Travel Guide: Laoag and Suburbs

Ilocos, the land of beautiful bell towers, is one of the few places in the country who have successfully preserved its heritage. In its northern  province, the heart is its capital city Laoag, known to be Sunshine City or City of Lights, a perfect blend of traditional and modern lifestyle, a fusion of Spanish and Ilocano heritage.

Laoag

Laoag City’s and its neighboring towns of Bacarra, San Nicolas, Batac and Paoay reveal the rich influence of the Spaniards in the province with the century old churches, detached bell towers and beautiful ancestral houses, each has their own stories and histories. These are aside from their natural attractions that guarantee everyone a pleasant and well spent stay in this part of Ilocos.

The distinct charm of Laoag and its neighboring towns will surely make everyone fall in love with the north again, again and again.

How to Get There

Manila to Laoag by Land

Laoag is a 10 to 11-hour ride from Manila. Several bus lines serve the route including Florida Bus Line (Contact No: 731-4473, 781-5894), Partas (Contact No: 725-1740, 725-1256, 725-7303, 724-9820), Baliwag (Contact No: 524-7111, 525-1067, 525-3064, 525-6769, 525-2338, 525-2294), Fariñas (Contact No: 743-8582). The trip is via North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road passing through the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union and Ilocos Sur.

If you’re coming from Tuguegarao, GMW Liner and Florida Liner operate buses to Laoag, fare is not more than P300.00.

Manila to Laoag by Air

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. Meanwhile Sea Air flies Manila to Vigan, Ilocos Sur, only two hours away from Laoag. From Laoag International Airport, there are tricycles and public jeepneys that  can take you to the city proper.

Clark to Laoag

For those coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, ride the shuttle or jeepney going to Dau Integrated Bus Terminal, fare is around P50. In Dau Terminal, look for buses going to Laoag.

Laoag and Suburbs

The sand dunes of Barangay La Paz, Laoag

Where to Stay

There are wide array of accommodation in Laoag City, ranging from home stays, budget inns to the luxurious hotel and resorts. The popular choice among budget travelers and backpackers are Hotel Tiffany, Texicano Hotel, Java Hotel and Balay ni Blas. Rate ranges from as low as P300 per night for a single fan room with very basic amenities, to a thousand.

Hotel Tiffany
Location: MH del Pilar St., Laoag City
Contact Nos: +63-77-7703550/+63926-6945221/+63928-2067257/+63923-8832441
Email: tiffhotel@gmail.com
Rates:
Single bed A/C room = P630.00
Twin single bed A/C room = P950.00
Queen size bed A/C room = P950.00
Queen bed and single bed family A/C room = P1150.00

Texicano Hotel, Laoag City
Location : Corner Giron and  J. P. Rizal Streets, Laoag City
Contact No: +63-77-7705776
Rates: As low as P300.00 for a single fan room

Java Hotel
Location: G. Segundo Avenue (Bacarra Road), Laoag City
Contact Nos: +63910-8776849/+63921-6109910/+63906-3838838
Email: javahotel@gmail.com
Rates: From P1500-P3000

Balay de Blas
Location: #10 Giron St., Brgy. 7-B, Laoag City
Contact Nos: +63-77-7704389/+63-917-5702110
Email: balaydablas@yahoo.com
Rates: From As low as P1200 for Double Bed AC Room

Other accommodations in Laoag City include the five star Fort Ilocandio Resort Hotel and Casino, Aurelius Mansion, Palazzo de Laoag Hotel and Restaurant, Northview Hotel, Isabel Suites, Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center, Grand Octagon Resort, Ilocos Rosewell Hotel, Casa Llanes, Rio Grande de Laoag Resort and Hotel, Hotel Del Norte, Hotel Renzo, Supertram Lodge, La Elliana Hotel, Paradise Lodge and Drive Inn, Parklane Hotel and Thalia Inn.

There are also home stays that offer as low as P300 per night on a basic fan room that can accommodate up to two persons like the one I rented in Barangay 10, Lagasca Street, near Florida Terminal. Contact No: +639192183455/+639192570621.

