VIGAN TRAVEL GUIDE | Itinerary + Budget + Map

Monday, September 29, 2014

Vigan Travel Guide Blog Itinerary Budget

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.


VIGAN CITY TRAVEL GUIDE 2020
WHAT’S INSIDE?

How to Get to Vigan
Speak Vigan
How to Get Around Vigan
Vigan Tours
Where to Stay in Vigan
Where to Eat in Vigan
What to See in Vigan
Festivals in Vigan
What to Buy in Vigan
Vigan Tourist Spots Map
Extend Your Trip
Vigan Itinerary


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.


Manila to Vigan by Bus
METRO MANILA TO VIGAN BY BUS ○ 8-10 HOURS TRAVEL TIME ○ FARE PHP 600.00 +/-
● DOMINION LINES (Direct) - Manila (02) 741-4146 | Cubao (02) 727 2350 | Aircon
● FARINAS (Passby) - Manila (02) 731-4507 | Aircon WiFi
● GV FLORIDA (Passby) - Manila (02) 781-5849 | Aircon WiFi
● MARIA DE LEON (Passby) - Manila (0916) 717-2545 & (0909) 344-9661 | Aircon WiFi
● PARTAS (Direct) - Manila (02) 743-3242 |Pasay (02) 852-8194 | Cubao (02) 727-8275 | Aircon WiFi
● RCJ BUS LINES (Passby) - Manila (02) 741-2994 | Aircon
● VIRON TRANSIT (Direct) - Manila (02) 741-6588 & (02) 731-8620 & (02) 726-7409 | Aircon WiFi

Baguio to Vigan by Bus
BAGUIO TO VIGAN BY BUS ○ 3-5 HOURS TRAVEL TIME ○ FARE PHP 360.00 +/-
● FARINAS (Via Laoag) - Gov. Pack Road | Aircon WiFi
● PARTAS (Direct) - (074) 444-8431 | Gov. Pack Road | Aircon
● PHILIPPINE RABBIT (Direct)
● VANS (Via Candon) - (0930) 326-5492, (0912) 525-9519 | Gov. Pack Road | Aircon

Baguio to Vigan by Bus
CLARK, PAMPANGA TO VIGAN BY BUS ○ 5-6 HOURS TRAVEL TIME ○ FARE PHP 600.00 +/-
● GENESIS (P2P) - SM Clark | Aircon WiFi
● PARTAS (P2P) - Clark Airport | Aircon WiFi



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 LanguageThank 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…




HOW TO GET AROUND VIGAN CITY


Vigan Transportation

Tricyles and karitelas (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

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 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.


Budget Accommodation in Vigan
El Senor Jesus Apartelle in Vigan CityEL SENOR JESUS APARTELLE

Address: Quirino Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (947) 209-4065
GPS Coordinates: 17.562106, 120.386433
Escolta's Homey Lodge Vigan CityESCOLTA HOMEY LODGE

Address: Crisologo St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (917) 719-9241
GPS Coordinates: 17.572545, 120.389126
Midrange Accommodation in Vigan
Grandpa's Inn in Vigan CityGRANDPA’S INN

Address: 1 Bonifacio St. Corner Quirino Blvd., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (7) 7674-0729 | +63 (917) 799-0121
GPS Coordinates: 17.572759, 120.390275    
Hotel Salcedo Vigan CityHOTEL SALCEDO DE VIGAN

Address: V. Delos Reyes cor. Gen. Luna St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (7) 7722-1200
GPS Coordinates: 17.572133, 120.389598
Hotel Veneto De ViganHOTEL VENETO DE VIGAN

Address: Bonifacio St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (7) 7674-0938
GPS Coordinates: 17.573230, 120.388487
Luxury Accommodation in Vigan
Ciudad Fernandina Hotel ViganCIUDAD FERNANDINA HOTEL

Address: Mabini cor. Plaridel St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (7) 7722-3765
GPS Coordinates: 17.572143, 120.389603 
Hotel Felicidad in Vigan CityHOTEL FELICIDAD

Address: 9 V. delos Reyes St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (7) 7674-0232
GPS Coordinates: 17.573511, 120.389693    
Hotel Luna in Vigan CityHOTEL LUNA

Address: Luna cor. Ventura de los Reyes St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (2) 8373-3333
GPS Coordinates: 17.572203, 120.389368
My Vigan Home Hotel ViganMY VIGAN HOME HOTEL

