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Flights to Manila, The Philippines

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Flights to Manila, Philippines

Manila, known as the Pearl of the Orient, is one of the best cities in Southeast Asia for sightseeing and culture. The city may be known as a chaotic metropolis, but that shouldn't stop you from planning a holiday in Manila. The city has much to offer to any travelling visitor from spending the morning at historical sites left over from the Spanish era to enjoying the vibrant and bustling nightlife peppered with scrumptious partaking of food from cuisines as varied as the city itself.

Manila, also known as Metropolitan Manila or Metro Manila, is served by one main airport:

  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) – Also known as Manila International Airport or locally referred to as simply NAIA, the airport is located approximately 8 kilometres from the main business district, Makati and 11 kilometres from Old Manila. Without traffic, a taxi ride to the Makati area would take around 10 minutes and cost between PHP390-470 (MYR33-40). Meanwhile, a taxi to Old Manila would cost PHP490-600 (MYR42-51) with 11 minutes’ travel time. Several major and low-cost airlines operate flights from this airport including Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirAsia and AirAsia Zest.

The Greater Manila Area which consists of Metro Manila and several neighbouring provinces namely Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal and Tarlac. This Greater Manila area is also served by Ninoy Aquino International Airport and one other airport:

  • Luzon Clark International Airport (CRK) – This airport is located within the Clark Freeport Zone, approximately 80 kilometres from Manila. A taxi ride from Clark Airport to Makati would take around an hour and 15 minutes and cost PHP3,300-4,000 (MYR281-340) while travelling to Old Manila would take around an hour for PHP3,100-3,800 (MYR264-323). There are cheaper alternatives such as taking the airport bus service for PHP980-1,060 (MYR83-90) or taking a local bus for PHP657-820 (MYR56-70). However, the latter option would only be recommended for those already familiar with the city. Airlines that operate from this airport include Emirates, Qatar Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific and Scoot/Tigerair.

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Best Time to Visit Manila

Manila has a tropical rainforest climate with high temperature, excessive humidity and plenty of rain showers. The city only has two seasons – wet and dry. The best time to visit Manila is when it is the dry season which is from November to April. Travelling during this period will be the perfect time to take advantage of the many beautiful islands and more remote areas which may be inaccessible during the wet season. However, this is also the peak travel season so expect higher flight and accommodation rates as well as more crowds in popular tourist spots. The months of March and April will be the hottest months so you may want to opt for travel between December to February.

The wet season in Manila occurs between May and October. However, rain is not continuous so it should not deter you from making any travel plans during these months. Another advantage to travelling during this season would be the less crowded tourist spots and cheaper flights and accommodation.

The Philippines is popular for its many festivals or ‘fiestas'. There is usually a festival happening every month in different parts of the country. In Manila, some festivals and key events to take note of are Flores de Mayo in May and the Bamboo Organ Festival in February.

Things to do in Manila

There are many sights to see, activities to do and festivities to participate while in Manila. Here are a few of the top recommendations:

  • Fort Santiago – An iconic landmark in the city. It is defensive fortress – a citadel built during the Spanish Colonial period. It is the home of a museum commemorating the country's national hero, José Rizal.
  • National Museum of the Philippines – This museum serves as a cultural, education and scientific institution that preserves and showcases collections featuring anthropological, archaeological and ethnological artefacts as well as local visual arts.
  • Manila Ocean Park – An oceanarium located near the Rizal Park, it houses around 14,000 creatures across 277 species, most are indigenous to Southeast Asia. Don’t miss the 25-metre long, 220-degree curved walkway tunnel.

If you are looking for a getaway from Manila for a day or two, some nearby destinations to explore are Tagaytay in Cavite or Subic Bay in Bataan.

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