Getting Around Province of Ilocos Norte

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  • Thumbs up to Allan!

    by MarilouR Written Apr 3, 2014

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    Thanks to Allan Villaluz for being accommodating, informative and fun tour guide and especially a very careful driver! My family and I truly enjoyed our Ilocos Tour! Thank you again for our unforgettable short vacay! P.S. He's a good photographer as well. :)

    You may contact him thru his nos. 09086223122 or 09165646590.

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    van for city tour, vigan and pagudpud

    by fsales Written Dec 4, 2013

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    after several search on the internet, we hired the van of kuya ronie in laoag city and before we proceed to vigan, he told us to try the sand boarding and 4x4 rides adventure in paoay sandunes. we are 8 so 2 4x4 jeeps are rented to go to the sandunes and as we travel on sandy soil, its like a riding on a roller coaster and its the best funniest and craziest adventures especially the sand boarding. Kuya ronie is not only our driver but he is our photographer as well as tour guide also. So i recommend kuya ronie.because he is very gentle and helpful with our needs during our trip. he is very careful in driving his van and very cool aircon as well as equipped with wifi. when my my phone battery went down, he told me not to worry because the van is also equipped with inverter 220 volts so i was very happy to take pictures and videos even uploading to my fb using his inverter to power my laptop.
    These are the following itineraries that he offered to us:
    City tour @ PHP 2,500
    Malacanan Palace of the north
    Sandboarding ( Lapaz or Paoay sandunes )
    Paoay church
    Marcos museum
    Bell sinking tower
    ilocos museum

    Vigan tour @ PHP 3,500
    Luna shrine
    Vigan heritage plaza
    Baluarte ni Chavit
    Pagburnayan ( pot making )
    Syquia mansion
    Crisologo museum
    Bantay tower

    Pagudpud tour @ PHP 3,500
    Salt making
    Dragon fruit plantation
    Cape bojeador
    Kapurpurawan
    Bangui windmill
    Kabigan falls
    Patapat viaduct
    Blue lagoon

    if ever you need his service, you may contact him at +639208071331 / +639159857302
    or you can visit his website at www.van4ilocos.page2site.com

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  • Take a bus to Ilocos & get a Van to tour Ilocandia

    by timothy-patrick Written May 16, 2012

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    We went to Ilocos just recently and had the problem of reaching a van tour package quota of at least 10 pax (from Manila). We decided to take the bus as we were undermanned, only 6 pax. Prior to the trip, I chanced upon a van rental in Ilocos, Lee Lozano who was very accommodating and even agreed and committed to pick us up even without the guarantee of a deposit.
    He was on time and very hospitable. the perfect tour guide. You can negotiate his initial price.
    The trip was so worth it. we had fun. I think this is a good option for those wanting to tour Ilocos. The long road trip could be very tiring in a van with not very comfortable seat, on the bus you have the luxury of reclining seats and you have your dedicated space and headrest. Then upon arrival, get a van rental to tour you around.

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    Free Ride From Laoag International Airport

    by cyndymc Updated Jan 9, 2012

    Believe it or not! The Ilocos Norte Provincial Government is extending a free shuttle service for travellers arriving at the Laoag International Airport (LIA). The free ride from LIA to downtown Laoag is a recent initiative of the former First Daughter and now Gov. Ma. Imelda R. Marcos in an effort to draw more local and foreign tourists to visit the province of Ilocos Norte. She took notice of the discomfort/inconvenience of arriving overseas Filipino Workers (OFW's), local tourists and foreign visitors taking the jeepney or hired vehicles to Laoag City.

    The free shuttle service from LIA to Laoag City proper started last December 2011, but is now on a regular basis from Monday to Friday, starting at 10:45 AM (earliest airline arrival) up to 9 PM (latest flight arrival).

