Manila, the capital of the Philippines, has become somewhat of a turn-off to tourists in recent years because of its high traffic and pollution. It's a crowded and frantic city that doesn't have much in the way of physical beauty, and, as a result, many people simply pass through Manila on their way to another Asian destination. However, not all aspects of Manila are lacking. It is a city with an exciting nightlife and an energy that is not easily matched. In fact, tourists who are able to accept the fast pace of the city find that it's a much more enjoyable place than they imagined. However, expect delays in all of your planning -- there's likely to be traffic getting anywhere you're headed and a wait once you arrive.