Getting there: Qantas flies daily to Manila
(www.qantas.com). From there it’s less than 100km to Pampanga, but is a long drive. It took three hours on a charter bus to reach our hotel. An alternative is to fly into Clark International Airport, via Hong Kong or Seoul.
Where to stay: Travelling as a guest of Ford Australia, we stayed at a new hotel called Midori Clark Hotel and Casino, near the old US Air Force base at Clark. See www.midorihotel.com for bookings. There are plenty of other alternatives in and around the city of Angeles. Check out www.visitclark.com.
Tours: Several companies operate tours to Mount Pinatubo, including Trekking Mt Pinatubo, which runs 4WD tours and hiking up to Lake Pinatubo. For more info, see www.trekkingpinatubo.com