Manila, the charming city where vintage meets modernity
Manila is the capital of the Philippines with a high population density and is located in the east part of Manila Bay of Luzon Island. It is the political, cultural and economic center of the country, as well as an important transportation and trade hub. Once being colonized by Spain, Manila has become a bay city where the old and the new are intertwined, which blends the cultures of the East and the West.
Manila is a city with a certain Western-style artistic style. The history of Spanish colonialism is fully displayed in Intramuros District. Fort Santiago is one of the scenic spots with the longest history. It guarded Manila during wartime. The Rizal Memorial Hall in the ancient fort commemorates national heroes fighting for freedom and democracy. Manila Cathedral is designed with three giant arches with detailed carvings and six white Christian statues, which are gorgeous and elegant. San Agustin Church is a gothic church and the only church in Intramuros District that survived the destruction of World War II. The Church was once a concentration camp for prisoners during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and is one of the symbols of the history of Philippine colonialism. Manila Bay next to Intramuros District is famous for its sunset. The city shimmers under the reflection of water waves, making it the most refreshing and romantic image of the evening.
The suburbs of Manila have precious natural resources and are suitable for arranging one-day trips. Taal Volcano in Tagaytay is currently the smallest active volcano in the world. It features a unique view of "mountains within the lake and lake within the mountains". The steam of the rocky wall makes the tranquil atmosphere around the lake and the Hidden Valley Spring is located within the tropical forest. By walking through wooden bridges and stone paths to stroll under lush palm trees, you can immerse yourself in natural springs and phytoncides for relaxation and healing.
The Filipino food with unique taste is derived from the indigenous, Chinese and Western cultures, and is worth tasting during the trip. The Filipino steamed rice cake is prepared with ingredients such as coconut milk and sticky rice. The taste is soft, dense, sweet and mellow; the special ice product Halo Halo is made of ice cream, fruits, sago dew, and vermicelli topped with condensed milk and coconut milk to create rich flavors and tastes, which is refreshing and cooling.
The best travel season
Manila has a summer climate throughout the year which can only be divided into the hot, rainy season and cool seasons. The cool season between November and February is the most suitable for traveling due to the dry and comfortable weather with low rainfall.
Manila has a comprehensive subway system with currently three lines covering most of the popular areas. Jeepney is the most widely used local transportation. It derives from jeeps left by the US army during World War II. The colorful appearance has become a characteristic symbol like a moving canvas on the streets. Tuk-tuk is the motorcycles or bicycles with extended seats that travel through the streets and alleys, which is another way to experience local transportation.
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Are there any current entry restrictions in Manila?
During the pandemic, the entry restrictions of various countries have been adjusted on a rolling basis. Kindly remind you that please be sure to check the entry restrictions of your destination and prepare relevant documents before your departure. For details, please refer to the latest travel restrictions.
When can I fly to Manila with a lower fare?
You can plan your trip by taking the reference of the lowest fares found by travelers within the latest 48 hours. Log in as a COSMILE member at the time of ticket purchase to earn mileage upon completing your flight.
How many flights are there to Manila every week?
STARLUX Airlines offers daily flights from Los Angeles and Taipei to Manila every week. You can check the detailed flight dates and information via timetable.
How many international airports are there in Manila?
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is the only airport in Manila and the largest international airport in the Philippines. It has complete food, shops and facilities and is divided into four terminals, and shuttle buses are required to travel between these terminals.
How far is the airport in Manila from downtown?
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is about 10 kilometers from downtown. Kindly remind you to plan your transportation to the city before departure.
How to get from the airport to downtown?
Since the subway has not yet been connected to the airport, the most comfortable and time-saving way for travelers to move to or from Aquino Ninoy International Airport (MNL) is to hail a taxi on Grab or take the airport shuttle bus.