Ilocos is a popular region to explore because city dwellers from Manila and other provinces in Luzon can easily get to it by driving on their own or taking public transport. Accessibility isn’t its only draw; it has historical and cultural attractions, delectable dishes famous all over the country, and beaches that have fine fair sand and clear blue waters.
If you’re visiting, consider Laoag your base. You’ll find plenty of things to do and places to explore from here. You can visit the UNESCO-listed Heritage Zone of Calle Crisologo in Vigan during your stay. The cobblestone streets, old shops and houses, ancestral homes, kalesas and delicious food make a trip worthwhile.
The La Paz Sand Dunes are a noteworthy destination for those hankering for adventure. Get on a dune buggy or 4×4 to drive up and down the dunes; this makes for an exciting adrenaline rush. After the ride, you can try sandboarding; it takes some practice and hilarious face plants to get the hang of. You can try this activity by either standing (like surfing) or sitting down.
Laoag also has historical attractions such as the Sinking Bell Tower. It dates all the way back to the 1600s and is literally sinking! Another relic of the past worth adding to your trip is the Santa Monica Parish Church; this has a history that spans centuries, dating to the 1770s. If you can’t get enough of old churches, the UNESCO-listed Paoay Church is another destination to visit.
Ilocos is popular not only because of its historical landmarks but also for its beautiful beaches. One of the most famous and visited is Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud. This stretch of fair sand earned its moniker because of how blue its waters are in the summer.
Consider Laoag as your base for exploring Ilocos; the city offers plenty of accommodations across the budget spectrum. Here are the top-rated hotels in Laoag as rated by Agoda users as of June 2018, in no particular order.
Note: Rates MAY not yet include taxes and other fees. Ranking and rates may change over time, so always double check before booking.
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Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel
Barangay 37 Calayab, Calayab, Laoag
Balay da Blas Hotel
10 Giron Street, Barangay 7-B, City Proper, Laoag
General Segundo Avenue, Barangay 55-B Salet, City Proper, Laoag
Rizal Street corner Guererro Street Laoag City, City Proper, Laoag
Plaza Del Norte Hotel and Convention Center
Barangay 41 Balacad, Calayab, Laoag
Barangay 55 Barit – A, General Segundo Avenue, City Proper, Laoag
Ukl Ever Resort Hotel
Airport Road, Barangay 46 Nalbo, City Proper, Laoag
Ilocos Rosewell Hotel and Restaurant
National Highway, Barangay 1, San Nicholas, City Proper, Laoag
Farm Side Hotel
49-B Raraburan, Laoag
AA Travellers Pad Hotel
Mc Kinley Street, City Proper, Laoag
Photos above were provided by the resorts via Agoda.