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I rented a Moto (Hamal / Hamal) to take me to San Pascual in the north of the island with the intention of finding a better place to stay.
I quickly looked in Agoda to find nearby towns with hotels. In this area of The Philippines, there aren’t many. No doubt, they are there … but they are not on the online search engines (such as Agoda).
Naga City was the nearest place with listed hotels.
I had been travelling since 6:30am … I didn’t want to go much further today.
So, Naga City it was.
SAN PASCUAL TO PASACAO:
It was just after 9:00am. I had spent 2 hours on the back of a motorbike with a suitcase behind me. I was ready for a bit of luck …
There was a Bangka sitting in the port getting ready to leave for Pasacao on the mainland.
I jumped on board.
The Bangka left port at 9:30am.
The trip takes 2 hours and costs PHP100.
Everyone huddled inside and the crew pulled down the side awnings to block the rain.
On came the emergency lighting.
We rode out the storm and up came the awnings.
The seas were a bit rougher as be pulled into Pasacao harbour … but not uncomfortably so.
PASACAO TO NAGA CITY:
As you disembark, the normal crowd of Trike touts await you.
As normal, ignore them and walk out of the terminal to get a better price.
The Minivan / Jeepney Terminal is over 1km away from the terminal and not easy to find, so I jumped on a Trike for PHP20.
I found the Minivan to Naga City. The configuration of this van was different from normal. There were the normal rows of seats at the front but, at the back, there were longitudinal bench seats.
Again, there was no place for my suitcase. I had to pay full price for my suitcase to get a seat. The price to Naga City was 2 x PHP50.
The van left at 11:45am and arrived in Naga City at 12:30pm.
The Minivan stops at the Southbound Terminal which is about 1km out of town center near the LCC Mall.
WHERE TO STAY:
I needed to find somewhere to sit down and get online. I needed to stretch my legs anyway … so I started walking towards town center looking for a cafe.
I should have known better … this is The Philippines … they don’t have cafes.
I finally found a place to rest in Plaza Rizal – the central park.
Online, Naga City has several hotels but not many in the GRANDPAcker price range. Obviously, there are plenty of budget places to stay that are not online … but they (usually) tend to be below GRANDPAcker Standard.
MY HOTEL – THE NAGALAND HOTEL:
I found the Nagaland Hotel on AGODA.COM.
I booked a Standard Single room with aircon, hot water shower, cable tv, and in-room wifi for 3 nights at PHP912 / night. Excluding breakfast.
The Nagaland is a good quality hotel.
For free wifi, they give you a ‘chit’ each day containing a username and password … you open your web browser and login at their login site.
The room was small but clean and comfortable.
The ensuite was a reasonable size with shower cubicle.
The water pressure was good and the water was nice and hot.
There is nothing much to say about Naga City itself … it is just another Philippines city.
It has good shopping with a big, central Public Market.
I was only in Naga to rest and re-plan my route north.
The trip from San Pascual to Naga City is an easy one.
It took me 3.5 hours door-to-door and cost PHP220. Two GRANDPAckers should budget PHP320.
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