Built in 1909 and opened in 1912, the Manila Hotel is the oldest luxury 5-star hotel in the Philippines. Prior to the Japanese occupation of Manila, the hotel was used as the base of the American, General Douglas MacArthur from 1935 to 1941. Today the building represents a classic example of the American colonial period and continues to host international guests. Household names who've stayed within the complex include Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis and John Wayne.

It's interesting to contrast the architecture of the Manila Hotel with that of the Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the Philippine President. The Palace was built in 1750 as a classic example of the Spanish colonial style and boasts an impressive reception hall, grand staircase and a ceremonial hall that's used for state dinners and large assemblies.

The art deco, Manila Metropolitan Theatre opened in 1931 is also worth exploring.

Manila Airport (MNL)

Flights from Australia to Manila will disembark at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is the main airport serving Manila and its surrounding areas. Commonly referred to as Manila International, the airport is made up of four terminals and is a major hub for Cebu Pacific.

Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Book your Manila Airport accommodation.

Getting to Manila

There are several airlines that offer flights to Manila from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney or Melbourne take around eight hours. There are also flights that include a stopover in Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. Flights from Perth via Sydney, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take between 11 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Taipei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur take between 15 and 20 hours depending on the stopover.

Airlines that fly to Manila

Airlines that offer cheap flights to Manila from Australia include:

For more on Manila holidays check out our Manila travel guide or view our range of Manila holiday packages that include flights, accommodation and often other extras like tours or car hire.

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