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    My first trip to PI: AC and north - advice please

    I've traveled to several countries and yes, I've done my searches already.

    I read the "Swagman" thread. Thanks.

    Any info and advice for flying into Manile - but wanting to get to AC for a couple of days and then the north will be appreciated.

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    That desperate huh toaster?

    Well best of luck anyway fella

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    That desperate huh toaster?

    Well best of luck anyway fella
    Not into the BG scene anymore.

    Just want to party for a couple days before seeing the north. I know the generic reports, but was looking for some interesting spots / things in the nooks and crannies.

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    Give Manila a miss, or learn to sleep with one eye open, but if you have to go to Manila then there's a bit to see and do, good shopping in the malls but the time spent in traffic jams wears me down, if your not into mongering then do what Katie did and trek to piñatubo or do what Davis did and fly over it in an ultra light, In AC you could spend your time chatting with the charming bar ladies and meet an eclectic bunch of retirees, jump in a minivan and head for subic/ barrio Barretto for a bit of beach life then meander north up the coast to see Baguio and Sagada lots of interesting places along the way, or bypass Manila and fly straight into Clark , start from there, we want a full trip report with all the nitty gritty and pics when you get back

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Give Manila a miss, or learn to sleep with one eye open, but if you have to go to Manila then there's a bit to see and do, good shopping in the malls but the time spent in traffic jams wears me down,
    Yeah, nobody likes Manila or spending time there. I'll pass. I don't like shopping and don't need anything.

    if your not into mongering then do what Katie did and trek to piñatubo or do what Davis did and fly over it in an ultra light,
    I'll read up on pinatubo, but pass on the ultra light.

    In AC you could spend your time chatting with the charming bar ladies and meet an eclectic bunch of retirees, jump in a minivan and head for subic/ barrio Barretto for a bit of beach life then meander north up the coast to see Baguio and Sagada lots of interesting places along the way, or bypass Manila and fly straight into Clark , start from there, we want a full trip report with all the nitty gritty and pics when you get back
    Yes, I'll eat and drink in AC, and then I'm thinking of Berretto.

    Thanks for the info.

    Yes, I'll post pics.
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    How many days do you plan to stay?

    If it's 7 days or less, then just concentrate on the north. If you time your flights correctly, you can fly into Manila then get on a bus directly to AC, it will take ~2 hours. From the airport, you can get a taxi to take you to the Cubao area, to the bus stations: either Five Star Cubao or Victory Liner (Kamias branch) so that you can get a bus directly to AC. Five Star & Victory Liner have aircon buses, 4 seats per row. Bus journey should cost less than P200. You could also get a bus from the bus stations at Pasay City (which is nearer to the airport), but Pasay is in the southern part of Metro Manila. Cubao is in the northern part, and your aim is to go farther north to AC. Or you could always cut your journey, spend a night in Manila & do the Swagman thing.

    If you have more than 7 days and don't want to fly, you can go south of Manila and check out Puerto Galera. It's a 1.5h boat ride from the Batangas City pier. Baas (another member here) went there recently. It has good beaches, has bars & clubs (but no bargirls, I think), and is more laidback and less commercial than Boracay. If you plan to go to PG, when you reach Manila, get a taxi to bring you to LRT Buendia area, to the JAM or DLTB bus stations. They have aircon buses which go to the Batangas pier. It's ~P200 to reach the pier by bus, 2-3 hours, depending on the time of day & traffic conditions. Last boat from the pier to PG is ~5pm as they don't do night trips. If you don't want to take the bus, you could always hire a taxi to bring you to the pier (like Baas did). You'd have to pre-arrange the price as it's a long trip and it would be unmetered. A taxi to the Batangas pier from Manila would cost ~3 to 4K pesos.

    If you're interested in a Pinatubo trek, the trek takes ~1.5 to 2 hours (one way), plus a 1 hour ride on a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle. Check out my recent thread on that. If you'll join a tour group, you could arrange to be picked up from AC. If you'll DIY, you can go there on a weekend and I'm sure you'll find other tourists who are just winging it and share the 4x4 ride with them. Bring lots of sunblock as it's getting hot here already.

