The Culinary Capital of the Philippines is a great destination for all kinds of travellers. Whether you are a foodie, a full-blooded nature seeker, a frustrated pilot, or just someone who just want to breathe a strange air away from your normal life, Pampanga will give you the kind of experience you deserve.
Pampanga is positioned in the northern region of Luzon. The province is famous for serving exotic cuisines that surprise the taste buds of those who taste them for the first time. But aside from local cuisines, there are a bunch of activities you can do in Pampanga. You just have to go out and dig deeper to find the hidden gems of the north.
Pampanga has Clark International Airport that accepts direct flights from inside and outside the Philippines.
Pampanga is reachable by buses from Manila that are north bound. Dau bus terminal is usually the very first stop right after exiting the NLEX. Fare from Manila to Dau costs Php 199 on Victory Liner bus
Pampanga has a typical provincial feels whilst its urbanization. There are jeepneys bound to each town proper. Tricycle is the most convenient way to get to the tourist destinations. Jeepney rentals are also available and the fare depends on the owner of the jeepneys which can be found near SM City Clark.
Go to Dinosaur Island to satisfy your childhood fantasies of t-rex and velociraptors. The animals there have distinct features making you realize that it’s never really too late to learn. And the next time you visit here, make sure to bring a youngster with you.
Although you love thrilling adventures, don’t miss to know the place more by visiting a cultural place that will introduce you to the place’s roots. Museum Ning Angeles is declared by the National Museum of the Philippines as an “Important Cultural Property of the Philippines” so it is really a must-visit. The museum contains antique stuff such as artworks, diorama, images and paintings that represent the town itself.
Feed your soul a drop of nature with a stopover at Porac where you can ride an ATV and do more invigorating activities. Day packages starts at Php 350 and up. Aside from the experience, this experience will make to paint your Instagram with #travelgoals images.
Those who have dreamt of piloting an aircraft as a child should try flying an ultralight aircraft at Woodland Airpark Talimundok. They are open everyday except on Wednesdays, AM to 5PM. Short trial introductory flight is at P1650 for 10-12 minutes, P2900 for 20-24 minutes, P3700 for 30-35 minutes, P4600 for 42-45 minutes and P6500 for the whole 60 minutes.
Seeking for tranquillity? Bird watching is an activity not all travellers usually do. Candaba Swamp is a perfect place to spot migratory wild birds. Bird watching is both fun and relaxing, especially if you discover that the bird you see is first ever seen in the wild. Who knows, this can be your new hobby!
Treat your eyes with nature’s lush wonders. Go on a trekking to the Miyamit falls in Porac, Pampanga. To reach the peak of the falls, it will take four hours of walking. ATVs are available, too. And as a bonus trip, try flying over Mt. Pinatubo and witness the majestic beauty of it from above. The trip is offered by Omni Aviation at Clark Freeport for Php 4500 per head.
Never ever miss authentic Kampampangan dishes. Binulo Restaurant is well-recommended by locals for its delectable menu. Get binulong nasi and different viands such as shrimp okoy, pangat na ulang, binukadkad na hito and sisig (of course!).
Another homegrown Kapampangan restaurant is Café Fleur in Angeles City which serves Kapampangan cuisines with a French twist. Not to mention that it is owned by no other than Chef Sau del Rosario. Must-tries are tamales pampanguena, buro ang hito, and pandan sansrival. Every sting of each specialty will give you a hint why this province is renowned with its title.
Vibrant nightlife is flagrant in Angeles City. Night clubs, restobars, pubs, name it they have it. The best way to enjoy the night is to get a good buddy to have an enjoyable and fun drinking session.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts in Pampanga that are both family-friendly but also appropriate for solo travellers. Hotel Gracelane, Villa Alfredo’s and The Swagman Narra Hotel to name a few. Those indiscriminate travellers can stay in apartelles in Balibago.