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Manila

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Pearl of the Orient
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within. The massive, vibrant, cosmopolitan city teems with traffic, people, and buildings piling on top of each other. In one trip to Manila, you'll see fantastic, gleaming skyscrapers just blocks away from shantytowns, scores of Catholic churches, neoclassical buildings, and other remnants of 300 years of Spanish colonial rule and subsequent American colonialism. But the Manila of today is just as much about its up-and-coming music and contemporary art gallery scene. The city serves as a jumping-off point to explore the various islands of the Philippines, but don't miss the best attractions in Manila itself, including lush public parks, national museums, and an aggregation of the best Filipino food from every part of the country. Make the most of your holiday in Manila by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Philippines trip itinerary builder website.
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Popular things to do in Manila

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Park
Rizal Park
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Fort Santiago
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Aquarium
Manila Ocean Park
3.2
Duration: 3h 30 min
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World heritage site
Intramuros
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Manila

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World heritage site
San Agustin Church
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Religious Site
Manila Cathedral
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Casa Manila
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Our Lady of Montserrat Abbey
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Manila

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Gift & Specialty Shop
SM Mall of Asia Pasay
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Shopping Mall
Greenbelt Mall Makati
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Ayala Triangle Gardens Makati
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Greenbelt Chapel Makati
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Manila

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Specialty Museum
National Museum
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
Museo Filipino Intramuros
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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History Museum
National Museum Of Anthropology
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Money Museum
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Manila

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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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Educational Site
University of Santo Tomas
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Rizal Shrine
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
Religious Site
Quiapo Church
3.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Shopping in Manila

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Shopping Mall
Robinsons Place Mall
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Shopping
Divisoria Market
3.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gift & Specialty Shop
Wellmanson
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Shopping Mall
Shangri-La Plaza
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Where to stay in Manila

Manila has the full spectrum of hospitality options, from highly affordable hostels you can book on the spot to luxury four- and five-star resorts. Opt to stay in mid-range and upscale hotels clustered around the central business district, or score sea views at the resorts facing Manila Bay. If you choose to go for the budget-friendlier hostel, note that many have large dorm rooms with many bunk beds, catering primarily to job-seekers, while others are designed for young backpackers looking to make new friends.
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