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TOP 3 MYTHS TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO MANILA
Planning a trip with your friends and family? Want to take a break from your busy life? Then one simply cannot forget one of the most famous Southeast Asian capital Manila. Manila is a must visit if you’re looking for the best Philippines destinations. With a booming economy and buzz generated by a hip new wave of restaurants, nightlife and galleries, Manila has made an astounding reputation. It’s considered one of the best cities for sightseeing and culture. Here are top three myths which can help you during your visit to Manila for a memorable tour.
Local Art and Museums
Anyone who want to observe the precious cultural heritage of Manila should pay a visit to the astounding Intramuros, yes the real Manila and colonial version of Philippines. You can easily find almost everything from political, religious buildings to the war effects on the walls of this historic place. Whereas the other local art scene in the city is one of the main Manila points of interest like the art galleries of Manila contain some of the best master pieces and are rich with awesome art. Museums like Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, the Yuchengco Museum, and contemporary exhibition spaces like 1335 Mabini or Artinformal, science museums and Museo Pambata are such artistic spots which an art fan will not want to miss.
Thriving Beaches in Manila
Manila is also known as “Pearl of the orient”, a well-deserved title given to Manila for the options it offers the tourists. But if you love beaches, you could also head to beaches near manila like Calatagan and Zambales in no time at all by getting a bus with fair priced tickets. Also there are some superb attractions a few hours away for instance, you could join tours to the peak of Mount Pinatubo or head to Tagaytay City, with its beautiful volcanic lagoon.
If you want to try Filipino dishes like Filipino cuisine, try lumpia (spring roll wraps) or adobo (chicken or lamb cooked in a rich garlic sauce) at restaurants like Sentro 1771 or Cafe Juanita. However there are also some world-class Chinese restaurants like Tim Ho Wan, great Indian eateries like New Bombay and European options like Caruso Ristorante Italiano. Manila has a massive range of dining options, thanks to its multicultural nature! While gourmet food fans can dine very well for very little money almost anywhere in Manila.
Apart from these travelling spots, here is some important information and travelling tips which are not only necessary but equally helpful for tourists to know them before their itinerary planning to Manila.
- The local currency in Manila is ‘Philippine Peso’ ₱ and it’s a good idea to exchange your money before you arrive. Whereas money changing facility at airport, hotels or at local bank is preferred compared to local money changers/dealers as a precautionary step.
- English is widely spoken in Manila and easily understandable by locals. So there’s not any hassle as far from language prospective. Whereas Tagalog is the local language which is mostly influenced by Spanish, Native American & Asian cultures because of the colonial history of Philippines.
- Traffic situation is almost the same as we see in other major South Asian Cities like Bangkok, Lahore, Jakarta and Delhi. So there is not any surprize too in case of Manila! Take it easy either are you on tricycles, taxi, car or local bus, you’ll find same traffic buzz everywhere.
- It’s best to keep drinking water with yourself wherever you go in Manila as climate is humid and hot.
- You can also rent a car, most probably a roofless one to enjoy your trip even more. If you want to grab this service then airport is the best option because there many reputable car hiring companies present at airport like Europcar, Avis, National and Budget Car.
- Hospitality is awesome in whole Philippines, especially in Manila. Filipino peoples are simple, warm and welcoming!
- Food, drinks, traditional cuisines and coffee shops, almost everything is very cheap in Manila. There are lot of hotels & resorts easily available according to different budget range.
- For tourists who are looking nearby accommodations to the airport can book their room at Azure Urban resort which is approximately 2 km (1.24 miles) from airport. Whereas Alicia Apartment and Blancaflor room rental are other options near to the airport.
- Most travellers will arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) which is around 7 km (4.3 miles) south of Manila. You can use shuttle bus service from airport, rent a car or taxi to reach the city centre.
- When you arrive, the cheapest route into town is via the special Express Bus Service, which costs around ₱300 (£ 4.5). If you choose to take a taxi, expect to pay around ₱700 (£ 10.4) and try to negotiate a fare before you leave the airport.
- The airport caters both domestic & international direct flights to Manila.
- There is a wide range of Island in the Manila Bay region and most of them are still un-discovered by tourists. So it’s important to know that how to visit maximum of those destinations in your holiday schedule before kicking-off to Manila or consult your travel agent to discuss your travel needs, budget & itinerary plan.