Travel Planning
Manila
Travel Planning
Manila

Manila at a Glance

Manila is a sprawling city ranging from the four-hundred year old ruins of a Spanish walled city to hasty new construction to accommodate the 11 million people who now call the city home. 

The old city, the Intramuros, is worth exploring during the daytime hours. Walk along its crumbling walls to get a sense of the vantage point the Spanish designed here. These old walls kept the city safe from Chinese and Dutch explorers, and it was here the Spanish built their fort, their church and their public buildings. Sadly, not much remains of the intramuros area. American bombing raids on Manila flattened all but the church and parts of the wall. The city was never able to recover the area.

The rest of Manila expresses its style differently. Modern shopping malls spread out across the landscape and apartment buildings reach for the sky. Step into these teeming neighborhoods to uncover Manila's best restaurants and its up and coming nightlife scene.  

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May - December
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Nationals from nearly every country in the world can enter the Philippines with just a valid passport if their stay is for less than 21 days. It's a good idea to contact a Filipino embassy or consulate to get the latest update on travel requirements as they are subject to change. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: June to November is typhoon season in the Philippines. Each year, resort and beach areas are inundated by typhoons so it is best to avoid coastal areas during this season. For the rest of the country, typhoons may bring heavy rains even if the area misses the brunt of the storm. 

      Safety Concerns Travelers are targeted for scams and rip offs. One of the most common is for someone to drug your drink then rob you. Keep a close eye on your drink and your valuables. When out, it is best to avoid flashing cash, cell phones, I-pods or computers. Due to terrorist and kidnapping activities, some parts of the Philippines are under travel warning. The U.S State Department website keeps an updated list of countries under alert and warning. It is a good idea to check this list, or a list compiled by your home country before planning a trip. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your doctor about vaccination suggestions at least two months before your trip. Travelers should also filter or boil their water to keep from getting sick.