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15 Must-See Tourist Spots in Ilocos Norte

Visiting Ilocos Norte?

Are you planning on visiting Ilocos Norte? Or, if you don't have vacation destinations in mind, why not visit the beautiful northern coastal province of the Philippines? Ilocos Norte has a ton of exciting places to explore. Whether you like sights that are rich in natural beauty or enjoy the culture and history of the destination, it's all here.

The province of Ilocos Norte is about 400 km north of Manila, the capital of the country. The province offers many popular destinations for tourists, locals, and foreigners alike. I would recommend at least 4-5-day stay in order to properly visit and explore everything the area has to offer. This article will go over 15 of the most popular tourist destinations. They're all definitely worth the trip.

Enjoy!

How to Get to Ilocos Norte from Manila

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You can reach Ilocos Norte in a number of different ways from Manila. There's no proper way to get there, it's really up to you. Whatever makes you the comfortable and is the most enjoyable for you personally is the way to go. Here are a few common ones to consider:

  • By bus. Public buses are available day and night. Several bus companies, like Florida, Partas, Fariñas, and Maria De Leon, have regular trips directly to Laoag City. Normally, the travel time takes around 10-12 hours by day and 8-10 hours at night. The day trips take longer due to more traffic. I suggest the day trip for first-time visitors — you'll see a lof of beautiful scenery along the way this way. The deluxe busses have AC, inclined seats, and foot rests, all which make for a more comfortable and relaxing trip.
  • By car. If you enjoy long drives, you can drive to Laoag City from Manila. In a private car, it will take around 8-10 hours, depending on you and your companion's preferences (bathroom, scenery, and rest breaks, etc.) Also, if you want to buy pasalubong, it'll be convenient for you to have your car. If you are not familiar with this route, you can check it out on Google Maps.
  • By air: Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and Airphil Express all have daily scheduled flights to Laoag City. Check their websites from time to time to watch out for discount and promo fares offered by these airlines. The travel time from Manila will be around 45 minutes, give or take.

Where to Stay in Ilocos Norte

There are plenty of hotels and inns for you to choose from while staying in the province. Ilocanos are especially well known to be hospitable, friendly, and accommodating. Likewise, they are articulate and comfortable speaking English to cater to foreign visitors or if you don't speak any Filipino language or the right dialect.

15 Must-See Tourist Spots in Ilocos Norte

Here are the top 15 must see tourist spots in Ilocos Norte that you should definitely visit while you're in the province listed below, in no particular order.

1. The Sinking Bell Tower

The Sinking Bell Tower late at night
The Sinking Bell Tower late at night | Source

If Italy has its leaning tower of Pisa, Laoag City has its own local version: the Sinking Bell Tower. This edifice is one of the tallest bell towers in the country and it's located in the heart of the city. As of today, it stands at 45m tall.

The tower is called a sinking tower because it's incredibly heavy, and it was built on a sandy ground. So, the combination of the loose foundation and its weight made it sink considerably into the ground at a rate of an inch every year. Normally, bell towers are situated near a church. However, this tower is far away from the cathedral.

The tower is also especially beautiful at night when it's lit up.

2. Lapaz Sand Dunes

Ever want to visit the Sahara Desert in Africa or the deserts found in the Middle Eastern countries? Just come and visit the unique geological dessert environment found only in Ilocos Norte — the Lapaz Sand Dunes. These sand dunes, their heights ranging from 10-30 meters, were created as a result of the interacting wind, sea, and river.

These sand dunes are accessible by tricycle or jeepney. They're only 15 minutes away from the city proper. Due to its desert environment, it is a popular location for shooting films for both local and international films makers alike. Notable local films include Himala and Panday, while internationally or on the U.S. front, there are Hollywood films such as Mad Max and Born on the Fourth of July (both starring Tom Cruise).

