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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

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    Manila, the stopover city on to the greater sights

    It is almost a need for most international travellers to Phillippines to stop by this place. And don't just transit, exit the airport to experience! There's Intramuros, Chinatown and Makati. There are megamalls like the Mall of Asia and Ayala Center. There's also the contant worry on security of the place, stories of of even locals are not safe. However, once in the safe havens of the shopping malls, service excellence exists, and the restaurants are wonderful, though still a tad salty

    Insider Tip:Prepare for higher salt intake by drinking more water and the average mango smoothie is heavenly!

  • 50%

    TeacherDave

    Pass through, don't stay

    We were warned by our Filipino friends not to spend time in Manila. We could see why. It was overcrowded, the traffic was awful and compared to the other parts of the country we visited, not very picturesque at all. You will need to go through Manila at some point on your travels but plan to move on ASAP. That said, we really didn't spend enough time here to give a balances review.

  • 70%

    jordanraedoucette

    Wasn't where I was planning to spend time while in the Philippines, but I enjoyed it more than expected. Everyone was so friendly! The food was great and super cheap! Taxis were abundant and affordable, and the fact that nearly everyone spoke English was so helpful. The city was always busy and lots was going on, but never felt unsafe being there.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    a reflection of your heart

    if you can find beauties in Manila, you should have no worries of discovering the beauties in everywhere in your own life. I do like Manila, it is diverse, colorful and relaxing, you can always see people enjoying their lives here, no matter under what circumstances they are able to make themselves happy.

  • 80%

    Strikkie

    Manilla

    Great nightlife Where in dont count the dozens of 'hospitality' clubs. The city is cheap, dirty and has lots to offer. Food stands arena great and all the People are so very nice, even going out ons the street at nog night

    Insider Tip:Food From the street. Try everything you dont know and you WILL be surprised

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