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Vigan Travel Guide and Itinerary

Vigan is a city located on the northwestern coast of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the capital of the Ilocos Sur province and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the country. Recently, it won as one of the New Seven Wonders Cities of the World.

The main draw of Vigan City are its well-preserved Bahay na Bato structures located at the Meztizo District, its historical core. Currently, there are 187 listed ancestral houses in town. Besides this, it also boasts of beautiful colonial churches, a plaza that comes alive with a fountain show at night, a free-roaming zoo and numerous historical museums.

The city’s cuisine is also quite interesting and numerous restaurants around the area makes it readily accessible to visitors.

There is no denying the popularity of Vigan City for the typical tourist and even veteran travelers. And for those planning to visit it anytime soon, here’s an intensive travel guide, complete with a 2-day and 3-day sample itinerary for a DIY tour of the Vigan City.

 

How to Get to Vigan 
HOW TO GET TO VIGAN CITY

       Vigan City is located 408 kilometers away from Manila. Although there is an airstrip in the city, it is mainly
            used as a runway for chartered flights. Commercial flights are available via Skyjet, but these are few and
            far between.
                   From Manila, the usual way to get to Vigan City is by taking a bus. The trip takes about eight to ten hours
            long. Most tourists, including myself, take the night trip to sleep off the long ride and arrive at the city early the
            next morning.

How to Get from Manila to Vigan  VIA METRO MANILA 
  Bus lines going directly and passing by Vigan City from Metro Manila are found in Cubao, 
  Pasay City and Manila. Aircon trips are available everyday and travel time is at about
  eight to ten hours. As of this writing, ticket fares are pegged at Php600.00, give or take.

                                          Dominion Lines  Manila (02) 741-4146 | Cubao (02) 727 2350 | Direct
                                          Fariñas  Manila (02) 731-4507 | Pass-By
                                          GV Florida  Manila (02) 781-5849 | Pass-By
                                          Maria de Leon  Manila (0916) 717-2545 & (0909) 344-9661 | Pass-By
                                          Partas  Manila (02) 743-3242 |Pasay (02) 852-8194 | Cubao (02) 727-8275 |  Direct
                                          RCJ Bus Lines  Manila (02) 741-2994 | Pass-By
                                          Viron Transit  Manila (02) 741-6588 & (02) 731-8620 & (02) 726-7409 | Direct


How to Get from Baguio to Vigan  VIA BAGUIO
  There are aircon and ordinary buses that regularly ply the Baguio-Vigan route. Travel time is
  about three to five hours, depending on your departure time. Fare is pegged around Php360.00
  as of this writing.

                                          Fariñas  via Laoag
                                          Partas  (074) 444-8431 | Direct
                                          Viron Transit


Speak Vigan 
SPEAK VIGAN
       Being located in the province of Ilocos Sur, Ilocano is the native dialiect of Bigueños. Although tourists from
            other parts of the country, or the globe for that matter, won’t be having a hard time communicating with the
            locals as most of them are also fluent in Tagalog and English.

Vigan Language  Thank You – Agyamanak
  Good Morning – Naimbag a bigat
  Good Afternoon - Naimbag a malem
  Good Evening – Naimbag a rabii
  How Much? – Sagmamano daytoy?
  Where is… – Sadino ti…

 

 

Get Around Vigan 
GETTING AROUND VIGAN CITY

Vigan Transportation

  Tricyles and karitela (horse-drawn carriages) are the main mode of
  transportation in Vigan City. Getting around is easy enough since one can
  practically hail these two at any area within the city center. Minimum fare for
  both is at Php10.00 per person, rising up to Php20.00 or more as one gets
  farther out. To avoid being charged more than the usual, be sure to board legit
  tricycle operators as indicated by a large Vigan plate up its roof.



Vigan Tours 
VIGAN TOURS

Vigan Tours

  Tours around Vigan City can either be availed via tricycles or karitela. While I 
  prefer the latter for a more complete old-world experience, the former can be 
  convenient especially if you’re pressed for time. Tour fees are computed at
  Php150.00 per hour, per vehicle. A karitela can comfortably seat four 
  individuals, so the more you are within the coach, the cheaper it is.

  Alternatively, hotels and lodgings, especially high-end ones, also offer tours via 
                                                             air-conditioned vans and even tuktuk. There are also a few places where one 
                                                             can rent bicycles, if you prefer a more hands-on experience (Php150.00/day).