    Other places to see in the North: as BLD said, Baguio City and Sagada (the mountains & rice terraces). From AC, I'm sure there are buses which go to Baguio. You can spend 1 or 2 days in Baguio & explore the touristy areas: Mines View Park, Burnham Park, etc. Then head for Sagada to see the mountains, the hanging caves and the rice terraces.

    If you've had enough of Baguio & Sagada, you can head to the beaches in La Union, but I think there's no nightlife there, as most of the resorts are family-owned, used by locals and family-friendly. Though I'm sure they sell beer at those resorts.

    If you want a quaint, scenic historical town, you can go to Vigan. It's a UNESCO-preserved city with old houses, cobblestones, etc. preserved from the Spanish era. You can ride a horse buggy (kalesa) or just walk along the streets.

    As BLD said, you could also go to Subic and Barrio Baretto, but based on reports, the beaches there are so-so, not the greatest. There are better beaches in Batangas, Puerto Galera, Boracay or elsewhere in the Visayas region.

    Cheers and enjoy your holiday! Post pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    How many days do you plan to stay?

    If it's 7 days or less, then just concentrate on the north. If you time your flights correctly, you can fly into Manila then get on a bus directly to AC, it will take ~2 hours. From the airport, you can get a taxi to take you to the Cubao area, to the bus stations: either Five Star Cubao or Victory Liner (Kamias branch) so that you can get a bus directly to AC. Five Star & Victory Liner have aircon buses, 4 seats per row. Bus journey should cost less than P200. You could also get a bus from the bus stations at Pasay City (which is nearer to the airport), but Pasay is in the southern part of Metro Manila. Cubao is in the northern part, and your aim is to go farther north to AC. Or you could always cut your journey, spend a night in Manila & do the Swagman thing.
    Thanks for the information, Katie.

    My work schedule increased so I only have 8 days, but that's good enough to a first trip to check things out.

    I'm also interested in just relaxing because of the short amount of time. I'll see the places you list below on my second trip.

    To relax, I may jus go from AC to Barrio Barretto and the Subic area.

    If you have more than 7 days and don't want to fly, you can go south of Manila and check out Puerto Galera. It's a 1.5h boat ride from the Batangas City pier. Baas (another member here) went there recently. It has good beaches, has bars & clubs (but no bargirls, I think), and is more laidback and less commercial than Boracay. If you plan to go to PG, when you reach Manila, get a taxi to bring you to LRT Buendia area, to the JAM or DLTB bus stations. They have aircon buses which go to the Batangas pier. It's ~P200 to reach the pier by bus, 2-3 hours, depending on the time of day & traffic conditions. Last boat from the pier to PG is ~5pm as they don't do night trips. If you don't want to take the bus, you could always hire a taxi to bring you to the pier (like Baas did). You'd have to pre-arrange the price as it's a long trip and it would be unmetered. A taxi to the Batangas pier from Manila would cost ~3 to 4K pesos.

    If you're interested in a Pinatubo trek, the trek takes ~1.5 to 2 hours (one way), plus a 1 hour ride on a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle. Check out my recent thread on that. If you'll join a tour group, you could arrange to be picked up from AC. If you'll DIY, you can go there on a weekend and I'm sure you'll find other tourists who are just winging it and share the 4x4 ride with them. Bring lots of sunblock as it's getting hot here already.

    Other places to see in the North: as BLD said, Baguio City and Sagada (the mountains & rice terraces). From AC, I'm sure there are buses which go to Baguio. You can spend 1 or 2 days in Baguio & explore the touristy areas: Mines View Park, Burnham Park, etc. Then head for Sagada to see the mountains, the hanging caves and the rice terraces.

    If you've had enough of Baguio & Sagada, you can head to the beaches in La Union, but I think there's no nightlife there, as most of the resorts are family-owned, used by locals and family-friendly. Though I'm sure they sell beer at those resorts.

