Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

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Re: Manila Airport 9 hrs stopover

Postby maunaloa » 14 Jun 2010, 01:53

digiboy wrote:I arrive 13.20 and 21.00...

You can ask, but the airline will probably decline.
A second vote for Mall of Asia. Study googlemaps beforehand so you know the route the taxi driver should take.
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Re: Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

Postby lostinasia » 06 Jun 2011, 11:52

Bump. We're in Manila airport for six hours in early August, roughly 1pm to 7pm. Does anyone who has been through there recently have recommendations about what to do to kill time? Whether or not it's easy to get out of the airport and come back in? Short tours of the city? Or is going to the Mall of Asia still the best option?

EDIT: and would we have to worry about visas if leaving the airport for a few hours? I'm Canadian, and I think I wouldn't have a problem, but my wife's Taiwanese.
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Re: Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

Postby Adam_CLO » 06 Jun 2011, 12:51

lostinasia wrote:EDIT: and would we have to worry about visas if leaving the airport for a few hours? I'm Canadian, and I think I wouldn't have a problem, but my wife's Taiwanese.

It looks like Canadians don't require tourist visas but Taiwanese do, according to their immigration site.

You would need to apply for a visa for your wife from here.
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Re: Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

Postby maunaloa » 06 Jun 2011, 16:18

Malls are boring (for me). Take the ferry to Corregidor. There are several ferry companies with various departure times. The trip across Manila Bay is interesting in itself, and the island is unchanged since WWII. A time capsule. Or so it was in 2007 ... my last visit there.
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Re: Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

Postby Belgian Pie » 06 Jun 2011, 16:48

I remember a 5 hour transit stop-over, long enough to get bored.
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Re: Manila Airport 9-hour stopover

Postby lostinasia » 06 Jun 2011, 17:14

Thanks for the suggestions!

It looks like my wife would have to pay NTD1200 or so for a visa - so I figure we'll put up with being bored in the terminal. I've been to Manila before and am in no hurry to spend much more time in the city, but it'd have been nice to escape the airport for a while. The airports in Hong Kong or Bangkok or Vancouver or Singapore are fine for 6-7 hours of killing time (being, well, malls!), but that Manila one... nothing there. There aren't even the miles of pacing that most airports offer.

I just hope the one sit-down restaurant in that terminal has now become non-smoking.
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