Bacolod: Beyond the Usual Itinerary

If you search “Bacolod DIY itinerary” in Google, you can find a lot of sample and doable itineraries from the search results. Thanks to travel bloggers who shared their travel experiences, creating a travel plan and itinerary is very elementary. However, if you look closely , you will find that most Bacolod sample itineraries from Google searches are pretty much the same.

To match our interests, budget, pace, and of course for comfort and convenience, I made our itinerary slightly different from the ones available online.

Here’s our version of a “not-your-usual” Bacolod DIY itinerary.

Bacolod DIY Itinerary  (3 days 2 nights for 2 adults and 1 kid)

Day 1 Arrival and city tour

11AM – Arrival at New Bacolod Silay Airport

1130AM- Travel from airport to hotel. Left our bags at The Suites at Calle Nueva.

12NN- Lunch at Aida’s in Manokan Country

READ : Authentic Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Aida’s in Manokan Country

1PM –  Checked in at The Suites at Calle Nueva








READ : Why Stay at The Suites at Calle Nueva in Bacolod?

4PM – Capitol Grounds and Lagoon

5PM – SM Bacolod Dinner

7PM – Back to hotel and rest

Day 2 – Bacolod Whole Day Tour

6AM – Woke up early and had our breakfast.

8AM – Start of  day tour

9AM – OISCA Bago Training Center








READ : Silk Reeling, Mulberry Picking and the Silkworm Challenge at OISCA Bago Training Center

11AM – Jojo Vito Designs Gallery








READ :  What to See in Jojo Vito Designs Gallery?

12NN – Lunch at Chicken House








READ : Chicken House : A Restaurant Worth Checking in Bacolod

1PM – Bacolod City New Government Center

2PM – Campuestohan  Highlands Resort








READ : Top Reasons to Include Campuestohan Highlands Resort in Your Bacolod Itinerary

4:30PM – The Ruins in Talisay City








5:30PM – Dinner at Diotay’s Eatery








READ : Diotay’s Eatery: The Best Seafood Experience in Bacolod

7PM – Back to hotel and rest

Day 3 – Pasalubong shopping, dining for a good cause, departure from Bacolod to Manila

6AM – Woke up early and had our breakfast.

8AM – Went to the city proper to buy pasalubong from Bong Bong’s and Merzci








READ : The Top Places to Buy the Best Souvenirs and Pasalubong in Bacolod

10 AM – Back to hotel to pack our things
11 AM – Lunch at Natural Garden Cafe








READ : Welcome Home Foundation’s Natural Garden Cafe in Bacolod

2PM – Back to hotel to get our bags

3PM – Airport transfer to New Bacolod Silay Airport

6PM – Flight back to Manila

Bacolod Trip Expenses for 2 Adults and 1 Kid

ParticularsCost (Php)
Accommodation (3D 2N at The Suites at Calle Nueva)2,650
Transportation (including airfare, day tour, parking fees, terminal fees,airport transfer)7,577.52
Entrance Fees772.14
Pasalubong and souvenirs (optional)1,667

For our Bacolod trip, we spent Php 13,696.66 or roughly around Php 4,600 per pax. A big chunk of our travel expenses is on transportation which includes RT Cebu Pacific Promo Fare for 3 pax with 15 kgs Baggage allowance (Php 2208.52) , day tour (Php 2500), Bacolod airport terminal fees (Php 600), and airport transfers (Php 950). We were able to save a few bucks on food since the hotel has complimentary breakfast. The hotel rate that we got was also very cheap.

Buying pasalubong and souvenir items is optional.

Additional tips:

1. From New Bacolod Silay Airport, there are different ways to reach the city proper of Bacolod. You may opt to ride the public shuttle vans, tricycle and jeepney combo via Silay, or via taxi. Riding the taxi is the most expensive since you have to pay Php 500 (fixed rate) but it is the most convenient especially if you are in a group and if you have many bags.

2. If you want a hassle free day tour, you may contact  FLORENCIO POLANCOS mobile nos.  09164055371 (Globe) / 09089756059 (Smart), our driver tour guide for the whole day tour. We met him at the airport and he drove us to The Suites at Calle Nueva. We learned that it is common for taxi drivers stationed at the airport to offer their services for day tours around Bacolod and nearby municipalities.

3. Some taxi drivers will quote higher than Php 2500 for a day tour. Do not fall for this trap. A reasonable day tour rate should not go beyond Php 2500, unless of course if you want to visit far places such as Sipalay or Don Salvador Benedicto.

4. On your first day, you can include the Negros Museum and Negros Museum Cafe which are both near the Capitol Park and Lagoon. Diotay’s eatery is also within the vicinity.

5. For the day tour, you can add the following tourists attractions : Heritage Houses in Silay, Mambukal Resort, Bantug Lake Ranch and other organic farms in Bacolod. You can also customize your itinerary just like we did.

6. A visit at OISCA Bago Training Center is highly recommended specially if you have kids. It’s like having an educational field trip on a family vacation.

7. It is best to schedule your visit at The Ruins late in the afternoon when it is not too hot.

8. Try the sugar cane juice sold at The Ruins for Php 50.

As you can see, our Bacolod DIY itinerary is very relax, comfortable and budget-friendly. It is not  jam-packed with activities and tourist destinations, but we managed to visit many of the best tourist attractions Bacolod is famous for.

Happy travels! 🙂

Travel Dates : February 20-22,2017
Traveled with family