From Pagudpud down to Laoag then Vigan as our last stop.

Since our first stop is Pagudpud, we took the bus from Partas Terminal Sampaloc Manila. I believe this is the only bus terminal that offers trip straight to Pagudpud (not really sure though) .  It’s a 14 hours drive from Manila.Paid 4 tickets from Manila, picked up my friends at Dau. Bus fare is Php730 per person. 

Tip: it’s always a good idea to take your trip at night. No traffic, you just have to sleep at the bus and woke up in your destination 

Pagudpud at Day 01 


  • Guide/Trike > Php1,200 / 4 pax = Php300 per person 
  • Accomodation > Php1,000 per room good for 2 pax (we stayed at John Ronalds Inn) 
  • Whole day food budget: Php300 per person (Carenderia food, no resto in Pagudpud) 

Places to visit : 

1. Patapat Viaduct Bridge ~ 

No Entrance fee.

It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. The bridge is 1.3km long and connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to Cagayan Valley. So in case, pwede ka na dumerecho ng Cagayan Valley Bes 🙂 

2. Bantay Abot Cave 

No entrance fee.

All selfies below were taken at the Bantay Abot Cave. Too much selfies, sorry. 🙂 

Bantay Abot Cave means “a mountain with a hole”.

3. Bangui Windmills

No entrance fee. 

Finally, got to see these giants. And giant waves too. A bit scary though. 

Gloomy weather when we visited Bangui Windmill. No good lighting for our photos but in exchange we’ve got this beautiful rainbow. Thank you Lord!
Scary waves. Para kang lalamunin ng alon.

The man behind my travel photos. My personal photographer, travel buddy = my partner in everything. Heart heart

4. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation 

Sad to say, due to lack of time we did not make it to the rock formation. I-empanada mo na lang yan bes! 

Yummy empanada at Php50.00 each
Ctto for this photo.

5. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse 

No entrance fee. 

Last spot at Pagudpud before heading back to Hotel. 

Photo taken using my Huawei P9, night shot.

5. Blue Lagoon Beach 

Based from my research, there is 20php entrance fee and 300php cottage fee. but surprisingly, we did not pay any such amount. The whole swimming time was for free. Weeew! 

Fren, nilamon ka na ng alon. Lol

Day 02 at Laoag and Vigan 


  • Bus fare from Pagudpud to Laoag > Php100 per person 
  • Bus fare from Laoag to Vigan > Php80 per person 
  • Laoag Guide/Trike > Php700 / 4 pax = Php175 per person
  • Sand Dunes 4×4 > Php2,500 / 4 pax = Php625 per person 
  • Accomodation at vigan > Php1,000 per room (we stayed at Mojica Residences Inn) 

It’s just an hour and a half drive from Pagudpud to Laoag. Left Pagudpud at 6am in the morning, arrived at Laoag at 7:30am. Had our quick breakfast then started city tour immediately as we have to finish it by lunch time since we will  go straight to Vigan after Laoag tour. 

Places to visit in Laoag: 

1. Paoay Church and Bell Tower 

Sir, pahingi po ng empanada.
Kuya Rommel, our tour/trike guide. If you’re planning to visit Laoag you may contact Him at 0935 540 0000. Sobrang nice and informative guide.

2. Sand Dunes Paoay

Super amazing 4×4 experience. The bruises are real. Kala ko magpapacute at magseselfie lang ako BUT oh my god! I will never forget this. Promise me, don’t leave Ilocos without doing this ride. Please be sure not to miss it. 


It’s a 2 hours drive from Laoag to Vigan. Left Laoag at 11am. Upon arrival, we checked-in first at Mojica Residences Inn and take our lunch at Panganan at Ihawan located around the city, you may just ride a tricycle then ask driver to bring you there (trike fare is at Php10 only), they offer delicious vigan food in a very affordable price. Back to hotel after lunch to take a rest. 

Roamed around Vigan at 5pm til 8pm. 

These enchanted fountain show is from 7:30-8pm only everyday. Please be sure not to miss it.


Day 0

  • 3pm > leave office (Pasay) to Partas Terminal Sampaloc Manila
  • 5pm > Arrival at Terminal
  • 8:30pm> Departure 
  • 10pm > Arrival at Dau (pick-up friends)

Day 01 (Pagudpud) 

  • 10:00am >Arrival at Pagudpid 
  • 11:00am  > Start tour 

Places to visit: 

  1. Cape Bojeador Light House 
  2. Kapurpurawan Rock Formation 
  3. Bangui Windmills
  4. Patapat Viaduct Bridge 
  5. Bantay Abot Cave 
  6. Blue Lagoon Beach 

Day 02 (Laoag and Vigan) 

  • 06:00am > Departure from Pagudpud 
  • 07:30am > Arrival at Laoag 
  • 08:00am > Start tour 

Places to visit in Laoag: 

  1. Marcos Mausoleum 
  2. Paoay Church 
  3. Malacanang of the North 
  4. Sinking bell tower 
  5. La Paz Sand Dunes
  • 11:00am > Departure at Laoag 
  • 1pm> Arrival at Vigan 
  • Check-in; rest 
  • 5pm> start tour 

Places to visit in Vigan: 

  1. Baluarte Zoo
  2. Vigan Museum 
  3. Calle Crisologo
  4. Camarin Jar Factory 

Day 03 ~ bye bye Ilocos. 8 hours drive from vigan to Pampanga. 

Thank you for reading my story. Comment down if you have question. please don’t stop exploring. 


Author: Seth Aquino

I'm a nature lover - wandering around, collecting moments with my camera. Always excited to share with you my travel stories and inspire you to travel the world too.

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