HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL 2016


Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the much-awaited events every 2nd week of February. It suits people who have the interest in air activities such as kite flying, paragliding, skydiving, and many more. Get a chance to witness experience these mind blowing activities during the festival which only cost PhP350 for the entrance ticket and you can just purchase it on the day itself, hassle-free! 


The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is a gathering of aviators from the Philippines and the world. This fiesta is to honor our pilots and get a chance to share cultures and traditions with visiting pilots from all over the world. 


My friends and I decided to join the fun and witness hot air balloons floating up in the sky. Regardless of the sun heat and heavy traffic in the parking lot (lol), we still managed to enjoy this event. However, I suggest you park your cars near gas stations to avoid long lines of cars piled up just to get out of the event. Before you go to the event, make time to finish this blog to know about travel tips and itinerary for you to be prepared.



You need to be fully prep when attending the festival to avoid hassle and BV moments. Here are my tips:

1. WHAT TO BRING
♔Camera
♔ Small Bag
♔Sunblock
♔Face Towel
♔Sanitizer
♔Tent/Picnic Mat
♔Snacks/Water

2. WHAT TO WEAR
HEAD: Hat, Sunnies
BODY: Light color clothes (no to skirts/dresses!)
TOE: Comfy sneakers or sandals
**Grab a jacket/sweater since it's super cold in the morning.

You can also check my outfit details here.

3. WHAT TO DO
♔Witness Hot Air Ballooning
♔Watch other Flying Activities
♔Kite Flying
♔Sidetrips: 
Sandbox / Nayong Pilipino / SM Clark

4. WHAT TO EAT
I wasn't able to try different food pride in Pampanga, but I have read an article about 10 dishes you shouldn't miss when visiting Pampanga.

On point, I was able to dine in at Nayong Pilipino's restaurant where they serve various delicious Filipino cuisine. Then, for snacks, we went to Coffee Academy and tried their smoothies and nachos. I spent Php300 for my lunch and snack.

5. WHAT TO BUY
If you want to fly a kite, you can buy it in the bazaar for as low as Php100 or mini hot air balloons.  There are plenty of souvenirs to buy, but these are in demand.

  
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Ride a Victory Liner bus bound for DAU PAMPANGA. Walk a bit towards the highway where taxis, jeepneys, or tricycles are available. These public utility vehicles can take you to Clark. Then take another jeep inside Clark and tell the driver you’re going to the Balloon Fiesta. After the jeepney drops you off, you’ll be walking a bit more to the entrance gates.

PRIVATE VEHICLE
Take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. After your exit, a left turn towards Angeles City, and a little Angeles City/Dau traffic will bring you to within an easy right turn of the Clark Zone itself.

PARKING RATES
Motorcycles Php30
Cars Php50
Buses Php150
Lost ticket Php300




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