Laoag and Suburbs

St. Augustine Church of Paoay, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Things to Do in Laoag and Nearby Areas

  • Walk around the streets of Laoag and see the Sinking Belltower, St. William’s Cathedral, Provincial Capitol, Tobacco Monopoly Monument, Museo Ilocos Norte
  • Try sand boarding in La Paz Sand Dunes
  • Drop by at Fort Ilocandia and Malacañan Ti Amianan (Malacañang of the North)
  • Visit the San Nicolas de Tolentino Church of San Nicolas
  • Visit the brick St. Andrew Church and its old bell tower in Bacarra
  • Go to Paoay and see the UNESCO World Heritage Site Church of Saint Augustine, popularly known as Paoay Church; the Paoay Lake National Park; and Suba Sand Dunes in the same town
  • Try the Ilocano Empanada, Longanisa, Poque-Poque (Poki-Poki) and Bagnet
  • Dine in La Preciosa, Dap-Ayan, Macy’s and Saramsam in Laoag; Dawang’s in San Nicolas; and Herencia Cafe  of Paoay
  • Go to northern towns of the province and see Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and Kapurpurawan Rock Formation in Burgos, the windmills in Bangui and various attractions in Pagudpud
  • Explore the beaches of Curimao
  • Drive south towards Vigan
Laoag and Suburbs

The old bell tower of Bacarra

Tips

  • When in Laoag, the towns of San Nicolas, Batac, Curimao, Paoay, Bacarra, Pasuquin and nearby towns are just short jeepney ride away
  • You can also go to Vigan by riding a bus going to Manila that passes in Vigan
  • Bangui and Pagudpud can be reached in not more than two hours, there are buses and jeepneys going to these northern coastal towns, fare is P50 to P60
  • Laoag is best explored at night when the old structures of the city glow with lights
  • Commuting from city proper to La Paz Sand Dunes, hire a trike for P100 round trip
  • Sand boarding lesson is P2500 for a group of four, transportation via 4×4 from the city to La Paz Sand Dunes and vice versa included, Contact Glenn Guererro: +639088853669

59 Comments on “Travel Guide: Laoag and Suburbs

  1. good pm.inquire lng po ako regarding sa laoag tour package for 6 pax.4d and 3N.hotel and tour lang po.meron n kming flyt on march 14-17.march 14 flyt at 8pm and going back to manila on march 17 by 7pm..ask po kung mgkano ung magiging price ng tour and hotel nmn.hope to hear from you.thank you..

  2. Hi I’m Roy from Cebu. Me and my friends will be in Laoag this coming September and we will arrive there on night time. How far is the Airport to General Segundo Avenue? What is the transportation used? How much is the fare? I hope you can help us. Thank you ^_^

  3. hi nicole, im planning a plane trip to laoag with my child, now i wanna know if u offer tour packages without just the van ride ( mnl-laoag-mnl ) and whats the price per pax, thank you.

  4. Hi im roderick gubatan from saud,pagudpud,ilocos norte a certified lifeguard and tourguide in ilocos norte..we have also van for rent around vigan-laoag-pagudpud and baguio to sagada,,for reservation col me at 09195109658 or email me at roderickgubatan@yahoo.com or fb account roderick baradi gubatan,,,have a nice day and godbless to all of you…

  5. Great and informative site thanks, we have a small hotel in Pagudpud, and just got a 2013 TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence Award and with an affordable restaurant look forward to seeing visitors who venture this way

  6. wow good ..trying to see and feel the beauty all around

  7. hi sa inyo, pupunta kmi this coming May 24-26 san po kaya pdeng mag stay ung affordable po, nghhanp kc kmi ng transient house, and ung marrent na van .. 4 lng kmi. thanks

  8. HI.. ask ko lang po wer maganda mag stay sa laoag? 11 kase kame ng maga kaibigan ko.. overnight stay lang.. kase manggagaling dn kame ng vigan nun e.. thank you po!

    • Hi, Arnee. We offer packaged rates for bakasyonistas who want to see the best of Ilocos. If you are interested, you can email me at nicoledaguio@ymail.com

      Thank you and God bless :)

    • Hi, Brian We offer packaged rates for bakasyonistas who want to see the best of Ilocos. If you are interested, you can email me at nicoledaguio@ymail.com

      Thank you and God bless :)

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