Manila to Ilocos
The nearest airport is only in Laoag. You can either take a bus to and forth going to Vigan or rent a van to tour both Vigan and Pagudpud.
via TPLEx = 7 hours to 8 hours ( to Vigan)
Toll Fee: > PHP 600
Vigan is small so I recommend staying here for a day only. Any hotels will do because you can get to the tourist spots either on foot or by tricycle.
Tricycle fare: PHP 10.00 / person ( daytime)
PHP 20.00 / person ( night)
We stayed at Green R Hotel for a night. We opted for the PHP 750 for 2 pax.
- Accommodation is cheap and good enough for an overnight stay, especially for travelers or backpackers.
- The location is in front the public market and near the bus terminal. It is also 10 to 15 minutes on foot to Crisologo Street.
- Ample transportation outside the hotel.
- Room has basic amenities like A/C, closet, hangers, TV, and desk
- Room is quiet though the hotel was located near the busy road of the public market
- Extra comforter fresh from the laundry are free
- The pictures of their website were enhanced that when you see the exterior and interior of the hotel in person, you will feel disappointed.
- No elevators
- Wifi only available in the lobby
- The green / red sheets will make you doubt if it’s clean
- All bathrooms in this hotel do not have H/C shower and the tiles will make you want to use your slippers at all times.
- Our room had no toiletries nor toilet seat cover.
- Window blinds and A/C were dirty.
- Very small parking area located outside of the hotel ( only 3 cars will fit)
Other list of accommodations in Vigan click
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Location: Mena Crisologo Street
The street is crowded in the evening. Most restaurants are open along this street and so as shops that sell souvenirs and antique jewelry.
The best time to visit the street is early in the morning around 5 or 6 am. The crowd will start arriving around 8 am.
Location: Florentino St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Built to remember the martyrdom of Father Jose P Burgos. At present, this place is famously known as “empanadahan”. Nothing more to see, just a small park near the church.
St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral
Location: Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (near Plaza Burgos)
Built by the Roman Catholic Cathedral on 1574. This Church is in the center of Vigan.
St. Augustine Parish Church ( Bantay Church Bell Tower)
Location: Along Manor Road, behind a 7/11 convenient store
Serves as a sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de La Caridad, the Queen of Ilocandia. 5 minutes ride from the Crisologo Street.
Bantay Bell Tower
Location: Next to St. Augustine Church
No entrance fee. Crowded with locals and tourist alike. Better go here as early as possible.
Fresh and cheaper Bagnet and Longganisa is being sold in this area. After passing the bridge, you will see 3 houses / stores selling it.
( prices on the picture)
Irene’s Vigan Empanada
Location: Calle Crisologo
Popular with the locals but the empanada that they sold in this branch was not that delicious as I expected.
Evelyn’s Special Empanada and Okoy
Location: Beside Burgos Plaza
I love their Empanada and Okoy. Okoy (PHP 30.00) is a crispy snack that consists of shrimp, vegetables, papaya, bean sprouts, squash, carrots and onions mixed together in a flour and deep fried.
Location: Food stalls beside Evelyn’s Special Empanada
Sinanglao PHP 60 / bowl
Location: 28 Crisologo Street
The place was small so we need to queue for more than 30 minutes. The food was good but not great. The staffs panicked when they saw a cockroach flying around the restaurant.
Location: Grandpa’s Inn, 1 Bonifacio, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Great for coffee and sweets early in the morning. This is just one block away from Crisologo Street. Most restaurants along Crisologo Street is closed early morning.
Dirty Ice Cream
Pushcart ice cream along Crisologo Street. They are mostly everywhere near the tourist spot in Vigan.
Best restaurants in Vigan click
Unable to visit the scenic spots in Laoag due to limited time. We stopped at this city on our way to Pagudpud and back to Manila for lunch.
La Preciosa Restaurant
Location: J. P. Rizal Street, Laoag City, 2900 Ilocos Norte
Had a late lunch at this restaurant on the way to Pagudpud. The restaurant has 2 floors. The first floor was more of a cafe and the second floor was the restaurant. It also had a balcony. All their food were delicious except the carrot cake. Yes, it was huge and looked delicious but I think it was too dry, could have been better.
