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Manila Holiday Packages

Ah, Manila. The capital of the Philippines. Featuring a blend of Spanish-influenced architecture and towering skyscrapers, this city is famous for its sprawling waterfront promenade, edgy arts scene and vibrant markets. And with more than 41,500 people per square kilometre, this metropolis marks the most densely populated place on the planet. So if you’re in search of a bustling city offering something to do at any hour, look no further than Manila.

Located on the southern part of Luzon, the largest of the 7000-plus Philippine Islands, this city has a history dating back to the 16th century, making it one of the oldest areas of the country. And it’s this combination of rich history and modern-day appeal that makes Manila such a popular spot for tourists. So if you’re eager to explore this “Pearl of the Orient”, the holiday packages to Manila we’ve got here at Wotif will let you get to know this city without breaking the bank.

Things to Do in Manila

Because so many people call this city home, Manila is constantly growing and changing. This nonstop evolution can sometimes make sightseeing a bit of a challenge, so to help you get the most out of your stay in the city, here are three don’t-miss activities for your holiday in Manila.

  • Intramuros: Built by Spanish settlers in the 1570s, this 64-hectare stone citadel once served as a prison and continues to house iconic landmarks, including the San Agustin Church and Fort Santiago.
  • Marikina Shoe Museum: Imelda Marcos, the Philippines’ former first lady, was infamous for her immense shoe collection, and this museum is where you can do a little “sole”-searching and see more than 800 pairs of her size 8 1/2s.
  • Binondo: Considered the world's oldest Chinatown, this 400-year-old neighbourhood is one of the busiest commerce centres in the country, and a great place to marvel at the wares from worldwide merchants. Here you’ll find delicious hopia, also known as mooncakes, as well as good-luck talismans and exotic ingredients, such as dried snakes, deer horns and assorted animal testicles. Yum!

Food and Drinks

Manila (and the Philippines in general) is famous the world over for its mouth-watering cuisine. To treat your taste buds to the real deal, here are a couple culinary stops you should plan on making.

  • Café Juanita: It doesn’t get much more authentic than this celebrated restaurant. The pork adobo is among locals’ favourite orders, while the angel-hair pasta bathed in crab fat is so impressive, it might convince you to move to Manila for good.
  • Halo-Halo: This sweet and satisfying beverage captures the complete Philippine experience in every sip. Consisting of shaved ice, evaporated milk and a blend of beans, fruits and flan, the Halo-Halo is a must-must for all first-time visitors to the country. Pro tip: Top your Halo-Halo with a scoop of ice cream for even more sugary goodness.

These are just a few of the fun things to do and try during Manila holidays. For a deeper dive into all the amazing experiences awaiting you in this one-of-a-kind city, check out our affordable flight and hotel packages to Manila. You can even elect to explore the area on your own terms thanks to our deals on Manila car rentals.

And hey, if you’d rather visit somewhere a little more luxurious, check out our excellent selection of Cebu packages. This island about 800km southeast of Manila is among the most developed of the Philippine Islands, and a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life.

Things to do in Manila

Life's way too short to jealously scroll through pictures of someone else's adventures. It's time to take off and find out what this mad old world has to offer.

Before you start your hard-earned break, check out these exciting Manila activities:

Family Hotels in Manila

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Luneta, (Behind the Quirino Grandstand), Manila
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    3.8 out of 5 (10 reviews)

    This family-friendly Manila hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Ocean Park and Manila Bay. Rizal Park and U.S. Embassy are also ...

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    Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

    Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

    CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.6 out of 5 (16 reviews)

      This family-friendly Pasay hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Bay and Philippine International Convention Center. SM Mall of ...

      from AU$237

      Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City

      Holiday Inn Express Manila Newport City

      1 Jasmine Drive, Pasay, Manila
        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        3.9 out of 5 (40 reviews)

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Baclaran Church, City of Dreams Manila and SM Makati. Glorietta Mall is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. ...

        from AU$129

        The Linden Suites

        The Linden Suites

        37 San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig, Manila
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.2 out of 5 (13 reviews)

          This family-friendly Pasig hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Shangri-La Mall and SM Megamall. Robinsons Galleria Mall and ...

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          Romantic Hotels in Manila

          The Manila Hotel

          The Manila Hotel

          One Rizal Park, Manila
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

            This family-friendly Manila hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Rizal Park, Manila Ocean Park and Manila Bay. U.S. Embassy ...

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            Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

            Marco Polo Ortigas Manila

            Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Manila
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              4.3 out of 5 (3 reviews)

              Located in Ortigas Center, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Robinsons Galleria Mall and SM Megamall. Greenhills Shopping Center is 1.5 mi (2.4 ...

              from AU$205

              Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

              Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

              CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay, Manila
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.6 out of 5 (16 reviews)

                This family-friendly Pasay hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of Manila Bay and Philippine International Convention Center. SM Mall of ...

                from AU$237

                City Garden Hotel Makati

                City Garden Hotel Makati

                7870 Makati Avenue corner Durban St., Makati, Manila
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   
                  4.3 out of 5 (15 reviews)

                  Located in Downtown, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Power Plant Mall and Ayala Museum. Bonifacio High Street is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Ayala Station is ...

                  from AU$94

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