Places to Visit in Manila with a P500 Budget
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Best of Manila: Places to Explore in Manila with a P500 Budget

Best of Manila Places to Explore in Manila with a P500 Budget

Walking along the streets of Manila is like coming across a living museum. From its old buildings to remnants from World War II, the city’s beauty tells a never-ending story. Today, the culture-rich city offers a wide array of parks and museums to visit to learn more about what Manila has to offer.

But traveling and exploring any destination comes with a price. If you’re looking for places to visit around the city without spending too much, this list is the best itinerary for you. From the iconic Manila Zoo to the legendary streets of Quiapo, let The Beat Asia bring you on a fun adventure.

Manila Zoo

Manila Zoo
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Your trip won’t be complete without stopping by the iconic Manila Zoo. Fresh from its recent renovation, the zoo has been restored to its glory days with newer facilities and amenities, both for humans and zoo animals to enjoy. The newly renovated zoo has better facilities and interactions with the resident animals.

Although it will take a huge chunk of your P500 budget as the entrance fee is priced at P300 for regular and non-Manila residents, the zoo offers big discounts for Manila residents, students, children, PWDs, and senior citizens that go as low as P100! Visit their website for the full price list and booking details.

National Museum

National Museum
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It’s impossible for you to miss the grand white buildings along Padre Burgos in Ermita. National Museum, which is now home to historical pieces of the Philippines, including Filipino artist Juan Luna’s famous artwork “Spoliarium.” In addition to paintings, the museum also has exhibits where artifacts are displayed.

Admission to the museum is free. Holding such importance to the country’s story, the National Museum will surely impart a lesson or two for you if you’re interested in learning more about the story of Manila and the Philippines.

Intramuros

Intramuros

Known as the “Walled City” and named as one of the oldest districts of Manila, Intramuros is far from what it was during World War II. Intramuros today is buzzing with culture and energy coming from the younger generation, with different universities you can see inside alongside century-old structures perfectly blending history and today.

Touring around Intramuros is free, but charges may apply for different activities you might want to take part in, such as visiting Fort Santiago, riding a bamboo bike, or strolling around while in Kalesa.

Manila Clock Tower Museum

Manila Clock Tower Museum

After walking along the walls of Intramuros, have a quick stop at the Manila Clock Tower Museum located at Manila City Hall. A witness of the city’s darkest age, now the Manila Clock Tower presents not only the past of the city, but also its current story.

Priced at P100, unlock amazing stories and knowledge about the building, and maybe a pinch of thrilling myths about the clock tower.

Quiapo

Quiapo

Wrap up your Manila exploration right where different stories and people come together. The bustling street of Quiapo is the right place to be for everything you’re looking for. Aside from the famous Quiapo Church, the streets of Quiapo also have its signature cuisine that people visit, as well as cheap clothing finds. This district is overflowing and may even be overwhelming for some, quintessential of the Manila experience.

Just like Intramuros, going around Quiapo is free. Don’t forget to bring water and sunscreen, as the district tends to be crowded and busy.

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