One thing that South East Asia lacks compared to South America is lovely towns with nice old buildings. In the Latin continent there are loads: a few we visited were Ouro Preto (Brazil), Cartagena (Colombia), Cuenca (Ecuador) and Valparaiso (Chile).
Therefore, as we had heard positive things about Vigan we thought we would go and see for ourselves.
We stepped off the bus from Baguio into a lovely square with balconied buildings on two sides, a well-preserved cathedral on the other and… McDonald’s on the last (well, we are in the Philippines). Nevertheless, the town was very pretty.
Everywhere you turned there were amazingly preserved colonial-Chinese buildings, cobbled streets and horse and carriages. We spent hours wandering the lanes, nosying round open-houses and sipping lattes in street cafes.
On our final morning we hired and horse and carriage for a couple of hours (for the princely sum of P150 (2.25 GBP) per hour and visited the lesser known sites around the city.
It was a really nice change from the amazing beaches, countryside and wildlife we had seen recently and from one of the worst places we have visited on this trip (see Manila post) to one of the best in a matter of days…