Ilocos at the Northwest Coast of the Philippines is now a booming tourist attraction. From national museums, parks, to beach destinations, Ilocos is an all-in-one vacation spot!
And because of it’s numerous acknowledgement as a potential major tourist spot in the country, Ilocandia draws more and more travelers every year.
ROAD-TRIPPING ILOCOS: Laoag – Vigan – Pagudpud
Laoag City is the provincial capital of Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It boosts of historical landmarks that going there would make you feel like traveling through time. It is also known as the Sparkling Gem of Ilocandia.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur offers a glimpse of the Philippines’ colonial past. This is evident in the mixture of European and Asian architecture of the ancestral houses, Churches and other structures that are well-preserved around the city.
The best way to go around and transport yourself to the colonial past is to walk or take a Calesa/Kalesa along the infamous cobblestone streets.
Pagudpud is a wide, beautiful and quiet town on the northwest tip of Ilocos Norte, Luzon. It is bounded to the south by the town of Bangui and to the east by the Cordillera Mountain Range, the town of Adams and the province of Cagayan. The South China Sea lies to the west and north. On a clear day, Babuyan can be seen from Patapat National Park. The beaches are approximately 2-hour drive from Laoag.
How to get there:
Ilocos refers to two provinces : Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. It is located in the northwest of Luzon. Vigan City is the capital of Ilocos Sur and Laoag City is the Capital of Ilocos Norte.
The trip via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) passing through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan and La Union.
If you’re on the budget adventure or want to see the views along your way, take bus route Manila to Laoag or Manila to Vigan. I highly recommend the Partas in Cubao (725-1740, 725-7303, 725-1256, 724-9820). The fare from Manila to Vigan is Php 675 while Manila to Laoag is Php 795. Somehow the chair inside the bus is comfortable enough for a long trip. The travel time to Vigan is every hour while going to Laoag is two hours interval. I really don’t know what time is their trip in the morning and afternoon but I’m sure that they have trips from 7pm to 11 pm.
Passengers can also choose from various bus lines that serve Manila to Laoag or Manila toVigan like Florida (Contact No. 781-5894, 731-4473 ) , Farinas (743-8582), RCJ, Dominion and others.
For those who can afford to buy plane ticket, there are regular flights to and from the Laoag International Airport by Philippines Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Fly Zest which is an hour flight from Manila. From the Laoag Airport, passengers need to spend around one and a half hours in commuting to Vigan.
From Laoag to Pagudpud, you can take bus. It is located near in Ilocos Norte Capitol building. The bus fare is Php 60- Php 80. You need to spend more than two hours for this trip.