Friday, February 13, 2009

Travel to Manila, A Historical and Warm Place in the Southeast

Author: Nemanja Kuzmanovic

Southeast Asia is famous for its pristine beaches and delectable foods. If you are looking for these things in your vacation, then you may want to visit, Manila Philippines.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is located in the largest island in the country, Luzon. Manila is a melting pot of cultures and is a beautiful fusion of tradition and advancement. After being placed under the Spanish regime for three hundred years, Manila still has some traits that are undeniably Western. This is easily observable in most of the city's architecture, particularly Intramuros.

Intramuros is considered as the city's oldest district, as it was put up by the Spaniards during their regime in the 1500s. It s characterized by high brick walls and bricked roads. Most of the area has been preserved up to now. In fact, some of the guards in the place still dress as the Guardia Sibil during the Spanish period. You can also explore the place riding horse-drawn carriages. Another historical value of this place is this is where Jose Rizal, the Philippines' national hero, was incarcerated at the end of the 19th century. Because the Philippines is the only predominantly Catholic nation in Asia, churches abound in the country. Two of the most famous and oldest churches in the Philippines can be found in Intramuros. These are the Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. Although it beams with history, Intramuros has been modernized little bit by the Department of Tourism by adding some fast food and fine dining restaurants.

If you like shopping, you will love Manila. You will be able to find just about anything-from high-end products to cheap buys-in this Philippine city. After all, the Philippines is home to three of the largest malls in the world. All of these malls are accessible from Manila and are just a one hour-drive away. These malls carry a variety of local and international shops and restaurants. If you are looking for cheap goods to take back home, then you can try Quiapo and Divisoria, two of the busiest Districts in Manila. In this places, you will be able to find good buys for less than $10.

If you plan to spend your trips to Manila in the beaches, there are a number of beautiful resorts in Manila's neighboring provinces Batanggas, Quezon and Ilocos. You may also want to try the world famous beaches of Boracay and Palawan, which are found in provinces south of Luzon.

Are you ready to take a trip on Manila? Well, here are some more things you have got to know. A number of airlines fly to Manila, which means you will not have any trouble booking a flight in this beautiful place in the Orient. Air France, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Thai Air, Singapore Air, Korean Air, United Airlines, KLM, and Northwest Airlines can all access Manila through their flights. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your travel to Manila as you experience its rich culture, and beautiful and hospitable people.

About the Author:
Nemanja K. is the owner of cheap flights travel search engine, where you can find more articles and useful info about cheap tickets.

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1 comment:

russelltehri said...

Philippines is one of the must- see destinations in the world. The only problem here is you don't know where to start.

explore. experience. enjoy. Philippines.