Address: Plaridel cor. Bonifacio St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (917) 527-2304
GPS Coordinates: 17.573097, 120.388829
Paradores De ViganPARADORES DE VIGAN

Address: Gov. Reyes cor. Abaya St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (917) 320-0933
GPS Coordinates: 17.568407, 120.387018
West Loch Park  Hotel ViganWEST LOCH PARK HOTEL VIGAN

Address: Gen. Luna St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (977) 815-1237
GPS Coordinates: 17.572334, 120.388451
ZEN Rooms Casa Marita ViganZEN ROOMS CASA MARITA VIGAN

Address: Burgos cor. Gomez St., Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: +63 (917) 813-2199
GPS Coordinates: 17.575873, 120.384710



• COMPLETE LIST OF LODGINGS IN VIGAN CITY •


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 CityCAFE LEONA
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 CityCAFE UNO
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 CityEMPANADAHAN AT PLAZA BURGOS
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 CityKUSINA FELICITAS
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 CityLAMPONG’S RESTAURANT
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 CityLILONG & LILANG RESTAURANT
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 BantayFLOWERSCENTS GARDEN CAFE
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 PINAKBET FARM
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 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 CityARCE MANSION
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 CityBALUARTE VIGAN
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 CityBURGOS MUSEUM
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 CityCALLE CRISOLOGO
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 CityCASA CARIDAD
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 CityCRISOLOGO MUSEUM
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 CityHIDDEN GARDEN
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 CityMINDORO BEACH
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 CityPAGBURNAYAN POTTERY
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 CityPLAZA SALCEDO DANCING FOUNTAIN SHOW
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 CityPROVINCIAL CAPITOL
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 CitySIMBAAN A BASSIT
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 CitySYQUIA MANSION
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 CityTRES PATRIMONIO ZARZUELA
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 CityVIGAN CATHEDRAL
Address: Burgos Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Contact Number: (077) 722-2644
GPS Coordinates: 17°34'29.4"N 120°23'19.3"E

Bantay Church Bell Tower in BantayBANTAY CHURCH BELL TOWER
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 BantayILOCOS SUR ADVENTURE ZONE
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

Abel Weaving in CaoayanABEL LOOM WEAVING
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

Santa Maria Church in Santa MariaSANTA MARIA CHURCH
Address: Santa Maria-Burgos Road, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur
Entrance Fee: None
GPS Coordinates: 17°22'00.2"N 120°28'59.3"E




FESTIVALS IN VIGAN CITY


Vigan's Longanisa FestivalLONGGANISA FESTIVAL
Celebration Date: Every January 22nd and 25th
What it Celebrates: Local Sausage Delicacy and Cityhood
Binatbatan Festival in Vigan by edmaration.comBINATBATAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Celebration Date: Every First Week of May
What it Celebrates: Art Festival
Raniag Festival in Vigan by edmaration.comRANIAG FESTIVAL
Celebration Date: Every 1st of November
What it Celebrates: Halloween




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 ViganABEL WEAVING
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 ViganVIGAN ANTIQUES
Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E
Foodstuff in ViganVIGAN FOODSTUFF
Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E
Souvenirs in ViganVIGAN SOUVENIRS
Address: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
GPS Coordinates: 17°34'17.8"N 120°23'19.8"E
Pottery in ViganVIGAN POTTERY
Address: Gomez St. cor. Liberation Boulevard, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
GPS Coordinates: 17°34'15.7"N 120°22'55.5"E




VIGAN TOURIST SPOTS MAP


Vigan Tourist Spots Map



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 CityBAGUIO CITY
Hours Away: About 3 to 5 hours away by bus
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days
Baguio Itinerary and Travel Guide




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.

       
DAY 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
                 
DAY 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
 
DAY 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

VIGAN TRAVEL BLOG, GUIDE, EXPENSES, MAP, & ITINERARY
UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 25, 2020

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147 comments

  1. Wow!!!!

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

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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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  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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    3. May car/van rentals po ba sa vigan?

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    4. Hi August, van rentals within Vigan you mean? Vigan is very small, I would suggest renting a karitela or a horse-drawn carriage instead :)

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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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  10. Hi will the museums be open on Nov 1 & 2?

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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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Hello po pwede po bang magtanong anu po ang mabuting transportasyon papunta ng vigan ? Kasi po ang boyfriend ko Hindi gusto ng bus

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    1. There's no other public transpo going to Vigan besides buses. What you can do, if you want to ride via vans, is to join tour groups from Manila

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  41. Hi! So helpful ng blog mo. Hopefully mapuntahan namin ng boyfriend ko lahat ng places na nakaindicate dito. Salamat :-)

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    1. Hi Fatima! How many days are you staying in Vigan? Enjoy your trip!

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  42. Good eve po Kc pg pupunta aq ng vigan sa may partas po ung hotel n pgsstayan q ok lng po b n sa my cubao aq sumakay ppnta ng Vigan bka po kc mli ung bus n masakyan q

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    1. Hi, yes you may ride any buses going to Vigan from Cubao. It's quite easy to get around Vigan City by tricycle or even by walking, once there.

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  43. Thank you so much po pte if ever po anong hotel ang recommended mo n ok pg stayan for couple ?

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    1. Hi Kallen, I usually stay at Grandpa's Inn since I'm on a budget. But if you have cash to spare, there are much more luxurious hotels in Vigan. You may check this link: https://www.agoda.com/city/vigan-ph.html?cid=1649989

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  44. Hi! Sa mga inn's ba dapat magpareserve ka habang nasa manila or kaya naman na pagdating na lang sa vigan?

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    1. Hi Kaycee, you may reserve at Grandpa's Inn from Manila :)

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    2. Hi sir Christian, ask ko lang wer exact located yung partas terminal sa cubao? Are they operating everyday going to Vigan?

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    3. Partas Cubao is along Aurora Boulevard. If your on the southbound traffic on Edsa, it's on the right. Yes, they have daily trips to Vigan.

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  45. Thanks Christian! Anyway, malapit lang ba yung Grandpa's Inn sa bababaan ng bus? Im coming from Manila and it's my first time kasi, tapos solo pa kaya hindi ko alam :)
    Plus, I'm planning to take the night trip, kung 6-8hrs yung travel time, hindi ako makakapag stay agad sa Grandpa's Inn, right? Any suggestions? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Kaycee, Grandpa's Inn is near the bus stations in Vigan. If you have a big luggage, you can ride a tricycle for a minimal fee. Vigan is quite small, you'll be there in no time. Regarding early check in, better call them if they would allow it. When I stayed there before, they let me check in early. If it's not possible, just leave your bag at the lobby and tour Vigan first until check in time :)

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  46. After vigan po sana gusto ko pumunta ng bangui wind mills, malayo po ba yon from vigan?

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    1. Hi, the Bangui Windmills is just an hour or so away from Vigan. There are buses going there regularly from the city. :)

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  47. This is one very useful and helpful blog. My family will surely use your guide. Hopefully we can go to the places you have listed here. Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Edna! Thanks for finding my Vigan travel blog helpful :)

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  48. thank you so much for the info about Vigan actualy i have research paper about vigan and this one is very helpful for my report, thank u so much.

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    1. Hi Arsiel, glad to be of help! What's your Vigan report about?

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  49. I really enjoy reading your blog. very informative and detailed. Can you give an advise reagrding Pros & Cons if mag-travel kami during holy week (Mon-wed)?

    We really appreciate that.

    God bless

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    1. Hi Ricky, there is only cons in traveling to Vigan during the holy week. Everything is going to be full and there would be a huge crowd around Calle Crisologo. Better if you reschedule your trip on date that's not a holiday

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  50. I'm planning to travel to Vigan this summer and I'm from Santiago City, Isabela what particular buss travels direct to Vigan? Thank you

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    1. Hi Evelyn, I haven't really tried going to Vigan via Isabela yet. But I'm sure there are buses that can connect the two together. Do share your bus trip here after you've visited Vigan please :)

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  51. I'm thankful for this informative blog coz I'm planning to visit Vigan this holy week and it will surely a big help for someone like me that is first timer in this City. Kudos to the author!

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  52. Sir, sabi nang nakapuntang friend ko mahal daw po ang binibiling tubig sa vigan, advisable po ba magdala nang tubig para makatipid :) pupunta po kasi kami ngaung april 20-23 17 po kami at sa group tour po kami

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    1. May mga covenience stores naman po dun, but it would definitely help if you bring your own reusable water bottle :)

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  53. hi can i ask if how often ang bus trips from vigan going to cubao, especially this holy week.
    cant hold any online bus booking, so chances are we are going to buy ticket when we are at vigan na.
    pls advise on this

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    1. Hi, sorry but the frequency of trips to and from Vigan changes depending on the season and the whims of the bus companies. Better call them :)

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  54. Sir your blog is very helpful. I'm planning to visit vigan and I'm a solo traveller. I was just wondering meron bang cheap lodges/accomodation around 300-500 per night (just like in baguio.) na nagoffer near sa bus terminal na babaan or sa calle crisologo? I'm worried where to stay when I get there. Short budget lang 6k for 2 days

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    1. No need to find a hotel near the terminal, Vigan is very small. You can find cheap inns around town. 6k is more than enough for two days

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  55. hi! can i do this for 1 day tour in vigan?

