We arrived in Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Feb 19, 2015 at 11:30PM. From there, we rode a taxi going to Cubao Bus Terminal, where we could take a bus going to Vigan. When we get there, we thought that the first trip for Vigan is at 1am (as what we’ve researched and read from diff articles/blogs regarding trip to vigan). But, we waited at the terminal ’til 3:30AM and departed at around/almost 4AM. Travel time from Manila to Vigan is approximately 10-11 hrs. Bus fare ranges from 700-900, depends on the class or if it’s aircon or non-aircon. There are a lot of bus stops along the way, I lost my count after the 2nd stop coz I was sleeping almost the entire bus trip. We arrived in Partas Bus Terminal in Vigan at around 2-3 o’clock in the afternoon.
We checked in at our hotel, GreenrHotel. It’s just a walking distance from Partas Bus Terminal. The hotel is quite cheap. We only paid PHP2,030 for the room. There are 2 queen beds and we were given mattresses for the excess for we are 7 in the room. They also have some gym equipment at the second floor and hotel has wifi. We just dropped our bags there and (some) were taking a quick shower to freshen up and then we’re ready for our first tour.
Our first stop was in Baluarte. We just rode a tricycle from Greenrhotel to Baluarte.
Baluarte is a famous attraction in Ilocos Sur. It is a combination of a family park and a zoo. They have some animal show for a short time and an opportunity to have a selfie or a picture taking with the animals with the help of their personnel, of course. They also have some souvenir shops if you want to buy some Ilocos/Vigan Souveneir items and giveaways and there are also food stalls inside and outside the area of Baluarte if you want to have foodtrip or buy some “pasalubong”.
After an hour or two of strolling the whole Baluarte, our next stop is in Calle Crisologo, Vigan. We rode again a tricycle from Baluarte to Plaza Salcedo. Their plaza is quite big at the front of their Church. We stayed there for a while before heading to Calle Crisologo to have a picture taking. They have a huge dancing fountain which will have a show every 7pm that will last for an hour or two. The show will play different songs, from folk to new OPMs and international songs. Your eyes will surely be mesmerized by the beautiful lights of the fountain and you could dance to the beat of the music being played.
Vigan trip will not be complete if you will not visit their most famous place, the Vigan Heritage Village/Calle Crisologo. This has been recently named as one of the seven wonders of the world. The Calle Crisologo is just like a 1-street pile of old houses. It feels like you went back to the Spanish Era because of its structure and styles. While strolling the Calle Crisologo, you will surely enjoy looking at different local products and have a window shopping at their so many souvenir shops. If you want to have a food trip, they also have a lot of restaurants at the streets and their foods are very good and quite affordable. After strolling the whole Calle Crisologo, we had our dinner at one of their cheap restaurants.
After dinner, we went back to our hotel. But, when we passed by their plaza, we were so amazed by the lights of the pond so we had some picture taking first before calling it a day. We call it a pond at first because we didn’t know that it was a fountain until the Dancing fountain show started at 7 or 7:30 in the evening. We took a video of the show and after the show, we went back to our hotel to have a rest for the next day, we will have a tour at Ilocos Norte.
There are still a lot of places to visit in Ilocos Sur such as Pagburnayan where you can learn pottery. Plaza Burgos is the other plaza that you can visit in Vigan and it’s smaller than Plaza Salcedo.
Enjoy and have a safe trip LOUkwatseras! 🙂