A street journey to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur: Wealthy in Tradition, Traditions and Way of life.
Our journey started at Quezon City, one of many cities that make up the Metro Manila.
We determined to journey on our personal with our personal car and to make use of details about the locations we have been planning to go to by way of the online. We even used Google maps on methods to attain our vacation spot and it was really correct.
It’s not that onerous attending to these provinces since we traveled on foremost highways, apart from some harmful curves on the mountain street.
Subsequent Cease: The Metropolis of Vigan
Vigan is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur, a World Heritage Website because it is likely one of the few Hispanic cities left within the Philippines. There are accommodations and different lodging in and across the space; up to date and conventional eating places. After all, go for the standard!
So our plan was to search for an excellent lodging since we have been planning to remain the night time in Vigan. The journey time took 8 hours together with stops to have a relaxation and to eat our packed lunch. We left Quezon Metropolis at round 6:00 am and arrived to Vigan at round 2:00 pm.
We searched in superior for good locations to remain the night time in Vigan and determined to remain in Villa Angela, because it had constructive critiques and cheap charges. Sadly it has only a few rooms and there have been no vacant rooms after we bought there. Don’t fear you can also make reservations! We simply neglected. 🙁
So we determined to search for different accommodations and located Casa Rica Hotel, a boutique lodge not removed from Villa Angela. A extremely good place! You may really feel the conventional life fashion! Surprisingly we have been the one visitors to verify within the lodge, no worries! Was really enjoyable as a result of we felt prefer it was our relaxation home! 🙂 They have been very accommodating, informative and included breakfast. Good service and positioned lower than 5 minutes drive from the Heritage Village.
It’s not exhausting to seek out the vacationer spots in Vigan. Simply across the Heritage Village (which is the primary attraction) are plazas, previous cathedrals, church buildings, and museums (donation payment: any quantity, others costing solely from 20 to 50 pesos).
You may stroll or experience the kalesa, it would take you to 7 to eight completely different locations, however you may request to not go to a few of them when you have visited already. After all it would take you multiple hour to make the entire tour since throughout that point you’ll take photos inside museums, climb up a bell tower and different stuff. So be prepared! 🙂
We ate at Cafe Leona for dinner, there’s all kinds of native to fashionable dishes. Once more, LOCAL! 🙂 Within the menu are their should strive native dishes. We ordered llocos longganisa, Pinakbet Pizza, Chopseuy, and Plain Rice. Good good good! Good service too! Then again to our lodge for an excellent night time sleep. 🙂
Then we took off to Laoag, Ilocos Norte at round 11:00 am
Vigan to Laoag will take 1 hour and half-hour.
Laoag, Ilocos Norte
We arrived to Laoag at round 12:30 pm and headed to the Marcos Museum and Mausoleum (Open each day, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm) We waited for 30 minutes for the registration. It’s a spot to study rather a lot about Ferdinand E. Marcos, president of the Philippines for 20 lengthy years, his energy, success, riches and…extra riches…..and extra riches….and increasingly and extra…. riches. His embalmed physique within the mausoleum regarded like a wax duplicate to us.
From there we headed to Malacañang of the North and Paoay Lake which took us half-hour to reach (Tuesday – Sunday 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm). Additionally known as the Malacanang ti Amianan, was the place the place the previous President Marcos resided along with his entire household, had a golf course and the Paoay Lake behind the home the place they performed water sports activities.
Wow! Way of life of wealthy and well-known!
Since we have been out of time, we determined to not go to La Paz Sand Dunes however we actually suggest going test it out! We couldn’t make it to our deliberate lunch out since we have been going to the Bangui Windmills and to the seashores in Pagudpud, the place we didn’t know the place we’d keep the night time. The unique plan was to eat lunch at Saramsam YlocanoRestaurant or La Preciosa Restaurant. Strive them out! They’re positioned within the metropolis and are close to one another. Very Handy!
We headed off to Pagudpud, which took us one other hour and half-hour.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Earlier than reaching Pagudpud, we went to the Bangui Windmills. You may go down these sharp curves of the mountain roads for a more in-depth look. They’re really gigantic windmills that generate electrical energy. It’s not exhausting on the lookout for a Seaside Resort or any lodging in Pagudpud, there are many decisions from accommodations to lodges.
We determined to remain in Terra Rika Beach Hotel, which is an “okay” lodge. I recommend you check out Hannah’s Beach Resort, which has lot of actions. You’ll have to drive one other 20 kilometers, which is why we determined to not go to since we have been drained. 🙂
ENJOY THE BEACH! Good meals in every single place! Very good folks!