Where to Stay in Vigan 
WHERE TO STAY IN VIGAN CITY
    
There are numerous places to stay while in Vigan City. There are backpacker inns, moderately-priced lodges
            and luxurious hotels to choose from. The most interesting accommodations are renovated ancestral houses 
            converted as lodgings. It’s also preferable to find a place near the Meztizo District where Calle Crisologo is located
            since most of the tourist spots and restaurants are only a hop away from there.



Grandpa's Inn in Vigan City

  G R A N D P A ’ S   I N N   
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: #1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 674-0729 | (0917) 799-0121
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'21.9"N 120°23'24.6"E




Hotel Felicidad in Vigan City

  H O T E L   F E L I C I D A D 
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: 9 V. delos Reyes st., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-0008 | (0917) 856-8309
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'25.1"N 120°23'22.9"E


Hotel Luna in Vigan City

  H O T E L   L U N A  
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Luna cor. Ventura de los Reyes St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (02) 373-3333
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'20.0"N 120°23'22.0"E




Where to Eat in Vigan 
WHERE TO EAT IN VIGAN CITY
     
Whether you’re looking for authentic Ilocano cuisine, traditional Filipino meals or the comfort of western
            dishes, Vigan City has it all. Restaurants, cafés and even fast-food chains abound in the city. Be sure to also check
            out the street food carinderia scenes in the area for a legit taste of Bigueño eats.
                    A list of must-eat in Vigan includes empanada, okoy, longanisa, bagnet and poqui-poqui.



Cafe Leona in Vigan City

  C A F E   L E O N A  
  Type: Filipino and Ilocano Cuisine
  Address: Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-2212
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'24.8"N 120°23'21.4"E


Cafe Uno in Vigan City

  C A F E   U N O   
  Type: Filipino and Ilocano Cuisine, Pasta, Sandwiches, Coffee
  Address: 1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 674-0729 | (0917) 799-0121
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'21.9"N 120°23'24.6"E


Empanadahan in Vigan City

  E M P A N A D A H A N   A T   P L A Z A   B U R G O S 
  Type: Street Food, Empanada, Arrozcaldo, Barbecue
  Address: Jacinto Street, Plaza Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'27.8"N 120°23'18.1"E



Kusina Felicitas in Vigan City

  K U S I N A   F E L I C I T A S 
  Type: Filipino and Ilocano Cuisine
  Address: 1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 674-0729 | (0917) 799-0121
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'21.9"N 120°23'24.6"E 


Lampong's Restaurant in Vigan City

  L A M P O N G ’ S   R E S T A U R A N T   
  Type: Filipino and Ilocano Cuisine
  Address: Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (0916) 666-6866 | (077) 632-0034
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'21.4"N 120°23'20.9"E


Lilong and Lilang Restaurant in Vigan City  L I L O N G   &   L I L A N G   R E S T A U R A N T 
  Type: Filipino and Ilocano Cuisine
  Address: Hidden Garden, Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-1450 | (0917) 922-2827
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'34.8"N 120°21'53.2"E




Flowerscents Garden Cafe in Bantay  F L O W E R S C E N T S   G A R D E N   C A F E  
  Type: Panciteria; Pancit Batil Patong, Pancit Cabagan
  Address: Manila-North Road, Zone 5, Bantay, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (0917) 337-5919 | (0909) 328-4744
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'50.3"N 120°23'28.7"E




Pinakbet Farm in Caoayan   P I N A K B E T   F A R M  
  Type: Filipino Cuisine
  Address: Nansuagao, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (0927) 564-0202
  GPS Coordinates: 17°32'37.7"N 120°23'41.8"E




What to See in Vigan 
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN VIGAN CITY 
      
Vigan City thrives because of its history, so expect a lot of historical walks and museums in the area. From
            old colonial churches, cobblestone street, to restored ancestral houses; history buffs would have a field day
            roaming around town. But besides these, the city also offers other attractions; it has a black sand beach, a free-
            roaming zoo, pottery shops and abel textile workstations.

