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:
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.
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.
Budget Hotel/Hostel in Laoag:
Cheapest lodge I found in Laoag is Pichay Lodge House 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 home stay abounds or at the surfing area in Blue Lagoon.
From Laoag to Pagudpud:
You may take a bus or van bound to Claveria, Cagayan. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
Saud Beach Homestay:
Vangie’s Homestay (+63 9285393184), just a few meters from the beachfront. Rooms for single and double occupancy at PHP 500 and an air-conditioned room for six persons costs only PHP 1,000 (off-peak rate).
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
Sample Ilocos Norte Itinerary:
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
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
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).About the Blogger : Gael Hilotin is a travel blogger and freelance travel writer with a background in Anthropology. She's been to all 81 provinces in the Philippines. Her work has appeared in local and international publications. She was a solid contributor of Yahoo Southeast Asia News (Travel) from 2011-2015 and the winner of the travel writing contest at the Blogfest Asia 2012 held in Cambodia. Follow her on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. For advertisements, sponsorship and partnerships, you may reach her at gaelhilotinblog (at) gmail (dot) com. ***********************************************************
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