Guimaras Day Tour

Travel Itinerary: Guimaras Day Tour

Hi, wanderlust!

Two of my friends and I went on a four-day tri-province Visayas trip a few weeks ago. We spent the first two days in Iloilo; we availed a Guimaras day tour on the third day and then explored Negros Occidental during our last day.

Guimaras is only 15 minutes away from the port of Iloilo. FYI, there are two ports in Iloilo that could bring you to Guimaras. Make sure to tell the taxi/tricycle driver to take you to Iloilo to Jordan port because it’s closer to the tourist spots than the other port. The fare costs less than P20.

Since we had limited time, we chose to avail the city day tour rather than the island hopping tour. As soon as we arrived at Jordan Wharf, a local welcomed us, asked us to register and offered us the city day tour package.

Shall we start the tour now? ūüėČ

GUIMARAS DAY TOUR PACKAGE

Duration: 4 to 7 hours (It depends on the time you’d spend in the tourist spots.)

Cost: The amount varies depending on the vehicle you will rent.

  • P1,500 (tricycle)
  • P2,500 (jeep)
  • P3,500+ (van)

We spent only P500 each for the transpo since we chose to ride the tricyle and enjoy the fresh air.

 Smallest Plaza

Guimaras smallest plaza

As its name implies, this plaza holds the smallest plaza title in the Philippines. It’s the nearest spot in Jordan Wharf.

¬†Lopez’s Mansion

                    Lopez's mansion Guimaras

This mansion facing the ocean is owned by Fernando Lopez, the vice president of the Philippines from 1949 to 1972. Yes, he served three terms.

 Guimaras Church

Guimaras

 

Founded in 1180, this is the oldest church in Guimaras.

 Windmills

                                 

San Lorenzo, Guimaras is the home of less than 30 electricity-providing windmills. Established by Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC), these windmills have become a tourist attraction just like those in Ilocos.

 Lunch at The Pitstop Restaurant

                             

This is a popular hangout place in Guimaras – both of locals and tourists – because they serve almost everything with mangoes. The must-try is their range of mango pizzas.

 Guimaras Capitol

guimaras capitol

The featured photo of this blog was shot in the provincial capitol. Aside from the local government offices, you’ll also find several pasalubong shops in this area. But I won’t recommend you to buy there because they sell keychains, ref magnets, etc. more expensively than those being sold in other tourist spots.

 Trappist Abbey

trappist abbey

Run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, Trappist Abbey is a sacred place for the locals.

 Mango Plantationmango plantation Guimaras

I won’t deny that I was quite disappointed because we weren’t able to see the trails of mango trees up close.¬†The tour guide said it’s already privately-owned so we just gazed at the greens from a few kilometers.

 Guisi Lighthouse

                      

Built in the 18th century, this lighthouse stands in front of the Guisi beach. You’d need a three to five-minute trek to see it. In case you’d like a refreshment, some locals are selling buko¬†(coconut) fresh from the tree.

 Alubihod Beach

Seeing the beach is part of the tour but we didn’t push through with it because we’re running out of time. After the trip, we headed back to Iloilo and then traveled one hour via sea to Bacolod.

 

I hope you’d enjoy your Guimaras day tour as much as I did. Take a lot of photos, alright? Have fun!

SML,

Patchicha <3

first-timers in South Korea

9-Day Itinerary for First-Time Visitors in South Korea

Annyeong, chingu!

I spent nine days in South Korea last autumn (Sept. 29 to Oct. 8) – 6 days with my family and 3 days alone. It’s my first ever visit there so I’ve tried the most recommended travel spots in Seoul and Suwon for first-time visitors. It was a fun, a bit chilly, and colorful escape. I listed down my itinerary below just in case you’re planning to visit this East Asian nation anytime soon. Hope this helps!

Airlines: AirAsia & Jeju Air  |  Accommodation: Bong Stay Insadong

DAY 1

 Tapgol Park
 Bukchon Hanok Village РThis was a normal village until it became a shooting location of the K-drama Personal Taste. Nowadays, you will see restaurants, clothing stores and other businesses in the village. People also love strolling around Bukchon Hanok while wearing Hanbok, the traditional Korean attire.
 Insadong РThis long alley is one of the cheapest shopping areas in Seoul, especially for crafts and art pieces.

DAY 2

 

¬†Gyeongbokgung Palace –¬†This is the most popular palace in Seoul probably because it’s one of the most visible palaces in Korean dramas. Don’t miss the royal guard changing ceremonies as it’s the major traditional highlight in this tourist spot. Many locals and visitor also tour around the palace wearing hanboks.
 National Palace Museum
 Myeongdong Cathedral
 Changdeokgung Palace & Secret Garden
 N Seoul Tower РThis 237-meter tower became famous because of the Korean series Boys Over Flowers and Rooftop Prince. You may hang love locks on the railings of the view deck while appreciating the beautiful sceneries.

