Lingayen in the province of Pangasinan is filled with beautiful heritage landmarks and the famous Lingayen Beach. While it’s known to be the main producer of salt in the country, it used to play a big part in the Second World War. Today, it’s a tourist destination by the sea.
How to Go
By land transportation
If you’re going to Lingayen, take the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and pass through Pampanga and Tarlac. Depending if you’re taking your own car or taking the bus, travel time is between five to eight hours.
Jeepneys and tricycles are found throughout Lingayen, so it won’t be hard to commute and explore the place.
Travelers venture off to Lingayen to visit the beach. Its sands are much finer than that of Boracay, and the long, flat shoreline proves to be an excellent jogging or running trail.
Lingayen is a historical city, so do visit Veteran’s Memorial Park. This venue highlights the heroic acts of the people of Lingayen during WWII. On the other hand, you can also visit the Urduja House, which serves as the governor’s residence and guest house.
Top Things to Do
When in Lingayen, going to the beach, especially during summertime, is a must-do. Don’t forget to bring your kids if you have. Going on a heritage tour and looking at historical buildings and landmarks is also a good activity to do in Lingayen.
Where to Eat
Get yourself acquainted with Chatanoga Grill and Restaurant, a favorite hangout for locals especially after dark. They serve the usual comfort food at affordable prices. Another favorite is Papa Dong’s Restaurant, a large that serve some great tasting sizzling bangus sisig. Bring big groups here who are craving for great tasting meals.
Don’t forget to bring something home from Lingayen. The city prides itself in being a chief producer of bagoong (fermented fish sauce). Many would get this as a souvenir for their kitchens.
Most restaurants are open late at night and serve beer by the bucket. These places are often affordable, but most only accept cash.
Where to Stay
There are many hotels available for less than PhP2,500/night. For budget travelers, stay at MC Hotel for only PhP1,500/night.
Those with bigger budgets can stay at El Puerto Marina Beach Resort for only PhP2,300/night. These don’t suit your fancy, there are other hotels in nearby municipalities, such as Polong and Dagupan.
• Since Lingayen is a seaside municipality, travelers should try their seafood dishes.
• While Lingayen is in itself prosperous, do bring cash as some establishments do not accept credit cards.
• When at Lingayen beach, make sure to guard your belongings as it can get crowded there during peak season.