After long months of rescheduling and convincing each other for an outing or hang-out, my friend saw this viral post on Facebook reviewing about the Pandin Lake. The Pandin Lake is located at San Pablo, Laguna.
First things first, as a new visitor of this talked about lake, I have no idea how to get there. Honestly, my friends and I even had the hard time locating each other on our meeting spot in San Pablo. Here’s a tip, if you’re planning to go, make sure you have someone who knows with locations. Here’s what I’ve learned from my trip going there from Calamba:
- Ride a jeepney going to San Pablo. Costs about 47 pesos.
- Wait for the jeepney’s LAST stop. That will be your stop too.
- Ride a tricycle and tell him that your going to the terminal near 7/11. It costs for about 20 pesos Landmarks that I have seen are- Liceo de San Pablo and the ‘Manggahan‘. IF youre at the Manggahan, you can easily see the 7/11. But, if you saw the Liceo de San Pablo it means that youre far from the terminal but not too far. You can walk it from there. With your back facing the school, you can easily locate the 7/11 store
- Ride the jeepney. Just ask the driver to drop you off at the Pandin Lake and he will do what you asked. At your drop off destination, you can see the signs and tour guides waiting. Let them tour you, the guides will cost for about 50 minimum and if you want to go higher, it depends on you.
Getting there can be a pain in the arse! Especially if you’re not into hiking or walking that much. Make sure to have your water too if you’re walking in the head because it can be draining as fuck.
The “reception” was not bad at all? But its not that clean either for you’ll be waiting outdoors. The ambiance is full of junk and dirt. But their service can be an A+. People there are so nice and sociable. Additional tip: Make sure to book before YOU go there. Its much easier and the people will prioritize you.
Some views you will expect…
COSTING and PACKAGES
PACKAGE A400/head for a max of 2 hours includes food such as 4 cups of rice, 3 inihaw na tilapia, 1 platter of ginataang pako salad and shrimp alamang. Additional to this is a 3 minute hike to see another lake called the Yambo Lake. It’s for viewing ONLY. Plus, the balsa rafting.
360/head (for a group of 4) includes the same as Package A.
180/head if no food.
USING OF RESTROOMS
You cant bathe on the provided restrooms. Its only for urinating and changing of clothes. Every entry costs 5 pesos. **Use it wisely** because in my experience I throw away a total amount of 50 php just for restroom. Lol.
The only thing I hated on the trip was the time of our bathing. Because of the rules, we cant bathe on a more secure room. Instead, we’re only allowed to wash up on a small room made with Bamboos that are tied together to make a wall. It’s so awkward, distracting and that made me feel unsecured. Especially that the water pump was outside of the “bamboo room”. It was so inconvenient. Luckily, the staffs there was accommodating that they requested their kids to pump for us. The other thing that pissed me at this situation is the the water from the pump. It smells like rust and the rust sticks to our skins and clothes. Hopefully this flaw will be fixed ASAP. Its unsanitary to think about it. BEWARE.
Overall Rating: Satisfactory. 6/10. Im very meticulous when it comes to sanitation and convenience.
But all in all, this trip was memorable. You’ll get to meet new people because people there are so sociable! I guarantee. It was fun and worth the 400 peso bill. Because I still think that was memorable not only credits the place but also because of the people I’m with.