The capital of the Philippines is a sprawling, densely populated megacity with a medieval walled town, Intramuros, at its heart. Packed with historic forts, interesting museums and churches, and cobblestone streets, it is one of Manila’s top attractions.
While the Spanish once lived in Intramuros, the Chinese set up their homes in ‘Extramuros’ north of the river. Founded in 1594, it is the world’s oldest Chinatown and today it is still one of the grittiest, most characterful parts of this multicultural city. Other spots worth exploring include Forbes Park (nicknamed ‘Millionaire’s Row’) and the hip Poblacion neighbourhood.