A trip to Manila, Philippines often include tourist activities such as outdoor activities, touring art exhibits, visiting tourist attractions, taking a day trip, taking an educational tour, or visiting religious sights. A visitor to this area can enjoy the Taal Volcano and Lake, the National Museum of the Philippines, Ayala Center, Pagsanjan, Ortigas Center, Intramuros, The Enchanted Kingdom, San Agustin Museum, San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral as well as many other attractions.
Taal Volcano and Lake, the world’s smallest volcano, is actually a volcano located in a lake, located in a volcano, making it a geological phenomenon. Tours are available by boat, which will take the tourist to the volcano where they can then take a hike to the top of the volcano.
The National Museum of the Philippines, located in Manila, is one of the many museums located here. This museum is rich with historical and cultural treasures of the Philippines. The museum houses many displays such as the San Diego galleon merit special mention as well as artifacts recovered from the sunken 17th century battleship. There is also a short film available here that looks at the story of the Filipino People.
Ayala Center is the high-class center of activity for this area. Visitors here can enjoy luxury hotels, high-end department stores, beautiful condominiums, specialty boutiques as well as fine restaurants, art galleries and museums. The Ayala Center is the perfect place for the visitor looking for the latest fashions to visit while in Manila.
Pagsanjan, a town that is home to a beautiful gorge and waterfall, is located approximately two hours from Manila. Tourists to this location can acquire a wooden boat to tour the gorge and waterfall as well as exploring upstream where exploring includes lush, thick tropical vegetation. The trip back down the waterway includes shooting the rapids with the highly experienced boatmen. This is definitely a trip to remember.
Ortigas Center is a perfect place for anyone wishing to go shopping. With three shopping malls, anything anyone needs or wants can be found here. This is quickly becoming Manila’s most popular business and commercial center. The tourist visiting here will enjoy eateries, shops, amusement centers and an ice skating rink.
Intramuros, the first European-style medieval fortified city in Asia, has been in the process of being restored allowing visitors the opportunity to experience this ancient architecture first hand. Intramuros was nearly completely destroyed by American forces bombing the area in 1945, when Manila was liberated from the Japanese.
The Enchanted Kingdom is an amusement park that offers all the amenities that one would expect. There are many rides, for tourists of all ages as well as games, souvenir shops, a food court, and even fireworks at the end of the day. The Enchanted Kingdom is the perfect place to take the kids when they start whining about the vacation to Manila being boring for them.
San Agustin Museum and Church are Manila’s most beautiful and best-preserved structures. Once a monastery, this establishment contains two floors connected with a grand staircase. Antiques are located throughout the museum and church, making this a rare opportunity for the visitor to get a glimpse of the past.
Manila Cathedral is a structure built with the remaining carvings and rosette windows preserved from the remains of five cathedrals destroyed in the general area. Located at the top of the cathedral is a cupola, a reminder of strength, delicacy and grace.
Manila has much more to offer a tourist. There is something for everyone here.