Manila is a thriving metropolitan area in the Philippines and is both the capital and second largest city. Unfortunately, many of those who are travelling to the pillions are advised to bypass Manila and head straight to the islands. However, it is their loss. Beneath the surface, Manila is a truly interesting city with plenty of hidden gems waiting to be explored.
Manila is served by The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) which is also known as The Manila International Airport. The airport is convenient located 1.3 miles south of Manila and is the principal gateway for those travelling to the Philippines. On average, a flight from London takes around 13 hours and 30 mins and 5 flights a week leave London for Manila. The cost of a return flight from London to Manila costs less £500. However, prices rise to nearer £700 during June.
Best Things to Do In Manila
As Manila is such an amorphous mass, it is unlikely that you will be able to cover all of the city’s major attractions during your holiday. However, we have outlined some of the city’s highlights.
Visiting the walled city of Intramuros is often at the top of the list of those who are travelling to Manila. Intramous is the oldest part of Manila and is right at the heart of the capital city. Here you will encounter plenty of Spanish-era influences and very little commercialization. In order to get a true feel of this ancient quarter and gain a deeper understanding of the complicated history that encompasses it, it is highly recommended that you opt for a guided tour.
For those looking for something cultured to do during the day, there are plenty of interesting museums and galleries in Manila, such as Casa Manila which is situated in a reproduction of a Spanish colonial house and showcases life in Manila during the 19th Century.
When the sun goes down in Manila, there are plenty of fun things to do in Manila. Like the rest of the Philippines, karaoke is and singing is an incredibly popular form of entertainment in Manila and can be found in bars and hotels. There are also plenty of night clubs, from the cheap bars through to the fashionable clubs which line Makati.
Hotels in Manila
When on holiday in Manila, most people either stay in the City or Makati, one of the metropolitan areas. There is accommodation in Manila to suit every taste from basic box rooms through to the most luxurious penthouses. If you are looking for a high-end hotel or a hotel for a business trip, Makati is your best bet as here you will find an array of luxury independent hotels as well as well-known chains. Security in the most high-end hotels is rigorous, so do not be surprised if your luggage is x-rayed and your car is searched.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a cheap to mid-range hotel, you are better off staying in the City of Manila. Here you can find an array of 3-star hotels in prime locations for as little as £13 per night.