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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What To Do in Manila - Manila Travel Guide, Itinerary and Expenses

Traveling to Manila is some kind of a little adventure despite that the famous Inferno book author Dan Brown called it as "Gates of Hell". I been to Manila before but this recent visit was more fun because we do a lot of street walks and public commute (riding to a jeepney, motorcycle, MRT and LRT). I know it is a tiring journey but it's challenging. Through that, you'll be more smart in directions, at least experience how does it feel living in Manila even in a short time and of course for documentation to feed my travel blog.

An old building captured from walkway going to Glorietta

But honestly, Manila isn't the type of place to unwind. You know, I love beaches, water and trees. (in short jungle. lol), but I appreciate the chance to write something about Manila. I wrote our travel story in Manila Ocean Park, Star City and you might want to read also about Divisoria and Baclaran.

So what you'll gonna do on your first visit in Manila (If you intend just to travel). Here are the recommended places to visit in Manila. I will also show you our itinerary, daily expenses and our routes from hotel to every places we visited. Just in case you want to follow our itinerary when you go to Manila.

1.] Intramuros
2.] Fort santiago
3.} Old Manila (You can see old houses, buildings, churches and streets here)
4.] Manila Ocean Park
5.] Star City
6.] Ice Skating at Mall of Asia
7.] Makati
8.] Greenbelt 1-5 and Glorietta Mall
9.] Divisoria and Baclaran
10.] Binondo and China Town in Manila
11.] Cultural Center of the Philippines

Here's our Itinerary, Routes and Daily Expenses

Day 1

9:00AM - 10:00AM - Breakfast at Old Spaghetti House
10:00AM - 11:00AM - ETA Manila Ocean Park
11:00AM - 6:30PM  - Manila Ocean Park
6:30PM - 7:00PM - ETA Intramorus and Fort Santiago
7:30PM - 8:00PM - ETA  Star City
12:00AM - 12:30AM - Going back to hotel


A touch of latte and old spaghetti style in olive oil for breakfast

   
The cool ambiance of the Old Spaghetti House

Day 1 Routes and Expenses

We started our day by having a breakfast at the Old Spaghetti House in Robinsons Mall (P200.00). We checked in at Go Hotel in Otis (P1,200 for 3 nights). We chose Otis branch because it is near on our travel destinations. Robinsons Mall is located just below Go Hotel, Otis.

- In front of Go Hotel, ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00).

- From UN Avenue, cross the other side and just walk ahead. Manila Ocean Park is located near Rizal Park and just a walking distance from Otis. We asked the locals for the right directions until our foot took us to Manila Ocean Park. See Manila Ocean Park attraction rates.

- From Manila Ocean Park, take a tricycle again going to Intramuros. I recommend going to Intramuros at day light (20.00).

- From Intramuros, ride an FX - (Roxas - Sucat route) to reach Star City (P15.00). We stopped at Roxas, near CPP (Cultural Center of the Philippines). From there, just walked a little to reach Star City. See Star City ride fees.

- Going back to Go Hotel, ride a jeepney from Star City going to MOA (P15.00).

- From jeepney terminal in MOA, take PUJ bound to Harrison (P8.00).

- From Harrison, cross to the right side road and ride a jeepney bound to Mabini (in front of 7-Eleven) (P8.00)

- We stopped at PAGCOR in UN Avenue then walked a little to reach the tricycles going to Otis. (P10.00)

Day 2

7:00AM 8:00AM - Breakfast
8:00AM 8:15AM - ETA Wifi City at Sampaloc
9:00AM - 1:00PM - Shop at Divisoria
1:00PM - 2:00PM - Going back to Hotel
3:00PM - 3:30PM - ETA Mall of Asia
6:00PM - 7:00PM - Baclaran

An early street walk along Sampaloc street, going to Wifi City

Day 2 Routes and Expenses

- Ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- From UN Avenue, take a jeepney bound to Cubao and stop at Sampaloc (P8.00)
- We walked at PUJ terminal bound to Divisoria (P8.00)
- From Divisoria, we took a jeepney going back to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- Then ride again a tricycle going to Otis (P10.00)
- Going to MOA, from UN Avenue, take LRT going to EDSA (P8.00)
- From Edsa, there's a multi-cab terminal bound to MOA (color orange multi-cab) (P8.00)
- From MOA terminal, ride a jeepney going to Harrison (P8.00)
- From Harrison, cross to the right side road and ride a jeepney bound to Mabini (in front of 7-Eleven) (P8.00)
- We stopped at PAGCOR in UN Avenue. We walked a little to reach the tricycles going to Otis. (P10.00)

Day 3

8:00AM - 10:00AM - ETA Makati
10:00AM - 10:30AM - Breakfast at Mandarin Deli
10:30AM - 12:00NN - Rockwell
1:00PM - 3:00PM - Greenbelt

The famous Croughnut in Mandarin Deli located at Makati City

Day 3 Routes and Expenses

- Ride a tricycle going to UN Avenue (P8.00)
- From UN Avenue, take LRT going to Gil Puyat Station (P15.00)
- From Gil Puyat Station, ride an MRT going to Ayala Station
- Going to Rockwell, ride a PUJ bound to Guadalupe and stop at Rockwell Mall
- Going back to Ayala, ride a jeepney with the same route

A Persian restaurant in Glorietta 3

Mini park outside Glorietta Malls in Makati City

I envy the architects and engineers who designed these buildings. 
For the charms and crystals only :))


Check out our other posts about Manila.
Manila Ocean Park and Star City Amusement Park
Divisoria and Baclaran Shopping Tips 

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