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Located on the northern end of the Philippines, Laoag only became a city in 1965. Although its city status is rather young, the area has been inhabited long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the 1500s. Today the city is dotted with Spanish colonial buildings, Philippine-baroque churches, and beach resorts. Laoag International Airport is the gateway to the city and a more viable option than the 10-hour bus ride from Manila.

Laoag’s cultural sites are a great draw to the city and make for excellent stops. No site is more popular than the Sinking Bell Tower of St. William’s Cathedral. The Italian Renaissance design of the church and the sinking of the 300-year old bell tower draw many visitors. Paoay Church offers another colonial church experience and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bacarra Church and its bell tower is one more to add to the must-visit sites. There are also monuments, museums, a still-functioning lighthouse built in 1892, and other sites dedicated to remembering and celebrating the history of the city.

Outside the historical wonders of Laoag, there is a large casino at Fort Ilocandia Hotel, a property designed to showcase the best of the Ilocano Region. The La Paz Sand Dunes and La Paz Beach provide chances to enjoy the land, and Paoay Lake is situated in a national park complemented by a sports complex.

Hotels in Laoag can be found on both sides of the Padsan River. Getting around from site to site is easily done with car rentals and public transportation such as horse-drawn carriages, jeepneys, and tricycles. Find the most suitable accommodation for you by clicking on our interactive map and exploring Laoag for hotels and must-see destinations.