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Smokey Tours

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Address: Manila, Luzon 1102, Philippines
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Visit one of the biggest slums in Manila, bike around Intramuros, haggle...

Visit one of the biggest slums in Manila, bike around Intramuros, haggle and shop in Binondo and Chinatown, see how people live among the dead and understand lives of women in prison...These are all possibilities of what you can do with Smokey Tours! Our mission is to show our guests "the other side of Manila" with safe, genuine and eye-opening tours while simultaneously aiding a local NGO.

Smokey Tours offers tours around Metro Manila:

1) The Bicycle Tour through Intramuros, Luneta and the surrounding areas including a bike down Roxas Boulevard so you can experience Manila Bay.

2) The Market Tour through Binondo and Chinatown.

3) The Slum Tour - our most popular tour that goes through the slums of Manila, wherein profits are donated to the local organization CREST.

4) The Cemetery Tour showing you the lives of the people living in one of Manila's cemeteries and introduces you to their beliefs and superstitions.

5) Visit the Correctional Institute of Women in Manila, understand women's lives and see their hope.

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The alternative Manila ...

After three tours with Smokey - Slums, Cemetery and Market - I felt better acquainted with the Filipino people and their land. The slums and cemetery trips unashamedly impel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After three tours with Smokey - Slums, Cemetery and Market - I felt better acquainted with the Filipino people and their land. The slums and cemetery trips unashamedly impel reflection, even anger, on the inequalities of life. You may not like what you see, but you are unable to remain neutral or impartial. Only through promoting awareness can the process... More 

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Bournemouth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed both tours which we did in 1 day. Smokey Tours is very professional and works together with NGOs to make a difference to impoverished people's lives. Slum Tour (9am - 12.30pm): introduction followed by travel to the slum area by jeepney and then tricycle. Both were great experiences! We were told that profit from the tour goes to... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Slum tour was one of the most intence tours ive ever done. it was sad to see how the children have to grow up and still the people seem to be okay and akzept what they have. Stepping in the slum feld like going into an other world. I was wondering how the people would reakt. They wer fine... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to see the other side of Manila and know the real situation, you should join this tour. This will make you think after the tour. It is like a study tour for me. Part of the tour fee goes to the community for building the health clinic. I must say, If you want to do an extraordinary... More 

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours. We hope to have you again next time in our tours! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

Jakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

I choose the bike tour so that I could experience the history of Manila closer. And it turns out to be super fun! They have very wide range of bike and we're free to choose the bike which we think the most comfortable. Helmet is also provided. My tour guide is so young, nice, and very clear in explaining every... More 

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! It is great to know that you have enjoyed our bicycle tour. Though roads are crazy, but the country's beauty is exceptional! Hope to have you again next time! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

A massive thank you to Tessie for our Market Tour of Quiapo today! We had a fantastic afternoon, extremely organised and well presented. My partner Jaeson and daughter Chloe loved the tour and Tessie was very knowledgeable. The food tasting, cultural sight seeing with local food and market shopping is a great combination of the tour. An eye opener too!... More 

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours. We are glad that you were able to see more of the Filipino culture. We hope to have you again next time in our tours! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely excellent tour. Visiting from Australia, the tour guide was very informative and we all felt safe the whole time. Extremely cheap considering the experience. I would definitely recommend to someone wanting to see the heart of Manila, the food, the culture, the history and general information about the place. I couldn't speak more highly about it.

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours and for all the good things you have said about us. We hope to have you again next time in our tours! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

Antibes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Our guide met us in the city centre and we took a motorized tricycle to the slums. In a very personal and well structured tour she guided us through the maze of huts, dumps and markets, explained how life in the slums works, talked about the hopes and the fears of the inhabitants, their everyday lives, costs, challenges. Wherever we... More 

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours. Truly, what highlights the slum tour is not the underprivileged life, but their joy beyond their current situation. Filipinos was always known to be one of the most happy countries and surely it is seen as we visit the slums. It is really good to have you join our tours. We hope... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The insight to the real poverty showed us how good our lives are. The tour was so informative and very good. It was so impressive for us. Thanks a lot for your dedication Smokey tours.

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours and we are happy to be able to share the inspiration, we too, received as we visit the slums. We hope to have you again next time in our tours! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

St. Louis
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I struggle to learn the true culture of areas I visit in my medical mission work. This tour sets itself apart in taking you to the people. I won't repeat what other strongly-positive reviewers have already stated but let me add that most people from Manila have little idea of what the Baseco (sp?) slum really looks like. I encourage... More 

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bookings-smokeytours, Manager at Smokey Tours, responded to this review

Good day! Thank you for joining our tours. The smiles of the residents always is a precious memory to keep! We hope to have you again next time in our tours! Regards, Mao Martinez SMOKEY TOURS TEAM More 

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