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Enjoy Manila on a Budget

The capital of the Philippines is a bustling city, bursting with things for budget travelers to do. Take advantage of its gorgeous coastal location and hang out on the beaches, or hit the streets to browse through its eclectic range of boutiques and small independent retailers. There’s a throng of contemporary art galleries and charming museums, that all offer very affordable ticket prices. Whatever you end up doing in Manila, you can guarantee a relaxing, enjoyable, low-cost vacation.

Things to see in Manila

You could spend days wandering around Manila’s Chinatown district. Its busy streets are filled with people going about their daily business as well as curious tourists. This is the place to go for cheap, authentic food, combining Chinese and Filipino influences with delicious results. A stroll around Rizal Park is also highly recommended. This sprawling urban park features ornamental gardens, large grassy lawns, and impressive monuments. Don’t forget to make your way to the heart of the park—here you’ll find the Central Lagoon, a pretty lake surrounded by statues and busts of Filipino heroes. If you want some impressive holiday snaps, head to Manila Cathedral. Dating back to the late 16th century, this gorgeous building stands proudly at the entrance to the scenic Plaza de Roma. For more visual delights, check out Fort Santiago—make your way through the fortified walls to enjoy the contrast of vast, well-manicured gardens spread out before you.

Cheap hotels in Manila

There are numerous cheap hotels in Manila and you’ll find them in most of the city’s main districts. Staying in a hostel in Manila is a simple way to save money on vacation. Aimed at a younger crowd, it’s easy to book a bed in one of the large dorm rooms. Budget hostels in Manila usually have modern interior decor and features such as free WiFi. For a bit more comfort and privacy, check out Manila’s budget guesthouses and small hotels. These offer a more personal service and breakfast can also be arranged. Another bonus—most cheap hotels in Manila can help you arrange airport transfers.

Where to stay in Manila

Stay in Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown, and you’ll be surrounded by cheap eats. You can also find charming Chinese architecture here and an interesting fusion of Spanish and Chinese culture. Ermita is a large tourist area, where most of Manila’s cheap hotels are located. This district is home to an open-air auditorium, the planetarium, and the impressive national library. Another popular hotel area is Malate, towards the southern end of Manila. Renowned for its Coconut Palace, you’ll also find a few of Manila’s low-cost hotels in this former fishing village.

How to get to Manila

Almost everyone who travels to Manila will fly into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport. There are always lots of taxis waiting outside to whisk you into the city, but this can be a pricey option. One of the best ways to get from the airport to the city center is to catch one of the buses from outside the arrivals area. Regular bus transfers also run between Manila and Clark Airport, 2 hours north of the city. For an alternative way to arrive in Manila, there are many ferries running into the port from other Philippine islands.

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