Helpful Tips When Visiting The Philippines
From any Naia Terminal (there are 3 terminals ) in Manila the best method of transportation is to take a Taxi directly to your hotel..
If you are arriving at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark you have four options, Free shuttle to Resort World , Philtranco Bus , Air Asia shuttle or Shuttle to Dau ask at the information counter.
Airport Taxis getting around
The Airport Yellow Taxis are metered ( flag fare P70 approx US 1.80 )
The airport White taxis have a fixed rate to a destination.
Keep plenty of change as the drivers wont have any.
Make sure they use the meter; you will find most drivers are friendly and can speak English.
It is advisable to lock all doors , generally we find the Yellow taxi the cheaper option.
Be careful crossing the road , if you come from say Japan , Australia or perhaps NZ don't forget to look left first then right as they drive on the left side of the road as in the US. Be careful on a pedestrian crossing most cars will just drive around you.
Jeepney's are a very cheap option to get around a trip costs P10
The White taxis will take you around town , sometimes they may ask for extra fare over and above the meter fare.
Its up to you if you agree but if you are in a hurry or the traffic is heavy sometimes its easier just to pay the extra fee.
Most Filipinos speak English moderately well, while many are completely fluent.
In Manila everyone speaks English , in the provinces the level of proficiency may vary.
You will find everyone very helpful , if you are lost just ask any of the guards in the buildings for direction.
Ask a couple of times are various intervals sometimes the directions are not accurate.
The Philippines besides having its own cultural cuisine has plenty of other choices too.
Filipinos love to eat, so you will not have to look far to find plenty of places to dine. Try some of the local dishes and the deserts are great as well. We recommend you try some of the great juices on offer like Mango, Pineapple shakes and one of our favourites Bibinka a type of rice cake with egg.
Avoid eating the street food.
Malls and Shopping
Next to eating Filipinos love to go shopping, and there is plenty of great choices.
Being the venue for the comp SM Mall of Asia is a great place to start.
As the third largest Mall in the World you will find everything under one big roof.
They also have great restaurants and late night bars, we recommend any SM Mall they are clean spacious and offer everything.
We recommend you stay at the Orchid Hotel or Paragon Hotel they are close to the venue and the rates are very reasonable.
If you want to catch up on a movie, SM has the biggest movie houses you can find , the average cost is around P240 or about US$5.
Resorts / Vacation
We have included the link for the Tourism Department.
The Philippines have some beautiful places to visit, with it's Tropical climate and white sandy beaches your stay will be enjoyable. If you have the time we recommend staying an extra few days to explore some of the Islands or places within a day trip of Manila. You can contact Rajah Travel for the best sights on offer.
You will have chance to experience first hand the friendly service of your hosts and the unique places on offer. Beside the World famous Borocay voted the Worlds No 1 Island resort there is plenty of other gems to be discovered.
November is one of the cooler months; December is the coldest month of the year. Average temperature 24 degrees , there is always some humidity.
Filipinos are very friendly and helpful by Nature , the City and the Malls are very safe , but as a tourist be careful of your possessions.
At the airport of your departure you may be able to find the Philippine currency which is in Peso's. Or we recommend that you change some currency at the Manila airport. Exchange at least P2000 pesos (approx US$50) ask for small notes for the taxi fare to the hotel. You can change most currency's at a local money exchanger or bank for the best rates.
You can also use a credit card to access funds at most ATMs ,this can be the most convenient and cheapest method.