“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

This is your short Ilocos Norte Travel Guide.

Ilocos Norte

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a bus from Cubao or Pasay to Laoag. It’s approximately 12 hours travel fom Manila via land. Or take a plane from Manila straight to Laoag.

WHAT TO EXPECT: An adventure to the northern most part of Luzon mainland and experience the beauty of Ilocos Region.

Ilocos Norte

WHERE TO GO AND STAY: Ilocos Norte is a big province with numbers of municipality. Laoag City is the main point and the center of the province having the Capitol in there and most of the major transits to different points of Luzon. The province offers several sites and attractions you can only see in it. Paoay Church, Marcos Museum, La Paz Sand Dunes, Blue Lagoon, Bangui Windmills and Kapurpurawan Rock Formations are just a few of many places you should tick off your itinerary when you get there.

There are also variety of hotels and transients available from different points of the province. Majority of them are located in Laoag. However, you can also stay in Paoay, Batac, or in Pagudpud if you would like to wake up to morning breeze of beautiful beaches of the province.

WHAT TO DO: Many historical sites are stood in Ilocos. First thing (or last thing) you need to do is visit these sites in a day. You can start with the Sinking Bell Tower in Laoag, then visit the centuries old Paoay Church in Paoay, go back to the history at Marcos Museum in Batac, and do a postcard pose with the Windmills in Bangui. If you are a beach lover, go to Pagudpud where Blue Lagoon – the best beach in the province. If you are an adventurer, do trekking to Kabigan Falls or ride a 4×4 in La Paz Sand Dunes. Do not forget to try the zipline over the Blue Lagoon. wink emoticon

WHERE TO EAT: Or should I say, “what to eat”? Ilocos is famous because of some of their specialties. Where you visit the province, do not forget to try their very own BAGNET (a deep-fry pork) and Ilocos Longganisa to name some. Chichacorn is also their native snack. It’s best “pasalubong”.

Ilocos NorteEVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Pamulinawen Festival – Featured are the floral and dance parade. Every February 10 (feast of St. William) in Laoag City.

EXPENSES:
*800++ bus fare from Manila to Laoag
*1000++ tricycle Paoay-Batac tour package
*200 bus fare to Pagudpug from Laoag
*1000-1500 tricyle roundtrip to Pagupud package
*1000+2000 accomodation in Laoag/Pagudpud
*20 per head tour to Kabigan Falls
*20 per head

TIPS AND CHECKLISTS:
*Visiting the whole province is best for a 4D3N tour.
*ATMs, banks and MoneyTransfer are available in Laoag.
*Cellular signals are available for all networks.
*Souvenirs are sold in public markets and tourist sites in the whole province.
*Fastfoods and local eateries.
*Bring your own chargers/powerbanks for your gadgets.
*Vigan City is often a sidetrip going before or after Ilocos Norte.

HELPFUL LINKS:
http://www.ilocosnorte.gov.ph/ | Ilocos Norte’s government official website.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilocos_Norte |Ilocos Norte on Wikipedia.

http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/ilocos-norte | Ilocos Norte on Philippine Tourism site.

http://ilocostimes.com/ | Ilocos Times

http://www.flyphilippines.biz/festivals_ilocos.php | Festivals in Ilocos Norte

Juan Dela Cruz | @morefunwithjuan

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