Like your bike-riding skills or your old economics textbook, Manila can seem a little dusty at first glance. But real travellers aren’t going to let that stop them from exploring one of Southeast Asia’s most diverse and interesting places.
Even its language, Tagalog, is a mix of Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and Sanskrit. So “Tagalog” with us as we explore the capital of the Philippines—then explore cheap flights to Manila on lastminute.com.au and get going!
Getting Around Manila
The city’s light rail system is great for getting around once you’re settled, but your best bet for getting to Manila hotels is a taxi ride. Feeling adventurous? Go by hoof! A ride in a calesa horse-drawn carriage is something to remember (and post on Facebook).
When You Land…
No one can resist tsokolate (dark, whipped hot chocolate) and ensaymada (fluffy, cheesy bread rolls), so don’t even try. Early birds should taxi to Intramuros and get acquainted with Manila in the best way: The food!
Jetsetters on afternoon Manila flights can step right into some “fishy” business at the wet markets. Choose your own catch of the day and a vendor will grill it, fry it, steam it…you get the idea.
If you’re on one of the flights to Manila landing after sundown, we hope you drank some Red Bulls on the plane. The southeastern neighbourhood of Makati City keeps the beats going till sunrise.
Live Like a Local
Manila may love partying until the sun comes up, but it loves watching the sun go down even more. See it like a local with a calamansi (lemonade) in hand on San Miguel by the Bay promenade. The only difference is, the locals get this view every. single. day.
Awesome food, stunning sunsets and vibrant nightlife: Manila is the total package. And speaking of things that go together like hot chocolate and pastries, you can bundle your airfare and accommodation with Manila holiday packages from lastminute.com.au. See you there!