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Top things to do in Manila

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Top things to do in Manila

The capital of Philippines that has all the influences of Filipino, Spanish and American cultures, is a city of beaches, sceneries, and lots of fun activities. In spite of being highly populated, this city will amaze you with its friendly people. You will get to see and experience some of the largest malls of the world.  In here there is no scarcity of historic spots or shopping counters, and we bet you will lose control at some time. It has both the charm of old town and vibes of a metropolis. The open spaces, the trendy cafes, and classic cathedrals will make you keep coming again and again to the city of Manila. So here we are with top things to do in Manila.

Intramuros – This is the old and walled city that dates back to Spanish times of Manila. It feels like little Europe in heart of Manila with those cobblestoned streets, colonial architecture, Spanish villas, and cathedrals. It is best seen on a walking tour or a bamboo bike tour. It is must see of Manila.

San Agustin Church – It is an UNESCO site and oldest stone built church of Manila. Frescoes on the vaulted ceilings, and ornate interiors leaves everyone awestruck. It has been damaged during earthquakes, battles of world war two, but stands tall preserved each time.

Fort Santiago – It was the military base of Spaniards in Philippines, and it also played a pivotal role during Philippines Independence movement. It holds huge importance for Filipinos as their national hero José Rizal was incarcerated here before his execution. You can expect lots of crowd here.

Manila Baywalk – It is pedestrian zone where Manila couples, families, and tourists gather to enjoy the golden sunset. The lined palm trees, music street performers, and food vendors make this spot perfect to hang on. Across this promenade area are skyscrapers with cafes and bars to enjoy.

Manila Ocean Park – This will be your best encounter with the marine life in Manila. The park has more than 14000 aquatic animals such as sharks, sting rays, etc. Other fun activities involve feeding penguin, swimming with mermaid tail, fish spa, or staying at Hotel H2O (Marine themed).

Upside down Museum – This one is for amazing photo opportunities which will be liked by friends and family back home. It has massive upside down house, Living and dining room, kitchen,bedroom, office and bathroom, all upside down, along with real cars hanging down at your head.

Yexel toy House – This is another spot for great photo opportunity and also a delight for kids and teens. It houses 50000 collectibles and thousands of life sized fictional characters from all your favourite movies and cartoons. The highlight of here is 18 feet Optimus prime bust. Whoa!

Chinatown – Binondo is the Chinatown of Manila and world’s oldest Chinatown too. This is your to go place for dim sum, roast duck, lumpiang Shanghai, mami, and hopia. It is a true delight for foodies. Other attractions in here include Kuang Kong and Seng Guan Buddhist temples.

Bonifacio global city – This is where you can check the best nightlife of Manila. You will find your glass of fruity cocktail in a tropical themed bar. Well there is more to BGC. During day you’ll spot street artists, tastiest food joints and will sure enjoy Hollywood films in 4DX theatre.

Rizal Park – You will not find an open green space as big as Rizal Park in whole of congested Manila. Yes this place is fresh breath and tribute to national independence hero. There are statues on site of Jose Rizal execution spot, you must see. Park also includes Chinese and Japanese Garden.

National Museum – This is your best spot to learn about the Filipinos at this four part National Museum complex. The displays like Juan Luna’s Spoliarium (Most famous painting), skeletal remains of ‘Lolong,’ the largest crocodile, will sure amaze you. Plus the admission here is free.

Star City – It is one of best places to visit in Manila, and quite a fine amusement park. Rides like Frisbee, Jungle Splash, Surf Dance, and Dragon Express will sure awe you. It has tallest Filipino Ferris wheel, and the snow world is perfected to beat the heat of Manila. Must visit it is.

Malacanang Palace – Built overlooking the Pasig River it has been office for Spanish and American Governors, and residence of Filipino President. It is must see for enthusiast of Political and colonial architecture. The lavish interiors and memorabilia of Filipino presidents are worth watching.

Manila Cathedral – First built in the 16th Century, it has faced earthquakes, wars and been rebuilt over the time. The cathedral’s edifice still looks ancient especially with its Roman styledfacade. Interiors are laden with rose windows and stained glass that make it worth all eyes.

Casa Manila – This colonial house is a sneak peek in to the opulent 19th century Spanish Lifestyle. The interiors and architecture will take you back in time. The double seated toilet, courtyard with fountains, ornate lounges, and Spanish artefact will all give you historic nostalgia.

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