Vigan

Vigan

 

Asia’s finest slice of Spanish-colonial, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride around its cobbled streets is the quintessential Vigan experience, an atmospheric clatter past plazas and churches, mansions and monuments. Great fun, and with museums, artisans and antique shops all adding to the old-world ambience, Vigan is among the most relaxed spots in the Philippines – seven hours bus ride and at least three centuries away from manic Manila. The cultural collision lives in the local food too – with abundant seas and fertile hills both nearby, it’s one of the best places to try the country’s distinctive cuisine, which expertly shakes together the diverse influences of China and Spain, Malaysia and Indonesia.