 

Arce Mansion in Vigan City

  A R C E   M A N S I O N  
  Address: 87 Quirino Boulevard cor. Abaya Street Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (02) 725-0819 | (0917) 824-6900
  Entrance Fee: Php50.00
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'04.7"N 120°23'19.8"E


Baluarte in Vigan City

  B A L U A R T E 
  Address: Brgy. Salindeg, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-7186
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'04.8"N 120°22'37.9"E


Burgos Museum in Vigan City

  B U R G O S   M U S E U M 
  Address: Burgos St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: Php20.00
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'32.2"N 120°23'08.8"E



Calle Crisologo in Vigan City

  C A L L E   C R I S O L O G O   
  Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E



Casa Caridad in Vigan City

  C A S A   C A R I D A D
  Address: Bonifacio cor. De Los Reyes Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: Not open to the public
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'21.7"N 120°23'23.1"E



Crisologo Museum in Vigan City

  C R I S O L O G O   M U S E U M 
  Address: Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: Donation
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'13.7"N 120°23'15.8"E



Hidden Garden in Vigan City

  H I D D E N   G A R D E N
  Address: Brgy. Bulala, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-1450 | (0917) 922-2827
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'34.8"N 120°21'53.2"E


Mindoro Beach in Vigan City

  M I N D O R O   B E A C H
  Address: Brgy. Mindoro, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'42.9"N 120°20'42.6"E



Pottery in Vigan City

  P A G B U R N A Y A N   P O T T E R Y 
  Address: Gomez St. cor. Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'16.6"N 120°22'57.5"E



Plaza Salcedo in Vigan City

  P L A Z A   S A L C E D O   D A N C I N G   F O U N T A I N   S H O W
  Address: Plaza Salcedo, Quezon Ave. cor. Burgos St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'31.3"N 120°23'15.8"E



Provincial Capitol in Vigan City

  P R O V I N C I A L   C A P I T O L
  Address: Quezon Ave., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'32.7"N 120°23'12.5"E



Simbaan a Bassit in Vigan City

  S I M B A A N   A   B A S S I T
  Address: Liberation Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'14.7"N 120°23'08.5"E



Syquia Mansion in Vigan City

  S Y Q U I A   M A N S I O N
  Address: Quirino Boulevard cor. Salcedo Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: Php20.00 
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'15.5"N 120°23'23.3"E



Zarzuela in Vigan City

  T R E S   P A T R I M O N I O   Z A R Z U E L A
  Address: Vigan Culture and Trade Center, Quezon Ave. cor. Florentino St.,
  Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722 8771‎ 
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'28.3"N 120°23'13.1"E


Vigan Cathedral in Vigan City

  V I G A N   C A T H E D R A L 
  Address: Burgos Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722-2644
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'29.4"N 120°23'19.3"E



 

Abel Weaving in Caoayan

  A B E L   L O O M   W E A V I N G
  Address: Near Flores St., Naguilian, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722 6210
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'16.2"N 120°23'37.5"E


 

Bantay Church Bell Tower in Bantay

  B A N T A Y   C H U R C H   B E L L   T O W E R  
  Address: Manila-North Road, Zone 5, Bantay, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'52.226"N 120°23'29.777"E



Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone  in Bantay

  I L O C O S   S U R   A D V E N T U R E   Z O N E
  Address: Abra River, Brgy. Banaoang, Bantay, Ilocos Sur
  Ride Fee: Php100.00 to Php400.00
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'36.8"N 120°27'56.3"E



 

Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria

  S A N T A   M A R I A   C H U R C H   
  Address: Santa Maria-Burgos Road, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 17°22'00.2"N 120°28'59.3"E





What to Buy in Vigan  
FESTIVALS IN VIGAN CITY 
 

Vigan's Longanisa Festival

  L O N G G A N I S A   F E S T I V A L 
  Celebration Date: Every January 22nd and 25th
  What it Celebrates: Local Sausage Delicacy and Cityhood




Binatbatan Festival in Vigan by edmaration.com

  B I N A T B A T A N   F E S T I V A L   O F   T H E   A R T S  
  Celebration Date: Every First Week of May
  What it Celebrates: Art Festival




Raniag Festival in Vigan by edmaration.com

  R A N I A G   F E S T I V A L
  Celebration Date: Every 1st of November
  What it Celebrates: Halloween

 





What to Buy in Vigan 
WHAT TO BUY IN VIGAN CITY 
    
There are only a few other places in the country as abundant in souvenirs as Vigan City. The amount of
            keepsakes one can buy while in the city is staggering. The town’s shopping center is located at its most famous
            street, Calle Crisologo. Be sure to bring enough cash (and extra bags) if you plan to bring some stuff home.

