Manila, Manila, I am coming back to Manila. An excerpt of a song popularized by the group Hotdog back in the 70s. There are countless reasons why you should visit Manila. The ultimate Manila travel guide that would keep you coming back for more: When in Doubt, Ask Filipinos are known to be one of the friendliest people in the world. On top of this, 86% of Filipinos can converse in English. So, when you are lost or just merely curious about something, don’t be afraid to ask questions and a Filipino will undoubtedly extend their helping hand. Avoid Rush Hours! Manila is famous for its traffic. Rather than wasting your time on the road, travel during off-peak hours. Rush hours starts from 6 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 6 pm during weekdays when everyone is getting on or off work. Are you feeling a bit more adventurous? Ditch the usual bus or train, ride a Pasig ferry across the Pasig river to transport you from Pasig to Intramuros. Already thinking of paying Manila a visit? There is no other place to get your tickets but from flights from Singapore to Manila. You can also easily find a range of accommodations here! Travel like the Locals do Jeepney is an iconic transportation mode you only get to ride in the Philippines. But, our friend google map has not been acquainted with it yet. So, if you need to travel around the Metro as the locals do, make use of apps like sakay.ph which offers step by step instruction on which transportation mode to use from train to bus to jeepney and tricycle. Avoid the Typhoon Season The Philippines only has two seasons: wet and dry. Manila, unfortunately, is a flood-prone city. Try to avoid traveling to Manila during the monsoon seasons, especially from July to September when most of the typhoons happen. You would not want to be stuck in your hotel because of the flood. Shop on a Budget Manila, known as one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, does not fall short of thrift shopping centers. The likes of Divisoria and most especially Greenhills is a hit among tourists. Be warned though that while they are cheap, most of them are imitations of the signature brands that might not pass the customs at the airport. Christmas is the Best Season to Visit Manila Filipinos love Christmas so much that malls in the metro start playing Christmas carols, decorating and selling Christmas ornaments as early as September. During this season, the streets and buildings at night transform the city to a vast Christmas wonderland. Add spending Noche Buena or Media Noche with a Filipino family or friends to get a feel of the real Filipino Christmas spirit. Embrace Filipinos Love for Music No surprise that the karaoke patent is given to a Filipino as music is already a part of the culture. Do not be surprised when you hear random videoke sing-along in the mall or impromptu jamming sessions in the classrooms. Most if not all of the Filipino household has its videoke machine. So, when invited to a party, join in the fun as you sing along to your favourite tune. Respect Cultural Differences Filipinos have high respect for their elders that they even call random elders Lola (grandmother) or Lolo (grandfather) even though they are not related to each other. Should they offer their hands, politely bow down and place their hand on your forehead. Filipinos call this “mano” showing their courtesy even so that we have dedicated queues and chairs for them. Try to Learn Basic Filipino Phrases Although dubbed as the 4th largest English nation, it doesn’t hurt to speak the native language. Filipinos will love you more when they hear you say magandang araw (Good day) and salamat po (thank you).
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Manila Travel Guide