|Arrival Hall exit from the baggage claim hallway. You'll come out this way, and the left wing exit as well. You can't miss the welcome party from the rails.|
|The airport clinic is located here at the arrival hall which seems to be an ëntrance door"of several airport personnel as well.|
|For tourists who expect a hotel pick-up, you'll see this "firing squad" line just after exiting the baggage claim hall. Expect these ladies and gentlemen bearing your name on white boards.|
I shiver at the thought of other countries welcoming me that way. It is NOT always "Fun in the Philippines", Mr. Tourism Secretary. Nope. I know the difference between civility (and "just doing our job") and rudeness. A few seconds later, a well-fed middle-aged Customs Official was kicking the carton box of an Indian national. Another one was rummaging carelessly through someone else's huge baggage, questioning why he has toys which, to me didn't seem an inordinate amount. What if you had a big family? There is something amiss here. Manners are important to welcome visitors - and these are visitors! Civil service demands rightful conduct. Unfortunately, you can't always teach manners in school.
|This is the arrival hall's baggage claim area. From here, walk through those unmanned yellow counters and out to the exit where a throng gathers to meet their arriving guests.|
|The only Duty-Free Shop at the international arrival hall just BEFORE you do your immigration/customs formalities. Most people rush on and do their last-minute shopping right after they've cleared immigration. But some can't wait. :)|
|NAIA Terminal 3 Arrival Lobby.|
For overseas foreign workers, there's now an OWWA and POEA Counters near the Cebu Pacific Office at the left wing of the hall. A Protectabag Counter is beside this OWWA Counter which wraps bags starting from P160.
If you want to be met outside the hall, the most central place would be between Bays 5 to 7 outside, just for reference.
At the left wing of the Arrival Hall, where most welcoming committee wait for their guests, there are a few restaurants: "Le Bistro", "Mommy's Goodies and Foodtsuff", "Chubby China", "Eat+Drink" which is open 24-7. It also has a Fruit Tea Mix stall beside it. The latest restaurant is Tsim Sha Tsui located just beside Burger King franchise at the right wind, near the left luggage facility.
Another interesting option for pasalubongs (gifts) is Claudettes, a stall near the exit gates (right wing). It sells brazo de mercedes, sandwiches, chocolate cakes, brownies, mamon. tiramisu, cheesecakes, canned drinks, etc.
Nearby, there are a couple of ATM machines: BPI and PNB. PNB (Philippine National Bank) also has a cash counter. A NAIA Car Rental can be found here as well. Just across the waiting hall (where well wishers could wait for their guests as the latter leave the baggage area), there's a "Scoop International" if you require your ice cream fix.
As of February 17, 2015, first level has opened several bank counters and foreign exchange center. Land Bank forex is open from 8:30AM to 3PM for banking transactions, but their forex is open 24-hours. Philippine National Bank and Metro Bank are open 24 hours. The following have ATM machines at the arrival hall: PBB, BPI and PNB. There's a yellow-colored stand-alone Forex counter that's open 24 hours near one of the exits. Philtrust Bank is open for money exchange until 6PM.
Banco de Oro (BDO), one of the biggest banks of the country, has opened a counter at the arrival hall. They open at 8AM up to 12 midnight. Also, this was the only counter where a guard manning the counter did NOT want to answer a straight forward question, i.e. what time do they close. "Saan po kayo, sir? Para saan po yan?" he asked me before finally hesitating with a "12 midnight, sir." Geez. What's wrong with these BDO people. It's a simple and common question. You'd think they were operating an illegitimate business.
PBCom and PSBank also have their own ATM machines. RCBC has its own ATM at the departure hall, front. At the back, after check-in is a Citibank and Land Bank ATM. There is another Forex Counter just before getting into the pre-departure area (domestic and international) - and its open 24 hours.
