Manila Tourism

Edgy art and gutsy people give Manila a rare mix that makes it an intrepid traveller’s dream come true. A megacity that has endured the worse and birthed the best out of it, Manila is big on heart and even bigger on courage. Like any city in metamorphosis, Manila showcases some glaring contrasts ; dizzy skyscrapers alongside poignant poverty . But this doesn’t take away from its grand persona and flawless hospitality that tourists can’t have enough of. Pry a bit and you can discover hidden gems in this beautiful city; indie music pubs and ephemeral galleries that beckon you to shed off your perceptions about Manila and look at it as the thriving cultural centre that it truly is.  Travel to Manila with an open heart and an open mind, the most amazing sights await your eyes!

Any regular Manila travel guide will tell you that the  city is situated on the eastern coast of Manila Bay, but what only you can experience is the breathtaking sunset from the bay that will leave you completely inspired. Manila tourism is a bit of everything; smiling faces , gastronomic indulgences and a glorious history that the city celebrates in every corner. Each one of you should visit Manila at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Manila.

Essential travel information and Manila tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8hours. No daylight saving time is observed.
  • Currency: Philippine Peso
  • Electricity: 220 Volts, 60 HZ. Power sockets A, B, C. 
  • Internet: Philippines has one of the slowest internet speeds in the world. Many ISP are available, Wifi is available at high-end hotels.
  • Language: Filipino and English.
  • Emergency Contacts: 911
  • Tipping: Optional at restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Recommended to bellman at the hotel. Appreciated everywhere.

Safety tips and Local Customs:

  • Beware of pickpockets.
  • Avoid travelling alone at night.
  • Take proper vaccinations and always carry mosquito repellents on your visit.
  • Avoid eating on the streets, never buy cut fruits and drink water from packaged bottles.  

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Manila

  • Know the pollution level of Manila before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 84.31 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 82.96 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 69.49 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 80.66 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 58.96 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 78.49 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 77.14 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 71.3 (High)
  • How safe is Manila for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Manila.

    • Burglary and Theft 55.15 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 61.36 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 63.77 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74.59 (High)
    • Car Stealing 54.65 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 56.65 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 54.98 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 63.2 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 57.42 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 33.69 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 49.43 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 35.35 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.52 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Manila is 66.72 (Low)

    • Safety Index 41.1 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 61.23 (High)
    • Pollution Index 91.6 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 58.33 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 39.15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.47 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 19.72 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 38.61 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Manila

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 25.93 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 77.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 41.96 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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