25 answers
15k views

Since I'm easily recognised as european/ tourist and a girl, I was wondering how safe it is to travel around the philippines by myself. I'd love to go to manila for a few days - is it easy to travel to smaller towns around the city and see some of the coast or something? thanks guys.

25 Answers

  • 0

    I say it is a not so safe place..so i'm advicing you to take care and don't ask questions to people especially men that is drunk..the city is worth a visit..the manila bay is perfect if you want to watch the sunset..and also visit the luneta where the national hero of the philippines had been shot and buried.. over 6 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
    • I certainly wouldn't go out to pubs drinking or anything at night by myself, so do you think if I'm being cautious it should be ok? during the day and stuff? thank you. Hannah Sperling over 6 years ago
  • +1

    not advicable to travel by yourself, especially for a girl. but definetely worth the visit. people are very hospitable. i would also recommend you to go to provinces where you can see more of the beauty of the philippine paradise that cannot be found anywhere else in the world some of it are tagaytay, batangas, ilocos that can be travelled through land while boracay, palawan, bohol, cagayan de oro, albay, can be travelled through plane over 6 years ago

  • +1

    Manila is worth a visit but then you just have to be extra careful, since you would be traveling alone. About a couple of days in manila would be enough. I think you'll find Cebu a better city. Since you can pretty much walk around to places without needing to be so vigilant. Everyone's friendly too. You should also visit Boracay, Bohol, if you love soaking it up under the sun. Enjoy your stay here! And most of all, have fun! :) over 6 years ago

  • +1

    great advice from everyone here. This is the worldnomads.com take on safety in Manila
    http://journals.worldnomads.com/safetyhub/country/169/Philippines
    enjoy.
    Phil over 6 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • +1

    no its not safe to travel manila all by yourself especially if you are a girl. there are a lots of pickpockers in manila. you can go to different places in manila like Intramuros, Divisoria(where you can find a lot of cheap but good items). over 6 years ago

  • +1

    I would'nt recommend it, manila is a very crowded city you'd be spending most of your time in traffic jams. instead try going to the provinces like cebu, bohol, iloilo, bacolod, etc.. Especially if you're a foodie the provinces are great place to go to. And if you're more kind of an outdoorsy type, cebu (their roast pigs are to die for) offers great beaches, bohol has its chocolate hills and the tarsiers (small monkeys), iloilo (you should try their batchoy) can be your jump off point going to boracay, and in bacolod there's always the famous chicken inasal(bbq chicken). over 6 years ago

  • +2

    Female visitors to Manila find that they attract a lot of attention but not for reasons other than the Filipinos are naturally hospitable. Expect guys to call you "Mam"and hold the door open for you. Not something you could expect today in the West! The main areas of the City including many shops and restaurants are as safe as many other places in the world and you will be in good company with a lot of visitors from all over the world, as well as many "foreigners"living permanently or temporarily in the Philippines. Manila is a very cosmopolitan city. Of course you are right, Metro Manila as such is in fact a combination of several Cities. Makati is certainly a sophisticated place to stay and visit, and nearby Fort Bonefacio. Mall of Asia is near to Roxas Boulevard and that is where you will see the sea as well as the largest shopping Mall in Asia. If you want a day out try a tour from your hotel or a travel agent. Consider Subic, the old American Air base as something unique, by the sea but now very accessible from Manila in a short drive along some stunning scenery. over 5 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • +2

    It's totally fine, but it is more recommended that you find a travel buddy. When you ask around, ask security guards, or police officers. Be attentive when you're inside a bus. I suggest you ride the taxi all the time. But sometimes taxi drivers will eat your wallet. over 5 years ago

  • +1

    It really depends where you're going and how street smart you are. If you come to Manila it's just like New York City with a lot of people smiling. Not everyone can be trusted but on the most part Filipinos are gems and they will help anyone. Just don't carry a lot of valuables and be alert specially in the old Manila area. Don't go to tough neighborhoods :) over 5 years ago

  • 0

    No, it is not safe at all, especially at night time. Manila is not really worth a visit right now, due to lack of service and infastructure, it's unfortunate because Manila has a rich history, and has many historical land mark, and could be very well be the Paris of Asian if it was not from poverty and bad city planning. Skip Manila and visit other islands such as Batanes, Romblon, surrounding islands of Cebu such as Malipascua, Bohol, Panay. Philippines has one of the most beautiful, unspoiled beach in the world. about 5 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    Manila is safe to visit if you know the places to visit. In particular, there are a lot of solo female travelers in the Makati area (Makati is the business district of Metro Manila). Lots of five star hotels are located in the area and also shopping malls and restos that are beside each other. It's safe to be in Ayala Makati as a lot of foreigners are also roaming around the place to shop, spend the night at the bar and such. If you would like to visit places like Intramuros and Luneta Park, you have to be very alert on those places. Visiting Mall of Asia (near Manila Bay) is also a safe place to go to.

