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 blog to help you plan your trip:

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HOW TO GET TO ILOCOS NORTE

By Plane

 

Airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines fly between Manila and Laoag in Ilocos Norte.  Laoag International Airport is the only airport in Ilocos Norte.Travel time is about 1 hour. Fare is around PHP 1,900 (USD 38.31) – PHP 2,500 (USD 50.41). From the airport, you may hire a tricycle to take you to the city proper, there is also a jeep  bound for the city proper.

By Bus

 

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Several bus lines like Partas and Florida Bus travel between Cubao (Manila) and Laoag (Ilocos Norte) and Manila and Vigan (Ilocos Sur).   Bus fare to Vigan from Cubao, Manila is roughly PHP 665 (USD 13.41)  to PHP 805 ( USD 16.23).  Bus fare from Cubao, Manila to Laoag is PHP 805 ( USD 16.23)  to PHP 965 (USD 19.46).   Travel time is roughly 10 -12 hours.

 

PARTAS BUS SCHEDULE (MANILA-VIGAN – LAOAG)

 CUBAO (MANILA) TO VIGAN (ILOCOS SUR)

CUBAO (MANILA) TO LAOAG (ILOCOS NORTE)

 

Partas Cubao Bus Terminal

816 Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Number: +63 (2) 727 8278

 

Partas Vigan Bus Terminal

Alcantara Street, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Contact Number: +63 (77) 722 2933 / +63 (77) 722 2935

 

 

ROUTE DEPARTURE FARE BUS TYPE
Cubao to Laoag 07:00 PM PHP 797 / USD 16.07 FIRST CLASS
Cubao to Vigan 07:00 PM PHP 665/ USD 13.41 FIRST CLASS
Cubao to Laoag 10:00 PM PHP 797 / USD 16.07 FIRST CLASS
Cubao to Laoag 10:00 PM PHP 965/ USD 19.46 DELUXE
Cubao to Vigan 10:00 PM PHP 665/ USD 13.41 FIRST CLASS
Cubao to Vigan 10:00 PM PHP 805/ USD 16.23 DELUXE

 

FLORIDA BUS SCHEDULE ILOCOS  

(MANILA – LAOAG – PAOAY- JUNCTION LUNA- PASOQUIN – SARRAT)

 

Florida Bus

Earnshaw St, Sampaloc, Manila, Metro Manila

Contact Numbers:

(02) 781 5894 – Sampaloc

(077) 770 3645 – Laoag

(078) 846 2265 – Tuguegarao

 

 

ROUTE DEPARTURE BUS TYPE
Manila to Laoag 11:30 PM Regular
Manila to Laoag 12:30 PM Regular
Manila to Pinili – Laoag 01:30 PM Regular
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 03:00 PM Regular
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 03:00 PM Regular
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 04:00 PM Regular
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 05:00 PM Regular
Manila to Solsona – Dingras – Laoag via Paoay 05:30 PM Regular
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 06:00 PM Deluxe
Manila to Bacarra – Vintar via Paoay 06:30 PM Regular
Manila to Pagudpud via Laoag 07:00 PM Regular
Manila to Nueva Era – Banna – Laoag via Paoay 07:30 PM Deluxe
Manila to Junction Luna – Laoag 08:00 PM Deluxe
Manila to Laoag 08:15 PM Super Deluxe
Manila to Sarrat – Piddig –Laoag via Paoay 08:30 PM Deluxe
Manila to Laoag 09:00 PM Deluxe
Manila to Laoag 09:15 PM Super Deluxe
Manila to Pagudpud – Laoag 09:30 PM Deluxe
Manila to Laoag City 10:15 PM Sleeper Bus
Manila to Pasuquin- Laoag 10:30 PM Deluxe
Manila to Laoag 11:00 PM Deluxe


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GETTING AROUND ILOCOS NORTE

 

If you are doing a DIY tour of Ilocos Norte, the best way to get around is by tricycle.  But if you are on a tight budget, you can ride a jeepney, ask the locals for directions to avoid getting lost.  From Laoag town proper, you can rent a tricycle for about PHP 250 / USD 5 (good for 4 persons) to take you to Paoay and its attractions (Paoay Church, Paoay Sand Dunes, Malacanang of the North and Paoay Lake). Travel time is 30 minutes.

 

You can also do the same if you are planning to tour around Batac, hire a tricycle for PHP 250 / USD 5 to tour you around.

 

For Pagudpud tour, hiring a tricycle is also the best way to see the attractions since they are quite far from one other and waiting for the bus to the next attraction will just eat up your time. I tried that on my first trip to Ilocos Norte, but it’s tiring and I feel like I’ve wasted my time waiting for the bus.

 

South tricycle tour (Burgos area) is PHP 600/USD 12.10 and North tricycle tour (Pagudpud area) is PHP 600/USD 12.10.