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    1. Yes, you can definitely do Vigan on a day tour

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  56. Any suggestion where we can leave our things since we just want day tour in vigan and go straight to Laoag.

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    1. Hi Jan, that seems like a problem since there are really no malls in Vigan where you can leave your bags. What you can do instead, is rent a karitela to tour around Vigan, that way you can just leave your things at the carriage while you explore the town's tourist spots.

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  57. May byahe po ba going laoag from monumento near lrt station.

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    1. Hi Gladz, there are currently no bus going to Vigan from Monumento.

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  58. Hi, do you know for the recommended inn there?
    clean and OK for the budget. Thank you

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    1. I usually recommend Grandpa's Inn. But if you want the lowest price, you may check here https://www.agoda.com/city/vigan-ph.html?cid=1649989

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  59. Hi Christian,

    Let's say 2 peolke are to take Day 1 and half of Day 2, what's the estimated total cost of vacation?

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    1. Hi Chrein, traveling around in Vigan is not that expensive. Will post a detailed budget guide soon, but I'd say 2,000 pesos is more than enough.

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    2. Thank you very much Christian. I appreciate it. 😊

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    3. No problem! Enjoy your Vigan trip :)

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  60. Hello sir! Thank you so much for this. Really helpful for our upcaoming trip. Ask ko lang po. Since we are traveling from Manila-Baguio and Vigan. We want to go to Bangui Windmills. Ikang hours po ba? And do you have IT for that too? Your reaponse is very much appreciated, Sir! God Bless

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    1. Hi Korene, the Bangui windmills is about two hours away from Vigan by car. By bus, it's about 2.5 to 3 hours :)

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  61. Hi thanks for this blog, we're planning to spend our Christmas in Vigan. I just want to know kung open po ung mga pasyalan this coming Christmas? thanks.

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    1. Hi Joyce, yes, I would assume that most of the tourist spots in Vigan are open during Christmas

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  62. Hello? I just saw your blog when i was looking for direction on how to go to Ilocos. I tried visiting travel fb pages but they dont have sched for the date im free so i think ill just go there alone. Good thing i found your blog to help me out. Im scared though coz ill by myself and im a woman. This will be my first time traveling as far as Ilocos. I hope its safe. I dont know if you can or you are allowed to do so but, can you please message me in fb messenger? Never mind. I'll do the things you have in this blog so im not like a lost stray tourist haha! Thanks for your blog. Great help

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    1. Hi Emily, Vigan is very safe even for solo female travelers. You have nothing to worry about. :)

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  63. Hi sir, thank you for the helpful guide, ask ko lang po, how much po yung night stay in grandpas’ inn?? Pls reply po.. thank you so much

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    1. Hi Patty, please contact Grandpa's Inn directly for an updated room rates :)

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  64. Hi po sir..
    may direct na bus trip po ba from manila to vigan?
    thank you po Godbless

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    1. Hi, yes there are direct buses from Manila to Vigan. I listed them on the article above :)

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  65. Please put some business hours so that we may see up until when the tourist spot is available, thank you

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    1. Will do that on the next update, thanks for the suggestion :)

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  66. How can I avail the Karitela Tour? Thanks

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    1. You can avail of Vigan's Karitela tours at the plaza area. Just talk to one of the many kucheros in the area, they basically have the same rates :)

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  67. sir maiikot po ba namin mga sikat na pasyalan sa vigan from 12noon to 9pm including baluarte? ano po magandang gawin o unahin para masulit po namin ung 9hrs, salamat,

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    1. yes, you can visit a lot of places in Vigan from 12pm to 9pm. I suggest you visit the museums first, since they close by 5pm or so, then baluarte, then the other areas that are still open by night. Take a kalesa tour, so the driver can recommend which places to go to first

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  68. Your blog is marvelous. We are traveling to Vigan with a toddler any recommendation?

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    1. Hi, Vigan is a good place to visit even if you have kids. What are you particularly looking for? :)

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  69. Your posts are very thorough and informative. I was born and raised in the Philippines but I never made it to this place. Thanks for this post, I will be adding this to my must-see places in the Philippines the next time I'm in the country.

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