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1. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi
Never been but will make Manila;Philippines for 1 week in Feb-06.
1)Any suggestions for an enjoyable stay for a nighttime citybum -daytime beachbum,good cheap hotels etc anyone has stayed in.
2)Any suggestions for 1 week any other good place I should'nt miss as above.
I would probally fly from Vietnam!!!!!!!!!!!coast Airport as I will be on my travels or where is the cheapest!!place to fly from.
Dont worry I will look it up at top off page but as I can see from postings a few good travellers know the area.
Many Thanks for ALL or ANY Help.
al de bes

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Quoting jackboy

Hi
Never been but will make Manila;Philippines for 1 week in Feb-06.
1)Any suggestions for an enjoyable stay for a nighttime citybum -daytime beachbum,good cheap hotels etc anyone has stayed in.
2)Any suggestions for 1 week any other good place I should'nt miss as above.
I would probally fly from Vietnam!!!!!!!!!!!coast Airport as I will be on my travels or where is the cheapest!!place to fly from.
Dont worry I will look it up at top off page but as I can see from postings a few good travellers know the area.
Many Thanks for ALL or ANY Help.
al de bes

You didn't say how much or how little you want to spend, here goes anyway. This hotel is sort or a cheapie. SORIENTE HOTEL, 545 A. Flores St. Ermita, Manila. Basic accomodation includes A/C, TV, HW, security/safety box, and friendly staff. Last time I used this place was last year, the price was 999 Pesos. This hotel is on the same street as the SWAGMAN hotel (on the web.) The hotel could use a little more repair/maintenance, however, it was adequate for my budget and needs!

Nearby are are GoGo bars, restaurants, huge mall with a Robinson store as one of the anchors and internet shops. Other hotels this area slightly lower price and others at a higher price. Most bars offer a "happy hour" every night. One restaurant/bar that I can recommend is the "G" Point Pub on Padre Faura Street, not far from the Soriente. This pub is a favorite of Brits, Americans, and other foreignors. G Point has a web page for more info.

When you leave Manila you will need 550 Pesos for a departure tax and you will have to locate an immigration departure form to fill out and present when you leave. If you have been to Thailand before you will find the Philippines sort of "run down" in comparison (my opinion.) The people are friendly, almost everyone speaks English, the food has a Spanish/Asian variation that is not too bad.

When you arrive, if you have not arranged for transportation, you will find a sign up Taxi service similar to Bangkok. You can go upstairs to arrivals and walk down the hill and hail a taxi and save some money. DO NOT ALLOW THE TAXI DRIVER TO PICK UP A "FRIEND!" Insist that the driver NOT pick up anyone else! More than likely the taxi meters will not work. Figure 100 - 200 Pesos to the Ermita section of Manila.

If you have been to Thailand and you have been to Pattaya, there is a town in the Philippines called Angeles that is much like Pattaya, without the beach. Angeles City and Dau are next to the old U.S. Clark AFB base, now under PAF control. Civilian airlines routinely fly into Clark, it may be cheaper than flying into Manila.

There are tours of Mt. Pinatubo out of Angeles City. If you need any info on Angeles City just let me know. Taal Volcano, rafting through water falls, and some nature parks might be something you should look into. Also look into the Corregidor tour out of Manila, it's a light and sound show that's pretty interesting (on the web.)

Good luck.

3. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi Al
Many Thanks for the Info and I am a cheapie,a hotel room to me is something you go to twice a day;1)to shower and change,2)to sleep,I dont like AC,I'am a fan man.
Your info was really good especially about Clark,"any info about Angeles" would be really welcome.
As its my first time I must go to Manila.
Cannot wait to jump the plane and land in Bangkok 29-12-05.
Many Thanks for your help.
Have a nice day.
al de bes

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

Post #3

The old U.S. Clark AFB is now part of the Phil. Air Force and a civilian airfield. You can fly direct into there if you can find an airline that does it. Clark is located In Angeles City right on the line with a neighborhood called Dau.

From Manila you used to be able to get "Fly the Bus" transportation from the Swagman Hotel, not far from the Soriente. It's more comfortable and they make a pit stop part of the way to Angeles. Or, if it is still running, you can take the Victory Liner Bus from Manila to Dau (also downtown Angeles) which is within spitting distance of Clark. (Figure 3 to 5 hours on the bus, traffic sucks big time, and no toilet on board.) Take a motorcycle taxi (side cars) to your hotel from there. Or walk about 20 minutes to some of the near by hotels. Ask for directions, just about everyone speaks English, lots of foreignors around anyway.

I stay at the America Hotel, the fenceline for the old base is right across the street from the hotel. America Hotel is on Don Juico Ave, Clarkview. This is the one of the main streets for action around that area. There are other hotels that are cheaper around this area. I like A/C - I usually catch a cold from fans and the rooms are quieter.

Beer is always on sale for happy hour. Beer is cheap anyway, pull up a seat at at local bar and watch the girls come to work. Lots of Brits, Aussies, and Americans in this area. One bar I can recommend is the Margarita Station. Margarita Station is located on the same road as the America Hotel, about an 5 minute walk. Good food at the Margarita, they have an internet station, daily specials on dinners, they also take in laundry and change money. Other decent restaurants nearby. Lots of bars in this area.

Jeepneys prowl up and down the streets they are real cheap. Used to be around 3 pesos per ride last year. Probably all the way up to 5 or 10 pesos now. Flag them down, hop on, pass your money up (lots of willing hands help you do this - your change comes back the same way - hand to hand.) Yell out or bang on the truck when you want to stop.

If you take one of the motorcycle taxis to the Margarita Station one of the fellow Canos can recommend a cheap hotel for you. Foreignors are often called Canos, that is from ameriCANOS. It's like being called a Farang in Thailand.

Margarita Station is a lot like the "G" Station Pub in Manila. Both places have web pages with additional information on them.

Good luck.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 10y

MINOR CORRECTION.

THAT IS THE "G" POINT PUB (NOT G POINT STATION.) IN MANILA AND MARGARITA STATION IN ANGELES. BOTH HAVE WEB PAGES.

6. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi Al
Many Thanks again and your info is fantastic down to earth solid information which is really good and I will take it from their on my travels.
I'am now thinking of 3 weeks, 1 week to each as previous and 1 week in an Island called Boracay too just do nothing and relax before heading !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Many Thanks again.
Have a nice day
al de bes

7. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

Boracay is really nice, not quite sure how the Philippinos think it's the most beautiful tropical beach on the planet, but it's good for chilling out. If you do spend more time in the Philies, try looking at Palawan or Bohol. I'm hoping to head there in the next few days so i will let you know what they are like if you're interested.

8. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 10y

Hi Dave
Us Hampshire Hogs have to stick together so Yes,drop me any info on those 2 other places.
I am getting fired up and cant wait to go and really looking forward to visiting the Philippines.
How did you go their,stright from blighty or on an Asia trip!!!.
Anyway have a nice one and enjoy your travels.
al de bes

9. Posted by Sirenna (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Do check out Boracay on your travels.

10. Posted by harajuku20 (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Well, if you just chill out, Boracay is a good place. It really offers good quality and relaxation. But also try Bohol cause it gives you the tropical province/island feel. And when you do visit Bohol, visit the Tarsiers and the world famous Chocolate Hills. Really a splendid place. :):):)

Hope you will enjoy your stay in the Philippines and have a safe travel!