Nicknamed ‘The Pearl of the Orient’, if you scratch beneath the chaotic surface of Manila, the capital of the Philippines has a number of gems which make it an exciting holiday destination. From historic attractions such as Intramuros to shopping and enjoying Manila’s vibrant nightlife, the pleasures of cosmopolitan Manila are truly varied.
Where to Stay in Manila
At the top end of the accommodation spectrum, Manila has an abundance of international luxury hotels. However, these tend to be more geared towards business travellers as they lack the local charm which holidaymakers often look for. However, as there are so many luxury hotels in Manila, travellers can often make some great savings if they book in advance.
Nevertheless, cheaper accommodation is available in the form of small hotels and aparthotels. Malate is one of the best areas in Manila to find budget accommodation.
What to Do in Manila
While in Manila, art and history buffs should visit some of the city’s museums and galleries. Some of the best cultural attractions include the National Museum of the Filipino People and the Casa Manila Museum. The National Museum of the Filipino People dates back to 1901 and houses an interesting collection of artefacts related to Manila and the Philippines. One of the most famous artefacts here is the Tabon Man skull which is the archipelago’s oldest skeletal remains.
Manila has earned an world-wide reputation for its awesome nightlife. Whether you want to go clubbing until dawn or are looking for something more laidback, you are spoiled for choice in Manila. Malate and Ermita are two of the most exciting night life spots in Manila and plenty of bars and clubs. Makati and Quezon City also have a good selection of bars and clubs.
The capital of the Philippines has a number of historic attractions, one of the most famous being Intramuros. Founded in the late 16th Century, Intramuros is the city’s walled colonial quarter. Despite being damage throughout the centuries, Intramuros has been faithfully restored and has a number of streets and leafy plazas to explore. Highlights of Intramuros include Fort Santiago and the San Agustin Church and Museum. Fort Santiago overlooks the mouth of the Pasig River and is one of the oldest and stunning buildings in the archipelago. The San Agustin Church dates back to 1587 and has by good fortune managed to survive the wartime destruction. The church has a beautiful interior and garden and there is small museum situated in the monastery which showcases some religious relics.