Philippines is generally a very safe place, however as with
everywhere caution is advised, especially when arriving at the
airport. The tips below should help to ensure that your trip
runs smoothly and avoids any unnecessary hiccups.
in Manila can be a daunting experience and precautions do need
to be taken.
We strongly advise you not to take taxis that are loitering
around, instead we recommend that you always request a hotel
pick up. After all when you arrive in any country you are very
vulnerable especially when it is your first visit. Therefore
splash out and treat yourself to the luxury of a hotel
limousine, they are not ridiculously expensive and you can
arrive with peace of mind.
are changing in Manila especially at the airport, but always
keep an eye on your bags. This includes when they are passing
through the x ray machine. Try to keep your eyes on them at
Manila the best way to get around is by taxi. Generally all
the taxis are safe however if you do have reservations then
simply go to one of the major hotels which you never will be
too far from and ask them to call you one or even use their
hotel car. All the taxis have meters which start at 25 pesos.
Some taxi driver will claim the meter does not work etc. If
this is the case simply get out and get another taxi.
you require a taxi for a couple of days, longer or even for
just a day, we can recommend one driver. He speaks good
english, has a sense of humour and knows his way around. You
can call him on his mobile to organise a price, his name is
Mr. Joe Villaro, mobile number - 0917 - 416 1156.
jeepnees look fun and colourful but we do not recommend you
take one unless you are somewhere like Cebu Island. In Manila
we would only travel by official taxi.
new train system has opened, but is not overly useful as it is
not yet fully spread around the city.
said all this the Philippines is a great place to visit and
the Philippines people are lovely. Taking a few of the little
precautions will help, with your trip and will hopefully
minimise any potential problems.
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Hotels in Manila,
Hidden Hotel Costs in Manila Hotels,
Restaurants in Manila,
Bars in Manila,
Money and Exchange Warning in the Philippines,
Money Tips and Currency Converter,
General Information on Manila,
Hotels in Cebu,
Restaurants in Cebu,
General Information on Cebu,
General Information on Palawan,
General Information on Boracay,
Transport in the Philippines,
Pictures of the Philippines.