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1. Posted by marco1955 (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

well any help for going and spending a week in Manila

2. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

What kind of help?

1. What is worth visiting? in one week?

a. Intramuros: the walled city built by the Spaniards. I dont think its a UNESCO Heritage site, coz we did a great job bustardizing it in the name of renovation. You will see universities, a small park in the name of our national hero (FORT SANTIAGO). a Starbucks built inside one of the historic walls. And a golf course embracing the space outside the wall.

b. SM MALL OF ASIA... Manila has lots of malls and they are suppose to be cultural. Also checked out SM mega mall, SHANGRILA MALL, and all the malls of the AYALA CENTER. This is something the department of toursim doesn't advertise.
But it can be interesting after there can be nothing more filipino than MALLS.

C. If you are not yet tired of the posh areas of manila and want to see more of third world economic disparities, hit ROCKWELL and the GLOBAL CITY OF FORT BONIFACIO. There are buses that can take you this little patches of Singapore.

D. If you want to see churches and filthy markets that may be interpreted as cultural, go to QUAIPO, MANILA. Then you are back to third world asia.

e. If you want to play scholarly and know something about WWII, take the ferry to Corregidor island. It aint that expensive. Go to the CCP COMPLEX, Cultural center of the Phi;ippines.

f. MALATE, a visit to MANILA is never complete without exploring its MALATE nightlife. For something less bohemian, go to MAKATI, LIBIS, FORT BONIFACIO...

E. Check out the sunset at manila bay.


3. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y

For what it's worth a week in Manila would be a nightmare. It's one of Asia's worst cities in my night is too long for me! Accommodation isn't good value in Manila (like most capital cities).

Once you have seen Corregidor and Intramuros and if you aren't into shopping then you have exhausted things to do in Manila. The shopping centres are ok and are a diversion for a little while but after you have done them there's not much left! As Swept Away says there is a huge gap between the rich and the poor with more families sleeping on the street than I have ever seen anywhere else in the world.

Also if you are going in typhoon season, don't get trapped in Manila when a typhoon hits...the streets get flooded knee deep with sewerage water and the city grinds to a halt. We learnt this when we were there and were stuck for 6 days while a super typhoon passed over!

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1734 posts) 8y

Quoting marco1955

well any help for going and spending a week in Manila

I usually stay in the Ermita area of Manila. This area is off Roxas Blvd and has hotels in many price ranges. Not far from the Robinson Place Mall, short walk to the MRT and casinos. Restaurants, bars, travel agencies, antique shops in this area. In Manila you can take meter taxi cabs pretty cheap (if you use the meter) or take a Jeepney even cheaper!

Maps of Manila:

Anytime you get to go to a new city in a different country it's an experience. You may like Manila and you may not but a week won't kill you! Looking at your bio and all of the countries you have been to you will do okay.

Enjoy your trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2008, at 8:17 PM by karazyal ]

5. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Quoting loubylou

For what it's worth a week in Manila would be a nightmare. It's one of Asia's worst cities in my night is too long for me! Accommodation isn't good value in Manila (like most capital cities).

In fairness to pathetic MANILA, it can be more appealing to Asian travellers, who are not interested in Pagodas, stupas, and temples. If you hail from the third world, you would rather be in Manila than the congested streets of the Hanoi or the provincial ambiance of Phnompehn. Even Chiang Mai is so provincial compared to Metro Manila. So it depends on what you are looking for.

The Philippines is the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world and if you go to the right places you will meet beautiful and smart locals, who can really communicate.

6. Posted by wershwie (Budding Member 64 posts) 8y


When are you coming over? For an entire week, you don't necessarily have to get stuck in the city :) You can take day trips here and there, even enjoy a good dive. What are you interested in?

Aside from what's already been mentioned (Intramuros, Corregidor), you can also head out to Tagaytay, Subic, or Batangas. You can either go trekking, diving, snorkeling, or just lounging on the beach or by the highlands.

And then, you might want to stay in the central business district - Makati - in case you're not too fond of the ways of downtown Manila. Either way, I still suggest you head out of town for a few days in that week so you can maximize your stay here :)

The weather will be a factor, though. Lemme know when you're coming in, I'd be happy to help out with other recommendations.


7. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

yup sadly Manila can be very chaotic..

anyways... yeah visit Fort Santiago and Intramuros, checkout the new Manila Ocean Park near Rizal Park, check out the Rizal Monument as well.. Malate will be a very good spot for bar-hopping at night and take time to watch the sunset at the Baywalk along Manila Bay... you may also check out the Cultural Center of Philippines Complex...

if you're more adventurous, you can walk the streets of Quiapo and Sta. Cruz.... you may also checkout Chinatown in Binondo... these districts of the city of Manila are usually crowded, traffic congested, and quite dirty but this is the heart of Old Manila that dates back to the 16th century.. this is where Manila first sprang from banks of the Pasig River...

around the metro, you can visit the Mall of Asia, the 3rd largest mall in the world.. or the Ayala Center in the Makati Business district, or yeah Bonifacio Global City.. these are locations for the modern Manila...

if you base yourself in Manila, try to rent a car to go to Tagaytay City, about 2 hours drive south of Manila... this city offers a great view of the scenic Taal Lake... a lake that has a volcano in its center... the city is also host to a number of spas and garden restaurants... check out Sonya's Garden... there is also a good shop there for coffee beans.. if you're a coffee lover..

also, you can try to drive north to Subic, an old US Naval Base, about 2.5hours drive which is now host to adventure parks like the Zoobic Safari and Ocean Adventure, or the Jungle Survival Camp in the rainforests of Subic... they've got good beach resorts there too..

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 21, 2008, at 8:10 PM by pau_p1 ]

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9. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 8y

Or somebody who just loves to talk about the Philippines.
fishing for compliments and eventually sell something.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 24, 2008, at 2:52 AM by Swept Away ]

10. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

I'll be there too... in less than 3 weeks... can't wait... A former Spanish colony in South America wow! What's the best youth hostel there?