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Ilocos Norte

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Deserted beach at Pagudpud
Paoay church

Ilocos Norte is a province in the Ilocos Region, north of the Philippines.


  • Laoag – The main city of the area. Famous as a gambling city, and blessed with an International airport, so it occasionally gets overrun by tourists from Korea, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. It is also served by a flight from Manila on Cebu Pacific -- flight time is about an hour.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Burgos
  • Pagudpud – Up on the north coast of the Philippines, it probably isn't the best place to go in winter, although if you're after deserted beaches, then its a great relief from the hoardes at Boracay. Its about a 90-minute bus ride from Laoag.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Laoag International Airport, Laoag City, has some scheduled flights to and from Hongkong, Guangzhou, Taiwan, and Korea. Domestic flights are also available via the national carrier Philippines Airlines.

By sea[edit]

Various sea going vessels are docked at the ports of San Fernando and Currimao and are used for interisland transport.

By land[edit]

Take a scenic bus trip from the capital Manila to Ilocos Norte, lasting about eight hours. Among the bus companies plying this route are the Philippine Rabbit, Partas , Dominion, Florida [dead link], Farinas, and Maria de Leon bus lines.

Get around[edit]

Map of Llocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is best explored on foot or riding the calesa, the traditional horse-drawn carriage that promises a unique experience in itself. Tricycles also abound for traveling short distances. Going from town to town would mean taking a bus, a mini-bus, or a jeepney.


  • The Saint Augustine Church in Paoay, one of four world heritage listed baroque churches on the Philippines.




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