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Monday, November 10, 2014

Ilocos Road Trip: A Gallivanting Through Time (Part 5)

IMG_2773-1 It’s a long holiday in the Philippines and we decided to visit the tourist places of Luzon.

You can reach Laoag City via plane in just less than an hour, but we decided to travel via land with our car to make our trip more exciting.


Driving in Philippine roads is truly exciting. In this country, highways that connects provinces and cities to another are called national highways. This highways are  a  major component of the country’s transportation system. Filipino’s rely on this roads, in fact Philippine road has been the largest government asset which requires funding and a lot of maintenance so that it remains functioning for all users. Speaking of road users, here in the Philippines you’ll see different kinds of transport vehicles travelling in a narrow 2 way highway system from a motorcycle, bus, jeepney, and cars wherein it became cluttered during rush hours particularly during holidays where most people spend holidays at their home provinces. 

Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte


One of the most accessible places in the northern tip of Luzon and one of the famous beach destination among road travellers especially if your on a budget. Pagudpud itself is a municipal town in the province of Ilocos Norte. It has various beach area stretches over a white sands lined with coconut trees and a cystal-blue water. We visited two of the famous beaches of Padugpud.

Saud Beach


It houses both posh and budget accommodation such as homestay and pension house. Not like Boracay wherein tourist overrun the area and party is everywhere, Saud Beach is different and peaceful. What you’ll just be hearing is the sound of the waves washes over your feet.

Blue Lagoon


If you want more secluded beach, try to go to the Blue Lagoon. Unlike Saud Beach where it is very accessible and it is near the town proper, Blue Lagoon can be reach by a rented van or via private car. The stretch of white sand is more beautiful than Saud Beach and the water is so so clear.

Patapat Viaduct, Pagudpud


Before we went back to Laoag City, we decided to visit the last landmark to end our Ilocos road trip. Patapat viaduct is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines which connects the province of Ilocos to the province of Cagayan. It offers a scenic view of pristine beaches backed by mountains with breathtaking waterfalls at the side. We wanted to go to one of its famous waterfalls, Kabigan Falls but its getting late already so we decided to go back sometime when our North Luzon road trip continues in the next leg. But for now it’s the end of our Ilocos road trip, till next leg ahead….