Rain or shine, even if it is a typhoon Karen weekend, nothing can stop our new travel group (Lakwatserong Barat) in pushing thru our month long planned day tour to Bataan. We left Manila around 6am and arrived in Bataan around 9am, it was raining hard the whole 3 hour drive and we were thankful to arrive safe.
First stop is Mt. Samat, on our way we encountered a road block, a big fallen tree was blocking the road and so we decided to first have our breakfast. Good thing there’s this eat all you can resto just along the road – Ima Flora’s Pamangan which offers a buffet all day for only 200Php. Highly recommended food stop whether you just arrived in Bataan or looking for a great place to dine after your long day tour. Ima Flora’s Pamangan has a wide selection of dishes from appetizers, salads, main course to desserts, and not to mention they have very good lechon! 🙂
After our happy, super busog breakfast, we headed again to Mt. Samat, and thankfully the fallen tree was already removed. It was really a challenging tour in Mt. Samat because we were struggling in the rain with strong winds while going up the stairs and trying to reach the highest point in Mt. Samat.
I’m sorry for these gloomy photos, but these are all my best shots. 🙁 Anyways, it’s advisable to wear comfy shoes and clothes, wear caps/hats as it’s a long walk up to reach the Memorial Cross of Bataan National Shrine. But once you reached the top, it’s surely a breathtaking view of Bataan and a good spot to take some panoramic shots and of course do your unlimited photo op.
After a 2-hour stay here, we headed to the main part of our day tour and it’s a visit to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, about 40minutes drive from Mt. Samat.
Welcome to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar! An open-air museum of architectural pieces of a bygone era from different parts of the country… Las Casas Bataan will take you back to the 18th century and be amazed with noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, village of cobblestone streets and more.
The Heritage Tour costs 999Php per person which includes a welcome drink, 30 minutes to 1 hour guided Heritage walking tour, use of beach area, and a cold towel at the end of the tour. Personally, I find it overpriced as the tour was really quick, there was just one tour guide handling a big group. She wasn’t able to control the crowd, not all were participating, and the mic was not properly used, very hard to listen if you’re not near the tour guide. Also, not all got a welcome drink; the pool is not the usual modern pool so we were not enticed to use it. The beach looked unsafe with the big waves and brown color water, so forget about it! I guess the only thing you can enjoy is to take a lot of great photos! 😛
If you love old houses and building structures, you will definitely enjoy this place. During the tour, you will visit around 5 houses and require removing your shoes when entering, so it’s advisable to wear comfy easy to remove shoes. Some of the floors were also wet due to the rain, so be careful with your steps.
Jose “Gerry” Acuzar, the owner of Las Casas Bataan, selected these mansions, dismantled brick by brick, transported and rebuild them here. Houses were chosen by historical, cultural and architectural value. Some notable houses – Casa Luna, Casa Baliuag, Casa Binan, Casa Lubao and more.
Check out some photos taken during our Las Casas Day Tour…
Due to heavy rain and trying to seek cover, we stumbled in this area; I think this is one hotel room they offer, it has a view of the canal and boat docking area. We were not sure why the water was color brown but this is definitely a place for mosquitoes?! 🙁
The different grounds here at Las Casas Bataan are great spots for prenup shoots. 😀
Here are some photos of their version of “swimming pool” …not sure how they clean the water but I find it unsafe to swim due to the rocks and overall built, kids should not be left here…
In case you get tired of walking around, you can always call for a jeepney shuttle, just approach any resort attendant and they will call the shuttle for you… we rode just for the experience! Hehe!
By the way, let me formally introduce my new Travel Buddy, Brian or aka BBB! 😀 Looking forward to more new travels and new memories to share here at TripKoLang. 😀