Abel Weaving in Vigan

  A B E L   W E A V I N G 
  Address: Near Flores St., Naguilian, Caoayan, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: (077) 722 6210
  GPS Coordinates: 17°33'16.2"N 120°23'37.5"E



Antiques in Vigan

  A N T I Q U E S 
  Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: N/A
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E



Foodstuff in Vigan

  F O O D S T U F F
  Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: N/A
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E



Souvenirs in Vigan

  S O U V E N I R S
  Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: N/A
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E



Pottery in Vigan

  P O T T E R Y
  Address: Gomez St. cor. Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  Contact Number: 
  GPS Coordinates: 17°34'15.7"N 120°22'55.5"E




Vigan Tourist Spots Map   
VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS MAP

Vigan Tourist Spots Map



Vigan Side Trip   
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 
      
If you have more time on hand and you still have some days left before going back home, Vigan City
            is a good jump-off point to extend your vacation up the northern parts of the Philippines. Here are some of the
            places you can easily go to.

Vigan to Baguio City

  B A G U I O   C I T Y
  Hours Away: About 3 to 5 hours away by bus
  Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days 
  Baguio Itinerary and Travel Guide





Vigan Itinerary   
VIGAN SAMPLE ITINERARY

       Vigan City can be toured in one whole day. During my first visit, since I didn’t know where the tourist
            attractions were, I hired a kalesa to tour me around the city. Since it charges by the hour, I just let it show me
            where the interesting locations are in the city without me going down to save on tour expenses. The only place 
            I went down was at the Hidden Garden, which is located at the fringes of town and would be impractical to
            walk to.
                   After the tour, I simply walked to all the tourist spots on my own. The good thing about this is that I was
            able to savor each location without always thinking about how much my cucero or driver would be charging me
            right after. The downside is you would be walking a lot.
                   Alternatively, one can simply ride a tricycle or kalesa to go from one spot to another for a minimum fare of 
            Php10.00. The far areas, like Mindoro Beach, Baluarte and the tourist spots in Caoayan are of course much more
            expensive to go to, haggle with your driver before boarding.
                   Below, I listed a typical 2-day and 3-day Vigan itinerary. One can actually go back to Manila in the morning of
            the second day if one so wishes, but to cover everything, I suggest you go back in the evenings instead. The third
            day I outlined mostly takes on sites outside Vigan City, but still near enough to access on the way back to Manila.

       
                D A Y  1 
                Early Morning Arrival from Manila
                Check in at Hotel 
                Breakfast
                Avail of Karitela Tour
                     - Bantay Church Bell Tower
                     - Burgos Museum
                     - Calle Crisologo
                     - Syquia Mansion
                     - Arce Mansion
                     - Crisologo Museum
                     - Simbaan a Bassit
                     - Pagburnayan Pottery
                     - Hidden Garden (Lunch)
                     - Mindoro Beach (optional, can be done on Day 2)
                     - Baluarte (optional, can be done on Day 2)
                Back at Hotel
                Walk around Calle Crisologo
                Merienda at Burgos Empanadahan
                Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
                Watch Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo
                Dinner at Cafe Leona
               
                D A Y  2
                Breakfast 
                Buy Souvenir at Calle Crisologo
                Tour Hotel Luna
                Visit Mindoro Beach
                Visit Baluarte (can be done on Day 1)
                Lunch at Pinakbet Farm
                Visit Abel Loomweaving
                Early Dinner at Cafe Uno
                Watch Dancing Fountain Show at Plaza Salcedo
                Depart to Manila END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY

                D A Y  3
                Breakfast and check out from the hotel
                Visit the Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone
                Visit Quirino Bridge
                Visit Santa Maria Church in Santa Maria
                Visit Pinsal Falls in Santa Maria
                Visit Narvacan Shrine
                Lunch at Narvacan
                Depart to Manila END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY


Vigan Travel Guide & Itinerary

V I G A N   T R A V E L   G U I D E   A N D   I T I N E R A R Y
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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Monday, September 29, 2014

85 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!

    Kinakabog ang Lonely Planet!
    Pero this is really useful. Nice one Idol!

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    1. Thanks Darwin! San na mga blog mo about Vigan?! :D

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  2. Imbahhhh! Speechless! Parang taga-Vigan lang kung makagawa ng guide oh!

