I posted about my visit in La Union on my Facebook Page but the details are incomplete yet so everyone is asking for my itinerary and expenses. So as requested by popular here is my La Union Travel Guide for 2018 with budget and itinerary both for 3D2N and 2D1N.
If you’re going to ask me last year, what’s my least favorite destination, my answer was “La Union”. Yes, I judged this place. For me, La Union was just a surfing spot near Manila with a not so clear water and gray sand. I wasn’t expecting anything. But after I saw its beauty all of these negative thoughts were changed.
What to expect?
La Union is well known as the Surfing Capital of Northern Luzon. It is one of the most accessible surfing spot, just 5-7 hours bus ride from Manila. Aside from surfing, there are also must visit resort and restaurants that has late-night activities and waterfalls that are worth seeing.
How to get to La Union from Manila?
There are several options of bus terminals you can choose from. You can call them before your trip to confirm their schedules.
List of Bus Terminal
Partas Transportation – Cubao
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Contact No.: (02) 410 1307 (for Ticketing and Trip Schedules); +63 917 638 7438 (for Waybill Section)
Partas Transportation – Pasay
Tramo corner Edang St., San Roque, Pasay City
Contact No.: (02) 8528194
Partas Transportation – Sampaloc
1716 Vicente Cruz corner Laon Laan Sts., Sampaloc, Manila
Contact No.: (02) 743-3242
Dominion Bus Lines
EDSA corner New York St., Quezon City
Contact No.: (02) 727 2350
Viron Transportation Co., Inc.
1209 Dapitan corner Blumentritt Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
Contact No.: (02) 741 0405
Bus Fare: 400-460PHP
Travel Time: 5-7 hours
Best time to leave Manila: 12 am
How to get around La Union?
Option A – 8 Destinations
Fee: 2,000 to 2,500 PHP per tricycle good for 4 persons. Transportation and guide fee included. Entrance fees are excluded.
Places to Visit
1. Macho Temple
2. Halo Halo de Iloko
3. Pebble Beach
4. Kamay na Bato Art Gallery
5. Baluarte Watch Tower
6. Drop by at Paloair Balaoan Luna Forest
7. Namacpacan Church
8. Tangadan Falls (guide fee included)
Option B – Tangadan Falls only
Fee: 500 PHP per tricycle good for 4 persons. Back and forth transportation only. Guide fee and life vest are excluded.
Option C – DIY, ride jeepney and tricycle
Transportation is much cheaper but it will take a lot of time waiting for a jeepney or tricycle to pass by on every location you are going to visit.
Where to stay in La Union?
There are lots of resorts and hostels in San Juan, La Union that you can choose from. As for us, we chose Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel since the location is near the beach, the vibes are lively and there is late-night activity.
Rate: 680 PHP (weekday) to 780 PHP (weekend) a night per person
• Free breakfast
• Single Bed
• Personal fan
• Shared Bathrooms
• Privacy Curtains
• Individual Lockers with Locks
• Free WiFi
Where to eat in La Union?
I’ve read that pizza in Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel is a must try. But if you’re in a budget like us eating pizza and other meals in this hostel is not for you. When we found out that rice meals in our hostel are pricy and we only allotted 100 pesos budget per meal for 3 days we asked some locals where to find budget meal restaurant or carinderia.
So where to eat budget meal in La Union?
1. Nak Nak
It’s a carinderia 5 minutes walk away from Flotsam and Jetsam hostel. Their food ranges from 80-150 pesos.
2. Beach Bum Food Park
What to do after dinner? Just a minute walk from Nak Nak you will reach Beach Bum Food Park. This place is so cool!
This one of the most popular place to eat in La Union. We ordered Combo 1.
What to SEE in La Union?
1. Urbiztundo Beach in San Juan
2. Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel
3. Macho Temple in San Fernando
4. Halo Halo de Iloko in San Fernando
5. Kamay na Bato Art Gallery in Luna
6. Pebble Beach in Luna
7. Baluarte Watch Tower in Luna
8. Namacpacan Church in Luna
9. Paloair Balaoan (Bohol-like Forest)
Sample Itinerary + Budget Breakdown
We stayed 3 days and 2 nights in La Union. But in case you only have weekend I also made 2 days and 1 night itinerary and budget breakdown. You can download and edit the spreadsheet below for your convenience.
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