Vigan Travel Guide

  • Calle Crisologo at Night
    Calle Crisologo at Night
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Vigan Highlights

  • Pro
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     living museum, ancestral houses, Baroque church 

  • Con
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     when the sun is up, wear some protection from the heat. Start early since all establishments are already closed by 8pm 

  • In a nutshell
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     a taste of Spain ... 

Vigan Things to Do

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  • TOUR THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE BY THE...

    The kalesa is a horse and cart that are still used today. The driver sits up front while the passengers sit on a seat in the carriage. These can be hired from the cathedral or you can flag them down anywhere and either hire them to your destination or hire per hour. Particularly beautiful at night when the old Spanish Quarter is illuminated !!!

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  • Fooooood...cravings only from Ilocos

    Where to eat??? You will never starve in Vigan, coz food can be found every where!1. Empanada - the Vigan Croissant, filled with veggies and egg (called special empanada)2. Sinanglao - the Vigan version of the papaitan, soup of beef internal organs. kiosk found in front of McDo3. Pinakbet, Bagnet, Longanisa Pizza - all at its best at Cafe Leona4....

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  • Where to go once you are in Vigan

    1. St Paul Metropolitan Cathedral - the biggest cathedral in the province and it is near the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia2. Bantay Bell Tower - the infamous bell tower3. Hidden Garden - home of indoor and outdoor plants, you can take pictures here, buy plants and of course after the garden tour, you can have your refreshing quench of their cold...

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  • The Beauty of the North

    ♥Home Sweet Home♥North will always be the closest place in my heart coz i hail from here.I was born here, i was raise here and it is always sweet to be home.Doing the same thing, visiting the place over and over again does not bore me. Not a bit.the big churches, the numerous beaches where you can swim for free. yeah, you read it right,...

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  • Hopping in the "Lagoon"

    Sometimes, I wanted to feel alone because of an unwanted thought that my mind forced me to think...I searched for a silent place wherein I can resolve my problems...A silent place....This Lagoon is in the center of the City. A silent and very solitude place at night wherein you can only see the fountain and enjoy the atmosphere it wanted you to...

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  • Kalesa ride

    The Kalesa ride is done around the City.The Kalesa's can be found infront the St. Paul Cathedral.The fare is Php 150.00 per hour.The "Kutsero" or Kalesa driver will tour you all over Vigan's Best Tourist's spots.

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Vigan Hotels

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Vigan Restaurants

  • Local Cuisines

    This is the best local restaurant in the city. It is a two-storey "carinderia" (a local eatery)I don't want to be bias because this is owned by my Aunt Tessie and Uncle Nestor but because the foods here are so delicious.Believe it or not but many locals prefer to buy here.Open 6:00 A.M-8:00 P.M.* Best Dishes:1. Sinanglao2. Warek-warek3. Igado4....

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  • Ilocano Cuisine

    They serve typical Ilocano cuisine. you can eat inside or outside. Best to eat outside for late night dinner. It's quite pricey but when you are in Vigan one must try the local food. Don't miss the Ilocano pride Pinakbet Pizza. Pinakbet, Bagnet, Grilled Fish (Tanguige), Vigan Longganisa.

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  • Must try bagnet!

    A must do in my itinerary is eat in Cafe Uno and try their bagnet. So I walked along Crisologo streets, got lost and finally reached the restaurant. I ordered bagnet and The 4 season's juice. The food was average, it taste like lechon kawali. I think the food choice was not appropriate since it's almost 10 pm and I was eating alone. Bagnet was warm...

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Vigan Nightlife

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  • When nighttime comes

    Calle Crisologo, the cobbled stone street is a must-see at night. Take time to visit it again after a day's tour. The entire street have beautiful lights and it's nice to go on walks or just enjoy the view and relax on benches along the street.

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  • Vigan Old Street

    Oh it is happening near the old street during dusk, people start putting the tables out in the streets and you can eat under the sky with candle lights.

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  • Plaza Burgos: Christmas at the Park

    This site was a treat since its December. They used Ladies Choice mayo jars to decorate the park.My hubby and I discovered the park while venturing the streets to get some tasty empanadas. Wear slippers or sandals since its a nice to walk around the small town.

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Vigan Transportation

  • Kalesa/Tricycle

    Vigan is a small City in the Province Ilocos Sur, located in the Northern Part of the Luzon Area in the Philippines.Upon arrival in Vigan, the best form of transportation is the "Tricycle"Fare per person is Php 10.00If you like roaming around Vigan the traditional way "Kalesa" is the rideFixed Fare per hour is more or less around Php 150.00If you...

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  • The pink Rider

    For van/tricycle reservation kindly contact kuya lee: 0912-616-4172 or 0929-813-8352..have been receiving a lot of queries on how to go around Vigan, might as well contact Kuya Lee for your itineraries. I would like to clarify my previous reply regarding the Php3,500 (this is the amount I spent during my vacation in Vigan-Laoag and Pagudpod) For...

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  • Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpod Tour

    to go around in Ilocos I would suggest to rent a car/van, it would be more convenient and would save time. If you're only staying for 2D1N spend the night in Pagudpod.. Search for Cathy's HOmestay, it's the cheapest homestay along Saud Beach.. and for affordable transportation to go around pagudpod and vigan contact Lerry Molina: 0929-813-8352.. I...

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Vigan Shopping

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  • Buying religious items

    There are several stores in Vigan that sell religious artifacts like the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or statues of saints, the First Family (Sagrado de Familia), crucifixes, etc. When buying these religious artifacts, make sure to bargain and get the receipts. Also, have the owner of the store pack them carefully because these are fragile...

