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

On December 2007, my wife and I went on 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.

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

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

Part 1: From Manila to Laoag
Part 2: Going to Pagudpud
Part 3: Pagudpud
Part 4: City of Laoag
Part 5: South of Laoag
Part 6: Going to Vigan from Laoag

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

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  • Aries

    Just want to share the cheapest and most sulit travel tour and package in ilocos (Vigan-Laoag-Pagudpud) for only P2,999.00 each, and good for 10 persons lang. Maluwag at malamig pa sa van dahil toyota grandia GL ang gamit nila. Take note all in na sya, except meals lang. Thanks to Ilocos’ Finest Travel and Tours (Ms.Harlynne) You may contact her at 09054190880

  • USA Tourist Visa

    Thank you for visiting Ilocos. Umay kayto manen Sir, Maam.

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  • melinda

    help me please.

    do you know how much is the bus fare from vigan to Burgos where the lighthouse is? the tricycle fare to lighthouse? from Burgos to Bangui? the tricycle to bangui windmills? from Bangui to Pagudpud, how much is the bus fare?

    sorry if I have so many questions.

  • JP

    If ever we’ll push through with our plans, every inch of info shared here will be very useful since me and friends in manila travels without car.