How to Make Your Short Stay in the PH unforgettable by visiting Near Manila Destinations.

Being in the Philippines without any travel plans is I say the most dreadful decision you’ll ever make in your life. Assuming you’re just here for a day or two or perhaps just waiting for your connecting flight to somewhere else. Don’t let this great opportunity of discovering the Philippines pass because a whole package of experience is just waiting outside your hotel, just near Manila.

Get out! Metro Manila offers a rich cultural experience on every side. Breath-taking sights and gastronomical adventures are in every corner of the city. Continue reading to get your quick travel fix around Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Note: *All Travel Time stated below are Round Trips. 

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Destination: Trek Mt. Pinatubo and understand how the nature can turn its wrath into a splendid beauty through time. World’s most violent and destructive volcanic event of the 20th century.
Duration: 12 hours (5hrs Travel Time, 2hrs 4×4 Ride, 4hrs Trek, 1hr stay in the crater).
Direction: For easy and stress free hike to Mt. Pinatubo’s crater, we encourage you to get into an organized tour by local travel companies around the internet or visit

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Destination: Visit Tagaytay where you will see the stunning sight of Taal Volcano which is the smallest volcano in the world.
Duration: 9 hours (4hrs Travel Time, 3hrs Sight-seeing, 2hrs for Dining & Relaxing) “World’s Largest Island within a Lake on an Island within a Lake on an Island”
Direction: From airport, take a taxi to Uniwide Coastal Mall and take a bus going to Tagaytay or look for JAM Transit, Genesis, Erjohn & Almark. These busses have regular trips to Tagaytay. Alight in Rotonda and hire a tricycle to bring you to key places like Sky Ranch, Picnic Grove, Nurture Spa, & Sonya’s Garden. Don’t forget to taste Filipino favorites like Bulalo Soup in RSM Lutong Bahay or Leslie’s Restaurant while enjoying the scenic view of Taal Volcano.

Destination: Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Luneta Park
Duration:  6 hours (1.5hrs Travel Time, 0.5 Walk, 3hrs Sight-seeing, 1hr for attending the Mass or Dining inside Intramuros)
Direction: Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, Luneta Park – From any parts of Manila, the most convenient way of getting to these places is to get a taxi. To start, direct your driver to bring you to Fort Santiago inside Intramuros, and then walk straight General Luna St. to reach the Manila Cathedral (side trip San Agustin Church which is considered a UNESCO Heritage). After visiting this church, take a Calesa or Pedicab to bring you to Rizal Park. Or Join Carlos Celdran Walking Tour
Fort Santiago, Intramuros – If you’re after the glorious and colorful history of the Philippines start with Intramuros. This “Walled City” served as a settlement by the Spanish Colonial Government in the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions.
Manila Cathedral – One of the eight churches found inside Intramuros and the oldest church in Manila. The stunning Neo-Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral makes an ideal place for wedding, photo-op and worship.
Mass Schedule: Weekdays 7:30am and 12:10pm/Saturday: 7:30am/Sunday 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am and 6:00pm.
Rizal Park – to complete your walk down memory lane of PH’s History. Adjacent to Intramuros is Rizal Park also known as Luneta Park. Visit the Philippine’s National Hero’s Monument. This park becomes a big picnic ground on weekends as family gathers for bonding time.

Duration: 5 Hours(1.5 Travel Time 3.5 Hours Shopping Time)
Destination: SM Megamall – The third largest mall in the whole world is found in the heart of Metro Manila. A shopping haven with more than 1000 shops.
Direction: Get a taxi to spare you from tons of EDSA’s bus stops. It also gives you more time for shopping.

Duration: 4 Hours (1 hr. Travel Time, 3 hrs Shopping & Sight-Seeing)
Destination: SM Mall of Asia – the fifth largest mall in the world is nearer from the airport than SM Megamall.
Directions: Since time is our concern, it is best advised to take a taxi cab from the Arrival Area and ask the driver to take you there the fastest way. Fare should cost less than Php 250.00.

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Duration: 3 hours (0.5 hr Travel Time, 2.5 hrs. Entertainment)
Destination: Resorts World Manila – Catch a movie, have fun in the casino, shop or dine like a Boss on one of the country’s premier entertainment capital.
Direction: Fortunately, Resort’s World Manila is adjacent to NAIA Terminal 3 and also accessible to Terminal 1, 2 & 4. Shuttles are freely available for members on the arrival area. For schedules and other information click this link.