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MANILA AIRPORT:Manila Airport Manila) Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City 1300, Manila, The Philippines is very security heavy but then you have many poor people and theres a big divide between rich and poor. You go through scanners at every doorway. However its only a small temrinal and can get conjested but its an easy airport and you will never get lost. Forget the bad things you hear and if you play right you will have no problems as the people are generally all nice unlike Thailand where a smile will mean take your money. Not many toilets in the terminal and ladies even worse.

Parking is available in front of the International Passenger Terminal 1 (parking A, B and C) and in front of Centennial Terminal 2. Long-term parking is available at the corner of Domestic and MIA Roads. A free shuttle runs to the terminals. The Philippines is OK well thought out and is only a small airport. They have 3 terminals as not many planes at any one time so its quick to get thru and easy with only 3 carousels. Go thru immigration and get 1 month stay then the carousel is only 10 metres on the other side away. Processing your passport is quick. Theres a help desk there with maps for free after you go thru immigration and exit to your bags. Once you give your Customs declaration over then youre out in the terminal which again is small so you will not get lost. Customs is Ok similar to thai and you are not searched. [ Customs info ]& we have many more Tourist info at the links below

THAILAND TO THE PHILIPPINES: Check out Kuwait airways which is cheaper than Cebu and also check the difference of going to Manila or Clarke. But Cebu is cheaper to fly direct to Angeles. Cebu charges for luggage and you will need to shop around. Kuwait you can change your ticket but Philippines Air you cannot and Thai air is a little bit more expensive as at April 2009.

MANILA WHAT TO BRING:Bring just light clothes and buy what you need here. Its cheap with many 7/11s for necessities and Malls to buy clothes etc

Bus: An airport bus runs to Metro Manila which is the city of Manila; a cheap and frequent Metrobus.PHP 50 45 mins. A cheap and frequent. Takes 60-90 mins.  Metro Manila is one of the two defined metropolitan areas in the Philippines. DMTC buses park to the right of the airport at the foot of the driveway and run down Taft Ave. MMTC buses go to Cubao without touching the tourist belt. The air-conditioned Love Buses pass the tourist belt on their way to Quiapo, but it's a circuitous route which goes through Makati.


Jeepney: Privately owned jeepneys run to/from all over Manila except the Makati biz district and starts at 7P but if you don't know avoid them unless you know where youre going or are with a filopino person. They are OK though

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Taxi: Airport taxis are a rip-off, charging up to 4 times the meter fare. Avoid this, walk up the stairs to arrivals (ask if you cannot find the stairs) and get in a taxi that someone has just arrived in - nobody will care. Go by the meter and add a few extra Pesos. EMP taxi (white with yellow stripes, or R&E taxis (yellow with green stripes); both have good reputations. When heading to the airport make sure you tell the taxi driver which terminal, if you go to the wrong one it is another taxi ride across to the correct one.At the NAIA, the G & S taxi counters are located by the escalator at the arrival area and near the taxi stand right outside Gate 1; they are open between 5:00 and midnight or even later in case of late flights. The fixed point-to-point rates, good for up to four pas-sengers, can be paid in pesos or US$; all major credit cards or Avis cards are accepted. The journey time into Manila varies enormously depending on the time of day. At peak times, it can take up to two hours; at best, it will take 30 minutes. It is recommended to only take a taxi with a Department of Tourism (DOT) accreditation. Book a taxi at one of the taxi desks before leaving the airport. Complimentary hotel cars can be arranged at the airport's hotel reservations desks. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is eight miles (12 kilometres) south of Manila. Take only official, metered or pre-booked taxis, do not accept rides from people that approach you in the terminal same in Thailand. The taxis in the line in front of arrivals are metered and will charge around Pesos (US$15-US$20) to central Manila hotels. Thailand 1baht as at April 1st 2009 = 0.73pesos or PHP & US$1=148.262 PHP. It will take about 20 minutes to one hour for the trip, depending on the traffic.

Money and communications: Airport facilities include banks, post offices (outside Terminal 1 Arrivals and in the Terminal 2 Arrivals south wing) and telephones. All banks at the airport provide a bureau de change service during flight operations. An ATM centre is located in the Arrivals areas for enough pesos to get you buy. The airport has two banks, outside Arrivals Terminal 1 and in the Arrivals Terminal 2. The rates in the Hotels are not OK but better to use the Moromax in the Robinson complex. Filipinos send lots of US$ from overseas to their relatives so thats why theres many money changers but the best rate is in Robinsons. Currency is PESOS (PhP = 100 centavos. Notes: P10, P20 P50, P100, P200, P500, P1000. Credit cards used anywhere and many ATMS are around.


