Chinese Garden

Chinese Garden
Chinese Garden

The Chinese Garden in Manila is a wonderful place to visit. This is a must see if you are visiting Manila. The Chinese Garden is known as an extremely peaceful atmosphere and beautiful.

The Chinese structures and architecture are amazing, along with the beautiful trees and greenery. There is a fee to gain entrance into the garden, but it is worth it.

If you would like to relax and take a break from the chaos on the streets, visiting the Chinese Garden is the best place to go. The garden is quiet and pleasing to the eyes. There are plenty of places to sit and relax and enjoy the peace.

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Plaza Rajah Sulayman

Plaza Rajah Sulayman
Plaza Rajah Sulayman

The Plaza Rajah Sulayman is a wonderful plaza to stroll in the evening to enjoy the lights and the beautiful sculpture. The Plaza Rajah Sulayman was a native Muslim king of Manila, known as the last native. He was a chieftain who played a significant part of the Spanish conquest of the Manila kingdom.

This sculpture is of Rajah Sulayman with a shield fighting for the freedom. You can take photos at the sculpture and it is very nice. There are palm trees all around and it makes for a great shot at night with the way the lights in the buildings accent the area.

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San Sebastian Church

San Sebastian Church
San Sebastian Church

San Sebastian Church is one of the many catholic churches located in Manila. The San Sebastian Church is also known as the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian. This Roman Catholic Church is well known for the gothic architectural features.

It is also known to be prefabricated steel, which is the only architecture existing like this in the world for a church. The San Sebastian church is an amazing site to see from street view and inside. It is a historical landmark and a must see. The same architect that designed the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty designed this church.

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Malacanang Palace & Museum

Malacanang Palace & Museum
Malacanang Palace & Museum

This museum is open to the public and located in Manila. You should check it out during your stay in Manila. The Malacanang palace and museum is architecturally astounding from the street. You can set up a guided tour if you call in advance. The museum is open daily to the public.

It is inexpensive and a great way to spend a part of your day on vacation. The exhibits are protected and you cannot take photos of the exhibits. However, there are some amazing places around the palace and museum outside to get some great shots. Add these two places to your itinerary.

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Villa Escudero

Villa Escudero

If you are looking for a romantic getaway in Manila, check out Villa Escudero.  Villa Escudero is a coconut plantation that has been around for many years.  Here you can enjoy the beauty of the scenery and the most peaceful environment. 

There are waterfalls to enjoy, free breakfast, and a perfect place for romance.  If you love the lake, you can spend a day rafting on the 30 foot deep lake.  Cultural performances take place here and there is also a museum you can take a stroll through and see some of the old artifacts from some of Manila’s popular saints.

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Malate District

Malate District
Malate District

If you are traveling to the Philippines, you might consider staying in the Malate district. Some people abhor this area while others absolutely love it. The Malate district is great for walking around and experiencing the true culture of the Philippines.

Everything is in walking distance from wherever you choose to stay. You will find plenty of shopping, places to eat and dine, and a fun nightlife after dark.

It is easy to spend an entire vacation here in the Malate district and still not experience everything offered. It is advised that you don’t rent a car and stay in the Malate district. The traffic is too chaotic and it is silly because everything is in walking distance.

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Kenko Sauna

Kenko Sauna

The Manila Bay area has the best Japanese spa, known as a kenko sauna.  You can experience more modern Japanese ambiance and services.  You can expect the best treatment and a first class atmosphere that is relaxing and pleasing.  You can choose from a Swedish, Thai, Shiatsu, or Hilot massage, Sparomatherapy, head, neck and shoulder massages, body scrubs, and even foot spas. 

Women enjoy facials, manicures, pedicures and ear candling.  There is so much for everyone here.  Plan an entire day at the spa in manila and you will absolutely love it.  This Kenko spa is located in the Networld Hotel off of Roxas Boulevard.

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Networld Hotel Manila SM

Networld Hotel Manila  SM

The Networld Hotel in Manila is a very popular place to stay if you are looking for a hotel during your stay in the Philippines.  This hotel is so convenient because it is located virtually in the middle of everything.  You don’t have to go far to get to the most popular destinations at this hotel. 

The hotel will pick you up from the airport but you might have to wait more than an hour, even for a planned pick up.  The hotel is not as grand as they make it out to be in their advertisements.  It is a nice place to stay but it is not first class by any means.

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Paco Park

Paco Park

Paco Park was supposed to be a cemetery for the aristocratic Spanish families, but only three Filipino martyr priests are buried here; Mario Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, who were executed by the Spanish in the late 1800’s.  Paco park was a central ammunition and supply depot during World War II for the Japanese defending against the Americans. 

This park has huge thick adobe walls encircling it.  There are several trenches surrounding the park, and interior adobe walls as well.  Inside of Paco Park, the St. Pancratius Chapel was built, where weddings and receptions are held for couples who want a garden like setting.

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Saint Agustin Museum

Saint Agustin Museum
Saint Agustin Museum

The San Agustin museum is absolutely amazing and a site you must see if visiting Manila. The San Agustin museum is located in Intramuros, also known as the walled city. You can find the museum located right next to the San Agustin Church. The museum is open every day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and closes for lunch from noon until 1 p.m. You can visit the church and the museum for free.

However, donations are accepted and usually expected. You should donate when visiting because everything they receive is only from donations. You cannot take your camera inside of the museum, but there are hallways and specific rooms where photos can be taken.

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