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

63 Comments on “Travel Guide: Laoag and Suburbs

    • Hi, Joyce. 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 :)

  1. Hi! My friend and a couple of her friends will be having a vacation in the Philippines in December. And as a Tourism student, she asked me to make an itinerary for their vacation. I chose Fort Ilocandia Resort for the accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights. And we’ll be arriving there through plane.

    *Does Laoag Airport offer a shuttle service from the airport to FIT?

    I also planned to take them to Paoay Sand dunes (and other attractions in Paoay) and Bangui Windmills.

    *How can we reach Paoay (primarily the sand dunes) and Bangui Windmills from FIT and vice versa? We’ll be commuting. :)

    *And lastly, is Pagudpud beach a surfing site? If yes, do they have instructors and surf board rentals? How can we reach Pagudpud beach if we commute from FIT and vice versa? If no, how can we reach San Juan, La Union from FIT?

    I hope my queries can be answered. :) Thank you! :)

  2. Hi! My friend (and a couple of her friends) are planning to have a vacation in the Philippines this coming December. And as a friend (and a tourism student) she asked me to make an itinerary of the tour. I decided that we’ll stay at Fort Ilocandia Resort for three days and two nights. I showed her a picture of Paoay sand dunes and she was amazed and she told me that she wanna go there (primarily because of the 4×4 and the sand boarding). She also wanted to see the Bangui windmills. But, I have never been to Ilocos Norte, and my researches aren’t giving me relevant infos about the place (primarily about the transportations from Laoag airport to Fort Ilocandia (But I read some blogs and reviews that the airport as shuttle service that offers trips to FIT)) Secondly, the transportation from FIT to Paoay Sand Dunes (church, etc.) and the transportation from FIT to Bangui Windmills. I don’t want to get lost. HAHA! We’ll be commuting so I have to gather informations about directions from the mentioned attractions. I hope someone could answer my query. Thanks! :)

    • ooops. I have posted this even the laptop hung. :) Sorry for the spam. My second post is clearer. :)

    • So many hotel here in Ilocos ..from 5 star to 1 star or a simple but peaceful and comfortable homestay to stay for about 3-7 days or more. Withihn the city of Laoag you can stay at Plaza Del Norte, Pamulinawen, Java, Northview and Mira De Polaris. If you want to go somewhere in North (PAgudpud 1.5 hr drive from Laoag) there are a lot of hotel there, but 1 of the best to stay in Pagudpud is in Hannahs Resort and Convention Center. For your city, Pagudpud and Vigan tour you can hire private vehicle (MB100 or Innova) 3500 per day.

  3. hello, we’re planning to go to Laoag on Holy Week, and we want to see all the tourist destination on Laoag, like pagud pud, the sand dunes, the wind mills, paoay church etc….we want to those in a day or two…do you have a service like transportion who can take us there? and how much?…please do reply…you can also send me an email thru the email address i gave…thanks and Godbless :)

  4. Hi,

    We are planning to go this March in Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud. I plan to bring my 2 kids with me and my hubby their ages are 7 and 8. What do you recommend as an itinerary and I am interested with the 1,500 for four. Our budget kinda tight. Hope you could help

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  6. may info ba kayo kung pwede makabili ng ticket sa partas in advance? at hindi ba mahirap makakuha ng ticket pag sem-break?thanks.

    • Pwede naman po mag-book kayo in advance, punta lang po kayo sa Partas Station… May ibang bus stations po aside from Partas, may Florida, Maria de Leon, Farinas at RCJ po..:-)

  7. cool! this is cool! thanks for the helpful info! will be going there in november.. ;)

    • If Pagudpud is included in your itenerary, e-mail me for your queries… from accomodation to transportation….:-)

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  9. hi, i have some questions re the 300/nyt homestay in laoag.
    1. is it near the laoag airport? how do we get there from the airport?
    2. i am travelling with a 10-yr old kid. magiging comfortable naman kaya siya dun?
    3. may paliguan ba?
    THANKS!!!

  10. Thanks for this helpful guide! Will be backpacking around Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud in January next year, and this guide is super useful. :)

    • For other queries about your travel in Pagudpud, feel free to email so that I can assist you while you were in Pagudpud.

      • hi we are going to pagudpud also can you advise me where to stay.thanks

    • Approximately po mga 8-10 hours. E-mail nyo lang po ako pagka may queries po pagka gusto nyong mag-stay sa Pagudpud, I’ll be glad to assist you po..

      • Mam, I hope you could assist us. We’re having a last-minute trip to Pagudpud this March 28, 2013 afternoon. So we will probably arrive at Pagudpud early morning of March 29. Could you assist us with finding a cheap accommodation? 2 adults and 2 children po kami. Overnight lang sana sa Pagudpud. I would very much appreciate your help.

        Salamat po.

        Joanna

  11. Hi, following your itenerary how much will it cost per person (group of 4) we are planning to go there on the 14th for the entire weekend. thank you for the help! I’ll be waiting for your response

    • hi. thanks for sharing your laoag tips and all. they are very helpful. my partner and I are flying there from manila and back. we are going straight to pagudpud and on our way back, we want to go around laoag. do you think its possible to do in 1 day? is it easy to commute? are the jeepneys 24 hours or atleast always available during the day or is there time for every departure & arrival? we are thinking of exploring laoag on our last day since our flight is at night going back to manila. how much do you think would be our budget? thanks ah! hope to hear from you. thanks!

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    • I have a friend who owns a hotel in Pagudpud with an affordable rate, P1500 good for for persons. Email me if you’re interested…:-)

      • Mam, I hope you could assist us. We’re having a last-minute trip to Pagudpud this March 28, 2013 afternoon. So we will probably arrive at Pagudpud early morning of March 29. Could you assist us with finding a cheap accommodation? 2 adults and 2 children po kami. Overnight lang sana sa Pagudpud. I would very much appreciate your help.

        Salamat po.

        Joanna

    • Parang may mali sa comment ko.

      “I’ve never been to Ilocos. Gonna visit and explore the Ilocos Region soon. Ilokano kasi mga ninuno ko.”

    • Feel free to visit Ilocos Norte… Don’t forget to include Pagudpud in your itenerary . Feel free to email me so that I can assist your stay in Pagudpud…I am from Pagudpud..:-)

  13. Hi,

    Do you have any contact info for the sandboarding lesson?

    thanks so much!

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