Eating and drinking: There are several restaurants, coffee shops, snack bars and bars in Terminal 1. Once in town check the Malls and Robinsons complex food court. pay cash but the best steaks etc with rice dishes at a fraction of the restaurant prices and good place to eat. In Robinsons the food court is on the 2nd floor at the back. Easy to find and above the MORORMAX MONEY CHANGER which is on the 1st floor (ground floor)! Theres simply many restaurants selling excellent food and to buy from supermakets of your choice also. Try JolliBee the Filipino Big Mac equivalent for inexpensive spaghetti bolognaise & hot dogs great value. Many of the hotels have buffets like the Swagman Hotel but remember its not like Thailand--one cup of coffee & no assortment of eggs up to 285P.

Hospitals: suggested hospitals:Makati - Makati Medical Hospital
Ortigas or Eastwood - The Medical City

Post Offices:If you can ever find one?? The Philippines central office for its postal service now called Philippine Postal Corporation and it is located at the foot of the Jones Bridge. The main office is housed in a huge art deco style building designed with huge columns at front, built during the American colonial period. The building houses the Philippine Postal Bank and the main mail sorting-distribution operations of the country.

Shopping: Duty-free shopping is available in the international terminal. Apart from that Robsinsons has designer label gear but has nothing like Thailand. Outside at night theres a night market alondside Robinson but they sell junky stuff like mobile phone holders, DVDs old CDs and used clothing & again nothing like the street markets of Sukhumvit or Silom Rd at nights but you need to get away from these inner streets of Malati as they are run down so better in Makati..


Luggage: There is no left-luggage facility at the airport. Trolleys are available free of charge and a free porter service is available on request. There is a lost property office in the Departures area of Terminal 1. If on holiday run light as you can buy Tshirts etc for the weather anywhere and clothes are cheap.


Other facilities: In the airport they have Baby-changing facilities, a children’s playroom, salon, sauna and massage service, 24-hour medical centres, chapels and a pharmacy are all available.

The airport is wheelchair-accessible with ramps, lifts and disabled toilets, and wheelchairs are available on request from airline ground staff; passengers requiring this service or any special assistance should inform their airline prior to travel. There is a contact number for assistance (tel: +63 (0)2 877 1111).

MANILA AIRPORT HOTEL:

Hotels at the Airport The Manila Airport Hotel (tel:(02) 854 7549 or 854 7550; website: www.airporthotelmanila.com is the only airport hotel - it is located in Terminal 1; passengers in transit can hire a day room for resting. There are hotel reservation desks at the airport in both terminals and major hotels provide a shuttle service. Trolleys can cost 50 pesos & can be a hassle to find. Be calm as customs can be slow and don't lose your cool as they don't care.

There are two operational International Terminals at the Manila Airport and a third which is yet to be opened and a Domestic Terminal no more than 1 kilometre from the International Terminals.

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 the original International Terminal called NAIA Terminal where all international flights arrive except Philippine Airlines (PAL). This terminal you will normally arrive in &is old. At the NAIA, the G & S taxi counters are located by the escalator at the arrival area and near the taxi stand right outside Gate 1; they are open between 5:00 and midnight or even later in case of late flights. The fixed point-to-point rates, good for up to four passengers, can be paid in pesos or US$; all major credit cards or Avis cards are accepted.
Terminal 2

The second terminal is Centennial Terminal. Used by Philippines National carrier, Philippines Airlines (PAL). The terminal is modern and spacious. It caters for both Domestic and International PAL only flights.

Terminal 3

Newest terminal

TERMINAL 3

A good inexpensive @ $US40 a night. but go to our [ Hotel Guide ] and remember Malati is further away than Makati which is closer to the airport but both have good shopping.

There are now three airport terminals for flights in and out of Manila

    • NAIA Terminal - All international flights, non-Philippine Airlines
    • Domestic Terminal - All domestic flights, non-Philippine Airlines
    • Centennial Terminal - All Philippine Airlines flights only
    • International Flights: Tel 832-1961

      Domestic Flights: Tel 818-6757 or 831-1395

There is an airport tax departure of P750 for international flights P200 for local and you pay as you go theu to immigration. Theres 2 money changers there if you need to pay but you can pay in US$. [ Check out departures ]

SIMM CARDS & WHERE TO BUY IN MANILA: Smart simcard in the airport; ask an airport representative for assistance. Activate the sim by dialing *888. you have 2 options in loading your new sim with credits - OTA (over the air) is a card with 300 & 500 denominations. Eload is readily available anywhere, from retails shops to pharmacies to malls. If you have any concerns, you can call toll free *888 for customer service or visit any Smart Wireless Center.

