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The first step of your journey from California to Manila will be getting to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) by car, train, Bay Area Rapid Transit or taxi. Once your plane takes off, expect the total flight time between San Francisco and Manila, Philippines, to last more than 14 hours. All that time can be used to plan your trip to the city's Chinatown, a visit to some of the many colonial landmarks, or a tour of the countless museums such as Mueso Pambata.
Most travelers in Manila will spend the bulk of their time in the Binondo District, which is safe, pedestrian-friendly, and full of attractions. By taxi or water bus, you can head to the area's Chinatown, where celebrations for Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Festival are held on a grand scale. The oldest and most historic part of Manila is Intramuros, which is home to the former colonial military headquarters of Fort Santiago, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of San Agustín Church.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is a short distance from the heart of the city, but taxis are the most common way to get from the international Terminal 2 to your hotel. Only take taxis sanctioned by the airport, which are generally seen as the most secure option.