Saramsam Ylocano Restaurant & Bar
Location: Gen. Giron, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
This restaurant is connected to a hotel called Balay da Blas. Small yet well decorated. Had a brunch here on the way back to Manila. The ambiance of the restaurant was elegant and homey. All their food were delicious and cheap.
Ordered takeout pizza: Pinakbet Pizza (8″) PHP 200.00 Tropicale Pizza (8″) PHP 200.00
10 best Restaurants in Ilocos Norte click
Laoag Restaurants click
Pagudpud is 2 hours away from Laoag. This place is famous for two things, the windmills and the beach both for surfing and white sand.
Before choosing your accommodation, you must know that there are 2 different beaches in Pagudpud, Saud Beach, and Maira-ira Beach or also known as the Blue Lagoon.
Saud Beach is the first beach you will find on your way to Pagudpud. Famous to a lot of tourists and often crowded. Blue Lagoon is far from Saud Beach, probably 30 minutes drive.
Within the street adjacent to the white beaches are different accommodation from homestay to resorts. Choose wisely.
Tip: The local town will ask a PHP 20.00 / person entrance fee if you want to visit Maira-ira Beach. Payed before the main entrance of the street next to the highway. I am not sure about Saud Beach.
Hannah’s Beach Resort
- This resort is huge with so many cartoon character statues.
- The room we stayed at for 2 days was at Surfville, more chill, relaxed, no crowd and was separated from the main resort.
- The room was beautiful though we transferred to a different room a day after out check in because of the broken shower head and sink. Each room in the Surfville was spacious with a good soft bed, pillows, comforter, couch, TV ( room with cable is more expensive), H/C shower. ( visit their website under “Surville“ for more pictures)
- The food was expensive, staffs were great help, free toiletries, and water every day.
Tip: I would recommend Surfville because it has a great spot for catching the sunset, not crowded, has its own pool and free pick up if you feel like swimming at the Blue Lagoon area. Free use of cottages along the beach if you are a guest in Hannah’s Resort
Beach and Sand
Blue Lagoon Area
Bangui Wind Farm
Location: Bangui, Ilocos Norte
Tip: There are pushcarts in Pagudpud selling bracelet souvenirs. You will find the same bracelets being sold in a pushcart in Bangui but half the price (coral bracelets).
Activities to do in Ilocos Norte click
There are a few local eateries and resorts you can choose from on the street. Most of the food in the resort was expensive and some local restaurants served ready-made unappetizing dishes ( cold and unhygienic to look at). Some local stores sell sodas, sweets, loaves of bread and junk foods and other things you need if you want to cook or grill something by the beach.
Mekeni Dampa Style
Location: Next to a local restaurant beside the main resort of Hannah’s
This local eatery is small and well decorated but the food was way cheaper compared to resorts and fresher compared to local eateries in the area. The serving of their food was good for 2-4 people and the availability of their seafood is based on the fisherman’s catch that day.
Food range from PHP 80.00 – PHP 250.00
Kapuluan Vista Resort
Location: Beside Surville
This resort is small but it felt more relaxing compared to Hannah’s. Saw their selection of pizzas but the menu was very limited so we ordered takeout noodles that was less than PHP 150.00 but was more than enough for 4 people ( they ran out of plastic spoons and forks so we asked the staffs of Hannah’s to give us some utensils)
Casa Consuelo Resort
Location: A few meters from Kapuluan, crossing the small bridge. First Resort on the right next to the beach.
Breakfast ranges from PHP 150.00 – PHP 200.00
This resort is just like Kapuluan Vista Resort, small and relaxing. Rooms were very close to each other and quite pricey so better check Agoda or booking for a cheaper price. The staffs were nice and accommodating. Breakfast was in small serving but good.
Tip: Have breakfast by the beach near their pool area
Hannah’s Beach Resort
The food in this resort were very expensive so we did not try one, rather ordered fruit smoothies and halo-halo ( PHP 140.00) to quench of thirst while enjoying the beach.
Ilocos to Manila
Commute back home click