Glamping with a Twist at San Rafael River Adventure

San Rafael River Adventure
Leaving your work and relaxing somewhere is the perfect way of spending your rest days, agree? But where is that "somewhere?" and "how?" I want to share another stunning tourist attraction and destination in Bulacan, just two to three hours travel from Manila. What we experienced was "glamping" or glamorous camping which is the newest way of distressing. With that in mind, San Rafael River Adventure can give you a remarkable experience; from the gorgeous surrounding, relaxing ambiance, water activities, and excellent amenities.

Biyahe ni Drew in Bulacan
Technology  made our travel easier! With the use of Waze Application, --ber-- our driver was able to get the right track in the right time. Network coverage is available on the route, so no worries with your data connection. What's good about traveling to Bulacan? Let's remove the traffic, I think it's the relaxing green atmosphere everywhere, fresh air, and the fruit vendors selling ... ahhmmm... fruits? (napaka redundant no?) by the highway.

Our check in was seven in the evening but we arrived in the area around five in the afternoon. We had a long time chatting about our previous and future travel. We were at the reception area, by the entrance, when the thunderstorm hit San Rafael. Instead of walking and checking the amenities, like what we planned, we stayed and waited there for more than two hours.

Glamping
Here comes 7PM, the check in time! In fairness to their customer service it's good. From the reception area, we were guided by their attendant to our respective tents. Upon arrival, the tents were ready; the tents were clean, the blankets and pillows smell like hotel - it's really a glamorous camping! Diba Beth?? #glamping

Praying Mantis

Best Exotic Pet
One of the highlights for this getaway was releasing Red's praying mantis back to the wild. It's been two months that this insect was staying inside a small and transparent enclosure as a pet. Ang part of her wings was damages during molting but she's definitely active. We left her on a bamboo stem overnight and the next day she was still on the same branch walking. Sa pag-papalaya namin sa kanya, sana hindi sya mapahamak at matutung gumamit ng bawal na gamot at makita na n'ya ang tunay n'yang pamilya.

Resorts in Bulacan
San Rafael River Adventure has a good ambiance. The area is wide and is surrounded by flowers, grass, plants, bamboo, and trees creating a cool and relaxing atmosphere. The glamping tents are located by the river and are covered with nipa huts and bamboos for additional protection during sunny and rainy season. In the evening, the area has stunning lights in every corner making it a paradise.

Angat River

Angat Dam
Cottages made up of bamboos, nipa and iron are available floating on Angat River.

Civet Cat
What's unique in San Rafael River Adventure are the animals in the cage such as eagle, monkey and civet cat. I know that cage is not their natural home. I don't know if it is considered as animal cruelty but I think they are properly maintained based on their appearance. The eagle keeps on singing, the monkey was busy eating banana and the two civet cats were busy playing on the branch while having their breakfast.

Tourist spots in Bulacan
Another attraction here is an infinity pool (somehow it looks like an infinity) with the Angat river on the background. Unlike other resorts, this pool has a crystal clear, cool fresh water and doesn't have excessive smell of chlorine. Its shape is also artistic and the tile colors are so appealing. The pool  area is surrounded by trees and has a good landscape. The ground is covered with round pebbles and beach chairs and umbrellas are on the side.

Tourist Destinations in Bulacan
Ang nakakatawa lang sa picture na ito, si Beth nakahiga sa duyan tapos yung duyan dumikit sa floor. Aba!! Itong si Beth nanisi pa, bakit daw ang baba nung duyan. Di man lang n'ya naisip na ang bigat-bigat nya kaya pati duyan lumalagapak sa ground. Ako ayan, angat na angat diba? Such a lovely place.

Best Infinity Pool in the Philippines

Whang Od Tattoo

Hotels in Bulacan
An outdoor Jacuzzi

What to visit in Bulacan
One of the must tried here at the river adventure is the floating swimming pool. It's an inflatable pool (very first photo) with clear water floating on Angat river. There are water activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and many others. On this side, glamping with a twist seems to be interesting. Your tent is on a raft floating on the river but of course it's safe.

San Rafael River Adventure
Here we are before leaving the river adventure with our tent on the background. What's remarkable about this adventure would be our socials in the evening. Having said that, we were able to know more about our deepest secrets while the bonfire is on. Also, first time to meet two new friends and we just enjoyed the whole day and night. Glamorous camping eh, diba Beth?