DAY 3

 

 Everland РThe Disneyland of Seoul!
¬†Myeongdong – Foreigners are all over this popular shopping haven for cosmetics & skincare products. You’ll also find nice fashion finds for discounted prices. It’s the ultimate pasalubong¬†area.

DAY 4

 

 Grevin Seoul Museum  РIf you wanna see the wax version of oppas and other influential people, visit this place!
 One Mount Snow Park РYou can do numerous things in this indoor snow and water park. Aside from the ice skating rink and slides, I loved the dog sledding experience. The amount of entrance passes cost less than 20,000 won, depending on the day and time of your visit. You must also expect to pay for the rental of ice skating shoes.
¬†Gwangjang Market –¬†This is a must-visit for food enthusiasts who’d like to try authentic Korean food. As a large traditional market, it’s also known for hand-made goods and quality linen.

DAY 5

 

¬†Nami Island – Do you remember this¬†moon-shaped island in the K-drama series Winter Sonata? For me, it’s the most relaxing tourist spot in South Korea. The colorful trees, especially those of the ginkgo trees, the rides, and the peaceful ambiance are more than enough for a breather. You’ll understand whywhen you’re there already. ūüôā
¬†Petite France –¬†As its name implies, this park is a smaller version of France.
 Garden of the Morning Calm

DAY 6

 

 Cheonggyecheon Stream
 Dongdaemun Design Plaza
¬†Ehwa Woman’s University – This is the oldest all-female university in SoKor.

DAY 7

 

 Haneul Park (Another IG-worthy spot!)
 Digital Media City

DAY 8

 Hwaseong Fortress (UNESCO)
 Korean Folk Village (Quite expensive but worth the visit)

DAY 9

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 Every Nation Church Korea
 Last-minute shopping
 Incheon Airport

If you want to see my photos on this trip, view this Facebook album. Also, feel free to message me if you have questions and if you want some tips for first-time visitors in South Korea. Thanks!

SML,
Patchicha

Bangkok, Thailand

3-Day Itinerary in Bangkok, Thailand

Hola, peeps!

My family and I went to Bangkok, Thailand last June 16-19, 2017. It was an extra special vacation for me because it’s my first sponsored international trip as a freelance writer. Thanks to¬†BC Travel and Tours Corp¬†for the trust! <3 They provided the van transfers, tours, and hotel accommodation for us.

Anyway, I pasted our quick itinerary here just in case you’d like to know the best places to visit in Bangkok for first-timers. Yay! Enjoy!

Airline: Cebu Pacific
Hotel: Baiyoke Boutique
Travel Agency: BC Travel and Tours Corp

Day 1

 Wat Pho
¬†Grand Palace (King of Thailand’s Palace)
 Pratunam Market
¬†Street food¬†‚̧

Temples are sacred places for Thai people. The guards won’t let you in if you’re wearing shorts, above-the-knee skirts, and other “revealing” clothes. I was wearing shorts that time so I bought a pair of loose pants outside.

Day 2


 Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram
 Wat Intharawihan
 Jewelry Factory
 Leather Factory
 Erawan Shrine
 Standing Buddha
 Siam Center
 Platinum
 Night Market
 Central World

If you’re looking forward to shopping in Bangkok, the best buys are clothes, bags, other authentic leather products, and¬†jewelry. I bet you’ll go gaga over them because of the super affordable price tags.

Day 3


 Floating Market
 Elephant Village
 Thai Massage
 Night Market

I enjoyed our¬†last day the most because we had an encounter with the elephants. I won’t deny that I was a bit scared of them, but they’re really harmless and friendly. As for the authentic Thai massage, I’ve noticed that Thai masseuses are used to doing it the “hard” way so if you’re more into soft or medium massage like me, you better tell them before they start.

 

The entrance fees and other costs could change anytime so I chose not to include the amounts here to prevent any form of misinformation or confusion.

Btw, I took a lot of photos in there so in case you’d like to see more of them, kindly visit my Bangkok, Thailand¬†facebook album here. Thanks for reading!

 

SML,

Patchicha

cebu city itinerary

3-Day Cebu City Itinerary

This time last year, my family and I went to Cebu for a quick city tour. I just want to share with you our quick 3-day Cebu City itinerary, plus the other places you can visit.

Hotel: Mandarin Park Hotel
Airlines: Cebu Pacific

Day 1

– Basila de Sto. Ni√Īo & Museum
– Fort San Pedro
– Fort San Pedro
– Magellan’s Cross
– Taoist Temple
– Ayala Center Cebu

Day 2

– Temple of Leah
– Sirao Farm
– STK Ta Bay
– Crown Regency Skywalk + Edge Coaster
– Taboan Market

Day 3

– Allegre’s Guitar Factory
– 10,000 Roses Cafe

Have a safe trip!

SML,

Patchicha