A few questions arrived us about the get-arounds in Manila, where we recommend people to stay, how to get to and from the conference.  We thought we'd assemble a little guide.

Getting into Manila

Barely a way into Manila goes around the airport. Luckily flights are cheap and plenty. Cebu Pacific and Jetstar might have the most competitive ticket offers to Manila from Southeast Asia. For travels from further away, make sure you check Hipmunk or Skyscanner if you want to compare. Be sure you've checked your visa requirements!

If you can't live without connectivity, Smart as well as Globe sell pre-paid Data/Phone SIM cards for all kinds of (smart/i)phones at the airport exit starting at 350PHP (about 8USD) including some credit.

Your hotel will be able to get you an airport transfer, but a metered taxi from the queue will also get you to the H2O Hotel at Luneta. That's about a 300PHP and 20min trip depending on traffic. Make sure you keep all your stuff together. Here is a little guide to Manila.

For those arriving by car, we'll provide complementary car parking coupons at the registration desk.


Where to stay?

H2O Hotel and Ocean Park at Luneta

H2O Hotel and Ocean Park at Luneta

We do recommend the conference venue H2O Hotel for many reasons: It's a great 4-star hotel with very nice rooms, good food, cheery and most helpful Filipino service. It's right next to the Ocean Park, which is a family get-away with big aquariums a bird-park, sea-lion shows, etc... and located on top of the sea. From there you can visit some of the historically important places of Manila, like the Intramuros, by foot. There's usually taxis available outside the hotel to get around and you have access to the public LRT at United Nations station. Most importantly: It's where all the action of the conference will be! A night will start at about 80USD for a twin bed Park-View room.

If you want cheaper rates, check out the Clipper Hotel in Makati. It's super clean and in the heart of the city, surrounded by good food and crazy night-life. Be sure to leave to the conference venue very early from here as it will be pay-day weekend and traffic will be mad. The typical trip time of 20min can easily reach 1h+.

I want to stay a few more days

The beach of Boracay

The beach of Boracay

Night-life in Manila is definitely worth exploring, so feel free to stay in the city and check out the clubs of Makati and Fort Bonifacio.  An alternative is some extended beach time on the island of Boracay. It is legendary for its white beach, diversity of available activities, good food and relaxed pace of life. Cebu Pacific offers affordable flights to the island.

Feel free to ask questions or add more activities or links in the comments.

Hope to see you all end of November and looking forward to a great conference! :) If you don't have one yet, tickets are available right here.