Laoag Travel Guide: Timeless Charm of Ilocandia’s Sunshine City


Welcome to Laoag

The heart and capital city of Ilocos Norte, known as the “Sunshine City” and “City of Lights”, Laoag is a perfect blend of traditional and modern lifestyle, a fusion of Spanish and Ilocano heritage.

Laoag 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 Ilocandia.

St. William’s Cathedral of Laoag

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 to Laoag

Manila to Laoag

Laoag is a 6 to 8-hour ride from Manila. Several bus lines serve the route including Florida Bus Line, Partas Liner, Baliwag Transit and Fariñas Transit. 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, fare is around P600 – P700.

By air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Laoag daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. From Laoag International Airport, there are tricycles and public jeepneys that  can take you to the city proper.

You can book your bus or plane ticket from Manila to Laoag and vice versa below.

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.

Baguio to Laoag

There are numerous departures (buses and vans) daily from Baguio City Bus Terminal to Laoag, travel time is not more than four hours, fare ranges from P200 – P300.

You can book your bus ticket from Baguio to Laoag and vice versa below.

Tuguegarao to Laoag

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

The sand dunes of Barangay La Paz, Laoag

Where to Stay in Laoag

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 by the thousands.

Bangui Wind Mills of Burgos

Other accommodations in Laoag City include the five star Fort Ilocandio Resort Hotel, 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, Viven Hotel, Rivermount Hotel, Parklane Hotel, AA Travellers Pad Hotel and Thalia Inn.

Top-Rated / Highly Recommended Accommodations in Laoag

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel

Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel
Town Proper, Laoag
Starts at 3,000 PHP

Java Hotel

Java Hotel
Town Proper, Laoag
Starts at 2,500 PHP

Rivermount Hotel and Resort

Rivermount Hotel & Resort
San Nicolas, Laoag
Starts at 2,000 PHP

Viven Hotel

Viven Hotel
Town Proper, Laoag
Starts at 2,000 PHP

Top-Rated Budget Accommodations in Laoag

AA's Travelers Pad Hotel

AA Travellers Pad Hotel
Town Proper, Laoag
Starts at 600 PHP

Rosewell Hotel

Ilocos Rosewell Hotel
San Nicolas, Laoag
Starts at 800 PHP


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, Johny Moon Cafe 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
The old bell tower of Bacarra Church

Sample Itinerary (3D/2N in Laoag and Vigan)

Day 1: Explore Laoag

Catch a bus to Laoag the night before and be in the morning. Settle in your hotel and have an Ilocano meal at Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant, proceed to La Paz Sand Dunes afterwards. In the afternoon, stroll in and around the historic plaza. See the sinking bell tower, St. William’s Cathedral, Provincial Capitol, Tobacco Monopoly Monument and Museo Ilocos Norte.

Day 2: Heritage Sites Visit: Paoay – Santa Maria – Vigan

Wake up early and pack your stuff. With all your bags on, proceed to Paoay for breakfast at Herencia Café in front of UNESCO World Heritage Saint Augustine Church. Catch a bus to Vigan afterwards and be in the city by midday. Check-in, have lunch and take a short rest at your hotel before proceeding to Santa Maria to visit Pinsal Falls and the other UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilocos – Our Lady of Assumption Church of Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur.

Day 3: Explore Vigan

Catch the blue hour at Calle Crisologo before indulging on an Ilocano Breakfast at Café Leona. Try to see as much of the the city’s attractions afterwards – St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Simbaan a Bassit, St. Augustine Chuch of Bantay, Crisologo Museum, Father Burgos Residence & Museum, Religious Museum, Leona Florentino Ancestral House, Fil-Spanic Friendship Park, Buridek Museum, Baluarte Vigan (Vigan Fortress), Hidden Garden, Plaza Burgos, Plaza Salcedo and Syquia Mansion. Check out of your hotel at midday and walk the stretch of Calle Crisologo one more time to shop for souvenirs before going home.

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


  • 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

*Originally Published: 12-Oct-2014 | Updates: 28-Dec-2017; 10-Apr-2020


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  3. Mary

    If you are visiting Laoag please try Johnny Moon Cafe 🙂

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  6. pierre angela cruz

    hi. meron pa ba laging dumadaan na bus papuntang laoag sa dau terminal? if yes. pakisagot naman po kasi nahihirapan kami humanap n bus eh dahil wala dw sial daily trips lagi. thank you. sa aug1 to 3 sana travel namin doon.

  7. jenny villarin

    guy beware of nycole daguio scammer yan gumagamit ng pangalan ng agency na hindi naman siya connected. mag ingat po

  8. Mherla F

    Hi, My officemates (9 pax) will be in Laoag this coming May 4-8. Do you have any suggestions for a transient house? Thank you! 🙂

    1. pm me onmy inbox please

  9. sachi

    Meron ba bus galing Laoag to Clark?

  10. bejay

    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..

  11. ziazel

    hello there.,

    may i know how much would be the bus fare from clark to laoag

  12. Roy

    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 ^_^

  13. nori

    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.

  14. 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 [email protected] or fb account roderick baradi gubatan,,,have a nice day and godbless to all of you…

  15. 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

    1. Perl

      Hi. Name of resort and contact number.. Thanks

      1. Tartaruga’s Hotel Telephone SMART +63 947 542 9521

    2. Fhin

      Hi! may i know the exact location of your small hotel in pagudpud and your contact info too.

      1. We are just 100 metres from municipal beach entrance to Saud beach Telephone SMART +63 947 542 9521 and [email protected]

  16. mr. raju

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

  17. xiopao

    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

  18. ARNEE

    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!

    1. Nicole Francesca Daguio

      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 [email protected]

      Thank you and God bless 🙂

  19. brian

    hi sinu pwede mag assist saken jan sa pag puna ko;))

    1. Nicole Francesca Daguio

      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 [email protected]

      Thank you and God bless 🙂

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