Travel Itinerary 3D/2N: Weekend in Ilocos

Ilocos, Philippines – Hurray to the newly hailed wonder city of the world! As most of you didn’t know, I, Sheila, have an Ilocano blood. My roots, both sides, are from the Northern Philippines, Ilocos and Cagayan Region. Thus, I’m really proud and happy when I heard the news that Vigan City, Ilocos Sur is one of the new 7 wonder cities of the world. Wooohoo!

Welcome to Vigan!
Welcome to Vigan!

Though I’ve been in Ilocos and Cagayan multiple times, the last time I’ve been in Vigan was when I was 12 years old, too long that I somehow forgot what it looks like. Thus, I’m so grateful that last year I was able to rekindle my childhood, and of course, glad to share the experience with Rap. Since this was his first time up north, we visited not only Vigan, but we’ve also seen the other parts of the region, both Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

How to get there?

Since we took a tour that will pick us up in Ilocos Norte, Laoag. From Manila, we took a bus via Florida Bus line stationed at Sampaloc. There are other buses bound to Ilocos, so transportation shouldn’t be a problem. Travel time is roughly 10 – 12 hours, so it’s best to leave Manila at night to avoid traffic. We booked a Florida executive coach at around 900 PHP each. Budget bus should be around 700 PHP.

Long drive up north
Long drive up north

If you’re not into long drive, Ilocos is just an hour plane ride away from Manila via Laoag International Airport.

Getting Around?

Once you’re in the Laoag or Vigan, getting around shouldn’t be a problem. There are tricycle rides which should cost you around 10 PHP. Some of them offers also a tour around the area. Or, since you’re in the land of Spanish history, try to ride the calesa at around 150 – 180 PHP per hour.

Calesa Ride, anyone?
Calesa Ride, anyone?

Where to Stay?

Since we booked a tour package, we didn’t worry much on where to stay. But, we suggest that if you’re in Laoag area, stay at the Java Hotel. Location, staff, food, and cleanliness, 4 stars! 😉

If you’re in Pagudpud Area, we heard a lot about Hannah’s Beach Resort  so you can try that one. Or, try Polaris Beach Resort, 3 stars (not-bad), if you’re in a budget.

If you’re in Vigan, experience colonial vibe by staying at Hotel Felicidad, expensive though.  

What to do?

If you’re into FOOD, history, nature, beach and adventure, you’ll have it all.

  • Visit not one but 2 of Philippines UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Vigan, Ilocos Sur and Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte
Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Calle Crisologo, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Go food tripping!
Ilocos Longganisa
Ilocos Longganisa
  • Marvel into colonial old architectures, from heritage mansions to old churches
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
  • Experience Sand Boarding!
Ilocos Sand Dunes
Ilocos Sand Dunes
  • Be awed by nature
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Beach bummed
Pagudpud Beach
Pagudpud Beach

How much?

We availed our Ilocandia Tour Packaged from A&A Express Travel and Tours for only 5,999 PHP per person. This includes 3D/2N accommodation, bus terminal transfers, food, entrance fees and Ilocandia tour. For transportation from Manila to Ilocos and back, we spent 1000 PHP for bus fees.

To summarize our trip, below is a copy of our itinerary.

Arrival – Start of Laoag City Tour Departure for Pagudpud Tour Departure for Vigan Tour
Laoag Sinking Belltower

St, William Cathedral

Sarrat Church and Ruins

Paoay Sand Dunes

Malacanang of the North

Pasuquin Salt Making

Burgos Lighthouse

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation

Bangui Wind Mill

Juan Luna Shrine (running tour)

Sinait Church

Bantay Church and Belltower

Baluarte ni Gov Singson

Syquia Mansion

Pottery “pagburnayan”

Paoay Church

Batac Miki and Empanada

Marcos mausoleum

Check-in at Java Hotel

Kabigan Falls

Patapat Viaduct

Paraiso ni Anton

Check in Polaris Beach Resort

Calle Crilosolo “Vigan heritage Village”

Pasalubong Hunt (1 hour along calle crisologo)

Free Time Free Time Proceed to Bus station for Vigan-Manila

See our next posts for more of our Ilocandia Tour


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