 

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DIY TOUR OF ILOCOS NORTE

 

So again, tricycle tour is the best way to explore the tourist attractions of Ilocos Norte. Here’s the sample tricycle rates for Ilocos Norte tours.

 

 

ROUTE
BATAC TOUR Marcos Presidential Center and Mausoleum, World Peace Center, Aglipay Shrine, Batac Church and General Ricarte National Shrine PHP 250 / USD 5
PAOAY TOUR Paoay Church, Paoay Sand Dunes, Malacanang of the North and Paoay Lake PHP 250 / USD 5
SOUTH TOUR (BURGOS) Cape Bojeador Light House, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation and Bangui windmills PHP 600/USD 12.10
NORTH TOUR

(PAGUDPUD)

Kabigan Falls, Bantay Abot Cave, Blue Lagoon Beach, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton and Aqua Grande PHP 600/USD 12.10

 

 

TRAVEL TIP: If you are pressed for time, from Manila you can alight at Batac instead of Laoag. What we did was, we just visited the Marcos Presidential Center and Mausoleum, skipped the other attractions there and then hired a tricycle to Paoay for PHP 250.  We toured Paoay, then after touring Paoay, we took a jeepney to Laoag. See our Ilocos Norte itinerary below.

 


 

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS IN ILOCOS NORTE

 

BATAC

 

Marcos Presidential Center and Mausoleumc

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Batac Church

 

 

 

PAOAY

 

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Paoay Church 

 

Malacañang of the North 

Paoay Lake

 

 LAOAG

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Sinking Bell Tower

 

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St. William’s Cathedral

 

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Provincial Capitol

 

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La Paz Sand Dunes

 

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Museo Ilocos Norte

 

BURGOS

 

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Cape Bojeador Light House

 

 

 

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Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

BANGUI

 

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Bangui Windmills

 

 

 

PAGUDPUD

 

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Saud Beach

 

 

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Kabigan Falls

 

 

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Bantay Abot Cave

 

 

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Blue Lagoon Beach

 

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Patapat Viaduct

 

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Paraiso ni Anton

 

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Aqua Grande

 

 


WHERE TO STAY IN ILOCOS NORTE

 

LAOAG HOTELS

 

BUDGET

 

  Laoag Renzo Hotel
AGODA LORENZO 1
Rizal St. corner Guererro St. Laoag City, City Proper, Laoag

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Viven Hotel

AGODA HOTEL VIVEN
3rd Floor, 365 Plaza, Valdez Center, San Nicolas, City Proper, Laoag

 

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Farm Side Hotel

AGODA FARM SIDE

49-B Raraburan, Laoag City, City Proper, Laoag

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Hotel Tiffany Laoag

AGODA HOTEL TIIFFANY

Gen. Segundo Ave. Cor. M.H. del Pilar Street Laoag City, Ilocos Norte

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

MID-RANGE

 

Vybe Hotel

AGODA VYBE

Barangay 55 Barit – A, General Segundo Avenue, City Proper, Laoag

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Ilocos Rosewell Hotel and Restaurant

AGODA ROSWELL

National Highway, Brgy. 1, San Nicholas, City Proper, Laoag

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Java Hotel

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Gen. Segundo Avenue, Brgy. 55-B Salet, City Proper, Laoag

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

PAGUDPUD RESORTS

 

BUDGET

 

Natsuca Beach Resort

AGODA NATSUCA2

Sitio Aprot, Caparispisan, Pagudpud

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

Casa Victoria Beach Resort and Restaurant
AGODA CASA VICTORIA
Sitio Del Mar, Brgy. Saud, Pagudpud

 

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

MID-RANGE

 

Casa Consuelo Resort – Island reef

AGODA CASA CONSUELO

P. Paterno St., Barangay Balaoi, Sitio Baniaran, Pagudpud

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

Palm Grove Saud Holiday Complex Hotel

AGODA PALM REVIEW

Sitio Jupiter, Barangay Saud, Pagudpud, Pagudpud

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

Villa del Nico Beach Resort

AGODA NICO

Sitio Aprot, Caparispisan, Pagudpud, Pagudpud

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

Pannzian Beach Resort

AGODA PANZZIAN

Barangay Pancian, Pagudpud, Pagudpud

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 


 

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WHERE TO EAT IN ILOCOS NORTE

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Batac Riverside Empanadahan
Riverside, Batac

Herencia Cafe
Marcos Ave, Paoay, Ilocos Norte

Dawang’s Place
National Rd., Brgy. 1 San Francisco, San Nicolas, Laoag City
Open Hours: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Katrina’s
Near BJMP, Laoag

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Johnny Moon Cafe
Gen Luna St. Cor. Balintawak St., Brgy. 9, Laoag City

La Moda Panciteria
Rizal Rizal Street, laoag City with branch at Bonifacio Street, Laoag City
Opne Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Lidamero’s Eatery
San Nicolas Rd., San Nicolas, Laoag

Evangelines’ Beach Resort

Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Baniaran, Barangay Balaoi, Pagudpud


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ILOCOS NORTE TRIP BUDGET/ EXPENSES

 

Here’s a blog of my sample budget for my Ilocos Norte trip.  Food not included, prepare at least PHP 150 per meal for food if you are planning to dine in Pagudpud.  Food is cheaper in Laoag as there’s a wealth of restaurants to choose from.  This is good for a solo traveler, you will save more if you have a travel buddy.

