Ilocos Norte Travel Guide

An old favorite, Ilocos Norte will leave you breathless with its sundry topography.  When touring the southern territories of Ilocos Norte, you may avail of their tricycle tours, whether you are in Burgos or Pagudpud.


Here’s a travel guide to help you plan your trip:

How to get to  Ilocos Norte:

By Plane:

Budget airlines fly directly to Laoag from Manila, check out SEAIR.

From the airport, you may hire a tricyle to take you to the city proper, there is also a jeep  bound to the city.

By Bus:

From Manila, Pampanga (Dau) you may take a bus bound to Laoag.  Check out Victory Liner, Florida Bus, and Partas bus schedules. Fare is roughly Php 700 (one way),  travel time is roughly 10-12 hours so best to leave Manila by night.

Accommodations in Ilocos Norte:

Budget Hotel/Hostel in Laoag:

There are cheap hotels and lodges at the city proper, walking distance from the bus and van terminal.

You may also stay in Saud Beach or Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud where homestays abound or at the surfing area in Blue Lagoon.

Click here to find budget hotels in Laoag/ Ilocos Norte

From Laoag to Pagudpud:

You may take a bus or van bound to Claveria, Cagayan. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.

Click here to find budget hotels/resorts in Pagudpud



For surfers, Blue Lagoon is  the best spot to stay overnight. There area also home stays in Blue Lagoon.

Ilocos Norte Budget/ Expenses:

Bus Fare – Php 1,400 (roundtrip)

Tricycle – Php 250 (Paoay)

Tricyle – Php 8-10 ( Laoag)

Accommodation – Php 300 (Laoag) + Php 500 (Pagudpud)

Van from Laoag to Pagudpud (roundtrip) = Php 140

Ilocos Norte Tour expenses:

Php 10 – Laoag Walking Tour ( I took a tricycle from my lodge to the church area)

Php 250 – Paoay Area (Charter a tricycle from Laoag to take you to Paoay and around.)

Php 600 – North Tour – Burgos Area

Php 600 – South Tour  – Pagudpud Area

*Tricycle Tour is good for 3-4 people.

Ilocos Norte Total Budget/Expenses :

Total:  Php 2,540 (fare and accommodation) + Php 1470 (tricycle tour) = Php 4,010


Ilocos Norte Itinerary:

Day 1


If you plan to overnight in Laoag, look for a hotel upon arrival.

Once you’re able to find a place top stay for the night.  Take a tricycle to the bell tower  and do a walking tour around the area.


Charter a tricycle from Laoag to take you to and around Paoay area.

 Tourist Spots : Paoay Church, La Paz Sand Dunes and Malacañang of the North

Day 2

Travel to Paoay from Laoag

North Tour – Charter a tricycle to take you around the northern area.

Tourist Spots in Burgos: Cape Bojeador, Bacarra Church, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, and Bangui Windmills

Day 3

South Tour – Charter a tricycle to take you around Pagudpud.

Places to See in Pagudpud:

Saud Beach, Blue Lagoon, KabiganFalls, Patapat Viaduct, and Timmangtang Rock Formation.

*You can squeeze in the North and South Tour in one day if you are pressed for time.

*I won’t recommend a tricyle driver this time because I want to give a chance to every tricycle in the area. Let us help provide jobs for them all, and not limit it to one or two drivers only.  Don’t worry, it’s easy to find a trusted driver in Pagudpud or Burgos, once you step in the area and the rate is fixed Php 600 for each tour (north and south).

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  1. […] *Update Marcyh 2013 – Also check out my Ilocos Norte Tavel Guidehere. […]

  2. this one is very helpful and comprehensive. Thanks Idol 🙂

  3. Ganda ng kuha sa Kapurpurawan Rock Formations. Galing!

    1. thank you for dropping by Jed. 🙂

  4. i just want to ask if that roundtrip bus fare of 1400php is the GV Florida’s sleeper bus? thanks 🙂

    your blog is so helpful!

    1. hi Rianne, no, that’s the regular ac bus. i haven’t tried the sleeper bus yet.

  5. seeing your blog amazes me.especially the scenic pic your in.looking forward to visit these places.thanks to solobackpacker(miss gael)

    1. thanks for visiting Susan. happy travels!

  6. nice one. this will help me as i plan to go to paoay this month.

  7. It is so nice to have people like you giving advices, so we at least know some things to expect. thanks a lot

  8. very helpful and informative

  9. Hi Gael, clarifications pls. Laoag to Pagudpud only 1.5 hours? Thanks

    1. as far as I rmmbr yes. 1.5- 2 hrs.

  10. Thanks sa blog mo.. it helped me a lot during my visit in ilocandia! 🙂

  11. Hi Ms. Gael,
    Is Pichay lodge house, has contact numbers that we can inquire and do you have photo as well where we can look at the rooms? Thank you.

  12. Hello.. Tanong ko lanmg po kung pano ung 300 na accomodation?.. Parang bedspace lang po ba?..

  13. Very helpfulgiving us tips n hints

  14. I’m planning to visit pagudpod solo. Thanks sa blog mo. You gave me ideas on what to do and see around the area.

  15. Been looking for travel guide for quite long. Now, I found a really good one and very helpful. Thanks, girl!

  16. Hello. I am Majera from Mindanao. I just wanna ask if san po ba mas maganda magstart mag tour in Ilocos? Is it a good idea to start in Vigan and ended up in Pagudpud or Pagudpud first and ended up in Vigan? We are trying to maximize our time po. We will depart Manila on April 19 night and will leave ilocos on 22 night.

    1. What we did last time was start in Pagudpud going down to Vigan. 🙂

  17. I can’t help but notice na parang baligtad yata yung north tour (Kabigan Falls, Patapat Viaduct, etc) sa south tour ( Bangui,Boreador Lighthouse, etc)

  18. hello from laoag panu pumunta going to vigan?

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