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    1. Salamat Edmar! If you have something to add to the travel guide, just let me know ha! :)

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  3. lahat ba ng attractions, museums, shops open monday to sunday??? tnx

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    1. Most are open the whole week, except for the museums, which are closed on Mondays

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  4. can you give us an estimated cost for the 3-day itinerary? :)

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    1. Budget for a Vigan trip would be different from group to group, depending on where do you plan to stay, how many meals would you eat in a day and where would you want to eat. It all depends on how lavish or how thrifty you are with your money.

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  5. Beautiful place in the Philippines : Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Cur, Philippines and the capital province of http://dailycome.com/philippines-visiting-in-the-city-of-vigan-ilocos-sur/

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  6. I always wanted to visit Vigan. The tips on this blog is so helpful. Amongst all I've read, this one's perfect 👌and will be my travel guide. Thank you ☺

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    1. No problem Christine! Enjoy your Vigan trip! :)

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  7. I was looking for a Vigan itinerary and of course the first thing I visit is your site! :) Thanks for this Christian!

    By the way, I have a new consolidated travel & lifestyle blog over on Sunset Goddess Manila. Hope you get to visit me over there! Cheers!

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    1. Long time no hear ah! I'm sure you'll have lots of fun in Vigan, don't forget to bring home some longanisa and bagnet! :)

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  8. Hello,

    I would just to ask anyone of you where can you find affordable van rental (all-in) from Manila to Ilocos places?
    Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hi.. please check Q10 Travel and Tours for your trips to Ilocos..

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    2. Hi.. please check Q10 Travel and Tours for your trips to Ilocos..

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  9. thanks sa itinerary very usefull lalo na sa mga first timer na gustong mag roundtrip.. :p

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    1. You're welcome, this Vigan travel guide is really made for first time visitors in the city :)

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    1. Hi Almarie, sorry for the late reply. I have no idea if the museums are open on holidays. Were you able to get in?

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  11. thank you for this very helpful blog..... is there a lodge or inn at the Mindoro beach yung cheap lang thanks

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    1. Yes, there is an old resort right beside Vigan's beach :)

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  12. Paki-add ang mga programs at awards ng vigan. Project kasi namin. PLS.

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    1. Hi, sure that would be great! Could you link me to a page where I can find those info? Or could you email them to me? :)

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  13. Very informative. Thank you! I'll go to Vigan! Sana hindi ako mawala. 😆

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    1. Hi Jana, for sure you won't get lost in Vigan, it's not that big, really :)

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  14. Very informative. Thank you! I'll go to Vigan! Sana hindi ako mawala. 😆

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    1. Haha, hindi ka mawawala sa Vigan. Kung sakali man, just ask around for directions, Vigan peeps are very friendly :)

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  15. Hi, I wil be going to vigan next month and I am planning to rent a bicycle, I was wondering if it is safe to bike as I will plan to bike from vigan heritage to the mindoro beach.

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    1. From what I've personally seen, it looks quite safe to bike around Vigan, even all the way to Mindoro Beach

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  16. Hi.. may I know how much will it cost per person. please reply. thanks much!! ☺

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    1. Your Vigan budget would depend greatly on where you'll be staying and how often and where you're gonna eat

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  18. Need a Trip-Advice of Planning a 4/5 Day-Trip to Vigan City

    Hi ! We are tertiary students (a lady and gentleman), have searched from websites to learn that there will be a week-long celebration of “art-festival” in May in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur, Philippines, two of us tourists from Hong Kong attempt to travel Vigan City to join such an amazing experience for a Four to Five-days (4 ~ 5) trip, the details of the trip are followings :–

    4 days trip – 01/05 (Sunday morning am) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday evening pm); or
    5 days trip – 30/04 (Saturday evening pm) – 04/05/2016 (Wednesday)

    We have a numbers of Questions as follows :–

    What is the shorter or faster ways (transportation) to get Vigan City such as direct flight to Laoag City, Baguio–Loakan Airport, or Tuguegarao Airport, to shorten the long–distant transportation, 1–hour bus travelling from Laoag City to Vigan City instead of 6–hour bus travelling from Manila to Vigan City ?

    How many flight within (to and from) Manila and Laoag City ?

    Another problems is public security or social problem in Philippines. As you know since the Manila hostage crisis that seven Hong Kong tourists were killed in 2010. My brother told me he went to a countryside in Kalusunan a couple of years ago and felt unsafety there. As you know since the Manila hostage crisis that seven Hong Kong tourists were killed in 2010. We worry about the public security problems. But I read many websites described Vigan city, those tourists after travelling the city told they felt comfortable and enjoyed so much. Is there safety or any social security problems there, could any of you give us any travelling tips, to avoid any tricks, or help for tourist if any problems ?

