Monday, September 1, 2014

Where to stay in Vigan: Villa Angela Hotel

A few months ago I recently went back to Vigan, this time I stayed at Villa Angela Hotel. I enjoyed my stay there so much mostly because of the ambiance it gives. Reminds me of good old times in history when life were more simple, people dress more appropriately and curfew starts at 6pm. 

Vigan is one of the most preserved Spanish Colonial places in the Philippines. Old buildings and houses are still standing, converted into museums, souvenir shops or restaurant and the pavement you will walk in along Calle Crisologo is still the same pavement Filipino and Spanish ancestors built . Villa Angela offers everything old and nostalgic, beginning from the entrance gate, reception area, up to your very own room. So cozy that you wouldn't want to leave. The structure is more than 100 years old, family house turned into a hotel for travelers around the world who are looking for a place that offers more than the usual. 

I highly recommend Villa Angela Hotel because it complements the vibe that Vigan provides to its visitors, takes you years back. It's clean, cheap and safe. The receptionists are all friendly both in Vigan and Manila offices, offers you services and gives you choices so you'll know where to go and what to do during the whole stay. 

From the outside it will look like an ordinary old house and not a hotel, if your coming from a bus station just tell the tricycle driver to take you to Villa Angela Hotel.

Happy to know that it is a Trip Advisor recommended place to stay.

Sample room that is good for 5-6 persons 3500pesos/night. 

For more inquiries and reservations, visit their site or click here -----> HERE.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pagudpud-Vigan-Laoag Itinerary

Let me just share the itinerary on our recent trip to the North.

Arrival: April 27, 2014 Sunday at 8:05pm
Departure: April 30, 2014 Wednesday at 8:45pm

1st  Night: Sunday April 27, 2014
9:05pm Arrival at Laoag International Airport
9:30pm Travel from airport to Pagudpud
11:30pm Arrival at Alliyah's Hostay in Pagudpud
12:30 Lights Off, Rest

1st Day: Monday April 28, 2014
5:00 am - Watch Sunrise
6:00 am - Breakfast
7:00 am - Burgos Light House
9:00 am - Bangui Windmills
12:00 nn - Lunch
1:00 pm - Kabigan Falls. Trek. Swimming
3:00 pm - Kapurpurawan Rocks
4:00 pm - Patapat Viaduct
5:00 pm - Blue Lagoon Beach (Swimming until Sundown)
7:00 pm - Dinner

2nd Day: Tuesday April 29, 2014
7:00 am -  Travel to Vigan via Partas Bus
10:00 am - Arrival at Vigan. Check-in at Villa Angela Hotel
11:00 am - Burgos Museum
12:00 nn - Hidden Garden (stayed for Lunch)
3:00 pm - Baluarte ni Chavit
5:00 pm - Bantay Church and Bell Tower
6:00 pm - Calle Crisologo
7:00 pm - Plaza Burgos (watched the water fountain show)
8:00 pm - Dinne
10:00 pm Calle Crisologo

3rd Day: Wednesday April 30, 2014
7:00 am - Breakfast. Check-out Time.
9:00 am - Travel to Paoay and Laoag.
11:00 am - Paoay Church
12:00 nn - Lunch
2:00 pm - Malacanang of the North. Paoay Lake
3:00 pm - Marcos Museleo
5:00 pm - La paz Sand Dunes in Laoag City
6:00 pm - On the way to Airport. Dinner
9:00pm - Flight back to Manila.

Travel time from one place to another usually takes about 1 to 2 hours especially in Pagudpud. So plan your itinerary wisely so not to miss any "must-visit" places in Ilocos Sur and Norte. It's more cheaper and convenient to hire a Van to take you to different place just  make sure clarify the rental fee to the driver.