What to do at the sand dunes:

Go on a 4 x 4 ride

Try sand boarding

Go on an ATV ride

Sand Boarding at Lapaz Sand dunes
Sand Boarding at Lapaz Sand dunes | Source
ATV Ride at Lapaz Sand dunes
ATV Ride at Lapaz Sand dunes | Source
A landscape view of Lapaz Sand dunes
A landscape view of Lapaz Sand dunes | Source

3. Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel
Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel | Source

The Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino is a first class hotel in Ilocos Norte, located in Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City — just 9km away from the city proper. Its design was inspired by Spanish colonial architecture. The main building houses a lobby, the casino, the arcades, the shopping arcade, and restaurants.

Some things to do include:

Beach volleyball

Jet skiing

Wind gliding

Wind surfing

Archery

Horseback riding

Scuba diving

And many more!

4. Malacañang of the North

Facade of the Malacanang of the North
Facade of the Malacanang of the North | Source

Malacañang of the North was built as the official residence of the late President Marcos in Ilocos Norte. It is a two-story building located near the legendary Paoay Lake. The residence is complete with bedrooms, a dining area, a kitchen, an office, a spacious ballroom on the second floor, and even had an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Also, it has an expansive terrace and a beautiful garden with magnificent views of the lake.

Currently, it operates as the Marcos Memorabilia Museum, which is open to the public with an entrance fee of P20.00.

Pres. Marcos dining table inside Malacanang of the North
Pres. Marcos dining table inside Malacanang of the North | Source
The master's bedroom of former President Macos
The master's bedroom of former President Macos | Source

5. Paoay Church

Paoay Church at daytime
Paoay Church at daytime | Source

Paoay Church is a national treasure of Ilocandia and a designated UNESCO world heritage site. It was built in 1896 by the Augustinian friars using coral bricks, which can be seen from its massive walls. Also, as a prime example of a Baroque church, it brings along a picturesque view truly reminiscent of the Spanish era, with details like enormous and magnificent buttresses on the sides and back of the building.

From Laoag City, it is just a 30-minute ride to visit this tourist attraction in Paoay. Once you've visited the Malacanang of the North in Suba, go straight ahead here.

Food tip: Also, don't forget also to try the pinakbet pizza at Herencia Cafe just in front of the church!

7. Playa Tropical Resort

The infinity pool at sunset
The infinity pool at sunset

Playa Tropical Resort is situated in Currimao, Ilocos Norte. It's a Balinese inspired beachside hotel haven where one can enjoy stunning sunsets and a constant, gentle ocean breeze, with a beach where the calm waves and fine sand reminds you of the infinite wonders of the world.

Playa Tropical also has an incredibly friendly staff, reflecting the brand of hospitality that Filipinos are known for. The suite rooms are very clean, large, and comfortable. The location is also close to all the popualr tourist spots located in Batac, Paoay, and Laoag.

Guest Houses at Playa Tropical Resort
Guest Houses at Playa Tropical Resort | Source

8. Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum at Batac City
Marcos Museum and Mausoleum at Batac City | Source

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum is located in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, just a 30-minute ride from Laoag City. The museum can easily be found, as it is near the bridge where all the public buses stop.

  • The museum houses memorabilia of the late President Marcos. It is incredibly well-organized, making it a very enjoyable experience for visitors to learn about his life. The entrance fee is P50 per person while children under the age of four are free.
  • The mausoleum is on the other side of the museum and it houses the body of the late president. Picture taking is prohibited inside here. Upon entering the mausoleum, one will also hear Gregorian sounds. There is no entrance fee to visit this side.

9. Juan Luna Shrine

Facade of Juan Luna Shrine at Badoc, Ilocos Norte
Facade of Juan Luna Shrine at Badoc, Ilocos Norte | Source

The Juan Luna shrine is situated in Badoc, Ilocos Norte and houses the famous Luna family's memorabilia. This includes Juan Luna's paintings, namely his masterpiece, the Spolarium.

