Touring Ilocos Without a Car Part 1: From Manila to Laoag

My wife and I just came back from a 6-day Ilocos tour. We visited places in Laoag, Pagudpud and Vigan. We don’t know anybody there so it was a great adventure for us. I’m writing our experience to help others out there who want to visit the place but don’t know where to start, what to visit, how to get where, etc.

Our plan is to go to Pagudpud first and stay there for 2 nights then go back to Laoag for 3 more nights. It was raining pretty bad the week before we’re supposed to leave and since it’s already December, we decided not to go swimming anymore on the nice beaches of Pagudpud.

We travelled by plane (Cebu Pacific) to Laoag instead of the cheaper but 12 hour bus ride from Manila to Laoag. As many of you may experience riding Cebu Pacific, always expect that the flight would be delayed. Anyhow, we were greeted with a nice sunny weather landing in Laoag Airport.

Call your airline before you leave for the airport for schedule changes. It sucks to be stuck at the terminal for hours.

Our next order of business upon landing is to head straight to Pagudpud which is covered on the next part.

One of our readers, JB, informed us of DOT-accredited tour guides that you can hire in case you don’t want to do a lot of planning. Their contact is Steve and his number is 09267124472.

If you have any questions/suggestions/corrections, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks!

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  1. lucy says:

    how much budget you may need for this tour

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