Philippines City & Beach and Singapore
Travel 06 Feb 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £300 per person
- 2 nts Berjaya Manila Hotel, Manila - Breakfast
- 4 nts Club Paradise, Palawan - Breakfast
- 3 nts Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore - Room only
- Flights to Manila via Singapore with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return transfers & domestic flights and prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
A favourite stopover for both business and leisure travellers, Berjaya Makati Hotel offers sumptuous stays, uncompromised convenience and an ideal location from which to explore the city.
An exclusive island resort located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Inspired by the old world charm of Singapore's colonial past, this best-selling hotel fronts the Singapore River, just a few minutes drive from the shops of Orchard Road and Marina Bay.
Flights to Manila via Singapore with Singapore Airlines from Heathrow, accommodation throughout, return transfers & domestic flights and prepayable taxes.
Known by many as the "Pearl of the Orient", Manila's outer shell made up of busy traffic, bustling streets and looming skyscrapers can be peeled open to reveal a vibrant cosmopolitan city that is enriched by its colonial past. Manila is a mélange of Asia, Europe and the United States; evidenced in the byzantine Spanish architecture, preserved Chinese enclaves and metropolitan business districts.
Experience the epicentre of Spain's cultural influence and visit Intramuros, Manila's oldest district – a place that provides a pleasant contrast to the chaotic buzz of the rest of the city. Walk amidst the Romanesque arches of Manila Cathedral or explore the popular Fort Santiago, the former hub of the Spanish colonial government and home to the Rizal Shrine Museum; dedicated to national hero, Dr José Rizal.
With a number of Chinese enclaves, Manila is home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Head to the Binondo District to see streets embroidered with intricate Chinese lanterns and lined with small shops selling ancient Chinese remedies and authentic Hokkien cuisine. For a breathing-taking experience, travel north of Binondo to the Chinese Cemetery; a sight that has been preserved to showcase the opulent and luxurious tombs of the Chinese citizens who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period.
One of the perks of having such a rich heritage is the collection of various museums dotted around the city; perfect for history buffs and those interested in the arts or sciences. Learn about quintessential Filipino culture and view pre-Hispanic artefacts at the National Museum of the Filipino People. Alternatively, watch science come alive at The Mind Museum; a place which makes learning fun and interactive for the whole family.
Whilst it doesn't quite rival places such as Bangkok when it comes to shopping, take a trip to Bonifacio High Street – a place that boasts open air high-end shopping, restaurants, boutique bars and a homely café culture that is said to be the heart of 'third wave coffee'.
For those seeking to experience the wilder side that Manila has to offer, the city hosts a vibrant nightlife with a hive of sophisticated rooftop wineries, American-style speakeasies and bohemian bars lining Quezon City. Like with many Asian destinations, Manila offers an innovative and expansive range of cuisine that is inspired by the flow of different cultures that runs through it. The culinary choice within the city caters to all different tastes from typical Far East Asian cuisine with a Latin twist to hipster foodie hot-spots serving classic dishes from all corners of the globe.
Due to the heavy traffic, travelling around by bus, car or taxi can be difficult. However, both the LRT (Light Rail Transit system) and MRT (Metro Rail Transit system) soar over the bustling streets and by-pass the chaos altogether. This is particularly recommended because, luckily, public transport in Manila is inexpensive.
Once you've experienced all that Manila has to offer, it is easy to begin to embark on day and night trips, as the city serves as a hub for a host of different activities. Explore beautiful volcanoes at Mt Pinatubo or dive below the surface at Anilao; the country's most popular diving and snorkelling spot. Manila is also the Launchpad to the breathtaking scenery and fascinating culture of Banaue, Bauko and Baguio.
Whatever it is you're looking for, you'll be sure to find it in the curious cocktail that is Manila.
The elongated island province of Palawan is one of the more sparsely populated parts of the Philippines and a top destination for travellers seeking a tropical wilderness experience. Caves, waterfalls, uncrowded beaches and a marine park centred on a reef in the Sulu Sea, it's a magnet for those looking to get away from it all.
The Calamian Islands, in the north of Palawan, is a natural paradise where island hopping, kayaking, diving and trekking await you. From the main settlement of Coron Town on the largest island, Busuanga, you can explore the awe-inspiring islands and reefs of Coron Bay, beginning with the lagoons and coves hidden among the staggering limestone cliffs of Coron Island.
Home to pristine white beaches with incredibly clear water, great resorts, glorious landscapes and breathtaking natural wonders. There are some truly amazing dive sites including Kayangan Lake, where crystalline waters are enveloped into the mountain walls of huge granite rock. Underwater, is equally stunning and likened to a magnificent moonscape. Equally picturesque is Barracuda Lake, an irresistibly inviting natural swimming pool and one of the world's most unique dive sites; while tranquil Twin Lagoon is a wonderful place to take a dip.
Coron is also regarded as a top diving site thanks to its World War II Japanese shipwrecks and you can also go on a Dugong dive tour for a close encounter with Coron's gentle and lovable dugongs (sea cows) as well as other marine life.
Rich in heritage with a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the vibrant city of Singapore offers a refined taste of Asia and is just waiting to be explored. There are a multitude of things to see and do, with options available to suit every nature lover, culture vulture or food fanatic. There's not only an abundance of top attractions within the city's main areas - from Sentosa, the Night Safari and fascinating museums to Chinatown and Little India; but also hundreds of hidden gems to discover off the beaten track. Known for being a city in a garden, Singapore also boasts a lot of green space, from the Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park to preserved rainforests, nature reserves, parks and hiking trails. For an alternative nature experience, take a bumboat back in time to off-shore island Pulau Ubin, one of the two remaining kampongs (rural village) in Singapore.
For those seeking retail therapy a Singapore holiday won't disappoint. Orchard Road is the prime shopping district, a mile long street filled with high street names, high-end luxury labels and everything in between. Alternatively, browse the shops of Chinatown and Little India, visit the historical Arab Quarter - particularly Haji Lane, or try out the city's numerous shopping malls and fascinating markets. With an excellent public transport network of buses, taxis and efficient MRT underground system, you'll have no problem navigating around the city – although it's also very easy to get around on foot.
Singapore is one of Asia's best foodie destinations and every taste and budget is catered for, from unpretentious and affordable local street fare to culinary gems created by Michelin-starred chefs. An ideal gateway to Asia's varied destinations, a Singapore holiday offers an opulent taste of the Far East.