Favorite thing: Yes, Vigan is one of the tourist destinations in the Philippines. You might also want to go to Corregidor if you appreciate in learning the history of other country. You will discover more if you join the day trip there! Very interesting! Plus the tourist guide who was very eager to welcome us and tour us around the island.
Favorite thing: Oh, I remembered the calesa ride I had in Vigan because I saw it in the video. The calesa driver took us around Vigan to the old buildings and roads. He warmly welcomed us and he was funny. He was joking with us. Why not try it?
It depends. When you travel at night, it will be much faster because there is lesser traffic. You will cut your travel time shorter. The only disadvantage of this is you won't be able to see the beautiful scenario of the farms, cities, towns, beaches, bridges, etc.
Travelling early also lessens your time to travel. Remember that every town or city that you pass by are all congested with traffic like tricycles and jeepneys. During the summer time, there's a lot of fiestas and they have parades on the street. This will also prolong your travel.
But, the average travel time is between 2-3 hours.
This reply might be late... but anyway. There's a lot of places to eat in Vigan that pleases any type of budget. Not really buffets though.
For breakfast : there are food stall in Plaza Burgos, below the Cathedral's bell tower where you can have miki, a yellow noodle soup which the locals have for breakfast. cost is really cheap about 5-10 pesos a bowl OR across is McDonald's and Jollibee ( ever reliable breakfast)
For lunch : Local restaurants are in the plaza area : Cafe Leona (for local dishes), Max's, local restaurant, Diay Plaza. Of course Mc Donald's, Jollibee, greenwich, chowking are not far behind.
For Merienda : Not forget to taste the local empanda at Plaza Bugos food stalls also. BBQ also is available.
hope this could be of help.
Fondest memory: Good Food!
My favorite thing about Vigan was it reminded me of New Orleans walking down the old cobblestone streets the old buildings the above ground graves where generations of families were in the tumes.The only other place I ever saw like this was in New Orleans. I walk through the grave yards but all the filipinos were afraid to go in to them. You see families from 200 years ago to present. Its very interesting. They also seem to speak a different Tagalog more spanish because I could understand it more when they spook. Illocaos seem to be a lot more like mexicans than in other parts of the Philippines.Also no jeeps in the city you have to go outside of town to get one so a lot cleaner air and no noise from them,but I would take everyone of the jeepnees and dump them in the ocean along with the drivers.hehehe and make reefs out of them.The worst form of tranportion in the world. Are there ghosts in the Vigan Plaza I told my wife there were and she heard people talking a breakfast talking about seeing a ghost in there room hehehe never know
Fondest memory: Calesa rides instead of jeepnee 100's of year old buildings everything
Dunno if I can remember exactly my days in Vigan still, but, I am sure to remember that those were one of the greatest vacation I had. ASTIG beaches nila! Kasi libre, hahaha
remember to go there naked at night at swim kasama yung mga pinsan ni ate imelda.. libre ang beach dahil wala naman nag ma-may-ari.. haha
Fondest memory: Eating sea foods everyday! ASTIG! mahal ng seafoods na masasarap sa manila, pero dun, ina-araw-araw lang namin.. ahhahah kahit ano seafood maisip mo, name it. cgurado may huli tatay ni ate imelda pag uwi (mangingisda yun)..
Vigan Churches brings a sentimental feeling.. afterall our strong catholic faith did came from our spanish ancestors.
Fondest memory: The houses.. the strong ancestral houses that makes you go back in time... so nostalgic that we can actually see how it was during their time..
You can obtain a very informative map (free) from the Vigan Heritage Village Center located along the Crisologo Street. The map provides concise information on the locations of the places of interests, dining and entertainment, and accomodation.
Stated in the map, it says you can obtain tourist assistance from :-
Mayor's office Tel (077)722-2466/722-8772 to 75, Fax (077)722-3838
Police Station Tel :166 or 722-0890
Gabriel Silang General Hospital Tel:169 or (077)722-2782
Vigan Tourism Office Tel : (077)722-8776
How does Vigan got its name ??
Well, at the entrance to the Burgos Museum, there is a sign to answer this curiosity.
'Vigan derived its name from "Bigaa" plant, a specie of the Gabi family'
See picture of the plant ...
vigan is something i want to visit since i am an old building lovers [and palaces, ruins and archaeological sites]. so whenever i have time to visit philippines, my first choice goes to vigan. and the rest can be later if i have another time to revisit the phils.
i still remember very well, about "a very far away place" and "takes 8 - 10 hours ride to be there". not only from the articles and travel books i just read. but also from the passenger next to me whenever i am heading to manila. her name's zha [from laguna]. but c'est la vie, i did it.
in the evening of my departure, deepa and i pick emie up at friendly's backpacker [thanks for help us, benjie :)]. then attended vt meeting arranged by aida. completed by 'jump' into a heavy queueing companied by mike and deepa to get ticket in partas bus terminus [to direction laoag via vigan] until midnight. but it's worth to visit.
lili and aida gave so much support. not only about encouragement words but also by give me some "ammunition". from macaron cake to several snacks. so can be imagined, i don't need to take supper or snack along the bus stops. just open the packages from aida and lili :) maraming salamat po!!!!
and about vigan itself, i still have post holiday blues whenever writing here. since this city is so small, comfy and compact. everything in walking distance and less of hectic. listening people talking in ilocanos and walking fast to avoid the sunlight and find something very old along the way is very very nice.
i don't mind about 405 km [and even the correct ones 408 km] two times or nearly 1,000 km enroute cubao - vigan - pasay to visit this lady of the north. her oldness made this city so charm in my mind :)
Favorite thing: since its a 12hr trip from MAnila..other than sleeping.....................................wooooo .. ..wait..hang on..