Tips for Manila

We’ve spent a bit of time in the city of Manila, and thought we’d share a few thoughts with anyone looking for advice.


  1. Traffic is always awful. It’s what Manila is known for. So factor in a lot of travel time, and don’t necessarily trust your pick up/driver to estimate traveling time correctly
  2. Riding on a jeepney is an absolute must. You will probably get lost the first time. That’s okay–it’s all a part of the jeepney experience
  3. Some travelers leave Manila as soon as they arrive, preferring island life to the hustle and bustle of the Philippine’s capital. But there’s a lot to see in Manila, also. Intramuros is definitely worth a visit, as is some of the landmarks Chinese immigrants have made across the city. The bay area is nice to walk along, and there’s something to be said for traveling elbow-to-elbow with the millions of Filipinos living life in the urban jungle.
  4. If you need good food, go to the Aristrocrat’s by the bay. A Filipino friend recommended it, and Jordan just fell head over heels for the food. Decent prices, too!


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