The house has two stories, the ground floor used to be the basement while the second level is for the living room and bedrooms. Today, the ground floor displays different memorabilia not only of Juan Luna but also Antonio Luna and the rest of the family.

10. Bacarra Domeless Tower

Ruins of the Bacarra Bell Tower
Ruins of the Bacarra Bell Tower | Source

The Bacarra Domeless Tower is a 50-meter tower and was built in 1830, but was damaged in 1931 by an earthquake. Another strong earthquake (with a 7.8 intensity) in 1983 caused its dome to totally go down. Thus, gaining the romanticized title “Dignified Domeless Belltower in Asia.”

Bacarra is a town adjacent to Laoag City. It is just 15 mins away. Museo de Bacarra, which houses many artifacts, is right near the Bacarra Tower.

11. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Kapurpurawan rock formation in the midst of the day
Kapurpurawan rock formation in the midst of the day | Source

The Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is situated in Burgos, Ilocos Norte. To get to it from the national highway, you'll have to traverse down a long and winding (and dirty) road. There's no public transportation that passes through the area, so a car would be very convenient here. Otherwise, you'd have to walk under the scorching heat of the sun.

The name of this formation is derived from it's characteristically white color. In Ilocano, the word puraw means white. The rock also looks like a large dragon watching over the entire coast. Once you reach it, you'll be rewarded with the natural beauty of the erosion created by the years and years of crashing ocean waves.

12. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
The Cape Bojeador Lighthouse | Source

Another national historic site in Ilocos Norte is the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. This lighthouse, with brick walls as is the style of many other lighthouses in the country, is one of the highest elevated Spanish colonial lighthouses in the Philippines. Currently, it still functions as a an active and welcoming flare to ships that enter the Philippine Archipelago from the North.

13. Bangui Windmill

The Windmills at Bangui Bay
The Windmills at Bangui Bay | Source

The Bangui Windmill is not only the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, but it's also right here in Ilocos Norte.

The windmill has 20 tri-blades that 70 meters high, with windmills spread about in an arc formation along the Bangui Bay. It is situated north of Laoag City and about a 45-minute ride.

As a result, Ilocos Norte is one of the few provinces in the Philippines that generates renewable energy. The Bangui wind farm provides for 40% of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative's supply. Additionally, it generates 25 MW of electricity to power up an estimated 108,000 households.

14. Pagudpud Beaches

The Saud Beach at Pagudpud
The Saud Beach at Pagudpud | Source

Pagudpud is popularly known for its beaches. Visitors may choose from the following:

  • The Punta Azul Beach Resort was originally built as a family retreat to escape the hectic and stressful life in the city. Its design seamlessly blends with the natural beauty, and you're bound to be captivated by the stunning crystal blue water and pristine white sands at the foot of the Verdant Mountains. Much like a hidden treasure; this resort is a paradise at the northern tip of the Philippines.
  • Hannah’s Beach Resort & Convention Center is the newest and most exciting vacation destination in Pagudpud. It is situated right in front of the famous Blue Lagoon (Maira-ira Beach) at Brgy. Balaoi, Malingay, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. It offers both exclusivity and luxury in an incredibly friendly environment. The Blue Lagoon, with its captivating crystal clear waters and white sand beach, will surely make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one.
  • The Saud Beach Resort and Hoteloffers overnight accommodations where each rooms has a sunset view. Its amenities includes a private shower and toilet, a coffee table, a mini-refrigerator, a mini bar, and sulo lights facing the beach area. There are also beach huts and beach lounges provided for free of charge to check-in guests.
  • The Kingfisher Resort, built in a traditional style, is your go-to destination if you want to kitesurf. Kite surfing, windsurfing and many other water activities can be experienced here.

15. Patapat Bridge

Patapat Bridge
Patapat Bridge | Source

The Patapat Bridge is a 1.2 km long bridge that connects two barangay in Pagudpud. This zigzag-y bridge is often referred by some as the “French Riviera of the North.” Visitors and motorists can enjoy the amazing view of the sea and the luxuriant mountains as they cross this bridge, which is 200 meters above sea level.

