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7 Things To See In And Around Manila

The capital of the Philippines combines big-city life with a fusion of European and Asian culture. The city enjoys lush tropical surroundings. What are some things you shouldn't miss?

Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church

Although the original construction perished in a blaze, Quiapo Church is still a major attraction in Manila. It's probably most famous for its sacred Black Christ statue, carried by devout believers in a procession each year.

American Memorial Cemetery

American Memorial Cemetery

U.S. presence was big in the Philippines, and this gathering of 17,206 headstones pays tribute to the soldiers killed during the Second World War.

Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls

If it's countryside you crave, take a two-hour drive outside Manila to swim under a real waterfall. You also have the opportunity to canoe around the waters.

National Museum of the Filipino People

Discover the many layers of Filipino history, starting from Paleolithic times, the Spanish invasion, to the 20th century. Your ticket is good at the National Gallery of Art, too!

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

Named after Filipino revolutionary Jose Rizal, this park covers 60 hectares. Take a stroll through its woods, pay tribute to Rizal's monument, and admire its cultivated gardens.

Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano

Did you know that there are active volcanoes in the Philippines? You can hike this one, as well as traverse its surrounding waters by various forms of transport. Not to be missed!

Villa Escudero Plantation

This working coconut plantation is a major part of the local agricultural industry. You can learn about local sugarcane and coconut trade, birdwatch, and explore a rural village.

Planning Your Manila Visit

When's the best time to go?

The rainy seasons are July and August, and the temperature reaches its peak in May - over 90 degrees. January or February could be your best bets for mild weather and low rainfall.

How can I stay safe?

Protect yourself from con artists by only accepting help from people you know. Exercise common sense by keeping valuables hidden and not wandering poorly-lit areas.

Good to know

  • Language
    Filipino and English
  • Currency
    PHP (₱)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the rain and intense heat, plan your visit for January or February, when mild temperatures are more likely to be found.

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What people are saying about Manila

Well worth doing, beautiful views, amazing amount of info.

I had a great day being driven around! Very little walking to be done -which suited me. There was wheelchair available ( probably requested) which was of benefit to a particular customer. Lots of information re WW2 but you can always switch off if it gets too much. Guide had excellent English and food for lunch was away better than what I got in my hotel dinning room the evening before. Would highly recommend.

From Manila: Full Day-Trip to Corregidor War Memorial Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/12/2017

A quick overview of Manila when in a short trip

The tour is pretty nice when you don’t have much time. You manage to see the most important landmarks of Manila (old and new) in only 4 hours. We were lucky the traffic helped us and could complete our tour on time! The guide was kind and nice! Gave us accurate information about the places we were looking at.

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by Liliana, 09/29/2019

Good review of major sites in Manila and their history.

It was a good introductory tour to Manila and fit well into our schedule in the afternoon, thereby allowing us to rest in the morning after a night - time flight. Great way to get ideas of places to followup and learn more thoroughly.

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by Michael, 04/17/2019

Good idea to get basically familiar with the city

Friendly and competent guide, good organization, interesting places to be seen exceeding my expectations, terrible traffic - but still part of Manila daily life. No complaints at all.

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by VLADIMIR, 09/26/2018

Troy, our guide, and Ronnie, our driver, were lovely

This tour covered the majority of what Manila has to offer. There aren’t a huge amount of attractions to do in the city, so this manages to cover pretty much all of them.

Manila: Old & New 4-Hour City Tour Reviewed by Alana, 02/26/2018