We’ve all heard of the beautiful, cool, but “oh-so-usual” travel destinations – the sophisticated cityscape of London, the romantic aura of Paris, the diverse and awe-inspiring urban jungle of New York, the historic and grandiose view of Milan and the many others that fill the internet with its stunning landscapes and diverse culture. But sometimes, travelling is not about the usual but instead the bizarre, the chaotic, the non-standard. And if you really want to travel somewhere unique and exotic, why not head south and visit the beautiful islands of the Philippines?
The Philippines is known for its very diverse and “fusion-esque” cuisine, its tropical landscape, its wide and tantalizing coastlines as well as its very accommodating culture of hospitality. And in visiting this country, there’s no better way than starting at its capital city of Manila. Here are the top five places in the city you should never miss.
There is nothing more serene than witnessing the beautiful sunset here, where that warm and golden circle that is the sun merges with the cool horizon of the bay. And with many affordable hotels lined in the famous Roxas Boulevard that faces the bay itself, witnessing the natural feat will be easy.
The famous and historic walled city that is Intramuros, with its brick-paved streets and rustic, old and Spanish style buildings, is filled with a lot of scenic landmarks that will propel you back in time. Inside this fort, some places to see will include the famous, centuries-old Manila Cathedral.
It would be a great miss if one travels to Manila without visiting the proverbial seat of power that is the Malacanang Palace. Home to the country’s head of state, the placed is filled with many landmark events from the past that made an influence in the world stage.
The Chinese and Filipinos have long been partners in the country, their relationship dating way beyond the Spanish first set foot there. The result is a unique, exotic, rugged place where exciting food and trade are center stage.
The center of it all, kilometer zero, Rizal Park is the country’s grand tribute to its national hero Jose Rizal, whose ideals helped shaped the unity-seeking, freedom-loving ideology and persevering ideology and tradition of Filipinos today.
Thank you to full time traveler oranjegirl for sharing her knowledge in this guest post!