POWER OUTLETS IN MANILA:Are 2 pin flats or round 220 volts 60hz no earth. You can buy adaptors cheap in Ace Hardware in the malls easy enough and cheap.

MOBILE PHONE CARDS & SIMMS IN THE PHILIPPINES:

Its so Easy to add a new simm while youre on holiday as the cost for a simm card is a mere 40P for a GlOBE or 30P for Talk n Text. You can top up with 100P 200P 500P from money changers to local shops and theres plenty of outlets. Long distance calls no problem and reception is fine. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE UNLOCKED YOUR MOBILE

 

WIRELESS INTERNET IN MANILA: In the Hotels unless they say wireless is free then its not. The cost to use wireless which most Hotels won't tell you when you book is 100P for 1 hour in a 24 hour period & 450P for 4 hours in any hour period and 960P for 10 hours over a 48 hour period. Go to Robinsons and use for FREE. The login is: "Robinsonsmalls" or you can go to the GLOBE Internet shop and buy hours using their Globe wireless. You can buy a weekly Wireless card for 1680P and monthly for 3600P from http://wifi.hiwire.net.ph or by calling 6700-7777. Manila is pretty good with wireless far better than Thailand Hotels who have cheaper rates but lack wireless internet connections. Thai Hotels normally set up PCs at an hourly rate 30, 60 100baht an hour. Like anywhere they will all come on steam as demand for wireless increases. Bring you own adaptor but you can buy i many hardwares or 7/11 the adaptors. As the Philippines use a 2 pin plug similar to Thailand sometimes the wall sockets do not work over time as the connections stretch and when you plug in your get no power. If this is the case don't blame your laptop but to test just touch your transformer and if not hot then yes its the wall socket so change.

Philippines Embassy , Thailand
760 Sukhumvit Road, Corner Soi Philippines (Sukhumvit 30/1)
Prakhanong Bangkok 10110 Thailand
Phone: +66-2-259-0139     Airport Phone 8795261 or 8795262
Fax No.: 8154453 Sales Phone (Sales): 8176376/8182499
    +66-2-259-0140        +66-2-258-5401        
Fax:+66-2-259-2809 +66-2-259-7373
Email: bangkokpe@dfa.gov.ph or inquiry@philembassy-bangkok.net
Website URL: http://www.philembassy-bangkok.net
Travelers to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination

Royal Thai Embassy
107 Rada /Thailand Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
P.O. Box 1228. Makati Central Post Office, Makati 1252
Tel. (632) 815-4219-20, (632) 816-0696-7Consular : (632) 810-3833, (632) 817-4262
Information Section : (632) 815-4220 Fax. (632) 815-4221
E-mail : infomnl@pldtdsl.net
Website : http://www.thaiembassy.org/manila
Office Hours :Monday to Friday 09.30 hrs to 12.30 hrs and 13.30 hrs to 17.00 hrs
Visa and Consular section :

KUWAIT AIRWAYS MANILA
G/F Jaka llBldg.
150 Legaspi St.Legaspi Village,
Makati City
Tel.No.
EMIRATES AIRWAYS MANILA
18/F Pacific Star Bldg.,
Sen.Gil Puyat Ave.,
Corner Makati Ave.,
Makati City
Tel. No. 00 (632) 811 52
MALAYSIA AIRLINES MANILA
Unit B-C/25F, The World Centre
330 Sen.Gil Puyat Ave.,
Makati City
Tel.No. 00 (632) 867 8766
PHILIPPINE AIRLINES
Legazpi Street, Legaspi Village
Makati City Philippines 0750
Tel. No. 00(632) 818-0111
Tel. No. 00(632) 855-8888
SINGAPORE AIRLINES MANILA
33/F LKG TOWER
6801 Ayala Avenue
Makati City
Tel.No. 00 (632) 756 8888(R)
Tel.No. 00 (632) 756 8877(T)
Fax.No. 00 (632) 753 3350(R)
Fax.No. 00 (632) 753 3351(T)
ASIANA AIRLINES MANILA
G/F, ILAC Bldg
Dela Rosa cor. Legaspi Streets
Legaspi Village
Makati City
Tel. No. 00 (632) 892 5988

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