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  • Buying woven bags

    There are many stores in Vigan that sells woven bags. Make sure to bargain. Smaller bags cost P350.00 ($7.00). These bags are made from Manila hemp. The colored ones are more expensive because they have to inter-weave the colored hemp with the natural ones.

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  • Buying antiques?

    Buyer beware! Nowadays, it is very rare to see an antique. Most antiques have been shipped to Manila and bought by rich customers!Most of those in shops now are reproductions. So, be careful. Make sure to do a research, investigation and verification before you buy. Also, make a contract with the seller that what you are buying is an authentic...

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Vigan Local Customs

  • Sending freight from Vigan

    Not all places in the Philippines has an organized local feight transport system. Most would use courier services, but unknown to many, most major bus companies also have freight services. Best to use when freight is perishable, and which all courier companies do not accept these. Information in picture includes type of shipment, weight, kind, etc....

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  • Taking the calesa

    The calesa is a horse-drawn carriage and the much preferred mode of transportation in Vigan for newcomers and tourists. The flag-down rate for services is P150.00/per hour, my friend, not per trip. Before taking a calesa tour, if you can, identify the places you wanted to see. Then discuss the route with the calesa driver. This way you see the...

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  • not arguing.. just talking!

    i noticed that most locals talk as if they were arguing about something, the manner they say their words and put emphasis on it is actually their normal way of talking. Dont worry, thery arent mad at you, they are actually just making a conversation...

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Vigan Warnings and Dangers

  • Calesa Tour

    Some kucheros tend to be abusive. When I went to Vigan just this month, I first went to the tourist office beside Cafe Leona and I was informed that the standard price for a calesa tour is P150 per hour. If the kucheros try to tell you to pay greater than that amount, just haggle about the standard price and tell them that you are informed.

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  • Abusive Kutseros

    Kutseros (drivers of kalesas) tend to overprice when they observe that you are tourists, especially if you hail them from Calle Crisologo. Let the driver know you were informed by your hotel and/or Local Tourism Council of the regulated prices and just hand him the correct price. If you feel harassed and have no choice but to give in to his...

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  • Ask the price first before boarding

    Never get into a tricycle (local transportation- it is a motorcycle with a side car and can carry four to six people) without asking from the driver how much would it cost to bring you from one place to another. Bargain for the fare. Tricycles are mostly driven by the owners, so you can actually bargain the price. Ask the driver if he can pick you...

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Vigan Tourist Traps

  • Taking the tricycle (motorcycle with a...

    This happened to me many times. Before getting into the tricycle, I asked the driver first how much it cost me to be transported from one particular place to another. Of course, I already know that the local tricycle fare was P9.00 (2010 rate). By the time, I get out from the tricycle and give P50.00 the tricycle driver refuses to give me my...

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  • Buying reproduction as opposed to...

    You probably know that most of the stuffs being sold in Vigan nowadays are reproduction. If the seller tells you that it is an "antique" , make sure that you investigate carefully. Most of the antiques now are gone- sold a long time ago...Those products now are called reproductions! The woods were smoked to look like they are antiques. So, don't be...

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  • Vigan Hotel

    Oh this is an awful place, so I will put it again in the tourist trap.Vigan Hotel charge 795 per room, with TV, shared bathroom and including breakfast.Me and a german girl happened to meet at Vigan bus station in the middle of the night and we decided to share room since the room in town is too expensive considering our budget. I heard of...

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Vigan What to Pack

  • Prepaid loading area hard to find

    Unlike other places here in the Philippines where one could easily buy a mobile phone load (ie tiangge, clinics, offices, parlor shops where staffs/employees sell prepaid loads), I noticed it doesn't apply in Vigan.So be sure that your mobile phone have enough load before the day ends. Or carry prepaid cards with you in case you need to call...

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  • Travel light!

    Just light clothing during dry season.SunglassFolding fansHat/caps especially for your kids.A folding umbrella if you feel like bringing one.Good walking shoes/slippers. Wet tissues. A must if you've got your kids with you. Bottled water.

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  • Summer-y hot

    It's best to go around as light as possible, a hardy reliable backpack will be great. Very good walking shoes with rubber soles is best when touring Vigan, especially for irregular flat paved roads and cobblestone streets. Bring your comfortable rubber slippers to give your feet time to breathe :-) Most toiletries and medicines are available in...

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Vigan Off The Beaten Path

  • On a tight budget trip to Vigan, Ilocos...

    First of all, where are you coming from? There are variouis hotels and inns in Vigan and with the two of you, you can split the expense in one economical room. On a budget bus fare to Vigan from Manila is P480.00 on a regular bus. Compute your daily food expense. You can stay at the Aniceto Inn close to the Plaza Burgos in Vigan and request for a...

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  • Caritas of Vigan

    Caritas of Nueva Segovia is one of the organizations of the Catholic Church of Ilocos Sur. It has a mission of helping the poor and indigent people of the province. The office is located at the same building of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia.

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  • Legion of Mary House

    If you are a Roman Catholic, you would have encountered members of the Legion of Mary. These are dovoted Catholics who goes to church every Sunday and they wear white with a blue belt on their dresses depicting the attire of the Blessed Virgin Mary.They have a house located close to the Vigan Cathedral, the same old building that was built during...

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Vigan Favorites

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  • Vigan

    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.

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  • Vigan FTW

    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?

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  • Travel time of San Fernando to Vigan

    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...

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