Be inspired to discover and rediscover the wonderful attractions of Manila. Our travel guide and tourist information for Manila-bound travelers feature the best places to see, do, and eat while in the nation’s capital.
Reserve ahead – Most hotels offer worry-free reservations for rooms with value-for-money packages. Avoid the last-minute walk-in rush; it is best to have a reservation at least 2 days ahead.
Bring loose change – It is wise to break big bills into smaller denominations, especially when you are planning to explore Manila using local transportation or haggle when shopping.
Pack a water bottle – Hydrate and cool down as you explore the streets of Manila especially during the summer months.
Airport Pick-up/Drop-off – Pre-book airport transfer with your hotel which (most likely) offers this as among its services. The Mabuhay Manor is 10 to 15 minutes away from the airport.
SM Mall of Asia (MOA) (10 minutes away) – 2nd largest mall in the Philippines boasting of four (4) buildings connected by walkways and offering shopping, entertainment, dining, and recreational facilities
Baclaran Shopping Malls (5 minutes away) – a wholesale and retail goods collective area, just a few minutes’ walk from The Mabuhay Manor
Duty Free Shop, Paranaque (15 minutes away) – a duty- and tax- free shopping center that features imported goods and other services
Robinsons Place Ermita (90 minutes away) – a shopping mall with entertainment, dining, and other specialty stores good for last-minute pasalubong shopping
Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – This is a prime venue for local and international concerts, cultural shows, and events.
Luneta Park (Rizal Park) – Located at the center of the capital, this landmark is the site of one of the turning points in the history of the Philippines, marking the start of the country’s independence from foreign rule. Attractions include Rizal Monument, Light and Sound Complex, Artists’ Haven art gallery and National Library.
Fort Santiago – Experience hundreds of years of history either via a calesa ride or a casual stroll in the Spanish stronghold, which stands within the gated walls of Intramuros.
Chinatown, Binondo – Savor authentic Chinese and fusion food. The area is also known for its wares and fresh fruit markets.
Manila Getaway Ideas for Families
Museo Pambata – This is the Philippines’ premier children’s museum that periodically hosts various activities in aim of encouraging exploration and creative thinking among children. It is open from 9am to 5pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) and 1pm to 5pm (Sundays). The museum is closed on Mondays and selected public holidays.
Intramuros – With a name that literally means “within the walls”, Intramuros is Manila’s historic center and oldest district. Ride a calesa (horse drawn carriage) or go on foot to explore its streets from Gen. Luna to Fort Santiago.
Manila Ocean Park – Indeed, this is a venue that all ages can enjoy. Marine life attractions and other entertainment and lifestyle facilities make it a popular destination among locals and tourists.
The Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion – This is a one-hectare theme park featuring a collection of flora, like roses, orchids, and other colorful species of plants. An impressive array of local butterfly species also thrives in this well-kept sanctuary.
With this Metro Manila travel guide from our Pasay City accommodation, you are sure to experience the most enriching vacation in town.