Clark International Airport, formerly known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, is a major airport serving the Greater Manila Area and Northern Luzon. It processes domestic and international flights, specializing in low-cost carriers. Named after the largest overseas U.S. Air Force base (until 1991), Clark Airport is now considered a hub for airlines Cebu Pacific and Tigerair Philippines. Travelers flock to Clark Airport to avoid the crowd at Manila’s main Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Closest to Clark Airport is Angeles City, a highly-urbanized locale known for its bustling entertainment scene and energetic nightlife. Located near Clark Freeport Zone and Subic Freeport Zone, the City has attracted international investors, which have been thronging in to enjoy the special economic zones. Because of this, the district has enjoyed a boost in growth in recent decades.
From Angeles City, Clark Airport is accessible by land. There are public buses, including the Philippine Rabbit line, which ply the route via Dau to the Airport. Be sure to confirm your destination with the bus conductor when you board. Jeepneys and taxis will also take you to the Airport, but look out for unreasonably high fares – the average jeepney ride is US$1.20, and US$8-9 is the range for a taxi. From Manila, bus company Philtranco offers direct bus services to Clark Airport. Pick-up spots are located at the Pasay Terminal and SM Megamall.
The nearest locale from Clark Airport, Angeles City has a buzzing night scene. The Balibago area is the epicenter of commerce and entertainment, and is lined with more than a hundred themed “girly bars” poised for a good time. There are also “daytime bars” along Perimeter Road for early delights.
Outside Angeles City lies one of the Philippines’s natural gems. Lay on the soft ashen sands of Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves after a trek up Mt. Pinatubo. Many visitors flock here to camp beneath the shade of agoho trees, which exude the foreign charm of pine trees.
Be ferried off to a beautiful beach getaway at this island, where its mix of white sandy shores and laid-back restaurants is a favorite of many travelers. Leave your worries back at home and lie back under the swaying palm trees on this island of eternal calm.
From Clark Airport, two airlines travel serve this popular destination in South Korea. Your gateway to a country of inexhaustible discoveries, Seoul itself offers many treats. Appreciate the country’s imperial history while strolling through the gardens of Changdeokgung Palace, or join in the contemporary national hobby of chilling in coffee houses. If you’re lucky, you can catch the famous sakura blossoms in season on Jeju Island.
A number of carriers also fly to Hong Kong, the city of feasts and shopping. Don’t pass up the quintessential cuisine dim sum, assorted dishes served in steamed baskets and often coupled with hot tea. Popular districts here include the Kowloon City belt, Hong Kong Island, and Lantau Island.
Clark Airport also serves direct flights to Macau, from which travelers can also easily access Hong Kong. Known for its Venetian-styled canals, Macau is consistently voted a top tourist destination in Asia. After having your fill of fun in its famed casinos, sail lazily down its waterways on a gondola rowed by a crooning gondolier.
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