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The town of Pagudpud is found in the Northern tip of Luzon Island in the Philippines. It's a picturesque, charming and beautiful town, blessed with attractive scenic spots: The panoramic scene of Patapat viaduct, which hugs the coast and the mountain; the enchanting Kabigan Falls; the refreshing spring of Paraiso ni Anton; the Bantay Abot Cave known as "mountain with a hole"; and the Saud White Beach, famous for its ivory sand, framing the heart shape calm crystal azure water of Saud Bay and the coral coast of Burayoc Point.
Pagudpud is endowed with breath taking scenery, rustic ambiance and a remote location unblemished by widespread commercial tourism.
Here's what you could do in Pagudpud:
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Tours: Resorts usually offer tours or have their own recommended tour guides, so better ask the resort staff. If you want, you can check websites and forums and ask their recommended tour guides like the one below.
Tricycles are the means of transport going around the town of Pagudpud. A flat rate fare of US$1.00 from where mostly beach resorts are located going to the centre of the town of Pagudpud.
To get to one of the scenic spot of Pagudpud, you have to trek for approximately 30 minutes to get to Kaibigan Falls, crossing streams of rivers before arriving at the place. Kabigan falls is in the middle of a forest, and it is worth the walk. The water is freezing cold. An entrance fee and there’s a hired tour guide for the trek coming from the staff of the resorts. Any amount for the guide, as long as it’s reasonable, would do. US$2 is enough but it is okay to be a little bit generous.
Bagnet - is locally known as chicharon or deep-fried pork meat. Bagnet is prepared from the choice cuts from the meat of pig where it is cooked submerged in oil unti the skin will become crispy that it is hard to resist to eat.
There are lots of resorts and rest houses in Pagudpud and they are adjacent to each other. Because all of these resorts are near to each other, you can shop around if you want to see the place first before booking. However, during peak seasons like December, March, April, May and June, almost every resort in the area is fully booked so you need to book with them online 2 weeks before going to Pagudpud. Resorts or inns usually start at US$35.00. If you are on a tight budget, you can also stay in some homestay
There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).
Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.
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The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.
Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.
The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
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