Manila, where the old meets new!


Manila has always been a seat of power for most of the rulers that ruled the Philippines. The capital of Philippines, Manila, has Pasig River dividing it into two halves and the eastern shores of Manila Bay, which provides it with a sweet charm.

Today, it is known to be one of the most famous shopping destinations in Asia. World’s oldest China town has Makati central business district and Quezon City. Manila, a bay-side city is densely populated, which is the mixture of modern skyscrapers and Spanish colonial architecture. This metropolitan city has everything that could attract tourists from all over the World.

Manila is a combination of historical presence and modern structures. One can enjoy some archaeologically important Museums, large shopping malls, and a vibrant nightlife as well.

One can fly to Manila from anywhere in the World. People from all over the world visit Manila for the fact that it has risen to a fame of a great holiday destination. The city has its own Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA.

No matter from wherever you are flying to the city, you can book direct tickets like from USA, Canada Abu Dhabi, or India. If you are doing tickets in advance, you can even avail cheap flights from Abu Dhabi to Manila, or from the USA or anywhere. There are lots to see and enjoy in the Spanish city of Manila. Here, are some of the places that one would love to visit when in Manila.

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Must visit places in Manila

Rizal Park- Manila


Also known as Luneta Park, Rizal Park, is Asia’s largest urban parks. This historical park in the Philippines is one of its kinds. It has a playground for children with Orchidarium and butterfly pavilion with a wide variety of butterflies and orchids. Martial art forms like Kali, Eskrima, Filipino, and stick fight dueling are some of the common activities that take place in this park. The park has an Open-air auditorium and Valor’s Hall is known for their light and sound acoustics.

Manila Ocean Park


Manila Ocean Park is a theme park completely dedicated to education and live performances. It attracts a number of tourists and locals on daily basis. It is run by China Oceanis Philippines, which features hands-on activities. Kalesa is the mode of transport that can be used to travel from one part of Manila to another part.

Binondo church


This beautiful structure was built in the 16th century out of granite. Binondo Church is a Landmark church with a bell tower aging back to the 16th century. This structure is the result of the colorful and rich architecture of old Manila.



The best shopping destination for all the shopaholics, Divisoria is one of the most renowned in the city. It is the hub of shopping malls that includes famous Lucky Chinatown Mall and Tutuban center. You can go there and completely forget about the outside world. The Filipino-Chinese traders run a variety of restaurants and shops that welcomes more than one million tourists and locals. Divisoria has large departmental stores, restaurants, shopping malls, bazaars, etc.

The rich and diverse food of this old city has a fusion of old and new to offer to its guests. The diverse culture infuses the aroma of their culture to the very existence of the city. Not just Spanish but also Filipino and Chinese have been happily accepted by this community and have flourished with time. Every year, more than a million tourists leave this city with mesmerizing memories with a promise to return again.

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  1. Thanks for sharing such an informative post about Manila.. i’m keeping it saved so that i could plan a trip soon.

  2. Divisoria definitely looks like a shoppers paradise. And the ocean part not only seems fun but educational too.

  3. We wish to go to Manila especially for the Ocean Park! It seems so stunning. Otherwise too Manila seems to have a lot to offer.

  4. I have been to Manila and I must say that I loved the blend it offers to a visitor. Enjoyed reading the post with some good memories cherished.

  5. Very historic and interesting, surely worth a look. I honestly think its worth a visit.. There are really so many sights to see!

  6. Manila is a famous tourist place. But didn’t know such details about the place. Thanks for sharing.

  7. thanks for sharing this great post about Manila. Manila seems like a great place to visit with family and I would love to go there sometime

  8. I knew very little about Manila, thank you for this post as it was informational and has definitely put manila on my travel map.

  9. i truly loved the informative post! super psyched to plan a trip soon to manila.

  10. My favourite destinations are Dubai and Singapore. after reading your post, I am tempted to spend a solo vacation here soon. Thanks for sharing.. 🙂


  11. Manila is great place we must visit for adventure i guess, will plan soon with family

  12. Manila seems to offer a lot to a tourist , I was under the impression that it is just an island like Mauritius with good beaches but it has far more things to offer .Thanks for sharing this information.

  13. Manila is so stunning and so scenic. I am sure I will be looking up this post whenever I plan my trip to Manila.

  14. Loved the detailed post. Saving it for reference. Will plan a trip asap

  15. Not many Indians visit, Manila because of lack of direct connectivity. Without direct flight, the cost of travel goes up drastically. Hope to visit Manila someday

  16. this looks like a place, I could plan a solo vacation to. Saving up the details for it. Thank you.

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