Manila doesn't have the same charm as Bangkok and Hong Kong but it is one of those travel destinations in Asia you are supposed to visit just to say that you have been there. Even some of the frequent Philippines visitors have never been to Manila. Many Angeles City visitors make a beeline for the city from the Manila airport. Manila usually stays under the radar of many travelers. Especially now when the country has the president who is hot-tempered, foul-mouthed, and anti-Western, Manila, the capital of the Philippines, doesn't offer any new incentives for foreigners to visit. However, if you are willing to take the bad with the good, Manila can give you some pleasant travel experience.
So before brushing Manila aside, get our book and decide for yourself if Manila is worth your time and money.
Manila is facing the South China Sea but don't plan to lie down on a sandy beach somewhere. The Philippines is blessed with many beautiful beaches but not Manila. It is a bustling metropolis. The sea around Manila is literally a cesspool.
Manila is a historical city, full of monuments and ruins. You don't need to venture out of the city to touch one. Many of them are conveniently located within the city.
Manila has several modern shopping malls. Even if you don't need to buy anything, check them out. You also go there to try the local and international foods.
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Manila. Thankfully, the natural beauty of the Philippines is within easy reach: you can return to your downtown hotel for early dinner.
Don't feel like braving the Manila traffic to see some green? Walk over to these parks instead.
Just because you arrived here alone doesn't mean you have to stay alone. The choice is yours.
Be sure to check our online photo album for more detailed views of Manila.