How to Travel in Manila Like a Pro
Experience the wonders of vibrant Metro Manila with its famous sights, mouthwatering cuisines and a terrific nightlife that can last until dawn. Whether you love basking in the culture of a new city or witnessing its scenic landscape, Manila is the place to be. You will need a lot of energy and space in your stomach to explore the city so it’s best to be prepared for the trip ahead.
Here are some tips that can help you travel in Manila like a pro:
1. Do Your Homework Before You Choose a Place to Stay:
Whether you’re a first-timer or not, planning is one thing you must do in advance to ensure that your stay is comfortable and safe. From luxury resorts to small budget hotels, you will find a lot of options to pick from. Plan your itinerary and pick a hotel that is close to your destination. Make sure it offers free transfers to and from the airport. The districts of Makati, Fort Bonifacio and Pasay are recommended areas to stay in Manila for tourists. It is always the best idea to book a hotel as soon as you buy your flight tickets.
2. Check the Weather and Pack Accordingly:
Manila can get really hot at times so while you pack, keep this in mind. It is always recommended to keep lightweight sleeveless shirts, shorts pants in your bag. As for the footwear, go for sandals, slippers, and open shoes that do not make you uncomfortable during the peak hours of the day. Lastly, be sure to pack necessities such as a scarf, hat, sunscreen and mosquito repellent in your carry-on bag. If you plan on participating in extreme activities, don’t forget to bring a pair of rubber shoes with you.
3. Make Sure to Rent a Pocket Wifi Device
Internet connection is not readily available everywhere in Manila. Free wifi in some public places can only be accessed at a limited time while others requires online registrations. If you want to make the most of your time in Manila, you should rent a pocket wifi device. Aside from being handy and convenient, it can get you connected anywhere without fear of expensive data roaming charges. Rental price may vary depending on how many days you will rent the pocket wifi. You can check out either GoLocal or Konbini for pocket wifi providers.
4. Don’t Miss the Helicopter Tours in Manila:
While you’ll be able to find a lot of travellers walking and cycling around the metro, you can still make your trip more special by getting a helicopter tour in Manila. Helicopter tours offer a bird’s eye view of the city that will always stay close to the hearts of couples, friends, and families on vacation. You can take a private or VIP helicopter tour through different base points like Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, Boracay, and Clark. If you want a tour that seeks style and comfort, choose Air Taxi in the Philippines and you’ll get memories for a lifetime for sure!
5. Be Ready to Enjoy the Street Food:
Your trip to Manila will be incomplete if you miss to taste the local street food. Street foods in Manila are very cheap, delicious, and uniquely Filipino. It is also very easy to find. You can find food carts right about every corner of schools, churches, parks, markets, and terminals. If you're the kind of food lover who'd go an extra mile to try something new, you may feast upon these famous Filipino street foods: isaw (barbecued pig or chicken intestines served in variety of sauces), and balut (hard-boiled fertilized duck egg). Check out the best street food joints on the internet or visit Zomato.
6. Enjoy Other Tourist Attractions in Manila:
Some of the other most popular spots in Manila are: National Museum, Intramuros, Mall of Asia, Resorts World Manila, and City of Dreams Manila. You can leave for these places in the morning, spend your day there, and return to the hotel by the evening.
Whether you are visiting Manila for a layover, a business trip, a holiday, or an extended stay, these tips will help you travel like a pro. Still waiting? Pull out your passport, reserve a hotel, and book a Manila helicopter tour to make your visit to the Philippines a truly memorable journey!
By AFAR Traveler