Laoag is a good staging area in exploring the exciting sights and wonders of Ilocos Norte. The people are warm and helpful! They are proud of their culture and legacy! A Spanish inspired City, Laoag boasts of many landmarks constructed during the time of then ex-President Ferdinand Marcos.
Before going to the city, you should not miss going to Batac to visit the remains of then President Marcos and Paoay where the Malacanang of the North is located. Beautiful architecture and well maintained artifacts and museum pieces.
it's a nice place so explore the nearby points of interests! eat Ilocano delicacies, visit malacanang of the north, and experience their sand dunes adventure! if you have time, visit kapurpurawan rock formation, bangi windmills, pagudpud beaches.
Don't forget to try pasuquin's famous soft and crispy biscocho when you pass the town.
I only stayed one night in the middle of a longer trip but it made a lovely impression. Despite being the capital of Ilocos Norte, it's not very big and is as friendly as the respectful/reserved Ilokanos can be.
There's beautiful coastline and some surfing not far away. There's also a lot of Chinese casinos not far away, which put me off staying longer - which was a big mistake. I think the casinos are not in the town so they don't need to spoil your trip. I will definitely return and stay longer.
Laoag has an interesting cultural history but could exploit that more for tourism. Although Laoag has an airport and a long-distance bus service, it seems to be only mildly interested in the tourist dollar.
its a very nice place. very clean. pagudpud is one of the finest place to stay. nice beaches, very clean and neat, lots if historical places to visit, perfect for photo enthusiast.
laoag vigan city are very good as wel fun and enjoyable!
bring pesos wherever you go and know your currency and their value. when shopping to the market negotiate the price of whatever you are buying they might over price you.
hire a driver if you want to visit the city and do some sightseeing.
Laoag as a city offers a mixture of both modern and historical aspects. The city proper has a museum, and the sights are walking-distance from each other.
Basically, the mood is very laid back. Tricycle rides are just 11 pesos per head, so if you don't want to walk, you can ride a tricycle anywhere. Laoag is also the main hub if you want to go to Vigan or Pagudpud. Laoag has bus lines to choose from to reach other places in the Ilocos region. During our stay in Laoag, we can not help but develop an admiration on how the Marcoses and the city government maintained the city's beauty. If Manila has no illegal settlers and traffic congestion and pollution, it would look like Laoag. The people of Ilocos are proud of their heritage and city, but are humble enough not to brag about it.
Laoag is a very good, quiet and so much too see. This is for people who is adventurous, so much outdoor activities but so peaceful and good to stay
You must NOT miss the Pinakbet, Dinuguan & Ilocandia Pizza! Try it on the famous Herencia's Restaurant, it is located in front of Paoay Church.
Very rich in culture and history. Good take off point (after a tiring drive from Manila) for the other tourist destinations further north, i.
An excellent city with a different culture and history of their own....great sightseeing sites and culture as well as history, nice churches
Nice history and heritage town with clean and good transport. A relaxing place to head for if you want to escape the busyness of city life.
It's a city filled with Filipino culture and history. Laoag is in between Vigan and Pagudpud which make up the entire Ilocandia experience.
If you're going to Laoag, don't miss to visit all the tourist spots in Ilocos. Since it's in the middle, it makes a good starting point for the tour. In terms of prices, everything is median. The souvenirs though are very cheap. Don't miss riding the horse-drawn carriages or "kalesa" as people call them. I have only stayed there for 3 days total and i really wish I could stay longer. Give yourself a week and you'll be able to appreciate all the things the city has to offer. Good food and great people all with a touch of Filipino culture that is slowly fading in other areas.
Its a small city and has a lot of local items for shopping, the most adventurous activity there is is riding the 4x4 in the sand dunes.
You need 2 to nights is all you will need to see this area. There is a lot to see and you will need to rent a car or a van for the day.
Stay in a hotel near the Robinsons new mall and you will have a convenient central location to start from.
Going aroung Laoag is very easy... though i do know less Ilokano like two or three words they people were kind enough to show around.
the city is clean and i must say the Ilokanoa really are honest. during our tour we contacted tricycle hired guide and all through out the trip bags and stuff were left in the trike and nobody cares or touch our stuff. its one thing i observed and not to compare things in manila. you will love the food only that the serving is so slow, maybe because all orders are cooked as ordered. the travel was educating... njoyed every minute of my stay in Laoag except the hotel moment.
When visiting the Ilocos region, Laoag is a good first stop as it slowly brings you back to the Spanish period in the Philippines.
Some Hispanic architecture can still be seen, old churches and museums. It also makes you understand why some Ilocanos continue to love Marcos. The town is progressive and you can feel the pride of its people. So, when planning a trip up North, suggest the route Laoag, Sarrat, Batac, then Vigan.
food is very good but transportation is quite expensive and not accessible for travelers.. but the people are nice, location is ok
so beautiful that i can not express my feelings very well.very nice place.even now i still think of my vacation there in Laog.
really a very good and quite place to stay.i love it.
Always haggle with the tricycle drivers. Their standard minimum tariff is P11 per head and NOT per trip which I find bizarre.
Please note that down. Prepare to stoop low. Tricycle side cars are too near the ground. For a party of 3 riders, one must be prepared to ride at the back of the tricycle driver. Only 2 can be accommodated inside. Worst case scenario, when one has more than 2 pieces of luggage. There are no taxis in Laoag. Tricyle drivers drive around the city with a speed of 30-40kph. Brace yourself with the wind blowing against your face.
A haven for FOODIES! Even if you're not an Ilocano, you will love the empanada, poki-poki, pinakbet pizza, dinakdakan, etc.
. Make sure you eat at Saramsam resto, La Preciosa, Herencia at Paoay, and the empanada stands at Batac! Food trip talaga!
we love Laoag, we love Ilocos! we love the food, the place, the history, etc. For sure we'll go back to EAT, EAT and EAT!!!
Amazing City... Must see ILOCOS not just Laoag. A province so rich in culture & tradition. I cannot recommend it enough.
.. A must see.. A must visit province in the Philippines..You will not regret visiting Laoag...& Ilocos
The place is full of historic places. Good for remembering how things were during the old era. And how it prosper now.
Laoag is a must-visit in the Philippines. It is located at the northern tip of Luzon and has usually high temperatures.
Because of this, one can expect white sand beaches with unobstructed view of the blue South China Sea, arid sand dunes, lakes, waterfalls and rock formations. The ingenuity of its people also gave it its windmills, churches and museums.
Quiet and peaceful, hstorical heritage is well-preserved. However, better transportation like taxi could be provided
Great City with a rich culture and heritage. very good food and good people except the staff at Renzo hotel.
i like the citi itself but i experience that not all the tricicle driver are honest in collecting their fare.
we are charge 50 pesos from partas bus terminal to the texicano hotel. i like the empanada...the museum and art gallery...
Beautiful city. Explore the Paoay Church, Marcos Museum, Sand Dunes, Fort Ilocandia. Lots of places to visit.
Laoag is only a small city. We need to get to this city in order for us to travel to Vigan and Pagudpud.
I recommended to visit this city on December near Christmas since a lot of beautiful light at Central of city Park.