Visiting Manila, Philippines
Located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, this second most populous city in the Philippines is a great place to see some of the country's most historically and culturally significant attractions. From theatres to palaces to parks, Manila has much to offer tourists.
Best Time To Travel to Manila
While the weather in Manila is tropical and warm year-round, the best time to visit is from November through April, since typhoons can often occur during the rainy season from June to October. Landslides and flash floods are common in some parts of the country during the rainy season. To visit during festival times, travel to Catholic Manila during any of the major European religious dates such as Easter or Christmas. Cristo Negro, or the Feast of the Black Nazarene, is celebrated on 9th January, and many other saints are remembered throughout the year with feasts and festivals.
Before You Travel to Manila
If you're a British citizen in Manila for 30 days or less, you won't need a visa and your passport will be valid a minimum of 6 months from entering the Philippines. Cholera, hepatitis A, rabies, tetanus, typhoid and diphtheria are risks, so be sure vaccinations are current before visiting.It is also important to always carry I.D. of some sort. To avoid sickness and stomach upsets, don't drink tap water and use bottled water to brush teeth. Also wash, peel or cook all vegetables and fruit. Prices are more reasonable than in the UK; you'll pay about half what you'd pay in London for restaurant meals. PHT, the local time zone, is 8 hours ahead of UTC/GMT. During winter it is 7 hours ahead. There's no daylight saving time in Manila.
Manila transport and hotels
Public transportation is good in Manila. Rides on buses, metro lines and jeepneys (mini buses) are cheap, tickets cost only about 22 pesos, which is around 30p. When riding in a taxi, haggle and agree on the price before the journey begins. At the airport, a bus shuttle service runs from 5 am till 10 pm from terminal 3 to Baclaran LRT station (Line 1) and there is a regularly scheduled bus service between terminals 1 and 2 and the city centre. At the airport, you'll also find taxis and jeepneys. For really budget hostel accommodation, expect to pay about 500 Philippine Pesos. Luxury hotels are generally cheaper than in the West. Cuisine in Manila is diverse and reflects the Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and American influences.