Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Manila: A Budget Holiday Destination

Manila offers a laid-back holiday experience for travelers on a budget. It is situated on an archipelago consisting of several big and small islands. It is not possible to reach there by road or rail, though sea routes exist from nearby Malaysia and Indonesia. Visitors prefer to use the air mode of transport as it is the most convenient way to reach here. If your point of origin is in the UK, you can find a number of airlines operating scheduled flights from London to Manila. Flights are available from almost all airports of London and from other cities of the UK as well.

If you are traveling on a budget, then check with several airlines to get the best deal. Also note that the fares vary greatly according to the day and time of the departure. Plan your journey keeping in mind these facts. Sometimes changing the departure point, such as the airport within a city or the city itself can help get the best value. If you are having a hard time booking a cheap flights from London, you can try Birmingham to Manila flights also.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila consists of three terminals. The first terminal is generally used for International departure and arrival. So your plane is likely to arrive at Terminal 1 of NAIA. Taxis, buses and limousines are available in large number for a swift and easy transfer. Beware of yellow taxis as they can charge you more than the usual fare. This is because most of the taxi owners have engineered the meters to show inflated values. Here is a tip. Look for the white cab. It may charge you less than half the price it cost you to use yellow cab.
When you are in Manila plan how you are going to use your time visiting the numerous attractions of the city and its surroundings. Some of the tourist spots worth visiting include Intramuros, Chinatown, Baywalk, Mabini Shrine, Manila Hotel, Quezon Memorial, National Museum of the Philippines, Rizal Park, San Agustin Church, and Manila Ocean Park. There are many options for visitors who like to shop around or enjoy nightlife. Restaurants serving Filipino and continental dishes are found everywhere.

Getting around is easy as Manila has a good network of railway tracks which are used by the three lines of Strong Republic Transit System (SRTS) to connect Malate, Ermita, Binondo, and several other tourist sites. Low fare buses also run between important locations. While in Manila, do not forget to take a ride in Jeepney, which is a unique mode of transport specific to this city only. Air-conditioned taxis are also available but they are very expensive.

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