As someone who’s never been to Europe, I really want to feel how is it like to be in Europe. Looking at my bank account, I had no enough money to travel to Europe. I was happy when I saw in google, a city in Philippines named Vigan, which from the picture really looks like an old city in Europe. Without any hesitation, I pointed Vigan as my must-stop in Philippines.
Vigan is located on the western coast of Luzon, even almost reach north of Luzon itself. It is the capital of Ilocos Sur Province. The word Vigan came from a taro plant, in Ilocano the plant was called as Bigaa. The old town which used to be a Hispanic town has become one of the preserved World Heritage Site.
|Saint Paul Vigan Cathedral|
|Somewhere in the city|
|Pagburnayan Jar Making|
Since my last position was in Sagada, I took bus from Sagada-Baguio (PHP 220) around 6 hours. The arrival bus terminal from Sagada is different with the Partas bus terminal which goes to Vigan. You can take taxi to the terminal, just tell them Partas Bus or terminal near SM Mall. Partas Bus from Baguio leaves every hour. Latest one is 10 p.m. The bus costs PHP 330 and took 5 hours. From Manila there are also several buses such as Partas, Domonian Bus, Florida Bus, etc takes around 7-8 hours.
Where to Stay in Vigan
There are a lot of old mansion houses in Vigan offering an old vintage ambiance in the house. It’s difficult to find cheap places to stay in Vigan actually. Average price is more than PHP 1,000 per night. We stayed in Grandpa’s Inn, to be honest it was not worthy because we paid PHP 1,700 and stayed in a very small room. They have cheaper room as well for PHP 700/night but I’m not sure about the condition. There is also another cheaper place to stay in Vigan, you can check Vigan Hotel. They have single room with fan costs PHP 395/night
Transportation around Vigan
Tricycles are everywhere so it’s very easy and cheap as well. Tricycles only cost you PHP 20-40. If you wish to take Calesa, the carriage pulled by a horse around the city, it is PHP 150/hour. There are some museum and ancient houses in Vigan.
Traveled in 11 February 2014
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