What do I need to know about staying Manila?
There is plenty to do and see while staying in serviced apartments in Manila. With large numbers of tourists visiting the city each year, Manila plays host to a plethora of attractions. For travellers interested in history and architecture, the walled city of Intramuros should be on the top of your itinerary. A snapshot of a bygone era, it was originally designed to be the Spaniard’s political and military base in Asia. Much like the majority of Manila, the walled city of Intramuros was reduced to rubble by the end of the Second World War. Although some of the exterior walls were rebuilt, the interior has been converted into a park.
Manila apartments are situated in a city of remarkable historic significance. To best understand the culture and history in Manila, a trip to Rizal Park is essential. Spread over sixty hectares of open lawns, ornamental gardens, and wooded areas, the park is a peaceful place to wind down. The site of José Rizal’s execution, monuments to Filipino heroes are dotted throughout the park. For business travellers interested in Asia’s diverse and fascinating wildlife, Manila Zoo hosts a range of exotic animals from Monitor Lizards to Bengal Tigers. Head towards the Metropolitan Museum of Manila or National Museum of the Philippines to further delve into Filipino arts, culture, and history.
When staying in Manila serviced accommodation it is worth noting that the climate varies throughout the seasons. However, the temperature rarely falls below 20 degrees Celsius, meaning the city is warm all year round. With an average of 92 days of rain fall, Manila’s wet season lasts from May to December. The cities hot season typically lasts from early April to Mid-May where the daily average temperature settles at about 33 degrees. The cooler season ranges from November to February, and the coldest month of the year is January with an average low of 23 degrees.
SilverDoor recommends travelling in the months between January and March when the average high is around 30 degrees, and an average low is 24 degrees.
Transport in Manila
Manila has a exceptionally dense population which can make travelling while staying in Manila apartments especially difficult. For those who do need to traverse the city, Manila has a wide selection of both public and private transport options. The main transport options include taxis, ‘jeepneys’, buses, car rentals, and the metro rail. Jeepneys are a staple mode of transport in the Philippines and their affordability makes them ideal for getting around the city. Manila is a small city so commuting by foot is a prime mode of transport in the region.
Shopping in Manila
While staying in our Manila serviced accommodation you must explore the wide range of shopping opportunities the city has to offer. There are a number of shopping centres in the city, including SM Mall of Asia which is one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines. There is also Shangri-La Plaza and Robinsons Place Mall which both offer Highstreet chain brands and restaurants. For travellers looking for a more authentic Filipino shopping experience, the Divisoria Market offers a wide range of shops hosting everything from bags and textiles to fruits and vegetables.