Angeles City And Manila, Philippines Vacation Advice

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Weather

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °C (°F)30
(86)
30
(86)
31
(88)
33
(91)
34
(93)
34
(93)
33
(91)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
31
(88)
Average low °C (°F)21
(70)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
22
(72)
23
(73)
Precipitation mm (inches)23
(0.91)
23
(0.91)
13
(0.51)
18
(0.71)
33
(1.3)
130
(5.12)
254
(10)
432
(17.01)
422
(16.61)
356
(14.02)
193
(7.6)
145
(5.71)
2,042
(80.39)
Source: Wikipedia

  • The entire Philippines is a tropical country, just like Malaysia, so you will definitely get lots of sun above 30°C no matter when you go.
  • Best time to visit Philippines is between the months of January to May, when it rains for only 3-6 times per month.
  • I went during the month of September, which was the month that had an average of 23 rainy days. Planning was done 1 year ago when I was still a travel noob.

People

  • Everyone I encountered during my 5D4N trip, including the bus driver and bell boy, speaks English. Communication is easy. Everyone who works in the service industry like waitresses, receptionists, cashiers are super friendly!
  • Philippines is a poor country, therefore, petty crime is common. Always be careful and trust no one who approaches you on the street, especially kids.

    On the first night, right after we had dinner in McDonald’s, my friends stood outside waiting for me while I walked to the 7 Eleven across the street for chewing gum. And then a child beggar appeared and he started begging and following me very closely behind, making contact with the left back pocket of my jeans. I went into 7 Eleven. Got my chewing gum and came out. Standing in front of me was the boy with the pen and map from my left back pocket in his hands. I got pissed, took back my stuff, and began walking hurriedly towards my friends. The little fucker continued following me and even dared tried fishing my other pockets but I knew better. The fucker even tried it on my friends! Lucky for me, he took the contents of the left back pocket instead of the right, for that would be where my wallet is and I would’ve been in very, very deep shit.

  • Immigration officials at the airport are as corrupted as fuck. We were stopped by Angeles City male immigration officers for bringing in more than PHP 10,000 into Philippines.

    PHP 10,000 = RM 720 = USD 232

    They held onto our passports, took us into a room and asked for bribes of PHP 500 each. Fuckers.

    So moral of the story is, just bring less than PHP 10,000 and change the rest of your currencies when you arrive. The rates are better when you reach the city.

Transportation

  • Jeepney is the best and cheapest way to get around for a big group of tourists. Depending on the distance, you pay between PHP 100 to PHP 400 per jeepney to get any jeepney to specially drop you to your destination. You may also hop on a jeepney for less than PHP10, but you need to follow the route that it is taking. Unless you have a jeepney route map to point out which jeepney to take, you cannot just simply hop into one for you may not know where you’ll end up.
  • Trikes are a popular mode of transportation in Angeles City and it costs PHP100 per trike for a single ride around the Fields Avenue area. It’s cramped and seats a maximum of 3 persons, one at the back of the bike and two in the passenger cabin.
  • In Manila, taxi is your best option. However, NO taxi wanted to pick us up when we insisted on the meter. Bastards. So we had to adapt. What we did was stop 1 or 2 taxis and try to negotiate as low as we can to find out the lowest offer to our destination. Then only we hopped into the next one with that same low price. Usually between PHP100 to PHP300 per taxi within Metro Manila.

Things To Do

  • Fields Avenue in Angeles City is sin city. You’ll find yourself either spend time gambling in Pagcor or drinking in girly bars, although there are also proper drinking establishments where you can find live bands.

  • Manila City on the other hand, is full of things to do. From popular landmarks like Intramuros to museums, parks, churches and shopping malls.
  • Manila’s nightlife is vibrant as well, in areas like Fort Strip, Greenbelt 2 & Greenbelt 3 and EDSA.
  • The newly opened Resorts World is also a place to be go to with a super modern casino, delicious yet affordable restaurants like Stackers, a high class club aka Republiq, 4 cinemas, a performing arts theater, 3 hotels within vicinity and lots of boutique shops like Hush Puppies, Lacoste, Adidas, The Face Shop and etc all under one roof.