It is also the fourth longest bridge in the Philippines.

Have Fun!

If you have any questions or comments about Ilocos Norte, please don't hesitate to shoot me an inquiry below. Have fun on your trip!

Comments 49 comments

Minerva Caballero 14 months ago

So Nice..........


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levali2001 13 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Thanks a lot. Share it to your friends and visit Ilocos Norte... :)


victor 13 months ago

Nice post, we're also planning to take a tour of vigan, laoag & pagudpud, kahit di ba naka-book or reserve sa mga hotels and inns madali lang makahanap? thanks


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levali2001 13 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hi Victor,

During holidays, I rather suggests to book for your hotel as there are a lot of tourists visiting the area.

Regards,

Levi


Paolo 10 months ago

Where's number 6?


Lavbrador 10 months ago

Number 6?


richard 9 months ago

hello po. we are planning for road trip this coming 17 of march 2016 jan sa ilocos norte from Manila. sa mga place na naka lagay jan ano po ba ang magandang pagka sunod sunod na puntahan. salamat po. it would be helpful if you can send me on my email ng recommendation nyo po na sunod sunod na puntahan. here is my email po. richardcalizo.rc@gmail.com


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levali2001 9 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello Richard,

Sent to you email as requested...


RICK 8 months ago

HELO PO. WE ARE PLANNING TO VISIT PAGUDPUD PERO DAAN PO MUNA KMI SA LOAG AND VIGAN ON APRIL AS ONE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL TOUR. CAN YOU SEND PO ANG MAGANDANG PAG KA SUNOD SUNOD PO .2 DAYS TOUR PO KAMI. TNK U PO. rickymarcelo80@yahoo.com.


Raquel 8 months ago

Hello po... Ano po ba ang magandang pagkasunod sunod ng mga pasyalan sa ilocos... Salamat po...


gie 8 months ago

Ano po ba ang magandang pagkakasunod sunod ng mga pasyalan.. tnx


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levali2001 8 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello to all,

this is the proper arrangement for your stops coming from Manila.

1. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

2. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

3. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte.

4. Paoay Church

5. Malacanang of the North, Paoay din ito

6. Paoay Sand Dunes

7. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

8. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

9. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

10. Bacarra Domeless Tower

11. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

12. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

13. Bangui Windmill

14. Pagudpud Beaches

15. Patapat Bridge


Joan Rodriguez 8 months ago

Hi levali2001, We are planning to visit North this June, still not the decided if we fly or drive though, can you you suggest where we can stay for a party of six base on the detailed itinerary that you have listed (from Juan Luna to Patapat Bridge) reasonable one that is :-) .

As a first timer like me your post is very useful. Thank you so much.


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levali2001 8 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello Joan,

Thanks a lot for dropping by in this post of mine. Well, I suggest as a first timer in Ilocos, take it by land. You will appreciate the beauty of nature as you passed by on every municipality until you reach Laoag. To drive at night is faster than to drive in daytime. Driving at night takes you 8 to 9 hours. But daytime takes around 12hours depending on you if you wish to take some pictures along the way and some road works by the gov't.

In Laoag, there's a lot of Hotel to stay in. It ranges from P400 to P5000 depending on your budget. Well for the itinerary I posted above, that is for those who just want to do a long drive visit and prefer not to stay long in that place.

So I suggest you stay in Laoag as this is the center of the province.

I prepare an Itinerary for you to consider:

Day 1. South of Laoag

1. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

2. Malacanang of the North

3. Paoay Sand Dunes

4. Paoay Church

When you are here, just try their "Pinakbet Pizza"

5. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte.

