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    Bicol: Sorsogon City Gubat, Barcelona, Bulusan, Irosin Tour

    Straight from Legazpi Airport, Tutubi boarded a tricycle that took him to the van and bus terminal where he rode a van to Sorsogon City.

    From there and in a span of just a few hours, he was able to visit interesting places in the province of Sorsogon including the newbie surfing and skimboarding mecca of Rizal beach in Gubat, an old church in Barcelona, the picturesque Bulusan Lake capped with a stopover for Bicolano cuisine in Irosin

    The van and bus terminal in Legazpi offers a great view of Mayon Volcano

    The trip from Legazpi to Sorsogon City lasting more than an hour, and passed by the town of Castilla and winding roads cut through forested areas and green ricefields.

    The Sorsogon City welcome arch (taken sometime in 2005)

    In Sorsogon City, the jeepney terminal used by Gubat-bound jeepneys is near Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Tutubi decided to check out when he saw an old jeepney waiting for passengers that he didn't want to ride in.

    Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Sorsogon City undergoing facelift

    the jeepney plying the Sorsogon to Gubat via Casiguran route. Tutubi didn't ride this jeep for fear of his life :P


    This series will take you on a short virtual tour of Sorsogon:

    To be continued...

    How to get to Sorsogon:

    Commuting to Sorsogon is easy for budget travelers who can live with taking a 12 hour bus ride to Sorsogon (Donsol, Pilar, Gubat, Matnog) offered by several bus lines in Manila.

    For those trying to save time and a sore butt, you can book a flight toLegazpi Airport, hire a tricycle to the van/bus terminal then take a van/bus to Sorsogon City which will be the jump-off point of later explorations.

    Fares and travel times:
    Legazpi Airport to Bus terminal: PhP50.00 (travel time about 10 minutes)
    Legazpi Van Terminal to Sorsogon City: PhP60.00 (1.5 hours duration)
    Sorsogon City to Gubat, Sorsogon: PhP18.00 (45 minutes + ample waiting time)

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:43 PM,

    15 Comments:

    At May 5, 2009, 10:57:00 AM, Blogger carlotta said...

    adventure siguro ang pagsakay sa jeep na yan :D

     
    At May 6, 2009, 12:37:00 AM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    carlotta, di ko talaga ni-try na...waited for next jeepney in the queue. visited the sorsogon church nearby

     
    At May 6, 2009, 12:55:00 PM, Anonymous Asian Traveler said...

    This is an interesting post. I love to visit Sorsogon City someday. :)

    Out of topic:
    By the way, please change my site from The Asian Traveler to An Asian Traveler. I lost my old custom domain. I have now my new web address http://www.anasiantraveler.com . Thank you in advance for your time and assistance.

     
    At May 6, 2009, 2:46:00 PM, Blogger Mari said...

    I'm wondering about that cathedral, if it's undergoing facade remodel or just restoration and painting? Most of the time, ancient churches there undergo remodeling and in turn the original facade and structure are modernized, The architecture and history of the church are obliterated. That's sad. The original should be preserved.

    Does the jeepney look like it's not going to make it to its destination? LOL

     
    At May 6, 2009, 4:20:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    asian traveler, too bad you lost your old domain. it can happen to me too that's why I always make it apoint to renew my domain name before expiration

    Mari, it's a new structure, probably some paint job. there's no sign of old baroque church "uglification" there. Yes, the jeepney looked like a rolling coffin. the next one, the one we rode in is newer

     
    At May 8, 2009, 7:15:00 AM, Anonymous bw said...

    look at the Mayon volcano - it's always a prefect cone everywhere you take a shot of it . Very pretty :)

     
    At May 9, 2009, 1:45:00 PM, Anonymous Friendzworld said...

    Hello friend!
    I am passing by to wish you a great weekend!

     
    At May 10, 2009, 5:32:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Wow, that vulcano is pretty impressive. Looks high.

     
    At May 11, 2009, 9:42:00 AM, Blogger Sidney said...

    Bicol ! Probably the best place in the Philippines ! :-)

     
    At May 19, 2009, 5:57:00 PM, Blogger eync said...

    Thank you very much for the necessary info esp the travel time and corresponding fares. This greatly helped our research team in our planning.

     
    At May 20, 2009, 10:00:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    eync, you're welcome...

     
    At Dec 17, 2009, 12:55:00 AM, Anonymous Manny Dioquino said...

    where else can you find such a lovely place with cheap transpo, cheap food? only in Sorsogon.

    You're all welcome to visit my hometown. see ya!

     
    At Jan 9, 2012, 12:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi...
    i'm 29 yrs old woman going backpacker to bulan sorsogon alone. do you think it would be safe for me? i never been to philipine before. thank you.

     
    At Jan 10, 2012, 12:40:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, what are you going to do in bulan, sorsogon? it is ok to go there alone. just practice practical personal safety tips

     
    At Mar 28, 2012, 5:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hahahahha wag kayo matakot sumakay, kahit na bulok - bulok ang jeep dito sa sorsogon kaya pa nyan mapatakbo ng mabilis...... at alam nila kung saan sila aapak ng break

     

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