Manila is not your average metropolitan area. It has attractions that never cease to amaze tourists and locals alike. Whether you’re a first timer or a frequent visitor in the Philippines, you’re in for many surprises and memorable experiences.
Here are places to visit to appreciate the old charm and the oddities of Manila:
The walled city retains its old world charm despite time and age. Built by the Spaniards in 1571, this stony fortress has the remnants of past lives and wars. Circle the walls to see most of Manila. Visit the place with your friends with a motorbike. Wildtrek.co says that the Philippines has motorcycle tours to let you conquer the open road and get a glimpse of the local culture. You may alternatively ride a bicycle or kalesa if you want a more deliberate pace.
This natural harbor helped commerce and trade between the Philippines and other countries then and now. Walk along the bay if you want to de-stress. Take a cruise while enjoying the harbor’s wonderful view. Wait for the sunset and you’ll see the reason people keep coming back to this place.
The World’s oldest Chinatown lets you experience what living in the Orient means. Here you’ll find authentic Chinese food that will whet your appetite and leave you wanting for more. People speaking Fookien and other Chinese dialects will make you feel as if you’re not in the Philippines anymore. Affordable items also abound in this place. Bring a large bag with you to accommodate many souvenirs that you’ll surely get from visiting Binondo.
La Mesa Eco Park
If ‘going green’ is your thing, visit La Mesa Eco Park instead. The natural beauty of the place will make you feel breathless and at home. The park also has facilities for people of all ages. Use a bike or walk around the natural reserve. Try the ziplines, boats and other rides to maximize your visit there.
Manila’s urban setting still offers natural and historical spots that made this place the way it is. Rediscover Manila by visiting these places to know what makes it a popular tourist destination.