Laoag Travel Guide

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Laoag Things to Do

  • Sinking Bell Tower

    One of the highlight and icon of the city is the 400 year-old baroque-style bell tower right at the center said to be sinking an inch every year. Located beside the Aurora Park, along the main A. Bonifacio Street (or Boni).Built by the Augustinians in 1783 and measures 45 meters in height, purportedly the tallest bell tower in the country.

  • St. William's Cathedral

    Stone throw away from the Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag is another must-see sight in the city of Laoag, the St. William's Cathedral. The white and cream colored cathedral is dedicated to the patron saint of Laoag - San Guillermo or St. William the Hermit - and is of an earthquake baroque style in design and was constructed in 1612 by the Augustinian...

  • Visit the Provincial Capitol

    When in Laoag spare time to visit the Ilocos Norte Provincial Capitol o an evening. It's a hodge-podge of tacky and interesting. :) On one hand the capitol itself is a good solid building, there are refreshing fountains in front and a "japanese garden" (aka Museo vivo de Iloko) filled with bonsai on the left side of the capitol. On the other hand...

  • Samtoy Books

    For your reading needs and gifts visit Samtoy Bookstore at the 2nd Floor of the Tabacalera next to the Museo Iloko. They also rent books out by the hour. :)

  • Public Swimming Pool

    Anyone can use the swimming pool at the Rizal park for a minimal fee. The pool is part of the public park upgraded by Gov. Imee Marcos. It is located right across the Marcos Stadium.

  • wall climbing in laoag

    there is a wall in rizal park in laoag that climbers can use at a minimal price. the park is located accross the marcos stadium next to the MMSU Laboratory High School.

  • Ilocos Norte Museum

    It was a Sunday and unfortunately the Museum is closed, Anyway, I'd love to share with you some photos outside the Museum.

  • Hall of Justice

    Before taking our flight to Manila, I took the time to see some of the sites of Laoag City. There is so much to see in Ilocos, so have a good itinerary if you want to make most of your time here even in a single visit.Roaming around the city, I spotted this structure that has an old design. Unlike the other modern office buildings, this one is...

  • St. William's Cathedral

    Built in 1612 by the Augustinians, this cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Laoag. Has an Italian Renaissance architecture.

  • Visit Museum Ilocos Norte

    I was here on a day before Christmas, unfortunately, the museum was closed. I only got to admire the museum's old structure, which was formerly a tabacalera warehouse.

  • Laoag Sinking Bell Tower

    I have always been curious about this bell tower. Visit this site and see it for yourself, the main door is now buried halfway below ground level.

  • Museo Ilocos Norte - the Laoag Museum

    The Museo Ilocos Norte - Laoag's Museum is located along Gen Antonio Luna St. It is an old corner lot building next to a grand hotel (can't remember the name of the hotel). You can either walk there or hop on a kalesa or tricycle (about 7.5pesos ride). It is a two storey building, displaying lots of antiques and artifacts. It is also structured in...


Laoag Hotels

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  • Java Hotel

    Farinas Caltex Station, Bacarra Road,Brgy. 55-B Salet,, Laoag, 2900, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Fort Ilocandia Hotel

    This may have been my worst overall resort/hotel experience ever. The problem is the cost of this...

  • Hotel Tiffany Laoag

    I made a reservation over the phone since on the website it doesn't show that there was a single...


Laoag Restaurants

  • Filipino fastfood.

    I'm not a fan of Jollibee at all, the place for me is for kids, and the food is a so-so, but in case you're looking for a fast food - burgers, spaghetti, chicken joy - this might be an option. Located at the market area in front of Pure Gold shopping center.Unlike McDonald's near the Sinking Bell Tower which is open 24/7, Jollibee isn't and it...

  • Cheap local food court.

    Dap-ayan is a food court located along the main J.P.Rizal Street very near the provincial capitol building and Iolocos Museum. Several food stalls lined the sides of a huge court with several tables and chairs, very airy. Order the orange-colored local Empanada or taste the fish-sauced Bagnet, the city's version of roasted pork or "lechon...

