The capital city of the Philippines, Manila is a blend of various flavors. As a capital, it definitely sets the cadence for vacation with its electrifying music scene, history, culture and its modern approach. If you are up for a vacation here and have already booked your cheap flights to Manila, then here are some useful travel tips that will surely make your holiday experience even more memorable.
The best time to book your flight tickets cheap for Manila depends on what you want out of your vacation. If you looking for a budget holiday, then either plan well- in advance and get discounts on flights to Manila or opt for relatively ‘low season’. Those of you who want to enjoy the vibrant celebrations of the city, December, January and May are the most suitable months for you. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the various islands, then stick to the summer months. To enjoy the North Luzon rice terraces, the ideal time for traveling is March and April.
Manila faces three distinct seasons – the cool winter season from November till February, the hot summer season from March till May and the rainy season which ranges from June till October. You can book your cheap flight tickets for anytime during the winter and summer season. The monsoon season should be given a pass, largely because of the typhoons that make their presence felt, rather too strongly at times.
If you plan on coming here in December or in April, then tie-up your travel arrangements well in advance, as due to Christmas and Easter, the whole city, in fact the whole nation, seems to be on the move!
What to Pack?
Your manila vacation warrants a whole range of clothes, depending on what you want to do. If all you are interested in is relaxing on the beaches, then shorts, bikinis, a light wrap-around, sun tan lotion, flip-flops form the ideal list. If you are thinking of chartering higher territories, as an extended part of y our trip, then a light jacket or stole is a must, even during summers. Besides this, just stick with light and loose garments and you will be taken care of.
Also, do not forget to add in one or two formal clothes, if you have to attend the formal religious services or festivals.
All visitors to Philippines are required to pay a certain amount of tax, before you depart. This airport tax varies for every city airport. For Ninoy Aquino International Airport, P500 has to be given away as airport tax. The tax rates are subject to change, so check with the authorities beforehand.
Getting around the city
Manila has a host of public transport options one can make use of. There is the Strong Republic Transport System (SRTS) that brings rail and metro services to all. Then you can even opt for buses, tricycles, jeepneys or pedicabs. Besides this, is you can, you can even ride in a calsea, which is a traditional horse drawn carriage.
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