Finding quiet, peaceful and a place for some relaxation? We’ve been searching where we can spend our 1 day off, then lucky us, we found this place. There’s a lot of day tours/activities offered thru Facebook and also via Travel agency, but no need to go far to find serene. This place has a simple yet unique accommodation, and exciting outdoor activities. I know all of us are familiar with the Kawa Hot Bath and I believed it was started in Aklan and they have the biggest kawa! But no need to fly to Aklan for Kawa Hot Bath, this place has this fun activity that will surely give you refreshment with the overlooking of Taal. Exciting right?Click here to Read more . . .
La Union is known for the beach town of San Juan, the surfing capital on this side of North Luzon.
It’s summer time and for sure you have your plans for your summer vacation. Maybe La Union is in your list. Well, we all know that La Union is known for beautiful beach and great place for surfing. I’ve been planning to write this short blog from my previous visit there and I tell you, the place is just simply awesome, there’s a lot of places you can visit aside from the beach.
If you are a first timer or having this plan to visit La Union, then you are in the right blog site. Let me share you my experiences and travel tips! Happy reading!
BEST TIME TO VISIT LA UNION
Many tourists main reason why to go to La Union is surfing.
JUL-OCT: The South Swell is caused by the southwest monsoon, known locally as habagat. It produces ideal waves though this is the height of rainy season. This is a good time to go if you don’t mind surfing in bad weather.
NOV-MAR: The North Swell is caused by northeast trade winds known locally as amihan. This is the best time to go surfing because the waves are ideal and there’s less chance of rain.
The North and South Swell seasons are the best waves for long time surfer but if you’re a beginner, think twice before you go.
HOW TO GET TO LA UNION FROM MANILA
You can get to San Juan by driving or taking the bus.
BY BUS: There are several bus companies that can take you to La Union from Manila. There are various companies operating the bus from Manila to La Union, with the most popular being Partas and Dominion (both departing from Cubao and Pasay Terminal) and Viron (Cubao and Sampaloc terminals). Fare range from 400 – 800 depends on bus type.
• Cubao, Bus Terminal
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines
+63 (2) 7278278
• San Fernando, La Union, Bus Mid-Way Station
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union, Philippines
+63 (74) 2420464
+63 (74) 2420923
WHERE TO STAY IN LA UNION
Most tourists traveling to La Union pick either San Juan or San Fernando as a base. Well, both of it is beautiful but I will go for San Juan. I stayed with my friend’s house. We chose San Juan La Union since most of the budget and our target places are concentrated here. Not to mention its proximity to the surfing beach – Urbiztondo Beach. But San Fernando also offers good options for travelers who are willing to spend more for comfort.
There’s a lot of affordable hotels and and accommodation near to beach. This place isn’t that big so there aren’t as many resorts compared to more established destinations. But if you are budget traveler, then good thing there is already AIRBNB to book your stay.
Since I stayed with my friend’s house, here are my suggestions if you opt to travel in La Union for overnight.
Flotsam & Jetsam Artist Hostel
Flotsam & Jetsam is one of the best places to stay in San Juan. I’ve been hearing about this place even before I had any real desire of visiting San Juan. This is not a hostel but also a perfect place for beach party.
THINGS TO DO IN LA UNION
1.San Juan Beach
This is one of the best place to go for surfing, bonding, watch sunset and good thing it has nearby food stores and accommodations like Flotsam and Jetsam, the famous Makai bowls and lot more!
2. Poro Point Lighthouse
Time for escape and travel to La Union, step out of the shadow of its more popular neighbors. Its day in the sun has come, and the beacon that shines on it arising from Poro Point, whilom American base on a peninsula within San Fernando City. The Poro Point Lighthouse serves as a favorite spot and this is great place for jogs, sprints, cycling, working out, or an early morning walk. The Poro Point Lighthouse is just 10-15 minutes away from San Fernando’s central district, and you can get there either by car or by riding public transportation. No entrance fee needed, this is open for public, tourists or locals may freely walk around and take in the scenery.
3. Flotsam & Jetsam
Looking for a party in San Juan? Then this place is for you. Right after beach surfing or long drive from tours, have some drinks and get the party started. Flotsam & Jetsam is a trendy hostel with a restaurant and full bar. This place has fun and lively environment so most people visiting in San Juan will be here getting drinks every night, of course this is also near to the beach just 1-3 minutes walk!
4. Halo Halo de Iloko – Zandueta Street
La Union has so much more to offer also for foods! Here’s one that you should put on your list! Halo Halo de Iloko, home of Ilokano cuisine in San Fernando City, offers not only the dessert but also Ilokano blend dishes. This place is known for their HALO HALO, I’ve tasted all kinds of halo halo but here, it’s different! There’s something in their ingredients that you can’t describe! It’s delicioso! Perfecto! Pasalubong, goodies are available here as well.
How to go — from Urbiztondo, ride a jeep to San Fernando (PHP11 fare per person). Drop off at the city center and ride a tricycle to Halo Halo de Iloko. Locals are very familiar with it.
5. Ma Cho Temple
No need to go to China. Ma Cho temple can be found in La Union! The Ma-Cho, Mazu or Ma Cho Temple is a Taoist temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu located on Quezon Avenue in Barangay II, San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines.
Things to take note and observe
1. Ma-Cho temple is open every day between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
2. There is no entrance fee. Hence, you could explore the temple for free.
3. There are holding areas found around the temple. Dating is prohibited in these areas.
How to go — From Halo Halo de Iloko, ride a tricycle to Ma-Cho Temple (PHP8 fare per person).
