The Philippine capital of Manila is one of the most exciting places to visit. There are lots of sights to see, tons of things to do, the prices are low, and most people understand and speak English. Whether you’re staying for a few days, a couple of weeks or longer — here are five things you can do in Manila.
1. Seek new places
You have just landed in Manila, and a lot of sights are just a few hours’ drive away. Rent a car and drive to places such as Baguio, Tagaytay, Iloilo, Batangas, and many others. Take your pick — surfing, spelunking, mountaineering, diving — they’re all a drive away from Manila.
2. Take a trip through time
Manila is rich in history and old architecture dating from the 16th century. The Walled City of Intramuros is a great place to glimpse an era when the Philippines was still under Spanish rule. Take a guided tour of The Fort, as well as the many museums within and around the 500-year-old walls.
3. Eat, drink, drink some more
Filipino food is sweet, savory, or a mixture of both. There are hundreds of establishments, but if you want to get authentic food really — you’ll have to ask the locals.nWhether it’s Fear Factors’ balut, or Cebu’s best pig ever, lechon — Philippine dishes are great with beer. The local beer is highly regarded, although foreign brands are also readily available.
4. Party until dawn
Manila nightlife is never boring. From quiet pubs to full-blown street parties — you can definitely find your scene somewhere in the city. Meeting people is not a problem since everyone speaks English, and Filipinos are generally friendly by nature.
5. Don’t forget to buy something
One thing you won’t fail to notice about Manila is the size of the malls. They are huge, and there are a lot of them! Supermalls, community malls, lifestyle malls — they have one for whatever you might want to buy. Outside of the malls, you can find trinkets, art pieces, eclectic furniture, and even huge wooden sculptures.Manila is a great place to visit. The food is good, prices are low, the nightlife is lit, and everybody understands what you’re saying — if they can hear you over the loud pumping music.