Shopping

  • Cheap and delicious dried mangoes are the best things to buy when in the Philippines. I bought 3 bottles of San Mig Light and 1 bottle of Red Horse as souveniers but all were confiscated upon entering the airport. =(

Food

  • Jolibee, the most successful Filipino fast food chain restaurant.
    • I recommend the Palabok Fiesta.
  • Pork sisig, a common food.
  • Almost everything I tried from Kuwaigos was delicious!
  • kuwagos grill

    • Adobong Kangkung. Tasty, tasy water convulvus with pork belly.
    • adobong kangkung

    • Ampalaya Con Carne. Tasty, tasty beef pieces with bittergourd.
    • adobong kangkung

  • Stackers, a Philippines burger chain.
    • Stack Cheese Burger with TexMex sauce. VERY DELICIOUS!!!!!
    • stackers cheeseburger

  • Mang Inasal, another Filipino fast food chain.
    • Honey roasted Paa with rice. So, so, so, so, so, GOOD!!!!!!!
    • paborito paa

The above are 7 of the most memorable food that I had for the entire 5D4N.

Drink

  • Definitely, San Mig Light. A bottle starts from PHP 20 in a local supermarket, PHP 35 in my hotel to PHP 100 in a high end club. The normal San Miguel isn’t as nice as it’s Light brother. Red Horse is also nice but it’s ‘heavier’.
  • If you ever want to go clubbing in high ends like Republiq and Encore, it’s recommended to arrive early, get the event manager’s card and make reservations to get a good table, especially if your group is more than 4.
  • Also, starting a conversation with a Filipino anywhere, whether if it’s the waiterss or the table next to you, is fairly easy as all of them can speak English and are friendly but cautious for the first few moments.

Accommodation

  • I highly recommend DM Residente if you are in Angeles City. They are cheap and within walking distance to the main nightlife of sin city. Prices range from PHP 850 to PHP 7,500 (MYR 65 – MYR 535 / USD 20 – USD 175). Upgraded all 8 of us to suites when there were double bookings. All rooms come with a fridge and a satellite tv with about 100 channels.
  • dm residente

  • In Metro Manila, there are plenty. The apartelle I stayed in was in Makati City. Isabelle Royale Makati’s prices were cheap ranging from PHP 1,500 to PHP 2,500 (MYR 110 – MYR 180 / USD 35 – USD 60) and the service was excellent, upgrading us from 2 in a room to 1 in a room each. Was also given a 15% discount for staying 2 nights. All rooms came equipped with a 100 channel tv and a fridge for keeping my Red Horse beer. Beautiful views from my balcony.
  • isballe royale makati

Budget

My initial allocation for the trip was :

Transport : PHP 300/day. (MYR 22 / USD 7)
Food : PHP 700 / day. (MYR 50 / USD 17)
Drink : PHP 700 / night.
Hotel : PHP 1,500 / night. (MYR 107 / USD 35)

PHP 15,000 was more than enough to cover my entire 5D4N in Philippines (with money to spare if I didn’t gamble away PHP 1,000, give away PHP500 as bribe and wasted PHP400 for a bottle of Vodka).

If you haven’t read about my Philippines 5D4N trip yet, you should!

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One thought on “Angeles City And Manila, Philippines Vacation Advice”

  1. Hello there. It seems you’ve had a pretty good experience over here in the Philippines. Too bad that kid who tried to fish for your stuff in your pockets almost broke your happy streak. We get a lot of those in Metro Manila.

    By the way, I’ll be using one of your images for a post about taxis in Metro Manila. I’ve been through a lot of times like that; I mean when some of the taxi drivers are pretty insistent on negotiating when they can’t actually do that. I hope you can drop by my site once my posts about taxis is up.

    Thanks, and I hope you have a great time here if ever you decide to visit the Philippines again.

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