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Singapore is the most developed and advanced country in Asia. It is also one of the most powerful country in the world. Singapore at first glance may describe as a luxury place to live! It has so much to offer in terms of attractions. It’s incessantly progressing and growing with people who are passionate and dedicated in creating new possibilities. As you may know, it is the world’s most expensive cities to live in, it’s the MOST expensive, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report for the fifth year in a row.
I might say that accommodations, transportation and foods are indeed pricier than other Southeast Asian destinations. Their public transportation is so efficient that you can easily get around by train or bus. No doubt, if you try their train, it’s remarkably awesome, it’s right under the ground and if you’ll use escalator it’s more like 3 – 4 times deeper. Public bus? Ah! It’s really different in the bus of my country! How I wish it’s the same in SG. There’s specific pick up and drop off point and specific time as well! How nice, right? It is not like you’ll get along with so many other passengers inside the bus. NO! There’s also a stop button wherein driver will know if there’s passenger who would like to drop off. Cool! Also, you can enjoy a delicious meal for as little as SGD3-5 from one of many hawker centers throughout the city. You must try it!
In other words, don’t let its high standard of living keep you from going here because mind you, Singapore has so much to offer with its various cuisine, world-class and unique attractions, numerous shopping, and lively nightlife. No matter how big or small your budget is, visit Singapore and you’ll soon see and know why it is one of the top tourist destinations in Asia.Click here to Read more . . .
It’s our first time here in Antipolo and I’m excited for what this place could give. It seems Antipolo have many interesting native food specialties, sites to visit and adventures to try. If you would check, there are a number of hidden resorts and nature reserves for a great weekend getaway. We chose to visit Luljetta as it has spa aside from resort. We pay only for day tour as we planned to go as well in Pinto Art Museum afterwards.
Luljettas hanging Garden and spa will make you feel that you are in Bali cause it’s Hanging gardens Bali inspired. Luljettas evince to be more than just an attraction especially for summer time. If you’re looking for a place of serenity or just want some relaxation from stressful week, I tell you, this hidden gem is such a great haven and place for escape. It is such a bliss to re-discover it again as this place was discover I think 6 years ago.Click here to Read more . . .
Seize the breathtaking view of the bustling city of Hong Kong be it on a vast daylight or night sky.
Sky100 is one of the recommended spot to visit especially if you want to view Hong Kong in 360 degrees. From there you will simply be astonished by the resplendent sight which will make you realize what beauty civilization can offer- that civilization in itself can be a form of art.
It was quite balmy when we went up so we saw the view perfectly. I felt agitated and exhilarated at the same time when we took their elevator, it moves rapidly, feels like you are being taken away by the wind upwards! When it comes to see a good view from a skyscraper observation deck you need a combination of height and position in the city to make it a worthwhile attraction. On the window ledges you can find information about each area you are viewing.
Victoria Peak is a extraordinary viewpoint of the city at any time of the day but it is more quaint and picturesque at night. It is also known as Mount Austin of Hong Kong and The Peak, it is where famous actors/actresses, politicians, consul generals, CEO’s and businessmen live. But the main reason tourists visit here is because of its scenic view of the city skyline and Victoria Harbor. You can use the coin-operated telescopes installed at the viewing deck to view the cityscape. The peak is a 554m tall mountain in the western half of Hong Kong island. Victoria Peak is the most visited peak by tourists. Few reasons stated below.
- Can visit at day and night
- Easy transportation via bus to Victoria Peak
- No hiking! No hiking! 😀
- Victoria Peak is close to Hong Kong central
- Many people want to ride the popular Peak Tram
This simple guide tackles about the scheme of planning your trip and additional information about traveling to Hong Kong in general, as opposed to specifics once you’re there. Let me take you to one of the happiest places on earth
WHEN TO VISIT HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
Hong Kong (SAR China) is a year-round destination due to its sub-tropical location. It has 4 seasons: winter, autumn summer and spring.Click here to Read more . . .
Also known as “The scramble”, is located in Shibuya, one of Tokyo Japan special spots. Shibuya Crossing! Yeeey! I finally crossed the busiest intersection in the world. It is like a nonstop and a giant beating heart, where sending people in all directions, it’s like you see ants crossed on the streets in every pulsing light change. Well, ” Welcome to Tokyo!”. Hundreds of people, probably thousands at peak times.– cross at a time, coming from all directions. I tell you, once the traffic light turns red, hundreds of people cross, in each direction. Mind you, however, while everything’s look so busy and rowdy, you won’t see chaos in it. So many people cross this junction, it’s simply because its one of the Tokyo’s busiest commercial and business areas. So many sights to see, sounds to hear and music to taste.Click here to read more. . .
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Let me start my guide with the list of documents we’ve had handy.
- Passport – Must not expire within the next 6 months upon arrival
- Documents: Proof of Identification (Company and Government ID will do)
- Printed Copy of Plane Ticket (Includes the return ticket booking)
- Printed Hotel Booking (This was checked upon exit from PH immigration. You are required to declare when filling up the immigration form.)
- Hong Kong Tourist Visa (if applicable) — This is very important to think about when planning any trip abroad. Luckily, tourists from over 160 countries (including the Philippines) do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong.
PRE-DEPARTURE IMMIGRATION AND PROCESS
We filled up a small form (embarkation document) near Immigration entrance; it is a form where in you will be ask to provide your basic personal and destination information. We completed the form and fell in line at the check in counter, then were asked to pay our Philippine travel tax (Php1,620.00), terminal fee of PHP550.00 was already included on the purchased ticket. Make sure before you fall in line at the check in counter, you have already paid the Philippine travel tax of PHP1,620.00 or you can prepay it upon making your reservation, like Cebu Pacific.Click here to Read more . . .