Trip Plan Details
- Wagas MarketManila, Philippinesrecommended Wagas MarketWagas Market, a market in the heart of Divisoria on Wagas Street. It a taxi or Jeepney can be taken to Divisoria area and a trike can't take you down Wagas street the rest of the way. The streets are ... read moretoo packed and narrow to be able to take a taxi all the way. This area of the neighborhood is a bit worn out, and it has all kinds of walks of life. I was warned not to stay out to late in this area as there are snatchers around. On a good note, there are a wide variety of selection of fresh foods and meats here. My friend and I, along with her cousin, roamed the market getting some foods to prepare and eat back a place in the Wagas market area. When I was here, I meet plenty of happy and friendly people, from middle class to poor. It was one of the most fun times I had in Manila.Recommended for:Erick Redcloud
This is a very interesting place to visit during the day. It has amazing every day living culture here. It is a poor area, but bustling with so much life. I would suggest making sure you get back before it gets dark.
- IntramurosPadre Burgos and General Luna Street, Manila 1002 Philippinesrecommended IntramurosI really Enjoyed Intramuros area. It had a lot of culture, from sites to see, people, food, buildings, statues, schools. Intramuros is a great area to just walk around and take photos. There a lot of ... read morelocals who walk around here. Feel free to wander around, as you will come across some of the lesser fortunate areas. Walking through these areas I found some very friendly people. I really enjoyed my time here. The only warning, is beware of he touts who want to give you a ride on the their trikes. They are everywhere (unless you want that kind of thing), and they will bug you all the time. There are tourist police strategically placed around Intramuros to prevent anything to happen to tourists.Recommended for:Erick Redcloud
I would agree with Matthew on Intramuros. It is amazing place to get a lot of culture and a lot of photo opportunities. You can walk around and see all kinds of life here as well. You can see the tourism as well as some of the alleys see some every day people.recommended IntramurosIntramuros in Manila is the traditional walled fort at the center of the city -- 'Intramuros' literally means 'between the walls'. Though it was almost completely destroyed except for the exterior ... read morefortifications during the Battle of Manila in the closing days of WWII, the area was rebuilt and retains a lovely Spanish-colonial flavor, quite charming for a morning's exploration, and a pleasant counterpoint to the relentless sprawl of modern Manila.Recommended for:History Buffs
recommended Makati CityThe upscale heart of Manila, this is where the beautiful people go to see and be seen and (even more importantly) to shop. With seriously upscale malls and a cosmopolitan vibe, this is the place to go ... read morefor luxury brands or for a glam night out.
- BaywalkBaywalk, Manila, Philippinesrecommended BaywalkA 2km strip running along Manila Bay, this pleasant promenade is an excellent place to relax, people-watch, and take in the sunset after a long day sightseeing in the heat. There's a fair amount of ... read morehomelessness on display here, and more than a few hawkers, but people are largely polite and unobtrusive. It's one of Manila's best public spaces and a great place to take in the life of the city.
- Malate and Ermita NeighborhoodsMalate, Manila, Philippinesrecommended Malate and Ermita NeighborhoodsAfdtThe central Manila neighborhoods of Malate and Ermita are the base of the city's travelers' scene, and home to most of it amenities for world wanderers. There's an astonishing amount of ... read moresex-tourism here to be sure, but it's also full of accommodation in all budget ranges, good restaurants, and the enormous Robinsons Mall. An excellent base for exploring the city (and near to the rail line if you're feeling ambitious), the neighborhood is walkable to Rizal Park, Baywalk, and even Intramuros.
recommended ManilaManila is a polarizing city -- a sprawling and undoubtedly polluted Asian capital reaching a critical point of congestion, overpopulation, and crime. Still, it has the winning Filipino heart to it, a ... read moresense of friendliness and welcome amidst the clamor, and spots like Intramuros and the Baywalk at sunset will make you happy you came. Even the seedy aspect of the city is fascinating: see how many grandfatherly white men you can spot on the arm of a petite young Filipina woman in a twelve-hour period.