I had been busy applying for a job, and after I got hired I had to focus on it for a while. But last December, I told my friend that I wanted to go somewhere before Christmas. I needed an escape from the busy holiday season in the Philippines. He told me that he was going to La Union, a popular destination for surfers. I have never surfed before so I said, “yeah, let’s go to LU.”

I am not a fan of tour groups, in fact, had I known that it was organized by a tour company, I wouldn’t have come. First I don’t like having an itinerary that must be strictly followed, something that you don’t have a control over, but everything was set so I went anyway.

I enjoyed the trek to Tangadan Falls. We went swimming and rafting. It was the highlight of our trip because we were not able to go surfing. It made me a bit disappointed because that’s what I really wanted to experience.

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Trekking to Tangadan Falls
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Rafting in Tangadan Falls
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Bahay Na Bato Entrance
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“Paghahabi” Inside Bahay Na Bato
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My friend Lor buying scarf made by the locals
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Local Artworks Inside Bahay Na Bato

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Ma-Cho Temple

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Ma-Cho Temple

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Ma-Cho Temple

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Thunderbird Resort Poro Point

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Grape Farm

It still turned out to be a good escape. When I come back, I will just go to the beach and surf.

Here’s our itinerary:

🚐01:00 AM- ETD to LA UNION
🏢7:00AM- ETA San Gabriel
⛳️7:30AM- ETD to Tangadan Falls, Short Trekking
🏊🏻9:00AM- Swimming/ Balsa Rafting/ Photo Ops/ Tawanan/ Kulitan😂😜😎
🚍10:00AM- ETD to San Gabriel
💃🏻11:30AM- ETD to Bahay na Bato (Luna, La Union)
🗿12:00NN- Explore Bahay na Bato
🕕12:30PM-Lunch
🏰1:00PM-ETD to Ma-Cho Temple (San Fernando, La Union)
🏯1:30PM- ETA Ma-Cho Temple
🏄🏼2:00PM-ETD to Thunderbird Resort
☺️2:30PM- ETA @ the Santorini-Inspired Thunderbird Resort Poro Point
🍧4:30PM- ETD to Grape Farm
🚐5:30PM- ETD to Manila
😴11:00PM- ETA Manila

Total Cost: PhP1500.00

Please check my friend’s video of our trip: