Sunday, July 24, 2011

Backpacking in the Philippines: La Union


From Lucap, Alaminos I went straight to Victory Liner Bus terminal. I had to take the Dagupan bound bus and catch another bus from there going to La Union. There was no airconditioned bus so I took the ordinary one.
Fare: Alaminos to Dagupan - P66, travel time is about one hour and ten minutes
Dagupan to Agoo - P47, travel time is around 1 hour. I missed the aircon bus so again I took the ordinary one. According the lady I asked, there are actually buses that goes directly to La Union but I just couldnt find it so I took the Victory bus bound for Baguio and catch another bus to San Fernando, La Union, my next pit stop.
Agoo to San Fernando La Union - P50, travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. From Agoo there are buses going to Vigan, Laoag and Abra passing throu San Fernando.

Accommodation:
I checked in at Hotel Mikka and paid P750 for a small yet clean room without breakfast as I plan to wake up late. If you want with breakfast the rate will be P825.

Places of interest: copy from san fernando website.

Since I woke up very late in the morning, I did not have the chance to visit those places. Instead, I head straight to San Juan, La Union to try surfing.

How to get there? From San Fernando, I took a jeep to San Juan and paid P14. Travel time is around 10-15 minutes and the jeep terminal is near the public market of San Fernando.

Where to Stay? There are actually lots of resorts in Urbiztondo, San Juan. Depending on your budget you can find a suitable place to stay. I stayed at Surfer's Inn and paid P350 for 1 night.The room is good for 4 people but I was alone. The room is just ok for the rent I paid.

What to do: You can rent a surf board for P150-200 per hour and you can also hire someone who can teach you how to surf for the same rate.

Where to Eat? There are a lot of restaurants in the area. I had dinner at Sebay Resto and paid P170 for a bottle of beer and bangus ala pobre meal.

Night Life - videoke, drinking session

How to get there from Manila and Baguio?


MANILA TO SAN FERNANDO CITY ROUTE: (Vice Versa)

  • Travel time by bus from Manila to San Fernando City, La Union takes 6 hours





  1. Autobus Transport Systems Incorporated
    Location: Dimasalang Street Cnr. Laong Laan Street, Sampaloc, Manila
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 735 8098


  2. Dominion Transit
    Location: New York Street, Cubao, Quezon City
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
    Telephone Numbers:


  3. Farinas Transit Company
    Location: Laong Laan cnr and M dela Fuente Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
    Telephone Numbers: + 63 2 731 4507, + 63 2 731 4375, + 63 2 743 8580


  4. Franco Frederico Lines
    Location: Sampaloc Manila.
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 731 4473, +63 2 731 2584


  5. Genesis Bus Lines
    Location: Avenida, Rizal, Manila
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Carlatan, San Fernando City


  6. Maria de Leon Transit
    Location: Corner Gelinos and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 731 4907


  7. Martinez Trans
    Location: Cubao, Quezon City


  8. Partas Transportation Company Incorporated
    Location: 816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 725 7303, +63 2 724 9820
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
    Telephone Numbers: +63 72 242 0465


  9. Philippine Rabbit Business Lines Incorporated
    Location: Edsa, Quezon City
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 734 9836, +63 2 734 9838


  10. RCJ Transit
    Location: 1558 EspaƱa, Sampaloc, Manila
    Telephone +63 2 741 2994


  11. Viron Transportation Company Incorporated
    Location: Corner 1209 Blumentritt and Dapitan Streets, Sampaloc, Manila.
    Telephone Numbers: +63 2 741 6588
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Lingsat, San Fernando CityTelephone Numbers: +63 72 888 2089








BAGUIO CITY TO SAN FERNANDO CITY ROUTE: (Vice Versa)



  • Travel time by bus from Baguio City to San Fernando City, La Union takes 1.5 hours.





  1. Partas Transportation Company Incorporated
    Location: Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City
    San Fernando City Bus Terminal: Quezon Avenue, San Fernando City
    Telephone Numbers:


  2. Philippine Rabbit Business Lines Incorporated
    Location: Gov. Pack Road, Baguio City


  3. Mini Bus Lines
    Baguio City Terminal: Abanao St., Baguio City
    San Fernando City Terminal:


  4. Vans for Hire
    Location: In front of the City Hall, Baguio City


Other accommodations:

San Juan Surf Resort in Urbiztondo offers dormitories, budget and standard rooms, bungalows and condo units. They have a bar and restaurant, a surf shop, and offers surfboard sales and rentals. Other activities are scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. The establishment is near the beach.

Telephone: +(63)(072) 7200340
Website: http://www.sanjuansurfresort.com
Email: landrigan@sflu.com

Sunset German Beach Resort in Montemar Village, Ili Norte is a small, well-tended resort. They have rugged concrete cottages with cozy rooms. Their suites have a living room, bedroom with TV and a balcony. They also have a restaurant serving Filipino and International dishes as well as home made bread and cold cuts. Guests can also hire surfboards by the hour.

Telephone: +(63)(072) 8884719
Cellphone: +(63)(0917) 9212420
Website: http://www.sunsetgermanbeachresort.com
Email: jangaerthe@sflu.com

Puerto de San Juan Resort Hotel in Ili Sur is a well-maintained resort. They offer comfortably furnished and air-conditioned cottages and rooms. A church, restaurant and swimming pool is available within the premises.

Telephone:
+(63)(072) 2423330-32
+(63)(072) 2425471-72
+(63)(072) 7200255-56
Website: http://www.puertodesanjuan.com
Email: psj@puertodesanjuan.com

NorMi2's Beachfront Resort is located in Brgy. Taboc. Accommodations offered are cozy guesthouses and tropical cottages. A French-German restaurant, a tropical bistro-bar, and a cafeteria is available. There is also a homely and friendly swimming pool for the whole family.

Telephone: +(63)(072) 7200519
Cellphone: +(63)(0927) 4496934
Website: http://normi2s-beach.com
Email: info@normi2s-beach.com

Sebay Surf Resort & Entertainment Center Urbiztondo San Juan, La Union PHILIPPINES Tel. Telephone +63-72-888-4075;
Fax. +63-72-700-0849;
Email. sebayresort@yahoo.com. ...
Website: www.sflu.com/yabes/sebay/sebay.htm

Kahuna Beach Resort & Spa

National Highway
Brgy. Urbiztondo
San Juan
La Union 2514

Phone no:
+63.72 607.1040
Fax no:
+63.72 607.1017

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