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Capital of the Philippines and the nation’s centre of education, business and transportation, Manila is a sprawling, bustling city with a rich history, multi-culture heritage and varied nightlife. Manila is recognised as the only capital city in Asia that isn’t typically Asian, with steel and glass skyscrapers gradually dominating the skyline, the city is considered more modern with western influences. Manila’s history has resulted in a plethora of architectural gems, from churches and forts to other colonial buildings scattered throughout the city and there a mass array of spiritual shrines and temples definitely worth visiting. Landmarks in Manila which shouldn’t be missed include the Intramuros; at the north end of the bay, the Intramuros is the remnant of the old walled Spanish settlement that includes the Manila cathedral, the Quezon Memorial and the Baywalk; a linear park adjacent to Manila Bay with clear views of Manila’s legendary sunsets. Manila also boasts one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and you’ll discover a huge range of exotic Chinese goods and decadent cuisine when exploring. For the cultural traveller, Manila’s museums have seen drastic improvements recently and those considered must-see include Bahay Chinoy, Casa Manila and the San Agustin Museum. A further natural attraction that is popular with adults and young alike is the Manila Ocean Park, an 8,000 square metre oceanarium with a 25 metre underwater tunnel.