The Many Faces of Manila
Known as the most densely populated city in the world, Manila is worthy of its reputation: in a diverse metropolis, congestion is unavoidable.
Car horn crashes in the middle of the night, the Red Sea of stop lights at a congested intersection, and shopping malls open late into the night are part of everyday life in the Philippine capital, Manila. Manila does not sleep at night, as one of the most densely populated cities in the world offers something for every day of the day.
Endless shopping opportunities open up in a big city like Manila, as the price level in shopping malls in the Philippines favors the wallet of Finns. Large shopping malls abound and are open late.
For those interested in history, Manila offers many interesting museums, as the history of the Philippines can accommodate both the more than 300-year-old Spanish Empire and the nearly 50-year-old U.S. colonial state. From the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century, Manila was developing into a trading center thanks to its trade with China and other Asian countries. However, World War II revolutionized everything, as Manila’s old, walled city was almost completely destroyed.
In Manila, many things depend on what part of the city you travel to: the boldest travel media have predicted Manila is the next Asian luxury destination, as glittering skyscrapers and casinos attract those with money. At the same time, the volunteers are also organizing tours to some of Manila’s poorest. Income disparities are large in the city.
According to DigoPaul, Manila has both green parklands and tall skyscrapers.
At its best in winter
Manila’s tourist season runs from September to December, when temperatures are at their lowest. If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors during your vacation, the driest season is from January to April, when temperatures are already rising a bit, but there is little rainfall.
Temperatures remain in tropical readings year-round, as even in the coolest, Manila’s average temperatures drop to around 25 degrees. At its warmest, mercury rises above 30 degrees in April-May.
In the fall, there is the greatest opportunity to pass hurricanes, so follow the weather reports during your stay as well.
Shopping and history
For the Manilan tourist, the city offers three highlights: shopping, history and food.
The best place to start your history tour is to go to the oldest part of Manila, Intramuros. Intramuros is Manila’s only remaining remnant of Spanish-era architecture, and even there much of the old city’s history was destroyed in World War II. Within the walls of Intramuros are the historic fortress Fort Santiago and the Church of San Agustin.
Shopping is also a popular pastime. The conquest religion of the Philippines is Catholicism, which is why Christmas and Easter are great celebrations. So be prepared for the fact that when traveling at malls during Christmas, there are also a large number of locals shopping, and even the city’s iconic congestion can be worse than normal. The price level in the Philippines is affordable, making Manila with its numerous shopping malls a great destination for shopping.
If you miss the nightlife favored by the locals, head to the trendy Poblacion district of Makati.
While you can take it easy in some parts of the Philippine Islands, you should always take special care when traveling in Manila. Before your trip, check the Foreign Ministry’s Travel Information and make a travel report. Manila is worth paying attention to, especially in busy traffic and large crowds.
Poverty due to poverty is common, especially in low-income areas of Manila. Dark roads and crowds should be avoided. Also avoid going alone at night.
Smoking in public places is prohibited with the threat of a fine unless you smoke in a designated smoking area.