Backpack to Ilocos Region (Laoag-Vigan-Pagudpud)

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5th Feb 2013

You won't miss a Pinoy "Sabit Jeep" XP!

Photo of You won't miss a Pinoy "Sabit Jeep" XP! by Aian Mejillano

Tricycle ride- cheapest option!

Photo of Tricycle ride- cheapest option! by Aian Mejillano

We definitely tried.

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Nomnom at night- empanada de Ilocano

Photo of Nomnom at night- empanada de Ilocano by Aian Mejillano

eat. PRAY. love

Photo of eat. PRAY. love by Aian Mejillano

History at its best.

Photo of History at its best. by Aian Mejillano

Cafe Leona- must eat here!

Photo of Cafe Leona- must eat here! by Aian Mejillano

Paoay Church

Photo of Paoay Church by Aian Mejillano

Ziplineeeeeee!

Photo of Ziplineeeeeee! by Aian Mejillano

Calle Crisologo- UNESCO Heritage Center

Photo of Calle Crisologo- UNESCO Heritage Center by Aian Mejillano

Bantay-Abot Caving

Photo of Bantay-Abot Caving by Aian Mejillano

Inside Cafe Leona

Photo of Inside Cafe Leona by Aian Mejillano

Baluarte Zoo, we're heavy, sorry dear.

Photo of Baluarte Zoo, we're heavy, sorry dear. by Aian Mejillano

Safety first!

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Empanadaaaa pa more

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VSH

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Historical houses, keep preserving them.

Photo of Historical houses, keep preserving them. by Aian Mejillano

Low low low low budget plane ride

Photo of Low low low low budget plane ride by Aian Mejillano

4x4 extreme ride- no safety gears just shout! Waaa

Photo of 4x4 extreme ride- no safety gears just shout! Waaa by Aian Mejillano

Snap a shot

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City Tour

Photo of City Tour by Aian Mejillano

Bye bye

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Uhhh.. God's wonders!

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Kabigan Falls <3

Photo of Kabigan Falls <3 by Aian Mejillano

Ilocano Foodie <3

Photo of Ilocano Foodie <3 by Aian Mejillano

Kalesa ride in the city

Photo of Kalesa ride in the city by Aian Mejillano

FINE!

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Vigan City's

Photo of Vigan City's by Aian Mejillano

WTH am not actually reading

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Smile Birdie!

Photo of Smile Birdie! by Aian Mejillano

Seafood!

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The view!

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Hike till your legs fight.

Photo of Hike till your legs fight. by Aian Mejillano

Nomnom

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Marcos Museum

Photo of Marcos Museum by Aian Mejillano

Sand surfing

Photo of Sand surfing by Aian Mejillano

Nomnom with Manong

Photo of Nomnom with Manong by Aian Mejillano

Yalla akyat!

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Pitchure!

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Souvenirs and more

Photo of Souvenirs and more by Aian Mejillano

Mausoleum

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Tugs tugs

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Best transpo option?

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Over-all this trip cost me: PHP 6,600 (USD 150.00)

Plane ticket is PHP 3,600 (including interest/bank charges) and the other PHP 3,000 on our accommodation+tours+food+tips etc.

We are a group of 6 persons. 

What only made domestic tours expensive in the Philippines are the prices of airplane tickets... Yea. We have to accept the fact that Philippines is an archipelago. We are consists of 7,107 islands and getting to other provinces is costly.

It's a 5D and 4N stay in Ilocos Region, it was really a long vacation because we expected we'll be traveling by land using a sleeper bus from MNL-VGN-LAO, but everything changed as my friends booked our airfare to LAO. Not bad, coz we got there earlier and been to many places.

What made this trip special is being "AN UNEXPECTED TRIP OF THE YEAR," few months to go I'll be on the stage for COLLEGE GRADUATION Rites, but my high school friends invited me in a snap. I got no budget at all since I used my money during my on-the-job trainings in Manila. (I live in another province of Ph) Good thing, piggy bank is there to save me and let me go.. I won't let this chaaance to be missed!

Since am a backpacker, and my friends know that. I did research, save contact numbers of excursion suppliers, bring a backpack!

Beforehand, I already know the places we will sleep, eat and see.

Let me share you a NOTE I made on Facebook with the rates of everything we saw, did and been:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/aian-mejillano/my-ilocos-laoag-vigan-pagudpud-tour-itinerary/503045516414555

Photo of Sariaya, Calabarzon, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Arrive Laoag at 7 in the morning. Find a transfer to hotel inn. Have longganisa at breakfast. Sightsee along municipal buildings, parks. Do some short grocery for your backpack trip on the next day. Rest. Walk along the busy streets of Laoag at night, see colorful lights and delicious EMPANADA in the streets..
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of City Tour Laoag by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Sand Dunes, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Church, Marcos Avenue, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Paoay Church, Marcos Avenue, Paoay, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Marcos Museum, Batac, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Baluarte Zoo Foundation, Incorporated, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Baluarte Zoo Foundation, Incorporated, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Baluarte Zoo Foundation, Incorporated, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Vigan City- as part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites!
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Calle Crisologo, Vigan City, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Bantay Abot Cave, Patapat Viaduct, Kabigan Falls
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Pagudpud, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Photo of Bangui Windmills, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Region, Philippines by Aian Mejillano
Back to Laoag for the flight to Manila