When in LaUnion – 2016.07

Due to boredom I sent myself to La Union. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚

It was Friday and was very tired from the day’s happenings. I was contemplating on whether I’ll go on an adventure or stay. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Mind can’t describe well. A solo traveler friend of mine invited me to go with her to La Union on that very day. I was very indecisive. Was saying NO to her then later on said YES then NO again. HAHA until my wandering self decided it for me.

Perhaps you know by now what my decision was… ๐Ÿ˜€

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Day 1

  • 0400: ETD San Juan, La Union from Cubao
  • 1100:ย ETA – Surfing Area, San Juan La Union
  • 1110: Lunch
  • 1300: Check in atย The Circle Hostel
  • 1600: Surfing Time
  • 1800: Sunset watching
  • 1830: Back to accom
  • 2000: Out for dinner
  • 2200: Back to accom
  • 2300: Rest/ sleep

Day 2

  • 0800: Woke up
  • 0900: Breakfast
  • 1000: Ride a jeep to San Gabriel Market
  • 1030: ETA San Gabriel Market; tric to Tangadan
  • 1100: ETA Tangadan jump off; start trekking
  • 1200: ETA Tangadan Falls
  • 1500: Trek back to Tangadan jump off
  • 1520: Lunch at a store along the way
  • 1535: Trek ย until reached jump off
  • 1605: End trekking; ride tric going to San Gabriel
  • 1635: ETA San Gabriel main town
  • 1710: ETA San Juan via jeep
  • 1800: check out
  • 1830: arrived at the bus terminal for Manila
  • 2000: ETD Manila

Day 3

  • 0230: ETA Manila

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  1. Fare
    1. 423PhP: Bus from Cubao to San Juan, La Union viaย Partas Bus
    2. 34PhP: jeep from accom to San Gabriel Main vice versa
    3. 100PhP: tricycle from San Gabriel Market to Tangadan jump off vice versa
    4. 10PhP: jeep accom to San Fernando bus terminal
    5. 426PhP: Bus from La Union to Pasay viaย Partas Bus
  2. Accommodation
    1. 450PhP: overnight stay, hammockย The Circle Hostel
  3. Miscellaneous
    1. 200PhP: board rent
    2. 200PhP: guide

TOTAL EST COST: 1,843PhP (exclusive of food and fare from house to terminal vv)


  • There are plenty of accommodations you can choose from that’s near the beachfront, from the pricey villas up to the budget friendly home-stays. Make sure to have a reservation during peak season as well as during holidays. Below are sample of places to stay:
    • ย The Circle Hostel
    • P&M Final Option Beach Resort
    • Flotsam and Jetsam Artists Hostel
    • Isla Bonita Beach Resort
    • Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa
    • Awesome Hotel
    • Sebay Surf Resort
    • Surfer’s Inn
    • The Little Surfmaid Resort


  • Gefseis Greek Grill
  • Halo halo de Iloko
  • Angel and Marie’s Surfer’s Retreat
  • Poppy’s
  • Milkywave
  • Seabay Surf Resort
  • Surf Shack
  • Bale Capampangan
  • L.U. Bbq
  • S.O.U.L (Spicy of Urban Life) Cafe
  • The Hangout Philippines
  • Urbiztondo Grill House
  • Flotsam and Jetsam
  • Tagpuan

Don’t worry there are so many restaurants to choose from, also fast-food stores are a jeep away from the surfing area. โ˜บ Don’t forget to ask help from Mr.ย Googleย for other suggested accommodations and food restaurants in town.


  • Learn how to surf and ride with waves
  • Trek, cliff diving at Disoor and Tangadan Falls
  • visit Ma-Cho Temple
  • visit Bahay na Bato
  • walk to Poro Point Lighthouse
  • Sightseeing at La Union Botanical Garden
  • Pottery making in Taboc

Always, always never fail to check and read other blogs as well for your reference.


