12 Hours Around Manila
Visiting the Philippines and you have one spare day for a day trip around the country’s capital city – Manila?
Are you not sure what places are worth visiting in Manila?
We’ve got it covered for you.
Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Manila has important and great things to offer to you. Manila could give you a taste of both the present reality in Manila, and the rich history of Manila. Manila will show you both the rich and the poor, the present and the past. It’s a good place to learn about the Philippines and experience the Filipino culture.
So what can you do for a day in Manila?
To start your day, visit Rizal Park or Luneta Park early in the morning. Rizal Park is a famous landmark in Manila. It is located along Roxas Boulevard. It houses the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal – an executed Filipino nationalist during the Spanish regime in the Philippines. At this place, you could go for an early morning workout at the park, while visiting this historical park.
If you have spare time, you could also check out Manila Bay. But, I would suggest you visit Manila Bay also along Roxas Boulevard just before sunset. Manila Bay is a harbor serving the Port of Manila which is known for its iconic sunset. And it is one of the best things you would want to see in Manila.
Next stop, would be Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.
Fort Santiago is a citadel which was built also during the Spanish era as a form of defensive structure to protect Manila – a newly built city that time. It’s the famous Walled City of Manila. Some people usually visit this at night and join a historical and ghost walk tour.
Then, next stop could either be Manila Ocean Park, Binondo – the oldest Chinatown in the world, or Star City.
Whichever of the three places could be a good choice for you depending on your preferences, and the type of experience you would want to try.
Let’s start with Manila Ocean Park.
Manila Ocean Park is Philippine’s first world class marine theme park. The park is open from 10 am until 8 pm. Aside from their marine theme park, they have Hotel H2O within the park and fast foods and restaurants.
Another possible stop is, Binondo – Chinatown.
It’s one of the best places to visit in Manila where you’ll experience the richness of the Filipino – Chinese cultures that had flourished for a long time already. Chinese fast foods and restaurants line the whole Binondo, you’ll spot authentic Chinese dishes and delicacies all over the place. It’s a taste of the Chinese culture within Manila. You also can enjoy shopping within this area, lots of malls to find both rare and common items at an affordable price.
If otherwise, you are looking for fun and excitement. An amusement park is within your reach in Pasay, Manila. It would be more fun if you could be at this place for a whole day, but you only have 12 hours around Manila. You really have to choose your rides wisely.
For your last stop for the day, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA). MOA is one of the tourist destinations in Manila, other than as a shopping center SM Mall of Asia also offers concert grounds, seaside restaurants and bars, amusement rides, skating rinks, IMAX theatre and many other features.
This is a good last stop for a 12 hour day trip in Manila. It can offer you a lot of things, and it’s nice to be here at night.