For a taste of the Philippines, explore its capital by booking a holiday in Manila. One of the most bustling cities on Earth, it has no end of attractions to visitfrom the iconic statue of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo (it's said to bestow miracles) to the sprawling Chinatown area. The stunning stone walls and historic buildings of the ancient Intramuros district are a must-see, while the beautiful Rizal Parka place of huge cultural as well as aesthetic importanceis another big draw for visitors. Don't forget to visit Malancanang Palace, Manila's answer to the White House.
There are no direct flights to Manila from the United Kingdom. However, several airlines, including Gulf Air, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Air China, offer indirect routes from a conveniently wide variety of UK airports such as London Heathrow, Manchester, Belfast City and Glasgow International. The gateway to your Manila holiday will be Ninoy Aquino International Airport, which is located around seven kilometres from Manila.
Taxis are readily available at the airport, while bus services can also take you to Manila. During your holiday in Manila you can also get around in jeepneysthese famous, flamboyantly decorated jeeps are one of the most popular forms of public transportation in the Philippines. You can flag them down like a taxi and squeeze yourself on, and simply let the driver know when you want to get off again. As Manila is one of the most densely populated places on Earth, traffic can be a nightmare so hiring a car really isn't recommended while on holiday there. Besides, you'll get a far more authentic experience riding the buses and jeepneys, or exploring on foot!
Cheap hotels in Manila are very easy to come by, provided you make sure you look around online before setting off and finding the accommodation that will suit your budget.
You don't have to splurge your cash on food while on holiday in Manilainstead, why not save those pennies and get a real taste of Manila into the bargain by trying some of the many street stalls in the city? Street food is very big here, so look out for silog, a traditional Filipino breakfast of fried rice, eggs and meat, and banana cue, a hugely popular fried banana snack. Just beware of stalls selling balut unless you really want to chow down on whole duck embryos!
Updated 15th May 2013
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posted by lsaltserThis is a really beautiful little national park in the heart of the city. There's a church inside. It was formerly a cemetery and there is a strange feel to the whole place.
posted by xcoldsmithA really congested bustling and sometimes overwhelming neighbourhood. It worth going along just to see it though and whilst there make sure you check out the Temple of the God of War.