    If you want a quaint, scenic historical town, you can go to Vigan. It's a UNESCO-preserved city with old houses, cobblestones, etc. preserved from the Spanish era. You can ride a horse buggy (kalesa) or just walk along the streets.

    As BLD said, you could also go to Subic and Barrio Baretto, but based on reports, the beaches there are so-so, not the greatest. There are better beaches in Batangas, Puerto Galera, Boracay or elsewhere in the Visayas region.

    Cheers and enjoy your holiday! Post pictures!
    Will do.

    Many thanks for your help.

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    Fuck Swagman, ask Harry the Horse.

    Harry the Horse

    And if you do AC do Subic as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Fuck Swagman, ask Harry the Horse.

    Harry the Horse

    And if you do AC do Subic as well.
    I wouldn't bother with the north at all.

    Do the south and southwest.

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    And get kidnapped and beheaded by a bunch of muslim nutters.

    Great holiday!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    nobody likes Manila or spending time there.
    I do.
    Perhaps a bit sentimental, used to live there...
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    Yes, I'll eat and drink in AC, and then I'm thinking of Berretto.
    Go a bit further down, to Subic. Nothing much in Barretto any more. If you like a quiet day on the beach, try Baloy Beach, in between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    nobody likes Manila or spending time there.
    I do.
    Perhaps a bit sentimental, used to live there...
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    Yes, I'll eat and drink in AC, and then I'm thinking of Berretto.
    Go a bit further down, to Subic. Nothing much in Barretto any more. If you like a quiet day on the beach, try Baloy Beach, in between the two.
    Cheers for that, Stroll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    ....or bypass Manila and fly straight into Clark ,
    Would a flight into PI to Clark be more expensive than Aquino airport in Manila?

    I'm not cheap but think of price by nature.

    Clark would be more convenient, as I do not have much time and don't want to spend any time in Manila.

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    It costs less from BKK to Clark than Manila. Check the budget airlines.

    - well, a few years ago, don't know the latest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    ....or bypass Manila and fly straight into Clark ,
    Would a flight into PI to Clark be more expensive than Aquino airport in Manila?

    I'm not cheap but think of price by nature.

    Clark would be more convenient, as I do not have much time and don't want to spend any time in Manila.
    FFS

    https://www.expedia.com./www.expedia.com/Flights

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    I don't like internet airline price checks.

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    Jayzuz....


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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Jayzuz....

    Unreliable.

    I still use a person - agent.

    And yes I have 6-7 credit cards and an 811 FICO.

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    ^ Jaysus Christo! WTF do you need with so many credit cards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Storekeeper View Post
    ^ Jaysus Christo! WTF do you need with so many credit cards?
    Hey. Long time no see. Where ya been?

    I do not need them. The balance is $0 on all of them.

    Once a year on each card I buy for example, a book, socks, something cheap, and on my Navy Federal Credit Union card I buy an airline ticket, and then I pay off the balance when the bill arrives.

    I only do this to keep them current and "active."

    My debts are $0.

    My FICO is 811.


    My savings.....fat....but I want it fatter.

    True story.

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    Oh, and to add:

    I got ALL of these cards (except for the Navy Federal Credit Union card) in the early and mid-1990s.

    It's like a.....love affair.

    But one, that did not cost me money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    I got ALL of these cards (except for the Navy Federal Credit Union card) in the early and mid-1990s.

    It's like a.....love affair
    Do you sleep with them and take them for candlelit dinners?

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    Heading to Angeles but not for the hookers?

    Do people actually do that?

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    I would guess they get a regular swipe through the bumcrack

    can we lay bets as to if milkman actually does go anywhere ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Black Heart
    I got ALL of these cards (except for the Navy Federal Credit Union card) in the early and mid-1990s.

    It's like a.....love affair
    Do you sleep with them and take them for candlelit dinners?
    I keep them all locked up in the crib. I never leave the house with them.

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