how to go somewhere in Manila

manila-mapWhen someone visits Manila as a tourist, it is sometimes hard to find your way in this city. You need an experienced (and honest) taxidriver or a guide to visit some interesting places.

I have just found an interesting site for people who want to visit (greater) Manila and do not know how to go to certain places. The site offers good information how to go to many places, areas and malls with information about public transport and how to go there by private car. A map of the area is also included.

Here’s the link to that page: Metro Manila Directions.
If you click on the top right link “index” on that page you will get a list of several interesting areas and places. Right under the header of the page you will find links to interesting areas in the big city.
There’s even a good page about the so called ‘color coding’ in the Manila Area: days on which you are not allowed to drive your own car in certain areas.
The 3 light rail routes available (can be compared to the Underground or Metro trains) in Manila are also there with a list of stations and their surrounding areas and streets. Veru usefull.

If you know of some other interesting places which are not mentioned on the website you can contact the editor and suggest them to him. It is still a new website but already quite complete.

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  1. Hi,

    This is indeed a very informative post indeed, helpful both for locals and for expats and of course I would need it as I am soon traveling down to Manila next month or in the mid of August.


    • Hi Kuko,
      Thanks for visiting my website. When I came across this website I thought it might be usefull to many, that’s why I posted it on my site.

    • elbarako,
      Thanks for visiting my website and leaving this comment.
      A GPS might be a good idea, but are those maps updated regularely?
      Streets are changing all the time, U-turns are closed and new ones are made almost daily. How can garmin fix this problem?

  2. Hi Jan,

    great site and info. I am Irish and contemplating moving to Philippines probably for 6 month periods for now. I will be moving in “Somewhere” with my Filipina girlfriend and her 2 kids. I have been checkinh all the locations in South Manila, Quezon, Makati, Alabang, Bacoor etc. Like you say prices for houses vary a lot depending on size, location, security level. I am getting more and more apprehensive about the move, because of all the kidnappings, hijackings, assaults against Foreigners. Some of the latest were as a resault of criminals being tipped off by Airport police, about foreigners returning to manila. Is it as bad as the World media would make out, or is it simply about taking normal and basic precautions when moving about a big city.

    I have never been in Phil though we have vacationed for the last 3 years in Koh Samui Thailand, last year for over 1 month


    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for visiting my website and leave a comment.
      Visiting the Philippines is the same as visting any other large country or city. Everybody has to take the necesssary precautions for his own safety. Always be alert on ‘helpfull’ people. The are not always as helpfull as they want to look like.
      When you come to the Philippines, I wouyld advise you to book a hotel in advance and have you picked up from the airport by the hotel. Almost every hotel gives this service, and it is cheaper and safer than a taxi.
      Send me private mail with more questions if you have some.