Blame the tradition, the geography, and even the people but Manila is an irresistible tourist destination in Asia where one can splurge his or her pocket money on anything under the sun…or not.n
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has always been a mixture of character when it comes to its architectural and cultural aspects due to influences from its neighboring Asian countries and its close Spanish association (thanks to its 300+ years of occupation in the country), not to mention the American salvation from the Spaniards. So going on a trip to this destinatio has been and will always be an interesting experience for most tourists on business or leisure trips.
Going on a budget in Manila requires small effort for travelers if they just know where to look. There are many ways to research for spending your money within a specific budget on a good hotel, food, shopping, and other items that will make your Manila experience as unforgettable as possible. The internet and recommendations from friends or colleagues is a good source for such research.
The districts in Manila have different personalities. So if one is planning to stay in the country for a particular purpose, knowing about the place’s main attractions and perks would be an advantage for a traveler like you. Below is rough guide to help you start off with your Manila journey.
Give Me Mobility
Getting your way around this city is as easy as 1-2-3. There are many modes of transportation to choose from. Jeepneys, buses, and even the LRT or MRT (the 2 major rail transits) can be a best friend of yours if budget is an issue and of course, if adventure is a staple to your travel. A minimum fare of 18 cents is all you need to experience the sights and sounds of Manila. A flag down rate of 68 cents and succeeding 6 cents is fair enough for a public taxi if you want to explore the city with an extra comfort. Or you can just roam the city on foot, the cheapest alternative!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Manila may still prove to be affordable when it comes to shopping for clothes, shoes, accessories, and even “pasalubongs” (travel tokens) for you or loved ones. Shops in Manila may be found through malls that are popping here and there (Manila and its people are generally mallrats), “tiangges” or flea-market style of vending, and also through sidewalk peddling. Anyone can buy an item or two when exploring the city. With all these options, you can never go home empty-handed.
Hungry with Little Money
Street food can be found on every corner of the city such as fishballs, taho, and fried egg dumplings to name a few. If we speak of street food, it is synonymous with affordable food. This means anyone can never go hungry on a tight budget even in a middle of nowhere. Besides, with all the tripping (or walking), anyone needs a break for a little chow.
Home Away from Home
At the end of the day, feet aching from all the walking and tripping, there is nothing better to come home to but a hotel or a place worth crashing in. Many hotels are available within the city and are pretty much tourist-friendly. Three to five-star hotels in Manila are basically within the same vicinities. Like Makati, the leading business district in Manila, offers an upscale hotel accommodations for business travelers and vacationing tourists alike. However, the option doesn’t stop there. With the budget travel boom over the last few years, more and more hotels and other types of lodging establishments have been competitive to cater all types of market. From students to businessmen and even local tourists, they have been having the best options for their stay in Manila that suit their requirements, financially speaking most especially.
Money has always been one of the big factors when traveling. It basically influences a tourist’s limitations and capabilities during a trip. But with Manila being a city that reflects the fusion of culture and tradition, it also expands the tourist’s options as to where he can spend his money for something that will make his travel an unforgettable experience.
Overall, the success of one’s trip really depends on the traveler himself. But most importantly, the destination.