City Guide Manila, Philippines

Visiting Manila

While most people don’t spend very long in Manila during their stay in the Philippines, it certainly shouldn’t be bypassed as it does have a great deal to offer its visitors. So, don’t leave without checking it out for at least a couple of days.

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Manila City Reviews

  • 80%


    Watch out for taxis

    Always tell the cab driver "show me the meter"/ "turn on the meter" etc. Otherwise they will overcharge you and while that's not expensive in terms of GBP/USD/Euros etc. you don't want to be labelled an easy mark.

  • 40%


    Traffic Congestion, Jollie Bee & Directions

    The traffic congestion during the day, gives you a false sense of security, but come evening it all changes with traffic congestion entering its peak at least in our experience in the evening and night. There is also a Jolliebee, the Philippines answer to KFC on almost every corner so finding healthy alternatives can be a little straining. The sites, are few and far between, with mod being focused on the National Hero, Jose Rizal.

    Insider Tip:If you can get a sim card, google maps will provide invaluable, all locals will attempt to help you find your destination, but not always will the know how to get there, or what the fastest method is.

  • 60%


    Manille one day is enough

    There is not much to do or see in Manila intramuros can be visited in a half day the other parts don't present much interest and the local food is everywhere awful... Better go to Chinese or Corean restaurants

  • 50%


    Hard City

    Manila is a big city. Everything can be considered expensive compared to other part of Philippines. But if you know your way around here than you'll be fine. The public transportations are still in poor condition. Traffic is bad and some places are not that tourist friendly. Just need to prepared for any possibilities. Tour or excursion available mostly on weekend and in big group.

    Insider Tip:If you want to use the LRT or MRT, travel early. The Q for the tickets is like you're trying to get a ticket to a concert or boxing day shopping.People are friendly and high chances they are able to speak English. When haggling price make sure it is well deal. They might ask for more later. Stand your price. Keep enough change, pay and walk away.

  • 70%


    The Philippines has far nicer places to offer - don't plan to spend more than a few days here.

    We stayed in Manila for 3 nights before we left for the island of Palawan and, while we had a pretty good time here, we were glad to get out to see what else the Philippines had to offer. There is not a great deal of things to do in the city. Intramuros was an interesting visit, although one of the cycle-cabs we took around attempted to scam us by overcharging us which took the sheen off the visit somewhat. Rizal Park was also a very nice place to be, especially in the evening.

    Insider Tip:At Manila Ocean Park - the aquarium - there is a fantastic rooftop bar linked to Hotel H2O. You do not have to pay to get to it and it provides a fantastic place to chill out with excellent views of Manila Bay and the nearby islands. We stumbled upon it on our visit to the aquarium and liked it so much that we went back the next night just to visit the bar. The food was fantastic and there is a great variety of drinks on offer for very acceptable prices.

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