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About Manila

Despite its unfair reputation as a chaotic concrete jungle, the capital of the Philippines is a colorful, multi-cultural city with a rich history and plenty of attractions.

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About Manila

One of the oldest cities in the Philippines, Manila was once a seat of power for Colonial rulers, and many landmarks here date back to the 16th century. The city’s architecture provides some stunning photo opportunities, and each of the 16 territorial districts has its own unique culture, cuisine and history.

The Strong Republic Transit System, Manila’s rail network, covers the whole of the city, with affordable single-trip tickets or a ‘Flash Pass’ available for unlimited travel.

You’ll find it’s easy to eat cheaply in the city, provided you avoid the main tourist traps. Many of the public markets have food stalls providing authentic local cuisine for just a few pesos, while some of the restaurants that have opened in the old Spanish colonial houses are excellent places to sample Filipino cuisine.

What to do in Manila

Exploring Manila’s districts could take some time, but you simply must see Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown. Another unmissable place is Quiapo, where you’ll find Plaza Miranda—the city’s main square—and Quinta Market. The Old Town in Intramuros District is the place to head for history and culture. Here you’ll see Fort Santiago, today a museum, Manila Cathedral and the National Art Gallery.

Manila is packed with history and culture, and it’s easy to spend an entire day wandering around the city’s museums and galleries. Top of any culture lover’s list should be the National Museum of the Philippines, for an insight into local history, and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

Don’t miss a visit to Manila Zoo for the opportunity to see Mali, the only living elephant in the Philippines.

If you’re unsure where to start exploring, a guided tour is a good bet and there are plenty on offer.

Top travel tips or Manila

For dramatic sunsets, head for the Port Area in the evening for a stroll.

If romance is on the cards (or if you just fancy sightseeing the lazy way), a calesa ride (horse-drawn carriage) is available in some districts. It’s is quite an experience, but make sure you negotiate the fare in advance with the driver. Tricycle and pedicab rides are also great for short journeys in the city center.

The currency here is the peso, and you’ll find money exchange bureaus around every corner. For the best rates, steer clear of tourist areas and look for money exchanges near public markets.

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