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15 Must-See Tourist Spots in Ilocos Norte

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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

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

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

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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).

Sand Boarding at Lapaz Sand dunes

Sand Boarding at Lapaz Sand dunes

ATV Ride at Lapaz Sand dunes

ATV Ride at Lapaz Sand dunes

A landscape view of Lapaz Sand dunes

A landscape view of Lapaz Sand dunes

3. Fort Ilocandia Resort and Casino

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

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.

4. Malacañang of the North

Facade of the Malacanang of the North

Facade of the Malacanang of the North

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

The master's bedroom of former President Macos

The master's bedroom of former President Macos

5. Paoay Church

Paoay Church at daytime

Paoay Church at daytime

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

8. Marcos Museum and Mausoleum

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum at Batac City

Marcos Museum and Mausoleum at Batac City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on November 18, 2019:

Sorry bro I dont offer any package and I dont know sino mga nag-ooffer. I prefer to go alone and discover that place. Must exciting un. :) Lalo na pag nawawala ka hehehe

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on November 09, 2019:

Yes po meron na po. So pag sa Vigan po kayo mag start, magikot po muna kayo jan sa vigan ng mga tourist spots like, baluarte, hidden garden, pagburnayan, etc. So pag nakaikot na po kayo sa Vigan, then going to Ilocos Norte na po kayo.

1. Badoc - Juan Luna Shrine

2. Batac - Marcos Museum

3. Paoay - Paoay Church, Paoay Lake, Malacanang of the North

4. Laoag - Fort Ilocandia, Sinking Bell Tower

5. Bacarra - Domeless Tower

6. Burgos - Kapurpurawan Rock Formation,

7. Bangui - Lighthouse, Windmills

8. Pagudpud - Patapat Bridge, Beaches

Enjoy the trip :)

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on August 14, 2019:

Hi Erron,

Just the same po. Nasa inyo na po saan po ninyo gustong unahin puntahan. Thank you po

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on February 25, 2019:

Hi Ailah,

You can check this sample Itinerary for a Day Tour.

Day 1 Laoag and its nearby areas

1. Ilocos Norte Capitol and Laoag Plaza

2. Sinking Bell Tower, Laoag City

3. Lapaz Sand Dunes, Laoag City - Try the sand boarding here and 4 x 4 ride. So memorable.

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 in Saud

6. Patapat Bridge

7. Hannas Resort

8. Kaybigan falls

Day 3 South of Laoag

. 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

across the bridge.

6. Playa Tropical Resort, Curimao, Ilocos Norte

7. Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte.

8. Nueva Era Eco-Cultural Park (NEW)

Thanks.

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on October 07, 2018:

Hello Joven,

Lahat ng pupuntahan sa Ilocos ay nasa ibat ibang bayan. Hindi ito nakalatag sa iisang lugar. Pero may mga ibang tourist spots na makikita din sa iisang bayan.

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on October 06, 2018:

Hi Jessica,

Please check your email. I sent my reply to your inquiry. Thanks a lot.

audrey on August 28, 2017:

hello sir.? do you know what are the tourist product and service that ilocos norte can offered?

bodjing tamama on June 20, 2017:

wow nice place

Sasha on June 07, 2017:

Hello there. I like your etinerary, it is very helpful. We have a very tight schedule,only 2 days.Can you please make us an etinerary from Baguio to Ilocos Norte? Appreciate your help much.

Levi on June 02, 2017:

Hi Lester,

Thanks for dropping by. The shortest and fastest way is via NLEX-SCTEX-TPLEX route. That is only about 3hrs drive from Manila to Binalonan, Pangasinan. You will be exiting to the National Highway which is about 5hrs drive from that point to Laoag City. Maybe by 8 or 9am you will be there now as there's no traffic at the time you will leave Manila.

Ingats sa byahe bro.

:) Enjoy your trip.

Lester del rosario on June 01, 2017:

good day! thank sir for the sample itinerary. We are going to Viga,Iloco and pagudpod on JUne 9-11. can you give advise what is the best and shortest route we could drove. we will leave manila by 1am.

thank you! Here is my email address: delrosariolester@yahoo.com

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on May 07, 2017:

Hi Manette,

Thanks for dropping by. If you want to have a road trip in Sagada after you visited Ilocos, there is way in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur (Bitalag Park) where you will start your journey up to Sagada. It takes 5 to 6 hours from that point depending on your speed. Be careful as theres's a lot of falling rocks along the way and blind curves. But I assure you, the place is so beautiful. I am still making my new blog for this journey.

Goodluck on your trip.

manette.martin@icloud.com on May 03, 2017:

This is very helpful. Thanks for all the tips. Wanted to include the Sagada-Banaue-Baguio piece together with this. DO you have a suggested itinerary. Planning to drive.. any suggested route? Thanks a lot for the help

elle on April 21, 2017:

thank you for this blog

Beth Betis on March 28, 2017:

Hi ask ko lang, ano ba magandang unahin na puntahan kasi this coming sept. punta kami ng mga friends ko sa laoag. gusto kasi namin makapunta sa pagudpud, vigan at pasyalan sa laoag. may mai sasuggest ka ba na itinerary kung ano ang uunahin naming pasyalan? at kung may mairerekomenda ka na tourist guide na may van?. thanks

kenneth casullar on March 24, 2017:

My family plan for a holy week trip in Ilocos with badger fund only, for a member of 12pax can sugggest where to stay to enjoy those place mention above. Thanks and God bless.

