Travel Guide: La Union, Philippines - Jona Shares

Travel Guide: La Union, Philippines

La Union Travel Guide by Jona Shares

La Union is well known as the Surfing Capital of Northern Luzon. It is one of the most accessible surfing spot, just five to seven hours bus ride from Manila. Aside from surfing, there are also must visit spots and must try restaurants that you can try out.


There are several options of bus terminals such as Dominion, Partas and Viron Bus Companies that you can choose from. Bus Fare ranges from four hundred - five hundred pesos (Php 400.00- 500.00).

Dominion Bus Lines
EDSA corner New York St., Quezon City
Contact No.: (02) 727 2350

Partas Transportation – Cubao
816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City
Contact No.: (02) 410 1307 (for Ticketing and Trip Schedules); +63 917 638 7438 (for Waybill Section)

Partas Transportation – Pasay
Tramo corner Edang St., San Roque, Pasay City
Contact No.: (02) 8528194

Partas Transportation – Sampaloc, Manila
1716 Vicente Cruz corner Laon Laan Sts., Sampaloc, Manila
Contact No.: (02) 743-3242

Viron Transportation Co., Inc.
1209 Dapitan corner Blumentritt Streets, Sampaloc, Manila
Contact No.: (02) 741 0405

We were able to catch an early bus schedule via Viron Transportation in Cubao Area, we left Manila at around (2:30 am) two-thirty in the morning then arrived San Fernando, La Union around past eight in the morning, same day.



MA-CHO TEMPLE in San Fernando, La Union

La Union Travel Guide

Ma-Cho Temple is a taoist temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu. The Temple is located in the provincial capital of La Union which is San Fernando City. It comes right before the popular surfing town of San Juan. 

This is also a perfect place to watch the sunset, relax, and meditate in La Union. You also get a good view of it. A peaceful place too.

Good thing we were the only visitor during the time when we went there. Maybe because it's too early. We went there before going to the mall where I have my appointment for my passport's renewal.


There are so many places to stay in La Union but since I went there with some personal errands to do. I decided to book a place where I can just sleep afterwards. So I tried booking a place via AirBnb and I was able to get a room that is just what we need. Quiet and affordable.

The host is very responsive and accommodating. We just met the caretaker in a nearby resort the she was the one who gave the key and led us to the room.

Since there is a storm that time, we decided to buy some food in the mall after my passport appointment and decided to just eat inside the room and had our whole night to rest and recharge our energy.

Then the next day, luckily, the rain slowed down a bit. We were able to get a good breakfast in the nearby area, El Union Coffee.

Then we freshen up and proceed to Flotsam and Jetsam for our lunch and then we hired a trike so we can go to the Bell Tower and Bahay na Bato. It's kinda far from Flotsam so we agree with the price of Php 400.00 for a private tour.

The sun didn't shine but we are still thankful that we were able have a good time. Another one for the books. Me and hubby enjoyed our time together. Errands and quality time, both checked. (Grin)


  1. I have never heard of this beautiful place before. It just goes to show how many places we all need to explore one day. I like the view from the temple.

  2. La Union is a totally new place to me. Thank you for telling all that great info as I really love travelling but never been to Philippines.

  3. If we ever decide to visit that part of the world we will know where to stay. The rooms looks comfortable and very clean.

  4. This is a helpful travel guide. I've never been to this area of the world before. I need to get there one day. I know I'd love to see the temples.

  5. It sounds like you get around quite regularly. Although I've never travel to that part of the world I would love to explore it. You make it look so very exciting to check out.

  6. This looks like a fun adventure. I've never tried Air BnB but looks like you found a good one for your trip.

  7. This sounds like a great destination. I would love to travel here one day with the whole family.

  8. La Union sounds like a really interesting place to visit. It would be perfect for anyone who loves to surf.

  9. Looks like a great place to visit. I don't get to travel often, but this is good info to have.

  10. I would love to visit LA UNION. It looks pretty amazing. Thanks for the suggestions of places to visit while there.

  11. SO on my travel list someday!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. What a beautiful place. You have covered all the bases for when I travel to La Union. You have introduced me to a lot of new places!

  13. I have never been to La Union before but it sounds like an interesting place to visit! I may need to add it to my bucket list!

  14. La Union is really one of the great spot to visit in Philippines. Thanks for the wonderful tips on how to go there!

  15. I would love to visit the Philippines one day. It looks like such a beautiful place.

  16. La Union looks to have a lot of wonderful sites and a lot of transportation options to get there. Great pictures.

  17. La Union looks really nice place to visit in Philippines, I would like to visit some day.

  18. I love La Union a nice place to visit there's plenty of activity and sight seeing to choose from. Weather you drive your self or commute make sure you don't miss to the best spot to stop over and unwind.


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