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by ulan Online Now Mar 1, 2007 at 5:09 PM

I'm from Tarlac and my family is planning on a road trip to northern part of Luzon focusing on Laoag,Vigan,Pagudpud, for 3 days then Banaue,hundred islands (baguio is only included if we had to) for 3 days. I don't know where to go first,or what should be seen first so if anyone has any tip on how we are going to make this trip in 7 days maximum, please help us out. We have arranged 3 days hotel reservation in laoag, but im still in the process of looking for deals and stuff for other places, so any tips would be greatly appreciated.thanks

Also, do you think its worth it to stay in fort ilocandia resort for 3/2 nights for 9000?is there any other place cheaper but of the same standard and also close to Vigan,laoag,pagudpud?
thanks a lot

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    Re: Northern Luzon

    by cherdigan Online Now Mar 28, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    If you're still planning on a trip up North, here are some basic things you need to know.

    1. Geographically, Vigan comes first before Laoag, then Laoag comes first before Pagudpud. Since you have already reserved a hotel in Laoag, then it's better to visit Laoag City and Pagudpud first, then Vigan on the third day when you're already going to the next leg of your trip. From Tarlac, it would take about more or less 8-9 hours drive, depending on how fast you drive, or better yet, have someone you can take turns driving with you.
    2. Fort Ilocandia hotel is near the beach, so it would be about 20-30 mins. drive from Laoag City proper. It's a bit expensive because it caters to tourists and has a casino but it's a nice place. In Laoag, be sure to taste the empanada, miki, La Moda (pancit). Pagudpud is 1.5 to 2 hours drive from Laoag but there are minibuses that you can take. There are of course other hotels in Laoag City if you'd consider them and ask if they have tours around Laoag.
    3. Vigan is a small town which you can tour in a day. The best thing to do is to go directly to the town plaza, park your car and take a calesa ride around town. The calesa drivers will know where to tour you, the rate I think is P150 per hour, and of course you may want to tip the driver also. A calesa would comfortably fit about 3-4 people. Choose the healthiest and best-looking horse :) Before riding, ask the driver first as to how much, to avoid confusion.
    4. While in Vigan, be sure to try the Special Empanada, Okoy (bought and eaten in the plaza), Bagnet and Longganisa (these you can buy in the Market).

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    Re: Northern Luzon

    by mike212 Online Now Apr 4, 2007 at 2:43 AM

    i was planning on doing a similar thing .. vigan to pagudpod. You think the suggestions are available during this Holy Week? thanks!

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