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  • The architecture of the city hall is...

    Much like the rest of the city, the City Hall has also a Spanish style, but I find the Christmas decoration exaggerated. It ruin a bit of the style, I've seen a photo of this simple building no decoration and is more adorable. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere a buzzing place and vehicles being parked...

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  • Where visitors can purchase delicacies

    During our horse drawn carriage tour, we have been touring around the city. The city is easy to walk around, but we wanted to experience the kalesa tour, so during our ride we passed through to this public market. Our guide sad, here one can purchase Vigan delicacies but we haven't had the time and do not want to travel around with those stuff, we...

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  • Baluarte Park........for young and old

    The park is about one hour to walk from the center, so if you have a good feet one can always try. It took us 30 minutes with horse drawn carriage, it was a nice ride. On our way, we've seen so many local houses outside the city. Here's no historical building to see we feel like somewhere elseWe took an extra hour with the kalesa (horse carriage)...

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  • Visit the Garden to witness its real...

    For some reason to visit the place, there is a restaurant inside which serves local Ilocano food. After we explored the garden we saw a sign local specialty " Bagnet Sisig" I'm anxious to try this food, we only seen this here, since after our trip from Laoag and PagudpudThe staff inside were very friendly!, here is not very crowded, I think most...

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  • The Hidden Garden....of Vigan

    Getting here, you'll have to take a tricycle, the place is outside the city center, even take a horse drawn carriage (kalesa) it'll takes about 15 minute. The entrance is nothing special, it looks like an entrance to a house, the passage way is full with flower pot. The entrance is free, inside there were guide waiting to assist you to walk around,...

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  • Explore Vigan City by Night

    After our dinner and is our last night in Vigan, we'd like to see the city in the dark, where only lights on. We've done some shortcut walk, we'd like to see the place in the dark where we walk earlier in the afternoon, from the restaurant in Bonifacio street we walk to Crisologo and done the tour to the rest of the placeIndeed the city has...

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Vigan Hotels

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  • Vigan Plaza Hotel

    This hotel is pretty close to everything- Plaza Burgos, Vigan Cathedral, fast food centers, and...

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  • Gordion Hotel

    V. De Los Reyes St. cor. Salcedo St., Vigan, Luzon 2700, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Grandpa's Inn

    Last October 2013, me and my friend agreed to celebrate her birthday in Vigan. It's in her bucket...

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Vigan Restaurants

  • Choice of grill and local specialty

    There are many restaurants in Vigan and is hard to choose one. I have found this restaurant on someone's blog they made a good impression on this place, so that's why I really looked for this. On the blog it didn't say the address, so I ask our hotel staff for the address, once I mentioned the name they immediately say oh that one, that is a very...

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  • 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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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

  • Getting around the city with tricycle

    Vigan is a relatively small but is abundant with tricycles, the city can easily explore on foot but for those doesn't want to walk tricycle can be hired too. For a short distance ride within city limit fares are P8-10. However, the only public transportation around the city is horse drawn carriage and trikes. No mentioning going out the city...

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  • Is the easiest way to go...

    It is not compulsory to take the kalesa, the city is easy to roam on foot, however, the kalesa is really cheap for P150 an hour and you can experience the ride. The kalesa is parked on the other side of the cathedral. They are standing in a row, so I thought I would choose a nicest one but I was disappointed, we have to take the first one in a row,...

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  • Bus to Vigan

    Traveling to Vigan from Manila takes about 7 hours by bus (companies like Partas Bus Co., Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph) from Manila. If you're coming from Laoag City, I would recommend taking the airconditioned Partas bus, shorter travel time of around 2 hours. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can take the...

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Vigan Shopping

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  • WHO WANTS TO BUY A BATH TUB

    Crisologo Street has several antique shops but i cannot imagine anyone carting this bathtub away. There are many wooden items, metal pots. Not sure if they are all genuine.

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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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Vigan Local Customs

  • Tinubong......a local delicacy

    While traveling in Ilocos I think we've tried most of their specialty, we have tried the Empanada, Bagnet, Longanisa and this Tinubong. During our visit to Bantay church there were a few vendors sells souvenir and local specialty. This one caught my attention because is the first time I saw this stuff. I was very anxious to know what it is, when he...

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  • 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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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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Explore Deeper into Vigan
The Capitol ...and ...The Court
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More of.......... Calle Crisologo
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Another square of Vigan...............Plaza Burgos
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So many souvenir.............. and antique shops
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This will also be found during the wander
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More to wander around .....and to admire
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Bantay church and the Belltower
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Keep on walking to............. Plaza Salcedo
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A Beautiful Historical monument....Vigan Catherdal
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Stroll to historical site...... Calle Crisologo
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BEAUTIFUL VASES AT THE OBELISK
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GET DRUNK FOR FREE & SAMPLE THE BASI
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TOUR THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE BY THE KALESA
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BEAUTIFUL WOODEN CARVING
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FAMOUS CALESA
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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG DINING TABLE
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ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT, A CHEVY AND A BULLET
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BURGOS SQUARE or PLAZA BURGOS
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PLAQUES AND A BELL
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RELAX IN PLAZA SALCEDO
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THE ARCHBISHOPS RESIDENCE
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4th TIME LUCKY-----VIGAN CATHEDRAL
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THE BELL TOWER
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FEEL LIKE ROYALTY
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OUTSTANDING FILIPINA POET DIES AT 35 YEARS OF AGE
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FATHER BURGOS, PRIEST AND HERO
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Vigan City and the old world charm
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Padre Jose Burgos House
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Vigan Cathedral
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Plaza Burgos
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Plaza Salcedo
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Calle Crisologo / Mestizo District
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Fooooood...cravings only from Ilocos
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Where to go once you are in Vigan
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The Beauty of the North
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Hopping in the "Lagoon"
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Kalesa ride
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Baluarte Trip
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Kalesa/Tricycle
Transportation
Padre Burgos Museum Hopping
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Map of Vigan

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