philippine tarsier that your guide will flush out, hidden in its forest under a big green leaf).

To discover the least touristy part of the country (but far from being the least beautiful), go to the south, to Mindanao: meet the ethnic diversity of the island, relax in the hot springs of Camiguin, ride the waves on the spot of Cloud Nine, go down the Cagayan de Oro river. And, the icing on the cake, the dream beach is there too, for example on Talikud Island, flour sand on turquoise water.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Manila

How to get around Manila?

There are 2 types of cabs in Manila, yellow cabs and white cabs.
From the international airport, hop in a yellow cab if you are staying near the center of Manila.

Why? Because yellow cabs are the official cabs. They are therefore the safest. But as is often the case in Asia, you will surely have to insist that the driver starts his meter, always with a smile of course.
As for the fare: count 70 pesos when you take it at the airport + 4 pesos every 300 meters.

To reach the unusual hotel that we'll talk about below, count about 250 pesos for a 20-minute drive. If you go directly to the hotel, you will be asked to pay 800 pesos. The same price is charged to reach downtown Manila.

There are also white cabs, the "more local" cabs. We advise you to use them for short trips like for example for a race between the National airport of Manila and our second hotel which was located at 5 minutes of there or between this same hotel and the Mall of Asia. Less expensive than the yellow cabs, it is necessary to insist and even more to insist that the driver puts his meter on the road again or we agree on a price at the beginning of the race. White cabs are a good compromise when you want to take a cab on the fly.

Here is our list of top things to do in two days in Manila :

  • The Intramuros district, its churches, 
  • The Fort Santiago, and its curiosities.
  • The Rizal Park with its fountains, its lawns, its Chinese and Japanese gardens. You can't miss the statue of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz.
  • The Manila Ocean Park amusement park.
  • The Mall SM of Asia.

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