"Clark Freeport" Philippines Things to Do Tip by machomikemd

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Fort Stotsenberg formerly the Largest Airbase of US Air Force outside the Mainland, Now A Free Port and International Airport. This Sprawling area is about 20,000 hectares and is divided into areas for leisure, duty free shops, the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (the gateway to the philippines via budget and no frills international airlines like Air Asia or Tiger Airways and Asiana), Casinos and subdivisions. Upon entering the port, The Big Salakot is the Sign that you are entering Clark Freeport Zone. It was made about 30 years ago as a symbol that the then US Airbase is a Part of the Philippines. At present it is still standing but more as a sign that you are nearing the Clark Freeport Zone. The Northern Luzon Expressway is an 87 Kilometer, refurbished all weather Concrete Multilane Highway that starts from Caloocan City in Metro Manila up to Mabalacat Town in Pampanga Province. When planning to go to Clark Free Port, this is the preferred direction. The toll is 177 pesos up to dau exit (the exit going to Clark Freeport). Duty free shopping is one of the main draws of the port, Before there were many duty free shops in Clark Free Port that competed for shoppers (local residents have a $ 400 allocation per month and tourist whether local of domestic will have to pay 25 pesos for a $ 50 shopping card to be able to shop duty free (if your purchases totaled $ 200, then you will buy 4 ($50) shopping Card. At present, the duty free shops are not as numerous as before and the selections are mostly chocolates, canned goods, dry goods. Most of the Duty Free Shops are located in the C.M. Recto Higway area of Clark Freeport. Among the popular shops are Pure Gold Duty Free, DFS Duty Free Superstore, Oriental Duty Free and Parkson Duty Free.

There are 2 large leisure estates in Clark freeport, the Fontana Leisure estate, a 300 hectare area with an 18 hole golf course, various villas, a casino, several sports activites and a water theme park. The other is the Mimosa, Mimosa was the first entity that went into Clark Free Port after it reverted to Philippine Sovereignty and they developed a 230 hectare area within Clark Freeport as an integrated Leisure and Resort Complex complete with a Holiday Inn Hotel, an 18 hole Golf Course, Casino, Private Villa's for rent, Swimming Pool, etc. but unfortunately, they were overtaken in Popularity by the Nearby Fontana Resort Complex and other mushrooming Leisure Spots in the Clark Freeport. Still it is a good place to unwind (ifyou have the money though) and relax and rent a private villa (a villa costs 8,000 pesos a day) and play golf.

Clark Freeport also is near Angeles City, a lively city which is infamous with foreigners due to it's lively sex tourism trade at fields avenue, just beside the freeport and lots of lodgings for backpackers.

Address: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Province, PH
Directions: Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Province, PH
othercontact: Fax: (6345) 599-6001
Phone: (6345) 599-6004
Website: http://www.clark.com.ph/

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2008
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