Full Itinerary: Ilocos Region

Day 1

  • Calle Crisologo (at night) Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • St. Augustine (Paoay) Church Paoay, Ilocos Norte
  • Gulili Point Paoay Sand Dunes
  • Marcos Museum
  • Malacañang of the North
  • Cape Bojeador Lighthouse
  • Kapurpurawan Rock Formation
  • Bangui Windmills

Day 2

  • Blue Lagoon Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (half-day activity)
  • Bantay Abot Cave
  • Patapat Bridge
  • Paraiso ni Anton
  • Trekking to Kabigan Falls

Day 3

  • Juan Luna Shrine, Badoc Ilocos Norte
  • Bantay Bell Tower
  • Baluarte Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Burnayan Pottery Making
  • Calle Crisologo (daylight) Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Quirino Bridge

Travel Tips When in Ilocos

  1. Travel by land when you can. Book for a package tour or at least for a van transportation in Manila. According to our driver/tour guide, rentals are available in Ilocos for tourists who opted to travel by air, however, for much bigger costs.
  2. If you’re not into museums that much, opt for historical places with free admission. This can save time, effort and money.
  3. In Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, look for tourist aides roaming around for photo ops assistance.
  4. It’s best to enjoy Blue Lagoon beach in the morning as it can get pretty crowded in the afternoon. Seafood paluto is available for lunch option. Upon arrival to the resort, take your picks as early as you can as orders are on a first-in-first-out basis.
  5. Donation boxes are present almost everywhere. It’s not mandatory but you can put a few for hardworking locals.
  6. Famous places for eats can get really crowded during peak season. Come early or eat during non-peak hours to avoid hassles.
  7. Young locals offer assistance for photo ops in tourist spots. They’re savvy and very much aware of the good spots for photos. Little tips for these kids are much appreciated.

Good Souvenir Spots

  • Cape Bojeador, buy souvenirs outside the lighthouse for cheaper costs.
  • Bangui Windmills, for little and big windmills keepsakes.
  • Paraiso ni Anton, for good quality Pagudpud shirts.
  • Other pasalubongs well-known from Ilocos: suka (cane vinegar), sibuyas at bawang tagalog, longganisa, cornik, banana chips, camote chips.

Don’t Skip

  • Paoay Sand Dunes 4×4 ride. Wear sunblock, cap, and sunglasses for the ride. Pick a vehicle with handles covered with foams for good grip and less strains.
  • Ilocos empanada in Pagudpud rather than in other places. Stores are near Pagudpud plaza.

Recommendation

Kuya Ogie from Malakas Tours was really our ticket to our commendable Ilocos trip. He has been going back and forth Ilocos as a tour guide and driver since 1997. He knows where the best places are for eats and for pasalubongs,  best time slots for activities and, hidden gems of Ilocos. He even is our promo code for discounts in various places.

For further information:

Malakas Tours
Cresta Bonita Vienna St. Block 10 Lot 5 Salitran
Dasmariñas City Cavite
Look for: Mr. Godwin Alindayu (Agent)
0908-599-4961 / malakastours@gmail.com

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Choose Philippines: Ilocos Region (2 of 2)

Our accommodation is located in Pagudpud walking distance from Saud beach. That said, our itinerary began from Sur-Norte-Sur. Back to sight-seeing after enjoying the beach.

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Choose Philippines: Ilocos Region (1 of 2)

After several attempts, I finally set my foot and laid my eyes on Ilocos Region. I’ve planned going North by plane before (which did not pursue) but now I can say that a road trip was a much better idea to maximize both Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

We were able to visit lots of places with side trips here and there all thanks to our experienced and friendly driver, Kuya Ogie from Malakas Tours in Dasmariñas City, Cavite. He has been going back and forth Ilocos as a tour guide and driver since 1997. He knows where the best places are for eats and for pasalubongs,  best time slots for activities and, hidden gems of Ilocos.

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