Unique Manila Tours That Are Worth Your Time and Budget
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, October 04, 2018 3:23pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Ah, Manila. A city often left under-appreciated and taken for granted with its highly industrialized setup and fast-paced living. At the back of our minds, though, we know that there’s more to Manila than just traffic jams and corporations. It is actually a city rich in history and culture. There’s much to discover far beyond than what we learned during our school years.
We recommend to explore Manila once again and see the city, this time, with fresh eyes. Whether you are a first-time tourist or otherwise, we are here to help you pick a tour that would help you rekindle your love for Manila. You might want to consider one listed below:
Old Manila Walks
For the founders of Old Manila Walks, the best way to get around Manila is by foot. They would love to show you around everything-from Intramuros, Binondo (yay for cheap food trips!), to Malacañang. You might even want to cap off your tour with fine-dining (lunch or dinner) if you have money to splurge. Check them out here.
Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour
If you’re always curious about what's inside the Manila Central Post Office, you're in luck because there's a community that would show you around. Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour would like to revive the post office's heritage through tours and promote local tourism at the same time. Oh, and did we mention? This tour is for free! Check out the schedule here.
Intramuros Ghost Walk
If you are up for a little thrill, you might want to book a tour with Intramuros Ghost Walk (IGW). This is a little different from other tours since the walk starts when dusk approaches (5:00 p.m. to be exact). You will get to know the history and beauty of Intramuros in a different light, and with probably a few spooky tales. It might also be more enticing for you to know that the tour guide and founder of Intramuros Ghost Walk, Jade Martin, is one legit Paranormal investigator. So, prepare your feet, ears, and spirits for one-of-a-kind tour! Learn more about IGW here.
If you are looking for an Amazing Race-ish kind of adventure, Manila Who will give you just that. You can choose between two story-driven tours: The Tale of Rose (outdoor) and The Tale of the Cursed Painting (indoor). We know you are already intrigued so if you want to know more about it, check Manila Who here.
Exploring Manila by foot is fun, but let's face it, walking is not really everyone's strongest suit. Fortunately, Bambikes are already in Intramuros! These bikes are made out of bamboo (hence, the name bambikes) made by Gawad Kalinga villagers. You take this tour and you will help the environment, support marginalized Filipinos, and learn about history and culture all at the same time. We suggest you book your tour ahead here.
Most times, we only see the “ugly” side of Manila—trash everywhere, grimy walls, flood-prone areas, informal settlers, name it. But we hope that after taking these tours, you would see that the Manila is a city that had witnessed wars and revolutions. Yet, it is still here, standing in all its glory. Long live, Manila, indeed.