Countless times did I plan for an Ilocos getaway and I can no longer remember when it started and almost ended though. I thought I would never ever push this trip and see Ilocos, I almost gave up.

*Insert Drumrolls-A Round of Applause-Cartwheels here*

At last, after x number of cancelled flights and numerous times of postponed planned road trips, I got to visit Ilocos this time. #Feels :p

Just like what they usually say, “Buti pa ang biglaang lakad, natutuloy.”

Let me share to you guys how we explored Vigan, Pagudpud, and Laoag in 3 days for less than Php2500 per person.

How To Get There:
Seriously, I really do not have to explain it further since I am pretty sure you have seen Vigan on a lot of travel shows, you have googled it, and just like me, you have dreamt of visiting it. But well, there would be a lot of ways to reach Ilocos — either via plane, public bus, or an 8-hour-private-ride.

In this Ilocos Trip, we brought our own car which was an advantage since we were able to cut off the usual 14-hour public bus ride to 6-8 hours only (Makati to Vigan). We were also able to do some stopovers whenever and wherever we want to. We were able to go around and last but not the least, we were able to meet our budget. Hehe

Since we only have 3 days and 2 nights to explore Ilocos, we carefully chose our Must-Visit Places.

First Stop: Vigan, Ilocos Sur

What to See in Vigan: 
Calle Crisologo
Calle Crisologo is the main attraction in Vigan because of the old Spanish houses. This is considered as a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Kalesa or horse-drawn carriage is the major mode of transportation 
during the Spanish Era in the Philippines

The famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Lights and Sounds Fountain Show
Located at Plaza Salcedo, a visit in Vigan would not be complete without witnessing this fantastic attraction. It’s free anyways.

 Vigan’s Light and Fountain Show is available everyday from 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Other Places to See/Things to Do in Vigan: Bantay Bell Tower, Baluarte, Syquia Mansion, River Cruise in River Mestizo

Where to Stay in Vigan:
NSCC Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

They offer the best rates for budget travelers!

Next Stop: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
What to See in Pagudpud:
On your way to Pagudpud,  you’re gonna pass by another municipality – Burgos. Most of the major must-visits in Ilocos Norte are found here.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
Also known as Burgos Lighthouse, Cape Bojeador is a cultural heritage structure in Ilocos Norte. The lighthouse was established during the Spanish Era in the Philippines.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is located at the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Known for its creamy white limestone formations, Kapurpurawan is one of the must-visits.


Bangui Windmills
This famous wind farm in Ilocos Norte uses wind turbines to produce electricity. An Ilocos Trip would not be complete without seeing this. 
The most popular caption when in Bangui Wind Farm? “Ang laki ng electric fan!”

Saud Beach
Saud Beach in Pagudpud is the most popular beach in Ilocos. The sand is white powdery, I love it! 🙂

Sunset at Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Other Places to See/Things to Do in Pagudpud: Kaibigan Falls, Patapat Bridge, Agua Grande, Bantay Abot Cave, Ziplining in Hannah’s Resort, Dos Hermanos Island

Where to Stay in Pagudpud:
Cathy’s Homestay

Cathy’s Homestay in Pagudpud, 2 to 3 minutes walk to Saud Beach

Last Stop: Laoag

What to See in Laoag and Nearby Areas:
Paoay Church
St. Augustine Church of Paoay also known as Paoay Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The very massively beautiful Paoay Church

Other Places to See/Things to Do in Laoag: 4×4 Ride & Sandboarding in Paoay Sand Dunes

3 Day-2 Night Ilocos Trip (Vigan-Pagudpud-Laoag) Itinerary

Ilocos Trip Budget

This coming summer, where are you headed to?

 

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68 Comments

  1. Better to travel with your buddy, friends. You will not enjoy any of it if you're alone. You will always wait for somebody to take a picture of yours, no one to talk to and enjoy the day, etc….for airplane and accomodations, please the cebue pacific, PAL website and other packages publish, but if you are a back packer, check the bloggs it helps a lot

  2. Better to travel with your buddy, friends. You will not enjoy any of it if you're alone. You will always wait for somebody to take a picture of yours, no one to talk to and enjoy the day, etc….for airplane and accomodations, please the cebue pacific, PAL website and other packages publish, but if you are a back packer, check the bloggs it helps a lot

  3. planning to travel in ilocos by month of august for 3days & 2nights with my family maybe around 30persons including 9kids…can you recommend where to stay and please give me contact details…thanks

  4. Dear Sir/ Madam, Good day ! I'm Soledad Donoso. I would like to ask a permission to use this photo/photos for educational purposes. I'm making a book that tells about the history of our country , the Philippines. Hoping for your kind consideration on this matter . Thank you .

  5. Love it! Very interesting topics. You shared awesome information and pictures in your travel trip. Thanks a lot to share this post! Great job.

  6. Ilocos is really wonderful destination to visit. It’s known for its historic sites, beaches and the well-preserved Spanish colonial city of Vigan.

  7. I am also thinking to travel in ilocos, but i have very low budget, but after reading your article, i have learned we can also travel in budget.

  8. Hi admin! May I please ask permission to post?I just want to share our ilocos experience with the hopes of helping out the locals who helped us make our trip memorable. Our DAY1 started in Vigan, and there we met KUYA ALLAN, a tricycle driver, who helped us plan our 3-day Ilocos trip. He is very accomodating and very knowledgable of Ilocos. He also takes GREAT PICTURES and does a lot of camera tricks. And he charges the minimum amount so please don't haggle na po. Pls do call or text him at 09363925413 and tell him GAB says hi.I can really vouch for him so if you have questions, you can reach me on instagram @gaaaaaaaaabrielle (That's 9 As) I'd be willing to answer.

  9. Hi. May nabasa po kasi akong ibang blog and it says that it is their municipal ordinance to transfer and rent a tricycle from them when going to kapurpurawan and cape bojeador. Since nakaprivate car po kayo ngtransfer and rent din po ba kyo tryk?

  10. Naka-car pa rin po going to both places. However, sa Cape Bojeador, may drop off point for van/car, so you have a choice either walk or have a short tryk ride going to Cape Bojeador.

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