Laoag City in a day
Where: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Who: Mr, Mrs & Little Miss Wanderlust
When: October 2014
What: Laoag City Tour in a day..
Laoag has an international airport that is easily accessible with just a 45-minute flight from Manila via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific.
Other Flights to Laoag International Airport:
- China- Guangzhou, New Baiyun (CAN) and Shanghai, Pu Dong (PVG)
- Hong Kong, Hong Kong International
- Macau, Macau
- South Korea: Seoul, Incheon (ICN)
-Taiwan: Taipei, Chiang Kai Shek (TPE)
Public Vehicle (Bus)
Bus companies such as Partas Trans, Farinas Trans, Florida, Maria de Leon, and RCJ bus lines serve the Manila-Laoag route. These buses, have stations found along Cubao and Pasay.
Just a 2-3 hour drive from Vigan, Ilocos Sur. We came from Vigan, on the way to Pagudpud we decided to stop and see what Laoag has to offer in a quick day tour.
Having an international airport in Laoag, there are also hotels and inns to choose from in the city. Our itinerary just includes a day tour in Laoag city on the way to Pagudpud, which means we don't have to stay in Laoag, and keep on driving to Pagudpud.
So for now, Mr & Mrs Wanderlust doesn't have any reviews on hotels for this town.
Paoay Church - located in nearby town of Paoay, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cultural treasure of the Philippines is a church built by Augustinians in 1694 and finished in 1710. It is on the way to Laoag and you can not afford to miss this.
Herencia Cafe - a popular restaurant in town that is the home of 'Pinakbet Pizza' and also serves other Ilocano dishes which is just meters away from the church.
Sinking Bell Tower - can easily be seen upon entering the town, is a baroque style building that was built in 1610. Despite its sinking state (supposedly at a rate of an inch a year), the bell tower still continues its centuries-old purpose of ringing the bell to call Catholic brethren to mass. Others say it is also nice to see the tower at night with lights.
Sand Dunes - The La Paz Sand Dunes in in Paoay and Laoag have heights ranging from 10 to 30 meters. These scenic dunes also provide a panoramic view of the West Philippine Sea making it a popular site for sandboarding and revving up that 4×4 engine.
Malacañang ti Amianan - or Malacanang of the North, which was made by Marcos when he was president.
Marcos Mausoleum - This is where the late president Ferdinand Marcos' current resting place which also serves as a museum of his memorabilia.
Paoay Lake - have a nice view of the lake in which you will pass by on the way to sand dunes.
Sand Dunes / 1 hour 4x4 offroad experience + sand board 2,500 PHP
Food / Herencia Cafe - 350 - 500 PHP per serving (good for 3-4)
Other sights, churches & museums - Free. Donation only. / Probably 20-50 PHP / head on some.
Interesting! would love to go there to see history and catholicism, then go straight to pagudpud. Thanks for info.
Great blog! Its nice that you included Paoay church in your itinerary. I regret that I missed this last time I came to Ilocos…
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