When you are here, try their "Miki" and "Empanada" just near the mausoleum of Marcos

6. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

7. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

8. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW)

Day 2 North of Laoag

1. Bacarra Domeless Tower

2. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

4. Bangui Windmill

5. Pagudpud Beaches

6. Patapat Bridge

Day 3 Laoag and its nearby

1. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

2. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

3. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

4. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (15mins away from Laoag)

5. Lastly, Buy Pasalubong na. :)

I hope I give you some insights and ENJOY your vacation in Ilocos. If you will come there in April, I will be there too. :)


Hernan 8 months ago

I'm planning to visit laog pagudpud vigan I think I can easy get a hotel it's not a peak season


Joan 7 months ago

Hi levali2001, Thanks for your reply appreciate it, I have already booked a room @ Ciudad Fernandina, Is it going to be far from the Itinerary that you have suggested, I opted for the Hotel because of their rating. Sayang end of June pa ang schedule namin, it would be nice to meet up with you.

Can I request for a revised Itinerary instead, if our Hotel does not fit the sites that you have mentioned. I'd love to see all sana the places that you have suggested.

Thank you so much


Joan 7 months ago

Hi levali2001, we will be traveling by land, please take into consideration my request of itinerary from Manila - up North.

Thanks again...


Liliane 7 months ago

Hi. Can you give me itinerary from farthest to nearest. We are coming from pangasinan.kindly include vigan too. We are staying in cordillera inn


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levali2001 7 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hi Liliane,

This is the sequence from farthest to nearest as your point of reference is Pangasinan (you are travelling upward).

1. Patapat Bridge in Pagudpud

2. Pagudpud Beaches (Saud)

3. Bangui Windmill

4. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

5. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

6. Bacarra Domeless Tower

7. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

8. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

9. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (Birthplace of Pres. Marcos)

10. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

11. Paoay Sand Dunes

12. Malacanang of the North

13. Paoay Church

14. Marcos Museum in Batac

15. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

16. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte


Mary ann 6 months ago

Hi levali2001, we are planning to go to Ilocos by November with our family. we will be traveling by land from Cogeo, Antipolo City.Please give me some ideas of itinerary and a hotel where we can stay. Thank you in advance.


levi palmer aliangan 6 months ago

Hello Mary Ann,

Thanks a lot for dropping by in this blog. I suggest you stay in Ilocos 3 to 4 days so that you can visit all scenic views in the province.

Here's the itinerary you can follow.

Day 1. South of Laoag

1. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

2. Malacanang of the North

3. Paoay Sand Dunes

4. Paoay Church

When you are here, just try their "Pinakbet Pizza"

5. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte.

When you are here, try their "Miki" and "Empanada" just near the mausoleum of Marcos

6. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

7. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

8. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW)

Day 2 North of Laoag

1. Bacarra Domeless Tower

2. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

4. Bangui Windmill

5. Pagudpud Beaches

6. Patapat Bridge

Day 3 Laoag and its nearby

1. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

2. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

3. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

4. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (15mins away from Laoag)

5. Lastly, Buy Pasalubong na. :)

For your hotel, it will depends on your budget. It ranges from 500 to 5000. I suggest you can checkin at Fort Ilocandia. But this is far away from the city. If you prefer hotels in the city, there's a lot to choose.

You can check agoda or google it.

Enjoy your trip :)


Mang kulas 5 months ago

Magkano po ang budget for 2 may balak po kasi kami ngayong saturday


Kimpossible423 5 months ago

Hi levali2001 , my family and I planning to visit Ilocos July or August this year, you think these months are ok? what months do you prefer?? i have read all the Itineraries and Im getting really excited to visit Ilocos. I am from Laguna and this will be a long drive than expected. Iam also considering via Air. Looking forward to your reply.. Have a good day!


Colette 5 months ago

Hello!

I would like to send you an email. Can i ask for your email address, please.

Thank you.


levi palmer aliangan 5 months ago

Hi collete, you can send email to me at levalisoft@gmail.com


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levali2001 5 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello KimPossible423,

Its a great news that you will do a long drive. I hope you enjoy it. When we go home with my wife, we normally leave here at Cavite around 2am to avoid traffic in EDSA. At lunch time, we arrive at Ilocos.

