Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, and it is also known as ‘the jewel of the Orient.’ It was a historic trade route as hand-woven silk, spices, and pearls passed through the seas and Manila to the New World. Manila is a sprawling metropolis with countless historic sites, vibrant nightlife, cultural artifacts, and over 13 million inhabitants.
The Hong Kong International Airport is a popular place to jet off from with regular flights to the Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport. Hong Kong and Manila are in a similar time zone, and a flight to Manila from Hong Kong takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes only. Both Manila and Hong Kong are densely populated areas and famous for Being vibrant. Both countries have distinctly different cultures, but they offer a whole host of activities for tourists and travelers.
The primary provider of air tickets to Manila flights is Cathay Pacific Airways, and it offers a direct journey daily. The convenient location of Manila in the South Pacific makes it one of the diverse and busiest places in the World.
Manila welcomes over a million tourists each year. It is well known as one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. ‘Greenhills’ shopping center and ‘Divisoria’s 168’ shopping mall are the two best shopping locations for people who love bargaining. Manila’s wide range of architectural styles differentiates it from Hong Kong. It has old Spanish colonial buildings that display glimpses of its vast and glorious past.
Similar to the jungle of skyscrapers, Hong Kong, Manila also has a concentrated district of steel towers and glass, but not that much intense like Hong Kong.
Manila is gradually gaining a reputation of the most attractive city for party-goers due to the thriving bar scene, live music, great clubbing, and fancy rooftop cocktail bars. The Catholic colonial heritage of the Philippine differentiates it from other Asian countries, and Intramuros is located in the heart of Manila. It is a must-see attraction in Manila for all the visitors as it is the best-preserved historical site of the country. Witnessing a romantic golden sunset at Manila Baywalk is truly an unforgettable experience.
The diverse geography of the Philippines has made food unique in a more healthy way as they use the simplest methods of cooking, such as boiling, stewing, grilling, and steaming. Manila cuisine is heavily influenced by centuries of trade with Southeast Asia, China, France, Spain, and the United States.
Some of the top attractions of Manila include:
- Mt Pinatubo
- The National Gallery of Art
- Architecture along Escolta Street
- National Museum of the Filipino People
- Rizal Park (named after the national hero of Philippine, Jose Rizal
- Manila Ocean Park
- Toy collection at Yexel’s Toy House
- Malacanang Palace
- Manila Zoo
- Arroceros Forest Park
- Star City Amusement park
No doubt that Manila is one of the largest cities in the World, and visiting this combination of historical civilization and modern technological progress is worth watching.