  1. Make sure you bring your beautiful summer wears and a rashguard as well.
  2. Wear your most comfortable beach outfits.
  3. LU wouldn’t be LU if you won’t chase with its waves, so make sure to go out there and surf.
  4. Don’t feel lonely when alone, be happy instead for you’ll meet tons of individuals just like you.
  5. Don’t miss to visitย Flotsam and Jetsam Artists Hostel.
  6. You can D.I.Y Tangadan Falls, guide isn’t needed. Trail is clear and visible. Don’t be afraid if you’re walking alone you’ll meet others along the way.
  7. The Circle Hostel is a very chill place that you like to sleep and sleep and sleep… oh you’ll meet your fellow travelers there too.
  8. Urbiztondo Grill House usually takes time when serving orders make sure you’re not that hungry enough.
  9. If you like to dine in at Flotsam and Jetsam Artists Hostel make sure you go there early as people are coming and coming as the night is getting late.

So there, hoping I help you guys plan out your Elyu trip. For opinions/ suggestions/ comments feel free to send me a message, I’d gladly appreciate it. Happy safe travels everyone! โค๐Ÿ’‹


37 thoughts on “When in LaUnion – 2016.07

  1. “Donโ€™t feel lonely when alone” โค Loved your article. Have never thought of visitng La Union but it's now on my list. Hopefully, I get to see LU this year. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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    1. There are guides though but i didn’t get one since the trail’s quite easy and visible enough and as a budget traveler to lessen my expenses. โ˜บ


  2. I’ve also been hearing a lot about Tangadan Falls lately. That would be my one of my top two things to do there (next to surfing) when I finally have the chance! Do you know which accommodations are cheaper than The Circle Hostel? Or are there any at all? Thanks for the ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Hi joser thank you. Be sure to visit there during off peak since the falls get crowded. ๐Ÿ™‚
      And as a budget traveler only Circle Hostel is the cheapest i found ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


  3. La Union is my surfing first love, but I have not been around much. The last time we were there, we were stranded in the apartment not knowing that San Fernando was in a state of calamity because of the storms. I’d recommend El Union for desserts, or just for chilling and coffee. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to know you had a nice time! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Haha! Love when you said that you got bored so you went to La Union. I’m always bored myself that’s why I’m always on the go and looking for stuff to do on the weekends. This is definitely a place I can see myself spending a weekend…hiking, waterfalls and nature all in one package.

    Thanks for the inside scoop

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  5. Don’t you just love random trips?! They are usually the ones that become more memorable and because of the spontaneity, we are more open to whatever the trip brings. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Being spontaneous is really nice! Sometimes, I say to friends that I will go and then not go. I wonder if they are mad at me for doing so, nevertheless they need to understand me! ๐Ÿ˜€ I have never googled La Union before. Thanks for this wonderful and detailed guide! See you soon, somewhere.

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    1. You’re welcome and random trips are the best! Good to know i dint promised my friend that i’ll accompany her. See you on the roads i guess. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. I was just thinking of going to La Union, not to surf but for Circle Hostel. I tried the one in Zambales and I loved it. But I was being kinda lazy about researching about making my itinerary then lo and behold, I go to your blog and you have an itinerary. This is so cool!

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    1. Thank you. โ˜บ happy to help you. Yes i love circle hostel. Havent tried the one in zambales but im sure the place is as cool as that of la union. ๐Ÿ˜‰ enjoy there.


  8. You got a brief list of “guidelines” here that is really helpful! this surely helps individuals who love to travel in new places to easily wander and enjoy. thanks for sharing your awesome stay at La Union!

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    1. Thank you zwit! ๐Ÿ˜‰ was giving some guidelines to help other travelers who are new to the place according to my own at least others would only not consider my itinerary but also the tips i wrote. ๐Ÿ˜Š


  9. I love your spontaneity! La Union is just a neighbor of Baguio (where I live) and yet I haven’t had the chance to discover the place. Thanks for this, and cheers to more spontaneous adventures ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Ohh? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ you should go and visit it’s just a few hours away from your place. ๐Ÿ˜€ thank you, guess more spontaneous adventures for me this year. ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚


  10. Yes! I agree that La Union will not be La Union if you will not chase its waves! Although a bit challenging than that in Baler, it’s a must-try! La Union is now an emerging tourist destination up north (and is just 1 hour 30 minutes away from Baguio City!) Thank you for sharing this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Havent been to LU yet but Marge and I wanted to try the Circle Hostel here too so your itinerary is a godsend. Tangadan falls looks so lovely too! Saw pics from my friend and I was amazed!


  12. I haven’t been to La union and I also heard great stories about this place. Your post is an add on to my list. Thanks mucho. Definitely bookmark this.


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