With regards to your inquiry, July and August are rainy seasons month. According to my mom, its now raining every afternoon. I suggest you visit the province in October to May so you can visit all the tourist spots without hassles of rain. But if you are lucky enough, I hope there will be no rains on the day you will be there.

Enjoy your vacation.


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levali2001 5 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hi Collete,

You can send me an email at levalisoft@gmail.com.

Thanks


Colette 5 months ago

Thank you for your reply.

I just sent you an email. I look forward to your reply.

Thanks, again.


jolly 4 months ago

hello, I will be flying from manila, stay for 4 days there, can you please suggest a route?


jolly 4 months ago

I will be flying from manila on 31/1/2017, staying for 4-5 days, can anybody please suggest a route? Thx.


Ruby 4 months ago

Your list seemed interesting. Good job. What I want to know if it is doable in 3 days. Thats the only time we can spend in Ilocos Norte because we also want to visit ilocos sur. I will appreciate your response. Thanks.


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levali2001 4 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello Jolly,

Sorry for my late response. Well you can take the bus and do a day trip. Although it will take longer but you will experience the beauty of all places you will passing by. Im sure you will be happy and satisfied.

Thisis my suggestion for first timer visiting Ilocos. Travel in daytime. For your accommodations, you can checkin at Fort Ilocandia Hotel. Im pretty sure you will be have the best experience as you visit the province.

And for your itenerary, 4 days is good enough to visit all the tourist spots. Check my comments above for the simple itenerary per day so you have an idea what places to visit.

I hope you enjoy.

Regards,

Levi


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levali2001 4 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello Ruby,

Thanks a lot for dropping by in this blog. For 3 days, this is enough as long as you have your car. If you check my sample itinerary above, you will have an idea what to visit each day. If you drive your car from Manila, it takes you 8 to 10 hours travel. So I hope you will not yet exhausted when you arrive. But I assure you, you will enjoy the tourist spots and fill you eyes with happiness when you go back home.

Regards,

Levi


Delia 4 months ago

What is the right itenary if you stay in vigan but we want to visit also nlaloag city tourist spots. We were staying in vigan 2 nights and 3 days.


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levali2001 3 months ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hello Delia,

If you plan to stay in Vigan for 3 days, then you can visit Ilocos Norte starting from the southern part which is Badoc. Here is the suggested itinerary if you start from Vigan.

1. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

2. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW) not along the way going north as this is located in the south eastern part of the province.

3. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

4. Paoay Church

5. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte.

6. Malacanang of the North

7. Paoay Sand Dunes

8. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

9. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

10. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

11. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

12. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (15mins away from Laoag)

13. Bacarra Domeless Tower

14. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

15. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

16. Bangui Windmill

17. Pagudpud Beaches

18. Patapat Bridge

Enjoy your vacation.

Regards,

Levi


Gladys Crystal 3 months ago

Hi paano po ik isasama ang Vigan? Thanks


Abz 2 months ago

Hi, do you have the list of tourist spots with and without fees and how much. Also if there are environmental fees and other fees that a tourist must know? Almost are not available on net and not updated. thank you. you can send me email at aladao08@gmail.com


levali2001 2 months ago

Hi Abz,

I sent my reply to you email. Kindly check.

Thanks.

Levi


Christopher 2 months ago

We're planning to have barkada vacation on december 2016 . and budget namin 3k each (fare is not included). may mga hotel po ba na for group 1k - 3k per night?


Kath 2 months ago

Anyone who wants to visit Ilocos Norte, I have a transient House for as low as 300/head per night, I can accommodate up to 30pax. Whole apartment, fully furnished for 10-12pax for 3k/night only. All room is equipped with aircondition and with FREE WIFI.


leva 2 months ago

Hi Kath,

Thanks a lot. Please provide me your information so I can add it here on my blog. Thanks a lot.

