Baguio to Vigan Philippines Bus
There are Hoboes in the Philippines, many are going from place to place looking for jobs, they only carry a small bindle. Often the women will carry all their clothes in large purse.
I was lucky on the last bus, it has a lower compartment, the baggage guy put a whole bag full of wet vegetables right on top of my bag.
The Philippines is the same as Africa in many way.
Bill, you understand the culture and know how to circumvent the liars, this country is full of land mines. I am in a 500 Peso room called the Vigan Hotel here in Vigan.
Backpacker do not want to work so hard, we are on vacation, there is only one room in an area at the price you are ing, not half like Thailand.
Shared toilet, and WIFI, the drunk Philippines couple just came back. This same room in South America is 3 dollars, not 10.
There are cots everywhere, ready for the owner to allow 5-10 people per room.
The next cheapest room was 800 at Grandpas Inn, noisy room, the other 25 start at 1100. There is ONE choice in this town.
Dorm, why in the world would a person live in dorm in Asia, I never once lived in a Dorm in South America, Central America, Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam.
Room are a global comparison. your numbers are for a Philippines person, I am a USA White man, I still out like a sore thumb.
I stayed in your Hotel the very first time, I got a reservation off of HostelWorld.com. The Hotel seems to cater to Americans, however moved the next day to the Malate Pension. The Friendly guesthouse is the present rage of Malate, the truth is Manila is a wet spot in the corner of street next to a bar.
Backpacker have a natural desire to get out of the wet spot, to not walk on it, and now they are not backpackers, they are flashpackers.
I worked hard to find a Transient room in Baguio, yes, I know this is the solution, I never found one that would allow us or stop lying. The culture is truly a pain on the planet.
I want to go to Bauang to visit my friends, the cheapest is ed at 1150 per night, I want to go where I go, not where the price is cheap. I checked out Tagaytay at 2000 meters overlooking a volcano, this sounds great.
Lonely Planet shows the Budget room at 28 and 40 US Dollars, this is the cheap rooms. I would have to go totally off the Lonely Planet to visit. I think I am off right now, the cheap room here in Vigan is Grandpas at 800 or 16 US per night, truly crap value for the money in comparison to the rest of the planet.
This is not an expat site where I convince expats to buy the junk of other expats, property they should have never purchased in the first place. Expats site like escapeartist.com now spend their whole time trying to unload unwanted properties on the next silly expat with too much money and a Philippines girl in tow.
Andy in Vigan 2009