Pampanga Province – Where to stay and what to do there?

Pampanga Province – Where to stay and what to do there?

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Pampanga is only a few hours away from Manila. Aside from Clark, a highly urbanized and modern city, you can also visit here for nature trips or to attend popular festivals featuring hot air balloons. During the Christmas season, tourists especially enjoy the Giant Lantern Festival and the much-awaited Hot Air Balloon Festival. If you’re traveling with children or children at heart, check out Aqua Planet and Sandbox, for an adventurous summer experience. You don’t have to worry about where to stay in Pampanga because there are many hotels and resorts to choose from, ranging from luxury accommodations to budget-friendly lodging. Moreover, It also has fun outdoor activities for the whole family as well as historical sites and city attractions to visit. So add these recommended destinations to your Pampanga itinerary. Indeed, Pampanga offers a quick escape from the bustling of Manila, no what kind of backpacker you are.

Have a cozy and eventful stay in THE MANSION

Clark Pampanga is a great place to start your Northern Luzon adventures. There are several public golf courses in Clark, including one very close to The Mansion. Moreover, the Mansion is a 4-star collegial-atmosphere hotel inspired by (America’s) South’s grand plantation homes. In addition, it also has similar look to the idyllic manors found in a quaint European village. It has about 40 minimalist spacious rooms, a restaurant to satisfy your cravings, relaxing scenery, and jump-packed of fun activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Furthermore, our group stayed in one of their three-bedroom villas to stay for a night. We paid Php 12,000 for a total of 8 pax (could fit 10) and our eventful stay made it worthy. In that much, you and your loved ones can enjoy exciting activities such as free biking, movie nights by the bonfire, tennis court, play ground, and many more.

At The Mansion

  • Restaurant and Bar
  • Five Swimming Pools
  • Lobby Lounge
  • Gazebo with Swing
  • Poolside Cabana Bar
  • Fitness Center
  • Playground
  • Camp Adventure (Kids Playroom)
  • Game Room
  • Lawn Chess 
  • Jogging Path
  • Use of Bicycles
  • Outdoor Movie Night (every Fri & Sat)
  • Bonfire (every Fri & Sat)
  • Tennis Court
  • Function Halls
  • Private Dining Spot

For The Business Traveler

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Common Areas
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in the Rooms
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service
  • Airport-Pick Up Available
  • Car Hire Available
  • Meeting/Conference Room

For The Little Ones:

  • Playroom
  • Kids Pool Area (Shallow Area)
  • Camp Adventure (Kids Playground)
  • Use of Children’s Bikes
  • Lawn Games
  • Board Games

Experience Food, Music, and Hotair Balloon in AURORA FESTIVAL

The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga is an annual event that began in 1994. This phenomenal event provided us with a colorful experience that would make everybody feel like a kid all over again. As a result of the pandemic, the event was put on hold. Moreover, most of the celebrations and businesses were at a pause as the crisis arrived. But the wait is now over, the Clark Hot Air Balloon, Food & Music Festival returns to Clark Global City on June 10 and 11 after a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19. Finally, they resumed the celebration as the restrictions are getting loose. Thus, our group went for the first day of the festival (June 10 2022). It was indeed an exciting moment after waiting for a long time. However, the unorganized program threw us off the rocks.

What went wrong this time?

There were not enough martials, disordered lines (just 2 lines), and we had to wait for 4 hours under the heat of the sun before they let us in. The performers were good and it would’ve been perfect if not with the very chaotic organization of program. In addition, we had to wait 30 more mins in addition to the 4 hours because in the middle of the program, organizers decided not to let any more kids in. Which would’ve cause waste of money for the ticket and a lot of angry parents. In the end, the martials had no choice since a lot of adults with kids were getting furious and causing more tension in the entrance. Did I mention that there were only 5 hotair balloons available too (unlike before there were more than 10)? Hopefully next year, the program will be organized and better.


  • General Admission
  • VIP
  • SVIP


  • PHP 500 + PHP 25 Ticket Fee = PHP 525
  • PHP 1000 + PHP 25 Ticket Fee = PHP 1, 025
  • PHP 3000 + PHP 25 Ticket Fee = PHP 3, 025

Try the largest slides in PH’s biggest waterpark at AQUA PLANET

If you’re looking for fun water activities without having to travel far, this new water park in Pampanga is a must-see for kids and kids at heart! The water park boasts a tropical theme resort and various water play areas and activities for all ages. Moreover, this facility also have a commercial space where they will sell various swimming accessories and souvenirs. The visually appealing Aqua Planet flaunts world-class facilities as well as first-rate services. Guests are in for an enjoyable yet satisfying experience with over 38 slides and attractions available and an extensive land area verdant greenery. Furthermore, Aqua Planet is the largest water park here in the Philippines having 10-hectare lot area. We had so much fun trying all the huge slides specially the Tornado! A day is not enough! Aqua Planet is indeed one of the must-visit places here in Pampanga.

Weekday (Regular Season)

Kids (below 4ft) Php 780

Adult Php 980

Weekend and Holiday (Regular Season)

Kids (below 4ft) Php 980

Adult Php 1180

Weekday (Peak Season)

Kids (below 4ft) Php 880

Adult Php 1,080

Weekend and Holiday (Peak Season)

Kids (below 4ft) Php 1,080

Adult Php 1,280

Meet, feed, and take a photo with animals in CLARK SAFARI

Us Filipinos have childhood memories in our favorite zoos in the Philippines. One of it which became a staple is the Manila Zoo. Thousands of people visit zoos every day because they adore animals and want to share their enthusiasm with their loved ones.  Moreover, zoos have the capability to involve and express the difficulties of conserving the world’s most endangered species to each visitor. As a result, zoos have a distinctive ability to motivate transformation that results in the development of a caring and compassionate societal ethic. Since its soft opening in December 2021, the newly opened Clark Safari and Adventure Park has captivated the hearts of Filipino children. This massive zoo spans 40 hectares and is soon to have action-packed live entertainment, thrilling rides, and, of course, lovely animal excursions and adventure. Its vast size can cater 2,500 visitors even while ensuring basic health and safety protocols, as the establishment places the safety of its guests at the top of the priority list.


Adult – Php 499


Kids – Php 399

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