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
- Church of Laoag
- Ilocos Norte Capitol
- Malacañang of the North
- Paoay Church
- Marcos Mausoleum
- 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.
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.
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. 🙂
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!