First Night Out On Walking Street, Angeles
Some newbies might be a bit intimidated by the sketchiness of Angeles City. There are some dark alleyways, beggars, touts, chicks with dicks grabbing you on the street, etc. The Philippines is a bit underdeveloped compared to e.g. Thailand so it can be a culture shock at first.
Child beggars on Fields Avenue
In no time at all you’ll get used to it, but for the first night it can be easier to stick to Walking Street (aka Fields Avenue). Then venture out to bars on the perimeter later. I recently took my first trip to Angeles and that’s what I did. Walking Street is one straight well-lit strip of road, similar to Pattaya.
McDonald’s at the East end of Walking Street
Where To Stay
Fields Walking Street Hotel is on the left shortly after you walk onto Fields Avenue, from the West entrance (you’ll be dropped off at this entrance coming from the airport). The hotel door is opposite Lollipop Gogo bar, look for that on the right side. This is where I stayed.
Since it’s right on Walking Street it’s pretty much impossible to get mugged or anything like that, as you stumble drunkenly from a bar to your hotel in a few steps.
It’s around $45 on Agoda after tax. Has the nicest beds I’ve seen on walking street, large and comfortable. Strong air con, big showers, mirrors on the walls, and a cheap minibar.
Another reason to stay there is the hotel gives you 3 vouchers for free drinks at a choice of five gogo bars with the same owners as the hotel – Red Bar, Qbar, Lollipop, Kings Landing, and Shipwrecked. So you know where to go to start the night.
Sure you could stay in a place $10 cheaper and buy 3 drinks for that but it was a nice touch and I felt safe leaving my suitcase in a reputable hotel.
I went into about a dozen bars, covering most of Walking street over the night. Maybe it was because my plane landed at 1am so I got there late and the best pinays had been snapped up, but I only saw one hot girl.
Had a chat and she told me she makes 118 pesos a day salary, plus 60 pesos from each lady drink (of 200 pesos), and 1300 from the barfine (of 3000 pesos). Then 500 is a good tip on top. That was in Salambo bar.
There were some freelancers on the street who looked better than the bargirls in the gogos. Quite a few ladyboys mixed in though and I was taking it easy on my first night so I passed.
Since I was doing everything opposite to Dante – staying in a $40+ hotel and going into bars – I decided to stick to that and go into High Society disco as well.
It’s a 200 pesos cover charge then beers are 100. Quite a lot of hot girls, definitely worth going in. The freelancers in here will lock eyes with you, it’s pretty easy to tell which girls are looking for a customer. Goes until about 5am.
Taxi to Manila
I found the Filipina bargirls hotter in Manila (more on that in another post) so I took a taxi back there the next day which the hotel reception lady booked for me. Door to door service to Burgos Street for 2900, took a little over an hour.
If I’d followed Dante’s ebook advice I’d have taken the bus, but for a beginner on your first time in Angeles I think it’s worth it to avoid the hassle of going to the bus station.