 

ACTIVITIES EXPENSES
Bus fare Manila to Laoag to Manila PHP 965  / $ 19.49 X 2 = PHP 1930/$38.97
Paoay Tricycle PHP 250 / $25.24
Bus from Laoag to Pagudpud to Laoag PHP 75 /$1.51 x 2 = PHP 150 /$3
South Tricycle Tour (Burgos+Bangui) PHP 600/$12.12
North Tricycle Tour (Pagudpud) PHP 600/ $12.12
Hotel PHP 1,000/ $20.19 x 2 = PHP 200/$40.38
TOTAL PHP 5,530/ $ 111.66

 

 

 


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ILOCOS NORTE ITINERARY

 

Here’s a sample 3 day/ 2 nights itinerary of Ilocos Sur (Batac-Paoay-Burgos-Bangui-Pagudpud) with Vigan and Sta. Maria, Ilocos side trip.

 

TIME ACTIVITIES
07:00 PM ETA Manila to (Batac) via Laoag
07:00 AM ETA Batac. Breakfast.
07:30 AM Batac Tour: Batac Church, Marcos Presidential Center, Batac Riverside Empanada
10:00 AM ETD to Paoay
10:30 AM ETA Paoay: Star of Paoay Tour, Paoay Church (UNESCO)
11:00 AM Lunch at Herencia Cafe
12:00 PM Paoay Sand dunes
01:00 PM Back to Laoag
01:30 PM Laoag Walking Tour: Sinking bell Tower, St.William’s Cathedral, Tobacco Monopoly Monument,
03:00 PM Snack at Johnny Moon Cafe
03:30 PM ETD to Pagudpud
05:30 PM ETA Pagudpud. Check in at resort. Rest
07:00 PM Dinner. Socials.
09:00 PM Sleep
Day 2
06:30 AM Breakfast
07:00 AM Start of North Tricycle Tour: Pagudpud Tour: Saud Beach, KabiganFalls, Patapat Viaduct, Timmangtang Rock Formation, Bantay Abot Cove, Paraiso ni Anton, Aqua Grande, Blue Lagoon

 

11:30 PM Lunch
12:00 PM Check out of resort
12:30 PM Start of South Tricycle Tour: Bangui Windmills, Kapurpurawan Rock formations, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
04:00 PM End of tour. ETA to Laoag.
06:00 PM ETA Laoag
06:15 PM Early Dinner
07:00 PM ETD to Vigan
09:00 PM ETA Vigan. Check-in hotel. Quick stroll at Calle Crisologo.
10:00 PM Sleep
Day 3  
06:00 AM Breakfast
06:30 AM Take bus to Sta.Maria Ilocos Sur
07:30 AM ETA Sta, Maria Public Market. Tricycle to Sta. Maria Church (UNESCO)
07:40 AM Eta Sta, Maria Church. Explore church and Spanish-era cemetery, a short walk at the right the side of the church.
09:00 AM ETD to Vigan.
10:00 AM ETA Vigan. Star of Vigan Tour: Vigan Cathedral, Plaza Salcedo, Calle Crisologo, Camarin Jar Factory
11:30 AM Lunch
12:00 PM Hotel Check-out. Leave bags at concierge or reception.
012:30 PM Continue Vigan tour: Bantay Church Bell, Balauarte
03:00 PM End of Vigan Tour. Get bag from hotel.
03:30 PM Snacks.
04:00 PM ETD to Vigan bus terminal.
05:00 PM

 

 

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Comments

  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. Very useful thanks

  6. 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!

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

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

  9. Very helpful

  10. very helpful and informative

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

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

  12. Very helpful, thanks..

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. Very helpfulgiving us tips n hints

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

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

  19. 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. 🙂

  20. 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)

  21. hello from laoag panu pumunta going to vigan?

  22. hi there fellow traveler.. it would be our first time going to ilocos this august nd will b having 4days, 3nyts stay and we’re having our diy trip.. i would like to ask if there is any public bus from pagudpud to vigan.. thank you!

  23. Hi may specific schedules ba ang bus/van from laoag to pagudpud and laoag to vigan?

  24. Hi,

    Would you know the schedule of the buses/vans from Laoag-Pagudpu..? Our flight will arrive at Laoag International Airport at night and we are planning to directly go to Pagudpud instead of staying in Laoag for the night.

    Also, is there really a direct bus from pagudpud going to Vigan..?

    Thank you.

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