Vigan, officially the City of Vigan, is a fourth class city and capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in the Philippines. The city is located on the western coast of the large island of Luzon, facing the South China Sea.
Me and The Boyfriend traveled to Vigan City. With a tight budget, our ever-reliable backpacks, cameras and high-spirits, we set off to a new adventure.
A few days before the trip, we already bought our ticket to Partas Bus Terminal located in Cubao for Php 960.00 one way. We took the Deluxe / Sleeper Bus so it’s a bit expensive compared to the regular A/C bus which costs roughly around Php 700.00. The Deluxe Bus has a lazy boy seating feature so its really nice and comfortable sleeping throughout the entire trip. We left Cubao at 10 PM and arrived at Vigan City at 6 AM.
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Where To Stay In Vigan
Since our accommodation in Green R Hotel permits customers to check in at 2 PM, we have roughly 7 hours to spare before we could drop our things and freshen up at the hotel, which is a real sucker. We decided to have a breakfast first at a nearby Jollibee and started our tour.
Green R Hotel was not really our best option upon staying in Vigan, but due to our tight budget, we booked a room with them during our 3D2N stay. Typically, budget hotels in Vigan costs at around Php1200-1500.00 per night (Hotel Ni Among has a pool and has really nice reviews for only 1200/night) . If you have the luxury to stay in a much decent place, prepare atleast Php3000.00 per night on a really savvy hotel (Hotel Luna is one, if not the MOST famous hotel in the city).
Green R Hotel only charges for as low as Php825.00 a night for 2 persons! The location is near the Partas Bus Terminal, a marketplace is just in front of the hotel, many other establishments are around the area, but quite far to the main attractions such as Calle Crisologo. You could take a tricycle with a minimum fare of Php10.00, depending on where are you heading.
You can also try ZEN Rooms Metro Vigan Annex. I find their location quite accessible and it’s just in front on Plaza Salcedo. It’s also a 5-minute walk away from Calle Crisologo. Rates start at P1,000 for 2 persons per night. You can check their availability here: ZEN Rooms Metro Vigan Annex
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Vigan Tourist Spots To Visit
- Calle Crisologo – The most famous tourist spot in Vigan is Calle Crisologo. It features houses from the Spanish era where rich people lived during the 18th century. You can visit here anytime.
- Vigan Cathedral – Also called as Saint Paul Metropolitan Cathedral and was built in 1641 by the Spaniards.
- Plaza Salcedo – Located just in front of Vigan Cathedral, Plaza Salcedo was named after the Spanish conqueror Juan de Salcedo. There’s a daily fountain display that starts at 7:30 PM.
- Crisologo Museum – Former house of Filipino politician and preacher Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo, who was assassinated | free admission | Liberation Blvd., Vigan | Open daily at 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
- Syquia Mansion – Ancestral house of Pees. Elpidio Quirino’s wife | Entrance fee of Php 50.00 | Quirino Blvd., Salcedo St., Vigan | opens from 9AM – 5PM
- Padre Burgos House – used to be the Provincial Jail House that turned into a museum today | free admission | Open from Tuesday – Sunday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
- Baluarte Zoo – Owned by the famous politician Chavit Singson which offers a mini zoo that lies within hectares of land | free admission / donation only | Brgy. Salindeg, Vigan | opens from 8 AM – 5 PM
- Bantay Church & Bantay Bell Tower – Built in 1590, Bantay Church is one of the oldest churches in Ilocos Region.
Sample DIY Itinerary & Budget for Vigan
- 6 AM – Arrival in Vigan
- 6:30 AM – Breakfast at Jollibee
- Visit Vigan Cathedral (free time)
- Plaza Salcedo (free time)
- Crisologo Museum (free time)
- 12 NN – Lunch at Cafe Leona
- 2 PM – Check-in at Green R Hotel
- 3 PM – Syquia Mansion
- 4 PM – Padre Burgos Museum
- Stroll at Calle Crisologo / have dinner (free time)
- 7 AM – Baluarte
- 12 NN – Lunch at Lilong and Lilang’s Hidden Garden
- 2 PM – Bantay Bell Tower
- Free time
- 6 PM – Night Shopping at Calle Crisologo
- 7 PM – Dinner at Cafe Uno
- Travel back to Manila
Here’s for the expenses:
Let’s say you’ll be traveling with your partner and will be staying in Green R Hotel (P825 per night) for 2 days. You’ll stay for two days and will travel back to Manila on the third day.
If you prefer the luxury bus from Partas, you’ll spend P1,920 for transportation (back and forth). But if you’ll get the deluxe seater only for P740, you’ll only spend P1,480 going to Vigan back to Cubao.
There’s not much to pay in the entrance fees so you can spend more on trying out their food. Don’t miss buying pasalubong and souvenirs as well for the family.
So the breakdown is…
Luxury Bus: P1,920 transpo + P825 accommodation + P1,500 food & transpo in Vigan + P1,000 pasalubong (optional) = P5,245
Deluxe Bus: P1,480 transpo + P825 accommodation + P1,500 food & transpo in Vigan + P1,000 pasalubong (optional) = P4,805
Vigan Travel Tips
- This city is a very walkable city (there are hotels who could provided bikes for their guests) so wear comfortable footwear. Also wear cozy outfit while roaming around the Spanish-inspired city as it may get really hot especially if you visit during summer time.
- Rely on the old-school map or various applications such as Waze, to navigate the city. If you suck in reading directions (like me), you could always ask the friendly people of Vigan City to help you get through your destination.
- Bring lots of water to hydrate.
- Be adventurous in sampling the local delicacies such as Bagnet, Emapanada, Poqui-Poqui and Vigan Longganisa.
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