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 83.01 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 83.08 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 68.2 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 78.82 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 56.59 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 77.38 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 68.83 (High)
  • How safe is Manila for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Manila.

    • Burglary and Theft 61.04 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 68.15 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 70.02 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 82.39 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 59.34 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.68 (High)
    • Attacks 61.22 (High)
    • Drug offense 69.93 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 55.52 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 29.59 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 54.34 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 38.65 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 71.02 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Manila is 52.47 (Low)

    • Safety Index 35.57 (Low)
    • Climate Index 61.23 (High)
    • Pollution Index 89.9 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 56.02 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 38.83 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 62.6 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 28.51 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 23.94 (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 5.94 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 78.94 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 46.7 USD

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

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