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Manila Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Manila Layover Tips For Flight Attendants | WOC

Manila was created because maybe – just maybe – the world needed all the good stuff from Spain, Thailand and China packed in a single layover trip. Stroll around its busy streets while inhaling the peace, its historical and natural destinations on your next layover with this special WOC layover guide for cabin crews.

What to do in Manila for 24h – 48h

Getting Around

Wandering around the city through public land transports may be the most experiential adventure you’ll ever have. Convenience, mind you, can come in as simple as a Grab or Uber ride.


Price: starts at PHP 8 per person

The experience: It seats a minimum of 16 people, housed with classic Filipino rap songs usually. #GhettoLife

WOC Tip: Ideal for traveling through short distances. Make sure you plan your trip ahead and be familiarized with the stops and jeepney routes – or else!



Price: starts at PHP 1000

The experience: Ride like a royalty in one of the horse-drawn carriages that tour you around the sights of Luneta and Old Manila

WOC Tip: This is not a cheap transportation – keep an eye on time as they charge by the hour.


Old Manila Tours

Manila owns a rich history unknown to many, embedded within the walls of Intramuros and the structures of its century-old churches.  Take a journey to Philippine history and smile along the hospitality of its locals through these bucketlist-worthy tours.


Location: Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St., Manila

Duration: 6 hours

The experience: You can wander around this former military fort turned historical hub through an eco tour with Bamboo Bikes or with an assisted theatrical guide through the iconic Filipino revolutionary, Carlos Celdran (more info:


Binondo (Chinatown)

Location: Bonifacio Dr & Padre Burgos St,, Manila

The experience: think small Chinese stores with sights from the old archetypal Catholic churches

WOC Tip: All the charms and emblems that will bring you good luck are here! Also, watch out for loud fireworks and firecrakers every Chinese New Year.

 Nightlife in Manila

Z Hostel

Location: 5660 Don Pedro, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila

Price: starts at PHP 50

The Experience: Home to backpackers and couchsurfers, this spot has a homey rooftop place overlooking the humble city of Makati where you can grab Red Horse Beer (must try!) and light savory snacks.

Valkyrie Club

Location: Uptown Bonifacio, 36 9th Avenue corner, Taguig, Metro Manila

Price: starts at PHP150

The Experience: Party like a rock star and sip like a movie star.





Shopping in Manila

Be sure to squeeze for extra space in your luggage as you journey into the glitz of glam of Manila’s shopping districts. Use the magic words: Tawad po! (Discount please?)


Location: San Juan, Metro Manila

Budget: starts at PHP 500

The Experience: Fashion must-haves come handy with surprisingly marked down prices. Get here through Uber or Grab app.


Arts & Culture

Featuring the works of the country’s best indigenous and modern artists, find yourself mesmerized amidst the prestigious Philippine cultural scene boasted through installation art, film, exhibit, dance, theatre performance and so much more.

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Price: PHP 40 admission fee

The experience: The CCP Museum is open from Tuesdays till Sundays, 10am to 6pm. It showcases arts and exhibits from local and legendary national artists. Learn more about what’s happening at:

WOC Tip: Dress simply or artsy, but no flip flops.



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Taal Volcano (tours)

Break free from the bustling city and enjoy the greens and blues of nature. While Manila is distant from the famous diving and beach destinations, you can’t miss out on the beauty its mountains, inactive volcanoes and lakes behold.

Location: Tagaytay City, Philippines

Travel time: 2-3 hours

The experience: Located atop green mountains, relax in the sceneries and indulge in good organic food around a long strip of local restaurants.

WOC Tip: Travel in groups to keep your wallets smiling. :)

Flight Attendants discounts in Philippines

World Of Crew gets you a few awesome deals only for cabin crews in Manila. Have a look into these and let us know if you manage to visit them during your layover!

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Any cool experiences to share in Philippines

It’s a guaranteed blast on your layover in Manila. If you have any special tip for Manila that you would like to share with us and other fellow cabin crew then let us know in comments.

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