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1. Posted by moutallica (Respected Member, 122 posts) 27 Oct '05 05:16

I have a couple questions regarding my trip to the philippines. First of all, i have been looking at flights from malaysia and have found that airasia is by far the cheapest. The only problem is that they fly into clark airport instead of manila. How far away is clark? And is it easy enough to get from clark to manila (or other places of interest)?

Also, when i check the prices of flights from clark to KL, i get a little warning box that says some "philippines immigration requirments for guests travelling out of clark". One thing that concerns me is that tourists "must have return flight confirmed (not more than 1 month), must have a invitation letter/affidavit from a sponsor (dry sealed and duly authenticated by the philippines embassy)." As far as i have read, i do not need to arrange any special visas or anything before going to the philippines, but this makes me wonder that maybe there is something i am missing. PLease let me know.

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 27 Oct '05 06:38

I have been to Clark but I have never flown into there (not recently anyway.) Can't write anything about "special" immigration requirements.

When you fly into the MANILA airport passengers are required to fill out an immigration form and go through customs like most airports. When you leave Manila there is another form to fill out (have to look for it) for immigration and you have to pay 550 Pesos departure tax. I would suppose that the same immigration/customs/departure tax applies to Clark. Philippines citizens have different requirements and higher departure taxes.

Clark airport is an old U.S. Air Force base. (The only time I flew into there it was still USAF and I was in the Navy.) It is in the town of Angeles City, Philippines. To be more exact it is right on northern part of Angeles, an area called Dau. The closest bus station to Manila is a bus station in Dau. Used to be around 100 Pesos for the bus ride and 3-4 hours to get to Manila. Traffic is pretty bad around the Christmas season. You will probably find Christmas music and decorations already up. Jeepneys can take you close to the main gate. Motorcycle taxis are the normal form of transportation (side cars.) Figure 50 - 80 pesos per ride for first timers. Jeepneys are really cheap around 3 - 5 pesos, have to ask about the current price from a passenger.

On one side of Clark airport is a strip of clubs, go go bars, hotels, restaurants and travel agencies, etc. This is the primary BAR SCENE for Angeles City. Many of the business establishments are owned by retired American military and British and Australians. High concentration of "foreignors" live there, mostly Brits, Americans, and Aussies, and some Germans.

You could go directly to the bus station (Dau) or stay the night on the strip in Angeles. Some hotels to look for are the AMERICA hotel (Don Juico Ave) which is closest to the air field. MARBLE INN, and ORCHID hotels are close by and many others available. Prices for hotels are in the 500 peso to 1000 peso range. Good place to eat is the MARGARITA STATION on the main strip. Margarita Station also takes in laundry, changes money, and has an internet shop. Margarita Station is on the same street that the America hotel is on and about a 6 minute walk.

I have been to Angeles a couple times or more. Swagman hotel has a "Fly the Bus" transportation run to Manila that picks up at the hotels. A little faster and more comfortable than the bus ride.

Good luck.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 27 Oct '05 11:44

All the times I have flown into Manila I have had a return ticket (no one ever asked for it) and my stay was less than 14 days.

I did not have to provide any invitation letter from a sponsor.

I simply showed up at the airport with my passport and they stamped my passport and sent me on my way.

The immigration form did have a block that asked for your address in the P.I. so that you have to provide the name of a hotel.

Check the website for the P.I. and take another look at the requirements. Maybe there are different requirements for Canada than the U.S.

Good luck.

4. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru, 1026 posts) 28 Oct '05 01:22

I didn't get asked for an onward ticket at immigration in Manila a couple of weeks ago. Just the usual customs form. My passport was just stamped with a 21 day visa on arrival, no questions asked.

5. Posted by gianfu (Budding Member, 14 posts) 10 Nov '05 12:51

Eric... (and Other READERS)

I saw your post - - Amazing coincidence... I am trying to plan the leap in from Thailand on AirAsia through KUL as well... TRAGICALLY, I will have to OVERNIGHT in KUL and that is not on my FUN LIST- - only way on AirASIA is into CLARK.. I checked about connections through Macau - DENIED !!

The PRICES ARE AWESOME but the planning is numbing my brain... I am actually hopping further, into CEBU, and I will need to jump from Manila Airport on CEBU PACIFIC airline. My trip is likely in the last week of January 2006. Sounds like the trip from CLARK to MANILA is not too difficult but this is my first time into the Philippines.... so a little stressed about the connecting bus trip - -I am trying to leave a 5-6 hour window for the land CLARK/MANILA Trip... but I am thinking that I will have to overnight in Manila/CLARK and then out of Manila to Cebu the next day.

ABOUT AirASIA - I have seen the WARNING BLOCKS you are seeing. They really don't strike me as significant...mostly applying to filipinos in their travels. I am just wondering about the accomodations in Kuala Lumpur.

Are you ready for the last coincidence?? My name is ....

ERIC !!

6. Posted by yzmn (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Dec '05 21:50

man o man. am also heading towards clark/manila then to boracay last week of jan. need help!!! how to travel from clark to manila? read that a bus ride would cost 100 pesos/3 to 4 hours. is this still correct? any LRTs/MRTs available? cheers

7. Posted by heidi16 (Budding Member, 25 posts) 4 Dec '05 22:19

bus ride will cost you around 300 peso and it takes about 3 hours maximum (depending on traffic) to reach S&M Megamall in Manila

the bus normally park just outside of the airport, you won't miss it. well, if you have doubts, you can just ask them as they are very friendly and willing to help.

have fun in boracay, make sure you will tell us about boracay... im thinking about going there next year..

8. Posted by yzmn (Budding Member, 3 posts) 4 Dec '05 22:24

eek accidently posted a new thread. dumb! thanks for the bus info .. 300 pesos eh? am gonna spend 7 nights there .. alyssa resort. will tell u how it goes :) hope its worth the hype!

9. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 5 Dec '05 20:19

Eight or nine months ago the Victory Liner Bus from Dau (Clark area) to their bus station in Manila was 100 baht, like the other msgs say - depends on traffic. Figure on at least 3 to 4 hours on a bus that is sometimes frigid without a toilet on board. If the Victory Liner is out of action there were other bus companies leaving the Dau bus station heading for various parts of Manila.

The Swagman Hotel ran a "Fly the Bus" Vip bus that stopped at several hotels in the Clark/Angeles City area for pick-ups. Price for that Vip bus was 300 baht. They end up at the Swagman Hotel downtown Manila. Taxi to the airport from that area of Manila is around 60 to 90 pesos.

10. Posted by zaria (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 17 Dec '05 03:59

Quoting moutallica

I have a couple questions regarding my trip to the philippines. First of all, i have been looking at flights from malaysia and have found that airasia is by far the cheapest. The only problem is that they fly into clark airport instead of manila. How far away is clark? And is it easy enough to get from clark to manila (or other places of interest)?

Also, when i check the prices of flights from clark to KL, i get a little warning box that says some "philippines immigration requirments for guests travelling out of clark". One thing that concerns me is that tourists "must have return flight confirmed (not more than 1 month), must have a invitation letter/affidavit from a sponsor (dry sealed and duly authenticated by the philippines embassy)." As far as i have read, i do not need to arrange any special visas or anything before going to the philippines, but this makes me wonder that maybe there is something i am missing. PLease let me know.