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    Chartered Air-conditioned Van

    by cyndymc Updated Nov 5, 2011

    We traveled with some photo buddies so for convenience, we hired an air-conditioned van. We got an MB100 Toyota Van that accommodated all (11) of us, with our bags and photography gear. The driver picked us up from the Maria De leon terminal in Laoag City and drove us to Pagudpud. For a 3-day period, he also drove us around, from Pagudpud to Burgos, Bangui and Vigan.

    Van rental per 1 day was P 2,000 excluding gas. He was from Pagudpud so we didn't take care of his accommodation. His meals and accommodation for our 3-day Ilocos trip were supposed to be shouldered by him, but we took it upon ourselves to let him join us for meals. Tip is optional. We had a nice-mannered and helpful driver, so hubby and I gave him P100 and I think some of our companions also gave him tips.

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    Maria De Leon De Luxe Bus

    by cyndymc Written Nov 5, 2011

    If you aren't with a tour group, you can take the public bus going to Ilocos Norte. In our recent trip (June 2011), we took the Maria De Leon air-conditioned bus with reclining seats and a comfort room. Advance reservation for a ticket is required so when you go to the terminal, you are assured of a seat. The bus left the terminal with full capacity so there was no more stopping along the way to get more passengers. The bus stopped briefly for refueling only twice so we had a hassle-free and fast trip. Our bus left Manila at 11:00pm and arrived at Laoag City before 7:00am.

    My only complaint is that it was too cold in the bus! Be sure you bring a jacket and bonnet to keep you warm.

    The bus terminal is at Gelinos Street corner Dapitan St. in Sampaloc, Manila. It is very near University of Sto. Tomas and across the terminal is a Mang Inasal outlet.

    For latest bus rates and schedule, contact (02) 731-4907.

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    Chartered Tourist Bus

    by cyndymc Written Nov 5, 2011

    When we joined a tour group in 2008, we rode in an air-conditioned tourist bus to go to and around Ilocos Norte. It was a very convenient mode of transportation because we were assured of seats and there was no time wasted waiting for a ride. It was also a relaxed trip, unlike if we brought our own car, long driving could have been so tiresome.

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    Beware of that pink Florida Bus

    by loydmartinez Written Apr 17, 2010

    I love Pagudpud and been there a lot. But in summer 2009, Florida Bus gave me the worst headache I've ever had in my visit to Ilocos.

    I was with four girl friends when we visited Laoag. That day, we planned on going to Burgos for the Cape Bojeador, the windmills of Bangui, and of course the beaches of Pagudpud using local transport available. We were so exhausted when we reached Pagudpud. But before enjoying the beach we checked out Florida bus for its schedule. All we wanted was a comfortable trip back to Laoag. We hope to get a seat but they are not accepting reservation. the dispatcher said we have to be there early to get a sure seat.

    The bus' last trip was at 6pm bound for Manila. By 5pm we were already at the Pagudpud town plaza in the so-called Florida bus "terminal". We then approached the dispatcher that we will buy tickets for Laoag. To our dismay he said the bus is full and that we will have to stand. But we don't see that much people lining up to buy tickets. We said we don't mind standing if it is really full, besides there's no other buses, even non-aircon, available during that time.

    The time has come for the bus to depart and we were thankful there were still a few vacant seats. We were chance passengers so we were the last to enter the bus. What we thought to be a comfortable ride became my nightmare as when a passenger bound for San Fernando, La Union was picked up along the highway. The bus conductor approached me and ordered me (he never asked) to stand up and give way to the new passenger.

    What the f*@k was he saying???!!! I paid for this seat anyway!

    He explained that it's their policy to provide seats for passengers with farther destinations. Passengers to Laoag only are not the bus' priority.

    What???!!!

    Until another passenger was picked up, then another - until the five of us were all standing.

    Though we were furious of what they have done to us, we managed to stay on the bus because there was no other way. The driver nor the conductor were mindlessly ignoring our grambling. That two and a half bus ride was a nightmare. Should we have known that ridiculous policy exists, we could have taken other alternative.

