Agoda.com, one of Asia’s leading hotel booking sites and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has announced the eight most rated parks in Asia, where the Rizal Park (also known as Luneta Park) has managed to enter last in a competitive regional list. The output was based on customer feedback and analyzed booking information to present Asia’s highest rated parks and green spaces as selected by Agoda.com customers.
Rizal Park in Manila
Travelers surveyed loved a wide range of green space options from lush expanses of jungle to manicured parklands. The list include huge national parks perfect for hiking or outdoor activities, marine parks for diving or kayaking, and green areas in the middle of a city that offer important historical context. All of the entries on our list have left a large enough impression on Agoda.com customers to warrant consistently high ratings.
In the middle of the sprawling Philippine capital, Rizal Park is both a beautiful escape from the traffic and noise, and a potent symbol of the country’s tumultuous history. It takes its name from national hero Jose Rizal, author and Filipino nationalist who was executed in 1896 for promoting sweeping social reforms during the Spanish colonial era. The 140 acre park is located next to the famous Intramuros walled city. It is one of the most popular spots in Manila for locals to picnic, exercise, and relax among gardens and greenery. Adjacent to the park are the Museum of the Filipino People, Department of Tourism, and the National Library. An impressive monument to Rizal stands on the western end. Trivia note – all road distances in the Philippines are measured from Kilometer Zero, just across the street from the Rizal Monument.
The other 7 National Parks in Asia who made it to the list along with their average customer ratings can be found below:
|National Park||Average Customer Rating|
|Hallasan National Park, Jeju-do, South Korea||4.39 out of 5|
|Taroko National Park, Taiwan||4.38 out of 5
|Osaka Castle Park, Osaka, Japan||4.29 out of 5|
|Halong Bay, Vietnam||4.23 out of 5|
|Ang Thong National Marine Park, Ko Samui||4.17 out of 5|
|Khao Yai National Park, Thailand||4.12 out of 5|
|Penang National Park, Malaysia||4 out of 5|
|Rizal Park (Luneta Park), Manila||3.88 out of 5|
In addition, Agoda.com has provided some great hotel recommendations to round out a perfect trip to visit Rizal Park:
1) Manila Hotel, 5*
Customers say: “When in Manila this is a must stay – the hotel is classically elegant with modern additions. We loved it here.” – Claire, UK
2) Hotel H2O, 4*
Hotel H2O Aqua Room
Customers say: “We had an absolutely marvelous stay in this unique hotel…the complimentary room designs, colors and furnishings provide a pleasant atmosphere to enjoy the experience.” Mark, USA
3) Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel, 4*
Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel
Customers say: “I enjoyed my stay there and the service is superb. If you want to check out the old heritage area, this is the hotel for you. You can check out the sites of Intramuros by just walking around or hire a tricycle to take you around. I would definitely stay at this hotel again if I’m in that area.” –Valeria, Portugal