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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Ilocos Itinerary: 3Day-2Night DIY Ilocos Trip (Vigan-Pagudpud-Laoag)

Countless times did I plan for an Ilocos getaway and I can no longer remember when it started and almost ended though. I thought I would never ever push this trip and see Ilocos, I almost gave up.

*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
Calle Crisologo is the main attraction in Vigan because of the old Spanish houses. This is considered as a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Kalesa or horse-drawn carriage is the major mode of transportation 
during the Spanish Era in the Philippines

The famous Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur

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.
 Vigan's Light and Fountain Show is available everyday from 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Other Places to See/Things to Do in Vigan: Bantay Bell Tower, Baluarte, Syquia Mansion, River Cruise in River Mestizo

Where to Stay in Vigan:
NSCC Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
They offer the best rates for budget travelers!

Next Stop: Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

What to See in Pagudpud:
On your way to Pagudpud,  you're gonna pass by another municipality - Burgos. Most of the major must-visits in Ilocos Norte are found here.

Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
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
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.

Bangui Windmills
This famous wind farm in Ilocos Norte uses wind turbines to produce electricity. An Ilocos Trip would not be complete without seeing this. 
The most popular caption when in Bangui Wind Farm? "Ang laki ng electric fan!"

Saud Beach
Saud Beach in Pagudpud is the most popular beach in Ilocos. The sand is white powdery, I love it! :)
Sunset at Saud Beach, Pagudpud

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:
Cathy's Homestay
Cathy's Homestay in Pagudpud, 2 to 3 minutes walk to Saud Beach

Last Stop: Laoag

What to See in Laoag and Nearby Areas:
Paoay Church
St. Augustine Church of Paoay also known as Paoay Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The very massively beautiful Paoay Church

Other Places to See/Things to Do in Laoag: 4x4 Ride & Sandboarding in Paoay Sand Dunes

3 Day-2 Night Ilocos Trip (Vigan-Pagudpud-Laoag) Itinerary

Ilocos Trip Budget

This coming summer, where are you headed to?


  1. how many person per trip?

  2. Hi! We're planning to go there on the 2nd week of May and We'll be using your blog as a reference.. We're bringing our own car and it's our first time. Can you give us a complete guide/fastest way to get there? ( NLEX, SCTEX, TPLEX?) We're coming from balintawak exit and we're planning to leave by 11pm.. Hope we can hear from you soon.. Thank you so much!

    1. You're welcome. We just actually used Waze all throughout the trip. We didnt get lost. :)

  3. hi..may i know there is the cheapest rental car from manila?

  4. hi..may i know there is the cheapest rental car from manila?

  5. Hi... what is the best place to visit first (Vigan, Pagudpd, Laoag) if you're from MNL!? How many hours travel from vigan to Pagudpd... then Pagudpd to Laoag!? Thank you for giving me a guide through this blog. :)

  6. Hi... what is the best place to visit first (Vigan, Pagudpd, Laoag) if you're from MNL!? How many hours travel from vigan to Pagudpd... then Pagudpd to Laoag!? Thank you for giving me a guide through this blog. :)

  7. Can I have your contact information? Thank you

  8. Hi! Do you have any idea how much it will cost if we travel by plane? Thanks!

  9. Hi. 5pax lang ba ang max kay cathys home stay? Were group of 12. Thanks

  10. hi. how much would the tour be for 2 pax?

  11. san po sand dunes kyo pumupunta?

  12. hi. so very helpful :) thanks for ur DIY itenirary :)

  13. May I ask if the gas of your car worth 4,000 from makati to vigan is for unleaded or diesel?

  14. From can go straight up bagiuo?

  15. did u book for reservation sa nscc at cathys?

  16. hi ...what is your packages inclusions

  17. Kung may kasama bata bali 3kami ng husband ko and the child is 7yrs old.

  18. Hi, may package po ba na start sa laoag airport? may tickets na po kasi kmi straight sa laoag =)

  19. Hi, how much po package good for 8-10pax?

    1. Hi,
      Meron naman po package for 8-10 pax po

  20. Try to get in touch with this # for an affordable packages 09391259406


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