    Lots of beaches in the Philippines is a must to visit like El Nido in Palawan, Pearl Farm, Caramoan Islands (where the Survivor series took place), Boracay Islands, Ilocos, Amanpulo etc. almost 5 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconTravellr.com
  • 0

    it is safe to travel in manila as long as you are always cautions when you go out,the best city to stay in manila would be Makati city,and the recommendable towns to travel by bus overlooking the coast would be going to the north of the philippines, From Pagudpod to Paoay City to Ilocos and your last and Relaxing place would be Baguio City and Banawe,you can get a lot of memories from those places :) Goodluck almost 5 years ago

  • 0

    Sure go ahead as fairly safe. If you go out at night ask a female clerk at a mall, maybe a female desk clerk to join you. They will likely go since most are ver friendly and if you spend a little money on them they will be thrilled as they probably make 4-8 dollars a day salary. They know the culture and you will be safe. They are street smart. Let them do any bargaining for you including cab rides as they know what to do. Have fun over 4 years ago

    Answered by Jeff via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    No it's not safe especially when you are a girl. You should bring someone with you there or if you have a friend in the Philippines. over 3 years ago

    Answered by Joyce via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    Pick your areas very carefully if you do decide to explore Manila alone. I didnt feel unsafe as a solo female but I did feel a heightened sense of awareness. Stay out of Ermita area. over 3 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    Absolutely! I suggest you visit Bonifacio Global City, specifically (much safer and modern Manila). The nightlife is located there, high end bars including Valkyrie, Raven, Privé, Hyve etc.) Oh, and also Makati City (for boutiques like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Balenciaga, Gucci etc.) You may google 'em for more info. You might also wanna try Tagaytay City if you're the adventurous type. They have zipline, cable car, horseback ride etc. there. And for theme parks, I suggest Enchanted Kingdom situated in Laguna. It's really a nice place for the kids at heart :) over 3 years ago

  • 0

    There is an NGO advocating safety for tourists in the Philippines. They will check out your contact for you, give free advise and in some instances even treat you to a free tour. Email: feel.safe.philippines@gmail.com over 3 years ago

    Answered by Cristina Nap via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    The people in Manila very polite and friendly compare to other city in South east asia. it a very safe city as long as you dont carry camera , phone or show people you have money.the same rule apply in south east Asia. i dont know why you all have problem with Manila. I am asian look very much like Chinese , i expect people to treated me very badly , but it turn to be unbelievable VIP treatment.By the way i look poor, maybe they feel sorry for me backpacker. watch out the taxi driver , 90% are dogs. over 3 years ago

    Answered by dean via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    I have been in and out several times in last month. It is safe on tourist trail during day. Unless you like very heavy traffic and pollution plus slumps why would you want to visit? Only important thing there is the airport to go to other parts of country. over 3 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
  • 0

    I lived there for seven years and I would say it's not safe to travel alone at night, even for a local person. Most Filipinos are gentlemen and will be very polite and accommodating. Still, some areas are full of pimps, folks selling you fake watches, beggars, and pickpockets. Even if you stay in the touristic spots, the red light district is one street away.
    Find a friend who will travel with you. Fellow travellers can also refer some local people who can help you find a proper place to stay and how to go about.
    I helped a friend to travel through Metro Manila and he had a "quick immersion," travelling by jeepney, MRT, LRT, and tricycle. I felt confident to do this cuz he's been to different parts of Asia, Africa and South America - nothing pretty much surprises him. If your are this adventurous, find a local travel partner so they can show how people get around (not just by taxi... some drivers can cheat you).
    I agree with the others here that Manila is not the best city to visit in my country. It is polluted and overpopulated; the streets are extremely dirty. Still, there's always a way if you're really determined to do so. over 3 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    If you are a seasoned traveler, then Manila is no more dangerous than any other major city in the world - even for a solo female tourist. Filipinos rarely go anywhere without at least one friend, though, so expect a lot of questions about why you are "alone". Best to say you are on your way to meet friends and leave it at that. I always recommend Lemuria Inn in Manila as a starting point - the people there took care to acclimatize me and gave me good advice. It's a private guesthouse but if you Google them and ask, they might have an open room. Enjoy your travels! about 3 years ago

    Answered by love2travel via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    If you like high traffic and human congestion, pollution, and high crime areas this is the place. Try to avoid this dump. almost 3 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
  • 0

    If you must go stay in your hotel at night and walk around during the day. I have been there several times against my will and try to avoid the city. High pollution,crime, traffic. Westerners are targets. People are good but most are in survival mode in a state of chaos and corruption. almost 3 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconAsk a Nomad iPad app
  • 0

    The thing to remember about the phils , especially those of us from Europe is the availability of firearms in the phils. a drunken argument in a bar in the london or berlin the worst scenario is a black eye and bruises or that you might get knifed depending on how bad the area your in. but you don't have the same ability to size up up areas and people as you wound at home or in the western parts of the world. so learn to be diplomatic and bite your tongue some times its better to walk away even if it hurts your pride. local knowledge and friends are important on nights out the can spot the danger signs long before you can,, that said , i have never had any problems in the phils. just use your brains and don't make yourself look like a target . wear a money belt . keep a small amount in your pockets. dont walk around like your lost even if you are,(walk with purpose)but most of all have fun . pinoys are lovely warm kind people who like to help the fellow human beings , ps i have been to bohol and cebu over 2 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
  • 0

    it is relatively safe to travel in our country so as other countries i presume. just plan your travel itinerary ahead, and i'm sure you'd meet new friends who would happily bring you around safely too. over 2 years ago

Answer this question

Map of Manila