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Top 5 attractions and things to do in Manila - For the best times!

Manila is a city in the Philippines that has had a tourist boom over the years. There are many things to explore, including street food markets, churches and shops. Here is a list of attractions you shouldn't miss out on when in Manila.


Walking tours of Intramuros

Intromous is a city encircled by ancient walls which used to be the heart of the American and Spanish governments during the colonial reigns. The place, unfortunately, got demolished during World War II. Thus, tremendous efforts were put into trying to get the place back in order. And renovations started around the 1950s. You'll be able to either walk in the area or even take horse rides to explore the area. However, walking tours are the best way to explore and discover.


Visit the National hero at the Rizal Park

The Rizal Park is also sometimes referred to as the Luneta. This site is the other place in Manila, that has some historic secrets hidden behind it. During the Spanish reign of Philippines, public executions took place here at this park. This also includes the three famous priests called Jacinto Zamora, Jose Burgos and Mariano Gomez. The national hero known as Dr Jose Rizal was also unfortunately executed right here in this park. This park, as you might have guessed by now, is named after this national hero. The place is open from 5 a.m to 9 p.m and there are no entry fees. If you are looking for hotels in Makati for accommodation, then properties the likes of Berjaya Makati Hotel are around 8 kilometres away from Rizal Park.


Street markets

Street markets give one a wealth of experience and one of the best things to do in Asia. The Philippines also boats of these kinds of markets. One can purchase all that they require in these street markets and experience the bustling commerce and local lifestyle. But the real adventure is in bargaining. Polish up your skills and bring it to the table, you will definitely require it here. The street markets you need to check out are the ones in Quiapo, Baclaran and Divisoria. These can get quite crowded and a bit humid, so go prepared to face it all.


Videoke bars

Are you a singer? Or just love to sing, even if you are off tune? Then, if your friends can stand your singing skills, head to a Videoke bar. What is this? Well, it's a popular activity here, and the Filipinos are known for their vocal cords. Besides, this is a part of the nightlife activity in Manila. You can book yourself a room, with your friends of course, and enjoy drinks and sing the night away!


Sunset cruises at the Manila Bay

A good sunset view is something you will remember forever. And here in Manila, you can have some of the epic sunset views here in the Manila Bay. You don't have to be a romantic to enjoy these views, head there for a wonderful time.

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