Ilocos 2012 (Part 3, Laoag | Paoay | Batac | Vigan)

We left Pagudpud for Laoag shortly after breakfast. Similar to what we did in Pagudpud, we toured Laoag and the nearby towns of Paoay and Batac using a tricycle. The tour costs PHP 700 per person if I’m not mistaken. Our tour guide (Wawie, contact # +63 906  9 7 2  9 3 7 7)  is very accommodating and easy to deal with. We were picked up at the bus terminal near Laoag’s capitol building and from there we went to the following stops:

  •  Museo Ilocos Norte

Various displays in Museo Ilocos Norte

  • Church of Laoag

The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag Church

The facade

Inside the Laoag Church

  • Ilocos Norte Capitol

Tobacco Monument

Ilocos Norte Provicial Capitol

  • Malacañang of the North

Malacanang of the North (front)

Inside Malacanang of the North

Malacanang of the North (back)

Paoay Lake, right at the back of the mansion

  • Paoay Church

Paoay Church Bell Tower

Viewed from the right

Paoay Church – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inside Paoay Church

  • Marcos Mausoleum

Various Stuff inside Marcos Museum in Batac

Marcos Mausoleum-  Sssshh, someone’s sleeping

  • Paoay Sand Dunes

I forgot how much we paid for this but I think it’s over a thousand pesos. I think you can haggle once you’re there. I didn’t manage to take pictures while we were moving  because understandably, I’m holding the rails! 😀 It’s a rush of adrenaline and truly an enjoyable experience.

Our 4×4 ride


As previously planned, we went to Vigan after our Laoag tour. Our tour guide dropped us off in Batac to wait for a bus bound for Vigan (tip: Batac is closer to Vigan so no need to go back to Laoag). The bus dropped us right in Plaza Burgos, near Vigan Cathedral. We then took a rickshaw to reach our hotel, Cordillera Inn. This hotel is for the budget conscious. I think this hotel offers one of the cheapest rooms in Vigan. I must warn you though that the hotel looks old and might creep you out.

Our room

Our bathroom

After having a bit of rest, we headed out to to stroll and eat dinner. We had our “Italian” dinner at Cafe Leona. Nothing super fancy with the pasta and pizza. We then headed for Cafe Uno to have our dessert. Again, nothing special. The cheesecake is too creamy. 🙂

Heritage Village

Cafe Leona’s Pepperoni Pizza

Cafe Leona’s Carbonara

Cafe Leona’s Seafood Pomodoro

Cafe Uno’s Caramel Cheesecake

We then headed back to Cordillera Inn to cap off a very long day. That’s it for our 3rd day in Ilocos. Thanks for reading!


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