Ilocos is one of the most visited place in Northern Luzon because travel agencies are now in Facebook and they offer affordable packages around P2900 up to P3100 for 3 days and 2 nights.
Aside that it’s easy to book a package by sending a message to the site or admin, payment transactions are done through bank transfer, deposit or the usual credit cards.
As for our trip, we booked last February 7, 2015 at Funtreats Travel and Tours for P 3100 each for the three of us and was included in a mix group. The trip happened last February 13-15, 2015.
Estimated Expenses: P6000 (travel package, 4×4 ride with Sand Boarding, food and souvenirs)
Travel Package Inclusion:
3D/2N Hotel Accomodation
Daily Hotel Breakfast
Complete Ilocandia Tour (Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud)
Entrance Fees and Permits
2 Days Tour Guide Service
1 Unit Transportation
Driver, Toll and Fuel
Itinerary with pictures of the sceneries
9:00pm – Depature to Ilocos (KFC Shopwise, Araneta)
04:00am – Arrival at Laoag City
04:30am – Breakfast
06:00am – Paoay Church and meet up with tour guide
07:00am – Sand Dunes (optional: 4×4 ride with Sand boarding for P2500/hour)
09:00am – Malacanang of the North
11:00am – Marcos Museum
12:00nn – Lunch
12:30pm – Sinking Bell Tower
01:00pm – St. Monica Church
01:30pm – Check in at AA Travellers Pad
05:00pm – Exploring more of Laoag (Ilocos Norte Capitol, park and dinner at Macy’s Diner)
08:00pm – Back to Hotel
Paoay Church, I took this picture around 4:30am. It was so solemn.
In our rented 4×4, we paid P500 per person and it’s worth it especially since our driver is so extreme it’s like we were in a roller coaster, just hold your hand tight cause you won’t have any seat belts or straps to keep you tucked in.
I can’t help but goof around and do this, it’s all sand and it feels like a playground for me.
My favorite! Sand Boarding! I looked badass but I tripped multiple times.
Inside the Malacanang of the North.
You’ll see the family photos and some old stuff of the Marcos’ and you’ll admire the grand staircase.
At the second floor and the dining area.
The Sinking Bell Tower that sinks 1 inch annually.
St. Monica Church
At Ilocos Norte Capitol.
Check out my Kalanggaman Island trip.
Dinner at Macy’s Diner where you can reminisce James Dean and Elvis with their photos all-over the place. It’s like a 50’s Diner.
06:30am – Breakfast
07:30am – Pasuquin Salt Making
08:30am – Burgos Light House
09:00am – Kapururawan Rock Formation
09:45am – Bangui Windmill
10:00am – Paraiso ni Anton
10:15am – Patapat Viaduct
10:30am – Blue Lagoon
11:00am – Swimming in Pagudpud
12:00nn – Lunch
03:00pm – Kabigan Falls
06:00pm – Back to Hotel
07:00pm – Dinner
Burgos Light House
Exploring Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, we rode a horse to get a closer to the rock formation. It was a bumpy ride on a horse though.
Bangui Windmill that helps the production of electricity in Ilocos.
The water from this river comes from the falls then goes to the rice field. No need to water the plants.
The magnificent Kabigan Falls. I can’t help but be mesmerized.
After a long and tiring day, we had a boodle fight with our companions in this trip and celebrated my friend’s birthday.
We ended the night singing since there’s a free videoke in AA Travellers Pad.
06:30am – Breakfast/Check out
08:00am – Sinait Church
08:30am – St. Paul Cathedral
09:00am – Syquia Mansion
10:30am – Baluarte ni Singson
11:00am – Hidden Garden
11:30am – Pagburnayan
12:00nn – Lunch
01:00pm – Calle Crisologo
03:00pm – Back to Manila
12:00am – Arrival at Trinoma
The new people we’ve met as we explore Ilocos, it was a nice combination of groups. We were lucky to have them as companions.
Bantay Bell Tower
This mansion is so creepy especially the room with the pictures of the previous owners, it feels like they are staring at us angrily because we were intruders. If they can talk, they will probably say. “You don’t belong here” and “How dare you set foot on our house, filthy peasants.”
The famous Baluarte ni Singson.
The lovers in Hidden Garden.
Pagburnayan which means “a place where burnay is made”.
This guy’s showing his skills.
The famous street in Vigan, Calle Crisologo. It looks like our street in Taal, Batangas however in this street it’s already occupied by souvenir shops and is too crowded.
Third-wheeling with my loving friends, who tolerated my tumbling and yoga stunts.
And that’s a piece of what we experienced in Ilocos, if you want to go there just check out legit travel agencies on Facebook. I have enjoyed our trip and though we were just a small group, we never had any dull moments because we were crazy having fun and taking pictures.
I hope you’ll share your Ilocos trip too.
Proofread and edited by Vany Piol.