Manila Travel Guide
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- 98%Local Culture
- 89%Business Travelers
- 71%Luxury Travelers
- 71%Spiritual Seekers
- 69%History Buffs
- 69%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (243)
- ManilaNov 05, 2013
I like to review Manila because I'm from the Philippines and I grew up in the city. There are lots of things I like and don't like from the city but I think I'll just write what I like because I think it's not patriotic to write stuff that tends to ruin the reputation of your city and country. What I like in Manila is its proximity not only from malls but also from hotels,schools and even hospitals. I also like its friendly people.
- ManilaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 27, 2013
I'm not sure that I gave Manila enough of a chance, but from the two days I spent there it seemed to live up to it's reputation of a traffic-chocked, polluted, and crowded city. The back streets that I explored seemed friendly enough, with churches, mom and pop shops, and school kids running around. But after a rush-hour experience, I know this city is not for me. Also plenty of Filipinos warned me about it being dangerous, but I didn't experience any crime while I was there. I would be open minded enough to return if someone insisted that it would really be worth my time.
- ManilaMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
Manila is a contradiction is so many ways. There is extreme luxury and more extreme poverty. You can stay at a Mandarin Oriental or Peninsula Hotel for a fraction of what it would cost in Europe or shop at the Mall of Asia (one of the worlds largest). Makati is great for business men and has great hotels with fine restaurants. The friendliness of the people is one of the highlights.
- ManilaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 21, 2013
Manila 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 sense 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.
- ManilaApr 15, 2013
Nice people. always hot all year round. beaches are not so near on this place so you have to travel hours by car or less then an hour on plane. lots of malls to go shop to and it is inexpensive. people are hospitable. bars are everywhere and also girls. it's fun here.
- ManilaCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLGBT+ 2Apr 08, 2013
Manila is one of the most interesting cities I've ever been to. The more developed areas are absolutely stunning - shiny skyscrapers, fancy shopping centres and beautifully planned streets. Other areas are extremely desperate - as Manila has a staggering wealth divide. Nonetheless, it's a fascinating place with an interesting history and culture. At times, you forget you're in south east asia. The Philippines was a former American territory and you can certainly feel that influence, as well as the Spanish influence from 300 years of colonial rule. Manila is largely English speaking, with most residents speaking English and the native Tagalog. As other Gogoboters have said, it's a city of extremes. Extremely wonderful bits (restaurants, shopping, weather) and extremely terrible bits (namely traffic, poverty). Because of these extremes, it's so difficult to sum up a mega city like Manila. But it's people? Wonderful.
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Aliases: Manila City, The City of Manila, Lungsod ng Maynila