Commuting Around Ilocos Norte: Laoag (Day 1)

We reached Laoag around 5:30AM and decided to ride the trike to Jollibee-Bacarra (which is open 24 hours) to freshen up before going about our itinerary for the day.

We soon found out that trikes are the equivalent of cabs and FX in Ilocos. For convenience and to cover as much ground as possible, take the trike especially if you’re a group so you can just split the fare among yourselves.

From Jollibee, the following are merely walking distance from each other. But before proceeding, you can check the map from your smartphones or simply approach a crew and ask for directions; they are pretty helpful and friendly.

So as not to clutter this post, please check the thumbnails at the  bottom of this page and click to enlarge the photos. I also included some tips on the caption. 😉

City Tour

  • Ilocos Norte Capitol
  • Museo Ilocos Norte
  • Tobacco Monopoly Monument
  • Laoag City Capitol and Post Office
  • Laoag City Church (otherwise known as St. William’s Cathedral)
  • Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag

But for the tourist spots outside Laoag, you need to ride the jeep going to Paoay at the Shell station, which is a block away from the Ilocos Norte Capitol. Alternately, trike drivers around St. William’s Cathedral offer a roundtrip tour for Php600 (max. 3 passengers). This is practical considering this is very far from the city. Note that this does not include Fort Ilocandia and in my opinion, you can skip this. But then, that’s just me.

So  if you plan to visit Fort Ilocandia, make sure you let the trike driver wait for you to save time on waiting for the ride back to Laoag. Jeeps and trikes traverse this area but not as frequent since this is far from the main road.

Tour Outside Laoag

  • Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
  • Paoay Lake
  • Paoay Church (St. Augustine Church)
  • Malacanang of the North
  • Fort Ilocandia

A little side note. As I was taking photos in Paoay Church, a foreigner-looking guy approached me and chatted for a bit. His name is Francisco and he’s pure Pinoy but grew up in the US. He’s currently exploring the north and he’s done with Pagudpud, Sagada, Baguio, La Union, etc. He actually gave us tips on where to stay in Saud and gave us some contact numbers as well. Oh, did I say he’s a looker? 😉

Anyway, if you are going to follow the itinerary I posted earlier, you can ask the driver to drop you off at a bus terminal bound for Pagudpud after the tour. We were dropped off at a terminal behind the Laoag City Capitol at around 4PM.


Trike fare from terminal to Jollibee-Bacarra (Php60/3)


Entrance fee: Museo Ilocos Norte


Jeep fare from Laoag to Paoay


Trike tour (Php550/3)


Entrance fee: Malacanang of the North      


Entrance fee: Marcos Museum & Mausoleum





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7 responses to “Commuting Around Ilocos Norte: Laoag (Day 1)


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  4. Michelle Lyn

    I Found your blog really helpful for my solo backacking soon:) i really admire these details and you as their main source:)))) God bless to your future trips:)

  5. pinky

    Where area in Laoag do sand dunes belong?

    • Hi Pinky. From what I remember, the sand dunes is in Paoay. Actually in Laoag, there’s not much to see apart from Paoay Church and the sand dunes (or maybe we just didn’t explore the place that much). Even the Marcos Museum is something you can skip altogether.

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