    I don't know if they were still doing the same stupid thing. But consider this as a warning.

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    Laoag to Vigan by bus

    by iclee Written Mar 11, 2010

    Took the Laoag to Vigan (Feb2010) PARTAS bus thru their Laoag Partas bus terminal. No problem. We were there as early as 8am and boarded our aircon 1st class bus approx 10minutes later.

    There are 2nd and 3rd class buses that ply the same route.

    Paid PHP123(U$1=PHP46) per person, per way.

    I dont think this bus trip can be booked via internet since I have not seen any actual website for PARTAS. It is possible that travel agencies can do the same for international travelers. I strongly suggest that you just show up in the terminal since they have comfortable waiting area and bus employees are willing to help book your ticket at no extra cost.

    Another tip:
    Upon landing in Laoag airport, just tell jeepney driver or tricycle driver that you want to go to PARTAS bus terminal beside the public market. Every driver knows where this is.

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  • TRAVELLING WITHOUR CAR IN PAGUDPUD

    by nyxzane Written Feb 24, 2009

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    Travelling by land going to Pagudpud or Ilocos Norte for that matter will take us 10 hours or more, so we never thought of doing so. We took the 5:45 pm PAL Express from NAIA Terminal 2 in Manila to Laoag Airport which only took us 50 minutes. The plane tickets for 2 for round trip was only P 1,985 including the tax and everything. Then at around 6:05 we arrived safe at Laoag Airport. We took a jeep which cost us P65 each going to GMW bus terminal going to Pagudpud, we arrived at around 7:30 in the terminal but teh bus left an hour and a half after. The whole trip from Laoag to Pagudpud took us nearly 2 hours since there were lots of checkpoints. Upon our arrival at 11 pm, we were welcomed by our dearest tour guide, Kuya Eddie (09085370343). He never left us since the very first minute we met. He dropped us to his sister's place (Ate Dolor-09218525973), which very near the Saud beach. On our whole stay in Pagudpud, we never had a problem with our transportation. He took us to the agreed tourist spots but he added 4 more. Wherever we want to go, whenever we need him he'll be there,anytime and anywhere, no buts. So instead of just giving him the original P1,300 rate, we instead gave him P1,500 and e\deck of cards plus of course all the meals. But all those payments were just like a pea compared to the service he rendered us. You'll never regret choosing him as your guide, he'll make your stay wonderful indeed, and he'll make you feel at home. :) 'Till next time Kuya Eddie!

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    the Pink fLOrida..

    by missmarianne Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    this pink bus has so many guRLy features. besides the fact it's pink, it has a portable toilet for gURLy need. It also supports our gURly yet toughy stands.ss.ss..ss oh yeah.. we almost stood up for the rest of the trip but of course.. lol! dyu know the chance/emergency passenger seat by the door of a bus? we, jonx and I, shared that tiny seat for 9 hours..huhuhu.. the Ilocos trip wasn't planned well but we're so so so so .. into it that whatever it takes we'll still go..aun..we went to their terminal at 9:15 PM with no reservation to hold on to in case we ran out of seats. hayy.. We.. este I.. negotiated and insisted that they MUSt take us in or..nothin'... lol! well they did. Despite that tiny space that burnt our ass compared to other buses, I think, it's a still a little bit comfortable anyway, sitting by the door is far grandiosa than on the floor.. doncha think? the fare were P550.00 straight to Pagudpud and P535.00 to Vigan only. We opted savor Pagudpud first coz from Vigan it'll take 2-3hrs going there.. since Pagudpud is a dream g googoooo go na rin.. truly, the driver and other staff were kind and very accomodating. they care so much on our welFARE...? lol!

