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One of the biggest problems plaguing this popular event in Clark Philippines is transportation to the Hot Air Balloon site in Clark. Even those who drive to Clark Pampanga have trouble finding a convenient place to park. Aggravations and frustrations with transportation problems have been the bane of previous Philippines Hot Air Balloon Fiestas in Clark Pampanga.
For those who drive to the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, they are well advised to make plans for parking. The limited parking facilities at the Hot Air Balloon Festival site fill up very quickly. Although parking is available in many places throughout the city of Clark, these are not very near to the Hot Air Balloon fiesta site so visitors who drive and park in Clark should expect a 15 to 30-minute walk from and back to the place that they parked their cars.
V.I.P. PARKING FACILITIES
Specially added in 2013 to the Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival is VIP parking made available by Clark Wine Center, a property of Yats International. Located near to the Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival, the parking facilities of this famous wine shop in Pampanga are sought after by travelers. Only 100 slots are available in this VIP Hot Air Balloon parking lot in Clark Wine Center, hardly enough to accommodate the hundreds of vehicles that will not be able to find parking in the hot air balloon fiesta public parking area.
Clark Wine Center, Philippines’
Clark Wine Center
MA Roxas Ave corner A Bonifacio Ave, Clark Freeport
(045) 841-4006 0922-870-5173 0916-542-
BUS FROM MANILA TO DAU, ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA
Visitors from Manila can take the commuter bus to get to Dau bus terminal in Angeles City. From there, jeepneys will take them to the main gate of Clark where they can alight and board a jeepney that will take them from the main gate to the Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival site. Normally, this three-ride connection should bring visitors into Clark from the bus terminal in Cubao Manila in a little over two hours. (Information on costs and schedules can be found on the web site listed above also.)
In previous events, visitors experienced problems catching the connecting rides after the bus arrived in Angeles city, especially during Saturday and Sunday of the Hot Air Balloon Festival weekend. These problems are no comparison to the difficulties in getting a jeepney ride leaving the Clark Hot Air Balloon Fiesta site to get back to the bus terminal in Angeles City for the ride back to Manila. Many visitors were stranded for literally hours waiting to get out of Clark.
For the 2013 Clark Hot Air Balloon Festival, visitors, especially families with children planning to travel by bus to Angeles City, Pampanga are well advised to plan their trips carefully.
HOT AIR BALLOON SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE
This year a special Hot Air Balloon bus service is available. Participants board the special bus in a designated pickup location in Manila and travel to Clark in comfort, resting up during the 90-minute journey arriving refreshed and ready to enjoy the festivities of the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark. Visitors arrive at the entrance of the 2013 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta site in Clark and board the shuttle service at the Clark Wine Center near to the site to return to Manila.
Tickets to this special Hot Air Balloon Fiesta bus service must be purchased in advance. Round-trip ticket price is p650 (no one-way ticket available). Only a small number of seats are available and once tickets are sold out, no more will be made available.
Ticket holders will board the bus between 6:45 to 7am in Ortigas Metro Manila, opposite the Philippines Stock Exchange Center (Tektite) where there is plenty of public parking. The Hot Air Balloon Festival shuttle will depart promptly so please arrive on time. Those who miss the departure may still board the bus for the return trip from Clark back to Manila. The bus will depart from Clark at 5:30pm expecting to arrive in Manila by 7 to 7:30pm. (Any last-minute schedule adjustments will be communicated to ticket holders via email and/or phone.)
STAYING OVERNIGHT IN CLARK
Surely the best way to enjoy the 2013 Philippines Hot Air Balloon Festival is to spend a night or two in a nice hotel or resort in Clark. These visitors should then be able to enjoy the hot air balloon programs in the early hours of dawn.
Overnight accommodation options include hotels in Angeles City and inside Clark Freeport itself. Angeles City offers glamorous and exciting nightlife entertainment that represents an attractive proposition for are well known among frequent travelers and tourists that visit the Philippines frequently. In sharp contrast, the resorts and hotels in Clark offer a serene ambience conducive to a more laidback lifestyle that many stressed-out residents of Manila come to enjoy when they travel out of town from Manila to the north.
Smart tourists would probably choose to avoid the weekend and check in on Wednesday or Thursday to avoid the crowds. Rooms may still be available but many tourists and local residents travelling north from Manila are booking them fast.
Clearwater Resort is one of the most sought after hotel accommodations for visitors attending the 2013 Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark. Many visitors hope to savor the laidback suburban lifestyle of this city which not so long ago was the largest US airbase outside of America. Guests of this resort hotel in Clark get to relax and unwind around the beautiful lake of Clark. Some enjoy one of several swim spots including a white-sand beach with adjoining swimming lagoons. Families with children particularly enjoy the vast picnic grounds laced with century-old Acacia trees.
Clearwater Resort and Country Club
Creekside Road near Centennial Expo, Clark Freeport
(045)599-5949 0917-520-4403 0922-870-
Don’t let problems put a damper on the thrills and excitement of the 2013 Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Clark, Pampanga. Set up the trip well in advance and enjoy this famous annual festival in style and comfort.
Yats International Leisure Philippines
3003C East Tower, Philippines Stock Exchange Center,
Exchange Road, Ortigas, Metro Manila
(632) 633-1566 0917-540-3626 0917-530-
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