NINOY AQUINO AIRPORT TO MAKATI CITY.............
|BEING COLORFUL IS THE ESSENCE OF THE ORIENTS|
I was too excited when I reached the Ninoy Aquino international airport with my wife. As told you earlier, this tour was planned all by myself. No feedback from any friend, as none of them had ever been to Philippines. I got help from several blogs and of course my best friend TRIPADVISOR.COM . I had booked my hotel way in advance in Makati city, through hotels.com. My research for manila had suggested that most of the monuments and tourist attractions were around one or other metro station. Makati city, a part of metro manila is the most luxurious and happening place in manila. So the idea was to get a good standard hotel near any metro station in makati.
|welcome to philippines|
My first breath in the city airport, was followed by the question .... now what.... Again my mind flipped over to peoples' suggestions (from Internet) "getting out from the airport". I was determined to reach my hotel, safe, and in minimum expense.... I had 4 options :
- Getting a yellow taxi from the airport..... that was the easiest way, lots of these taxis were luring us at the arrival. cost ranging between 300 peso to 1500 peso. They were metered taxis, but they can encircle the city to get a high meter reading.
- Getting a pre paid coupon for taxi...... That sounded a good and safe idea. But the taxi drivers them-self would guide you to those counters and then make you to sit in their taxis..... as a tourist you smell something fishy in it. In my case the counter receptionist was unable to understand my destination and asked me to get a coupon of 800 (when prompted by the driver). Normally its not cheap, and is between 700 to 800 peso.
- The third option was to get the ubiquitous white Corolla regular taxis. You can get these taxis either walking around one Km towards the main road, or getting towards the departure of airport. these are cheap and you can get to makati in 150 to 300 peso. But one should be skeptical about their safety.
- The 4th option was to get ninoy Aquino international airport shuttle bus service. Unfortunately I did not see any bus of such type at the arrivals, so cant comment on this. Further bus was not on my cards. Few people(Internet) suggest that you get a bus from T1, T2, and T3 terminal. The bus fare from T3 to Pasay is P20. 15 minutes interval for bus departure is rubber time. Again, the buses are plain white with nothing printed on the side except HMXX (where XX are 2 digits).
|taxi fare to different places in manila from airport|
|Array of yellow cabs in the back ground|
When I told my friends about my plans to travel Philippines, they were a bit surprised. As in India either we go to Europe , Mauritius. Australia/ new Zealand, south Africa, or to Bali, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, china, Hongkong. Therefore I was not surprised not to get a single Indian Tourist in my entire tour of Philippines (except for a few in flight and airport).
Ninoy Aquino airport is not a big airport (specially when you compare it with our Indira Gandhi airport), but the staff is helpful. Good eating options are there at the airport like the JOLIBEE and the Mc Donald's.
We entered Makati city, and you can say its the Manhattan of Philippines. A array of big malls and business center, and nearly all the premium hotels chains. Words came out in my mind.... "my dear friends back in India, Philippines is not a poor country as you had told me when i disclosed my plans to travel"
It was great 9 days in Philippines, we traveled 8 islands, a metro city with great diversity, an active volcanic lake, and a hill station. Was it enough? the slogan of Philippines tourism say "its more fun in the Philippines" and its absolutely true.......
|OUR CAB DRIVER WHO TOOK US FROM AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL IN MAKATI..... A NICE CHAP...|
|JOLIBEE.... ONE OF THE CHAIN OF RESTAURANTS AT THE AIRPORT ENTRY.....|
|SKYLINE IN FRONT OF OUR HOTEL IN MAKATI|
|WE GOT A WHITE CAB FROM OUR HOTEL TO AIRPORT.... IT COST US 300 PESO.....|