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Presentation of Manila

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, is a city rich in history since its founding in the 16th century by Spanish conquistadors. Located on the west coast of the island of Luzon in Manila Bay, it has many city attractions and is surrounded by natural beauty. Tourism is an important industry in modern-day Manila, and the city is geared up to welcome visitors from all over the world. At eDreams, we offer excellent hotel and flight packages to Manila so you can experience its many pleasures.

Things to know before visiting Manila

US citizens can enter the Philippines for a period of up to 30 days. For a longer stay, a visa is requires from your nearest Philippines consulate or embassy. Before your flight to Manila, check that your passport will still be valid for at least six months from your arrival date in the country. If you want to rent a car, it’s no problem provided you have your full US-issued driver’s license with you.

If you have any medical condition that requires prescription drugs, especially opioids, you should contact the Philippines consulate or embassy to check whether that particular drug can be legally brought in to the Philippines. With our hotel and flight package, and those formalities out of the way, you can look forward to starting your dream vacation with a flight from New York to Manila or a flight from Los Angeles to Manila.

What is the weather in Manila?

Manila’s tropical savanna climate ensures that you can enjoy warm weather no matter what time of year you choose to visit. Average temperatures in January and February, the coolest and driest months, range from around 72°F to 85.5°F. The warmest month is May. Temperatures in this month often exceed 92°F and rarely fall below 78°F. Our travel packages to Manila are available all year, so choose when is the most suitable time to visit and we'll be happy to arrange it for you.

What to do in Manila?

Few, if any, cities can beat Manila as a haven for shoppers. Divisoria in Manila’s Tondo district is a commercial center with many malls. Take a trip to Manila’s Binondo district, too, which contains the world’s oldest Chinatown. Its known for great shopping and bargains. Other attractions in the city include Manila Ocean Park. It includes a huge oceanarium that holds thousands of sea creatures from jellyfish to huge sharks, and its viewing tunnel provides spectacular underwater views.

Manila is well known for having a very vibrant nightlife thanks to its many bars and nightclubs such as the highly popular Palace Pool Club. It's located in Taguig, a city within Metro Manila. If you want to enjoy some daytime culture during your vacation in Manila, the city also boasts some excellent museums. The National Museum of the Philippines is actually composed of three museums. It has a natural history museum, an anthropology museum and a museum dedicated to fine arts.

What to visit around Manila?

Manila is fascinating, but you can make more of your vacation in Manila by exploring its beautiful and interesting surroundings, too. The town of Tagaytay is a popular visitor destination situated around 40 miles south of Manila. Built on a ridge, it provides terrific views of Taal Lake and its impressive island volcano. The town itself has some interesting attractions, too, including Sky Ranch Amusement Park and a good selection of bars and restaurants. Lake Pinatubo is another beautiful lake you can visit on a day trip. It’s only 56 miles northwest of Manila. For a fun day out of Manila, Enchanted Kingdom is the largest theme park in the Philippines. It’s located in Santa Rosa around 25 miles south of Manila. It has excellent rides and includes the Space Shuttle roller coaster among its many attractions.

What to eat in Manila?

While you can easily find international food in Manila’s countless restaurants, you can make your trip more interesting by seeking out Filipino cuisine. It originates with indigenous tribes but has been greatly influenced over the years by its Spanish occupation and waves of Malay and Chinese immigrants. Try some dishes such as Camaron Rebosado, which is deep fried seafood with batter. It’s quite similar to Japanese tempura, and just as tasty. Kaldereta is a filling goat meat stew from Luzon, although beef or pork can be substituted. Filipino desserts include delicacies such as biko, a delicious sweet and sticky rice with coconut milk. There are countless Filipino dishes and snacks from all parts of the country, and your vacation in Manila will be more memorable if you try a few.