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    Vigan & Pagudpud-detailed transportation expenses

    by nhikhita_07 Updated Jan 17, 2007

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    Php585 -bus: Manila to Vigan - MARIA DE LEON departure @11pm 30NOV2006-thu
    Php30 -per tricycle at vigan bus stop going to heritage village arrival @7am 01DEC2006-fri
    Php75 -per kalesa for 30 mins (we went to the Bell Tower)
    Php30 -per tricycle in vigan - heritage village to vigan bus stop
    Php100 -mini bus: Vigan to Laoag departure @1pm
    Php80 -mini bus: Laoag to Pagudpud (direct to Polaris Resort,normal fare is 70)
    Php800 -per tricycle:DAY TOUR 10am to 5pm (Windmill.Kabigan falls,Patapat Viaduct, Blue Lagoon, Bantay Abot Cave) 02DEC2006-sat
    Php10 -entrance fee per head @ KABIGAN FALLS
    Php20 -entrance fee per head @ BLUE LAGOON or MAIRA-IRA
    Php40 -per tricycle: from Polaris Resort to bus stop 03DEC2006-sun
    Php70 -mini bus: Pagudpud to Laoag @9am
    Php845 -bus: Laoag to Cubao - PARTAS (DELUXE) @1pm
    arrvial in cubao @11pm

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    Manila to Laoag to Pagudpud

    by misericordia Updated Sep 4, 2006

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    Pagudpud (As of September 2004)

    From Manila to Pagudpud

    1. Board a bus to Laoag. There are a lot of bus companies that will take you to Laoag. The trip will take roughly 10 hours so I'd recommend you leave at night. You can try Autobus Transit (located in Dimasalang corner Laong Laan -along EspaƱa, Sampaloc, Manila). Their fare is much cheaper than other bus companies.
    Manila to Laoag - Fee Php 450.00 (Aircon).

    2. When you arrive at Laoag, hop on a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the Pagudpud bus station.
    Tricycle fee - Php 6.00

    3. Board the mini-bus to Pagudpud. The trip will take around 2 hours (roughly 80 km).
    Laoag to Pagudpud - Php 80.00

    4. When you arrive at the Pagudpud town proper, get on a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Saud. There will be a frew resorts to choose from when you get there.
    Pagudpud to Saud (via tricycle) - Php 15.00

    5. Walk a little and you'll reach the beach and swim like there's no tomorrow! =P

    Pagudpud to Manila

    1. The road where the resorts are located is rough. If you're lucky enough, you might just stumble upon a tricycle driver who's having a break and drinking cola in front of a store. Otherwise, you'd have to walk a kilometer or so to reach the cemented, main road where the tricycles pass.

    2. Once you reach the main road (provided that you weren't able to see a tricycle along the way), hail for a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to the Pagudpud town proper. The buses to Laoag line up in front of the town hall so you won't miss it.

    3. When you reach Laoag, you can walk or you can hop on a tricycle again and ask the driver to take you to the Autobus Station (or whichever bus company you'd prefer). Please make sure you know the bus schedule so you won't be left behind.

    Note: The fares are still the same on your way back. Autobus has fewer stops (to pee, eat, whatever) so it's faster. Other bus companies have stations on each province so they have more stops for buying food, going to the bathroom, etc.

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    Maria de Leon buses going to Ilocos

    by xynna Written Apr 12, 2005

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    You can reach Ilocos Norte via plane or bus. But if you're on a limited budget, you can take a bus and, you need to have a comfoartable seat, for you will travel of approx, 10 - 12 hours. The bus fare ranges from 400 pesos to 500 pesos going to Laoag the city capital of Ilocos Norte. You need to have jacket while on bus, the aircon bus is too cold especially if you'll be travelling by night or dawn.

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    some tips...

    by mlt_t Written Aug 2, 2003

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    The shoreline is rugged and rocky, with patches of whitish-gray sand. The outstanding feature is the Patapat Viaduct and elevated concrete roadway, which winds around the rocky headlands and looks strong enough to withstand the mightiest typhoon. The Panghan Resort would be a good spot for a quiet, rock fishing holiday.

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