*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 is the main attraction in Vigan because of the old Spanish houses. This is considered as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
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.
Where to Stay in Vigan:
NSCC Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
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 is located at the rocky coast of Burgos, Ilocos Norte. Known for its creamy white limestone formations, Kapurpurawan is one of the must-visits.
This famous wind farm in Ilocos Norte uses wind turbines to produce electricity. An Ilocos Trip would not be complete without seeing this.
Saud Beach in Pagudpud is the most popular beach in Ilocos. The sand is white powdery, I love it! 🙂
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:
Last Stop: Laoag
What to See in Laoag and Nearby Areas:
St. Augustine Church of Paoay also known as Paoay Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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