What can you buy with $100 in Manila? The following guest blog post from blogger Gem Muzones offers some insightful tips on this very subject. Gem is the author of www.travelswithahobo.com and lives in the Philippines.
How much is $100 in the Philippines?
If you come from a western country, $100 in the Philippines can go a long way. However, the Philippine Peso (PHP) is far stronger than it was 10 years ago, and continuously gaining strength. That said, don’t underestimate how much $100 can get you and go nuts on designer merchandise!
Currency rates change daily, so you should only use the following information as an approximate indicator.
$100 (US) = PHP 5,251
£100 (GBP) = PHP 6,841
€100 (EURO) = PHP 5,873*
$ 100 (CAD) = PHP 3,930
*Source: www.xe.com (2019)
Now that we’ve done the basic conversion, let’s get back to what you can get for $100 in the Philippines.
What can $100 buy in the Philippines?
When planning an out-of-town trip, it’s a given that you’ll be keeping a tight eye on your finances. As a traveler, more so as a budget traveler, it’s normal to want to get great value for your money. You also want to ensure you make the most out of your adventure, just without spending too much.
One hundred dollars may not seem that much, but in the Philippines, it can go a long way. Want to know what you can spend with $100? Here are some suggestions on how to spend your cash and have a great travel experience at the same time.
A luxury hotel room in the capital – $100 in the Philippines
For $100, why not book yourself into a luxury hotel in the centre of Metro Manila? You get access to swimming pools, and some of the best luxury spas, but for a fraction of the cost. Also, many of the top hotels have great views overlooking the city below. It gives you the chance to enjoy the scene, but without having to experience the traffic yourself!
Luxury Manila hotels
Check out hotels in Alabang like Parque España Residence Hotel, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Manila, and The Bellevue Manila. Alternatively, The A. Venue Hotel, Armada Hotel and Hotel Jen in Metro Manila are great choices in the city. Shop around to explore your best options. Discover the best of Manila and the surrounding vicinity by booking a local tour with the people who know best.
What can $100 buy in Philippines? Plenty of time at the mall!
It’s hard to say no to a spot of retail therapy, a pastime Filipinos really like to engage in. So much is their love of shopping, they’ve even coined a term for it, ‘malling’. It reinforces how much they love to go to the mall, and also of course, to shop!
Don’t be scared to bargain when shopping in Manila
With seemingly endless shopping malls and markets, $100 in the Philippines can get plenty of bags for your buck. Bargaining is also encouraged in local markets, so don’t be shy and try your hand at getting a good discount.
Shopping centres such as Greenhills and the market in Divisoria are places where you can find cheap, yet great finds. Don’t be surprised at how much you can buy here with $100!.
Take a day trip with $100
Get the most out of your trip to Manila by experiencing some of the Filipino culture on offer.
Take a tour of the historic site in Intramuros, and try riding a horse-driven carriage or kalesa. A 30-minute tour around the city costs around PHP350 ($7; €6.50; £5.50).**
Visit hidden gems of the Philippines
If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not explore the beaches that are a few hours away from Manila? Zambales, Pampanga and Batangas have some hidden gems and are accessible from the capital. If you prefer some temporary escape from the heat, head to Baguio or Sagada for some breezy relief. Of course, you could also visit the wonderful island of Boracay and see its award-winning beaches for yourself.
If you’re on a budget and want to explore beyond Manila, commuting by bus is cheaper than renting a private car.
Spend $100 in the Philippines on Filipino food
Filipinos, in general, love nothing more than to eat! You can find many snack stands (also known as merienda) are everywhere. Try some of the local delicacies such as rice cakes, and turon (banana in spring roll wrapper and deep fried). Also be sure to try banana cue (sugar-coated bananas) or camote cue (sugar-coated sweet potatoes).
Try the local street Filipino food
There are also the local food carts that dish up classic Filipino street food such as fish balls and calamares. They frequently go around every street in Manila, so don’t be afraid to hail them to stop and try something.
Filipinos love eating as much as they do cooking. This is why you must try the local Filipino restaurants and experience exotic and native dishes that the Philippines has to offer.
Try a Filipino buffet
For $100 in the Philippines, you can eat like a king, or a queen. Buffets are popular, where you can eat as much as you can, and probably do it again another 10 times! Places like Kamayan-Saisaki Dads will give you a true taste of everything ‘Pinoy’.
Tip: order like a tourist, but eat like a local and get one of everything!
If you’re traveling elsewhere around the Philippines, take a look at these places. They may be lesser known, but are still beautiful and worth seeing while there.
$100 in the Philippines – experience the nightlife
Manila has a great nightlife, particularly when it comes to partying and clubbing. With $100 in a city that never sleeps, it’s very easy to have a good time.
Reserve a private area in one of the capital’s top nightclubs. Get table service with a bottle of your choice and dance the night away to the world’s hottest DJs. Some hot-spots include Valkyrie, The Palace Pool Club, Revel, Black Market, and House Manila.
Make every dollar count
Whether you’re traveling on a budget or not, having a great experience doesn’t require much money in the Philippines. Bring a good pair of walking shoes, the will to explore and plenty of energy. One hundred dollars can go a long way; how you choose to spend it depends on you. Every dollar counts, so make the experience worthwhile!
**prices correct at time of writing
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