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A Solo Traveler’s Guide to Legazpi Philippines: Part 1 of 3

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My second solo travel for the year but my first blog post and definitely not my last. This Solo travel addiction of mine started with a bet. A few of my friends were 100% confident that I can not survive a day travelling alone. Well low and behold this is my second blog about my 2nd travel err I mean 2nd Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines.

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Two solo trips , the first being Boracay (which will be my second blog post entry) , and I made my point that I can in fact be a solo traveler. In fact instead of hating solo travels I love it!

Solo Travel In Legazpi Philippines
Smiling with Mayon

Now I can not commit that my succeeding posts will also be Solo Travels as that would also depend on the destination or if my friends decide to join me on my next adventures. But what I can guarantee is that I will do my best to provide you with an honest, interesting and fun accounts of my travels hoping that you guys and gals get to appreciate and visit these amazing destinations.

Now that was a lengthy introduction, now lets begin my adventures!

Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines : The Plane Ticket 

I purchased my round trip ticket via a Cebu Pacific promo and boy was I lucky. A regular one way ticket to Legazpi costs roughly around 4000 Pesos ++. I got my round trip airfare approximately 3 months before my actual travel for only 668.24 Pesos.

Thus if your planning for a Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines or for any of your travel destinations I suggest to be practical and avail of promo fares so that you can invest your money on the actual trip itself.

Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines:  the Hotel Accommodation

For my 3 days and 2 nights Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines, I stayed at Balai Tinay Guesthouse. A bed and breakfast hotel smacked right in the heart of Legazpi city. This artsy fartsy hotel has a Certificate of Excellence given by TripAdvisor.A main reason why I decided to choose this hotel in the first place. The hotel host David gave me a great  and hospitable welcome together with the owners. Including Tinay herself, the daughter of the owners. They interacted with guests and were friendly.

The ambiance of the hotel was great! As previously mentioned the hotel is quaint, quirky and creative which I love plus the accommodation also includes free breakfast consisting of bread, fruits, rice, tapas, fish , eggs and unlimited all day long tea and coffee. I got my Balai Tinay hotel accommodation for 2400.00 Pesos.

*I was only able to take a picture of my room and a decoration of the hotel the other pictures below are from the TripAdvisor page of Balai Tinay

 

Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines

Day 1

Upon arriving at Legazpi I first noticed… darkness since I arrived past 5:00 PM. I also noticed that the locals spoke in Bicolano. My suggestion is to book an earlier flight to maximize your travel adventures.

I struggle in speaking Filipino how much more understanding and interacting with a dialect I completely do not understand. But nonetheless even though I struggled in this aspect it did not stop me from enjoying and interacting with the locals who by the way are friendly, accommodating and helpful. So far language or dialect barrier is definitely not a hindrance for you to enjoy Solo travel in Legazpi Philippines.

Since I arrived in Legazpi at night, I decided to just get the vibe of Legazpi so after checking in at the hotel I decided to explore Legazpi, Albay and grab some dinner on the way.

After walking a few minutes in the town square I ended up eating my appetizer and entree (I just love using fancy words ) at Biggs Diner. Its a 24 hour fast food restaurant which you can find all over Legazpi and the whole of Bicol.

The Diner offers an array of dishes from Baby Back Ribs (their best seller) , Burgers, Fried Chicken and even desserts. But since this is a Solo travel in Legazpi Philippines, I chose to get their Bicol inspired signature dish.

I chose their pork chop with Laing for my main dish and their Biggs Macaroni and Chicken soup for my appetizer. My meal along with a regular size house blended ice tea cost me 260 Pesos.

Now a solo travel in Legazpi Philippines for Erik the Hungry Traveller must be a food binge travel as well. Thus For my dessert I decided to visit another must go to restaurant in Legazpi, Small Talk Cafe. It is way fancier than Biggs Diner (Casa Verde-ish theme for my fellow Cebuanos out there) and they offer more food choices including pastas and pizzas. However since I was already full coming from Biggs Diner, I went right away to their recommended best seller dessert which was the Pili pie with brewed coffee on the side. The combo costing me 100 Pesos.

Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines: Biggs Diner
Food Coma!
Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines: Small Talk Cafe
Food Coma Desert edition
Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines: Biggs Diner
What’s Soup?

Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines: 

Food Trip 1st Half Verdict

Now I take food trips by heart. That is the reason why I decided to use Erik the Hungry Traveller as my blog page name. With that being said, the food was not to die for for both restaurants i went to. But what made my Day 1 Solo Travel in Legazpi Philippines aka Food Trip 1st Half memorable was the overall dining experience.

The staff: from the waiters, cashiers even the security personnel were courteous and accommodating. Upon arrival at both Biggs and Small Talk Cafe you will meet their wonderful staff. They check on you if you like your meal and offer food suggestion to compliment what you ordered. They were also quick to their feet in explaining their entrees which i appreciate and love about the two restaurants that I visited on my first day.

Well there you have it folks my first day in the scenic city of Legazpi. I ended day 1 of my solo travel in Legazpi Philippines with a full (almost exploding) stomach and the excitement for my Day 2 encounter with the landmarks of the place including the most popular tourist destination the perfect cone shaped volcano , Mt Mayon.

Erik the Hungry Traveller Expense in Pesos for Day 1

Plain Fare via Cebu Pacific – 668.24

Balai Tinay Accomodate (3 days and 2 night) – 2400

Dinner @ Bigg’s Diner Old Albay – 260.00

Desert @ Small Talk Cafe – 100.00

Expense total for Day 1 : 3, 428.28 Philippine Pesos

 

About the blogger: Erik the Hungry Traveller is a lover of arts, travel, photography and of course food. Visit his instagram pages for more adventures: IG:  ejrequina, Facebook page: facebook.com/erikthehungrytraveller email him at erikjamesrequina@gmail.com

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Erik James aka Erik the Hungry Traveller is a Human Resource Ninja and at the same time a travel & food blogger. He uses his passion for the arts particularly with painting and photography to add more fun and color to his social media pages. He loves extreme adventures and does not back out on any food challenge. His passion for food and travelling started during his childhood years where he would accompany his parents to business trips around the Philippines. He currently focuses on writing blogs on solo travelling and trying out restaurants that are not your usual run of the mill places. To counter his extreme love for travelling and FOOD he also enjoys swimming and mix martial arts so that he can stay “relatively” fit and healthy. Instagram : ejrequina Email: erikjamesrequina@gmail.com

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