Most people will go to Laoag City first when touring Vigan Ilocos Sur and Pagudpud Ilocos Norte. BUT I GUESS I FOUND A BETTER ROUTE.
From Cebu, I took a Cebu Pacific early morning flight to Manila. But I’ve learned that a Cebu-Clark route would have been wiser since Clark is nearer Baguio. Anyway, from NAIA Terminal 3 in Manila, you can ride on the shuttle bus then take a jeepney OR if you want less hassle [like me] just hail a taxi, to take you to Victory Liner Pasay Terminal.
My friends and I were not able to get on board the Deluxe Bus [the one that offers blanket and snacks and has it's own CR] since it’s already full. But it was fine because the fare of a regular aircon bus is way cheaper than the Deluxe. Instead of paying PhP750, we only spent PhP455 for bus fare. It is a LONG RIDE, so better prepare yourself with some neck pillow, jacket/sweater, and some food and water too if you don’t like to buy at the bus stop stations.
After 6 long hours on the bus we finally arrived in Baguio! I won't be talking about it anymore here since I've written so much about the city in the other pages. So from Baguio, you may start your Ilocos tour and your first stop should be Vigan.
Take a Partas Bus bound for Laoag City Ilocos Norte. It will pass by Vigan City Ilocos Sur Bus Station. This is going to be another 5-hour ride. And the bus fare is around PhP360. The schedule of the last trip is 10pm while the first trip’s at 4am.
For me, there isn’t a lot to see in Vigan except the Heritage Village. It isn’t every day that we get to see antiques and century-old properties. I am not so much into antique items. I find the old houses especially the ones in Calle Crisologo amazing but scary too. If I was walking alone in the street, there might be some white lady and this ghost would suddenly interrupt my drama… this scene in my mind ended up with me realizing I was just stressed and I really needed rest asap. If you think about it, a 5-hour bus ride during your monthly period is not a lot of fun anymore.
Up next is my trip to Ilocos Norte. Read my next blog about the province.