    Does it provided any RELIABLE Local Guide or Local Tours travelling Vigan City ? If any, how much does the product cost ? In what currency ?
    Thank you very much for your above advices

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    1. The shortest way is via Laoag airport. The airport in Baguio is no longer operational.

      There are about three flights daily to Laoag via Manila.

      Vigan is very, very safe. No need to worry about security.

      Tours can be availed via the many kalesa (horse-drawn carriages) around the city. Tours are paid in peso. Fees are set at P150.00 per hour.

      Hope you enjoy your Vigan tour!

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  19. Christian Sangoyo,
    Firstly, thank you very much for your reply here indeed. Your in depth and amazing introduction with the available links for the travaling spots of Vigan City become my major reference of tour guide. WELL DONE !! However, could you give me one more your advice that, both of us tourists, put forwards our trips, that we are going to a 5D4N trips Vigan and Laoag (and Pagudpud if time allows) the forthcoming Easter 25-29/03/2016. As we have learnt of the rich religious and cultural influences in Vigan and Laoag, we would like to experience such a holy Easter there, but we wonder if all shops and services such as caterings and souvenir shops will be closed due to the regular holiday between the coming Easter, would you offer us any more opinions please ? Thank you very much for your advice. Looking forwards to hearing from you soon. May god bless you !! Cheers !! Vivienne.

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    1. Hi Vivienne, I haven't celebrated Easter at Vigan yet, but if I were to guess, the shops and restaurants would be open, with only a few closing down. The reason, a lot of Filipinos generally travel during the Easter break.

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  20. One more question that

    We wonder if all shops and services such as caterings and souvenir shops will be CLOSED A BIT EARLIER OR EVEN CLOSED due to the regular holiday between the coming Easter, would you offer us any more opinions please ? Thank you !!
    Vivienne

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    1. During Good Friday and Black Saturday, there might be some shops that would close, but I don't think all the shops would close. :)

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  21. Thank you so much for your opinions my friend !! I think both of us tourists will rest assured to enjoy our Vigan and Laoag tour the forthcoming Easter !!

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    1. No problem Vivienne, update me regarding your Vigan trip! :)

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  22. As a first time back-packer, this is really a huge help. KUDOS! :) I will be planning more escapades alone in the future and I will surely refer to your blog, Sir. :)

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    1. Hi Grae, Vigan was also the first place I backpacked solo!

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  23. Hello, How much po estimate per head sa 3D tour?

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    1. Hi Jezreel, will post a trip budget section soon :)

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  24. Hello Christian! Im from Vigan, Iloco is the dialect of Ilocanos/Bigueños. Thank you for your remarks. :)

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    1. Hi! Thank you for that, will update this Vigan guide soon :)

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  25. Hello! Im travelling to Vigan this coming month, and planning to do a side trip to Baguio. And acc. to what I have read, PARTAS bus trans. offers VIGAN-BAGUIO TRIP. May I know what are the departure time and rates of PARTAS. Thank you in advance, and your blog is super helpful!

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    1. Hi Gerrlene, a Vigan-Baguio tour sounds great! Unfortunately, I don't have a detailed schedule regarding Partas' Vigan-Baguio route. I suggest you call them up. :)

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  26. Hi,

    Me and my friends are planning to visit Vigan by our own car. Do you think is it advisable na magdala ng car or better commute na lang? And aside from that, Can you tell me kung anong hotel ang maayos and affordable to stay in which is malapit lang sa tourist atttaction. By the way, we're travelling with kids.

    thank you...

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    1. Hi Raymon, Vigan by car is good since you can stop on a few other spots on your way to Vigan. The only downside is it can be quite tiring due to the long drive. For accommodation, Grandpa's Inn is quite close to Calle Crisologo and is not that expensive. :)

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  27. Hello Christian Sangoyo.Gusto namin mag vacation in Vigan ng Girlfriend ko, taga Pampanga pa kasi kame, ask ko lang if paano makaka punta sa Vigan, saan kami sasakay? and if ever ilan bus, then sana sa pa balik din namin ng pampanga anu yung magiging route ng bus. salamat

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    1. Hi Gabriel, buses bound for Vigan pass thru Dau bus terminal, you can board from there straight to Vigan. The only thing is, you have to take a chance regarding the seats since buses might leave full from Manila :)

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  28. another Question Sir Christian ng check ako ng mga hotel sa vigan, my alam ka ba na mag kano yung per night ng hotel sir?. yung sana mejo mura?

