Makati is in the centre of big Metro Manila, in the Philippines.
The city is actually an upscale destination known for luxurious shopping malls filled with high fashion brands, restaurants, hotels and famous Philipinos.
Makati is also where the Philippine Stock Exchange is located, and the financial, commercial and economic centre of the country.
The fusion of cultures and arts is definitely palpable in this gorgeous city, although you can definitely see the contrast between its first class layer of society and the poverty ridden slums of the city.
Due to the high cost of living, this destination is recommended to those with a higher budget.
Warnings & Dangers in Makati
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
The criminal activity in Makati has increased greatly during the past couple of years, and though it's still a popular tourist destination, it has many dangers and is ridden with crime. You should be aware that tourist hotspots are places where most thefts and pickpocketing occur, and that violent crime exists, too.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Transport is not the safest and the most reliable in Makati. Count on taxi drivers trying to rip you off, extremely annoying traffic jams that Makati is notorious for, intolerant and reckless drivers, roads being inaccessible due to flooding and taxi drivers working without meters.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Due to the fact that this is a city filled with rich people and tourists, there are many pickpockets operating around the popular tourist hotspots and the level of petty crime is relatively high.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Makati City is exposed to many natural hazards typical for the areas of the Philippines such as earthquakes, typhoons and floods.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
While petty crime is lacking, violent crime exists in Makati. Assaults, robberies and kidnappings are extremely common all over the islands but mostly don't affect the foreigners.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
There have, recently, been terrorist acts in Makati, so there is a hightened risk of one happening again. It is best to remain vigilant at all times.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
Always carry small bills with you. Vendors will try and make you buy more things by saying they have no change for large bills. Apart from that, be wary of people lurking around ATMs or anyone trying to distract you. Taxi drivers might try to trick you into paying more, giving you wrongful information about the price of the ride.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
It is advised that women avoid walking alone after dark. Apply all precaution measures at all times and avoid dark and empty streets and locations. If you avoid these situations, it's mostly safe in Makati for women.
So... How Safe Is Makati Really?
Although the residents of Makati are known as friendly and welcoming, you should keep in mind that this is a poverty ridden city, and this can be noticed in all neighborhoods of Makati.
What comes with this situation is, unfortunately, crime. As an experienced traveler, you know that you should keep your belongings in a safe place, not to flash your valuables, especially parts of expensive technology, in public places, and not to carry all your money with you.
The city is actually a financial center of the Philippines and a place where many rich people love to go shopping and fine dining, it’s actually filled with poor people, so the amount of petty crime shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The streets of San Lorenzo Village are areas where you won’t find beggars and touts, but even so – if you’re an obvious tourist, you may get in trouble even here.
The areas of Makti that are completely safe day or night are Greenbelt, Ayala, Rockwell, as well as North Makati Avenue.
Everywhere else in the city you should practice extreme vigilance.
If you do find yourself in a dangerous situation, unfortunately, you cannot rely of police. In many cases, you should be wary of them as they can be easily bribed and might even try to scam you.
- Visas - U.S. residents do not need a visa for any stays in Makati shorter than 90 days. All other nationals will need to acquire a visa in order to enter the Philippines. If you are not sure about your visa status, you should visit your local Philippine embassy.
- Currency - The Philippine peso is the official currency of Makati. Tourists are advised to exchange their money at the official establishments such as the Bank of the Philippine Islands or Banco De Oro.
- Weather - The climate in Makati is tropical, with the hottest season lasting from March to May. The rainy season lasts from June to October and during this season you can expect strong typhoons. The coolest months are from November to February,
- Airports - Makati doesn't have its own airport, and the closest one to this city is the The Ninoy Aquino International Airport, formerly known and still referred to as Manila International Airport. It is located along the border between Pasay and Parañaque, about 7 km south of Manila.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we advise getting travel insurance when traveling to Makati, because it would cover not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.
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