Travel Itinerary : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia > Manila > Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia airfare (inclusive of travel insurance): Rm617
Sky bus (Sentral>KLIA) : Rm6 x 2 = Rm12 (Senior)
In flight lunch: Rm24
Hostel (6 nights) : PHP525 x 6 = PHP3,150 (Rm284)
Food (7 days): PHP1,586 (Rm142)
Jeepneys, LRT/MRT & Taxi : PHP1,739 (Rm156)
Entrance fee : PHP75 (Fort Santiago)
Sundries : PHP140 (Rm12.60)
Exchange rate: Rm1=11.11 Peso; US$1=49.50 Peso; US$1=Rm4.30
Using public transport such as jeepneys, LRT & MRT trains, taxis & information from Google & our hostel reception, we were able to visit the major touristy places in and around Manila. Taking jeepneys & LRT trains during the early morning and after office hours can be stressful for foreign visitors / tourists but using this combination of public transport enabled us to visit the various places of interest we desire to see in downtown & suburban Manila ! So if you have been too cozy in your living life at home, taking public transport could present a major challenge to you when in Manila !
The historic Intramuros & Fort Santiago are a must see & the Commercial Business District of Ayala & Makati is worth a visit especially near the Greenbelt & the Ayala Triangle Gardens area. For those who enjoy window shopping, you may like to visit the new concept mega malls ie Malls of Asia & the Venice Grand Canal Mall / Piazza .
Manila was voted as one of the 100 Best Cities in the World by Lonely Planet in 2009 ! I am glad that after all these years of travelling, my passion has taken me to a total of 58 Best Cities in the World - a great outcome indeed !
13) Roman Catholic Cathedral of Manila, Intramuros
17) City Hall of Manila, Metro Manila
19) Chinese Cemetery, Papas / Abad Santos
22) Balintawak Market
24) Bay Walk
27) Greenbelt 1-5
28) Glorietta (Makati)
30) The SM Store (Makati)
31) Mall of Asia Arena (Pasay)
34) Century City Mall (Makati)
For hostel accommodation in Manila, we were looking for a " Good Shepherd " and instead we got " Our Melting Pot " - the pot which melted our time & presence in Manila for the next 7 days !