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We are a backpacker couple and want to see some highlights in Manila and experience some nightlife. We like local culture, history and fun places to go at night. What do you recommend?

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    Carlos Celdran's tours (www.carlosceldran.com) are amazing! He gives a crash course on Manila's history. Check out his website to see if there's a schedule that fits yours. A trek to Binondo, the local Chinatown is great as well. For fun places to go at night, head to Greenbelt in Makati (so many great restaurants). over 8 years ago

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    Manila is not as bad as F. Tier portrays it to be. He might have had bad experiences but many more had good and better experience. It may be he has been going to the wrong and unsavory part of the city which all cities have.

    A tour around the Walked City or visit to huge malls can use up one afternoon. Night life in Makati, a city next to Manila has a wonderful & safe nightlife. I am new here so I am answering old questions for the benefit of others also. over 7 years ago

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    I agreenwith MCR. F. Tier could br going to the wrong places in Manila. Maybe sleazy places, which all the cities in the world have. Go to the malls like Mall of Aisa and the likes. Go drink with your friends in Malate Area or in Quezon City. Try our native foods in Seaside area in Pasay City where very fresh seafoods could be bought in the nesrby market and have it cooked in one of the restaurants there. People in Manila are friendly but some are not nice (which is also the case in other cities in the world. And, as is the case in all the cities on earth, one always have to be careful when you are far from home. over 7 years ago

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    Sorry MCR and Count, I stayed in Malate for nearly a month last year and my experiences there are much more supportive of Fussel's warnings. Yes, I am sure there are nice places to eat and yes, the walled city is interesting. But where I stayed in Malate police set up tourists for fake arrests for cash every night. Aggressive gang of teens commonly surround tourists and demand money. My experience travelling in the world is wide and I would not rate Manila as the same as all cities in the world. I avoid it. over 7 years ago

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    F. Tier: if Manila or the Philippines is as bad as you picture it to be, I'd move to another country in a minute. How long did you live here are you still here?

    Dr. Mike: you said you stayed a month in Malate where police set up tourists for fake arrest EVERY NIGHT! how many times were you set up in the one month you stayed in Malate. If aggressive teens COMMONLY surround tourists and demand money, why on earth didn't you move out or leave the country. I would, given that kind of environment. But you stayed nearly a month! If what you said of Malate is true, something is wrong in your staying nearly a month. I would have moved to Makati which is less than an hour away, minutes if there is no traffic that many complain about. over 7 years ago

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    • Waiting for a visa and had cheap housing. Never caught for set up; became very cautious. Thank you for your kind concern about my safety and happiness. English.teacher.Dr.Mike over 7 years ago
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    Check out Greenbelt for food, drinks and live music. over 7 years ago

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    Oh I see! Malate is not exactly a place I would recommend one to stay specially the lower part which is Ermita area already. I don't know what is cheap housing to you but there is a nice boutique hotel in Makati that is just a shade over $50 per night including breakfast. The name escapes me now but it's walking distance to Peninsula, Shangri-la, New World Hotel, Intercon, etc. It's practically inside the Makati Business & Commercial districts. There are many more choices other than the expensive 5-star hotels. over 7 years ago

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    Afternoon in manila is usually hot... Or wet.. My girlfriend and i usually go to spas or sit back and have coffee, then EAT!
    Try going to Bonifacio Global city. Nice food places in Serendra(try Abe) or in Burgos Circle(try Cafe Juanita). over 7 years ago

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    Like Erika mentioned Celdran tours are really your best bet if your looking for culture. However, if you're looking shopping, try Greenhills, they sell real pearls that are great for gifts as well as other things and get ready to bargain. It's like an indoor Camden market but cheaper and minus the punks.

    For night life, local clubs such as Opus, Attica or Republiq are great for dancing and listening to loud pop/techno music. But if your looking to hear local bands and mingle with the artist community, try Saguijo or the Collective in Makati, San Antonio village area ... ah, and to hang with local directors, musicians and comic book lovers, try Mogwai at Cubao X in the Araneta area. If your looking for midnight eats, try Mercato market in Fort Bonfacio, Taguig, open fridays and Saturdays, 10pm to 2 am.

    As a local, I avoid Malate and Greenbelt (specifically Cafe Havana during Fridays or Saturday's-- anywhere else in the mall is fine though) because it's a tourist's area and generally riddled with prostitutes ... sad to say. Though Greenbelt 5 during the day houses the most posh of our local brands, such as the Celestina bags which are sold in Barney's, which anyone should definitely check out if you have cash to burn. Greenbelt 4 is also connected to Ayala museum, which is a nice museum to visit especially when the have special exhibits.

    Please do try to get a massage while in Manila. It's around £10 for an hour and a half, which is dirt cheap. Though, I would recommend sticking to the Greenhills or Makati area since it's a generally local area that won't mistakenly give you a "happy ending".

    Generally, Manila is a big city. It's best to have a Filipino friend to bring you around... but if you don't have one yet, JUST DON'T BE STUPID. over 7 years ago

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    Go to Mall of Asia for the afternoon and then go to Star City ! over 7 years ago

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