Can you shop or dine during the wee hours? Of course. There are ATM machines and forex counters everywhere. Outside the pre-departure hall, most duty free shops are open, even the restaurants. A new shop called "Don't Forget About the Kids" (a toy shop) is open 24 hours. Coffee Bean closes at 2AM. The new McDonalds, Jollibee, Dimsum and Dumplings; Kenny Roger's Roasters, and Wendy's are open 24 hours. 7-11 is open 24 hours. Seattle's Best, near 7-11, is open 24 hours. Shakey's close at 10PM. The new Havaianna's store closes at 10PM (near McDo). Cowan Asian restaurant closes at 10PM. Kenko Spa, if you fancy a massage, is open 24 hours as well. Raiku Japanese Restaurant is open 24 hours - and so is Yellow Cab if you fancy a pizza or pasta. Chubby China restaurant at the arrival hall is open 24 hours. Burger King at the arrival hall closes at 12 midnight.
Pre-departure shops mostly close at 10PM and open at 2AM. Espressamente for your caffeine fix, closes at 8:30PM; Nescafe shop opens at 7:30AM and closes at 8PM. Victoria Secret at the domestic predeparture hall opens at 2AM and closes at 8PM. The one and only Foreign Exchange counter at the domestic predeparture opens from 2AM to 6PM only. Cafe France closes at 5PM. National Bookstore opens from 6AM and closes shop at 6:30PM. KR Express grocery opens from 2AM to 6PM.
Army Navy shop near gate 33 closes at 6PM. Krispy Kreme opens from 2AM to 6PM.
AVOID MARY GRACE CAFE
And just so you avoid delays, if you're taking a meal or snack at the Food Court, we feel we need this special mention. Avoid Mary Grace Cafe. The place is messy, the servers are inattentive and take forever to serve you and they forget orders.
|Airport staff and maintenance crew in green shirts queuing for something. As an update, this once-empty hallway has been opened and now leads to the covered parking building.|
|DOT's Tourist Information Counter|
|BPI ATM machine|
|PNB's banking counter|
|Rent a mobile wifi at "Roam Buddy"" where a wifi unit can set you back PhP1,500 for a 3-day use.|
|Globe and Smart offer "free" traveler sim for tourists. It is really free but you'd have to purchase load for the sim, of course.|
|Burger King is near "Luggage and More".|
|A Duty-Free Shop (above and below) has just opened at the right wing of the arrival hall near the entrance to the covered parking and "Burger King" to its left.|
|Duty-Free Shop on the way to the Covered Parking Building|
|This display near just in front of the new Duty-Free Shop baffles me. It's ugly, occupies too much space and doesn't even have signage that describes what it is exactly.|
|The stair at the left wing leads to the mezzanine level where there are the administrative offices, the terminal chapel and the Viewing Gallery.|
PUBLIC BUSES AND AIRPORT SHUTTLES
The airport has an "Airport Loop" service, a shuttle that transports passengers among Terminals 1, 2, 3, and 4. The shuttle usually parks at or near the Arrival Bay 8. This will transport passengers from Terminal 1 to Terminal 4. This service is free for ticketed passengers, but if there's a nonticketed passenger accompanying you, a minimal fee of PhP20 will be charged to the nonpassenger. This shuttle is supposed to be available 24 hours a day but I have my doubts re: "24 hours". This is one option other than the taxi. There has to be enough time allotted for travel between the 2 terminals because of intermittently heavy traffic between the terminals.
Buses that ply out of the airport and beyond are actually available here. I have to say that I haven't tried this bus service but it looks convenient if you want to head to, say Ayala, Ortigas, Cubao, Trinoma, Balintawak, Alabang, Alabang, etc. This route is posted on a photo here. Please DO NOT ask me for more information about this bus service because I will not reply to such query.
|The Airport Loop shuttles among the 4 terminals 1 to 4. Free for ticketed passengers , but PhP20 for non-ticketed. Look for these shuttles at Bay 8 or thereabouts at the Arrival Exit.|
|Public Commuter Bus (please read above and check out the published route below).|
|Published route of the Public Commuter Bus at the arrival exit, usually at Bay 8 or thereabouts.|
Numbered columns as waiting "bays" just outside the Arrival Hall. The Pre-Paid Taxi Booth is somewhere between Bays 6 to 10. Parking is just across this road.
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