Philippines is blessed with many enchanting islands and beaches. But there are parts of the country that offer a different view.
One such place is Vigan, an entire colonial district intact from its Spanish period architecture and scenery. This historic town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, brings travellers to an era dating back to the 16th century.
By land transportation, it takes between 8 to 10 hours to reach Vigan from Manila. Travellers can choose the comfortable Metro Manila
Best is to take the night trip, sleep off during the long ride and arrive at the city early the next day. As a capital of the province of Ilocos Sur in
1. The Transportation
The main mode of transportation around the Vigan City would be either by karitela–
2. Historical Walks
Vigan City is a place that is rich in history and travellers can spot a lot of historical walks and museums in the area. These include old colonial churches, cobblestone streets, restored ancestral houses, a free-roaming zoo and pottery shops to enjoy.
3. Staying in Ancestral Houses
There are renovated ancestral houses that are converted as lodgings. It can be found near the Meztizo District where Calle Crisologo is located, close to most of the tourist spots and restaurants.
4. Authentic Ilocano Food
Vigan City serves a variety of authentic Ilocano cuisine, traditional Filipino meals and western dishes. Be sure to check out the must-eats in Vigan that includes empanada,
This article first appeared in GOASIAPLUS Asean Guide in 2017. ASEAN Guide is a collaboration with AirAsia to promote places for travellers in Southeast Asia countries from how to go, where to stay, what to do and eat.