Honestly, I was a bit surprised to know that San Fernando in La Union is absolutely generous when it comes to tourist attractions. Our original plan on day 1 was to roam around San Fernando since that would be also our first stopover but we decided to do the falls visiting first which was a good idea, enjoy the beach surfing in the afternoon and do this city tour on our second day.
It was almost 1:00 P.M. when we checked out from The Circle Hostel and then we dropped-by at Flotsam and Jetsam for a quick lunch with our new friends who we met at the hostel and at exactly 2:30 P.M. we reached San Fernando again for the 4th time around. (hahaha) Wherever you want to go in La Union, well for me, I thought San Fernando is always like the point-of-origin, we hit it 3 times during our falls hopping. 🙂
We set our minds that we had to ride a bus going back to Metro Manila at 5:00 P.M. so we didn’t waste anymore time, since we set 2 hours target time, we immediately rented a trike to get us to places we wanted to visit. You can just call a trike and try to haggle the reasonable fare, in our case we paid Php250 for 2 people which I thought fair enough. Before jumping inside the trike, please do not forget to inform first the driver about the names of your target tourist spots. Here is our list:
MA-CHO TEMPLE – this 4-decade temple simply depicts the mood of being in another asian country. It has a great view of San Fernando Bay tagged along with colorful and intricate towering tiers. The statues of the 18 Chinese saints are displayed at the entrance of the temple, above that is the red pagoda and the figure of God of Mercy, Kuan Yi Ma. This is really a good place for snapping photos!
PORO POINT LIGHTHOUSE – Its named was originated from Barangay Poro in San Fernando where it is located but it’s also known as San Fernando Point. It’s a 10-minute drive from San Fernando Plaza and on you way you’ll pass by Thunderbird Resort. Minimalism is the first thing you’d think when you see this beautiful light house.
HALO HALO DE ILOKO – It is like an artsy halo halo cafe. The place is small but for me, they could have the best halo halo in town. They serve hot halo halo (which looks like ginataan) and fried halo halo. I was aiming for the fried one but I felt dehydrated due to city tour which made me choose the regular halo halo worth Php100 and this includes 12 kinds of ingredients! This is absolutely one of the best places to eat in San Fernando.
These 3 are just within the city proper of San Fernando. We finished the tour for 2 hours and it was already 4:30 P.M. when we completed our last destination. 🙂 If only we had more time, we would definitely visit the other interesting tourist spots which are listed below:
- Christ The Redeemer Statue
- St. William The Hermit Cathedral
- Pindangan Ruins
- Pagoda Hills
- La Union Botanical Garden
If you wish to stay overnight in San Fernando, there are several accommodations that are available. You may check my post “8 Affordable Accommodations in San Fernando, La Union” for details.
How to get here?
Ride a bus going to La Union then please tell the conductor to drop you off to San Fernando Plaza Php410.00 (6 to 7 hours travel time). Easy!
Bus plying to La Union
- Partas Bus Lines – Cubao, Quezon City (www.phbus.com/partas-bus) (725-7303 & 724-9820)
- Genesis Transport – Cubao, Quezon City (www.genesistransport.com.ph)
- Philippine Rabbit Business Lines Inc – Edsa, Quezon City (734-9836 & 734-9838)
- Viron Transportation Company Inc – Sampaloc, Manila (741-6588)
- Maria de Leon Transit – Sampaloc, Manila (731-4907)
- Farinas Transit Company – Sampaloc, Manila (731-4507, 731-4375 & 743-8580)
- Autobus Transport Systems Inc – Sampaloc, Manila (735-8098)
- RCJ Transit – Sampaloc, Manila (741-2994)
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