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HOW TO GET THERE
How to get to Ilocos Norte from Manila
By Bus. Take a bus bound for Laoag. Travel time is 10-12 hours, so I would recommend a night trip for this. Several bus companies such as Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have regular trips that will take you directly to Laoag City. Check out their websites for the trip schedules.
By Plane. Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines. Travel time is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
How to get out of Laoag Airport to the City proper
There is a jeepney that brings passengers from the airport terminal to the city proper, just look for the old man manning his jeepney. Fare is 60 pesos. Or you may take a tricycle from the airport to the city proper.
How to get to Pagudpud from Laoag
Take a bus or van bound for Claveria Cagayan, it will pass by the town of Pagudpud, which is the last town before reaching Claveria Cagayan. Travel time is 1.5 hours.
How to get to Paoay from Laoag
I would suggest that you rent a tricycle for 250 pesos at Loaog City proper. It is more economical since some destinations in Paoay is not on the national road.
THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS
- Bangui Windmills
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
- Burgos Lighthouse
- The Domeless Bacarra Church
- Sand Boarding and 4x4 Ride in La Paz Sand Dunes
- Paoay Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Malacañang of the North and Paoay Lake
- A Walking Tour Around the City of Laoag
- Pagudpud Beach, "The Boracay of the North"
Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
Address: J. P. Rizal Street, Laoag Ilocos Norte
Room Rate: Starts at 310 pesos for a single fan room
Contact Details: (6377) 7705776
Notes: I took the 310 peso single fan room for an overnight stay in Laoag. Do not expect too much as this is a budget hotel, the cheapest I've found within the city, near the different tourist spots.
Cathy's Home Stay, Pagudpud
Address: Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud Ilocos Norte
Room Rate: 800 pesos, good for 4 persons for an air conditioned room.
Contact Details: 09195716680
Notes: One of the cheapest accommodations I found in Saud Beach, Pagudpud. Nothing fancy about their rooms but it's generally clean and Ate Cathy will make you feel like a family. This is good for a group of four or more. Another plus is they also suggest different tourist spots in Pagudpud.
South and North Pagudpud Tour (Tricycle)
Rate: 600 pesos per tour
Contact Details: 09208532047 look for Kuya Rene
Note: The easiest way to go in visiting the tourist spots in the towns of Pagudpud, Bangui and Burgos is to rent a tricycle. This is good for 3 persons. If you are a big group, you may opt to rent a van. Please contact Kuya Rene to avail of his services.
South Tour tourist spots which includes Bangui windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and the Cape Bojeador Light House.
North Tour tourist spots usually includes Kabigan Falls, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon Beach, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton and Aqua Grande. The town of Adams is also worth a visit if you have more time.
Rate: Please call Kuya Andy for the rates
Contact Details: 09194834445
Note: He rents his van/jeepney for a tour in the dirrent tourist spots anywhere in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. I don't have first hand experience with the rental, I just met him on my way to the airport as I had a hard time getting a ride. Fortunately, I flagged down his jeepney and he brought me directly to the airport for 50 pesos only.
SAND BOARDING LESSONS
Rate: 2,500 pesos per group of four
Contact Details: 09088853669 look for Glenn Guererro
Notes: Package is for 1-hour sand boarding lessons, good for four persons. It also includes the 4x4 jeepney transportation to and from the sand dunes. Make an arrangement for a "special rate" if you will be doing it alone.
MY 3D/2N TRAVEL EXPENSES
|DAY 1 |
Terminal Fee (NAIA T3)
Airport - Laoag City Proper (Jeepney)
Accommodation @ Texicano Hotel
TOTAL (Day 1)
Entrance to Museo Ilocos Norte
Tricycle Rental to Paoay
Entrance Malacañang of the North
Tricycle to Van Terminal
Fare, Laoag-Pagudpud (van)
Homestay in Pagudpud (for 1 night)
TOTAL (Day 2)
Tricycle to and from Pagudpud town proper
South Pagudpud tour (tricycle)
Souvenir Key Chain
Fare Burgos-Bacarra (bus)
Fare to Bacarra Church (tricycle)
Fare to Bacarra Hi-way (tricycle)
Fare Bacarra to Laoag (jeepney)
Terminal Fee (Laoag Airport)
TOTAL (Day 3)
09:00 PM - Arrive at Laoag
09:30 PM - Check in at Texicano Hotel
10:00 PM - Dinner at Dap-ayan Ti Ilocos
11:00 PM - Sleep
06:00 AM - Sand Boarding at La Paz San Dunes
08:00 AM - Back to the hotel and wash-up
08:30 AM - Breakfast
09:00 AM - Laoag City tour
10:00 AM - Depart for Paoay
10:30 AM - Arrive at Paoay Church, explore
11:00 AM - Depart for Malacañang of the North
11:15 AM - Arrive at Malacañang of the North, explore
11:45 AM - Depart for Laoag
12:00 NN - Arrive at Laoag, have lunch
01:00 PM - Back to the hotel and check-out
01:30 PM - Arrive at van/bus terminal for Pagudpud
03:00 PM - Arrive at Pagudpud, check-in at Cathy's Home Stay
03:30 PM - Explore the beach
06:00 PM - Dinner by the beach
07:00 PM - Party Party! Drinks!
11:00 PM - Sleep
06:00 AM - Wake up and early morning walk by the beach
07:00 AM - Breakfast
08:00 AM - Swimming
10:00 AM - Take a shower and pack your things
11:00 AM - Lunch
12:00 NN - Check out of the home stay, depart for Bangui
12:30 PM - Arrive at Bangui Windmills
01:00 PM - Depart for Kapurpurawan Rock formation
01:15 PM - Arrive at Kapurpurawan
02:00 PM - Depart for Cape Bojeador
02:15 PM - Arrive at Cape Bojeador
02:45 PM - Depart for Bacarra
03:30 PM - Arrive at Bacarra Church
04:00 PM - Depart for Laoag City
04:30 PM - Arrive at Laoag City, take snacks
05:00 PM - Proceed to Laoag Airport
05:30 PM - Arrive at the airport and depart for Manila
***Thank you for the overwhelming response on this travel guide. To answer the requests for an itinerary, this post was updated with a proposed itinerary on June 28, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Happened last May 6-8, 2011, here is a series of posts on my 3D/2N Adventure in Ilocos Norte, Philippines. This is my 3rd solo trip and 26th province on my list.
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