Unique Attractions and Activities in Metro Manila

Exploring the city of Manila is like opening a box filled with ukay-ukay (pre-loved) clothes and other objects. It may take you quite a while of digging before you start finding things you actually like. Because this city’s gems aren’t notable at first glance, it takes extra effort in discovering Manila’s allure. From the city of Manila to the rest of its Metropolitan area, one can find a myriad of charms hidden at every nook and cranny. By knowing where to search and expanding your zest for discovery, you can easily enjoy Manila with all its rich history, culture, art scene, food and friendly people.

To kick-off your explorations of what’s good in Manila, here are some unique attractions and activities you can experience.

A stroll around Intramuros is already a satisfying experience in itself. Just ask members of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers who enjoyed a walk around the walled city when they visited the country. Exploring it riding a Bambike - a bicycle made from bamboo material and handcrafted by the skillful Bambuilders of Gawad Kalinga, will certainly elevate your Intramuros exploration experience notches higher. 

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The bambike tour lasts approximately two and a half hours starting at the Bambike Ecotours HQ in Intramuros and going to all places of interests inside the walled city such as Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church, Plaza San Luis, Plaza Roma, Manila Cathedral and more.

To book a tour, Traveloka App provides an easy booking process and payment.

Fancy tricking your eyes as you marvel at the interactive artworks brimming with rich imaginations at Art in Island Museum in Cubao. Interactional 3D artworks numbering to more than a hundred shall keep you feasting with fun visuals you can use to create imaginative Instagrammable images. Whether you insert yourself in an underwater realm or pose like a seasoned surfer or be the subject of a classical painting, the possibilities of letting your creative juices flow are almost limitless, when interacting with the artworks in this museum. This is definitely a fun place for the kids and adults alike.

You can easily buy tickets at Art in Island Museum through the Traveloka App

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This world-class Science museum located in Taguig should be included in everyone's Metro Manila itinerary. It features five futuristic zones namely: Technology, Universe, Earth, Life and Atom - where more than 250 engaging exhibits are displayed for visitors to enjoy a day of interactive learning. Various exhibition themes are also organized at any given day such as Awesome Astronomy, Frozen Science Saturdays and Markerspace just to name a few. Living up to its mission of providing “an extraordinary educational experience that inspires the public to understand nature”, Mind Museum ushers in science and nature into the forefront in the understanding of our beautiful planet.

You can avail of an All-Day-Pass at the Mind Museum through your Traveloka App.

Join the ‘Postal Operation and Heritage Tour’ for some history fix

Organized by a number of heritage advocate groups, this tour takes participants on a FREE guided sight-see exploring the historic Manila Central Post Office. The tour also includes a lecture on the iconic building’s history and architecture and a hands-on experience sorting snail mails and stamp collection. The Royal Postage Heritage Guided Tour usually create Facebook events for schedules of their upcoming tours.

Eat your way through a Binondo Food Crawl

As old Manileños would say "you will know Manila only if you have walked the streets of Binondo". Otherwise known as the "oldest Chinatown in the world", Binondo boast of a wealthy history and culture hidden among its many street and alleyways. Along with the fascinating ethos are an almost endless array of culinary stops where one can feast on Tsinoy cuisines. 

A food crawl around Binondo covering the places of Ongpin Street, Carvajal Alley Market, Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz, Plaza Calderon dela Barca, shall satisfy every bit of your being a foodie.

Quiapo Muslim Immersion Tour

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Meaningful Travels PH, a small travel company organizing community immersion trips is now offering Quiapo Muslim Immersion Tour. This tour lasts the whole day and it involves immersing with the Muslim neighborhood in Quiapo, where guests can learn more about their culture, history and religion. The activity also include a meeting with community elders and leaders who gives a short lecture about interesting subjects such as the Shari'ah Law. It ends with a visit to the Madrasa - an Arabic word for school, inside the Golden Mosque, to meet the kids studying the Quran.