Saturday, October 17, 2015

Bichachos Goes Local

It's the first time the bichachos traveled au localle!

Didn't have a post for it but our first trip together was in Bangkok, 2 years ago. So far our itineraries consist of 80% shopping. But this time, we got nowhere to shop but a lot to explore!

We booked our flight on Labor Day this year and booked a tour via E-Philippines. Check out the package tour we booked here. We were in Ilocos for 4 days and 3 nights. I can say that's more than enough to explore Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud.

The packages they offer vary from the number of people in a group, for a minimum of 2 persons to maximum of 12, and whether you prefer Budget, Standard or Premium accommodations per city.
Budget package can go as low as Php 3,200 up to 8,000.
Standard package ranges between Php 5,300 to 10,000.
Premium package ranges from Php 7,500 to 13,500.

Package rates are inclusive of the van, Ilocandia tour (Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud), entrance fees for the mentioned areas, and accommodation with breakfast. Additional charge for Laoag sand dunes ATV and sandboarding.

We were so chill and relaxed during this trip. No rush in enjoying wherever we were.

Here's our itinerary:
September 24: Arrival Day; Laoag City Tour
  • 0100PM Airport pick up; Drop off bags at Java Hotel
  • 0115PM Proceed with Laoag City Tour; nearby places.
  • To Visit: Marcos Mausoleum and Museum, Empanadaan, Paoay Church,  Herencia Café, Paoay Lake, Malacanang of the North, Fort Ilocandia, La Paz Sand Dunes.
  • 0600PM Back to Java Hotel– Laoag City

September 25: Vigan City Tour
  • 0800AM Hotel pick up; Proceed with the tour
  • To visit: Bantay Church and Bell Tower, Plaza Salcedo, Cathedral of St. Paul, Archbishop Palace, Plaza Burgos, Empanadaan, Calle Crisologo, Baluarte ni Chavit Singson, Syquia Mansion, Juan Luna Shrine, Burgos Museum, Pagburnayan.
  • 0600PM Check in at Vigan Plaza Hotel – Vigan City

September 26: Pagudpud Tour
  • 0800AM Hotel pick up; Proceed with the tour
  • To visit:, To visit: Bacarra Ruins Tower and Museum, Pasuquin Salt Making, Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, Bangui Wind Mills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, Kabigan Falls, Agua Grande, Patapat Viaduct, Paraiso ni Anton, Bantay Abot.
  • 0500PM Check in at Tartaruga’s Hotel – Pagupud

September 277: Free Day; Departure Day
  • Free Time
  • 12NN Continuation of the tour; Back to Laoag City
  • To Visit: Sta. Monica Church - Sarrat, Sinking Bell Tower, St. Paul's Cathedral, Tobacco Monopoly Marker, Ilocos Museo.
  • 0500PM Early Dinner at Laoag City.
  • 0640PM Drop off at Airport for 0840PM flight out.
Exploring Ilocos got me excited to check out other areas in the Philippines! It's more fun in the Philippines, indeed.

Wait for my #MyHeartGoesShalalaLaoag, #AtTheViganningWithYou and #RumaramPagudpud posts.

PAL flight: Php 3,500
Package tour: Php 7,100
Pocket money: Php 5,000
Total budget: Php 15,600

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