Everyone knows that Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, making it one of the most crowded cities in the country. Try comparing it to other big cities in the Philippines and you will see that Manila is super crowded – don’t forget about the noise either.
However, some people say that it is one of the appealing things about Manila – well, for those who like it. What can you do there when you are on vacation? Plenty of stuff, really. Some of the places may be noisy and crowded, but some can be quiet and peaceful.
Known as the Spanish old town, this is basically the oldest area in the city that has existed before the beginning of the 20th century. If you come to this place, you will see tall walls from the 16th and the 17th century – quite a contrary to the modern cityscape and contemporary buildings around it.
This place has its own courtyard palaces, administrative buildings, and churches with its own colonial style architecture. The old and ancient European atmosphere is quite apparent and thick there.
Feel free to explore Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Baroque Church or Fort Santiago with their well-maintained condition. You are free to take a tour or explore the place on your own.
Whether you are on foot or ride the carriage, you will see the interesting (and ancient) glimpse of the construction. It’s like being back to the past and its ancient setting.
You know how you can always find a Chinatown in every city or country you are going? Whether you are going to New York or Buenos Aires, or Bangkok, you will always find a Chinatown selling various items, foods, and so much more? Well, do you know that Binondo is the first Chinatown in the world? That makes it Binondo the oldest Chinatown in the whole wide world, right?
Be sure that you will have a great time exploring the place. Whether you want to have a new taste or enjoy a unique shopping experience (for souvenirs or other goods), you will definitely find one among the cluttered and busy street. There are some places of recommendation:
• Wai Ying fast-food if you are looking for great dim sum and other signature Chinese dishes
• Ho-Land bakery if you want to buy baked Chinese Filipino pastries and bread
• Dong Bei dumpling if you are looking for fresh noodle soups and tasty dumplings
Other Recommended Places
If you are staying in Manila for more than a couple of days, there are also other popular places to visit:
1. Manila Fine Arts National Museum
Into the art course history and its development? This place has collected sculptures and painting from the 19th and 20th centuries, made by the Filipino artists. You will be impressed by the artistic layout and the extensive collections of artwork. Exploring the museum is super fun. Several hours will pass by without you even realizing it!
2. Manila Baywalk
This is a waterside promenade with an amazing view of the sunset. It holds a crucial role in history, a battle spot between Spain and United State Navy won by the latter one. Because of it, Spanish colonization for more than 300 years ended. You can enjoy restaurants and cafes, as well as food vendors and street performers.
In this small town, you can find Mount Tall, which is the smallest active volcano in the world. The town itself is around 3 hours from Manila, and you will have to take a boat to cross the lake – the volcano is on a small island. Hiking is pretty easy – only 1 hour to reach the top and the view is breathtaking.
Naturally, there are more places to explore in Manila – whether in the heart of the city or in the suburb. They are all interesting, guaranteed to deliver a unique (and also memorable) travelling experience on your part. If you are interested in going to Manila, don’t forget to reserve a flight at Airpaz. You will definitely have a blast!