Kim on February 28, 2017:

Hi Levi,

We are planning to have a tricycle tour for 2 days in Laoag-Pagudpud places, we have a tight budget kasi , can you send me list of places to visit with the updated entrance fee rates.

demesa_cathleen@yahoo.com Thank you!

rey on January 08, 2017:

Hi Levi,

Checked your blog and I can't wait to see the beauty of Vigan, coming back home by April this year 2017. 4 kids on board and 2 adults. Can you tell me a good plan or itinerary that kids can also enjoy. And suggest the best cheap hotels and month to travel April or May. Drop me a mail thanks. krisey08@gmail.com

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 26, 2016:

Hi Jake,

Sorry, as of now none. But the places to visit are very visible as visitors flocked to the area as this time. Also, many signages are seen along the road towards that specific spots.

Regards,

Levi

Jake on December 26, 2016:

Hi Sir, We planned to go to Pagudpud at December 29. then laoag then Vigan. can I ask if you know someone that can tour us around that places. Thank you so much

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 23, 2016:

Hi Leah,

Great to know that you are visiting my birthplace, Laoag City. Enjoy your vacation there. Well, I suggest, go within the city. Roam around and you will see several attractions there. If you are not yet tired, visit at night and you will experience the holiday season of Ilocandia. On your next day, I suggest to go south. Fort Ilocandia, then Malacanang of the North, Paoay Church, Marcos Museum and Juan Luna as well. All of these are found south of Laoag City. On your third day, go northward. windmills, lighthouse, beaches all you will see.

Goodluck and enjoy.

LEAH on December 23, 2016:

We are going to visit Laoag for the 1st time from Dec. 28-30 this year. We are arriving via bus. From your above itinerary which is more feasible to visit 1st?

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 17, 2016:

Hi Dhez,

Kindly check your email. I sent a reply to your inquiry.

Thanks.

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 17, 2016:

Hi Claire,

I resend now my reply. Kindly check your email. Thanks.

levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 15, 2016:

Hi Claire,

I sent a reply to your email.

Thanks a lot.

Regards,

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 10, 2016:

Hi Merlin,

Im sorry as I haven't written yet a blog for tourist spots in Vigan and the hotels to stay on. Likewise, I haven't bought yet a Vigan Longanisa there :(.

Ayaw nyo po bang pumunta sa Laoag at mga tourist spots sa Ilocos Norte? Mas madami po doon mapupuntahan and I am sure, the kids will enjoy. :)

Happy vacation po and have a safe drive.

Regards,

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 10, 2016:

Hi Rico,

For the meantime, please check booking.com for the rates of hotels in Laoag. Soon, I will create another blog to cater all these concerns of our readers for the hotels to stay when they will visit this beautiful city.

Thanks a lot.

Regards,

Levi

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 10, 2016:

Hi Michael,

I sent a reply into your email add.

Thanks.

BR,

Levi

Merlin on December 10, 2016:

Hi,

Just want to seek your advice. Me and my family were planning to spend this christmas in vigan. We are planning to have 5-6days trip. In which best place to spend the night of 24 till 25 you can recommend us?

I just want to ask for iterinary including the "Calle Crisologo" and where to buy the best vigan longanisa?

Thank you in advance for the help and advice.

Please E-mail me: joreenagabriel@gmail.com/merlinmabini@gmail.com

Michael on December 05, 2016:

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.

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on December 04, 2016:

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

levali2001 on December 04, 2016:

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

CJ Alfonso on November 28, 2016:

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 on October 13, 2016:

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.

jopaqs60 on October 12, 2016:

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.

Walter ubasa on October 09, 2016:

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

leva on October 08, 2016:

Hi Kath,

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

Levi

Christopher on October 05, 2016:

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?

levali2001 on September 20, 2016:

Hi Abz,

I sent my reply to you email. Kindly check.

Thanks.

Levi

Abz on September 17, 2016:

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

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on August 14, 2016:

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

Delia on August 10, 2016:

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.

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on August 02, 2016:

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

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on August 02, 2016:

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

Ruby on July 21, 2016:

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.

jolly on July 18, 2016:

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

jolly on July 13, 2016:

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

Colette on June 16, 2016:

Thank you for your reply.

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

Thanks, again.

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on June 16, 2016:

Hi Collete,

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

Thanks

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on June 16, 2016:

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.

levi palmer aliangan on June 16, 2016:

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

Colette on June 15, 2016:

Hello!

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

Thank you.

Kimpossible423 on June 15, 2016:

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!

Mang kulas on June 14, 2016:

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

levi palmer aliangan on May 25, 2016:

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 :)

Mary ann on May 24, 2016:

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 (author) from Cavite, Philippines on April 27, 2016:

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

Liliane on April 26, 2016:

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

Joan on April 25, 2016:

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

Thanks again...

Joan on April 25, 2016:

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

Hernan on April 09, 2016:

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

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on April 08, 2016:

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. :)

Joan Rodriguez on April 03, 2016:

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.

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on March 30, 2016:

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

gie on March 22, 2016:

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

Raquel on March 22, 2016:

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

RICK on March 16, 2016:

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.

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on March 14, 2016:

Hello Richard,

Sent to you email as requested...

richard on March 14, 2016:

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

Lavbrador on February 08, 2016:

Number 6?

Paolo on January 20, 2016:

Where's number 6?

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on November 14, 2015:

Hi Victor,

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

Regards,

Levi

victor on November 09, 2015:

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

levi palmer (author) from Cavite, Philippines on October 30, 2015:

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

Minerva Caballero on September 29, 2015:

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