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Intramuros for 3 nights?

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Intramuros for 3 nights?

I am considering a visit to Manila and specifically the Intramuros. Looking at staying in the Bayleaf and would like to wander the streets and take photographs of the historical sights.

Is there enough of interest in the area to warrant a 3 nights (2 full days and 1 half day) stay?

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

No. I wouldn't stay there for 3 nights. Too hard to get in/out and food choices are limited. It's an area for a daytrip, not somewhere to stay in.

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2. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

I disagree. Base yourself there.

Arrange a day trip with a recommended TA driver such as touristdriver or travel by bus to Tagaytay for the day to see Taal Volcano. Depending on your budget, you could also arrange a long day trip to the underrated Hundred Islands for a spot of snorkelling - it is a long day: four hours' driving each way (minimum).

as well as Intramuros, travel from Pedro Gil station to Taft station on the elevated train (LRT) then take the MRT from adjacent EDSA station to Ayala station for lunch or dinner at wonderful Greenbelt.

Water and sunblock is essential, as is a hat if you burn easily.

Edited: 05 November 2013, 05:20
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3. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Intramuros is a work in progress--still rising from the ashes of WW2 but it has several attractions that will hold your interest . It is popular with walking tours--whether organized or diy..you undoubtedly know about the Bayleaf's rooftop lounge..I would couple your Intramuros exploration with the nearby Rizal Park complex w/the Manila Hotel.. and the National Museum Complex (both buildings)..along with the Metropolitan Museum on Roxas Blvd near the Central Bank. You may also want to extend your sphere to Binondo ( the oldest Chinatown in the world)..Divisoria ( bargain shopping---but best with local or approach with caution--daytime trip only)...to the Roxas Boulevard/ Malate area for the sunsets and bohemian atmosphere..then onwards to Manila's newer entertainment enclaves of the Mall of Asia complex/Solaire Casino..Yes, you can do 2-3 days..

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4. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Thanks for your replies.

My feeling is that 2 full days is not too much, given that the day i arrive won't be until late afternoon so wouldnt plan much apart from a relaxing evening probably. That just leaves 2 days to explore so I was thinking one day for Intramuros and another for something else. I am not interested in shopping malls and just want to experience the history and culture of the place.

Tagaytay sounds interesting, if a little far for a day trip but I will investigate that more. How much should i expect to pay for a driver for a day trip there?

Finally, are the food options really so limited in Intramuros? I'd possibly eat at my hotel one night so it only really leaves lunch and a couple of dinners to think about.

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5. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

I would prefer to stay in Makati near Greenbelt and do a day trip to Intramuros.

But if you plan to spend sometime in Intramuros I would consider staying at Bayleaf for 1-2 nights max as it reviews very well. The rooftop restaurant/bar also get goods reports.Wouldnt spend 3 nights there as I believe your time could be better spent elsewhere.

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6. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Intramuros is a wonderful place to base yourself. It will take more than 3 days to see everything in Intramuros.

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7. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Thanks Tommo.

Because i only have 3 nights not really keen to move between hotels but will investigate Makati also. What's in that area that you like so much?

Cheers.

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8. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Its convenient to the large shopping malls, its safe, great hotel choices and many dining choices.

But stick to your plan if thats your main intention to visit Manila. Im sure you will enjoy the area.

You may want to try this resto whilst in the area:

tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g298573…

munchpunch.com/ristorante-delle-mitre-intram…

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9. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

Hi KR_EDINBURGH,

If you're interested in history, you might want to take a day trip to Corregidor Island (http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/) -- it was the headquarters of the Allied Forces & Phil Commonwealth Govt. during World War II. It can be reached by ferry from the Sun Cruises dock in the CCP Complex (around 10-15 mins from Intramuros by car). The ferry leaves at 7am and gets back before 4pm.

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10. Re: Intramuros for 3 nights?

No. I wouldn't stay there for 3 nights

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Depends what interests you.

I would absolutely love to stay in Intramuros for 3 nights.

By the way, if you are interested in history, there is plenty to take up your time.

Just one location, the San Agustin Church, can take up a whole day if you take the time to stop and read everything and try to understand how everything was or worked or was used.

Then you pop across the road and another day gone trying to do the same at the Casa Manila site. not just the house that you pay to enter but the whole site which consists of many buildings.

However, most tourists are in and out very quickly.