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    1. Hi Gabriel, you may check Agoda to sort the prices for hotels:

      http://www.agoda.com/?cid=1649989

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  29. Hello sir. Nagpplan po kami umalis ng friend ko at pumunta ng Vigan ng katapusan nitong May. Dalawa lang po kami. If ever, how much po per person ang kailangan naming dalhin? Okay na po ba per person ang 1600.00? Included na ang fare, foods, and transpo sa Vigan.. Guto lang po kasi namin ng matipid yet memorable trip. Please reply. <3
    Thanks

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    1. Him sorry for the delayed response. P1,600 is a bit too low for a budget since the fare itself from Manila is at P600 one way. I'll put up a budget section here in the future :)

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  30. Cool!! this helps a lot.Visit http://www.chiangmaiglobaltour.com/ to get more info about travel and tours.

    Thanks,

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  31. Hi Christian. I'll be traveling to Vigan for 3days on September alone. I'll be using your blog as my travel guide. As much as possible, Id be visiting all what u have shared in here. But can you suggest a hotel for me? I just need a clean and cheap hotel/inn where I can sleep at night, place my bag and shower. I;ll be out all day til night exploring Vigan.

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    1. Hi Cherry, I usually recommend Grandpa's Inn, it's set on a real ancestral house, it's cheap and it's just a minute by foot from Calle Crisologo. :)

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    2. Thank you. I'll check the place out.

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  32. how long is the estimated traveltime from manila?

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    1. As posted above, Vigan is about 8 to 10 hours by bus from Manila

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  33. Hi christian we are from bacolod negros occidental me, my husband and my little 1yr old girl planning to visit vigan this year my concern is meron bang air transportation going vigan from bacolod? Im considering my baby kasi sa way na buss manila to vigan 8-10hr

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    1. Hi, unfortunately, there are no flights going in to Vigan

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  34. i will travelling tomorrow. and i am reading your blog for about months already. just wan to know if the itenirary can walk?

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    1. Yes, most of the places are walking distance from each other :)

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  35. i am a solo traveler and i am following your itinerary.. please let me know fare for this? since i dont have car. and do you have how much is the cost? will it be safe to trave alone?

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    1. It is quite safe to travel alone in Vigan. As for the fare, I listed them above :)

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  36. thanks for this! I find this very useful.. I just want to know, how will I avail the kalesa tour?

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    1. Hi there, there are a lot of kalesa available near the plaza. Just ask one of them :)

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  37. hi po baka po you may want to rent an innova..you may contact us at 09323535742.. we will give you a big discount.. thanks

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  38. hello po .. punta po kami vigan sa 29-30 galing po kami baguio at biyahe kami ng 8 am mga kahpon nanjan na po kami advice naman po san hotel na mura or inn na maganda at very low price but quality namalapit lang sa tourist spot para ma sulit namin oras salamat po sa sagott

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    1. by the way dalawa lang po kami ng asawa ko.. is 10000 very good budget na ? pero tipid padin sana kami sa hotel para mas madami kami mabili na pasalubong

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  39. Hi! Ask lang po ano kaya magandang itenirary if we want to go to pagudpud ,sand dunes and wind mill? Okay na po kaya ang 3 days 2 nights if we will copy your itenirary plus pagudpud, sand dunes and wind mill?.. May entrance fee po ba sa mga museum? Thank you. God bless

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    1. 3 days and 2 nights for Vigan plus Pagudpud, Sand Dunes and Bangui Windmill is doable, especially if you have a car. Museums charge minimum entrance fees, less than a hundred pesos per head :)

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  40. Hi Christian, good job for this one. Just want to comment on the translation of Good evening. I guess it is more appropriate to use "Naimbag a rabii". And this is the most commonly used. :-) An ilokano reader here. :-)

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    1. Hi, thank you for that! Updated the language section :)

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  41. Hi, are there overnight buses traveling from Vigan to Baguio? How late or how early are the trips? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Aian, I'm not sure if there are overnight Vigan to Baguio buses. Better check with them directly.

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