Hi Folks! This is a very late post. My friends and I had finally had the chance to go to Ilocos Province last May to experience Ilocandia. It has been a long overdue trip that I had been planning a few years. Finally, I was able to go and meet my friend who lives in Vigan after 6 long years. I must say I had a great time.
We left for Ilocos on May 2 between 7-8PM. We chose to go there via land because the trip was supposed to be a budget travel. So, we boarded the Farinas bus going to Laoag. Our first stop was Vigan because we would like to experience the Binatbatan Festival even just for a day.
We arrived at about 3:30 AM in Bantay where we were met by my long time friend, Jeriz. She was kind enough to offer her house for us to stay while we were in Vigan. Thanks to TPLEX, the supposedly 8-9 hours long trip was cut to 6 hours or more. We slept for a few hours and headed for the most awaited tour of the city.
Here are some of my photos during the trip:
We toured the city riding a calesa. It was a very relaxing experience listening to the horseshoe sound as we pass by the old hispanic structures.
And the food, too.
Finally, we didn’t miss the chance to see the dancing fountain in Plaza Salcedo and Calle Crisologo at night. The street was packed during that time because the Ms. Earth contestants were also there during that time.
We woke up early to go to Pagudpud next morning. It was a grueling 2 and a half hours ride going to Laoag and another 2 hours to Pagudpud. We took the first bus that we saw to Laoag and boy! it was a huge mistake. The first bus that we chanced upon was an ordinary bus and we didn’t know that it would pick up every person it passes by. Thus, the long trip so when we finally arrived, we just took our lunch and headed for the tour.
Our first stop was Kabigan falls. We had to trek for 30 minutes to get to the site.
That capped our second day in Ilocos and spent another 1 and a half hours of travel going back to our accommodation in Saud beach.
Half of the Laoag tour felt that it dragged the day. Maybe I was just not into visiting museums. So,we all agreed to just skip the museums and asked our guide to just go on with the tour minus the museums.