Levi


Walter ubasa 2 months ago

Hi good pm,pls include Marites Homestay and Restaurant of blue lagoon beach at Pagudpud where we serve genuine ilocos dishes,filipino foods,seafoods and some international food and also accommodations are available here air con rooms,thamkd


jopaqs60 8 weeks ago

we are planning to visit Ilocos Norte, what will be the best way and the first to visit if we will be in Baguio City first.


levali2001 8 weeks ago

Hi Jopaqs60,

I do that way when I go home to Ilocos. I make a side trip in Baguio then go straight to Ilocos. My way when I do this route is, I took the TPLEX. Then I go on with Kennon Road up to Baguio City. When going down, I used the Naguilian Road which the endpoint is at La Union. I will save a lot of time. Then from La Union, just go on with the national Highway. You can now travel in 4hrs from Manila to Baguio City. Then from Baguio to Laoag, you can get that in 6 to 7hrs depending on your driving speed.


CJ Alfonso 10 days ago

Hi we will plan to visit ilocos this december coming from manila what is the best itenerrary if we want to try first the la paz sand dunes. Thanks


levali2001 5 days ago

Hi CJ,

Thanks for dropping by. I suggest this itinerary if you preferred Lapaz Sand Dunes as your first stop.

Day 1 Laoag and its nearby

1. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

2. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

3. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

4. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (15mins away from Laoag)

5. Buy Pasalubong in the market.

Try to eat empanada near the Capitol.

Day 2 North of Laoag

1. Bacarra Domeless Tower

2. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

4. Bangui Windmill

5. Pagudpud Beaches

6. Patapat Bridge

Day 3 South of Laoag

1. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

2. Malacanang of the North

3. Paoay Sand Dunes

4. Paoay Church When you are here, try their "Pinakbet Pizza"

5. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte. sorry but the Mausoleum is now closed

When you are here, try their "Miki" and "Empanada" just near the mausoleum of Marcos

accross the bridge.

6. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

7. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

8. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW)

Enjoy your vacation.

Regards,

Levi


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levali2001 5 days ago from Cavite, Philippines Author

Hi CJ,

Here's the itinerary you can follow.

Day 1 Laoag and its nearby

1. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

2. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

3. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City

4. Marcos Museum in Sarrat (15mins away from Laoag)

5. Buy Pasalubong in the market.

Try to eat empanada near the Capitol.

Day 2 North of Laoag

1. Bacarra Domeless Tower

2. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

3. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse

4. Bangui Windmill

5. Pagudpud Beaches

6. Patapat Bridge

Day 3 South of Laoag

1. Fort Ilocandia, Brgy. Calayab, Laoag City

2. Malacanang of the North

3. Paoay Sand Dunes

4. Paoay Church When you are here, try their "Pinakbet Pizza"

5. Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Norte. -sorry but the Mausoleum is now closed

When you are here, try their "Miki" and "Empanada" just near the mausoleum of Marcos

accross the bridge.

6. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

7. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

8. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW)

Regards,

Levi


Michael 3 days ago

Hi Levi,

Am reading your posts and was very helpful, especially for me as a first timer.

My family is planning to visit pagudpud, laoag & vigan before Christmas and would like to ask your professional opinion re the ff;

1. Efficient Itinerary to maximize our trip (planned to visit the farthest then go my way back to manila)

2. Children friendly sites

3. Hotels where we should stay per day

4. Cost estimate per hotel, entrance fees, sand dunes, etc.

If you have any files you may want to share including your response to the above, kindly email me at msd102978@gmail.com

Thanks in advance.


Rico 36 hours ago

Helo sir, I am planning to visit Ilocos Norte this Christmas season. Based on your above given itinerary can you add hotels where we can stay. Yong low budget lng pero malinis at safe. Thanks.

My email is ricbaula@yahoo.com.ph.

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