If you want to visit, you’ll need to bring shit-load of patience and dust off the life insurance policy. Driving from Manila is a solid 10-12 hours and [honestly] one of the most mentally challenging journeys you’ll ever take. The Philippine infrastructure (outside of Manila) is mostly single-lane roadways with huge potholes, dangerous curves and mountain roads/bridges with [literally] no guard rails.
Legazpi is on the Southern side of Mayon and is usually upwind of the volcanic gasses/ash. This side of the mountain is generally where the lava tends to fall towards and can be viewed easily from anywhere in town. Catching a glimpse of the eruptions at night may be challenging as clouds do cover the summit and the goddamn’ pollution there makes all of your photos hazy.
Hiking to the lava fields on the southern slope of Mayon is a badass experience and one that takes an effort to get some cool selfies. You’ll need a GPS, solid hiking shoes and lots of water.
From the Mayon Helipad, you’ll get a 360-degree view of stunning the beauty of our tiny planet, and you’ll be close enough to HEAR the eruptions. I can’t accurately describe what it sounds like – All I know is that it is a sound I’ll never forget.