What is the best way to see Manila in one day?

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Malte E. Kollenberg

You’ll have a lot of ground to cover if you hope to see a lot of massive Manila in one day, so our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest negotiating a flat rate for the day with a taxi driver who can take you around town. Cost varies depending on your bargaining skills and the driver, but it should cost anywhere from US$30 - $50, plus gas.
Start with a visit to Intramuros, the old city center where you can explore the few remaining ruins of the old Spanish fort and visit the majestic Manila Cathedral. Take a stroll through Binondo, the city’s lively Chinatown district, then refuel with a dim sum lunch at one of area’s many authentic Chinese restaurants.
Next, head to the tourist district of Malate for a walk through the park towards Manila Bay, or to wander through SM Mall of Asia, the fourth-largest mall in the world. A long day of sightseeing behind you, unwind with a cocktail or ice-cold beer on one of the cozy white couches at WhiteMoon Bar, a popular open-air space located on the roof of the Manila Ocean Park complex where you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the sun setting on the bay.

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