Manila travel guide and hotels
Part colonial Spanish, part shopping mall, Manila presents an exciting mix of history, culture, sophistication, chaos and character. There’s certainly something for every visitor.
Start your Philippines tourist experience with this 100-page travel guide to Manila.
Start out in Intramuros, the restored ancient regional capital, before seeking out ageing cathedrals, coconut palaces and the Grand Manila Hotel, ending up admiring the modern Makati district, click and read more
With plenty of friendly English-speaking locals, the bars and clubs of Ermita, Malate and Makati offer a fun, even naughty, night out. Slug back the San Miguel and enjoy, click and read more.
Trace WWII history with a trip to Corregidor Island in the bay, rugged Bataan Peninsula, Laguna area and Lake Taal to experience the volcanic character of Luzon, click and read more.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from in Metro Manila, starting with the legendary Manila Hotel, and running the gamut of budgets in Malate or Makati. Here are the best deals from Agoda, click and book here
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Filipinos are among Asia’s friendliest people and, with English spoken by all, tourists will feel particularly comfortable among the people of Manila. This busy city caters well to business and leisure travellers alike with some excellent and very affordable hotels. Don’t be fooled, the city presents some excellent dining with some notable local dishes and great bars. Surprisingly, visitors seldom feel their personal safety threatened in this lively city, and certainly not in the sophisticated confines of the Makati business district. We’ve found some of the best deals with our partner, Agoda.
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Highlights of travel in Manila
Despite a 400-year legacy, little of colonial Manila survived from WWII. However, a number of curious sights can still be found in this sprawling tropical city. Intramuros is the original heart of the city, rebuilt in recent decades to resemble its Spanish colonial past, complete with ancient cathedrals, bell towers and the relaxing Fort Santiago. Casa Manila looks authentic enough and St Augustine Cathedral is a World Heritage site. It’s all protected from the bustling city by the spacious Rizal Park, while a stroll from the famous Manila Hotel along the Manila Bay promenade escapes the city chaos. To see Manila warts-and-all try Binonda (Chinatown) and Quiapo, or hang out with the ‘mall crowd’ of Makati and indulge in shopping – a national pastime. Then there’s the curious Coconut Palace, a legacy of Imelda Marcos.
Pay to party on P. Burgos Street
One of the most popular nightlife areas in Manila among locals, foreigners and expats alike is P. Burgos Street. This neon-bathed strip is primarily made up of go-go bars that many will go to only once, while others may return time and again. In truth, the area is relatively expensive. If this is your thing, the girls are widely considered to be of higher quality elsewhere, in places such as Angeles City. …more