Manila Travel Guide For Travelers
Manila is city in the Philippines and is located near the west of the island of Luzon. It is known as the cosmopolitan hub of the Philippines. Manila is a city that is one in total of 17 cities and municipal towns in an area that is called as the national capital region or metro manila in Philippines. The city of Manila which is more historically remembered is located between the manila bay and Pasig River.
Manila is city of tropical climate with two very obvious seasons. The climate here remains wet with constant rains or dry spells of sunlight. Tropical storms are common in the city and occur from May till November after which the climate remains dry till April. Temperature hover around 20 to late 30s during summer months. The winters remain cool with the temperature going down to 10 degrees.
If you have decided to spend your holiday here then you should make all your travel and accommodation plans early as hotels here are full in the peak seasons. Most of the foreign visitors arrive by plane and land at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. From here, you can take taxis and reach at your hotel. Once settled, you can take buses or ferries for inter island travel as manila is connected to the various other islands in the Philippines. You can also take jeepneys to get around the city. They are the fastest and the least expensive. You can roam around with just 7-8 pesos per trip. Other means include water taxis and water buses which flow with the Pasig River.
Some of the major tourist's attractions in Manila are situated along the Manila bay. First up, is the Baywalk, which is a linear park along the Manila bay. You can also visit the Bonifacio Shrine built to honor the memory of Andreas Bonifacio, who fought against the Spanish. You can also visit the Chinatown, a very famous place for Chinese food. Then there is the Intramuros, which houses some of the old collections of the city. It also has a museum and Manila cathedral.
The people in Manila are from various different communities. English and Filipino are the widely spoken languages here. As there are many Chinese here, mandarin is also widely spoken in the Chinese areas of the cities. People are generally friendly and hospitable and you should enjoy the social life in the city.
The city offers many eating out places and provides a vibrant and diverse taste. The city has all the common international food chains. Coffee shops and cafes are also quite common. But, the traditional street food is most famous among tourists. The variety of dishes on the streets is enormous and would certainly tantalize your taste buds. Some of the most famous dishes include the Chicharon, the Balut, banana Cue, silog, Nanay Q and Balut Eggspress. Overall, the food is cheap and quite tasty but you should be aware that there are many street foods that may not be as clean as you might think so should always eat with precaution.
During your stay in the city you should move around with precaution as street and other kinds of crimes are common in certain areas. Theft and pick pocketing is normal and you are advised to blend in with the crowd when on the streets