  • A treat!

    Johnny Moon Cafe is a very nice place to meet up with friends. Johnny Moon Cafe is named after our hero Juan Luna (hence Johnny Moon). It is located at the side of the Museo Iloko, a conglomeration of shops and restaurants collectively known as Tabacalera. I tried the Heneral Blanco, a mixture of Johnny Moon home brewed coffee, nutmeg, basi...

  • They're Everywhere!

    Who would've thought that they have a branch in Laoag? This restaurant is located in the La Tabacalera LIfestyle Center. Food is good but they have small servings. Don't believe them when they say it's good for 2 people. Unless, of course you eat like a bird. All of the items in their menu were delicious.

  • Modern Laoag Cuisine

    Located in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center, the cafe adds a modern twist to local cuisine. Don't miss their dinner buffet which costs (if I remember correctly) around P200.00, where you can sample various Ilocano food.

  • Ilocano Food .... Must Try a Pinoy food

    La Preciosa is at the end of Rizal Street. It is a colourful two storey shoplot (of pastels green, pink, orange and cream). You can either choose to sit downstairs or upstairs. There is cosy corner for you to have a cuppa or a read some magazines if you want. They have a menu of various Ilocano food. You can ask them to recommend. Waiters are...


Laoag Nightlife

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  • Lokal na Lokal

    If you want local color, then a visit to the Dapayan is a must! It is a smoky, hot and noisy place where locals and visitors meet to listen to live music and have local delicacies like empanadas, balut, beers and pulutan.I tasted the fried empanada filled with grated papaya and whole egg dipped in spicy vinegar. Yummy!!! Anything goes. :)

  • Native Ambiance

    Eagle's Nest is the bar located next to the Java Hotel. It is made of native materials and provides a view of the grounds and greens of the adjacent hotel. A relaxing venue to wind down after a busy day exploring Laoag City and its environs. :) Service is fast. The bar is clean and well-maintained. Their prices isn't so bad either (the price of...

  • For Late Night Caffein Pangs

    Tribeca is Laoag's version of Starbuck's. Their coffee and cakes are less expensive than the latter's. The crew are very accommodating and well-mannered. Tribeca is a place where young people, yuppies and even the more mature crowd congregate to have good coffee and just relax with friends. It is a popular stop for both locals and visitors...


Laoag Transportation

  • Mang Joseph is really the man!!

    If you're planning for a trip to Ilocos (Loaog, Pagudpod, Vigan) then mang Joseph is the right person to contact.My other half and I went to Ilocos last August. As a part of our plan, I had to go through a lot of internet surfing until I came across to a this website where a very positive post about mang Joseph were posted. So I thought I'd give it...

  • Kalesa (horse carriage)

    After lounging at the park, we rode a calesa going to the market for Php 26. It was my first time riding a calesa so I was completely thrilled!


    we're a group of photographer hobbyists who had less than 3 days in ilocos. day 1 was already devoted to ilocos sur. day 2, we wanted to capture the iconic places ilocos norte offers. but we were warned that vigan to pagudpud, would be around 5 hours... we were having second thoughts mainly because we had a flight to catch on the second day.our...


Laoag Shopping

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    by Gunggoneer Written Apr 2, 2010

    What to buy: When travelling Ilocos-bound destinations, it is a must that you buy Chichacorn (in different flavors), Longganisang Iloko and Sukang Iloko - Ilocano vinegar (only if travelling by bus).

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    by myspices Updated Oct 25, 2006

    Favorite thing: Gilbert Bridge is built across Laoag river and connects Laoag to Batac (14km), Paoay (16km), Vigan (80km) and Manila (485km).

    Crossing from Paoay to Laoag via Gilbert bridge crossing over to Laoag city - Gilbert bridge approaching Laoag - view fr Gilbert Bridge
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