Manila Vacations

With a population of just over 1.5 million people (12 million in the metro area), Manila is an example of modern life in the quickly developing nation of the Philippines. Comprised of sixteen individual districts, Manila is more a conglomeration of diverse neighborhoods than one cohesive city. Though traveling within the city is somewhat confusing, ... Read more
the bustling action is what helps bring over a million tourists to Manila each year. From the luxurious architecture of the 1322 Golden Empire Tower, to the famous Spanish colonial walled city of Intramuros, to the many luxury hotels like Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Manila is a perfect example of a traditional society transitioning into modernity. As the cultural capital of the Philippines, Manila is filled with Catholic churches, archaeological museums, and upscale nightlife. With everything she has to offer it's easy to see why so many people both call this city home and visit regularly.

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Manila things to do and experiences

  • Intramuros
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  • Manila Bay
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  • Fort Santiago
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  • Rizal Park
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Manila and the surrounding areas were, most unfortunately, built on a floodplain, and even the smallest sprinkle can cause streets to fill with water. So when the rainy season, complete with typhoons and ... Read more
tropical downpours, comes around from June through October every year, the city often becomes a waterlogged maze. The dry season from December through May is decidedly less wet, but also hot -- temperatures in the Filipino capital stay around 85-95F (30-35C) all year. But this does provide an excellent opportunity to check out some of Manila’s dynamic economic growth inside its air conditioned malls, which are popping up like daisies around the city. The city's major festivals like Christmas and Holy Week fall in the dry season, and ideally so should you.

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I loved it. Best beaches in the world at budget friendly prices. Safe to roam around.

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Went for 3 weeks will retire there. Great place to visit can’t wait to live there.

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It was amazing but I recommend you guys to spend more time out of downtown and try visit places like el nido o boracay

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Has mostly what any major metropolitan city would offer. But the traffic is horrendous.

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Be prepared for an assault on the senses. Loud, dirty, polluted air and lots of poverty. Homeless children, families and pregnant women living under bridges. Don't forget to visit Smokey Mountain - real people living on a garbage dump, so cute.


Great place for past some days, you can find area with locals or area with tourists, nice restaurants and nice street food, just travel

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Barcelona, Spain

I would say it is a very typical south east asian capital. DIrty, full of people and pollution... I still think it was a good decision to go there, as I got a sense of how real Asia was (not only the beautiful things you see in pictures). However, if you don't have much time, I would rather spend time in other places.

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Local from Manila

I m curently living in Manila and it s a wonderfull place if you love to discuss with nice people. Pinoys (filipinos) are amazing and always ready for a good joke, to help or to share a good meal.

Once you visited Philippines, you might come back more often to discover the rest of the country (Rices terraces, White sand beach, Surfing spots and more !)

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Quezon City, Philippines

Philippines capital and seat of the national government. This is where history abounds especially in the old walled city of Intramuros. You can still see the Spanish influence from 3 centuries of Hispanic rule.

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Brisbane, Australia

Vibrant, hectic, energetic, and chaotic are some of the words that come to mind when describing this young and rapidly growing city. Lots of enormous malls if that is your thing. There is also the more tranquil historic center of Intramuros, which is definitely worth checking out.

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