Horse Drawn Carriage parking in front of Malate church

    Manila City Tour

    Manila Tours

    Experience the capital of the Philippines on this tour. Discover Manila’s heart and soul and see the locals going about their day-to-day life as you move from Intramuros to its financial center in Makati.

    from  2,520.00

    Manila Travel Guide

    All the info you need to know about Manila.

    Manila is the vibrant capital of the Philippines, centre of trade and industry commerce, education, entertainment and arts. It is an invigorating blend of some of the country’s oldest and richest heritage treasures and the most modern metropolitan features of the Philippines landscape.

    Manila started as small tribal settlement along the Pasig River before it became the seat of Spanish colonial rule in Asia during the 16th century. Today, Manila is a bustling megalopolis with ultra-modern skyscrapers and over 12 million inhabitants.

    Quick Facts

    Manila is megalopolis composed of 16 cities


    Manila encompasses an area of 619.57-square-kilometer (239.22 sq mi) and has a population of over 12 million inhabitants


    Intramuros is the historic walled area within the modern City of Manila. Originally, it was considered to be Manila itself at the time when the Philippines was under the Spanish Empire colonial rule.


    Manila has a tropical climate with hot temperatures year-round, rarely going below 15 °C or above 39 °C.


    Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is the only airport and the premier gateway in Metro Manila. It is the busiest airport in the Philippines. The other airport that serves Metro Manila is the Clark International Airport in Angeles which is located 80 kilometers (50 mi) away.


    A number of hotels and casinos can be found around Metro Manila. Makati, the financial hub of the metropolis is home to numerous international hotel chains.


    Top attractions in Manila: Fort Santiago, San Augustin Church, Intramuros and Rizal Park


    The average length-of-stay in Manila is 2 days.

    What to see:

    Manila is a great starting point for a Philippines vacation. Here are some of our favourite places in Manila and neighboring town, not to be missed during your stay:

     

    • Intramuros – it’s the oldest district of Manila and the historic centre also known as a “Walled City”. It was built by the Spanish when they ruled the Philippines. Intramuros most popular attractions include San Agustin Church, Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila and the Rizal Shrine.

     

    • Tagaytay – it’s a scenic tourist spot south of Manila. It sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano Island, an active volcano surrounded by a lake.

     

    • Manila Bay – the perfect place for an enjoyable walk and witness a romantic sunset. It also houses a large Shopping Mall, Star City amusement park and casinos.

     

    • Mount Pinatubo – an active stratovolcano located north of Manila. The peculiarity of Mt. Pinatubo is it’s crater lake, which lies at the end of a.5-hour trek.

     

    • Makati – it’s the country’s financial hub known for the skyscrapers and shopping malls. It’s a shopper’s paradise in the heart of Metro Manila.

    When to go:

    Manila has a tropical climate and can be enjoyed any time of year.

    Manila has two seasons: wet season (May-November) and dry season (December-April). Typhoons are also common from June to September.

    Manila is also a city full of events, live concerts and festivals.

    Getting there:

    Air Transport

    -Aside from being a major international gateway city, Manila is also a jump-off point for intra- regional air travel. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport services over 40 airlines providing daily services to more than 26 cities and 19 countries worldwide. NAIA is also a series of domestic airport terminals that act as hubs to various regional and provincial airports in the country.


    Water Transport

    – Manila is also a popular destination for cruises ships and leisure vessels. Situated within a tranquil harbor, Manila is the chief seaport of the Philippines, serving the city’s commercial needs and is also considered as one of Asia’s major ports.

    Scheduled trips to other Philippine ports leave on a regular basis, which provides travelers with a different mode for exploring the country.


    Transportation within Manila

    Getting around the city can be quite an adventure, and one does not truly experience Manila’s way of life without a ride in a kaleidoscopic Jeepney.
    Originally converted from left-over US Army jeeps, the jeepney has become an icon of Filipino ingenuity and creativity and is the backbone of the Philippine transportation system.
    Passengers may get on and off just about anywhere. It is the preferred mode of public transport for short distances.

    Taxi cabs and buses also ply the main routes of the city. It’s advisable to download GrabTaxi and conveniently book a taxi with a few taps on your smartphone.

    For inner city roads, one can always take a tricycle (motorbike with a sidecar) or pedicab (bicycle with a side car).

    Some areas like Binondo and Intramuros still have those quaint little kalesas or horse-drawn carriages.

    There are presently three elevated railway systems that ply the entire width and breadth of Metro Manila. Stops are strategically positioned to make traveling very convenient and comfortable. The system is a faster option for visiting the city’s various sights and attractions.

    Where to stay

    Different types of accommodation ranging from luxury to budget can be found in Manila.

     

    The 10 Best Manila Hotels:

    • The Manila Hotel, Rizal Park
    • Hyatt Regency Manila, City of Dreams
    • City Garden GRAND Hotel Makati
    • Raffles Makati
    • New World Makati Hotel
    • Fairmont Makati
    • The Peninsula Manila Makati
    • The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
    • Makati Shangri-La
    • Belmont Hotel Manila Newport
    Horse Drawn Carriage parking in front of Malate church

      Manila City Tour

      Manila Tours

      Experience the capital of the Philippines on this tour. Discover Manila’s heart and soul and see the locals going about their day-to-day life as you move from Intramuros to its financial center in Makati.

      from  2,520.00