Manila Tourism

Visit Manila - Best of Manila

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.

Manila Travel Tips

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.  
More about Manila

Facts and Stats for Manila*

  • Pollution Statistics in Manila

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

    • Air Pollution 83.55 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 82.31 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 67.22 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 80.61 (Very High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56.49 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 78.77 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 76.14 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 72.17 (High)
  • Manila: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Manila for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Manila.

    • Burglary and Theft 55.87 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 62.1 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 64.46 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75.09 (High)
    • Car Stealing 56.16 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 57.81 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 56.07 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 62.95 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 56.49 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 33.3 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 37.27 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65.05 (High)
  • Living in Manila - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Manila is 68.41 (Low)

    • Safety Index 40.78 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 60.2 (High)
    • Pollution Index 90.59 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 56.1 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 42.13 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.99 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.1 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 35.3 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Manila

    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 4.93 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.74 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 51.22 USD

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

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