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Taxis in Manila & Rental Cars in Manila

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Taxis in Manila & Rental Cars in Manila

For the most part you don't need a rental car in the Phillipines.  In major cities taxis are cheap and cheerful. Just make sure they turn on the meter.  Taxis without meters can be dangerous and there is several cases where tourists were robbed, that's why it's best to take the taxi from the hotel and ask them to mark up the plate number. In the Provinces jeepneys and tricycles (motorcycles with sidecare) are the best choices.  Just be aware that trike drivers are the one of the biggest banditos in the country, often trying to charge you  well over what a metered taxi costs in Manila or Cebu.  If you want to travel long distances you can hire a car and driver for reasonable prices.  Be aware that hiring a car and driver at the hotel will cost you more than getting one on the street.  Taxis will also drive you anywhere but make sure they turn the meter on. If they refuse, get another taxi. Do not accept a fixed price. You can be sure that you will be severely overcharged!  For long distance travel, buses are good value but do not fall asleep unless your valuables are safe. If there are many of you,  just hire a car and driver or a taxi.  Finally, ferries and domestic airlines go everywhere in the Phillipines and fares are very reasonable. Ferries are the choice if you want to mix with the locals. Get an overnight cabin if you want leisurely travel with seaviews of the islands along the way without paying a fortune.

Unfortunately many taxi drivers do not turn on their meters when you get in. Check and ask - each and every time. Many drivers will claim their meters are broken or not working. Others just flatly refuse to turn on the meter. This is illegal; taxis are not allowed to operate at all, unless their meter is working and turned on. If a taxi driver refuses to turn on his meter, just get out of the taxi and get the next one - there are always plenty of taxis around in Manila. If you travel by un-metered taxi you can expect to get ripped off and charged at least double the proper fare. There is a hot-line for reporting jeepney. bus and taxi drivers who break the rules to the controlling organization, LTFRB, which is effective but it takes a long time but it does result in drivers' licenses being suspended. They can lose their franchise if enough complaints are made about a company.

If you're travelling a lot even inside Metro Manila, it's best to find a rental car. As in Manila there is one car rental company that is offering self-drive rates as low as 999PHP/24 hours, it's cheaper to use than taxis.

Best of Manila, 3 days in Manila

Best of Manila, 3 days in Manila

The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is a crowded and colorful metropolis. Due to traffic congestion, it would be best to spend three days in three different parts of the city. There is a lot you can do in the city depending on your budget and your interests.

Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Family-friendly Manila, Manila for young kids

Family-friendly Manila, Manila for young kids

There may not be too many open spaces and playgrounds for young children in Manila but those that exist are quite fun and there are a number of indoor play spaces as well. Check out a chidren's museum, a zoo and an ocean park.

Good for: Families, Groups, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Insiders' Manila, Manila off the beaten path

Insiders' Manila, Manila off the beaten path

A centuries-old church, the oldest university in Asia, Manila's Chinatown and a shoe museum may seem like odd attractions but visiting these places in Manila are not only interesting by themselves, but will also prove stimulating to the tourist seeking adventures off the beaten path.

Good for: Families, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Manila on a budget, Manila for free

Manila on a budget, Manila for free

The following places will inspire you to stop and observe. Visiting the forts, a church, a park and watching a sunset at the bay are all free for you to enjoy.

Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Day trips from Manila, Day tour from Manila

Day trips from Manila

Take one or all of these day trips from Manila. They are all within a 3-hour drive from the city. See the world's smallest active volcano in a lake on an island in the middle of a lake, hike up another active volcano to visit its crater, dine under a waterfall, and visit a site that played a big part in World War II.

Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals

Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Manila capital of the Philippines

Manila capital of the Philippines

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities that comprise the national capital region of Metro Manila. The city of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east Makati to the southeast and Pasay to the south.

Manila (English: /məˈnɪlə/; Tagalog: Maynila, [majˈnilaʔ]) is the capital city of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities (along with the municipality of Pateros) that comprise the national capital region of Metro Manila.

The city of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City to the northeast; San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east; Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south.

Manila has a total population of 1,652,171 according to the 2010 census. Manila is the second most populous city in the Philippines, behind its neighbor, Quezon City. The populace inhabit an area of only 38.55 square kilometers, making Manila the most densely populated city in the world.

The city is divided into six legislative districts and consists of sixteen geographical districts: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc, San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa and Tondo. Bustling commerce and some of the most historically and culturally significant iconic landmarks in the country, as well as the seat of the executive and judicial branches of the government are found in the city. Manila is also home to many scientific and educational institutions, numerous sport facilities, and other culturally and historically significant venues.

Listed as a global city, Manila has its strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport making it the historical, cultural, political and economic center of the Philippines.

The earliest written account of the city is the 10th-century Laguna Copperplate Inscription which describes a context of an Indianised kingdom maintaining diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Medang. The city was invaded by Brunei's Sultan Bolkiah and was already Islamized by the 15th century when the Spanish explorers first arrived. Manila eventually became the center of Spanish activity in the Far East and one end of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon trade route linking Latin America and Asia. The city would eventually be given the moniker of the "Pearl of the Orient," as a result of its central location in the vital Pacific sea trade routes. Several Chinese insurrections, local revolts, a British Occupation and a Sepoy mutiny also occurred shortly thereafter. Manila also saw the rise of the Philippine Revolution which was followed by the arrival of the Americans who made contributions to the city's urban planning and development only to have most of those improvements lost in the devastation of World War II.
Since then the city has been rebuilt.