Manilla doesn’t come across as the safest place in the Philippines. Just like any main city, there is a lot more crime here. As long as you are not an idiot, you will be fine!
On the plane or airport they are likely to give you a free SIM card. This can be extremely handy as you can load your phone with 90 peso worth of credit (£1.30) and get 2gb of data a week which can help with getting around and booking accommodation.
Getting out of the airport
You are a pale newbie to the Philippines and the taxi drivers know it. This is where people get ripped off the most as they know you are unfamiliar with the currency and how much things should cost.
Walk out of the arrivals, turn right, cross the road to the taxi rank. The taxi’s are white and on a meter and there is a marshal who will help you. We were quoted 3000 peso for a 5 minute journey right outside the airport doors. A metered taxi cost us 300 peso.
Failing that, download Grab – the Asian equivalent to Uber.
Makati is the main area which is good for tourists to stay and eat out.
Lub D Hostel – Huge rooms, great beds and clean rooms. Showers are very clean with straighteners and hair dryers for ladies. Wifi is great and they have a Netflix chill room if you just want to chill. We equally have been here to just chill every time we are in Manila if we have time to kill before a flight.
Z Hostel – Every single person we have met in the Philippines has stayed here
Knightsbridge Residence – Why not rent an apartment in a fancy residential building ? At £22 a night for two of us you can’t go wrong. It also has a pool, gym, sauna and steam room for you to use.
The Penthouse – 1920’S themed bar over looking the whole of Manila.
The Bunk is a secret bar through a hidden door in a 7/11 store . You just find the secret door the with bouncer, he looks you up and down and decided whether you’re let in or not! Dress code is pretty strict, no open toes or flip-flops. Location: Ground Floor, RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Some more secret bars and clubs can be found in link below.