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Travel Deal: 3Days/2Nights in Potipot, Zambales for 4 Persons at Php 11,400

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Package includes:

  • 3 days/ 2 nights accommodation for 4 persons at Potipot Gateway Resort
  • full board meals for 4
  • Potipot Island tour

Since this package doesn’t include transport, here are some tips on how to reach Potipot Island (if you’re coming from Metro Manila):

Driving?

  • Take this route: NLEX-SCTEX-Subic-San Marcelino-San Narciso-Botolan-Iba-Masinloc-Candelaria (all towns mentioned in this route after SCTEX are in Zambales)
  • the drive takes about 6-7 hours on average per way
  • Cost depends on prices of gasoline as well as the type of car you’re bringing

Commuting?

  • Take the Victory Liner bus going to Sta. Cruz (Caloocan, Sampaloc, and Pasay terminals have buses going there)
  • once in Candelaria, tell the conductor to drop you off in Dawal, Uacon
  • since travel time is about 7 hours per way, travelers are advised to take the late night departures
  • Access Victory Liner trip schedules here.

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Bicol Express

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…nope, I’m not blogging about the dish. Equally as exciting, though, is that the Bicol Express Train is literally back on track! Inaugurated in 1938, the train had been operating on and off for several years until it completely ceased operation when super typhoon Reming (international name: Durian) struck the Bicol region in 2006.

pnr train

Here it is now! Newly painted and completely refurbished, I hope. Now I can go to Bicol without having to sit in a bus with very little leg room or wait for discounted plane tickets that come once in a blue moon.

Fare rates are said to cost almost the same as bus fares going to Bicol, so it’s guaranteed not to be expensive. Also, different types of seating are available for passengers to choose from. Unfortunately, online access to detailed info on fares and seats is not possible right now as PNR’s (Philippine National Railways) website is currently under re-construction. I’ll post updates, though, soon as it gets back online.