Car hire in Bacolod

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###Car Hire in Bacolod

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Bacolod, once the center of a booming sugar industry, can be compared to a thriving city with more sophisticated cuisine. You can try the 'inasal' (a local version of pork or chicken barbecue), 'lumpiang ubod' (fresh spring roll), 'piaya' (sweet, thin biscuits with fillings), 'uga' (dried fish), and many others. Bacolod also has a small art gallery and is near several natural attractions such as Mount Kanlaon, which makes the province a great starting point to explore Negros Occidental, the northwestern half of the island.

###Where to hire a car in Bacolod When looking for car hire companies, there are plenty to choose from in the city of Bacolod. Many are nearby the city center and SM City Bacolod, a local mall. Local operators run these companies, which you can research online and then inquire about. Establishing contact with them by phone or email will also help you clarify some concerns. You might also consider renting a car with a driver, which can take out the stress in poring over maps and making sense of the directions.

Before going here, you should already have prepared the documents you will need, such as International Driver's Permit, your own license, and other papers that can prove your age and identity. Paying with either cash or credit is accepted in the shops, where a deposit might be taken before going back with the car and the rest of the payment. When choosing the car to rent, a four-wheel drive might be more useful as it can handle rough roads in the countryside.

###What to expect when hiring a car from Bacolod Although popular among tourists venturing to the area, there is not much heavy traffic in Bacolod unless you take into count the locals commuting to and from the area. The traffic is moderately high, especially in the rush hours, when people come to the city center in the morning and then go back home in the afternoon. The traffic can also slow down for a tour, going between March to May. This makes it important to schedule your trip in a more appropriate time, such as January to February or September to October.

Toll roads and congestion charges also do not apply to the region due to the lack of heavy traffic. You might find some residents in the remote areas on bikes, though, although it is more common to find them on motorbikes. Livestock on the roads can also be found near farming communities. Parking can also be limited in many parts of Negros Occidental, but you might find a number of them available in major cities such as Bacolod. The accommodations there usually offer parking spaces, with the malls providing temporary slots.

###Getting to your destination There are a number of places you can turn to after venturing to Bacolod. Some of them are:

Silay City
Often referred to as the 'Paris of Negros', Silay features arts and cultural shows, as well as a range of well-preserved heritage houses. More than 30 houses here have been declared by the National Historical Commission as part of the Silay National Historical Landmark.

Head northwest towards Don Miguel Gonzaga Street and then turn right onto Carlos Hilado Highway/Circumferential Road. Make a slight right onto Bacolod Airport Access Road and then turn right onto J. Pitong Ledesma Street. Continue on from here to the city center, with the trip usually accounting for 40 minutes due to the nearly 30-kilometer distance.

Cadiz City
A gateway and a premier center of agro-fishery resources, Cadiz City thrives with a wide range of rich island and marine resources and vast fertile lands. Although damaged heavily by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the city was largely restored to its pre-calamity status.

Follow Carlos Hilado Highway/Circumferencial Road, as well as Bacolod Airport Access Road and J. Pitong Ledesma Street to Rizal Street in Silay City. Take Osmeña Ave to National Rd in Cadiz City, and then continue on National Road to your destination. The whole drive can be as long as an hour and 25 minutes or more, depending on the traffic.

Bago City
A number of natural attractions make Bago City a possible destination from Bacolod. You will find here the Kipot Twin Falls and also witness the city fiesta celebrated every 5th of November, in commemoration of the Negros Revolution.

Head northwest towards Don Miguel Gonzaga Street and then left at Rosario Avenue. Venture further to Carlos Hilado Highway/Circumferential Road and then another left onto Araneta Avenue. Continue onto Negros South Road and make a right onto Rizal Street to reach the city center. This place can be reached in around 30 minutes or so, which can be convenient.

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